Mercurii, 4 die Januarii;
10° Gulielmi Tertii.
SIR William Norris, according to Order, presented to
the House a Bill to enable the Town of Leverpoole
to build a Church, and endow the same by their own Contributions, and otherwise; and for making the said Town
and Liberties thereof a Parish of itself, distinct from Walton: And the same was received; and read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time upon
Mr. Speaker acquainted the House, That he had received a Letter from Colonel Speccott, who is ill in the
Country, That he being chosen a Knight for the County
of Cornwall; and a Burgess for the Borough of Saltash
in the same County; and that he elects to serve for the
said County of Cornwall.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do issue his Warrant to the
Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new Writ, for electing a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the
said Borough of Saltash, in the room of the said Colonel
Distillation from Corn.
A Petition of the Distillers in London, Middlesex, and
Surrey, was presented to the House, and read; setting
forth, That the Petitioners did formerly distil Brandy,
and Spirits, from Brewers Wash and Malt: But by a
late Act of Parliament they were obliged to distil from
malted Corn only; and the Petitioners built, for that Purpose, Brewhouses, and many other chargeable Conveniencies, for such Distillations, which have been very advantageous to the Kingdom; and they doubt not to prove,
that their using Barley malted hath net occasioned the
present Dearness of Corn; and that to prohibit the Petitioners the Use of malted Corn will be prejudicial to
England, and the Land-owners thereof: And praying,
That they may be heard, by their Counsel, against the Bill
for prohibiting the Distilling of Spirits, and low Wines,
from Corn; and to prevent Frauds in Distillers; before
the same do pass into an Act.
Ordered, That the Petition do lie upon the Table until
the said Bill be read a Second time.
Call of the House.
Ordered, That such Members as did not appear Yesterday, upon the Call of the House, do attend the Service
of the House upon this Day Fortnight.
Marshal of King's Bench,
The Lord Cornbury presented to the House a Bill to
repeal a Clause, in Prejudice to the Right and Interest of
Thomas Seviar to the Office of the Marshal of the Marshalsea of the King's-Bench, in an Act passed in the 8th and
9th Year of his Majesty's Reign, for the more . . . . . . .
Relief of Creditors, in Case of Escapes; and for preventing Abuses in Prisons, and pretended privileged Places:
And the same was received; and read the First time.
And also the Petition, upon which the Bill was ordered
to be brought in, was again read.
And the Question being put, That the Bill be read a
It passed in the Negative.
Resolved, That the Bill be rejected.
Privilege— a Person reprimanded and discharged.
John Leicester was, according to the Order of Yesterday, brought to the Bar: Where he, upon his Knees,
received a Reprimand from Mr. Speaker.
Ordered, That the said John Leicester be discharged
out of Custody, paying his Fees.
Abuses in King's Bench and Fleet Prisons.
Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee, to
whom the Petition of John Goodall is referred; and who
are to inquire into the ill Practices, and Abuses, of the
Prisons of the King's Bench, and the Fleet; That they do
inquire into the Incumbrances upon the Offices of the
Marshal of the King's-Bench, and Warden of the Fleet;
and what may be fit to be done for the remedying thereof,
and better Execution of those Offices; and report their
Opinion therein to the House:
And that Mr. Probert, Mr. Mountague, Mr. Lowndes,
Mr. More, Mr. Gorges, Mr. Hayes, Mr. Osborn, be added to the Committee, to whom the Petition of John Goodall is referred; and who are to inquire into the Abuses,
and ill Practices, of the Fleet and King's-Bench Prisons.
Ordered, That the Serjeant do go with the Mace, into
Westminster-hall, and Court of Request, and summon the
Members there to attend the Service of the House immediately.
And he went accordingly.
And, being returned;
Disbanding the Army.
A Motion being made, and the Question being put
That it be an Instruction to the Committee of the whole
House, to whom the Bill for disbanding the Army is committed, That they do re-consider the Number of Seven
thousand Men, Part of the Forces now in England, therein
mentioned not to be disbanded;
It passed in the Negative.
Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow Morning
at Eleven a Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the
whole House, to consider of the Bill for the speedy and
effectual disbanding of the Forces in England and Ireland.
Ordered, That all Committees be adjourned.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight a Clock.