Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Martis, 19 Maii, 15 Regis Car. IIdi.
Partition of Lands.
A BILL for the better Partition of Lands, was this Day read the Second time.
Resolved, That the said Bill be committed to Mr. Spry, Sir Sol. Swale, Colonel Gilby, Sir Phil. Musgrave, Mr. Oglander, Sir Edw. Masters, Mr. Knight, Mr. Buller, Mr. Vaughan, Colonel Reames, Mr. Clifford, Mr. Cory, Mr. Kent, Mr. Moore, Mr. Thurland, Colonel Arundell, Colonel Strangwayes, Sir Lanc. Lake, Sir John Rouse, Mr. Wandesford, Mr. Jay, Mr. Barnham, Sir Tho. Allen, Sir Fra. Goodrick, Sir Tho. Gower, Colonel Phillips, Sir Rich. Oatley, Mr. Hide, Sir John Strangwayes, Sir Clifford Clifton, Mr. Morice, Mr. Knollis, Mr. Wyn, Colonel Robinson, Sir Hen. Newton, Sir Chichester Wray, and all the Members of this House, that are of the Long Robe, are added to the Committee: And they are to meet To-morrow at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Gower, Sir Richard Vivian, Sir Edward Masters, and Mr. William Sandis, be added to the Committee to which the Bill for Draining of Lyndsey Level was committed.
Ordered, That the Committee to which it was referred to prepare a Bill against fraudulent Conveyances, and recommended to them to bring it in against this Day, have further Time till Monday next; the Matter being of Consequence, and requiring Time.
Grocers Free School.
An ingrossed Bill for the Settling of a Free School in Witney in the County of Oxon, being erected and endowed by Henry Box, Citizen and Grocer of London, deceased, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That the said Bill do pass: And that the Title shall be, An Act for the Settling of a FreeSchool in Witney in the County of Oxon, being erected and endowed by Henry Box, Citizen and Grocer of London, deceased.
St. Oswald Hospital.
An ingrossed Bill for the Government of the Hospital of St. Oswald in the County of Worcester, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That the said Bill do pass: And that the Title shall be, An Act for the Governing of the Hospital of St. Oswald in the County of Worcester.
A Person committed by mistake.
A Petition of William George Esquire was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Order for the Commitment of William George Esquire to the Serjeant at Arms, being made upon a Mistake, be discharged.
Amendments, sent from the Lords, to an ingrossed Bill, sent from this House, to enable John Robinson Esquire to sell or dispose Lands for Payment of his Debts, and making Provision for his younger Children, were this Day twice read; and, upon the Question, severally agreed to.
The Bill, with the Amendments, was read the Third time.
Resolved, &c. That the said Amendments be inserted into the Bill.
And Sir Francis Goodrick is to carry up This, and such other ingrossed Bills as are agreed to, to the Lords.
Sir Charles Harbord reports from the Committee appointed to inspect several Branches of his Majesty's Revenue, That, upon Consideration of the long Estates granted of the Crown Lands, the Opinion of the Committee, That the House be moved, That, if they think fit, a Bill may be prepared, to avoid all Leases and Grants made since 29 Maii 1660, for any longer Time than for One, Two, or Three Lives, where they have been usually letten for Lives, or for One-and-thirty Years in Possession, or so many Years in Reversion, as, with the Estates in being, shall not exceed One-and-thirty Years; reserving One half or more of the improved yearly Value in Rent: Saving such Leases and Grants of the Lands of the Duchy of Cornwall, as have been made according to the Rules of the Act made in this present Parliament in that Behalf; and saving the Lands and Rents granted to the Duke of Albemarle and the Earl of Sandwich.
He further reports, That, upon Consideration of the Sub Committee, about Deane Forest, and of the present State and Condition of the said Forest, The Opinion of the Committee, That, if it be resumed into his Majesty's Hands, and managed for his best Advantage; and Fourteen thousand Acres of the Soil, inclosed, re-afforested, and settled in Severalty by Act of Parliament, for a perpetual Growth and Supply of Wood and Timber; it may raise a Revenue of Five thousand Pounds per Annum, by making of Iron there, above Charges of Management; and continue the same for ever; and preserve all the present Timber fit for his Majesty's Shipping, and the young Sapplings of Oak; which may prove a great Nursery of Timber Trees for the Service of the Royal Navy for the Time to come.
He also further reports, That, upon Consideration of the Post Office, the Opinion of the Committee, That it is worth Twenty-six thousand Pounds per Annum, being well managed.
Which Report he read in his Place; and after delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table.
And the Report being read the First time;
The First Part of the Report, touching Grants and Leases of Crown Lands, was read the Second time; and debated:
Resolved, &c. That a Bill be brought in according to the Opinion of the Committee; and upon the present Debates of the House thereupon.
The next Part of the Report, touching the Forest of Deane, was read the Second time:
Resolved, &c. That Sir John Wintour shall, on Friday next, be heard at the Bar of this House, as to the Consideration and Execution of his Patent, by which he makes Claim to the Trees in the Forest of Deane: And that such Members of this House as are concerned shall be then heard.
The last Part of the Report, touching the Post Office, being read the Second time;
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Committee, in the Matter by them reported.
Ordered, That the Bill for Wells Key be read on Wednesday next.
The Report made Yesterday by Sir Thomas Meres, in relation to such publick Bills and Matters as are of most Consequence to be first dispatched, was read the Second time.
The several Bills and Matters, mentioned in the Report as necessary first to be proceeded in, were severally read the Third time; and, upon the Question, agreed to be proceeded in.
Ordered, That the Bill against buying and selling Offices, and Titles of Honour, be added to the List of Bills reported and agreed to be proceeded in.
Ordered, That, after Ten of the Clock, the House do proceed on the publick Bills reported and appointed to be proceeded in; and no other Bills.
Ordered, That the Bill against the Meeting of Sectaries and Non-conformists be brought in, and read, as soon as it can be made ready: And it is recommended to the Committee to expedite it; and bring it in on Thursday Morning.
Ordered, That the Bill touching the Arrears of the Excise be read To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to inspect the Act against Quakers, do expedite their Report to the House.
Ordered, That the Committee to which the Bill concerning the Draining of Hatfeild Level, was committed, have Leave to sit this Afternoon.
Ordered, That Sir Edward Walpoole, and Mr. Steward, be added to the Committee to which the Matter upon the Vote touching Bedford Level was committed.
Ordered, That the House, on Thursday next, will resolve into a Committee of the whole House, to proceed in the Consideration of the Bill for settling the Forces in the several Counties of this Kingdom.
The House adjourns itself till To-morrow, Eight of Clock in the Morning.