House of Lords Journal Volume 36
April 1783 1-10

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April 1783 1-10

DIE Martis, 1o Aprilis 1783.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Ebor.
Epus. Eliens.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Meneven.
Epus. Glocester.
Epus. Landaven.
Ds. Thurlow, Cancellarius.
Dux Atholl.
Dux Chandos.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Sandwich.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Cassillis.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Lauderdale.
Comes Aberdeen.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Oxford & Mortimer.
Comes Ferrers.
Comes Dartmouth.
Comes Gower.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Bathurst.
Viscount Townshend.
Viscount Weymouth.
Viscount Dudley & Ward.
Viscount Hampden.
Viscount Sackville.
Ds. Paget.
Ds. Middleton.
Ds. King.
Ds. Chedworth.
Ds. Ravensworth.
Ds. Scarsdale.
Ds. Amherst.
Ds. Brownlow.
Ds. Bagot.
Ds. Porchester.
Ds. Sydney.

PRAYERS.

Bedford Level Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable the Corporation of the Governor, Bailiffs, and Commonalty of the Company of Conservators of the Great Level of the Fens, to sell their Taxes of certain Lands within the Middle and South Levels, Part of the said Great Level, which have been or may be dug for Turf; and to apply the Money arising from such Sale towards discharging the Bond Debts of the said Corporation upon Account of those Levels," was committed: "That they had considered the said Bill, and examined the Allegations thereof, which were found to be true; and that the Committee had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."

St. George's Poor Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale made the like Report from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act to prevent Prisoners in the King's Bench Prison, or the Rules thereof, or their Families or Servants, gaining Settlements in the Parish of Saint George the Martyr, in the Borough of Southwark, and County of Surrey, and for the Relief of the said Parish, with respect to the Families of Prisoners in the said King's Bench or the Marshalsea Prison, or in the County Gaol or House of Correction belonging to the said County, for regulating the Manner of chusing Overseers of the Poor, and for appointing Collectors of the Poor's Rates within the said Parish," was committed.

Doghouse Bar Road Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale also made the like Report from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for enlarging the Term and Powers of an Act, made in the First Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, "An Act for making, widening and repairing a Road from the North East Side of the Goswell Street Road next Islington, in the County of Middlesex, and near to the Road called the New Road, over the Fields and Grounds to Old Street Road, opposite to the Doghouse Bar, and at and from the Doghouse Bar, to the End of Chiswell Street by the Artillery Ground," was committed.

Haltwhisile Enclosure Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Thomas Clavering and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing, allotting and enclosing the several Town Fields, Commons, Moors and Waste Grounds and Stinted Land within the Manors of Henshaw and Melkeridge, in the Parish of Haltwhistle, in the County of Northumberland;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Linens Exportation Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Stanley and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for granting a Bounty upon the Exportation of British and Irish Buckrams and Tilletings, British and Irish Linens, British Callicoes and Cottons, or Cotton mixed with Linen printed, painted, stained or dyed in Great Britain;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Wapping Poor Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Byng and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for amending an Act, made in the last Session of Parliament, for the better Relief and Employment of the Poor of the Parish of Saint John of Wapping, in the County of Middlesex; and for providing a proper Workhouse and Burial Ground for the Use of the said Parish; and for opening certain Communications, and making certain Streets within the said Parish;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

The said Three Bills were, severally, read the First Time.

Williams's Divorce Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Rolle and others:

To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act to dissolve the Marriage of John Williams of the City of Exeter, Gentleman, with Elizabeth his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again; and for other Purposes therein mentioned;" and to acquaint this House, That they have agreed to the same, without any Amendment.

Harding to take the Name of Newman, Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Benyon and others:

To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable Richard Newman Harding Esquire and his first and other Sons, and the Heirs Male of their Bodies, to take, use and bear the Surname and Arms of Newman, pursuant to the Will of Richard Newman Esquire deceased;" and to acquaint this House, That they have agreed to the same, without any Amendment.

Forehoe Poor Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Edward Astley and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for rendering effectual an Act made in the Sixteenth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, for the better Relief and Employment of the Poor within the Hundred of Forehoe, in the County of Norfolk;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Ogilvy's Attainder Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by the Lord Advocate of Scotland and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for removing certain Disabilities and Incapacities occasioned by the Attainder of David Ogilvy of Airly Esquire;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Indemnity Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Ord and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act to indemnify such Persons as have omitted to qualify themselves for Offices and Employments, and to indemnify Justices of the Peace or others, who have omitted to register or deliver in their Qualifications within the Time limited by Law, and for giving further Time for those Purposes; and to indemnify Members and Officers in Cities, Corporations and Borough Towns, whose Admissions have been omitted to be stamped according to Law, or having been stamped have been lost or mislaid, and for allowing them Time to provide Admissions duly stamped; and to give further Time to such Persons as have omitted to make and file Affidavits of the Execution of Indentures of Clerks to Attornies and Solicitors;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Leachdale Canal Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Barrow and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for making and maintaining a navigable Canal from the River Thames or Isis at or near Leachlade, to join and communicate with the Stroudwater Canal at Wallbridge, near the Town of Stroud;" and also a collateral Cut from the said Canal at or near Siddington, to or near the Town of Cirencester, in the Counties of Gloucester and Wilts;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Stanford Enclosure Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Elwes and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing, allotting and enclosing the Open Fields, Meadows, Pastures, Commons and Commonable Lands within the Manor and Township of Stanford, in the County of Berks;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

The said Five Bills were, severally, read the First Time.

Public Accounts, Ninth Report of Commissioners, delivered.

The House being informed, "That Mr. Beachcroft and Mr. Drummond, Two of the Commissioners appointed to examine, take and state the Public Accounts of the Kingdom, attended:"

They were called in, and delivered at the Bar,

"The Ninth Report of the Commissioners appointed to examine, take and state the Public Accounts of the Kingdom."

And then they withdrew.

And the Title thereof being read by the Clerk,

Ordered, That the said Report do lie on the Table.

Gresley's Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for empowering Nigel Bowyer Gresley Esquire to lease Part of his Settled Estates in Staffordshire, pursuant to an Agreement entered into with George Parker and others, Iron Masters; and also to grant Leases of Lands and Mines within the same Estates."

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

D. Atholl.
D. Chandos.
E. Denbigh.
E. Westmorland.
E. Sandwich.
E. Abingdon.
E. Cassillis.
E. Abercorn.
E. Lauderdale.
E. Aberdeen.
E. Marchmont.
E. Oxford & Mortimer.
E. Ferrers.
E. Dartmouth.
E. Gower.
E. Radnor.
E. Bathurst.
V. Townshend.
V. Weymouth.
V. Dudley & Ward.
V. Hampden.
V. Sackville.
L. Abp. York.
L. Bp. Ely.
L. Bp. Rochester.
L. Bp. Exeter.
L. Bp. Lincoln.
L. Bp. St. David's.
L. Bp. Gloucester.
L. Bp. Landaff.
L. Paget.
L. Middleton.
L. King.
L. Chedworth.
L. Ravensworth.
L. Scarsdale.
L. Amherst.
L. Brownlow.
L. Bagot.
L. Porchester.
L. Sydney.

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on Wednesday the 16th Day of this Instant April, at Ten o'Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings, near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.

Pulteney's Bill.

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for enabling William Pulteney Esquire to grant Leases of certain Estates in the County of Middlesex and City of London."

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. Eames and Mr. Montagu:

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

Wetherby Roads Bill.

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for repairing and widening the Roads leading from Wetherby to Knaresborough, in the County of York."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Message to H. C. that the Lords have agreed to it.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by the former Messengers:

To acquaint them, That the Lords have agreed to the said Bill, without any Amendment.

Burton Hastings Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing, allotting and enclosing the Open Fields, Meadows, Pastures, Commons and Commonable Places in the Parish of Burton Hastings, in the County of Warwick."

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

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet To-morrow, at the usual Time and Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Pennant et Ux. Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of Richard Pennant Esquire and Anne Susannah his Wife; praying Leave to bring in a Bill for the Purposes in the said Petition mentioned:

It is Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be and is hereby referred to the Lord Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer and Mr. Justice Ashurst, who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill, and after hearing them, are to report to the House the State of the Case, with their Opinion thereupon under their Hands; and whether all Parties, who 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.

Dundas et al. against Sir T. Dundas:

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Laurence, William, Charles, Margaret, Charlotte, Thomas, Frances, Laura, George and Robert Dundas, Children of the Marriage betwixt Sir Thomas Dundas Baronet and Lady Charlotte Fitzwilliam his Wife, and the Trustees of the said Children, and Robert Bruce Esquire of Kennet, One of the Senators of the College of Justice, their Tutor ad litem, Mary Dundas alias Bruce, Third Daughter of Thomas Dundas of Kingask, and Spouse of James Bruce of Kinnaird, James Bruce and Janet Maitland Bruce, Children procreate betwixt the said Mary Dundas and James Bruce, and the said James Bruce of Kinnaird, for himself and his Interest, and as Administrator in Law for his said Children, Thomas Dundas Esquire of Fingask, Janet Haldane only Child of the Marriage betwixt the deceased Bethea Dundas and George Haldane of Gleneagles Esquire, and the said George Haldane as Administrator in Law for his Daughter; John and Thomas Gibsons, only Children of the Marriage betwixt the deceased Margaret Bruce Dundas and Alexander Gibson Esquire of Durie, and the said Alexander Gibson as Administrator in Law for his said Children; complaining of Two Interlocutors of the Lords of Session in Scotland, of the 25th of February and 11th of March 1783; 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 Sir Thomas Dundas may be required to answer the said Appeal:"

It is Ordered, That the said Sir Thomas Dundas may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in his Answer thereunto in Writing, on or before Tuesday the 29th Day of this Instant April; and Service of this Order upon the said Respondent, or upon any of his Counsel or Agents in the Court of Session in Scotland, shall be deemed good Service.

Anderson to enter into a Recognizance on it.

The House being moved, "That Andrew Anderson of Devonshire Street, Gentleman, may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for Laurence Dundas and others, on account of their Appeal depending in this House, they living in Scotland:"

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

Shortreid against Brown:

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of John Shortreid of Greenhead, complaining of Three Interlocutors of the Lords of Session in Scotland, of the 10th of July, and the 6th and 21st of December 1782; also of an Interlocutor of the Lord Ordinary there, of the 17th of January 1783; and also of an other Interlocutor of the said Lords of the 11th of March 1783; and praying, "That the same may be reversed, varied, or altered, or that the Appellant may have such other Relief in the Premises, as to this House, in their Lordships great Wisdom, shall seem meet; and that Andrew Brown styling himself Collector of the Poor's Rates, payable for the Marquiss and Burgage Lands of Selkirk, may be required to answer the said Appeal:"

It is Ordered, That the said Andrew Brown may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in his Answer thereunto, in Writing, on or before Tuesday the 29th Day of this Instant April; and Service of this Order upon the said Respondent, or upon his Agent or Solicitor in the Court of Session in Scotland, shall be deemed good Service.

Suttie to enter into Recognizance on it.

The House being moved, "That William Suttie of Gray's Inn, Gentleman, may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for John Shortreid, on account of his Appeal depending in this House, he residing in Scotland:"

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

Peers Writs of Summons, Committee to consider:

Notice being taken, "That the Stile in the Writs of Summons directed to several Peers of this House are in various Instances different from the Stile contained in the Letters Patent creating such Peers, or in the original Writs of Summons of the Ancestors of such Peers, as the Cases severally are:"

Ordered, That this Matter be referred to the Committee of Privileges.

Instructions to Committee.

Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the said Committee, that they do examine and state to this House such Variations, as appear to have been in use in such Cases respectively, together with their Opinion, respecting any Effect or Consequence thereof.

Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the said Committee, that they do consider and report in what Manner the Stile contained in Letters Patent ought to be expressed in the Writs of Summons.

Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the said Committee, that they do consider and report in what Manner the Stile of an original Summons ought to be preserved in any Summons of a Peer inheriting the Title derived from such Original Summons, in case such Peer be of another Name and Family.

Ordered, That the Committee for Privileges do meet to consider the same on Tuesday the 8th Day of this Instant April.

Hendricks et al. against Cunningham et al.

The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed for hearing the Cause, wherein Volkert Hendricks and others are Appellants, and William Cunningham and others are Respondents:"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause by Counsel at the Bar, on the First vacant Day for Causes after those already appointed.

Fanshawe against Cocksedge, in Error.

The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed for hearing Counsel to argue the Errors assigned upon the Writ of Error, wherein Thomas Fanshawe Esquire is Plaintiff, and Thomas Cocksedge is Defendant:"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Errors argued by Counsel at the Bar, on the First vacant Day for Causes after those already appointed.

D. Atholl's Estate Bill.

It was moved, "That the Standing Order of this House No. 126, concerning Bills for selling Lands in one Place, and buying Lands in another Place to be settled in lieu thereof, may be so far dispensed with as that the Committee to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act to confirm certain Articles of Agreement made between the Most Noble John Duke of Atholl, the Right Honourable Edward Earl of Derby, the Right Reverend George Lord Bishop of Sodor and Mann, the Reverend William Mylrea Archdeacon of the Isle of Mann, and the Clergy of the said Isle, and for other Purposes;" stands committed, may proceed on the said Bill, notwithstanding the said Order should not be complied with."

The Question was put thereupon?

It was resolved in the Negative.

Bayntun's Divorce Bill.

The Order of the Day being read for the Second Reading of the Bill, intituled, "An Act to dissolve the Marriage of Andrew Bayntun Esquire with Lady Maria Coventry his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again, and for other Purposes therein mentioned;" and for hearing Counsel for and against the same; and for the Lords to be summoned:

Counsel were accordingly called in; and Mr. Morris appearing as Counsel for the Bill, but no Counsel appearing against it:

Robert Abbot was called, in order to prove Service of the Order for the said Second Reading, and being sworn, acquainted the House, "That he served Lady Maria Bayntun personally on Thursday Sennight last with the Order of this House for the Second Reading of the Bill, and at the same Time delivered to her a true Copy of the Bill, and explained the Purport of it to her, and that Lady Maria asked him, "What Settlement there was made by it on her?" to which he answered, "He could not tell."

He was directed to withdraw.

Then the said Bill was read a Second Time, and Mr. Morris was heard in Support of the Bill, and to make out the Allegations thereof, and in order to prove the Marriage, called William Harris, who being sworn, acquainted the House, "That he was present at the Marriage of Mr. Bayntun and Lady Maria Coventry, at Lord Coventry's House in Piccadilly, and that he there saw them married."

He was directed to withdraw.

Then Robert Smith was called in, and being sworn, produced an Extract from the Register of Marriages in the Parish of Saint George, Hanover Square, and declaring, "That the same was a true Copy, he having examined it with the Original Register Book of the said Parish;" the same was read, whereby it appeared, that Mr. Bayntun was married to Lady Maria Coventry at her Father's the Earl of Coventry's House in Piccadilly, by Special Licence, on the 28th of June 1777.

The said Robert Smith also produced an Office Copy of the Judgement obtained in the Court of King's Bench in Easter Term last against Mr. Allen Cooper, for Criminal Conversation with the said Lady Maria Bayntun; and the same was read.

He was directed to withdraw.

Then John Green, Registrar of the Court of Arches, was called in, and being sworn, produced the original Definitive Sentence of Divorce against the said Lady Maria Bayntun for Adultery, on the 15th of February 1783; and the same was read.

He was directed to withdraw.

Then Charles Fisher was called in; and being sworn and examined, acquainted the House, "That in November 1781, about the Middle of that Month, Lady Maria Bayntun came to the White Lion at Bath, with Two Young Lads and a Mrs. Johnston; that the Boys were Lady Maria Bayntun's Nephews; that he the Witness is Son to the Landlord of the White Lion, and assists his Father in his Business; that he did not then know Lady Maria Bayntun, but he knows her now; that he did know the Boys Names; that they all went out and dined, and that Lady Maria and Mrs. Johnston returned in the Evening about Nine o'Clock, leaving the Boys behind them, who were gone to the Play; that they waited Supper for them; that Lady Maria chose her Bed Room, on the Door of which he observed the Number had been rubbed out, and No. 2. put in the Place of it; that Lady Maria went up to bed, and some Time after returned into the Dining Room in an Undress, and went up again to her Room; that soon after Mr. Cooper came in and went up into the Dining Room, and asked for a Bed; that the Maid shewed him one; that he the Witness waited on the Stairs and saw Mr. Cooper go into Lady Maria's Bed Room, and staid there some Time watching; that in the Morning he and the Maid went into Mr. Cooper's Room, and found the Bed not tumbled; that Mr. Cooper went away very early in the Morning without paying for the Bed, or being seen by the Witness; that after Lady Maria and her Company were gone, he and the Maid went into her Ladyship's Room, and upon throwing back the Bed Cloaths perceived the Marks of Two Persons having slept together; that he stood watching the Night before about Ten Minutes; that the Maid had a Key which opened Mr. Cooper's Room; that Lady Maria went away about Eleven o'Clock in the Morning in a Phaeton; that she was dressed when he saw her in her Room in the Morning."

He was directed to withdraw.

Then James Thring was called in; and, being sworn and examined, acquainted the House, "That he lived as Servant with Mr. Bayntun in November 1781; that he observed several Familiarities between Lady Maria and Mr. Cooper; that he has seen her Ladyship kiss him at different Times; that in Spring 1781 he saw her sitting in his Lap at Broxham House one Evening when he went in to mend the Fire, upon the Bell being rung; that he next saw them in the Parlour; that he got upon a Gate, and looked in at the upper Part of the Parlour Window; that they seemed very fond; that he saw Lady Maria kiss Mr. Cooper; that he thinks this was in Spring; that he had purposely left the upper Part of the Parlour Window open; that he then called the Coachman and Lady Maria's Maid, who got upon the Gate and saw the same; that he watched them one Night, and saw Mr. Cooper, in his Night Gown and Cap, go into Lady Maria's Bed Room, and stay there; that he watched them from One o'Clock in the Morning to Six; that he watched them Three or Four Times; and that the Huntsman and he watched them in December one Night when Mr. Bayntun was in London."

He was directed to withdraw.

Then Mary Nash was called in; and, being sworn and examined, acquainted the House, "That she lived Servant with Lady Maria Bayntun at Broxham; that one Evening she was called by James Thring, who helped her up upon a Gate, from whence she could see through the Parlour Window; that she then saw her Ladyship kiss Mr. Cooper several Times; that her Cloaths were up; that she used to put Lady Maria to-bed every Night, except that on which she left Mr. Bayntun; that she has heard the Servants say they had watched her Ladyship several Times, and that the last was on the 8th of December; that she the Witness was sent by Lady Maria with a Letter to Mr. Bayntun at Spy Park; that she knows her Hand Writing; that Lady Maria went off with Mr. Cooper the Morning she went with the Letter; that she saw her Ladyship write it." Then, a Letter being shewn to her, she said, "That was the Letter she carried." The same was read, but there was no Date to it. But the Witness said, "It was wrote the Morning Lady Maria went off; that she never saw Mr. Cooper go into Lady Maria's Room; that her Ladyship's Bed appeared more tumbled in a Morning than it used to be; that when she was on the Gate, she did not see Mr. Cooper lay with Lady Maria; that the Letter sent by her to Mr. Bayntun was a Letter to excuse what her Ladyship had done, Mr. Bayntun having heard of it; that Mr. Bayntun had been told at Bromham of her Ladyship's Conduct the Night before she went off."

She was directed to withdraw.

Then Ann Baily was called in; and being sworn and examined, acquainted the House, "That in December 1781 she lived as a Servant with Mr. Bayntun; that he was in London the Night the Huntsman and Thring watched Lady Maria; that she the Witness saw the Bed the Morning after they watched, and saw Mr. Cooper go into Lady Maria's Room in his Night Gown and Cap, and that there appeared Marks on the Sheets of a Man and Woman having laid together; that Mr. Cooper's Bed appeared that Morning not to have been lain in; that she saw Lady Maria go off with Mr. Cooper in a Phaeton from Bromham; that Lady Maria attempted to see Mr. Bayntun at Bromham, but did not; that she can't tell how long it was ago, it may be Half a Year since; that her Ladyship came into the Housekeeper's Room, but did not see Mr. Bayntun, he being at Broxham."

She was directed to withdraw.

The Counsel was directed to withdraw.

Ordered, That the further Consideration of the said Bill, and hearing Counsel and Witnesses, be adjourned till To-morrow; and that the Lords be summoned ; and that the Witnesses do then attend.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, secundum diem instantis Aprilis, horâ undecimâ Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Mercurii, 2o Aprilis 1783.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Ebor.
Epus. Asaphen.
Epus. Sarum.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Meneven.
Epus. Landaven.
Ds. Thurlow, Cancellarius.
Dux Atholl.
Dux Chandos.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Sandwich.
Comes Cassillis.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Galloway.
Comes Lauderdale.
Comes Aberdeen.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Waldegrave.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Bathurst.
Viscount Townshend.
Viscount Stormont.
Viscount Dudley & Ward.
Viscount Sackville.
Ds. Say & Sele.
Ds. King.
Ds. Chedworth.
Ds. Scarsdale.
Ds. Brownlow.
Ds. Bagot.
Ds. Sydney.

PRAYERS.

Dundas et al. against Sir T. Dundas.

The Answer of Sir Thomas Dundas Baronet, to the Appeal of Laurence Dundas and others, was this Day brought in.

Milligan against Wedderburne et al.

As was also, The Answer of Sir John Wedderburne of Idvies and others, to the Appeal of the Reverend Mr. William Milligan, Minister of the Gospel at Kirkdon.

Duncan et al. against Auldjo et al.

Also, The Answer of John Auldjo Merchant in Aberdeen and others, to the Appeal of George Duncan Junior and others.

Chalmers against Brown.

And also, The Answer of Alexander Brown Goldsmith in Edinburgh, to the Appeal of James Chalmers Merchant in Leith.

St. George's Poor Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to prevent Prisoners in the King's Bench Prison, or the Rules thereof, or their Families or Servants, gaining Settlements in the Parish of Saint George the Martyr, in the Borough of Southwark, and County of Surrey; and for the Relief of the said Parish, with respect to the Families of Prisoners in the said King's Bench or the Marshalsea Prison, or in the County Gaol or House of Correction belonging to the said County; for regulating the Manner of chusing Overseers of the Poor; and for appointing Collectors of the Poors Rates within the said Parish."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Bedford Level Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable the Corporation of the Governor, Bailiffs, and Commonalty of the Company of Conservators of the Great Level of the Fens, to sell their Taxes of certain Lands within the Middle and South Levels, Part of the said Great Level, which have been or may be dug for Turf; and to apply the Money arising from such Sale towards discharging the Bond Debts of the said Corporation upon Account of those Levels."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Doghouse Bar Road Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for enlarging the Term and Powers of an Act made in the First Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled, "An Act for making, widening and repairing a Road from the North East Side of the Goswell Street Road next Islington, in the County of Middlesex, and near to the Road called The New Road, over the Fields and Grounds to Old Street Road, opposite to the Doghouse Bar; and at and from the Doghouse Bar to the End of Chiswell Street, by the Artillery Ground."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Messages to H. C. that the Lords have agreed to the Three preceding Bills.

And Messages were, severally, sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Eames and Mr. Montagu:

To acquaint them, That the Lords have agreed to the said Bills, without any Amendment.

Sir W. Abdy et al. Leave for a Bill:

After reading and considering the Report of the Judges, to whom was referred the Petition of Sir William Abdy Baronet, on Behalf of himself and of his Infant Son, and others; praying Leave to bring in a Private Bill for the Purposes therein 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 Sir William Abdy Baronet to grant Leases of his Estate at Horsey Down, in the County of Surrey."

Williams et U. Leave for a Bill:

After reading and considering the Report of the Judges, to whom was referred the Petition of John Hanbury Williams of Coldbrook, in the County of Monmouth, Esquire, and Elizabeth his Wife; praying Leave to bring in a Private Bill for the Purposes therein 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 vest in Trustees and their Heirs, certain Estates of John Hanbury Williams Esquire situate in the County of Monmouth, in order to be sold, and the Purchase Money applied upon the Trusts and for the Purposes in the said Act mentioned."

Haltwhistle Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing, allotting and enclosing the several Town Fields, Commons, Moors and Waste Grounds and Stinted Land, within the Manors of Henshaw and Melkeridge in the Parish of Haltwhistle, in the County of Northumberland."

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

D. Atholl.
D. Chandos.
E. Denbigh.
E. Westmorland.
E. Sandwich.
E. Cassillis.
E. Abercorn.
E. Galloway.
E. Lauderdale.
E. Aberdeen.
E. Marchmont.
E. Waldegrave.
E. Radnor.
E. Bathurst.
V. Townshend.
V. Stormont.
V. Dudley & Ward.
V. Sackville.
L. Abp. York.
L. Bp. St. Asaph.
L. Bp. Salisbury.
L. Bp. Peterborough.
L. Bp. Exeter.
L. Bp. Lincoln.
L. Bp. St. David's.
L. Bp. Landaff.
L. Say & Sele.
L. King.
L. Chedworth.
L. Scarsdale.
L. Brownlow.
L. Bagot.
L. Sydney.

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

Lord Provost, &c. of Glasgow against Glasford et al.

The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed for hearing the Cause, wherein the Lord Provost and Magistrates of the City of Glasgow are Appellants, and John Glasford and others are Respondents:"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause by Counsel at the Bar, on the first vacant Day for Causes after those already appointed.

Hodgson and Donaldson against Bushby.

The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed for hearing the Cause, wherein Messieurs Hodgson and Donaldson, Merchants in London, are Appellants, and Thomas Bushby is Respondent:"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause by Counsel at the Bar, on the first vacant Day for Causes after those already appointed.

Chalmers against Brown.

The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed for hearing the Cause, wherein James Chalmers Merchant in Leith is Appellant, and Alexander Brown is Respondent:"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause by Counsel at the Bar, on the first vacant Day for Causes after those already appointed.

Milligan against Sir J. Wedderburne et al.

The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed for hearing the Cause, wherein the Reverend Mr. William Milligan is Appellant, and Sir John Wedderburne and others are Respondents:"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause by Counsel at the Bar, on the first vacant Day for Causes after those already appointed.

Duncan et al. against Magistrates of Aberdeen.

The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed for hearing the Cause, wherein George Duncan Junior and others are Appellants, and the Magistrates and Town Council of Aberdeen and others are Respondents:"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause by Counsel at the Bar, on the first vacant Day for Causes after those already appointed.

Dundas et al. against Sir T. Dundas.

The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed for hearing the Cause wherein Laurence Dundas and others are Appellants, and Sir Thomas Dundas Baronet is Respondent:"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause by Counsel at the Bar, on the first vacant Day for Causes after those already appointed.

McDowal et al. against Ferguson.

The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed for hearing the Cause, wherein John McDowal Merchant in Glasgow and others are Appellants, and Mrs. Jane Ferguson is Respondent:"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause by Counsel at the Bar, on the first vacant Day for Causes after those already appointed.

Lady Gray against Blair et al.

The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed for hearing the Cause, wherein Margaret Lady Gray is Appellant, and Mrs. Isabel Blair and others are Respondents:"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause by Counsel at the Bar, on the first vacant Day for Causes after those already appointed.

Linens Exportation Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for granting a Bounty upon the Exportation of British and Irish Buckrams and Tilletings, British and Irish Linens, British Callicoes and Cottons, or Cotton mixed with Linen, printed, painted, stained or dyed in Great Britain."

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee upon the said Bill on Friday next.

Leachlade Canal Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for making and maintaining a navigable Canal from the River Thames or Isis, at or near Leachlade, to join and communicate with the Stroudwater Canal at Wallbridge, near the Town of Stroud; and also a collateral Cut from the said Canal at or near Siddington, to or near the Town of Cirencester, in the Counties of Gloucester and Wilts."

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

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on Friday next, at the usual Time and Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Indemnity Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to indemnify such Persons as have omitted to qualify themselves for Offices and Employments; and to indemnify Justices of the Peace or others, who have omitted to register or deliver in their Qualifications within the Time limited by Law; and for giving further Time for those Purposes; and to indemnify Members and Officers in Cities, Corporations and Borough Towns, whose Admissions have been omitted to be stamped according to Law, or having been stamped, have been lost or mislaid; and for allowing them Time to provide Admissions duly stamped; and to give further Time to such Persons as have omitted to make and file Affidavits of the Execution of Indentures of Clerks to Attornies and Solicitors."

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee upon the said Bill on Friday next.

Stanford Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing, allotting and enclosing the Open Fields, Meadows, Pastures, Commons and Commonable Lands within the Manor and Township of Stanford, in the County of Berks."

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

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on Friday next, at the usual Time and Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Forehoe Poor Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for rendering effectual an Act made in the Sixteenth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, for the better Relief and Employment of the Poor within the Hundred of Forehoe, in the County of Norfolk."

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

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on Thursday the 10th Day of this Instant April, at the usual Time and Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Ogilvy's Attainder Bill, King's Consent to it.

The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, That His Majesty having been informed of the Contents of the Bill, intituled, "An Act for removing certain Disabilities and Incapacities occasioned by the Attainder of David Ogilvy of Airly Esquire," was pleased to consent (as far as His Majesty's Interest is concerned) That their Lordships may proceed therein as they shall think fit.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for removing certain Disabilities and Incapacities occasioned by the Attainder of David Ogilvy of Airly Esquire."

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee upon the said Bill on Friday next.

Bayntun's Divorce Bill.

The Order of the Day being read for the further Consideration of the Bill, intituled, "An Act to dissolve the Marriage of Andrew Bayntun Esquire with Lady Maria Coventry his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again; and for other Purposes therein mentioned;" and for hearing Counsel and Witnesses thereupon; and for the Lords to be summoned:

Counsel were accordingly called in:

Then Mary Horton was called in; and being sworn and examined, acquainted the House, "That she lived as Chambermaid at the Castle at Bath; that her Name was then Mary Parry, being unmarried; that about the Fall of the Year Mr. Cooper and Lady Maria Bayntun came there the latter End of November 1781; that they did not lay there that Night; that the Dining Room Door being accidentally open, she saw Lady Maria in a Chair in a very indecent Posture, and that she and Mr. Cooper appeared to her to be in the Act of Adultery; that on the 3d of January they came again, and that about 12 o'Clock she went into the Parlour to Lady Maria, who asked for a wellaired Bed with clean fine Linen; that she asked her Ladyship if she wanted Two Beds, who said she only wanted One Bed and One Bedchamber; that Mr. Cooper was in the Bed Room in his Shirt and Slippers; that the next Morning being the 4th of January she went into the Room to light the Fire, and then saw them both in Bed together."

She was directed to withdraw.

Then Harry Bayntun was called in; and being sworn and examined, acquainted the House, "That he is Brother to Mr. Bayntun the Petitioner; that he knows Captain Cooper; that his Brother has now only One Daughter at present, having lost one; that Captain Cooper came from America in February 1781; that upon his first coming he lodged at the George in Sandy Lane, and afterwards lodged at the Greyhound near Bromham, where he staid till August; that his Brother was in Town attending his Duty in Parliament, but sometimes came down into the Country; that Mr. Cooper visited at Spy Park, and at Mr. Bayntun's; that his Brother came down to Bromham in August; that soon after Mr. Cooper came and lived with his Brother; that Sir Edward Bayntun was Mr. Cooper's Guardian; that his Estate was much incumbered; that he the Witness came up with his Brother Mr. Bayntun to London on the 7th of December, and returned with him into the Country on Sunday the 9th; that the next Morning one of the Servants desired to speak to the Witness about Lady Maria's Conduct; that he went with him into an adjoining Field; that he there told him that he had seen Mr. Cooper go into Lady Maria's Bedchamber, and other Circumstances; that he told his Brother what the Servants had said; that he seemed greatly shocked and in great Anguish of Mind; that the same Day he charged Lady Maria with what he had heard, in the Presence of Mr. J. Bayntun, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Johnston and himself; that they then both denied it; that upon Mr. Bayntun's again charging her with what he had heard, Lady Maria owned they were Facts; that Mr. Bayntun then went to Spy Park to his Father; that next Morning Lady Maria came to the Witness and said she was going to the Alehouse to Mr. Cooper, who went away the Night before, upon the Witness, by his Brother's Direction, having bid him quit the House; that Lady Maria then went away to Mr. Cooper; that Lady Maria came to Bromham on the 27th of November last on Horseback and alone, at that Time she lived with Mr. Cooper at Cumberwell; that she followed the Witness into the Kitchen, but she did not see her Husband; that Mr. Bayntun's Servant told him she was there, but he did not see her; that the Witness advised her to go away, saying his Brother would not see her; that she then went away, and he helped her on Horseback."

He was directed to withdraw.

Then Elizabeth Blake was called in; and being sworn, acquainted the House, "That she has lived as Servant with Lady Maria since the 19th of December 1781 at Cumberwell, Mr. Cooper's House, to the present Time; that Lady Maria and Mr. Cooper lived together as Man and Wife, and used one Bed; that Lady Maria was delivered of a still-born Child on the 20th of April 1782; that from that Time to this she, the Witness, never knew that Mr. Bayntun came there or saw her; that Lady Maria told her she had never seen her Husband during that Time; that she, the Witness, thinks Lady Maria is not at present with Child."

She was directed to withdraw.

Then Giles Holte was called in; and being sworn and examined, acquainted the House, "That he had lived with Mr. Bayntun above a Year as his Valet de Chambre, during which Time he had watched him and constantly him (fn. 1) , except for one Week in July when the Witness came to Town; that Mr. Bayntun never was with Lady Maria during the Time he lived with him; that Lady Maria attempted to see Mr. Bayntun on the 27th of November, but did not; that her Ladyship has never been at Bromham since ; that Mr. Bayntun never was at Cumberwell; that he, the Witness, watched him as much as Man could do, and he can positively swear they could not be together; that during the Week the Witness was absent the Reverend Mr. Bayntun, Brother to Mr. Bayntun, was with his Brother, and that he sound them there on his Return; that the First Time the Witness came to London with Mr. Bayntun was about the Middle of April 1782; that Mr. Bayntun was not out of London till they went to Bromham, and then to Spy Park; that he, the Witness, waited on him, and was never out of his Presence except when Mr. Bayntun went out for a Walk in the Garden or in the Grounds; that he went with him sometimes when he went out to ride, and sometimes the Groom; that Mr. Bayntun always dined at Home, except when he dined at Spy Park; that he always slept at White's, seldom rode out by himself but when he went to Spy Park."

He was directed to withdraw.

Then the Reverend Mr. John Bayntun was called in; and being sworn, acquainted the House, "That he is Brother to Mr. Bayntun, and was with him all the Time Mr. Bayntun's Valet was absent; that during that Time his Brother never saw Lady Maria, nor was she with him; that he was always with him, except for Two Hours, when Mr. Bayntun went with Sir Edward Bayntun his Father in a Chaise to dine with him."

He was directed to withdraw.

The Counsel were directed to withdraw.

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee upon the said Bill on Friday next.

Papists Deed and Wills Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Ord and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for allowing further Time for Enrollment of Deeds and Wills made by Papists, and for Relief of Protestant Purchasers;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Bridewell Hospital Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Ord and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act to ascertain and establish the Boundaries of and between the Hospital of Bridewell, and the Precinct thereunto belonging, and the Parish of Saint Ann Blackfriars, in the City of London, as therein specified;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Rooss Enclosure Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Duncombe and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing certain Open Common Fields, Meadows, Pastures and other Commonable Lands and Grounds in Rooss in Holderness, in the East Riding of the County of York;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

The said Three Bills were, severally, read the First Time.

L. Ongley's Estate Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Gilbert and others:

To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act for vesting the Manor, or reputed Manor of Vintners, otherwise Vinters, the Mansion House, and certain Lands and Hereditaments in the County of Kent, being Part of the Settled Estates of the Right Honourable Robert Lord Ongley of the Kingdom of Ireland, in Trustees, to be sold; and for laying out the Monies arising by such Sale in the Purchase of other Messuages, Lands and Hereditaments, to be settled in lieu thereof, to the like Uses;" and to acquaint this House, That they have agreed to the same, without any Amendment.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, quartum diem instantis Aprilis, horâ undecimâ Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Veneris, 4o Aprilis 1783.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Ebor.
Epus. Bath. & Wells.
Epus. Eliens.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Wigorn.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Meneven.
Epus. Litch. & Cov.
Epus. Glocester.
Epus. Landaven.
Ds. Thurlow, Cancellarius.
Viscount Stormont, Præses.
Dux Richmond.
Dux Beaufort.
Dux Atholl.
Dux Chandos.
Comes Exeter.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Sandwich.
Comes Cassillis.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Lauderdale.
Comes Aberdeen.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Ferrers.
Comes Effingham.
Comes Gower.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Bathurst.
Comes Clarendon.
Viscount Dudley & Ward.
Viscount Hampden.
Viscount Sackville.
Ds. Paget.
Ds. King.
Ds. Chedworth.
Ds. Montfort.
Ds. Sandys.
Ds. Scarsdale.
Ds. Brownlow.
Ds. Bagot.
Ds. Sydney.

PRAYERS.

Newgate Debtors Petition.

Upon reading the Petition of the Prisoners confined in Newgate for Debt, praying, for the Reasons therein contained, to take their Cases into their Lordships most serious Consideration, and to grant the Petitioners such Relief as their several Cases may require, (and particularly for the Repeal of so much of the Act as relates to Escape Warrants, or Prisoners therein considered as having escaped); and also to grant the Petitioners such further and other Relief, as to their Lordships shall seem meet:

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Lewis for a Divorce Bill:

Upon reading the Petition of Matthew Lewis, of the Parish of Saint Margaret, within the Liberty of Westminster, in the County of Middlesex, Esquire, praying Leave to bring in a Bill to dissolve his Marriage with Fanny Maria Lewis his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again; and for other Purposes therein mentioned:

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

Bill presented.

Accordingly, The Lord Sydney presented to the House a Bill, intituled, "An Act to dissolve the Marriage of Matthew Lewis Esquire with Fanny Maria Sewell his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again; and for other Purposes therein mentioned."

The said Bill was read the First Time.

Ordered, That the said Bill be read a Second Time on the Second Day of Meeting after the Recess at Easter; and that Notice thereof be affixed on the Doors of this House; and the Lords summoned; and that the said Matthew Lewis may be heard by his Counsel at the said Second Reading, to make out the Truth of the Allegations of the Bill; and that the said Fanny Maria Sewell may have a Copy of the Bill; and that Notice be given her of the said Second Reading; and that she be at Liberty to be heard by her Counsel what she may have to offer against the said Bill at the same Time.

Ordered, That Katherine Heath, Mary Aspey, Mary Naylor, James Madders, Ann Madders, Timothy Newland, Ann Taylor, Doctor James Ford, George Sweetingbourg, Maria Mann, and Richard Thomas, do attend this House on the Second Day of Meeting after the Recess at Easter, in order to their being examined as Witnesses upon the Second Reading of the last mentioned Bill.

Luther and Fane to exhibit a Petition.

Upon reading the Petition of John Luther and John Fane Esquires, setting forth "That Mr. Thomas Lloyd, the Agent for the Petitioners, attended at the House Yesterday, in order to have a Petition presented for Leave to bring in a Bill for the making an Exchange of some settled Lands belonging to the Petitioners, but on Account of the Adjournment of the House he was prevented getting it done, and thereby is unable to obtain the Report of the Judges thereon this Day, which is the last Day for receiving Reports from the Judges on Private Bills, as he otherwise should have done;" and therefore praying, "That the said Petition may be now received, and the Report of the Judges thereon, on Monday next:"

It is Ordered, That the Petitioners be at Liberty to present their said Petition, as desired.

Petition referred to Judges.

Accordingly, Upon reading the Petition of John Luther Esquire, John Fane Esquire, on behalf of himself and of John Fane, Francis William Fane, Thomas Fane and Elizabeth Sarah Fane his Infant Children, praying Leave to bring in a Bill for the Purposes in the said Petition mentioned:

It is Ordered, 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 Hotbam, who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill, and after hearing them, are to report to the House the State of the Case with their Opinion thereupon under their Hands; and whether all Parties, who 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.

Leachlade Canal Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for making and maintaining a Navigable Canal from the River Thames or Isis, at or near Leachlade, to join and communicate with the Stroudwater Canal at Wallbridge, near the Town of Stroud; and also a Collateral Cut from the said Canal at or near Siddington, to or near the Town of Cirencester, in the Counties of Gloucester and Wilts," was committed: "That they had considered the said Bill, and examined the Allegations thereof, which were found to be true; and that the Committee had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."

Stanford Enclosure Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale also reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing, allotting and enclosing the Open Fields, Meadows, Pastures, Commons and Commonable Lands within the Manor and Township of Stanford, in the County of Berks," was committed: "That they had considered the said Bill, and examined the Allegations thereof, which were found to be true; that the Parties concerned had given their Consents to the Satisfaction of the Committee; and that the Committee had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."

Haltwhistle Enclosure Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale made the like Report from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing, allotting and enclosing the several Town Fields, Commons, Moors and Waste Grounds and Stinted Land within the Manors of Hensbaw and Melkeridge, in the Parish of Haltwhistle, in the County of Northumberland," was committed.

Ruther for a Naturalization Bill:

Upon reading the Petition of Christian Hinrich Ruther, praying Leave to bring in a Bill for his Naturalization:

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

Bill presented.

Accordingly, The Lord Scarsdale presented to the House a Bill, intituled, "An Act for naturalizing Christian Hinrich Ruther."

The said Bill was read the First Time.

College of Doctors of Law et al. Leave for a Bill.

After reading and considering the Report of the Judges, to whom was referred the Petition of the College of Doctors of Law exercent in the Ecclesiastical and Admiralty Courts and others; praying Leave to bring in a Private Bill for the Purposes therein 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 carrying into Execution an Agreement between the Dean and Chapter of Saint Paul's, London, and the College of Doctors of Law exercent in the Ecclesiastical and Admiralty Courts; for vesting certain Tenements in the City of London, called Doctors Commons, held by the said College under the said Dean and Chapter by Leases for Years in the said College, in Fee Simple, and reserving thereout a certain yearly Rent to the said Dean and Chapter, and their Successors for ever."

Rotherhithe Paving Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by the Lord Althorpe and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for better paving, cleansing, lighting, and watching the Streets, Lanes, Yards, Courts, Alleys, and Passages within the Parish of Saint Mary at Rotherhithe, otherwise Redriffe, in the County of Surrey ; and for removing and preventing Nuisances and Annoyances therein;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

The said Bill was read the First Time.

Williams's Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to vest in Trustees, and their Heirs, certain Estates of John Hanbury Williams Esquire, situate in the County of Monmouth, in order to be sold, and the Purchase Money applied upon the Trusts, and for the Purposes in the said Act mentioned."

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

Ld. President.
D. Richmond.
D. Beaufort.
D. Atholl.
D. Chandos.
E. Exeter.
E. Denbigh.
E. Westmorland.
E. Sandwich.
E. Cassillis.
E. Abercorn.
E. Lauderdale.
E. Aberdeen.
E. Marchmont.
E. Ferrers.
E. Effingham.
E. Gower.
E. Radnor.
E. Bathurst.
E. Clarendon.
V. Dudley & Ward.
V. Hampden.
V. Sackville.
L. Abp. York.
L. Bp. Bath & Wells.
L. Bp. Ely.
L. Bp. Rochester.
L. Bp. Worcester.
L. Bp. Exeter.
L. Bp. St. David's.
L. Bp. Litch. & Cov.
L. Bp. Gloucester.
L. Bp. Landaff.
L. Paget.
L. King.
L. Chedworth.
L. Montfort.
L. Sandys.
L. Scarsdale.
L. Brownlow.
L. Bagot.
L. Sydney.

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

Bridewell Hospital Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to ascertain and establish the Boundaries of and between the Hospital of Bridwell and the Precinct thereunto belonging, and the Parish of Saint Ann, Blackfryars, in the City of London, as therein specified."

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

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on Tuesday next, at the usual Time and Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Papists Deeds and Wills Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for allowing further Time for Enrollment of Deeds and Wills made by Papists; and for Relief of Protestant Purchasers."

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee upon the said Bill on Tuesday next.

Wapping Poor Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for amending an Act made in the last Session of Parliament, for the better Relief and Employment of the Poor of the Parish of Saint John of Wapping, in the County of Middlesex, and for providing a proper Workhouse and Burial Ground for the Use of the said Parish, and for opening certain Communications, and making certain Streets within the said Parish."

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

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on Tuesday next, at the usual Time and Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Rooss Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing certain Open Common Fields, Meadows, Pastures, and other Commonable Lands and Grounds in Rooss, in Holderness, in the East Riding of the County of York."

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

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on the same Day at the same Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Bp. London against Fytche in Error.

Upon reading the Petition of Lewis Disney Fytche, Defendant in a Writ of Error depending in this House, wherein the Bishop of London is Plaintiff; setting forth, "That the Plaintiff having assigned Errors in this Cause, the same was set down for hearing, which in its Course would have stood for the 11th of March last, but the Judges being then going their Circuits, and the Petitioner conceiving it necessary they should attend the Hearing, he applied to their Lordships, that the said Hearing might be put off, and the Judges ordered to attend accordingly; and their Lordships have since been pleased to order that the Hearing of this Cause should stand over sine die; that the Petitioner is advised that Friday the 2d of May next will be a convenient Day for hearing the said Cause, as the Judges and Counsel will then be returned from their Circuit;" and therefore praying their Lordships will be pleased to appoint the said Cause to be heard on Friday the 2d of May next; and that the Judges may be then ordered to attend, the Agent for the Plaintiff having signed the said Petition as consenting thereto:

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Errors argued by Counsel at the Bar, on Friday the 2d Day of May next, as desired; and that the Judges do then attend.

Bayntun's Divorce Bill.

The Order of the Day being read for the House to be in a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act to dissolve the Marriage of Andrew Bayntun Esquire with Lady Maria Coventry his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again, and for other Purposes therein mentioned:"

A Lord got up in his Place, and acquainted the House, "That he Yesterday received a Letter from a Person, subscribing himself Robert Johnston, Ensign and Surgeon to the Carnarvon Regiment, dated 3d April 1783, in which Letter he declares, that he will attend the House this Day, and if called upon, will substantiate vivâ voce that he heard Mr. Andrew Bayntun desire young Cooper to go to bed to his Wife, and permit Witnesses to see them in that Situation; likewise promise Mr. Cooper and Lady Maria his Coach, Phaeton, and Horses, and when once the Divorce had taken place, he would visit them and receive their Visits; that he would patronize Cooper through Life, and employ his Interest with Sir Edward Bayntun to the same Purpose, and also acquaint the House with other Facts relative to this Business." His Lordship then read the said Letter; whereupon it was moved, at the Desire of Sir Edward Bayntun signified at the Bar, that the said Robert Johnston might be called in, and examined upon Oath.

Whereupon, the said Robert Johnston was accordingly called in; and being sworn, and examined as to the Contents of the said Letter, acquainted the House, "That on the 25th of September he was carried by Mr. John Cooper whose Sister he married at Bromham, to which Place in the Course of a Week after Mrs. Johnston his Wife, and Mrs. Bayntun, Wife of the Reverend Mr. Harry Bayntun, came also; during that Time nothing material happened. On the first Week in October Mr. Andrew Bayntun, Mr. Harry Bayntun, Mr. John Cooper and the Witness went to a Manor of Sir Edward Bayntun's to shoot Pheasants, where Mr. Cooper expressed a Desire to return to Bromham, to which Mr. Bayntun did not consent at the Time, as he wished to stay longer to enjoy the Diversion. Mr. Cooper seemed positive in returning, and declared that if the rest did not go he would return by himself. Finding Mr. Cooper determined, they all Four returned to Bromham on that Night; the Witness's Horse being knocked up, he was obliged to walk Six Miles, so that the other Gentlemen were got into the House before he arrived; when he came into the Parlour he found Lady Maria all in Tears. Retiring at Night with his Wife, he learnt from her, that the Cause of her Ladyship's Weeping and Uneasiness was in consequence of some violent Language or Altercation that had taken place betwixt her Husband and her, occasioned, as she supposed, by Mr. Bayntun's Jealousy of Mr. Cooper by causing his quick Return; that during the Stay of the Witness and his Wife there, he was present at several Quarrels betwixt Mr. Bayntun and his Wife, one Day in particular their Difference was so great, that Mr. Bayntun scrupled not to accuse her of her Attachment for and Connection with Mr. Cooper. She asked him, "From whence his Jealousy arose, and from whence was it he had got his Information?" He said, "He had it from Sir Edward Bayntun and his Mother Lady Bayntun, who was so convinced of the Guilt, that, with Mr. Andrew Bayntun's Permission, he had no Doubt but he could produce Proof of their Criminality so as to entitle him to a Divorce;" and Mr. Andrew Bayntun addressing himself to the Witness, said, "Johnston, am I to blame for having any Jealousies from such Information with the Appearances of Lady Maria's Conduct;" that he the Witness was at a Loss how to reply, but said, "He had never seen any Thing indecent himself in the Conduct of Lady Maria with Mr. Cooper, and that he hoped the Whole of his Jealousy was rather the Effect of his Attachment to Lady Maria, than any Thing truly bad on her Part;" that Difference was compromised in consequence, and Mr. Bayntun going round his House, saw Lady Maria and Mr. Cooper whispering, which brought him back in a Hurry and seemed to renew his Indignation; he then immediately charged her with having something particular to say to Mr. Cooper; that the Witness was in the Room looking out of the Window, and that his Wife was in some other Part of the Room; that Mrs. Johnston went out of the Room, and the Witness thinks Mr. Bayntun soon after followed; that Mr. Bayntun found Mrs. Johnston and expressing a great deal of Distress and Perplexity, asked her, "What he should do?" that Mr. Bayntun returned on a Sunday Night from London, and came into the Parlour greatly agitated and hurried, and found Mr. John Cooper and the Witness in the Room with Lady Maria, and he thinks Two little Grandsons of Sir Edward Bayntun's were in the Room, or had just left it. Mr. Bayntun then went up very abruptly to Mr. Cooper, very unusually so, and said, "Cooper, you left my House before I set out, and here I find you again very unexpectedly." Mr. Cooper assigned some Reason for his returning back, and Mr. Bayntun seemed to take it as a good one, and accordingly every Thing seemed to be accommodated again; at Breakfast on the Monday following we were all jocose and happy as usual; that the Witness went out and took a Walk in the Garden, and soon after saw Mr. Andrew Bayntun and his Brother the Reverend Mr. Harry Bayntun come out; that they seemed very closely in Conversation, Mr. Andrew Bayntun went in and Mr. Harry Bayntun followed; that the Witness could see through the Window into the Parlour from where he was walking Mr. Andrew Bayntun in a Passion; that when the Witness came into the Parlour, he found Mr. Cooper, Lady Maria, Mr. Andrew Bayntun and Mr. John Bayntun he believes in the Room; that upon his coming in, Mr. Andrew Bayntun said, "Johnston, I have such clear Evidence of my Wife's Conduct, that my own Servants have seen Mr. Cooper go into her Room and return at an early Time in the Morning;" that the Witness was much distressed to find Matters so obviously base, and went into his own Chamber out of the Way; that he staid there Two or Three Hours; that on his Return into the Parlour a little before Dinner, Mr. Andrew Bayntun said to him again, "This Affair now, Johnston, is finally settled, Mr. Cooper and Lady Maria have acknowledged their Connexion, and have promised to marry in the Presence of Mr. Cooper, Lady Maria and him." Mr. Cooper then said, "Johnston, will you go with me to Cumberwell," he repeated, "With all his Heart;" accordingly he the Witness ordered Mr. Cooper's Horses, and went up to his Room to put up some Things to take with him; that just as they were going to set off, Mr. Andrew Bayntun desired Mr. Cooper to stay and dine, which he did; that after Dinner Mr. Andrew Bayntun told Mr. Cooper how badly he had acted, and at the same Time spoke to Lady Maria about her Conduct; that he seemed very much agitated and cried, saying, "He would still be her Friend, and when the Affair was settled he would visit them, and recommend them to his Father Sir Edward Bayntun;" that he gave her his Phaeton, Coach and Horses, and that he would do every Thing for Mr. Cooper; that Mr. Cooper promised he would be a good Husband to Lady Maria; that the Three Brothers were prelent; that the Reverend Mr. John Bayntun then said, "Now, Jack, you have nothing to do but be a good Husband to Lady Maria," which he promised. Mr. Andrew Bayntun then said, "As I shall leave my House To-night, I have this one further Favour to beg of you, Jack, that you will go to bed with Lady Maria and allow some of my Servants to come in and see you in that Situation, in order that I may obtain my Divorce with as little Trouble and Expence as possible;" this was acquiesced in, and Mr. Andrew Bayntun left his House, Lady Maria, Mr. Cooper, the Reverend Mr. Harry Bayntun and the Witness supped together; that the Witness advised against this Sort of Conversation, said that they were all Friends and ought not reveal what had then passed; that about Eleven o'Clock that Night a Messenger came with a Note from Spy Park to the Reverend Mr. Bayntun then at Bromham, wrote either by Sir Edward or Mr. Andrew Bayntun, he is not certain which; that the Contents of the Note were, that in the present Situation of his Family it was inexpedient that Mr. Cooper should sleep that Night in his House at Bromham, Mr. Cooper seemed at a Loss to know what it meant as he had agreed otherwise before; that the Witness went to bed, and upon his getting up in the Morning, heard that Mr. Cooper had slept at a little Alehouse near Bromham; that the Witness went to him there; that he seemed rather dejected, and was particularly at a Loss to know whether Lady Maria was to go off with him or stay; that he the Witness told him, "He might be sure she would not be kept from him;" that after this Conversation the Witness returned to Bromham and found Mr. Harry Bayntun riding in, who said, "He wanted to see Cooper," and the Witness directed him to where he was, and Mr. Harry Bayntun went to him; that the Witness soon after went back to Mr. Cooper, where he met Mr. Harry Bayntun coming out; that Mr. Cooper said to the Witness, "Now, Johnston, the Affair is settled, Mr. Harry Bayntun has brought me Ten Guineas to go off with Lady Maria;" that upon the Witness's telling this to Mr. Harry Bayntun he seemed startled; at the same Time the Witness told Mr. Harry Bayntun, "He would stand forth in Behalf of Mr. Cooper," who answered, "He might do as he pleased;" that he then left Bromham; that he had been treated very ill because he would not suppress his Evidence in the Court of King's Bench; that after the whole had taken place, he told Mr. Harry Bayntun in his own Parlour in the Presence of his Wife, on the Saturday Night following, "That he would stand by Mr Cooper;" that he, the Witness, advised Mr. Cooper to take some legal Advice; that Mr. Cooper said, "He would trust to Mr. Andrew Bayntun's Generosity;" that the Witness came to London about the Middle of December, and meeting Mr. Andrew Bayntun and his Brother Mr. John Bayntun in the Strand, they saluted each other, and Mr. Andrew Bayntun said to him, "Johnston, you are going to oppose me;" he said, "No, only as a Friend to Mr. Cooper;" Mr. Bayntun said, "If you take any other Part than what you have, you have no Dependance but on me, and that if the Divorce was not opposed, he did not mean to take Damages;" the Witness said, "He could trust Sir Edward Bayntun if he was to trust him;" that they then parted; that Mr. Andrew Bayntun and Mr. John Bayntun then went to a Gentleman in the City, of whom the Witness used to receive an Annuity of £.60. a Year, and desired him, "To send the Money to the Reverend Mr. Harry Bayntun in the Country, who was a Trustee for his Wife," in order to force the Witness out of Town; that he went to Mr. Harry Bayntun's in London to ask him for the Money, who told him, "If he would come to Bromham he would pay it;" that a Day or two after he went to see Mr. Cooper, and found Mr. Andrew Bayntun had sent him Presents of several Things towards Housekeeping; that the Witness understood that in the Action in the Court of King's Bench the Verdict went by Default; that the Witness came up from Harwich to attend the Trial, but was not called as a Witness, nor were any other Witnesses called, the Damages were £.500." Being asked, "If he was present at Supper when the Collusion was talked of," he said, "Yes, and that he advised against it; that their Treatment of him occasioned him to make the discovery of the Collusion." Being asked, "If he gave his Evidence from Resentment," said, "No, for he had advised Mr. Cooper before the ill Treatment he had received took place." Being asked, "If he saw Mr. Cooper during the Trial in the King's Bench," said, "No, but that he had repeatedly wrote to him at Windsor to make a Defence, Mr. Cooper he understood was then at Cumberwell; that Mr. Cooper had charged him at his Peril not to say what he knew; that he was in the Court of King's Bench at the Time of the Trial in consequence of a Letter he received from Mr. Cooper's Attorney ordering him to be in Town." Being asked, If Two Counsel were not employed by Mr. Cooper in Court," said, "he saw a Gentleman who spoke for Mr. Cooper, but he was not called for as a Witness; that no Evidence was called for in the Cause on the Behalf of Mr. Cooper."

He was directed to withdraw.

Then Sir Edward Bayntun was called in, and sworn at the Bar, and being examined, acquainted the House, "That upon the First Notion of the Servants having seen something wrong in Lady Maria's Conduct, he acquainted Lady Bayntun with it, who spoke to Lady Maria of it; who then promised to behave better for the future; that the Servants told him of the Criminal Conversation between Lady Maria and Mr. Cooper, and offered to fit up at Night and force into the Room; that he told them not to do so, thinking it indelicate to force into a Lady's Room; that on Sunday he went to Church, and coming back called at Lady Maria's House; that he went in and spoke to her, and desired her to be more prudent for the future, though at that Time he knew it was all over; that his Son coming Home that Night, he sent for Mr. Harry Bayntun to tell his Son what had happened, which he did on Monday Morning, the Account agitated his Son in so violent a Manner, that he was sure there could have been no Collusion in the Case; that he, the Witness, wrote to Mr. Cooper at Bromham desiring him to go away, and at the same Time sent him Ten Guineas to pay his Way; he, Sir Edward Bayntun, having been his Guardian."

He was directed to withdraw.

Then the Reverend Harry Bayntun was again called in; and being examined, acquainted the House, "That the Evidence given by Mr. Johnston is in most Parts untrue; that he was present at the Conversation on the 10th of December and also the whole Day; that he heard his Brother Mr. Andrew Bayntun say, that Lady Maria might have the Use of her Coach and Horses while she remained in his House, as he bought the Coach for her, and therefore would not take it with him;" that he did not hear any Thing said about Mr. Cooper's going to bed to Lady Maria, and he must have heard it if any such Thing had been said; that upon Mr. Andrew Bayntun's taxing Lady Maria with her Conduct, she confessed her Criminality; that he then told her, "That as she had transferred her Affections to Mr. Cooper she ought to deliver back her Wedding Ring, upon which she took it off her Finger and put it on Mr. Andrew Bayntun's Finger, who received it in great Distress, and then asked her, "If the Child she was then pregnant with was his?" Lady Maria said, "It was Mr. Cooper's Child;" that it was not agreed that Mr. Cooper should stay there that Night; that Mr. Andrew Bayntun desired him, the Witness, to take Care of his House, and then went away; that he received a Note from his Brother desiring him to send Mr. Cooper away, which he immediately did; that the Day after Mr. Cooper and Lady Maria eloped, Mr. Johnston came to his House, and told him, "That Mr. Cooper would be ruined, and would not be able to give him an Estate he had promised him; that he would use all Means to prevent his Brother's Divorce; that this Conversation passed the Day after Lady Maria eloped; that the Witness bid Johnston take Care of his Wife; that the Witness knew of several Indecencies that had passed between Mr. Cooper and Lady Maria prior to his Discovery to Mr. Andrew Bayntun, but did not mention them; that he did not hear his Brother tell Mr. Cooper to make Lady Maria a good Husband, nor any Thing of the Kind."

He was directed to withdraw.

Then the Reverend John Bayntun was again called in; and being examined, acquainted the House, "That he was present at the Conversation mentioned by Mr. Johnston, and saw the Ring given up; that he did not hear any Thing mentioned in the Conversation about a Divorce; that after Dinner Lady Maria owned the Facts Mr. Andrew Bayntun charged her with; that his Brother told her the Coach and Horses should belong to her while she staid in his House; that he and his Brother met Mr. Johnston in the Strand; that his Brother asked him, "If he intended to oppose the Divorce?" to which he answered, "Yes;" his Brother replied, "You may do as you please;" that it was previous to this Conversation that his Brother desired him to stop the Payment of the Annuity to Johnston saying, "He owed him some Money;" that this Request was made the Day before they met him in the Strand, and before he heard of his intended Opposition; that he never heard Mr. Andrew Bayntun wish Mr. Cooper to lay with Lady Maria."

He was directed to withdraw.

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee upon the said Bill on Wednesday next.

Writs of Summons, Enrollments of, ordered.

Ordered, That the proper Officers do attend the Committee of Privileges on Tuesday next, with the Enrollments of the Writs of Summons of the Peers to the following several Parliaments; (videlicet)

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Linen Exportation Bill.

The Order of the Day being read for the House to be in a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for granting a Bounty upon the Exportation of British and Irish Buckrams and Tilletings, British and Irish Linens, British Callicoes and Cottons, or Cotton mixed with Linen, printed, painted, stained or dyed in Great Britain."

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee upon the said Bill on Tuesday next.

Indemuity Bill.

The Order of the Day being read for the House to be in a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act to indemnify such Persons as have omitted to qualify themselves for Offices and Employments, and to indemnisy Justices of the Peace or others who have omitted to register or deliver in their Qualifications within the Time limited by Law, and for giving further Time for those Purposes; and to indemnisy Members and Officers in Cities, Corporations, and Borough Towns, whose Admissions have been omitted to be stamped according to Law, or having been stamped, have been lost or mislaid, and for allowing them Time to provide Admissions duly stamped; and to give further Time to such Persons as have omitted to make and file Affidavits of the Execution of Indentures of Clerks to Attornies and Solicitors."

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee upon the said Bill on Tuesday next.

Ogilvy's Attainder Bill.

The Order of the Day being read for the House to be in a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for removing certain Disabilities and Incapacities occasioned by the Attainder of David Ogilvy of Airly, Esquire."

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee upon the said Bill on Tuesday next.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Martis, octavum diem instantis Aprilis, horâ undecimâ Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Martis, 8o Aprilis 1783.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Ebor.
Epus. Oxon.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Meneven.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Landaven.
Dux Richmond.
Dux Atholl.
Dux Portland.
Dux Chandos.
Comes Exeter.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Sandwich.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Cassillis.
Comes Lauderdale.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Ferrers.
Comes Gower.
Comes Bathurst.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Mansfield.
Viscount Montague.
Viscount Dudley & Ward.
Ds. De Ferrars.
Ds. Willoughby Br.
Ds. Say & Sele.
Ds. King.
Ds. Chedworth.
Ds. Sandys.
Ds. Brownlow.
Ds. Thurlow.
Ds. Sydney.

PRAYERS.

The Earl of Mansfield sat Speaker by virtue of a former Commission.

Dalrymple against Hunter et al.

The Answer of Robert Hunter of Thurston Esquire and others, to the Appeal of James Dalrymple of Orangefield Esquire, was this Day brought in.

Burton Hastings Canal Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing, allotting, and enclosing the Open Fields, Meadows, Pastures, Commons and Commonable Places, in the Parish of Burton Hastings, in the County of Warwick," was committed: "That they had considered the said Bill and examined the Allegations thereof, which were found to be true; that the Parties concerned had given their Consents to the Satisfaction of the Committee; and that the Committee had gone through the Bill, and made some Amendments thereto."

Which Amendments were read by the Clerk as follow; (videlicet)

Pr. 17. L. 12. After ("them") insert ("or of any other Person whomsoever")

L. 17 and 18. Leave out ("ancient Enclosures") and instead thereof insert ("Lands")

L. 30. Leave out from the Word ("made") to ("And") in Press 18. Line 10."

And thesaid Amendments, being read a second Time, were agreed to by the House.

Rooss Enclosure Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale also reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing certain Open Common Fields, Meadows, Pastures, and other Commonable Lands and Grounds, in Rooss in Holderness, in the East Riding of the County of York," was committed: That they had considered the said Bill, and examined the Allegations thereof, which were found to be true; that the Parties concerned had given their Consents to the Satisfaction of the Committee; and that the Committee had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."

Wapping Poor Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale also reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for amending an Act made in the last Session of Parliament, for the better Relief and Employment of the Poor of the Parish of Saint John of Wapping, in the County of Middlesex, and for providing a proper Workhouse and Burial Ground for the Use of the said Parish; and for opening certain Communications, and making certain Streets within the said Parish," was committed: "That they had considered the said Bill, and examined the Allegations thereof, which were found to be true; and that the Committee had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."

Bridewell Hospital Bill.

The Lord Scarsdale made the like Report from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act to ascertain and establish the Boundaries of and between the Hospital of Bridewell and the Precinct thereunto belonging, and the Parish of Saint Ann, Black Fryars, in the City of London, as therein specified," was committed.

Leachlade Canal Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for making and maintaining a navigable Canal from the River Thames or Isis, at or near Leachlade, to join and communicate with the Stroudwater Canal at Wallbridge, near the Town of Stroud, and also a Collateral Cut from the said Canal at or near Siddington, to or near the Town of Cirencester, in the Counties of Gloucester and Wilts."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Stanford Enclosure Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing, allotting and enclosing the Open Fields, Meadows, Pastures, Commons and Commonable Lands, within the Manor and Township of Stanford, in the County of Berks."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Haltwhistle Enclosure Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing, allotting and enclosing the several Town Fields, Commons, Moors and Waste Grounds and Stinted Land, within the Manors of Henshaw and Melkeridge, in the Parish of Haltwhistle, in the County of Northumberland."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Messages to H. C. that the Lords have agreed to the Three preceding Bills.

And Messages were, severally, sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Anguish and Mr. Pepys:

To acquaint them, That the Lords have agreed to the said Bills, without any Amendment.

Luther et al. Leave for a Bill:

After reading and considering the Report of the Judges, to whom was referred the Petition of John Luther Esquire and others; praying Leave to bring in a Private Bill, for the Purposes therein 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 Part of the Settled Estates of John Luther Esquire in the County of Southampton, in the said John Luther in Fee Simple; and for settling an Estate of greater Value in lieu thereof."

Rotherhithe Paving Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for better paving, cleansing, lighting and watching the Streets, Lanes, Yards, Courts, Alleys and Passages, within the Parish of Saint Mary at Rotherhithe, otherwise Redriffe, in the County of Surrey; and for removing and preventing Nuisances and Annoyances therein."

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

D. Richmond.
D. Atholl.
D. Portland.
D. Chandos.
E. Exeter.
E. Denbigh.
E. Westmorland.
E. Sandwich.
E. Abingdon.
E. Cassillis.
E. Lauderdale.
E. Marchmont.
E. Ferrers.
E. Gower.
E. Bathurst.
E. Clarendon.
E. Mansfield.
V. Montague.
V. Dudley & Ward.
L. Abp. York.
L. Bp. Oxford.
L. Bp. Lincoln.
L. Bp. St. David's.
L. Bp. Gloucester.
L. Bp. Landaff.
L. De Ferrars.
L. Willoughby Br.
L. Say & Sele.
L. King.
L. Chedworth.
L. Sandys.
L. Brownlow.
L. Thurlow.
L. Sydney.

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

Doctors of Law Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for carrying into Execution an Agreement between the Dean and Chapter of Saint Paul's, London, and the College of Doctors of Law exercent in the Ecclesiastical and Admiralty Courts; for vesting certain Tenements in the City of London, called Doctors Commons, held by the said College under the said Dean and Chapter by Leases for Years in the said College in Fee Simple, and reserving thereout a certain yearly Rent to the said Dean and Chapter, and their Successors for ever."

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

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on the 3d Day of Meeting after the Recess at Easter, at the usual Time and Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Ogilvy's Attainder Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for removing certain Disabilities and Incapacities occasioned by the Attainder of David Ogilvy of Airly Esquire."

After some Time, the House was resumed:

And the Lord Scarsdale reported from the Committee, "That they had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."

Papists Deeds and Wills Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for allowing further Time for Enrollment of Deeds and Wills made by Papists; and for the Relief of Protestant Purchasers."

After some Time the House was resumed:

And the Lord Scarsdale reported from the Committee, "That they had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."

Indemnity Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act to indemnify such Persons as have omitted to qualify themselves for Offices and Employments; and to indemnify Justices of the Peace or others, who have omitted to register or deliver in their Qualifications within the Time limited by Law, and for giving further Time for those Purposes; and to indemnisy Members and Officers in Cities, Corporations and Borough Towns, whose Admissions have been omitted to be stamped according to Law, or having been stamped, have been lost or mislaid; and for allowing them Time to provide Admissions duly stamped; and to give further Time to such Persons as have omitted to make and file Affidavits of the Execution of Indentures of Clerks to Attornies and Solicitors."

After some Time the House was resumed:

And the Lord Scarsdale reported from the Committee, "That they had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."

Lineus Exportation Bill.

The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for granting a Bounty upon the Exportation of British and Irish Buckrams and Tillettings, British and Irish Linens, British Callicoes and Cottons, or Cotton mixed with Linen, printed, painted, stained or dyed in Great Britain."

After some Time the House was resumed:

And the Lord Scarsdale reported from the Committee, "That they had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."

Dalrymple against Hunter et al.

The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed for hearing the Cause wherein James Dalrymple is Appellant, and Robert Hunter Esquire and others are Respondents:"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause by Counsel at the Bar, on the first vacant Day for Causes after those already appointed.

Mitchell and Gay against Sir G. Rodney and Vaughan.

The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed for hearing Counsel to argue the Errors assigned upon the Writ of Error, wherein John Mitchell and John Gay are Plaintiffs, and Sir George Brydges Rodney Baronet and the Honourable John Vaughan are Defendants:"

It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Errors argued by Counsel at the Bar, on the first vacant Day for Causes after those already appointed.

Ruther takes the Oaths in order to his Naturalization.

Christian Henry Ruther took the Oaths appointed in order to his Naturalization.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for naturalizing Christian Henry Ruther."

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

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet To-morrow, at the usual Time and Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Adjourn.

Comes Mansfield Capitalis Justiciarius Banci Regis declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, nonum diem instantis Aprilis, horâ undecimâ Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Mercurii, 9o Aprilis 1783.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Ebor.
Epus. Winton.
Epus. Eliens.
Epus. Roffen.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Landaven.
Comes Carlisle, C.P.S.
Dux Atholl.
Dux Chandos.
Comes Suffolk & Berkshire.
Comes Exeter.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Stamford.
Comes Sandwich.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Galloway.
Comes Aberdeen.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Ferrers.
Comes Strafford.
Comes Aylesford.
Comes Kerr.
Comes Waldegrave.
Comes Gower.
Comes Fitzwilliam.
Comes Northington.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Bathurst.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Mansfield.
Viscount Montague.
Viscount Weymouth.
Viscount Wentworth.
Viscount Hampden.
Viscount Sackville.
Ds. Say & Sele.
Ds. King.
Ds. Talbot.
Ds. Chedworth.
Ds. Sandys.
Ds. Scarsdale.
Ds. Cardiff.
Ds. Amherst.
Ds. Brownlow.
Ds. Harrowby.
Ds. Thurlow.
Ds. Walsingham.
Ds. Sydney.

PRAYERS.

The Earl of Mansfield sat Speaker by virtue of a former Commission.

Burton Hastings Enclosure Bill.

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing, allotting and enclosing the Open Fields, Meadows, Pastures, Commons and Commonable Places, in the Parish of Burton Hastings, in the County of Warwick."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Message to H. C. with Amendments to it.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Anguish and Mr. Pepys:

To return the said Bill, and acquaint them, That the Lords have agreed to the same, with some Amendments, to which their Lordships desire their Concurrence.

Linens Exportation Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for granting a Bounty upon the Exportation of British and Irish Buckrams and Tilletings, British and Irish Linens, British Callicoes and Cottons, or Cotton mixed with Linen printed, painted, stained or dyed in Great Britain."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Indemnity Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to indemnify such Persons as have omitted to qualify themselves for Offices and Employments, and to indemnify Justices of the Peace, or others who have omitted to register or deliver in their Qualifications within the Time limited by Law; and for giving further Time for those Purposes; and to indemnify Members and Officers in Cities, Corporations and Borough Towns, whose Admissions have been omitted to be stamped according to Law, or having been stamped, have been lost or mislaid; and for allowing them Time to provide Admissions duly stamped; and to give further Time to such Persons as have omitted to make and file Affidavits of the Execution of Indentures of Clerks to Attornies and Solicitors."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Papists Deeds and Wills Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for allowing further Time for Enrollment of Deeds and Wills made by Papists; and for Relief of Protestant Purchasers."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Ogilvy's Attainder Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for removing certain Disabilities and Incapacities occasioned by the Attainder of David Ogilvy of Airly Esquire."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Bridewell Hospital Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to ascertain and establish the Boundaries of and between the Hospital of Bridewell, and the Precinct thereunto belonging, and the Parish of Saint Ann, Blackfryars, in the City of London, as therein specified.

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Wapping Poor Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for amending an Act, made in the last Session of Parliament, for the better Relief and Employment of the Poor of the Parish of Saint John of Wapping, in the County of Middlesex; and for providing a proper Workhouse and Burial Ground for the Use of the said Parish; and for opening certain Communications, and making certain Streets within the said Parish."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Rooss Enclosure Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for dividing and enclosing certain Open Common Fields, Meadows, Pastures, and other Commonable Lands and Grounds in Rooss, in Holderness, in the East Riding of the County of York."

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

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Messages to H. C. that the Lords have agreed to the Seven preceding Bills.

And Messages were, severally, sent to the House of Commons, by the former Messengers:

To acquaint them, That the Lords have agreed to the said Bills, without any Amendment.

Fallejeff and another against Elphinstone and another:

Upon reading the Petition of Major Michael Fallejeff and another, Appellants in a Cause depending in this House, to which the Honourable William Elphinstone and another are Respondents; setting forth, "That they lately presented their Appeal to their Lordships from several Interlocutors of the Courts of Session and Admiralty in Scotland; that no Answer has yet been put in for the Respondents, and the Appellants are now advised to withdraw their said Appeal;" and therefore praying their Lordships, "They may be at Liberty to withdraw their said Appeal:"

Appeal withdrawn.

It is Ordered, That the Petitioners be at Liberty to withdraw their said Appeal, as desired.

Bayntun's Divorce Bill:

The Order of the Day being read for the House to be in a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act to dissolve the Marriage of Andrew Bayntun Esquire with Lady Maria Coventry his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again; and for other Purposes therein mentioned:"

The Agent for Mr. Andrew Bayntun was called in, and directed to produce before the Committee on Tuesday next, Copies of the Proceedings on Mr. Bayntun's Divorce in the Spiritual Court.

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee upon the said Bill on Tuesday next.

A Lord got up in his Place, and acquainted the House, That he this Day received another Letter from a Person subscribing himself Robert Johnston, dated this Day, unsealed, in which Letter the Writer says, that since he had been examined at the Bar of this House last, he has recollected some more of the collusive Conversation which passed between Mr. Andrew Bayntun, Lady Maria, and Mr. Cooper, previous to his quitting Mr. Bayntun's House; and that he was ready to attend to give further Evidence of the said Conversation."

Witnesses to attend.

Ordered, That the said Robert Johnston do attend this House on Tuesday next, in order to his being examined as a Witness before the Committee of the whole House appointed to consider of the last mentioned Bill.

Ordered, That the Reverend Mr. John Bayntun do attend this House on Tuesday next, in order to his being examined as a Witness before the Committee of the whole House appointed to consider of the last mentioned Bill.

Ordered, That the Reverend Mr. Harry Bayntun do attend this House on Tuesday next, in order to his being examined as a Witness before the Committee of the whole House appointed to consider of the last mentioned Bill.

Trent and Mersey Navigation Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir John Wrottesley and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act to amend and render more effectual several Acts passed in the Sixth, Tenth, Fifteenth and Sixteenth Years of the Reign of His present Majesty, for making a Navigable Canal from the Trent to the Mersey, and a Branch from the said Canal to Froghall, and a Railway from thence to or near Caldon, in the County of Stafford;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Hankey's Divorce Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by the Lord Sheffield and others:

To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act to dissolve the Marriage of John Hankey Esquire with Elizabeth Thomson his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again; and for other Purposes therein mentioned;" and to acquaint this House, That they have agreed to the same, without any Amendment.

Adjourn.

Comes Mansfield Capitalis Justiciarius Banci Regis declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis, decimum diem instantis Aprilis, horâ undecimâ Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Jovis, 10o Aprilis 1783.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Ebor.
Epus. Landaven.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Abercorn.
Comes Lauderdale.
Comes Marchmont.
Comes Bucks.
Comes Bathurst.
Comes Mansfield.
Viscount Sackville.
Ds. Chedworth.
Ds. Walpole.
Ds. Bagot.
Ds. Sydney.

PRAYERS.

The Earl of Mansfield sat Speaker by virtue of a former Commission.

Trent and Mersey Navigation Bill.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to amend and render more effectual several Acts passed in the Sixth, Tenth, Fifteenth and Sixteenth Years of the Reign of His present Majesty, for making a navigable Canal from the Trent to the Mersey, and a Branch from the said Canal to Froghall, and a Railway from thence to or near Caldon in the County of Stafford."

Adjourn.

Comes Mansfield Capitalis Justiciarius Banci Regis, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, undecimum diem instantis Aprilis, horâ undecimâ Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.

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