House of Commons Journal Volume 11: 22 October 1696

Pages 567-568

Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 11, 1693-1697. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.

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Jovis, 22 die Octobris;

Octavo Gulielmi Tertii.



A COMPLAINT being made to the House, That John Wheely, Steward to Sir Isaac Rebow, Knight, a Member of this House, hath been arrested by Isaac Mitchell, Bailiff, by the Procurement of Hope Gifford, an Attorney at Law, in an Action wherein Thomas Loveny is Plaintiff, in Breach of the Privileges of this House;

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Privileges and Elections, to examine the Matter of the said Complaint: And that they do report the same, with their Opinion therein, to the House.

Supply Bill; importing and coining Guineas.

Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for the giving Leave to import Guineas, and to coin Gold at the Mint: And that Mr. Moore and Sir Robert Cotton do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.

Regulating Printing and Printing-Presses.

Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for the Regulating of Printing, and Printing-Presses: And that Mr. Harley and Mr. Waller do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.

Mitchell Election.

A Petition of Anthoney Row Esquire was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That at the last Election of Burgesses to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Mitchell, in the County of Cornwall, your Petitioner and Tho. Dodson Esquires, and Thomas Vivian and Humphry Courtney Esquires, who is since dead, stood Candidates; and the Petitioner had the Majority of legal Votes, and ought to have been returned One of the Burgesses; but that Mr. Courtney took upon him to be Port-reeve; and, by his Deputy, returned Mr. Vivian and himself, in Wrong to the Petitioner, who was duly elected: And praying the Relief and Consideration of the House in the Premises.

Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Privileges and Elections: And that they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, with their Opinion therein, to the House.

Call of the House.

Ordered, That the House be called over upon Monday Sevennight.

Ordered, That all such Members as shall not then attend the Service of the House be sent for in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House.


Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer reported from the Committee, to whom it was referred to prepare an humble Address, to be presented to his Majesty, That they had prepared the same accordingly; and directed him to report the same to the House; which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same was twice read; and agreed unto by the House; and is as followeth; viz.

May it please your Most Excellent Majesty,

THIS is the Eighth Year in which your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Commons in Parliament assembled, have assisted your Majesty with large Supplies for carrying on a just and necessary War, in Defence of our Religion, Preservation of our Laws, and Vindication of the Rights and Liberties of the People of England; which we have hitherto preserved, and, by the Blessing of God on your Majesty's Conduct, and good Government, will stedfastly maintain and entail on our Posterity:

This has cost the Nation much Blood and Treasure; but the Hopes of accomplishing so great and glorious a Work have made your Subjects chearfully support the Charge: And, to shew to your Majesty, and all Christendom, That the Commons of England will not be amused, or diverted from their firm Resolutions of obtaining, by War, a safe and honourable Peace; we do, in the Name of all those we represent, renew our Assurances to your Majesty, That this House will support your Majesty, and your Government, against all your Enemies, both at home and abroad; and that they will effectually assist you in the Prosecution and carrying on the present War against France.

Resolved, That the said Address be presented to his Majesty by the whole House.

Ordered, That such Members of this House as are of his Majesty's most honourable Privy-Council, do humbly know his Majesty's Pleasure, when he will be attended by this House.


The Order of the Day, for taking into Consideration his Majesty's most gracious Speech to both Houses; being read;

His Majesty's Speech was again read:

And a Motion being made for a Supply to be granted to his Majesty, for carrying on the War against France;

Resolved, That this House will, upon Monday Morning next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of that Motion.

And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine a Clock.