Jovis, 20 die Junii, 1678.
MR. Buscowen reports from the Committee to whom
the Bill, sent from the Lords, intituled, An Act
for vesting the Rectory of Westerham in the County of
Kent in Trustees, to be sold for Payment of the Debts of
Edward Gresham Esquire, was committed, That the
Committee had perused the Bill; and that all the Parties
concerned were consenting thereto: And that the Committee had returned the Bill, without any Amendments.
And the Bill being read a Third time;
Resolved, &c. That the Bill do pass: And that the
Title be agreed.
An ingrossed Bill, sent from the Lords, intituled, An
Act for the better enabling the Trustees of Sir Thomas
Cave Knight and Baronet, deceased, for the selling of
Lands for the Performance of the Will of the said Sir
Thomas Cave; and likewise for the vesting and settling of
other Lands, was read the Second time.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be committed to Mr.
Clarke, Mr. Streete, Sir Cha. Musgrave, Mr. Westfaling,
Sir John Mallet, Sir John Holman, Mr. Progers, Sir John
Barnaby, Mr. Swinfen, Sir John Newton, Sir Hen. Puckering, Sir Cirell Wych, Mr. Whorwood, Mr. Crouch, Lord
Gorge, Mr. Parkhurst, Mr. Fleetwood, Mr. James, Sir Tho.
Littleton, Colonel Norton, Sir John Birkenhead, Sir John
Bramston, Sir Edw. Harley, Sir Anth. Irby, Sir John Coryton, Mr. Serjeant Mainard, Sir John Pettus, Sir Ro.
Berkley, Sir Wm. Farmer, Sir Rob. Thomas, Mr. Gray, Sir
Gilbert Talbot, Mr. Hacker, Sir Hen. Ford, Lord O Brien,
Sir Trevor Williams, Sir Tho. Doleman, Mr. Daniell, Mr.
Hopkins, Mr. Evelyn, Colonel Birch, Mr. Hamden, Sir
Tho. Lee, Mr. Buscawen, Mr. Sachaverell, Mr. Wharton,
and all that serve for the Counties of Northampton and
Leicester: And they are to meet To-morrow at Two of
the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Court of Wards.
Committee of Privileges.
Ordered, That the Committee of Privileges and Elections do proceed no further in the hearing of any
Causes concerning Elections, before a Recess, and that
the Witnesses therein concerned be dismissed from their
Ordered, That no Committee, except the Grand Committees, do sit in the House, during this Sitting.
Conference on Message to Lords respecting disbanding the Army.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Andrew Hacket
and Sir William Beversham;
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have commanded us to
attend you this Morning; and to desire a Conference,
at Eleven of the Clock, in the Painted Chamber, upon
Matters of great Concern.
The Messengers being withdrawn;
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree to meet the
Lords at a Conference in the Painted Chamber, at Eleven
of the Clock.
And the Messengers being called in;
Mr. Speaker acquainted them that the House had
agreed to meet the Lords at a Conference, at Eleven of
the Clock, in the Painted Chamber.
Ordered, That these Members following be appointed
to manage the Conference; Sir Wm. Coventry, Mr.
Vaughan, Mr. Hamden, Sir John Ernle, Sir John Talbot,
Mr. Sachaverell, Sir Tho. Meeres, Sir Tho. Clerges, Mr.
Powle, Sir Tho. Lee, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Sir Tho. Littleton, Mr. Swinfen, Sir Geo. Downing, Sir Edw. Deering,
Mr. Powle reports from the Conference had with the
Lords, that the Lord Privy Seal did manage the Conference: And that he did acquaint the Persons appointed
to manage the Conference, That the Reason of the House
of Peers desiring a present Conference with the House
of Commons, is, their having received a Message from
his Majesty; which they judged of that Moment, that
they did not think fit to delay the Communicating of it
to the Commons; being of that great Concern to both
Houses and the whole Kingdom: And that the Conference was intended to have been had Yesterday; but
that this House sitting long, the Messengers were not
admitted: And that a Copy of the Message was delivered to them: Which is as followeth, viz.
"The Lord Treasurer, by his Majesty's Command, did
let the House know, That his Majesty did Yesterday
receive a Letter from his Ambassador at Nimegen, Sir
Leoline Jenkins, dated the Fifteenth of June; which
gave him an Account, That the French Ambassador had
declared to the Dutch Ambassador, That they would not
void any one of the Places they hold in the Spanish
Netherlands, until Sweden be effectually restored to the
Places taken from them, notwithstanding that the Peace
was already signed and ratified between them: That,
upon this, is arisen a Difficulty on the Side of the
Spaniards, Whether they will accept the French Conditions: That Mons. Beverning, One of the States
Ambassadors there, had thereupon earnestly inquired of
him, whether the Army of England was presently to be
disbanded; because nobody could tell, What End things
would come to; for, if France will keep all the Places in
the Netherlands filled with their Troops, it is in vain that
the States have taken so much Pains about their Barrier;
for they will have none, when all is done: And the said
Mons. Beverning was very anxious, till he did hear out of
England, that the Army might not yet be disbanded.
That the Imperial Ministers had been to visit him That
Day: And that their principal Business was to learn
what they could from him, in what State our Army was
in; Things being in this doubtful Condition."
Lords reminded of a Bill.
Resolved, &c. That a Message be sent to the Lords, to
remind them of the Bill, intituled, An Act for granting
a Supply to his Majesty, for enabling him to pay and
disband the Forces which have been raised since the
Twenty-ninth of September last: And that Mr. Vaughan
do attend the Lords with the Message.
The House then resolved into a Committee of the whole
House, to take into Consideration the Motion for continuing the new Imposts upon Wines; and also to consider
of the Manner of raising a Supply, for Re-payment of
the Two hundred thousand Pounds borrowed upon the
Credit of the additional Excise; and for paying off the
extraordinary Charge of the Navy: And likewise to consider of the Motion for giving Forty thousands Pounds
to his Majesty, for Paying off the Portion of his Niece.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Sir John Trevor took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Sir John Trevor reports from the said Committee, That
they had taken the Matter, to them referred, into their
Consideration; and had agreed upon a Vote: Which he
read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same in
at the Clerk's Table. And is as followeth; viz.
Resolved, &c. That it is the Opinion of this Committee,
That the new Imposts, upon Wines and Vinegar, be
granted to his Majesty, from the First of August next,
for Three Years; upon such Wines and Vinegar as now
may be by Law imported.
And further moved, from the said Committee, That
the House would be pleased to resolve into a Committee
of the whole House again To-morrow Morning; to proceed further in the Consideration of the Matters to them
The Vote being read;
A Motion being made, That the Words "the better
to enable his Majesty to repair the Fleet" may be added
to the Vote;
The Question being put, That the Words "the better
to enable his Majesty to repair his Fleet" be added to
The House divide.
The Yeas go forth.
||Sir Rich. Temple,
||for the Noes,
|Sir Christ. Musgrave,|
||Sir Eliab Harvy,
||for the Yeas,
|Sir Tho. Lee,
And so it passed in the Negative.
The Question being put, to agree with the Committee;
It was resolved in the Affirmative.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the
Committee, That the new Imposts upon Wines and
Vinegar be granted to his Majesty from the First of
August, for Three Years, upon such Wines and Vinegar
as now may be by Law imported.
Resolved, &c. That a Bill be brought in, pursuant to
the said Vote: And that Mr. Solicitor General and Sir
John Trevor do bring in the Bill.
Resolved, &c. That this House will, To-morrow Morning at Ten of the Clock, resolve into a Committee of the
whole House, to proceed further in the Consideration of
the Matters to them referred.
Ordered, That all Committees, which were to sit this
Afternoon, be adjourned.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight of the Clock.