House of Lords Journal Volume 21
February 1721, 11-20

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'House of Lords Journal Volume 21: February 1721, 11-20', Journal of the House of Lords: volume 21: 1718-1721 (1767-1830), pp. 426-443. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=113450 Date accessed: 01 November 2014.


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February 1721, 11-20

DIE Sabbati, 11o Februarii.

REX.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Georgius Princeps Walliæ.

Epus. London.
Epus. Norvic.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Oxon.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Kingston, C. P. S.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
Dux Montrose.
Dux Roxburgh.
Dux Portland.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Dorset.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Lincoln.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Warwick.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Anglesey.
Comes Litchfield.
Comes Yarmouth.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Holderness.
Comes Warrington.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Hadinton.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Deloraine.
Comes Ilay.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Tankerville.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Cadogan.
Comes Harborough.
Comes Coningesby.
Comes Castleton.
Viscount Lonsdale.
Viscount Tadcaster.
Viscount Cobham.
Viscount Falmouth.
Ds. Willoughby Er.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. St. John Blet.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Brooke.
Ds. Maynard.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Lumley.
Ds. Weston.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Haversham.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Rossc.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Montjoy.
Ds. Mansel.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Carleton.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Romney.
Ds. Pawlet Bas.
Ds. Ducie.

PRAYERS.

River Weaver navigable, Bill.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for making the River Weaver navigable, from Frodsham Bridge to Winsford Bridge, in the County of Chester."

Ordered, That the said Bill be read a 2d Time on Monday Sevennight.

Message from H. C. to return Peterssen & al Nat. Bill.

A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr. Farrer and others:

To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act to naturalize Joachim Peterssen and Henry Muil man;" and to ac quaint this House, that they have agreed to their Lordships Amendments made thereto.

The Lord Teynham acquainted the House, "That he had received a Letter from Sir George Gaswall, with an Accompt enclosed, between the Sword-Blade and South Sea Company; and desired the Direction of the House therein."

The said Letter and Accompt were read.

And ordered to lie on the Table.

L. Dunsany versus Plunket.

The House being moved, "That the Hearing the Cause wherein Randall Lord Dunsany & al. are Appellants, and Katherine Plunket is Respondent, which is appointed for Monday next, may be put off for some further Time; the Parties being under a Compromise:"

The Agents for the said Parties attending, were called in.

And consenting thereto; and being withdrawn:

It is Ordered, That the Hearing of the said Cause be put off to the First vacant Day after the Causes already appointed.

The House was adjourned during Pleasure, to robe.

The House was resumed.

King present:

His Majesty, being seated on His Royal Throne, adorned with His Crown and Regal Ornaments, and attended with His Officers of State; the Prince of Wales (in his Robes) sitting in his Place on His Majesty's Right Hand; and the Lords being also in their Robes; the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod received His Majesty's Commands, to let them 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 Land Tax Bill to be passed, delivered the same to the Clerk Assistant, in the Absence of the Clerk of the Parliaments; who brought it to the Table, where the Clerk of the Crown read the Title of that and the other Bill to be passed, severally, as follow:

Bills passed.

"1. An Act for granting an Aid to His Majesty, by a Land Tax, to be raised in Great Britain, for the Service of the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty-one."

To this Bill the Royal Assent was pronounced in these Words; (videlicet,)

"Le Roy remercie ses bons Sujets, accepte leur Benevolonce, et ainsi le veu't."

"2. An Act to naturalize Joachim Peterssen, Henry Muilman, Benedict Koep, and John Henry Ott."

To this Bill the Royal Assent was pronounced in these Words; (videlicet,)

"Soit fait comme il est desiré."

Then His Majesty was pleased to retire.

And the Commons withdrew.

The House was adjourned during Pleasure, to unrobe.

The House was resumed.

Nolan to enter into Recognizance for Blakes.

The House being moved, "That Gregory Nolan Gentleman may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for Sibella Apolinea Blake and Jane Henrietta Barbara Blake, Infants, by Elizabeth Blake their Mother and Guardian, on account of their Appeal depending in this House, to which Robert Blake Esquire is Respondent; the Appellants residing in Ireland,"

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

State of Public Credit.

The Order of the Day, for the House to be in a Committee, to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit; and for the Lords to be summoned; and for such of the late Directors of the South Sea Company as have not yet been examined to attend, and Mr. John Grigsby to be produced; being read:

The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into the said Committee.

After some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.

And the Earl of Clarendon reported from the said Committee, "That they had taken several Examinations of the late Directors of the South Sea Company and Mr. Robert Surman, in Writing; which they had directed him to report, when the House will please to receive the same."

His Lordship also acquainted the House, "That Mr. John Grigsby, late Accomptant General of the South Sea Company, did not attend the Committee, pursuant to their Lordships Order."

And his Lordship further acquainted this House, That he was directed by the Committee to move, that they may have Leave to sit again."

Ordered, That the Report of the said Examinations be received on Tuesday Morning next; and that the House be the same Day put into a Committee, to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit.

Dr Dover examined, as to Mr. Grigsby's Health.

The House being informed, "That Doctor Dover attended:"

He was called in; and examined, upon Oath, in relation to Mr. Grigsby's Health.

And attesting, "The said Mr. Grigsby was so afflicted with the Gout, and so very ill, as not to be able to attend, without Danger of his Life:"

He withdrew.

Ordered, That Mr. John Grigsby and Mr. Robert Surman be produced, at the Bar of this House, on Tues day next.

Lighthorne Common, enclosing Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enclose the Common Field of Lightborne, and a Common called Lighthorne Musters, in the County of Warwick."

Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Bill be committed to the Lords following:

Ld. President.
Ld. Privy Seal.
Ld. Steward.
D. Bolton.
D. Bucks.
D. Portland.
D. Wharton.
D. Dorset.
E. Lincoln.
E. Northampton.
E. Westmorland.
E. Sunderland.
E. Clarendon.
E. Yarmouth.
E. Abingdon.
E. Warrington.
E. Sutherland.
E. Hadinton.
E. Loudoun.
E. Deloraine.
E. Ilay.
E. Strafford.
E. Cowper.
E. Coningesby.
V. Cobham.
Ld. Bp. London.
L. Bp. Norwich.
L. Bp. Rochester.
L. Bp. Gloucester.
L. Bp. Lincoln.
L. Bp. Carlisle.
L. Bp. Peterborow.
Ld. Delawar.
L. North & Grey.
L. Teynham.
L. Maynard.
L. Weston.
L. Gower.
L. Harcourt.
L. Boyle.
L. Hay.
L. Mansel.
L. Masham.
L. Foley.
L. Bathurst.
L. Bingley.
L. Carleton.
L. Onslow.
L. Ducie.

Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Thursday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.

Colebrooke to attend.

Ordered, That Mr. James Colebrooke, a Scrivener, do attend this House on Tuesday next.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Martis, decimum quartum diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima Auror. Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Martis, 14o Februarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Georgius Princeps Walliæ.

Arch. Cantuar.
Epus. Wigorn.
Epus. Sarum.
Epus. Norvic.
Epus. Rossen.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Oxon.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Litch. & Cov.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Kingston, C. P. S.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Newcastle, Camerarius.
Dux Richmond.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
Dux Montagu.
Dux Montrose.
Dux Roxburgh.
Dux Portland.
Dux Chandos.
Dux Dorset.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Lincoln.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Warwick.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Peterborow.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Essex.
Comes Anglesey.
Comes Litchfield.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Yarmouth.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Warrington.
Comes Bradford.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Godolphin.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Rothes.
Comes Buchan.
Comes Hadinton.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Orkney.
Comes Deloraine.
Comes Ilay.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Tankerville.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Bristol.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Cadogan.
Comes Coningesby.
Comes Castleton.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Viscount Lonsdale.
Viscount Tadcaster.
Viscount Cobham.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Lymington.
Ds. Willoughby Er.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. St. John Blet.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Brooke.
Ds. Maynard.
Ds. Berkeley Strat.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Lumley.
Ds. Guilford.
Ds. Weston.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Haversham.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Hay.
Ds. Montjoy.
Ds. Mansel.
Ds. Masham.
Ds. Foley.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Carleton.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Romney.
Ds. Newburgh.
Ds. Pawlet Bas.
Ds. Ducie.

PRAYERS.

E of Aylesford, Leave for a Bill:

After reading, and considering, the Report of the Judges to whom the Petition of Heneage Earl of Aylesford, and his Children, Heneage Finch Esquire commonly called Lord Guernsey, and the Ladies Anne, Mary, and Elizabeth, all Infants of tender Years, by the said Earl their Father and Guardian, and of Elizabeth Countess Dowager of Aylesford; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for the Purposes therein mentioned, was referred:

It is Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, pursuant to the said Petition and Report.

Bill read.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable the Right Honourable Heneage Earl of Aylesford to sell certain Estates of Leasehold and Inheritance, in the County of Kent, comprized in his Marriage Settlement; and to purchase another Estate, in the County of Leicester, of better Value, to be settled to the same Uses."

E. of Coningesby's Witnesses to attend the House; and other Witnesses to attend Committee of Privileges.

Ordered, That Richard Salway Esquire, Mr. Thomas Bayly, Mr. John Stead, Mr. John Gibbons, Mr. Edward Greenly, John Wills Esquire, and Thomas Borret Esquire, Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas, do attend this House, on Monday next, in order to be sworn, to give Evidence touching the Matter of the Book and Title, called, "The First Part of Earl Coningesby's Case, relating to the Vicarage of Lempster."

Ordered, That William Floyde of Marden Constable, John Yates of Aubor in the Parish of Morton upon Lugg, James Colloe of Hampton Court, William Rodd of Pencomb, Edward Green of the same, Thomas Harris of Marden, Thomas Williams of The Vald, Williams Junior, his Son, of the same, William Lingen of Sutton Junior, William Landon Junior, John Booth Surveyor of Land, and William Barnesley Esquire, Counsellor at Law, do attend this House on Monday Sevennight, in order to be sworn at the Bar, to be examined before the Committee of Privileges, to whom the Complaint, touching a Breach of Privilege committed on the Right Honourable the Earl Coningesby, by Edward Witherston and Thomas Lingen Clerk, and others, stands referred.

Hartcup's Nat. Bill.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for naturalizing John Hartcup."

Directors, &c. of S. S. Comp. Examinations to be reported.

The Order of the Day, for receiving the Report of the several Examinations of the late Directors and Officers of the South Sea Company, from the Committee of the whole House appointed to take into Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit, being read:

It is Ordered, That the said Report be received To-morrow.

State of Public Credit:

The Order of the Day, for the House to be in a Committee, to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit; and for Mr. James Colebrooke to attend, and Mr. John Grigsby and Mr. Robert Surman to be produced; being read:

The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into the said Committee.

After some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.

And the Earl of Clarendon reported from the said Committee, "That they had made some further Progress in the Matters to them referred; and desired Leave to sit again."

Mr. Cole brooke sworn.

Then Mr. James Colebrook attending, was called in, and sworn, in order to be examined touching the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit.

Mr. Waller examined, as to his Brother's Health:

The House being informed, "That Mr. Waller's Brother attended:"

He was called in; and examined, on Oath, at the Bar, "Why his said Brother did not attend this Day, as ordered?"

And attesting, "That he was so weak, that he kept his Chamber:"

And producing a Certificate of Doctor John Crompton's, upon Oath, dated Sunday last, touching the State of the Health of the said Mr. Waller; he withdrew.

And the said Certificate being read:

Mr. Edmond Waller attached.

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod do forthwith take into his Custody the Person of Edmond Waller Esquire; but, if he is found to be in such a Condition as not to be able to travel without Danger of his Life, then to let him remain at the Place where he now is, in Custody.

To Sir William Sanderson Knight and Baronet, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House, his Deputy or Deputies, and every of them.

The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put again into the said Committee.

After some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.

And the Earl of Clarendon reported from the said Committee, "That they had made some further Progress in the Matters to them referred; and acquainted the House, that he was directed by the Committee to move, that they may have Leave to sit again."

Ordered, That on Thursday next the House be put into a Committee, to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit; and that Mr. John Barber, formerly a Printer, do then attend.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit, præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, decimum quintum diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima Auror. Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Mercurii, 15o Februarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Georgius Princeps Walliæ.

Epus. Sarum.
Epus. Norvic.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Litch. & Cov.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Kingston, C. P. S.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Newcastle, Camerarius.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Marlborough.
Dux Montagu.
Dux Montrose.
Dux Roxburgh.
Dux Portland.
Dux Chandos.
Dux Dorset.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Lincoln.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Warwick.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Peterborow.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Essex.
Comes Anglesey.
Comes Litchfield.
Comes Yarmouth.
Comes Nottingham.
Comes Holderness.
Comes Warrington.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Godolphin.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Rothes.
Comes Buchan.
Comes Hadinton.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Orkney.
Comes Deloraine.
Comes Ilay.
Comes Tankerville.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Cadogan.
Comes Harborough.
Comes Coningesby.
Comes Castleton.
Viscount Tadcaster.
Viscount St. John.
Viscount Falmouth.
Ds. Willoughby Er.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. St. John Blet.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Brooke.
Ds. Maynard.
Ds. Berkeley Strat.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Lempster.
Ds. Weston.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Hay.
Ds. Mansel.
Ds. Masham.
Ds. Foley.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Carleton.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Newburgh.
Ds. Pawlet Bas.
Ds. Ducie.

PRAYERS.

Report of Examinations of the late Directors, &c. of the S. S. Comp. &c.:

The Earl of Clarendon (according to Order) reported from the Committee of the whole House, appointed to consider of the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit, the several Examinations of the late Directors of the South Sea Company, and Mr. John Grigsby the Accomptant General, and Mr. Robert Surman the Under-treasurer of the said Company, taken upon Oath, and signed by the respective Examinants (except Sir John Blunt and Sir John Fellows), as follows:

Sir J. Blount's;

"Die Sabbati, 4o Februarii, 1720.

"Sir John Blunt, being called in, and shewed the Book of the Accompt of Stock sold; was asked, If it contained a true Accompt?" He said, "He never saw a true Accompt of Stock sold:" And in One Place his own Name being mentioned, he says, He does not know he sold that Stock."

"And being asked, "If he was of the Committee of Treasury?" He answered, "He was not." Then being asked, "If he was of the Committee for taking Care of the Company's Interest, in relation to the Bill?" He desired to refer himself to the Books of the Company.

"Owned, "He might possibly be at the Court of Directors, when the Book of Stock sold was brought to them from the Committee of Treasury; but it was not read over there."

"Asked, "If he ever sold any of the Stock to any Person in the Administration, or any Member of either House of Parliament?" And thereupon insisted, "It was the Right of an Englishman, not to accuse himself, if it was a Criminal Matter; if not, he would give the best Answer he could."

"He was directed to withdraw.

"Proposed, "He be called in again; and told, he must answer the Question."And thereupon he was called in, and asked accordingly; and says, "He is sensible of the Weight of falling under the Displeasure of this House." But, being required either peremptorily to answer, or withdraw; he acquainted the Committee, "He had been under a strict Examination already, before the Secret Committee of the Commons; and answered several Questions, long and various; and would not be thought to prevaricate, having no Copy of what he had before sworn."

"He then owned, "He had disposed of Two Sums, £. 6,000. to Colonel Monroe, at £. 275; and £. 1,000 to Mr. Banks, at £. 310; both of the House of Commons. He took Mr. Banks's Note for the Payment of the Money, and gave him a Note that the Stock should be delivered; and the Money was paid soon after it became due, and he gave it to Mr. Knight. He, this Examinant, did not tell him whose Stock it was; wherefore Mr. Banks thought it was his own, he believes; but has told him, since the Session, it was the Company's Stock."

"Sir John being asked, "If he offered to put another Name in his Stead?" He believes he did; and that Mr. Banks said, "It might stand in his own Name." He likewise said, "He believed the Colonel did not know it was the Company's Stock; he having never told him it was, as he remembers."

"Asked, "If the Practice of taking in Stock was resolved on by the Directors?" And answers, "He cannot say it; but owned, they might have consulted about it."

"He was directed, "To call to Memory all such as he transacted for, or what any other of the Directors did of that Kind."

"And says, "It is impossible for him to recollect:" Repeated, "that he has been under Examination before to this Matter in another Place; and therefore hopes to be excused answering, lest his Evidence should differ."

And being required, to give an Account if other Directors did not consult him about Matters of this Nature: He makes the same Excuse, as to his being examined in another Place; and declined to answer.

He is again directed to withdraw.

Proposed, "To call him in again; and ask him, "If he did not take Stock in for any Person in the Administration, he naming before only Two of the House of Commons?" And being called in; and asked accordingly: Says, "He does not remember he did sell, or take in, any Stock, for any Person in the Administration."

The last Question but One being again asked him: Says, "He would be very loth to offend this August Body; and would be glad he could get a Copy of what he has swore in another Place." Whereupon he was told, "If he did not answer, it would be reported so to the House." He hoped, "He should have Indulgence; declaring, he would do nothing to create Offence."

Asked, "If he had any other Reason for his Refusal than that he has already given?" And says, "No other than his being examined by the Committee of Commons." But it being insisted on he should answer; he still hoped for Indulgence, in referring to his former Examination.

He was then asked, "If any Person had advised or directed him, directly or indirectly, to refuse to give an Account of what he was before asked, as to his taking in or selling Stock to any in the Administration, or Members of either House?" and says, "No."

Asked, "Whether he knows of any other Directors, or their Officers, that have sold or taken in Stock for any in the Administration, or Members of either House?" And says, "He has before given an Account; and again desires to refer to his Examination before the Secret Committee of the Commons."

Asked, "If he knew, or had heard, of any Stock taken in, or to be taken in, for any Person in the Treasury?" And declining to answer; he was peremptorily asked, "Whether he would answer, or no?" And says, "He is sensible of the Danger of falling under their Lordships Displeasure, and would gladly be excused."

Then, it being insisted on, he should withdraw:

He withdrew accordingly.

Proposed, "This Matter be reported to this House."

Also proposed, "Sir John Blunt be again called in."

Whereupon a Motion being made, and the Question being put, "That the said Sir John be now called in?"

It was Resolved in the Affirmative.

Called in accordingly; and asked the last Question; and says, "He did not sell Stock to any of them; nor knows of any sold to any Person of the Treasury; and it was a hard Thing to be put to speak upon Hearsay."

He is again directed to withdraw."

Die Martis, 7o Februarii 1720.

Sir J Fellows';

Sir John Fellows was called in; and asked this Question, "Do you know, or have you heard, of any Person in the Administration, or the King's Service, or that is a Member of either House of Parliament, that has had any Stock given to him, or promised him, or taken in for him?"

And answers, "I hope to be indulged, so as not to be asked any Questions which may subject me to any Penalties upon myself. I have been very much in Disorder in my Health, and am so still. Have heard, that several Votes of Censure have been passed in my Absence; therefore beg to know how far I should answer. I have been very much affected as to my Memory; and am in the Judgement of the Lords, how far I should answer that may affect myself. I was in the Spring and in the Summer very much affected in my Head, and am so still."

Asked, "If he had heard of any Person in the Administration, or the King's Service, or that was a Member of either House of Parliament, that has had any Stock given to him, or promised him, or taken in for him?"

And says, "I do not know of any. I cannot say I have heard of any in the Administration that have. I do not remember to have heard of any. I cannot charge my Memory with it. I do not know of any Person. I have been out of Order. I did not transact Affairs of that Nature with Members of either House. I hope you will give me Time, to consider and refresh my Memory. Your Lordships were pleased to indulge me before: I desire to be indulged, to consider of this."

Charles Joy asked the First Question.

And answers, "I do not know of any. I did hear Mr. Knight say, a great while ago, about Nine Months ago, "My Lord Sunderland was to have some," and asking him, "How that could be? who could give Order for it?" Mr. Knight said, "It was not for himself; but in Trust for some Friends." And since this Inquiry, asking Mr. Knight, "If my Lord Sunderland had had any Stock?" He answered positively, "No." Whereupon I saying, "Are you sure of it?" He said, "He was sure of it," or Words to that Effect."

Asked, "If he knew what Quantity of Stock it was?" And says, "I cannot charge my Memory whether Mr. Knight should say £. 30,000 or £ 100,000."

Asked, "Whether any body was present at those Discourses?" And says, "I apprehend there was nobody present that could hear them."

Asked, "What gave Rise to those Discourses?"

And says, "Mr. Knight spoke to me directly, without previous Conversation, the First Time. The Second Time, without any Thing previous, I asked Mr. Knight, "If my Lord Sunderland had had any Stock?" And he said positively, "No."

Asked, "Whether, upon the First Conversation, any Thing more passed?" And says, "To the best of my Remembrance, I had no other Conversation with Mr. Knight the First Time."

Asked, "Whether, before the First Conversation, any Discourse had passed between Mr. Knight and himself, for taking in Stock for any Person whatsoever?" And says, "Some Time before, Mr. Knight told me, "He thought it would be an advantageous Thing for the Company to sell some Stock." I asked him, "If the Company had Stock?" And he told me, "They had some, about £. 25 or 30,000. and £. 100,000. in his own Name." I had a Second Conversation with him to the same Purpose."

Asked, "If it was mentioned in the Second Conversation, that my Lord Sunderland was to have some?"

And says, "It was not: I believe it was a Fortnight or Three Weeks after."

Asked, "If he does not know my Lord Teynham was charged with a Sum as a Defaulter in the Third Subscription?" And says, "I believe my Lord Teynham is unjustly charged as a Defaulter, by some Mistake or other; but do not know how it happens."

Asked, "If he had heard of any other Persons for whom Stock was taken in?" And says, "Mr. Secretary Craggs, Sir John Fellows, and myself, waited on the Dutchess of Kendall; acquainting her, "That Mr. Knight would provide her Eight or Ten Thousand Pounds Stock, and her Two Nieces Five Thousand Pounds apiece, as I remember; the Countess of Plat Eight or Ten Thousand Pounds, at £. 150. per Cent. they paying the Money for it, which, Mr. Knight informed us, was the Market-price."

Asked, "If he knew when this was?" And says, "I cannot recollect when it was; but asking Mr. Knight, some Time since, "Whether those Ladies had the Stock?" He assured me, "The Dutchess and her Two Nieces never had the Stock; as to the other Lady, he spoke more doubtful."

Asked, "Whether the Ladies had the Difference of the Stock?" And says, "I never heard that they had."

Charles Joy."

Sir R. Chaplin's;

Sir Robert Chaplin called in; and asked the First Question."

And says, "Mr. Rolt and myself borrowed Money of Mr. Knight, to buy £. 10,000. Stock. He sent us an Accompt of the buying of the Stock at £. 174½. We kept it about a Fortnight, and then ordered him to sell it. He sent me an Accompt of the Sale; which Accompt is before the Secret Committee of the Commons. The Sales amounted to £. 197. at an Average. This is all that I know relating to that Question. I took it for Mr. Knight's own Money: When we made up the Accompt, Mr. Knight charged Brokerage and Transfers."

Asked, "Whether he had at any Time told any Gentleman of the House of Commons, he might have Stock?" And says, "No; and knows not that any other Person made such Offer to any Member of either House."

Asked, "If any Interest was charged?" And says, "He thinks there was; the Stock was bought in February, and sold some Time in March."

Ro. Chaplin."

Eyles;

Francis Eyles called in; and asked the First Question. And says, "I know of no Stock given to, promised, or taken in for, any Person in the Administration, or any Member of either House of Parliament; nor have heard of any."

Fran. Eyles."

Gibbon's;

Die Mercurii, 8o Februarii 1720.

Edward Gibbon called in; and asked the First Question."

And says, "I do not know any Thing of my own Knowledge. Mr. Knight did tell me, the Beginning of last Year, "that he was to supply my Lord Sunderland with £. 50,000. Stock." I never heard any Thing further of it afterwards, nor heard what was done in it."

Asked, "If any body else was present?" And says, "Nobody, so as to hear."

Asked, "If he had any Discourse with Mr. Knight more than once?" And says, "None, as I remember."

Asked, "What previous Discourse had you with Mr. Knight?" And says, "I do not rememember any other particular Discourse at that Time."

Asked, "What he meant by the Beginning of last Year?" And says, "It was in February, as I believe."

Asked, "If Mr. Knight said this any more than once?" And says, "I do not remember he mentioned it more than once."

Asked, "Where it was?" And says, "In The South Sea House."

Asked, "If any other were in the Room?" And says, "None that could hear it."

Asked, "If he ever saw, in any of the Accompts passed, any Thing that could lead him to think my Lord Sunderland had that Stock?" And says, "I never saw any Thing in the Books, that could lead me to think his Lordship had it."

Asked, "If the Accompt of Stock sold is fictitious?" And says, "I do not know any Thing of my own Knowledge: I believe there are several Sums transacted in other Names than are set down in that Accompt."

Asked, "If he ever heard afterwards that that Stock was not taken in for my Lord Sunderland?" And says, "I have heard Mr. Joy say so; but do not remember I heard any body else say so."

Asked, "When was it Mr. Joy told you so?" And says, "I cannot recollect the Time; it was since this Inquiry."

Asked, "When Mr. Knight told you, "he would supply Stock for my Lord Sunderland;" what Answer did you make?" And says, I do not remember what passed at that Time further."

Asked, "If he ever had any Discourse with Mr. Knight, for the taking in of Stock, for carrying on the Interest of the Company?" And says, "I do not remember any Discourse of that Nature."

Asked, "If he thought any Stock could have been bought or taken in for any Person, on the Accompt of the Company, without coming to his Knowledge, first or last?" And says, "I never knew that any Stock was taken in for any Person, on Accompt of the Company."

Asked, "If he ever saw any Accompt, in the Treasury or elsewhere belonging to the Company, out of which the Accompt of Stock sold is composed?" And says, "I never saw, as I remember, any Accompt out of which that Accompt was composed."

Asked, "Whether it was possible such a Transaction could be, without coming to his Knowledge?" And says, "It is very possible; he not being of the Committee of Treasury, nor having any Thing to do with passing Accompts of that Nature."

Asked, "If he had ever been called in, to be advised with by the Committee of Treasury?" And says, "I have, Twice or Thrice, upon particular Transactions. There has been other Business done, when my Name is entered, after I have been gone away; which I never heard of till lately."

Asked, "Whether the Committee for the Bill did not confer among themselves about taking in of Stock, for carrying on the Interest of the Company?" And says, "All that I understood of the Nature of that Committee was, that it was to attend Mr. Lowndes and Counsel, to see that the Bill was drawn according to the Propositions of the Company accepted by the Commons; and do not remember any Conversation in the Committee, for taking in of Stock for carrying on the Interest of the Company."

Asked, "What particular Occasions he was called to the Committee of Treasury for?"

And says, "One was, when the Exchange fell for Holland, the Committee desired me to be One to draw Money for Holland to support it."

Another Occasion was, They desired me to go up to the Treasury, to transact some Business; which, when I came up, I found was the buying Stock to support the Price; and though I was against doing it, yet my Name is put down there."

"Ed. Gibbon."

Houlditch's;

Richard Houlditch called in, and asked the First Question.

And says, "A few Days before the passing of the Act, I was a coming to this End of the Town, with Mr. Knight the Treasurer; and I told him, "That I had heard he had parted with several Parcels of Stock." And he told me, "He had; but, if I pleased, I might accommodate Three or Four Friends at the Market-price, and he would take Care to deliver it." The next Day I was at Garraway's Coffeehouse; and a Gentleman came to me, and said, "That a Friend of his had sent to borrow some Money, in order to buy £. 2,000. Stock; but he wished I would be so kind to buy it for him." Whereupon I told him, "That I would buy that Quantity for him." And then he carried me to General Webb, who was at Garraway's; and so I gave it him at the Market-price, which was £. 273. per Cent. Then I went to Mr. Knight, and told him of it; who said, "It was very well, he would take Care to deliver it him:" Upon which, I signed a Note to General Webb, to deliver him the Stock; and he signed a Note, to accept and pay the Money for the same. Some Time after this, he came to me; and I carried him to Mr. Knight, and left them together, in order for his taking the Stock of Mr. Knight. General Webb, I believe, knew nothing but that he had the Stock of me. This is all I know relating to this Article. The same Day, or the Day following, there was one Captain Cartwright that I spared £. 2,000. to at the Market-price, which, to the best of my Memory, was £. 280. per Cent. I carried him to Mr. Knight, and suppose he took the Stock of him. I left them together, and never heard but that he did. I believe that Mr. Cartwright knew nothing but that he had the Stock of me or Mr. Knight. Then a few Days afterwards I was in the Court of Requests, being going out of Town, and met a Gentleman, who told me, "My Countryman Mr. Harvey, of Comb, desired to buy £. 1,000. Stock." And the Gentleman said to him, "I believe Mr. Houlditch will buy it for him:" Upon which, Mr. Harvey said, "I will mortgage my Estate to you for Security." Then I said, "There was no Occasion for him to put himself to the Charge of a Mortgage; I did not doubt but he would pay for it honestly." After this, he sent his Goldsmith to me, to accept of the Stock; who I carried to Mr. Knight, and believe he accepted of the Stock, and paid him for the same. This is all I have to say to Members of the House of Commons. I never had any Conference with any Person in the Administration, in relation to their having Stock. He was then asked as to what he has heard. And says, "I was one Day with Mr. Knight, who told me, "There were large Parcels of Stock that had been parted with by him at the Marketprice," and told me of a Sum of £. 50,000. that was to be, or was, reserved for a noble Lord in a high Station; but that some Time afterwards, mentioning it to him again, he said, "It did not go that Way, but some other Way:" Besides that, Mr. Knight told me, "A deserving Person was to have £. 20,000. at a Market-price;" but did not mention his Name. The Day following, Mr. Knight mentioned to me another Sum of £. 10 or 12,000. which, upon Discourse, occasioned me to believe was for Mr. Charles Stanhope; but do not know whether ever he or any other Persons had those large Sums. At another Time, a few Days afterwards, Mr. Knight said, "Another Sum of £. 40,000. was to be reserved for some Person or Persons very near the King;" but did not hear their Names mentioned, nor do I know whether they ever had the Stock. When the Accompt of Stock sold was laid before the Court of Directors, I was sick, and never saw or read One Name that was therein. I have acquainted your Lordships with all I know relating to this Matter. I believe both General Webb and Captain Cartwright paid the Money for the Stock."

Asked, "How came you to think the £. 10 or 12,000. Stock aforementioned was for Mr. Charles Stanhope?" And says, "I pressing Mr. Knight to know who that Stock was for; he told me, "It was for One of the Secretaries." Whereupon I asking him, "If it was for Mr. Lowndes?" He told me, "It was not;" which is all the Reason I had to believe it was for Mr. Charles Stanhope."

"Richard Houlditch."

Sir W. Chapman's,

Sir William Chapman called in, and asked the First Question; and says, "I do not know, nor have ever heard of, any Person in the Administration, or any Member of either House of Parliament, that has had any Stock given to him, or promised him, or taken in for him."

"W'm Chapman."

Chester's;

Robert Chester called in, and asked the First Question; and says, "I do not know, or have heard, of any Stock that has been given to, promised, or taken in for, any Person in the Administration, or any Member of either House of Parliament, other than what is put down in the Accompt laid before this House, of Stock sold, of Transactions done by myself, to the best of my Remembrance."

"Robert Chester."

Hawes';

Francis Hawes called in, and asked the First Question; and says, "I know nothing more than what I acquainted your Lordships with, when I was last at the Bar."

But being bid to mention the Matter again:

Says, "My Lord Finch spoke to me about the taking in of £. 5,000. Stock for him, which was bought by a Broker, which his Lordship desired I would take in; but could not myself, so spoke to Mr. Knight, who took it from the Broker; and it was afterwards settled by my Lord Finch and Mr. Knight."

Asked, "Whether the Principal and Interest of that Money was paid?" And says, "I believe it was."

Asked, "If this Transaction was during the passing of the Bill, or afterwards?" And says, "I believe it was before the passing of the Bill."

Asked, "Are you positive the Stock was bought by a Broker?" And says, "I am positive the Stock was bought by a Broker."

Asked, "If the Stock was actually transferred by a Broker, whether the Company could be a Loser by it?" And says, "The Company could not."

Asked, "Do you know of any other for whom Stock was taken in?" And says, "Mr. Knight acquainted me some Time ago, that he had taken in, or held Stock for Mr. Arslabie; but what Sum it was, or how settled, I do not know."

Asked, "If he did any Thing for Mr. Aislabie himself?" And says, "I did buy about £. 20,000. or £. 30,000. in December or January last was Twelvemonth; and about March or April last £. 3,000. more, at about £. 340. per Cent. I do not know certainly the Price of the First; but believe it was at about £. 130."

Asked, "In what Manner this Transaction was?" And says, "The Stock was paid for by me out of Mr. Aislabie's Money, on Accompts depending between us, and was taken in and paid for at the current Market-price.

Asked, "What Time Mr. Knight took the Stock in?" And says, "Mr. Knight mentioned it to me about Four Months ago; but he did not then mention the Time; and I do not know near what Time it was, nor what the Sum was."

Asked, "If he is sure the Stock bought for Mr. Aislabie was not paid for out of the Public Money?" And says, "He is sure it was not."

Asked, "If he knew whether Mr. Knight kept any Cash or Money of Mr. Aislabie's?" And says, "He does not know."

"Fra. Hawes."

Sir Theodore Jansson's;

Sir Theodore Jansson called in, and asked the First Question; and says, "I never heard of any Stock that was disposed of to any Person in the Administration, or any Member of this Honourable House."

Mr. Travers, sitting by me in the House of Commons, asked me, "What I thought of the South Sea Stock?" I told him, "I could not tell; but had myself sold Two or Three Parcels since the Scheme was in the House." He said, "He thought it would rise speedily;" and further said, "He had some Bank Stock he would sell, and turn it into South Sea Stock; that he had heard Mr. Knight sold some." I told him, "I knew nothing of it." He desired me to speak to him, he not knowing him:" And seeing Mr. Knight upon the Steps by the Speaker's Chamber, I asked him, "If he had Stock to sell?" He said, "To oblige a Friend, he would sell some;" and asking who it was; I told him, "Mr. Travers;" who afterwards spoke to Mr. Knight, and some Time after told me, "He had done his Business with Mr. Knight for £. 2,000. and had paid him the Money for it."

This is all I know in relation to Stock sold.

Theod. Jansson."

Sawbridge's;

Jacob Sawbridge asked the same Question.

And says, "I do not know, nor have I heard, of any Stock given to, promised, or taken in for, any Person in the Administration; nor do I know, nor have I heard, of any Stock given to, promised, or taken in for, any Member of either House of Parliament, except £. 50,000. which was for the sole Use of myself and Partners."

Jacob Sawbridge."

Sir. L. Blackwell's;

Die Veneris, 10o Februarii, 1720.

Sir Lambert Blackwell called in, and asked the First Question; and says, "I know of no Stock given to, promised, or taken in for, any Person in the Administration, or in this Honourable House."

I did acquaint your Lordships before, that £. 1,000. was taken in for Sir Wilfred Lawson by Mr. Knight. Mr. Forrester is unjustly charged in the Book with £. 1,000. Stock, (fn. 1) which Mr. John Mark desired he might have Money lent for a short Time, upon the said Mark's Security for Re-payment: The said Mr. Mark is ready, upon Oath, to declare, "That he did re-pay the Money, with Interest for the short Time that he borrowed it for; and that Mr. Forrester stands unjustly charged with that Sum in the Accompt of Stock sold."

"I have nothing further to say on this Question."

Asked, "If he knew whether the £. 1,000. was taken in for Sir Wilfred Lawson?" And says, "He believes it was taken in for him."

Asked, "If he told Sir Wilfred of it?" And says, "Sir Wilfred was present when I received my Answer from Mr. Knight, that he would lend him the Money, or take in the Stock."

Asked, "At what Time this Transaction was?" And says, "I was at Garraway's Coffee-house, about 12 a Clock, in or about February. I do declare, it was an innocent Thing in Sir Wilfred Lawson."

Lam. Blackwell."

Sir J. Lambert's;

Sir John Lambert called in, and asked the First Question: And says, "I do not know of any Stock that has been taken in for any Person in the Administration, or any Member of either House of Parliament; nor have I heard of any."

"Jno. Lambert."

Astell's;

William Astell called in, and asked the First Question: And says, "I do not know, nor have I heard, of any Stock that has been given to, promised, or taken in for, any Person in the Administration, or any Member of either House of Parliament, but what I heard Sir Lambert Blackwell and Sir Robert Chaplin mention in this Honourable House."

He is shewed the Accompt laid before the House from the Bank, of the Cash Accompt between that Company and the South Sea Company.

And says, "Upon looking over the Book of Mr. Knight's Draughts upon the Bank, I saw One Draught, dated 18th April 1720, payable to John Aislabie Esquire, of £. 27,378. 19s. 6d. I believe the Figures were in the Side of the Book, and made by Mr. Knight's own Hand; another Draught some Time after of £. 6,000.; the 20th of September, One Draught of £. 4,700. and One of £. 86.; all these in Mr. Aislabie's Name. The 27th of May following to Mrs. Judith Aislabie, £. 2,503. The 18th of April, to Mr. Charles Stanhope, £. 6,262. 13s. The 17th of May, £. 13,859.; about the 30th of the same Month, £. 26,750; the 4th of August, £. 4,865; all in the Name of Mr. Charles Stanhope."

Asked, "If he knew of other Names?" Mentions, "Shelton Calmady, £. 2,180. 6s. the 26th of April; Patrick Haldane, £. 3,035. May 25th; John Burridge, £. 2,375. May 27th; William Farrer, £. 2,195. June 9th; James Craggs, £. 5,000. June 10th; £. 805. 13s. the same Name, the 13th of that Month. This is all that was remarkable; but I do not know whether these Names are fictitious, or the Sums really paid to them."

Asked, "If he knew of any Sum, there contained, paid as a Balance of Accompt for Stock bought, sold, or taken in?"

And says, "I do not know that any of the preceding Sums were for the Balance, or in Part of a Balance, of Stock sold or taken in; being no Way privy to the Transaction, but only having seen the Book of Draughts."

Asked, "If he knew it of any other Sums in that Book paid as a Balance for Stock taken in or sold?" And says, "I find, the 17th of May, Two Notes drawn to Sir Robert Chaplin, of £. 1,117. 6s. each; which, Sir Robert told me, was for the Balance on the settling the £. 5,000. Stock for himself, and £. 5,000. Stock for Mr. Rolt."

Mentions, "A Note, payable to Sir Robert Chaplin, of £. 11,732. 10s. which Sir Robert declares was not for his Use."

Asked, "If he could recollect for whose Use that Note was drawn?" And says, "Sir Robert inquired into the Fact, and found the Note was paid to the Sword-Blade Company, on Accompt of Stock taken in by them, either for Mr. Knight or Mr. Surman; that he was no Way concerned therein, and shewed me a Certificate from Mr. Surman to that Purpose."

Asked, "If he remembers, or can tell, how the £. 30,000. charged to the Name of the Duke of Portland was paid, or by whom?" And says, "I cannot tell any Thing of it."

Asked, "When fictitious Names are used, if it is probable the Names of Members of either House of Parliament should be so used?" And says, "I cannot answer directly to that; but the Name of Sir Robert Chaplin being fictitiously used, makes me cautious in answering."

Asked, "If he knew of any such fictitious Names used, when Members were not Directors?" And says, "I cannot answer this Question, knowing nothing of the Matter."

Asked, "Whether if, from any Observations you have made, from any Thing you have heard, you know of any Sums contained in the Accompt from the Bank, paid as a Balance of Accompt for Stock bought, sold, or taken in?" And says, "I have not heard of any Thing of any particular Sums or Persons, but in the Case of Sir Robert Chaplin and Mr. Rolt."

"William Astell."

Child's;

Stephen Child called in, and asked the First Question: And says, "I have not known of any Thing, nor have I heard of any particular Transaction of that Kind."

"Stephen Child."

Surman's;

Robert Surman called in, and asked the First Question: And says, "I do not of my certain Knowledge know of any Person in the Administration, or any Member of either House of Parliament, that has had any Stock given to him, or promised to him, or taken in for him, excepting the Accompt of Stock sold, laid before this House."

Asked, "If he had heard of any?" And says, "Mr. Knight, soon after the Stock was entered in the Company's Books, has told me, "It was an Affair of a private Nature; and that Part of it was disposed of to People of Distinction, without naming any Names to me."

He is shewed the Book laid before the House by the Bank; and asked as to the Sum of £. 30,777. 10s. 6d. mentioned to the Duke of Porland?" And says, "He knows nothing of that Sum being there mentioned."

"Asked as to the South Sea Bonds, relating to his Grace?" And says, "There was a Transaction of some South Sea Bonds, in relation to the Duke of Portland; but knows nothing of the Particulars of it."

Asked, "Whether he does not remember Mr. Travers was brought by Mr. Knight to him, to receive South Sea Stock; and whether Mr. Travers did not pay the Money at the same Time he had the Transfer of the Stock?" And says, "By Direction of Mr. Knight, I did transfer some Stock, I believe £. 2,000. to Mr. Travers; and he paid the Sum directed by Mr. Knight to be received for the said Stock; but how much the Sum was, I do not know."

Asked, "If that Sum mentioned to the Duke of Portland was not paid in Discharge of Bonds left with Mr. Knight?" And says, "I do not remember the Particulars of that Transaction."

Asked, "Whether the £. 6,000. Stock mentioned in the Accompt of Stock (fn. 2) to be sold to Mr. West, was not in Exchange for £. 700. per Annum Annuities?" And says, "Mr. West did apply to Mr. Knight, desiring that he would purchase the Annuities of him, at the current Price they were then at; and desire him to give as much South Sea Stock as the Annuities would purchase at the current Price the Stock was then at; which I remember was done about the same Time."

"Robert Surman."

Die Sabbati, 11o Februarii, 1720.

Delaport's, Edmondson's, & al; and Grigsby's.

Peter Delaport, James Edmunson, Sir William Hamond, Rich'd Horsey, Sir Jacob Jacobson, Arthur Ingram, Sir Harcourt Master, William Morley, Am brose Page, Hugh Raymond, Thomas Reynolds, Samuel Reade Junior, William Tillard, and John Turner, were called in; and severally asked, "If they knew, or had Leard of, any Person in the Administration, or the King's Service, or any Member of either House of Parliament, that has had any Stock given to him, or promised him, or taken in for him?" And they all severally declared, "They never knew of any Stock given to, promised, or taken in for, any Person in the Administration, or the King's Service, or a Member of either House of Parliament; nor ever heard of any, except by common Fame since this Inquiry.

Peter Delaport.
Jacob Jacobson.
Ambrose Page.
W'm Tillard.
James Edmundson.
Arthur Ingram.
Hugh Raymond.
Jno. Turner.
William Hamond.
Harcourt Master.
Thomas Reynolds.
Richard Horsey.
William Morley.
Samuel Reade Junior."

Die Martis, 14o Februarii, 1720.

John Grigsby called in; and asked the abovementioned Question.

And answers, "I never knew, nor have heard, of any Stock given to, promised, or taken in for, any Person in the Administration, or the King's Service, or any Member of either House of Parliament."

"John Grigsby."

Which Report being read by the Clerk:

It is Ordered, That the same be entered in the Journal of this House.

Message from H. C. with a Bill.

A Message from the House of Commons, by the Lord William Pawlet and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for enlarging the Time for making the River Kennet navigable, from Reading to Newbury, in the County of Berks;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

L. Lovat versus Creditors of Mackenzie.

Counsel were this Day called in, to be heard, upon the Petition and Appeal of Simon Lord Lovat; complaining of several Interlocutory Sentences, Orders, and Acts, of the Lords of Session in Scotland, made on the Behalf of the Creditors of Alexander Mackenzie, Hugh Frazier, and Patrick Robertson, their Factors; as also upon the joint and several Answer of the said Hugh Frazier and Patrick Robertson, Factors for the Behoof of the Creditors of Alexander Mackenzie.

And the Counsel for the Appellant acquainted the House, "They conceived the Appeal was defective, which they discovered but very lately; and therefore were desirous the Cause might be put off for a Fortnight or Three Weeks, on Payment of the Costs of this Day."

And the Respondents Counsel being heard thereunto;

And due Consideration had of what was offered in this Case:

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Appellant do forthwith amend his Appeal, by inserting such other Interlocutor or Interlocutor's as he shall be advised; and do use his Endeavours to procure the said Cause to be heard within Three Weeks, unless delayed by the Respondents not answering the said Appeal when amended: And further, that the said Appellant do forthwith pay, or cause to be paid, to the said Respondents, the Sum of Thirty Pounds, for the Costs of this Day's Attendance.

Countess of Denbigh, Leave for a Nat. Bill.

Upon reading the Petition of Isabella Countess of Denbigh, Wife of William Earl of Denbigh; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for her Naturalization:

It is Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, according to the Prayer of the said Petition.

Chevers & al. versus Geoghegan,

A Petition of Terence Geoghegan Gentleman, Respondent to the Appeal of Andrew Chevers and others, was presented to the House, and read; praying a Copy of the Outlawry against Christopher Chevers, late of Killyan, in the County of Galway, Esquire, commonly called Lord Mt Leinster; and "that attested Copies of the Enrolment of the original Deed of Purchase, from the Trustees for Sale of the forfeited Estates in Ireland, to the Sword-Blade Company, and of the Outlawries against Christopher Chevers and Edward Chevers, may be admitted to be read at the Hearing in this House; and that the said Hearing, which stands appointed for the Twentieth Instant, may be put off for a reasonable Time, that the Petitioner may send for the Copy of the Outlawry, or such other Order to be made in the Premises as may be thought meet."

Also, a Petition of Andrew Chevers and others, Appellants in the said Cause, was presented to the House, and read; praying, "In regard the Respondents have had sufficient Time to prepare for the said Hearing, and the Respondent Terence Geoghegan, being lately come from Ireland, might have brought all material Pleadings and Records with him; that the Petitioners may not be put to any further Expences or Delay; but that the Day now appointed may stand:"

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear One Counsel of a Side, upon the Matters contained in the said Petitions, on Saturday next, at Eleven a Clock.

E. of Aylesford's Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable the Right Honourable Heneage Earl of Aylesford to sell certain Estates of Leasehold and Inheritance, in the County of Kent, comprized in his Marriage Settlement; and to purchase another Estate, in the County of Leicester, of better Value, to be settled to the same Uses."

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to the Consideration of the Lords following: (videlicet,)

Ld. President.
Ld. Privy Seal.
Ld. Steward.
Ld. Chamberlain.
D. Grafton.
D. Bolton.
D. Montrose.
D. Portland.
D. Dorset.
E. Lincoln.
E. Northampton.
E. Westmorland.
E. Sunderland.
E. Scarsdale.
E. Clarendon.
E. Anglesey.
E. Litchfield.
E. Yarmouth.
E. Nottingham.
E. Warrington.
E. Rochford.
E. Sutherland.
E. Buchan.
E. Hadinton.
E. Loudoun.
E. Deloraine.
E. Ilay.
E. Tankerville.
E. Aylesford.
E. Sussex.
E. Cowper.
E. Coningesby.
Ld. Bp. Norwich.
L. Bp. Chester.
L. Bp. Gloucester.
L. Bp. Lincoln.
L. Bp. Exeter.
L. Bp. Carlisle.
L. Bp. Peterborough.
L. Bp. Bristol.
Ld. Delawar.
L. North & Grey.
L. Hunsdon.
L. St. John Blet.
L. Compton.
L. Teynham.
L. Brooke.
L. Maynard.
L. Cornwallis.
L. Guilford.
L. Lempster.
L. Weston.
L. Herbert.
L. Haversham.
L. Gower.
L. Harcourt.
L. Boyle.
L. Mansel.
L. Masham.
L. Foley.
L. Bathurst.
L. Bingley.
L. Carleton.
L. Onslow.
L. Romney.
L. Newburgh.
L. Ducie.

Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Thursday the Second Day of March next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.

Clavering, Leave for a Bill:

After reading, and considering, the Report of the Judges to whom the Petition of James Clavering of Greencroft in the County of Durham Esquire, James Clavering the Younger of Stowhouse in the said County Esquire, and Katherine his Wife, was referred; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for the Purposes in the Petition mentioned:

It is Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, pursuant to the said Petition and Report.

Bill read.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable James Clavering Junior Esquire to make Sale of his Estate, at Tanfield, in the County of Durham, freed from the Uses and Trusts in the said James Clavering's Marriage Settlement; and to settle his Estate at Hall Hill, in the said County, to the same Uses."

River Kennet navigable, Time enlarged, Bill.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for enlarging the Time for making the River Kennet navigable, from Reading to Newbury, in the County of Berks."

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis, decimum sextum diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima Auror. Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Jovis, 16o Februarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Epus. Wigorn.
Epus. Sarum.
Epus. Meneven.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Oxon.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Kingston, C. P. S.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Newcastle, Camerarius.
Dux Richmond.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
Dux Montagu.
Dux Roxburgh.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Chandos.
Dux Dorset.
Comes Lincoln.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Anglesey.
Comes Litchfield.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Yarmouth.
Comes Nottingham.
Comes Holderness.
Comes Warrington.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Godolphin.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Buchan.
Comes Hadinton.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Orkney.
Comes Deloraine.
Comes Ilay.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Uxbridge.
Comes Tankerville.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Bristol.
Comes Halifax.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Cadogan.
Comes Harborough.
Comes Coningesby.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Viscount Tadcaster.
Ds. Willoughby Er.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. St. John Blet.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Brooke.
Ds. Maynard.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Lumley.
Ds. Guilford.
Ds. Lempster.
Ds. Weston.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Montjoy.
Ds. Mansel.
Ds. Masham.
Ds. Foley.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Carleton.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Romney.
Ds. Newburgh.
Ds. Ducie.

PRAYERS.

Mist's Petition rejected.

Upon reading the Petition of Nathaniel Mist Printer; setting forth, "That the Petitioner, the last Session of Parliament, had the Misfortune to incur the Displeasure of this House, for misrepresenting the Affairs of the Protestants in The Palatinate, in his Weekly Journal; that, in Pursuance of their Lordships Address to His Majesty, the Petitioner has been prosecuted by the Attorney General, and tried and convicted, and sentenced to stand Twice in the Pillory, fined £. 50. to be imprisoned Three Months, and give Sureties for his Behaviour for Seven Years; that the Petitioner, upon his Examination, was very ingenuous, and is heartily sorry for his said Offence;" and praying, "That their Lordships will intercede with His Majesty, that His Majesty will be graciously pleased to remit the First Part of his Sentence:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition be rejected.

Gentleman Usher's Account of Mr. Waller.

The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod acquainted the House, "That, on Tuesday last, he sent his Son to Beconsfield, to attach Edmond Waller Esquire, pursuant to their Lordships Order; who finding him in Bed, in a Sweat, and not in a Condition to be removed, he left one Simmons, a Messenger, with him."

Duff versus Gordon.

Upon reading the Petition of Alexander Hamilton, Agent for William Duff of Dipple Esquire, Appellant in a Cause depending in this House, to which George Gordon of Glastirum Esquire is Respondent; setting forth, "That, by Order of this House, of the 19th of December last, the Respondent was required to put in his Answer to the said Appeal by the 16th of January following, which he has neglected to do, though duly served with the said Order for that Purpose;" and praying, "That a peremptory Day may be appointed, for the said Respondent to put in his Answer thereunto;" and reading an Affidavit of the said Service:

It is Ordered, That the said Respondent do peremptorily put in his Answer to the said Appeal by this Day Sevennight.

Countess of Denbigh, Nat. Bill.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the Naturalization of Isabella Countess of Denbigh, Wife of William Earl of Denbigh."

Clavering's Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable James Clavering Junior Esquire to make Sale of his Estate at Tanfield, in the County of Durham, freed from the Uses and Trusts in the said James Clavering's Marriage Settlement; and to settle his Estate at Hallbill, in the said County, to the same Uses."

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to the Consideration of the Lords following:

L. President.
L. Privy Seal.
L. Steward.
L. Chamberlain.
D. Graston.
D. Bucks.
D. Montagu.
D. Roxburgh.
D. Wharton.
D. Chandos.
D. Dorset.
E. Lincoln.
E. Northampton.
E. Westmorland.
E. Sunderland.
E. Clarendon.
E. Anglesey.
E. Radnor.
E. Yarmouth.
E. Nottingham.
E. Holderness.
E. Warrington.
E. Godolphin.
E. Sutherland.
E. Loudoun.
E. Ilay.
E. Strafford.
E. Aylesford.
E. Sussex.
E. Cowper.
E. Coningesby.
Viscount Say & Seale.
L. Bp. Worcester.
L. Bp. Sarum.
L. Bp. St. David's.
L. Bp. Rochester.
L. Bp. Chester.
L. Bp. Gloucester.
L. Bp. Lincoln.
L. Bp. Peterborough.
L. Bp. Bristol.
L. Willoughby Er.
L. Delawar.
L. North & Grey.
L. Hunsdon.
L. St. John Blet.
L. Compton.
L. Teynham.
L. Brooke.
L. Maynard.
L. Cornwallis.
L. Lumley.
L. Guilford.
L. Lempster.
L. Weston.
L. Haversham.
L. Gower.
L. Rosse.
L. Belhaven.
L. Harcourt.
L. Boyle.
L. Masham.
L. Foley.
L. Bathurst.
L. Bingley.
L. Carleton.
L. Onslow.

Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Friday the Third Day of March next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.

Sir J. Huband et al. Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of Sir John Huband Baronet, an Infant of the Age of Six Years, by Dame Rhoda Huband his Mother and Guardian, and of the said Dame Rhoda Huband, and Rhoda Huband Spinster, and Mary Huband of the Age of Twenty Years, and Jane Huband of the Age of Four Years, by the said Dame Rhoda Huband their Mother and Guardian, they the said Sir John Huband, Rhoda, Mary, and Jane Huband, being all the Children of Sir John Huband, late of Ipslcy Court in the County of Warwick Baronet, deceased, the only Son and Heir of Sir John Huband, of Ipsley Court aforesaid, Baronet, deceased; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for Sale of certain Estates of the Petitioner Sir John Huband, in the Counties of Warwick and Southampton, to pay Debts and Incumbrances charged thereupon; and for making other Provisions for the Petitioner Sir John, his Mother, and Sisters; and for other Purposes therein to be mentioned:

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Consideration of the said Petition be, and is hereby, referred to the Lord Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer and Mr. Baron Price; who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill; and, after hearing them, to report to the House the State of the Case, with their Opinion thereupon, under their Hands, and whether all Parties that may be concerned in the Consequences of the Bill have signed the Petition; and also that the Judges, having perused the Bill, do sign the same.

Lighthorne Common, enclosing Bill.

The Earl of Clarendon reported from the Lords Committees to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enclose the Common Field of Lighthorne, and a Common called Lighthorne Musters, in the County of Warwick," was committed: "That they had considered the said Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto."

Which were read Twice; and, with Amendments to some of them, were agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be engrossed.

Mr. Mead's Report considered.

The House (according to Order) proceeded to take into Consideration the Report from the Lords Committees for Privileges, to whom was referred the Petition of Robert Meade, of Aylesbury, in the County of Bucks, Gentleman; complaining, not only of a great Wrong done to the Petitioner, but also a high Contempt of the Jurisdiction of this House, by Richard Humphreys an Attorney, in suing out a Fieri facias on the Petitioner's Recognizance, and taking his Goods in Execution.

And both the said Parties being called in:

Mr. Humphreys acquainted the House, "He had an Affidavit of Francis Ligoe, the Deputy or Agent to the Under Sheriff of the County of Bucks, of his acquitting the Possession of Mr. Mead's Goods, and receiving Satisfaction from the said Mr. Humphreys for the Trouble in seizing the same.

And Mr. Mead insisting, "He had been put to a great Expence:"

They were directed to withdraw.

And the said Affidavit was read.

Mr. Barber sworn:

The House being informed, "That Mr. Barber attended:"

He was called in; and sworn at the Bar, in order to be examined, touching the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit.

And withdrew.

State of Public Credit.

The Order of the Day, for the House to be in a Committee, to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit, being read:

The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into the said Committee.

After some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.

And the Earl of Clarendon reported from the said Committee, "That they had made some further Progress in the Matters to them referred; and acquainted the House, that he was directed by the Committee to move, that they may have Leave to sit again."

Ordered, That on Saturday next the House be put into a Committee again, to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, decimum septimum diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima Auror. Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Veneris, 17o Februarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Oxon.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Petriburgh.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Kingston, C. P. S.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Richmond.
Dux Graston.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Montrose.
Dux Roxburgh.
Dux Chandos.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Anglesey.
Comes Litchfield.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Plimouth.
Comes Warrington.
Comes Godolphin.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Rothes.
Comes Buchan.
Comes Hadinton.
Comes Loudon.
Comes Orkney.
Comes Deloraine.
Comes Play.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Uxbridge.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Halifax.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Coningesby.
Viscount Tadcaster.
Ds. Willoughby Er.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Brooke.
Ds. Maynard.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Guilford.
Ds. Lempster.
Ds. Weston.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Hay.
Ds. Montjoy.
Ds. Mansel.
Ds. Masham.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Carleton.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Newburgh.
Ds. Ducie.

PRAYERS.

Gale and Johnson to attend, concerning Earl Coningesby's Case.

Ordered, That Roger Gale Esquire, One of the Commissioners of Excise, and Johnson Clerk to Thomas Borrett Esquire, Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas, do attend this House on Monday next, in order to be sworn, to give Evidence touching the Matter of the Book and Title, called, "The First Part of Earl Coningesby's Case, relating to the Vicarage of Lempster, in Herefordshire," appointed then to be taken into Consideration.

Phillips versus Sir J. Walter & al.

After hearing Counsel upon the Petition and Appeal of John Phillips Clerk; complaining of a Decree of the High Court of Chancery, of the Tenth and Eleventh Days of May last, in a Cause wherein the Appellant was Plaintiff, and Sir John Walter Baronet and Dame Elizabeth his Wife, Robert Walter Esquire, and Nathaniel Sturges Clerk, were Defendants; and praying, "That so much of the said Decree as orders the Plaintiff's Bill to be dismissed may be reversed; and that he may be relieved:" As also upon the Answer of the said Sir John Walter and Dame Elizabeth his Wife, Robert Walter, and Nathaniel Sturges, put in to the said Appeal; and due Consideration had of what was offered by Counsel on either Side in this Cause:

It is Ordered and Adjudged, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Petition and Appeal be, and is hereby, dismissed this House; and that the Decree therein complained of be, and is hereby, affirmed.

Phillips's Pamphlet to be considered.

Complaint was made to the House, of a printed Pamphlet, intituled, "Mr. Phillips's Letter and Representation to the Right Honourable the Lord Harcourt, with an Account of the cruel Treatment Mr. Phillips has met with from Sir John Walter Baronet," delivered to several Lords of this House.

And the Title thereof being read:

It is Ordered, That the said Pamphlet be taken into Consideration To-morrow; and that the said Mr. Phillips do then attend.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Sabbati, decimum octavum diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima Auror. Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Sabbati, 18o Februarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Epus. Norvic.
Epus. Meneven.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Litch. & Cov.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Kingston, C. P. S.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Newcastle, Camerarius.
Dux Richmond.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
Dux Montrose.
Dux Roxburgh.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Chandos.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Essex.
Comes Anglesey.
Comes Litchfield.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Nottingham.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Holderness.
Comes Warrington.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Rothes.
Comes Buchan.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Orkney.
Comes Deloraine.
Comes Ilay.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Uxbridge.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Bristol.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Cadogan.
Comes Harborough.
Comes Coningesby.
Viscount Say & Seal.
Viscount Lonsdale.
Viscount Tadcaster.
Viscount St. John.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Lymington.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. St. John Ble.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Brooke.
Ds. Maynard.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Lumley.
Ds. Guilford.
Ds. Lempster.
Ds. Weston.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Montjoy.
Ds. Mansel.
Ds. Masham.
Ds. Foley.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Carleton.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Ducie.

PRAYERS.

River Kennet navigable, Time enlarged, Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for enlarging the Time for making the River Kennet navigable, from Reading to Newbury, in the County of Berks."

Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Bill be committed to the Lords following:

L. President.
L. Privy Seal.
L. Steward.
L. Chamberlain.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Bucks.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Bridgewater.
E. Northampton.
E. Westmorland.
E. Sunderland.
E. Clarendon.
E. Radnor.
E. Nottingham.
E. Rochester.
E. Abingdon.
E. Warrington.
E. Sutherland.
E. Loudoun.
E. Ilay.
E. Strafford.
E. Aylesford.
E. Cowper.
E. Coningesby.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Viscount Falmouth.
L. Bp. Norwich.
L. Bp. St. David's.
L. Bp. Rochester.
L. Bp. Chester.
L. By. Lincoln.
L. Bp. (fn. 3) Carlisle.
L. Bp. Bristol.
L. Delawar.
L. North & Grey.
L. Hunsdon.
L. Compton.
L. Maynard.
L. Cornwallis.
L. Lucas.
L. Lumley.
L. Guilford.
L. Weston.
L. Herbert.
L. Rosse.
L. Harcourt.
L. Boyle.
L. Mansel.
L. Foley.
L. Bathurst.
L. Bingley.
L. Carleton.
L. Onslow.

Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Friday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Holford and Mr. Lovibond:

Message to H. C. for Sir G. Caswall, a Member, to attend.

To acquaint them, "That this House intending to take into Consideration, on Monday next, some Matters relating to a Trial at the last Assizes at Hereford, touching the Presentation to the Vicarage of Lempster; desire, that Sir George Caswell, a Member of their House, may have Leave to attend this House, to declare his Knowledge concerning the same."

Lords to be summoned.

Ordered, That all the Lords be summoned to attend the Service of the House on Monday next.

Munro versus Bruce.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Alexander Munro Younger of Aucbinbowie; complaining of several Interlocutory Sentences, or Decrees, of the Lords of Session in Scotland, of the Tenth and Three and Twentieth of July, and Two and Twentieth of November, 1717, the Eighth of July, the Thirteenth and Eight and Twentieth of January last, made on the Behalf of Grizell Bruce; and praying, "That the same may be reversed:"

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Grizcll Bruce may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and shall and is hereby required to put in her Answer thereunto, in Writing, on or before Saturday the Eighteenth Day of March next; and that Service of this Order on the Respondent's Agent, or Writer, in the said Court of Session, be deemed good Service.

Causes put off.

Whereas Monday next is appointed, for hearing the Cause wherein Andrew Chevers and others are Appellants, and Terence Geoghegan and others are Respondents:

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Friday next; and that the other Causes be removed One Cause-day in Course.

Chevers versus Geoghegan.

The Order of the Day, for hearing One Counsel of a Side, upon the Subject-matter of the Petitions of Terence Geoghegan and Andrew Chevers and others, the Respondent and Appellants in the said Cause, presented to the House on Wednesday last, being read:

It is Ordered, That this House will hear Counsel upon the said Petitions on Tuesday next.

Mr. Philips's Pamphlet concerning Sir J Walter, censured.

The other Order of the Day, for taking into Consideration the Pamphlet complained of Yesterday, intituled, "Mr. Philips's Letter and Representation to the Right Honourable the Lord Harcourt, with an Account of the cruel Treatment Mr. Philips has met with from Sir John Walter Baronet;" and for Mr. Philips to attend; being read:

And Mr. Philips attending accordingly:

He was called in; and the said Pamphlet being shewed to him, he owned, "he wrote it, and caused the same to be printed and published."

And withdrew.

Then Part of the Preface, and some Passages in the said Pamphlet, being read by the Clerk; the following Resolution and Order were made; (videlicet,)

Resolved, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the printing and publishing the said Pamphlet is a Violation of the Standing Order of this House, and a Breach of the Privileges thereof; and that the same is a scandalous Libel, containing false and malicious Reflections on a Lord of this House, and a false and partial Representation of a Cause depending in this House, and derogatory to the Honour of this House."

"Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That John Philips Clerk, having owned the said Pamphlet, and that he caused the same to be printed and published, be taken into the Custody of the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.

To Sir William Sanderson Knight and Baronet, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House, his Deputy or Deputies, and every of them."

State of Public Credit.

Then the remaining Order of the Day, for the House to be in a Committee, to take into further Consideration the Causes of the unhappy Turn of Affairs, that has so much affected the Public Credit, being read:

The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into the said Committee.

After some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.

And the Earl of Clarendon reported from the said Committee, "That they had made some further Progress in the Matters to them referred; and acquainted the House, that he was directed by the Committee to move, that they may have Leave to sit again."

And it being proposed, "That the House be put into a Committee again, on Friday next;"

And Tuesday next being likewise proposed:

The Question was put, "That the House be put into the said Committee again on Friday next?"

It was Resolved in the Affirmative.

Clerks of the South Sea Company to attend.

Ordered, That all the Clerks of the South Sea Company, who were employed in taking in the Money on the Third Subscription, or paying back any Part of it, do attend this House on Friday next.

Thornby versus Fleetwood & al.

Whereas Thursday next is appointed, for arguing the Errors assigned upon a Writ of Error depending in this House, wherein John Thornby Esquire is Plaintiss, and Thomas Fleetwood Esquire and others are Defendants:

It is Ordered, That all the Judges do then attend.

Heath to attend.

Ordered, That Mr. John Heath do attend this House on Monday next, in order to be sworn, to give Evidence touching the Matter of the Book, and Title, called, "The First Part of Earl Coningesby's Case, relating to the Vicarage of Lempster, in Herefordshire," appointed then to be considered.

Sir Geo. Caswall, Leave to attend.

The Messengers sent to the House of Commons, return Answer, "That they do give Leave to Sir George Caswall, a Member of their House, to attend their Lordships, as desired, if he thinks fit."

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ, vicesimum diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Lunæ, 20o Februarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Georgius Princeps Walliæ.

Epus. Norvic.
Epus. Meneven.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Litch. & Cov.
Epus. Carliol.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Parker, Cancellarius.
Viscount Townshend, Præses.
Dux Kingston, C. P. S.
Dux Greenwich, Senescallus.
Dux Newcastle, Camerarius.
Dux Richmond.
Dux Devon.
Dux Marlborough.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
Dux Montrose.
Dux Roxburgh.
Dux Kent.
Dux Portland.
Dux Wharton.
Dux Chandos.
Dux Dorset.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Lincoln.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Peterborow.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Essex.
Comes Anglesey.
Comes Litchfield.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Nottingham.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Holderness.
Comes Warrington.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Godolphin.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Rothes.
Comes Buchan.
Comes Hadinton.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Orkney.
Comes Deloraine.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Uxbridge.
Comes Tankerville.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Bristol.
Comes Halifax.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Cadogan.
Comes Harborough.
Comes Coningesby.
Viscount Say & Seal.
Viscount Tadcaster.
Viscount Cobham.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Lymington.
Ds. Willoughby Er.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. St. John Blet.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Brooke.
Ds. Maynard.
Ds. Bruce.
Ds. Berkeley Strat.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Craven.
Ds. Osborne.
Ds. Lumley.
Ds. Guilford.
Ds. Ashburnham.
Ds. Weston.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Rosse.
Ds. Belhaven.
Ds. Harcourt.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Hay.
Ds. Montjoy.
Ds. Mansel.
Ds. Masham.
Ds. Foley.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Bingley.
Ds. Carleton.
Ds. Onslow.
Ds. Romney.
Ds. Newburgh.
Ds. Ducie.

PRAYERS.

E. Coningesby's Book to be considered:

The Order of the Day, for taking into Consideration the Matter of the Book, and Title, intituled, "The First Part of Earl Coningesby's Case, relating to the Vicarage of Lempster, in Herefordshire," being read:

The said Earl acquainted the House, "One of his principal Witnesses was not yet come to Town, but was expected To-night; and therefore desired the Matter might be put off to a further Time."

It is Ordered, That this House will take the Matter of the said Book and Title into Consideration on Saturday next; and the Lords to be summoned.

E. Comngesby's Proof delivered.

His Lordship delivered in, at the Table, a Book, intituled, "Proofs to make good the Assertions in the Title Page of his Case, relating to the Vicarage of Lempster."

Lighthorne Common, enclosing Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enclose the Common Field of Lighthorne, and a Common called Lighthorne Musters, in the County of Warwick."

The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"

It was Resolved in the Affirmative.

Message to H. C. with it.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Bennet and Mr. Godfrey:

To carry down the said Bill, and desire their Concurrence thereunto.

Mr. Pagett, Leave for a Bill:

After reading, and considering, the Report of the Judges to whom the Petition of Thomas Pagett Esquire and Mary his Wife, and their Children, was referred; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for the Purposes in the Petition mentioned:

It is Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, pursuant to the said Petition and Report.

Bill read.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for vesting in Trustees a Moiety of divers Manors and Lands in Essex, belonging to Thomas Pagett Esquire and Mary his Wife, to enable them to convey the same according to Articles for the Sale thereof."

Message to H. C. for Mr. Lewis, a Member, to attend.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Bennet and Mr. Godfrey:

To acquaint them, "That this House having appointed to take into Consideration, on Saturday next, some Matters relating to a Trial at the last Assizes at Hereford, touching the Presentation to the Vicarage of Lempster, desire, that Thomas Lewis Esquire, a Member of their House, may have Leave to attend the House of Lords, to declare his Knowledge concerning the same."

E. Coningesby's Witnesses to attend.

Ordered, That Richard Salway Esquire, Mr. Thomas Bayly, Mr. John Stead, Mr. John Gibbons, Mr. Edward Greenly, John Wills Esquire, Roger Gale Esquire One of the Commissioners of Excise, George Huxley, Thomas Borret Esquire Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas, and Johnson his Clerk, do attend this House, on Saturday next, in order to be sworn, to give Evidence touching the Matter of the Book, and Title, called, "The First Part of Earl Coningesby's Case, relating to the Vicarage of Lempster, in Herefordshire," appointed then to be taken into Consideration.

River Weaver navigable, Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for making the River Weaver navigable, from Frodsham Bridge to Winsford Bridge, in the County of Chester."

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House, on Tuesday the Twentyeighth Instant, the First Business.

Bridges & al. Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of Harry Bridges of Keynsham in the County of Somerset Esquire, Eldest Son and Heir at Law of Sir Thomas Bridges late of Keynsham aforesaid Knight, deceased, George Bridges of Avington in the County of Southampton Esquire, only Son of George Rodney Bridges Esquire, late deceased, Third Son of the said Sir Thomas Bridges, and of John Mitchel of Kingston Russell in the County of Dorsct Esquire; praying, "That Leave may be given to bring in a Bill, pursuant to an Agreement between them, for vesting the Manor, Farm, and Parsonage of Ilcbrowers, and other the Lands and Tenements within the said Manor, in Trustees, to be sold, for the more easy and effectual raising and paying the Portion of Five Thousand Pounds to Arabella Bridges, Daughter of the Petitioner Harry; and for other Purposes in the Petition mentioned:"

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Consideration of the said Petition be, and is hereby, referred to the Lord Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer and Mr. Baron Price; who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill: and, after hearing them, to report to the House the State of the Case, with their Opinion thereupon, under their Hands, and whether all Parties that may be concerned in the Consequences of the Bill have signed the Petition; and also that the Judges, having perused the Bill, do sign the same.

Lomax versus Ryder & Ux.

The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed, for hearing the Cause wherein Joshua Lomax Esquire is Appellant, and Richard Ryder the Younger and his Wife are Respondents:"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Wednesday the Fifteenth Day of March next, at Eleven a Clock.

Vis. Lanesborough versus Ellwood.

The House was informed, "That Eleanor Ellwood, who, by Order of this House, of the Twelfth of December last, was made a Respondent to the Appeal of James Lord Viscount Lanesborough and Lawrence Eustace, had neglected to put in her Answer thereunto, though duly served with the said Order for that Purpose."

And thereupon Proof being made, upon Oath, of the said Service:

It is Ordered, That the said Eleanor Ellwood do peremptorily put in her Answer to the said Appeal by Thursday the Second Day of March next.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Martis, vicesimum primum diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima Auror. Dominis sic decernentibus.

Footnotes

1 Sic.
2 Origin, sold to be sold.
3 Origin. Carshle.