House of Commons Journal Volume 10: 3 August 1689

Pages 251-252

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, 3 die Augusti; 1° Gulielmi et Mariæ.


Privilege-Petition from a Person in Custody.

A PETITION of Christopher Smelt, in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms, was presented to the House: But Sir Peter Rich (at whose Prosecution he was committed) being not in the House, the reading thereof was respited.

Claims on the Revenue.

A Petition of Charles Curtius, and others, his Brothers and Sisters, Sons and Daughters of Sir Wm. Curtius, Baronet, deceased, was read; setting forth, That the said Sir Wm. Curtius spent the greatest Part of his Time and Fortune in the Service of the English Crown, during the Reign of the Kings Charles the First, and Second, as their Resident to the several Princes of the Empire; and his late Majesty Charles the Second became so sensible of his Services, that he ordered him to bring in his Accompts of what . . . due to him for his Salary, and of what he lent and expended in that Service: Which his said Majesty stated and allowed at Fourteen thousand Two hundred and Fifty-five Pounds; as appears by the Accompts signed by his said Majesty who was also pleased to grant him a Privy Seal for Two thousand Pounds, whereof only Five hundred Pounds was paid: That the Petitioners said Father being dead in the Employment, and the said Debt remaining unpaid, Adolphus One of the Petitioners, applied himself, on his own, and Brothers and Sisters Behalfs, to the late King James, for Satisfaction of the said Debt: Who, taking Cognizance thereof, referred the same to the Lords of the Treasury: But, before any other Determination therein, the late Revolution happened, and nothing more was done therein: And, that their Father having much impoverished his Family in such his Services; and the Honour of the Nation being concerned, that Justice be done to his Children: especially at this time, when the small Remainder of their Fortunes are ravished from them, by the barbarous Invasion of the Palatinate (the Petitioners native Country) by the French; and imploring the Compassion and Justice of this House to recommend them to his Majesty's Royal Consideration, that some Satisfaction may be made to them;

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for settling the Revenue, is referred.

Prohibiting Trade with France.

A Petition of Sir Bazill Firebrass was read; setting forth, That he having Wines in his Factor's Custody at Bourdeaux, bought before his Majesty forbid all Ships going out to France, or any Vote to this House to the contrary; the Petitioner, in February last, ordered his Factor to send the same to some Port in Spaine, or other Place, for the better Security of the Goods: Whereupon the Petitioner's Factor sent Sixty-four Tons one Hogshead of Claret Wine to Bilboa in Spaine, the Beginning of last April; which still lie there for want of Shipping, by reason of his Majesty's Embargo: And being informed, that a Bill is passing for prohibiting all French Commodities; and praying to have Leave for the bringing in a Clause to be added to the said Bill, that the Petitioner may send the said Wine to some of their Majesties Plantations in America;

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table, till the Bill for prohibiting French Goods, is reported.


Sir Robert Clayton reports from the Committee, to whom the Bill for prohibiting French Goods, was referred, That they had agreed upon several Amendments to be made to the Bill: Which he read in his Place, with the Coherence; and afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where they were once read throughout; and afterwards several of them a Second time, one by one; and, upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.

Then Clause *, for setting a Price upon French Wines, was read a Second time.

And an Amendment being proposed, of inserting these Words, "and from and after the Tenth Day of August 1690, the Sum of Six-pence the Quart, and no more;" the same was, upon the Question put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.

Resolved, That the Clause, so amended, be made Part of the Bill.

Then Clause *, for all Wine to be sold by sealed Pewter Measures, was read a Second time:

Resolved, That the said Clause be made Part of the Bill.

Ordered, That the said Bill, so amended, and with the said Clauses, be ingrossed.

Land Tax Commissioners.

Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill to appoint Commissioners who have personal Estates, for Execution of the Act for granting of an Aid to their Majesties of Twelve-pence in the Pound for One Year, for the necessary Defence of their Realms.

Securing Government against Papists.

Ordered, That a Bill be brought in for securing the Government against Papists, and other disaffected Persons: And it is recommended to Mr. Paul Foley and Mr. Hawles to take care thereof.

Attainder of certain Persons.

Mr. Serjeant Trenchard acquaints the House, That the Names of those who gave Evidence at the Bar of the House, touching the Persons who are named in the Bill of Attainder, being in Ireland, were Bazil Purefoy, and William Dalton; and those at the Committee, to whom the Bill was referred, were Wm. Watts and Matth. Gun.

Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Trenchard do go to the Lords, and desire a Conference upon the Subject Matter of the last Conference, touching the Bill of Attainder.

Supply Bill; Settling the Revenue.

A Question being proposed, That the House do, on Monday Morning next, at Ten a Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to proceed in the further Consideration of the Bill for settling the Revenue;

The previous Question was put, That that Question be now put:

And it was resolved in the Affirmative.

And the main Question being put;

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

State of the Nation.

Then the House, according to their Order of Yesterday, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House to consider of the State of the Nation, in order to represent it to his Majesty.

Mr. Speaker left the Chair.

Mr. Gray took the Chair of the Committee.

Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.

Mr. Grey reports from the Committee of the whole House, That they had made some Progress in considering the State of the Nation: And that the Committee had directed him to move the House, That they might sit again on Tuesday next.

Resolved, That the House do, upon Tuesday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to proceed in the further Consideration of the State of the Nation, in order to represent it to his Majesty.

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