Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Jovis, 29 die Januarii, 1673.
Mooreland's Water Engine.
A PETITION of Sir Samuell Mooreland, for Leave to bring in a Bill for the Use of a certain Water Engine, by him invented, was read.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to Sir Robert Howard, Sir John Otway, Sir Will. Strode, Sir Trevor Williams, Mr. Stockdale, Col. Titus, Sir John Lowther, Mr. Mallett, Sir Wm. Doyley, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Lord Aungier, Sir Just. Isham, Sir John Knight, Sir John Birkenhead, Sir John Bennet, Mr. Spry, Sir John Mallett, Sir Edw. Massey, Lord Cornbury, Sir Jonath. Trelawney, Sir Edm. Windham, Sir John Pettus, Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Char. Cotterell, and such other of the Members as will accompany them, or any Five of them, to repair to take a View of the said Engine, and report their Opinions therein to the House, on Monday next.
A Petition from the Town of Northallerton in the County of Yorke was read, relating to the Amending and Maintaining the Highways.
Resolved, &c. That this Petition be referred to the Committee appointed to peruse the Laws, and to prepare a Bill for repairing the Highways, to take the same into Consideration, and report the Matter therein to the House.
Coal Measures, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Wright, Mr. Crouch, Mr. Serjeant Maynard, Sir Charles Harbord, Mr. Boscowen, Sir Thomas Lee, Sir Will. Hickman, Sir John Pettus, Sir Anth. Irby, Sir Thom. Bide, Sir Edw. Windham, Col. Birch, Sir John Knight, Mr. Morrice, Sir Courtney Poole, Dr. Arras, or any Three of them, to prepare and bring in a Bill for the Regulating and ascertaining the Measure of Coal, and to prevent Frauds and Abuses in the Sale of Wood, and Abuses against the late Act in the Measures of Corn.
Test against Papists.
Ordered, That these Members following be added to the Committee appointed to prepare a Bill for a Test between Protestants and Papists; viz. Mr. Stockdale, Sir Will. Coventry, Sir Will. Lewis, Sir John Otway, Mr. Palmes, Sir Phil. Warwick, Sir Trevor Williams, Lord Cornbury, Sir Will. Hickman, Mr. Hungerford, Colonel Birch, Mr. Culliford: And it is recommended to Mr. Sacheverell, Sir Will. Coventry, and Mr. Powle, to take care of the Bill.
Speaker's Chamber to be locked.
Ordered, That the Back-door into the Speaker's Chamber be locked up every Morning, and the Key laid and left on the Table, during the Sitting of the House.
Motion for opening a Door.
A Motion being made, and debated, for Mr. Speaker to send his Warrant to his Majesty's Surveyor, to open the Door and Passage from the Middle of the Gallery, into the Speaker's Chamber.
Precedents for that purpose.
Ordered, That it be referred to Sir Thomas Clergis, Sir John Mallet, Sir Charles Harbord, Mr. Crouch, Sir Anth. Irby, Mr. Powle, Sir John Knight, Sir Thom. Lee, Sir Nich. Carew, Sir John Birkenhead, Sir Thom. Meeres, Mr. Whorwood, or any Three of them, to search and produce Precedents, where Mr. Speaker has been impowered to send a Warrant of this kind; and to report the Matter to the House.
Thanks for King's Speech.
Resolved, &c. That the humble Thanks of this House be returned to his Majesty, for his last gracious Speech; and that the Concurrence of the Lords be desired therein, and to the Vote of this House, of Advice to his Majesty: And that the Lord Cornbury do go up to the Lords, to desire their Concurrence.
A Petiton of the Mayor, Jurats, and Common Council-men for the Port of Hyeth in the County of Kent, was presented and tendered to the House.
Resolved, &c. That the further Consideration of this Petition be adjourned till Saturday Morning, Ten of the Clock.
A Bill to prevent the Imprisonment of the Subjects, in illegal and secret Prisons, or Places beyond the Seas, was read the Second time: And several Debates having been had thereupon;
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be committed, upon the Debates of the House, to Sir Thomas Lee, Sir Will. Doyley, Mr. Attorney General, Sir John Trevor, Sir Thomas Meres, Mr. Westphaling, Mr. Ford, Serjeant Maynard, Mr. Boscowen, Sir John Mallet, Mr. Weld, Sir John Duncombe, Mr. Secretary Coventry, Mr. Stockdale, Sir Courtney Poole, Sir John Otway, Sir John Moreton, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Crouch, Sir Rich. Temple, Sir Char. Wheeler, Sir Nich. Carew, Sir John Hanmer, Mr. Waller, Lord St. Johns, Sir Will. Coventry, Colonel Birch, Sir Robert Carr, Mr. Sawyer, Sir Herbert Price, Mr. Streete, Sir Trevor Williams, Lord Obrian, Mr. Palmes, Sir Thomas Bide, Sir Thom. Clergis, Mr. Oakely, Sir Anth. Irby, Mr. Powle, Sir Eliab Harvey, Mr. Garraway, Sir John Mounson, and all the Members that serve for the County of Yorke: And all that come are to have Voices: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Three of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Message from Lords respecting King's Speech, &c.
The Lord Cornbury reports, That he had attended the Lords; and that, as to the Message for their Concurrence, the Lords had returned this Answer by the Lord Keeper;
That as to the returning Thanks to his Majesty for his late gracious Speech, they had already attended in a Body, and presented the Thanks of That House to his Majesty: And that, as to the Vote of Advice, they will take it into Consideration; and return Answer by Messengers of their own.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Thomas Estcourt, and Sir Will. Glascock.
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have sent us down to let you know, that they have agreed upon a Vote of Advice, to be presented to his Majesty; to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Which Vote they delivered in at the Clerk's Table: And the same being read, is as followeth; viz.
The Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and, in Parliament assembled, upon Consideration of his Majesty's gracious Speech, and the whole Matter now before them, are of Opinion, That his Majesty be humbly advised to proceed in a Treaty with the States General of the United Provinces, in order to a speedy Peace.
The Messengers being withdrawn; and the Vote delivered in, being read:
And the Messengers being again called in, Mr. Speaker did acquaint them, that this House had considered of the Message; and would return Answer by Messengers of their own.
Writs of Habeas Corpus.
Ordered, That the Committee to which the Bill concerning Habeas Corpus's, is committed, be adjourned; and do sit on Saturday in the Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, in the Places formerly appointed.
Detaining Sir T. Bide.
Ordered, That such Members of this House as are of the Green Cloth Office do give an Account to the House, on Thursday Morning, of the Commitment and Detaining of Sir Thomas Bide, and his Servants; and exacting Five Pounds for their Release.
Ordered, That the Bill concerning the City of Exiter; and the Bill concerning Impositions upon Proceedings at Law; be read on Saturday Morning next.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine of the Clock.