House of Commons Journal Volume 10: 18 May 1689

Pages 137-138

Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.

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Sabbati, 18 die Maii ; 1° Willielmi et Mariæ.


Annulling Lisle's Attainder.

AN ingrossed Bill sent down from the Lords, intituled, An Act for the annulling, and making void the Attainder of Alice Lisle, Widow, was read the Second time.

Resolved, That the Bill be read the third Time.


Ordered, That Colonel Sackvile, Sir Wm. Ashurst, Colonel Tipping, Major Manley, Sir Duncomb Colchester, Mr. Gwyn, be added to the Committee, to whom it is referred to prepare a Bill for rendering the Militia more effectual: And they are to meet this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Armstrong's Claim on Lord Jefferyes.

A Petition of the Lady Katharine Armstrong, and of Katharine, Jane, and Mary, her Daughters, was read: setting forth, That Sir Thomas Armstrong being unduly outlawed for High Treason in Trinity Term 1684, Execution was illegally awarded against him by the Lord Jefferyes, and the rest of the Judges of the King's Bench; and he was thereupon executed; and his real and personal Estate, to Twelve thousand Pounds Value, seized to the Use of the Crown, reducing the Petitioners to Want: Which said Prosecution was found illegal by the Vote of this House: and praying Reparation out of his Estate, when his Attainder comes to be considered; and that the House will recommend their Condition, and the great Injustice they have suffered, to his Majesty; that he may order such Reparations . . his Majesty shall think fit, out of his Estate accruing to the Crown by such Attainder.

Ordered, That the Petition do lie upon the Table, to be considered, when the Bill for charging the Manors of Dalby and Broughton in the County of Leicester, with the Sum of Fourteen thousand Seven hundred and Sixty Pounds to Edm. Prideaux, Esquire, is read a Second Time.

Willmore's Prosecuion.

A Petition of John Willmore, Merchant, was read; setting forth, That in Michaelmas Term 1681, an Indictment of Recusancy being prepared against the Duke of Yorke, the then Judges of the King's Bench prevented the bringing in the same being tried, by illegal discharging the Grand Jury then attending; and that the Petitioner, in Hillary Term following, being of the Grand Jury, brought in the Bill of Indictment, which was proved upon Oath, and found accordingly; which Procedure was afterwards stopt by a Noli prosequi: That the Petitioner was Foreman of the Grand Jury for London, before whom an Indictment was brought against Stephen Colledge for High Treason; and, finding the Evidence to be ill Persons, prevailed with the rest of the Juries to bring in the Bill Ignoramus; which was a Prevention to the Papists Designs at that time: That, for these and the like Services, the Petitioner is a great Sufferer: That the Petitioner was, by a Warrant from Sir Leoline Jenkins, taken into Custody, and kept a close Prisoner; and, by a further Warrant, sent to the Tower a close Prisoner, in order to frustrate his going to Oxford to Colledge's Trial: That the Popish Party was so vigorous against him, by prosecuting him by Information, and otherwise, that he was forced to abscond, until he came over as a Voluntier with his now Majesty; which was to his Loss the Sum of several Thousand Pounds: And praying, that the chief Persons concerned in such illegal Prosecutions and Commitments, may receive condign Punishment; and that, out of their Estates, some Satisfaction may be made to the Petitioner for his Suffering and Losses.

Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee, to whom the Matter of Mr. Speake's Petition is referred, to examine the Matter of Fact upon the said Petition, and report the same to the House: And that Sir Thomas Mompesson, Mr. Hales, Mr. St. John, Mr. Bockland, Colonel Whitley, Mr. Arnold, and all the Members that serve for the City of London, be added to the said Committee.

Leave of Absence.

Ordered, That Sir Walter Bagott have Leave to go into the Country, for a Month.

Ordered, That Sir Joseph Tredenham have Leave to go into the Country, for Three Weeks.


A Bill for the better ordering the Forces of this Kingdom, was read the First time.

Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.

Papists Children sent abroad.

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to inquire what Children are sent abroad to be educated in the Popish Religion; and who have been the Occasion of sending them abroad.

And it is referred to Colonel Tipping, Marquis Winchester, Mr. Machell, Mr. Finch, Colonel Birch, Mr. Sacheverell, Sir Walter Young, Sir Hen. Capell, Sir Wm. Williams, Sir Christoph. Houghton, Mr. Foley, Mr. Colt, Sir John Wyn, Mr. Bockland, Mr. Norreis, Mr. Boyle, Mr. England, Mr. Hales, Sir John Fowell, Lord Downe, Mr. Cooke, Mr. Gwyn, Mr. Grey, Mr. Banks, Sir Gilb. Clerke, Sir John Cotton, Mr. Somers, Mr. Niccolas, Sir Robert Nappier, Sir John Knight, Colonel Whitley, Sir Tho. Littleton, Sir Hen. Hobart, Sir Tho. Clarges, Sir Scroop How. Mr. Hen. Herbert, Colonel Austen, Mr. Arnold, Sir John Key, Sir Edw. Chiswell: And they are to meet on Monday next, at Four of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Exchequer Chamber: And they are impowered to send for Persons, Papers, and Records; and to make their Report to the House, with all convenient Speed.

Lords Amendments to Poll Bill.

Ordered, That Mr. Attorney General, Sir Tho. Clarges, Mr. Solicitor General, Colonel Birch, be added to the Committee, to whom it is referred to prepare Reasons to be offered at a Conference with the Lords, touching the Amendments to the additional Poll Bill.

Bill of Indemnity.

The House then resolved into a Committee of the whole House, according to the Order of * * * *, to proceed in the further Consideration of the Heads for a Bill of Indemnity.

Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Sir Tho. Littleton took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.

Sir Thomas Littleton reports from the Committee of . . whole House, That they had proceeded further in the Consideration of the said Heads; had agreed upon several Resolutions; which they directed him to report to the House on Wednesday next.

Resolved, That the House will, on Wednesday next, receive the said Report.

Thanks to the Fleet.

Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That the Thanks of the House be given to Admiral Herbert, and by him to the Officers and Seamen in the Fleet, for the Honour and good Service they have done to the King and Kingdom in the late Expedition at Sea against the French.

Prosecution of Sir J. Smith.

Ordered, That the Papers, in the Hands of the Clerk of the House, relating to Sir James Smith, be delivered to Mr. Attorney or Mr. Solicitor General, in order to the Prosecution of the Indictment directed against Sir James Smith.

Newport Writ.

Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do grant his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to issue forth a new Writ for the Electing a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Newport in the County of Southampton, in the room of Sir Robert Dillington, Baronet, deceased.


A Motion being made, That the House do adjourn till Monday Morning, Nine a Clock;

The Question was put, That the House adjourn accordingly.

The House divided.

The Noes go forth.

Tellers for the Yeas, Mr. H. Herbert, 141.
Mr. Windham,
Tellers for the Noes, Sir Tho. Clarges, 78.
Sir Wm. Rich,

So it was resolved in the Affirmative.

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