Journal of the House of Lords Volume 34, 1774-1776. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Die Martis, 21o Junii 1774.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
|Epus. Litch. & Cov.||Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius.||Ds. Sandys.|
|Comes Abercorn.||Ds. Boston.|
Cojamaul against Verelst:
After hearing Counsel, as well Yesterday as this Day, Upon the Petition and Appeal of Gregore Cojamaul, complaining of an Order of the Court of Exchequer, of the 9th of July 1773; and praying, “That the same might be reversed, varied, or altered, or that the Appellant might have such other Relief in the Premises, as to this House, in their Lordships great Wisdom, should seem meet;” as also upon the Answer of Harry Verelst Esquire, put in to the said Appeal; and due Consideration had of what was offered on either Side in this Cause:
It is Ordered and Adjudged, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, in Parliament assembled, That the said Order complained of in the said Appeal be, and the same is hereby reversed.
Rafael against Verelst:
After hearing Counsel, as well Yesterday as this Day, upon the Petition and Appeal of Johannes Padre Rafael, complaining of an Order of the Court of Exchequer, of the 9th of July 1773; and praying, “That the same might be reversed, varied, or altered, or that the Appellant might have such other Relief in the Premises, as to this House, in their Lordships great Wisdom, should seem meet;” as also upon the Answer of Harry Verelst Esquire, put in to the said Appeal; and due Consideration had of what was offered on either Side in this Cause:
It is Ordered and Adjudge, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, in Parliament assembled, That the said Order complained of in the said Appeal be, and the same is hereby reversed.
E. Fife et al. against D. Gordon et al.:
Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of James Earl Fife, Mr. Arthur Duff of Ortoun, Advocate, and Duncan Urquhart Esquire, of Burdsyards, complaining of Part or an Interlocutor of the Lords of Session in Scotland, of the 17th of this, instant June; and praying, That the same may be reversed, varied, or amended, 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 Alexander Duke of Gordon, Alexander Dunbar of Thunderton, Mr. Cosmo Gordon Advocate, Walter Dunbar residing at Torres, Joseph Simpson Merchant in Aberdeen, Sir Robert Gordon of Gordonston, Alexander Leslie of Balnagieth, Charles Gordon of Wardhouse, and Alexander Brander of Pitgaveny, may be required to answer the said Appeal:”
It is Ordered, That the said Alexander Duke of Gordon, and the said several other Persons last named, may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in their Answer or respective Answers thereunto in Writing, on or before Tuesday, the 19th Day of July next; and Service of this Order upon any of the Counsel or Agents of the said Respondent, in the said Court of Session in. Scotland, shall be deemed good Service.
Longlands to enter into Recognizance on it.
The House being moved, “That Thomas Longlands Gentleman, may be permitted. to enter into a Recognizance for James Earl Fife and others, on Account of their Appeal depending in this House, they residing in Scotland:”
It is Ordered, That the said Thomas Longlands may enter into a Recognizance for the said Appellants as desired.
Perreau to enter into Recognizance on Jackson’s Appeal.
The House being moved, “That Robert Breton Perreau, of Golden Square in the City of Westminster, Esquire, may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for Rowland Jackson Esquire, on Account of his Appeal depending in this House, he living in Ireland:”
It is Ordered, That, the said Robert Breton Perreau may enter into a Recognizance for the said Appellant, as desired.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, vicesimum secundum diem instantis Junii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Die Mercurii, 22o Junii 1774.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Ward against Hartpole.
The Answer of Robert Hartpole Esquire, to the Appeal of Nicholas Ward Esquire, was this Day brought in.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure to robe.
The House was resumed.
His Majesty, being feated 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 JHim immediately in this House:”
Who being come, with their Speaker,
He, After a Speech 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),
“1, An act for redeeming the Sum of One Million of the Capital Stocks of Three Pounds per Centum Annuities, in the Manner and on the Terms therein mentioned; and for establishing a Lottery.”
“2. 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-four; and for further appropriating the Supplies granted in this Session of Parliament, for carrying to the Aggregate Fund a Sum of Money which hath arisen by the Two Sevenths Excise; and for enabling the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland to make out a Certificate for the Payment of the Sum of Five hundred Pounds to Lady Anne M’Kenzie, out of the Balance remaining of the Sum of Seventy-two thousand Pounds granted for paying the Creditors of the forfeited Estates in Scotland.”
“3. An Act to establish a Fund towards further defraying the Charges of the Administration of Justice and Support of the Civil Government within the Province of Quebec in America.”
To these Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced, severally, by the Clerk Assistant, in these Words; (videlicet),
“Le Roy remercie ses bons Sujets, accepte leur Benevolence, et ainsi le veult.”
“4. An Act for applying a certain Sum of Money for calling in and recoining the deficient Gold Coin of this Realm; and for regulating the Manner of receiving the same at the Bank of England; and of taking there an Account of the Deficiency of the said Coin, and making Satisfaction for the same; and for authorizing all Persons to cut and deface all Gold Coin that shall not be allowed to be current by His Majesty’s Proclamation.”
“5. An Act: for making more effectual Provision for the Government of the Province of Quebec in North America.”
“6. An Act for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors; and for the Relief of Bankrupts in certain Cases.”
“7. An Act to continue several Laws therein mentioned, relating to the allowing a Drawback of the Duties upon the Exportation of Copper Bars imported; to the clandestine Running of uncustomed Goods, and preventing Frauds relating to the Customs; to the Encouragement of the Silk Manufactures, and for taking off several Duties on Merchandize exported, and reducing other Duties; to prevent the clandestine Running of Goods, and the Danger of Insection thereby; to the Premiums upon Masts, Yards, and Bowsprits, Tar, Pitch, and Turpentine; to the encouraging the Growth of Coffee in His Majesty’s Plantations in America; to the free Importation of Cochineal and Indict; to the prohibiting the Importation of Books reprinted abroad, and First composed, written, and printed in Great Britain; to the Bounty on the Exportation of British made Cordage; to the free Importation of certain Raw Hides and Skins from Ireland, and the British Plantations in America; to the regulating the Fees of Officers of the Customs and Naval Officers in America; to the preventing the spreading of the contagious Disorder among the Horned Cattle in Great Britain; and to extend the Provisions of an Act of the Twelfth Year of the Reign of King George the First, for the Improvement of His Majesty’s Revenues of Customs, Excise, and Inland Duties;” so far as relates to the commencing Prosecutions for Penalties against the Revenue of Customs, to subsequent Acts,”
“8. An Act for regulating and ascertaining the Weights to be made use of in weighing the Gold and Silver Coin in this Kingdom.”
To these Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced, severally, by the Clerk Assistant in these Words; (videlicet),
“Le Roy le veult.”
“9. An Act to enable the Trustees named in a certain Act of Parliament, passed in the Twelfth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, “An Act for giving further Powers to the Trustees named in a certain Act of Parliament made in the Ninth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, “An Act to empower the Trustees of the Will of the late General Pulteney, and other Trustees, appointed by this Act, to purchase and exchange Lands and Grounds in the Manor of Bathwick, in the County of Somerset, for the Purpose of making certain Roads and Ways to and from a Free Bridge, by them intended to be built over the River Avon, in the said County; and also to empower the Persons in Possession of the said Estate for the Time being, under the said Will, to grant Leases of certain Lands and Houses in the said Manor; and likewise to enable the said Trustees to grant certain. Grounds and Springs of Water, within the said Manor of Bathwuk, to the Mayor, Aldermen, and Citizens of Bath; and for extending the Jurisdiction of the said Mayor, Aldermen, and Citizens, over Part of the said Manor of Bathwick; and for other Purposes therein mentioned;” and for enlarging the Powers “of Leasing, given by the said Act to the Persons therein named; and for other Purposes;” to “raise a Sum of Money for the Purposes therein mentioned.”
“10. An Act for allotting and dividing the Open Fields and Commons, in the Manor of Laleham, in the Counties of Middlesex and Surrey.”
To these Bills the Royal Actent was pronounced, severally, by the Clerk Assistant in these Words; (videlicet),
“Soit fait comme il est desire.”
Then His Majesty was pleased to speak as follows:
His Majesty’s Speech.
“My Lords, and Gentlemen,
“I have observed, with the utmost Satisfaction, the many eminent Proofs you have given of your zealous and prudent Attention to the Public Service, during the Course of this very interesting Session of Parliament.
“The Necessity of providing some effectual Remedy for the great and manifold Mischiefs, both Public and Private, arising from the impaired State of the Gold Coin, induced Me, at the Opening of this Session, to recommend that important Object to your Consideration. In the several Measures you have taken for the Redress of those Evils, you have sufficiently manifested as well your Regard to the general Credit and Commercial Interests of the Kingdom, as to the immediate Ease and Accommodation of My People.
“The very peculiar Circumstances of Embarrassment in which the Province of Quebec was involved, had rendered the proper Adjustment and Regulation of the Government thereof, a Matter of no small Difficulty. The Bill which you prepared for that Purpose, and to which I have now given My Actent, is founded on the clearest Principles of Justice and Humanity; and will, I doubt not, have the bed: Effects in quieting the Minds and promoting the Happiness of My Canadian Subjects.
“I have long seen, with Concern, a dangerous Spirit of Refinance to My Government, and to the Execution of the Laws, prevailing in the Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England. It proceeded at length to such an Extremity as to render your immediate Interpolation indispensably necessary; and you have accordingly made Provision, as well for the Suppression of the present Disorders, as for the Prevention of the like in future. The Temper and Firmness with which you have conducted yourselves in this important Business, and the general Concurrence with which the Resolution of maintaining the Authority of the Laws, in every Part of My Dominions, hath been adopted and supported, cannot fail of giving the greatest Weight to the Measures which have been the Result of your Deliberations. Nothing that depends on Me shall be wanting to render them effectual. It is My most anxious Desire to fee My deluded Subjects, in that Part of the World, returning to a Sense of their Duty; acquiescing in that just Subordination to the Authority, and maintaining that due Regard to the Commercial Interests of this Country, which must ever be inseparably connected with their own real Prosperity and Advantage.
“Nothing material has happened since your Meeting with respect to the War between Russia and the Parte; and it is with Pleasure I can inform you, that the very friendly Assurances which I continue to receive from the Neighbouring Powers, give Me the strongest Reason to believe, that they have the same good Dispositions as Myself to preserve the Tranquillity of the Rest of Europe.
“Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
“I thank you for the Supplies which yon have fo chearfully given; and I see with great Satisfaction, that, notwithstanding the ample Grants you have made for the several Establishments, and the Compensation which has been so properly provided for the Holders of the deficient Gold Coin, you have been able to make a further Progress in the Reduction of the National Debt.
“My Lords, and Gentlemen,
“I have nothing to recommend to you, but that you would carry into your respective Counties the same affectionate Attachment to My Person and Government, and the same Zeal for the Maintenance of the Public Welfare, which have distinguished all your Proceedings in this Session of Parliament.”
Then the Lord Chancellor, having received Directions from His Majesty, said,
“My Lords, and Gentlemen,
“It is His Majesty’s Royal Will and Pleasure, Thai this Parliament be prorogued to Thursday the 4th Day of August next, to be then here holden; and this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the 4th Day of August next.