House of Lords Journal Volume 33: July 1773

Pages 696-698

Journal of the House of Lords Volume 33, 1770-1773. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.

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Die Jovis, 1o Julii 1773.


Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Cantuar. Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius. Ds. Clifton.
Epus. Londin. Comes Gower, Præses. Ds. Montfort.
Epus. Litch. & Cov. Dux Ancaster, Magnus Camerarius. Ds. Boston.
Comes Talbot, Senescallus.
Comes Plymouth.
Comes Scarbrough.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes March.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Waldegrave.
Viscount Townshend.
Viscount Falmouth.


Hamilton and Co. against Wilson and Co.

Upon reading the Petition add Appeal of Malcolm Hamilton and Company, Merchants in London, complaining of Five Interlocutors of the Lord Ordinary in Scotland, of the 29th of June 1770, the 29th of June, and 26th of November 1771, and the 31st of January, and 19th of December 1772 as also of an Interlocutor of the Lords of Session there, of the 9th of February 1773 and also of Two other Interlocutors of the said Lord Ordinary, of the 10th of March, and 18th of June 1773; and praying, “That the same may be reversed, or that the Appellants may have such other Relief in the Premises, as to this House, in their Lordships great Wisdom, shall seem meet; and that James Wilson, Merchant in Kilmarnock, and Company, may be required to answer the said Appeal:”

It is Ordered, That the said James Wilson and Company may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in their Answer, or respective Answers, thereunto, in Writing, on or before Thursday the 27th of this instant July; and Service of this Order upon the said Respondents, or upon their known Agents or Counsel in the said Court of Session in Scotland, shall be deemed good Service.

Cochran to enter into Recognizance on Hamilton’s and Co. Appeal.

The House being moved, “That William Cochran of Saint Albans Street Westminister, Gentleman, may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for Malcolm Hamilton and Company, Merchants in London, on Account of their Appeal depending in this House, they residing, at present, in Scotland:”

It is Ordered, That the said William Cochran may enter into a Recognizance for the said Appellants as desired.

The House was adjourned during Pleasure to robe.

The House was resumed.

King present.

His Majesty being seated on the Throne, adorned with His Crown and Regal Ornaments, and attended by His Officers of State, (the Lords being in their Robes), commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, “It is His Majesty’s Pleasure they attend Him immediately in this House:”

Who being come, with their Speaker,

He, after a short Introduction in relation to the Money Bills to be passed, delivered them to the Clerk, who brought them to the Table, where the Deputy Clerk of the Crown read the Titles of those and the other Bills to be passed, severally, as follow; (videlicet):

Bills passed.

“1. An Act for granting to His Majesty a certain Sum of Money out of the Sinking Fund; and for applying certain Monies therein mentioned, for the Service of the Year One thousand seven hundred and seventy-three; and for further appropriating the Supplies granted in this Session of Parliament; and for paying to John Harrison a further Reward for his Invention of a Time-keeper for ascertaining the Longitude at Sea, and his Discovery of the Principles upon which the same was constructed.”

“2. An Act for raising a certain Sum of Money by Loans or Exchequer Bills, for the Service of the Year One thousand, seven hundred and seventy-three.”

“3. An Act for granting to His Majesty a Sum of Money to be raised by Exchequer Bills, and to be advanced and applied in the Manner, and upon the Terms therein mentioned, for the Relief of the United Company of Merchants of England trading to the East Indies”

“4. An Act for laying an additional Duty on Paper printed, painted, or stained, in Foreign Parts, imported into this Kingdom.”

To, these Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced, severally, by the Clerk Assistant, in these Words; (videlicet),

“Le Roy remercie ses bons Sujets, accepts leur Benevolence, et ainsi le veult.”

“5. An Act to continue and amend an Act, made in the Sixth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, “An Act for opening and establishing certain Ports in the Islands of Jamaica and Dominica, for the more free Importation and Exportation of certain Goods and Merchandizes; for granting certain Duties to, defray the Expences of opening, maintaining, securing, and improving, such Ports; for ascertaining the Duties to be paid upon the Importation of Goods from the said Island of Dominica into this Kingdom; and for securing the Duties upon Goods imported from the said Island, into any other British Colony;” and for allowing Timber and Wood to be exported from the said Island of Dominica, into any other of the British Islands, Colonies, or Plantations, in America, for a limited Time.”

“6. An Act for the better ascertaining the Tonnage and Burthen of Ships and Vessels importing and exporting Goods into and from this Kingdom, or hovering upon the Coasts thereof; for amending so much of an Act, made in the last Session of Parliament, “for lowering the Duty payable upon the Importation of Oak Bark,” as relates to the suing for the Penalties and Forfeitures thereby inflicted in the Court of Exchequer in Scotland; for appropriating the Duty on Oak Bark granted by the said Act; and for obviating Doubts which have arisen with respect to the allowing the Drawback upon certain Callicoes, and the Bounty upon British made Cordage exported to the Islands of Madeira, the Canary Islands, and the Azores or Western Islands.”

“7. An Act to continue an Act, made in the Thirty-first Year of the Reign of His late Majesty King George the Second, intituled, “An Act for the Encouragement of the Exportation of Culm to Lisbon, in the Kingdom of Portugal;” and for chargeing a higher Duty upon Culm exported thither in Foreign Shipping.”

“8. An Act for explaining Two Acts, made in the Eleventh Year of the Reign of King George the First, and the Thirtieth Year of the Reign of His late Majesty, in relation to the Stamp Duties upon Newspapers.”

“9. An Act for the better preventing the counterfeiting, clipping, and other diminishing, the Gold Coin of this Kingdom.”

“10. An Act for further continuing an Act, made in the Fourth Year of the Reign of his present Majesty, for importing Salt from Europe, into the Province of Quebec in America, for a limited Time.”

“11. An Act to permit the free Importation of Cod Fish, Ling, and Hake, caught and cured in Chaleur Bay, or any other Part of the Gulph of Saint Lawrence, or on the Coast of Labrador.”

“12. An Act to empower the Magistrates therein mentioned to settle and regulate the Wages of Persons employed in the Silk Manufacture, within their respective Jurisdictions.”

“13. An Act to indemnify Justices of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenants, and Officers of the Militia, or others, who have omitted to register or deliver in their Qualifications, within the Time limited by Law; and for giving further Time for those Purposes.”

“14. An Act for the more effectual preventing the forging of the Notes or Bills of the Governor and Company of the Bank of England; and for the preventing the obtaining a false Credit by the Imitation of the Notes or Bills of the said Governor and Company.”

“15. An Act to explain, amend, and reduce into One Act of Parliament, the Statutes now in being for the Amendment and Preservation of the Publick Highways within that Part of Great Britain called England; and for other Purposes.”

“16. An Act to explain, amend, and reduce into One Act of Parliament, the General Laws now in being for regulating the Turnpike Roads in that Part of Great Britain called England; and for other Purposes.”

“17. An Act for the better Cultivation, Improvement, and Regulation, of the Common Arable Fields, Wastes, and Commons of Pasture, in this Kingdom.”

“18. An Act for the better Regulation of Lying in Hospitals, and other Places appropriated for the charitable Reception of pregnant Women; and also to provide for the Settlement of Bastard Children born in such Hospitals and Places.”

“19. An Act to repeal an Act, made in the Tenth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, “An Act for the better Preservation of the Game within that Part of Great Britain, called England;” and for making other Provisions in Lieu thereof.”

“20. An Act for building a Bridge across the River of Thames, from Richmond, in the County of Surrey, to the opposite Shore, in the County of Middlesex; and to enable His Majesty to grant the Inheritance of the Ferry at Richmond to certain Persons therein mentioned.”

“21. An Act for enabling John, Robert, James, and William Adam, to dispose of several Houses and Buildings, in the Parish of Saint Martin in the Fields, and Saint Mary le Bone, in the County of Middlesex, and other their Effects, by Way of Chance, in such Manner as may be most for the Benefit of themselves and Creditors.”

“22. An Act for dividing and enclosing the Open Arable Fields, Meadows, Pastures, and Commons or Waste Grounds, in the Township of Gowdall, in the Parish of Smith, in the County of York; and for draining and preserving the same.”

To these Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced, severally, by the Clerk Assistant, in these Words; (videlicet),

“Le Roy le veult.”

Then His Majesty was pleased to speak as follows:

His Majesty’s Speech.

My Lords, and Gentlemen,

I cannot close this Session without assuring you that I have observed, with much Satisfaction, the Zeal, Assiduity, and Perseverance, with which you have applied yourselves to the very important Business which, at the Meeting of Parliament, I recommended to your particular Attention; and I hope and trust, that the Laws which have been the Result of your Deliberations will be found to answer the salutary Purposes for which they were intended.

The Continuance of the War between Russia and the Porte (with both of whom I am closely connected in Friendship, although under no Engagement to either) gives Me great Concern; but, from the pacifick Dispositions of other Powers, I have Reason to hope that those Troubles will extend no further. I shall persevere in my earnest Endeavours to preserve the general Tranquillity of Europe; at the same Time it shall be the constant Object of My Care to be sufficiently prepared against any Event which may affect the Honour, Safety, or Interest, of My Kingdoms.

Gentlemen of the House of Commons,

I return you My hearty Thanks for the Supplies which you have granted Me with so much Chearfulness; and I fee, with Pleasure, that, notwithstanding the ample Provision which you have made for every Branch of the Publick Service, and the effectual Relief and Support which you have afforded to the East India Company, you have been able to make some Progress in reducing the National Debt.

My Lords, and Gentlemen,

“The Experience I have had of your Attention to the Publick Good, and of your Attachment to Me, convinces Me that you will, in your several Stations, use your utmost Endeavours to assist Me in promoting the Happiness of My People. I have no other Object but their Welfare, and no other View but to employ the Powers with which I am entrusted in maintaining the Credit, Reputation, and Prosperity of My Kingdoms.”

Then the Lord Chancellor, having received Directions from His Majesty, said,

Parliament prorogued.

My Lords, and Gentlemen,

“It is His Majesty’s Royal Will and Pleasure, That this Parliament be prorogued to Tuesday the 7th Day of September next, to be then here holden; and this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Tuesday the 7th Day of September next.”