House of Commons Journal Volume 12
28 May 1698

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'House of Commons Journal Volume 12: 28 May 1698', Journal of the House of Commons: volume 12: 1697-1699 (1803), pp. 289-291. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=39640 Date accessed: 02 September 2014.


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Sabbati, 28 die Maii;

Decimo Gulielmi.

Prayers.

Prevention of Gaming.

A PETITION of James Gray Esquire was presented to the House and read; setting forth, That there being a Clause in the Bill, now depending, to prevent Gaming, relating to the Royal Oak Lottery, wherein the Petitioner's Interest is concerned: And praying to be heard touching the same, before the said Bill do pass.

Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee, to whom the said Bill is committed: And that the Petitioner be heard before the said Committee, on Monday next, when they are to sit.

Payment of Malt-Tickets.

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to inquire into the Reasons why the Malt-Tickets are no better paid; and to report the same to the House:

And it is referred to Mr. Colt, Mr. Sayre, Sir John Kaye, Sir Tho. Roberts, Sir Wm. Lowther, Mr. Cheney, Mr. Lowther, Sir H. Dutton Colt, Mr. Clerke, Sir Clo. Shovell, Lord Fairfax, Mr. Hedger, Mr. Frewin, Mr. Brewer, Mr. Bertie, Mr. White, Mr. Newport, Mr. Blackwell, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Pudsey, Sir Wm. Cooper, Mr. Blofeild, Mr. York, Mr. Mawdit, Mr. Freeman, Mr. Jenkins; or any Five of them: And they are to meet at Five a Clock this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: And have Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.

Blackwell's Creditors.

An ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act for the Relief of the Creditors of Edward Blackwell Esquire, deceased, was read the First time.

Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time upon Thursday Morning next.

Ledgingham's Ship Pumps.

A Bill for the Encouragement of Robert Ledgingham's new-invented Pumps for Ships was, according to Order, read a Second time.

And the Question being put, That the Bill be committed;

The House divided.

The Yeas go forth.

Tellers for the Yeas, Mr. Colt,
Mr. Lowther:
42.
Tellers for the Noes, Sir Henry Colt,
Mr. Shackerly:
17.

So it was resolved in the Affirmative.

And it is committed to Mr. Blofeild, Sir H. D. Colt, Mr. Bertie, Sir Tho. Roberts, Sir Samuel Barnardiston, Sir Tho. Barnardiston, Mr. Shakerley, Sir Robert Davers, Mr. Hedger, Sir Jacob Astley, Sir Ralph Delavall, Mr. Jennings, Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Herbert, Mr. Freeman, Mr. Maudit, Mr. Fleming, Mr. Norris, Sir Jervas Elwes, Sir Richard Onslow, Mr. Bere, Sir Matth. Andrews, Sir John Kaye, Mr. Harcourt, Mr. Sandford, Sir Fran. Massam, Sir Clo. Shovell, Mr. Hoar, Mr. Gery, Mr. Lowndes, Sir John Bolls, Mr. Pendarves, Lord Pawlet, Mr. Lowther, Sir. Wm. Lowther, Lord Irwyn, Mr. Cloberry, Mr. Baldwin, Sir Cha. Hotham, Lord Fairfax, Mr. Lyster, Mr. Gauntlett, Mr. Manley: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Five of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber: And it is an Instruction, That they do hear TrinityHouse, with relation to the said Bill.

Supply Bill; Hawkers and Pedlars.

An ingrossed Bill for licensing Hawkers and Pedlars was, according to Order, read the Third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass: And that the Title be, An Act for licensing Hawkers and Pedlars.

Ordered, That Mr. Norris do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their Concurrence thereunto.

Duties on Marriages, &c.

Mr. Lowndes, according to Order, presented to the House a Bill for preventing Frauds and Abuses in the charging, collecting, and paying, the Duties upon Marriages, Births, Burials, Bachelors, and Widowers; and for better answering the producing thereof into the Exchequer, for or towards the Satisfaction of the Principal and Interest Money charged thereupon: And the same was received; and read the First time.

Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.

Raising the Militia.

Resolved, That this House will, upon Monday Morning next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Bill for raising the Militia for the Year One thousand Six hundred and Ninety-eight, although the Month's Pay, formerly advanced, be not repaid.

Leave of Absence.

Ordered, That Mr. Watlington have Leave to go into the Country, upon extraordinary Occasions.

Exporting Wool, Fullers Earth, &c.

Sir John Kaye, according to Order, reported from the Committee, to whom the Bill for the Explanation, and better Execution, of former Acts, made against Transportation of Wool and Fullers Earth, was committed, That they had made several Amendments to the Bill; which they had directed him to report to the House; which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were once read throughout; and then a Second time, one by one; and, upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.

A Clause was offered to be added to the Bill, That the Hundred of Winchelsea, in the Cinque Ports, being divided by a navigable Arm of the Sea, shall be deemed, in respect to the said Act only, as Two distinct hundreds; and the Penalties, which may be forfeited thereby, shall affect, and be levied on, that Part only of the said Hundred, which lies on the same Side of the said Arm of the Sea, out of which such Exportation shall be made:

And the same was twice read; and, upon the Question put thereupon, agreed unto by the House to be made Part of the Bill.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.

Address touching disbanding Soldiers.

Sir Henry Colt reports from the Committee appointed to prepare an Address, to be presented to his Majesty, touching the disbanding the Soldiers, That they had prepared an Address accordingly; which they had directed him to report to the House; which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same was read; and is as followeth; viz.

Most Gracious Sovereign,

We, your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Commons in Parliament assembled, having taken into our Consideration the many and daily Complaints that come before us, from the reduced Men and Troopers out of your Majesty's several Regiments of Horse, Foot, and Dragoons, who have signalized their Loyalty to your Majesty, and Duty to their Country, against their respective Officers; who have not complied with your Majesty's most gracious Orders, made in their Favour and for their Advantage, as well by their stoppage of several Sums of Money out of their immediate Subsistence, as by detaining their Horses, Cloaths, and other Accoutrements; to the great Disadvantage of your Majesty's Service:

We therefore do most humbly pray, That your Majesty would be graciously pleased to direct, That Persons, not concerned in the Army, may be named and appointed to examine how your Majesty's Royal Orders have been observed; and that Provision be made, by such Persons fully impowered, that the reduced and disbanded Men may be relieved in their just Complaints; and that such disbanded Soldiers may be punished, in the several Towns and Places, who shall be found going from Market to Market, unjustly complaining that they are stript, disbanded, and not paid.

Ordered, That the said Address do lie upon the Table.

Impeachment of Gaudet, &c.

Sir Rowland Gwyn reported, That the Members appointed to inspect the Journals of the House of Lords, what hath been done by the Lords upon the Impeachments against John Gaudet, and others, had inspected the same accordingly: An Account whereof he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at the Table: Where the same was read; and is as followeth; viz.

May 11th. A Committee was appointed to search Precedents, concerning the Method of receiving Impeachments; and report their Opinion.

18th. The Report being made from the said Committee, the Persons impeached were ordered to be taken into Custody of the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, till further Order:

19th. The Persons impeached were allowed Copies of the Articles against them; and ordered to put in their Answers, respectively, on Wednesday the 25th; and were allowed Counsel:

They were further ordered to enter into a Recognizance of 5,000l. apiece, and their several Sureties in 5,000l. for their respective personal Appearance before the Lords in Parliament, from Day to Day, until further Order of the House.

20th. Peter Longueville was bailed.

23th. The other Persons were bailed; and they had further Time given them to put in their Answers, till Friday the 27th.

Ways and Means.

Sir Thomas Littleton, according to Order, reported, from the Committee of the whole House, to whom it was referred to consider of Ways and Means for raising the Supply granted to his Majesty, the Resolutions of the said Committee; which they had directed him to report to the House; which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were read; and are as follow; viz.

Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That, for making up his Majesty's Revenue, of the Hereditary and Temporary Excise, Post Office, and small Branches, 700,000l. per Annum, for a Provision for the Civil List, the new Subsidies of Tonage and Poundage, continued to the First Day of February One thousand Six hundred and Ninety-nine, be granted to his Majesty, during his Life.

Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That whatsoever the said Revenues, of the Hereditary and Temporary Excise, Post-Office, and small Branches, and the new Subsidies of Tonage and Poundage, to be granted as aforesaid, shall exceed 700,000l. per Annum, shall be appropriated to such Uses as shall be directed by Parliament.

The said Resolutions, being severally read a Second time, were, upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.

Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the said Resolutions: And that Mr. Attorney-General, Mr. Solicitor-General, and Mr. Lowndes, do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.

Timber in New Forest.

A Message from the Lords by Sir Miles Cook and Mr. Meredith:

Mr. Speaker,

The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for the Increase and Preservation of Timber in the New Forest, in the County of Southampton, with some Amendments: To which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

And then the Messengers withdrew.

Escapes of Debtors.

Mr. Gery reported from the Committee, to whom the Bill for the further Relief of Creditors in Cases of Escapes; and for preventing Escapes, and other Abuses in the Keepers of Gaols; was re-committed; That they had made several Amendments to the Bill; which they had directed him to report to the House; which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were read; and, upon the Question severally put thereupon, some of them were disagreed, and the Residue agreed, unto by the House.

Clause A being read a Second time, That * * * *

The Petition of * Moore, which lay on the Table, was read:

And the Clause amended, as to him:

And then the Clause was, upon the Question put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.

Clanse B being read a Second time, That * * * *

The same was amended:

And then the Clause was, upon the Question put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.

Clause D (fn. (a)) being read a Second time, That nothing in the said Act shall extend to defeat Thomas Saviar, of London, Gentleman, of the Benefit of Articles, made and dated the 25th of November 1684, between Wm. Lenthall Esquire, and him, for the granting the Office of Marshal of the Marshalsea of the Court of King's Bench, by him the said Wm. Lenthall, to the said Thomas Saviar;

And the Question being put, That the House do agree with the Committee in the said Amendment;

It passed in the Negative.

Another Clause, instead of the latter, was offered, to be added to the Bill:

And the same was, upon the Question put thereupon, agreed unto by the House to be made Part of the Bill.

Another Clause was offered, to be added to the Bill, That, after the 24th of June 1698, no Judge shall receive or take any Gratuity of any Gaoler, Marshal, Warden, or Prisoner, of the King's-Bench, or Fleet-Prison, on Pain of forfeiting his Office of Judge:

And the same was Twice read; and amended; and, upon the Question put thereupon, agreed unto by the House, to be made Part of the Bill.

Another Clause was offered, to be added to the Bill, That nothing in this, or any other former Act, shall extend to prejudice the Title of Tho. Beakbane and Francis Woodward, or their Assigns, to the Offices of Porter or Chamberlain to the Prison of King's-Bench:

And the same was once read:

And the Question being put, That the Clause be read a Second time;

It passed in the Negative.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.

A Message from the Lords by Sir Miles Cooke and Mr. Meredeth.

Mr. Speaker,

Impeachment of Goudet, &c.

We are commanded by the Lords to acquaint this House, That John Goudet, David Barrau, Peter Longueville, Stephen Seignoret, Rene Baudovin, Nicholas Santini, and Peter Diharce, Merchants, and John Pearce, Gentleman, have put in their several and respective Answers to the Articles of Impeachments, brought from this House, against them; which their Lordships communicate to this House; and desire, That the said original Answers may be returned with all convenient Speed. Also,

Supply Bill; Lottery Tickets.

The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for the better and more orderly Payment of the LotteryTickets, now payable, out of certain additional Duties of Excise; and of other Annuities, lately payable, out of the Tonage-Duties; without any Amendment. Also,

Windham's Estate.

The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act to enable Trustees to make Leases, grant Copies, and receive the Rents and Profits, of the Estates late of Sir Edward Windham Baronet, deceased, and Hopton Windham Esquire deceased, during the Minority of Sir William Windham Baronet, for the Intents and Purposes therein mentioned, with some Amendments: To which Amendments they desire the Concurrence of this House.

And then the Messengers withdrew.

Impeachment of Goudet, &c.

Ordered, That the said Message from the Lords, touching the Impeachments against the said John Goudet, and others, be taken into Consideration upon Monday Morning next.

And then the House adjourned till Monday Morning, Nine a Clock.

Footnotes

(a) It appears by the Clerk's Minute-Book, That a Clause, marked C, was reported from the Committee, and was agreed to by the House; but the Proceedings thereupon are omitted in the Journal.