The seventeenth Session of the second Parliament.
On Thursday the 23d of May; after a short Recess or Interval, the Parliament met again; when his Majesty express'd
himself to the following effect from the Throne:
The King's Speech to both Houses.
'My Lords and Gentlemen,
In the first place, I am resolv'd, as far as I am able, to
save Flanders, either by a War or a Peace, which way
I see most conducing to that end. In either way, I think
it convenient to keep up my Army, and Navy at Sea, for
some time; but I leave it to you to consider of Supplies for
their Continuance or Disbanding; and in either case not
to discourage so many worthy and gallant Gentlemen, who
have offer'd their Lives and Services to their Country, and
that in pursuit of your Advice and Resolutions: I must tell
you, that a Branch of my Revenues is now expiring, and
another Part of it is cut off by a Clause in the Poll-Bill;
that I have borrow'd two hundred thousand Pounds upon
the Excise at your request; of all which you are to consider. That I have no Intentions but of Good to you, and
my People, nor ever shall; therefore I desire you will not
drive me into Extremities, which must end ill both for
you and me, and (which is worst of all) for the Nation.
I desire to prevent all Disorders and Mischiefs that may
befal by our Disagreement; but in case there do, I leave
it to God Almighty to judge who is the occasion of it. In
conclusion, I must tell you, That I will not, for the future,
suffer the old course and method of passing of Laws
to be chang'd, by tacking together several Matters in one
Bill; but this Bill shall certainly be lost, let the Importance be what it will. The rest I leave to the LordChancellor.'
The Lord Chancellor's Speech. ; This Part of the Speech gave great Umbrage to the Commons.
Accordingly his Lordship made a long and remarkable
Speech, of which the most material. Part is as follows:
'That with reference to the present State of Christendom,
and a general Peace, the Advances which had been made
abroad, tho' hastened by some late Occurrences, were long
since meditated and prepared in Holland: For when the
States-General perceiv'd, that tho' they had strain'd themselves to the utmost, and exceeded all the Proportions which
by their Treaty they were bound to furnish, yet the Spaniards fail'd them in every Point, not only in the Subsidies
they were oblig'd to pay, but in the very Strength and Forces they stood engag'd to set out; insomuch that all their
Towns and Garrisons were so far from being in any tolerable Posture to receivé an Enemy, that they remain'd as perfectly defenceless as if they were intended to be abandon'd:
Hereupon the States resolv'd to seek all Occasions of coming
out of the War, and to lay hold on the first that should
offer itself; and to that End, the last Year they solicited his
Majesty to endeavour a Peace, and they would then have
taken such a Peace as they now seek: But his Majesty thought
he had done great Service to the Christian World, when
he had gain'd two Points upon them; First, to model and
concert with them the Terms and Articles of a better Peace;
and then, on Prospect of that Peace, to enter into a League
offensive and defensive with his Majesty, to obtain that Peace
by Force, if it could not be had otherwise. Tho' the Dutch
were still inclin'd to accept of Peace, and were hearkening
after the French Propositions at Nimeguen; yet such were
his Majesty's Resolutions to hold them to their League, and
so constant were all his Refusals to hearken to such a Peace,
that they must of Necessity at last have been oblig'd to continue on the War some way or other. But since it was
heard abroad, that this League, which was the only Thing
by which his Majesty could oblige the States, had been so
ill understood at home, as to meet with some very unfitting,
and very undeserving Reflections; as soon as it had taken
Air, and understood, (fn. *) That there was a Resolution to give
no Money until Satisfaction was given in Matters of Religion, which in all Countries are the longest Debates that
can be enter'd upon, and at this Time, above all others,
should least have been stirr'd; and when at last the King
had receiv'd an Address, which they took to be of such
Nature as was never seen or heard of before in any State or
Kingdom of the World, and proceeded so far as to express
his Resentment of it: Then they concluded with themselves,
That it was in vain to rely any longer upon England, for
England was no longer itself: then all Sides began to wish
for Peace, even Spain, as well as Holland; and if the Cessation, which is endeavour'd to be made in order to it, takes
effect, as in all likelihood it will, we may conclude, That
the Peace will soon follow.'
After this historical Account, he proceeded to this Effect: 'What Influence such a Peace will have upon our
Affairs, is uncertain; only we know we have given no small
Provocation to a mighty King, who may be at leisure enough
to resent it when he pleases; therefore it imports us to secure
ourselves, by preserving Peace and Unity at home: He that
foments Divisions now, does more Hurt to his Country,
than a foreign Enemy can do, and disarms it at a Time
when all the Hands and Hearts we have are little enough
to defend us: No Fears of arbitrary Government can justify,
no Zeal to Religion can sanctify such a Proceeding!' He
then reminded them of the late Times, 'When Religion and
Liberty were truly lost, by being made a handle and pretence for Sedition; when Prelacy was call'd Popery, and
Monarchy named Tyranny, &c. and can we now endure
to see Men break the Act of Oblivion every day, by reviving the Memory of forgotten Crimes in new Practices ?
It is worth the Consideration, whether we do not bring some
kind of Scandal upon the Protestant Religion, when we
seem so far to distrust the Truth and Power of it, that, after
so many Laws past to guard it, and so many miraculous
Deliverances from the Attempts made against it, we should
still be afraid of its Continuance ? Hath not the late Act
made it absolutely impossible for the most conceal'd Papist
that is, to get into any kind of Employment ? And did ever
any Law since the Reformation give us so great a Security
as this ? As little reason there is to be jealous of our Liberties and Properties. Can there be a greater Evidence of
the Moderation of a Prince, and his Tenderness of the Liberty of the Subject, than to suffer, as he does every day,
so much licentious and malicious Talk to pass unpunish'd ?
If there be not a single instance to be found in a whole
Reign, of a Man that has suffer'd against Law, and very few
of those that have suffer'd by it, shall we endure them that
dare say in all public Places, That the Nation is enslav'd ?
Let them shew the time, if they can, since the World began, and this Nation was first inhabited, wherein there
were fewer Grievances, or less cause to complain than at
this present time: Nay, let them search all Ages and Places,
and tell us when and where there was ever found a happier People than we are at this day.'
He proceeded then to the Matter of the Revenue, and to
the same purpose with what the King had said before, with
some Enlargement; but plainly told them, 'That the Manner of their Proceedings was as considerable to his Majesty,
as the Matter; and that he would not accept a good Bill,
how valuable soever, unless it came to him in the old and
decent Method of Parliaments: That the late way of tacking together several independent and incoherent Matters in
one Bill, seem'd to alter the whole Frame and Constitution
of Parliaments, and consequently of the Government itself
It took away the King's negative Voice in effect, and forc'd
him to take all or none, when one part of the Bill might be
as dangerous, as the other was necessary for the Kingdom:
It took away the negative Voice of the House of Peers by
the same Consequence, and disinherited the Lords of their
native Liberty of debating and judging what is good for
the Kingdom: It look'd like a kind of defamation of the
Government, and seem'd to suppose the King and Lords
to be so ill affected to the Public, that a good Bill could
not carry itself through by the Strength of its own Reason
and Justice, unless help'd forwards by being tack'd to another that will be favour'd: It did at last give up the greatest share of the Legislature to the Commons, and by consequence the chief Power of judging what Laws are best for
the Kingdom.' In fine, he shew'd that the same Method
might be made use of by the Lords against the Commons;
and thus every good Bill would be dearly bought at last,
and one chief end of calling Parliaments, the making of
good Laws, be wholly frustrated and disappointed, by departing from that Method which the Wisdom of our Ancestors purposely prescrib'd to prevent and exclude such Inconveniencies. These Innovations the King resolv'd to abolish, and had commanded him to say to them, State super
Vias antiquas.' Then he said, ' If this Session do not repair
the Misfortunes, and amend the Faults of the last, it will
look like a Fatality upon the Nation. 'He whose House is
destroy'd by Fire, would find but little comfort in saying,
The fire did not begin by his means; but it will be a matter of perpetual Anguish and Vexation to remember, That
it was in his power to have extinguish'd it. Let the World
now see, that your Zeal to preserve the Government is the
same as when you were ready to die for its Restoration; and
know, 'tis an Act as meritorious, and of as great Duty and
Loyalty, to stand between the King and those Libellers, who
would create a Misunderstanding between him and his Parliament, as tis to sight for him in a Day of Battel. Embellish the History of this Parliament, by shewing us the
healing Virtue of this Session: So shall your Service be acceptable to the King, who never forgets any thing but Injuries: So shall you recommend yourselves to Posterity, by
transmitting to them the same Peace and Happiness you are
trusted with. And the God of Peace and Unity prosper all
your Consultations to the Honour and Happiness of the
King, and the Joy and Comfort of all his good Subjects.'
The House being return'd, proceeded to Business, and
first of all renew'd the standing Order of the House with
regard to Bribery and Corruption at Elections; which was
Resolution relating to Bribery at Elections.
Resolved, That if any Person, hereafter to be elected into
a Place to sit and serve in the House of Commons, for
any County, City, Town, Port, or Borough, after the Teste
of the Writ or Writs of Election, upon the calling or summoning of any Parliament hereafter; or after any such Place
becomes vacant hereafter in time of Parliament, shall, by
himself, or any other on his behalf, or at his charge, at any
time before his Election, give any Person or Persons, having
Voice in such Elections, Meat or Drink, exceeding in the
true Value 10s. in the whole, in any Place or Places, but in
his own Dwelling-house or Habitation, being the usual Place
of his Abode for six Months last past; or shall, before such
Election be made and declar'd, make any other Present,
Gift or Reward, or any Promise, Obligation, or Engagement to do the same, either to any such Person or Persons
in particular, or any such County, City, Town, Port or Borough in general; or to, or for the Use and Benefit of
them, or any of them; every such Entertainment, Present,
Gift, Reward, Promise, Obligation or Engagement, is by
this House declar'd to be Bribery; and such Entertainment, Present, Gift, Reward, Promise, Obligation or Engagement being duly prov'd, is and shall be sufficient cause
and matter to make every such Election Void, as to the
Person so offending, and to render the Person so elected incapable to sit in Parliament by such Election: And hereof
the Committee of Elections and Privileges is appointed to
take especial notice and care, and to act and determine
Matters coming before them accordingly.
Resolved, That the said Order do continue a standing Order of the House, &c.
A Motion to address the King to declare War against France. ; Carry'd.
The next remarkable Transaction of the House, was a
Debate for an Address that his Majesty would acquaint the
House with the state of Affairs in relation to War and Peace;
as likewise to signify to his Majesty, that if he thought fit to
enter into a War against the French King in concert with
the Emperor, &c. the House would support him therein.
Upon which, a motion was made to adjourn; which was
carried in the Affirmative, Yeas 195, Noes 176. Nevertheless at their next Meeting, May 27, a Resolution past to
the like purpose, with this additional Circumstance, that in
case his Majesty declin'd to enter into the War, the House
would provide for the speedy disbanding of the Army.
The King's Answer.
The House further order'd, That the Members of his Majesty's Privy Council, do acquaint the King with these Votes,
and pray his Majesty's speedy Answer. To which the King
return'd the following Answer, which was read the very
next Day in the House of Commons: 'That the French
King hath made such Offers of a Cessation till the 27th
of July, as his Majesty doth not only believe will be accepted, but will end in a general Peace; yet since that is
not certain, he does not think it prudent to dismiss either
Fleet or Army before that time, nor doth he think it will
add much to the Charge, in regard the raising Money,
and paying them off, would take up that time, were they to
be disbanded as speedily as possible: In the mean time he
desired Money for their Subsistence, that, as hitherto they
have been the most orderly Army that ever came together,
they may be encourag'd to continue so. Then he concluded with reminding them of the two hundred thousand
Pounds formerly mentioned in his Speech, which he wanted for the Subsistence of his Houshold.' Hereupon, on
the next sitting Day, the Commons unanimously voted,
'That all Forces rais'd since the 29th of September last
(except those transported to Foreign Plantations) be forthwith paid off and disbanded, and that they would consider
of a Supply for that purpose.'
The Commons vote a Supply. ; A Message from the King. ; And resolve no Motion shall be made for a new Supply till after the next Recess.
Upon the 4th Day of June, the House of Commons, who
seem'd now in a more giving humour than in the last Session,
first voted two hundred thousand Pounds to be rais'd by a
monthly Tax, in six Months, after the Land-Tax now in
being, should be expired; but with a Clause, That this be
for the disbanding the Army, by the end of this present
June. The next day they voted the King two hundred
thousand Pounds more, towards defraying the Expences of
the Fleet; and were ready to add another such Sum for the
King's extraordinary Occasions. Soon after which his Majesty sent them a Message by one of his Secretaries of State,
importing, 'That his mind was still the same with what he
deliver'd in his Speech the 23d of May last, viz. That
the Army and Fleet ought to be kept up till the expected
Peace be concluded: And he further recommended to
their Consideration, whether it were not dishonourable for
him to recall his Forces in Flanders, from those Towns
which he had taken into his Protection, before they could
provide themselves of other Succours.' Upon Consideration of which, the Commons extended the time, as to the
Forces in Flanders, to the 27th Day of July. But upon
Saturday the 15th of June they resolv'd, 'That after the
Tuesday following, no Motions should be made for any new
Supplies of Money, till after the next Recess; nor any more
private Bills brought in, till after the said Recess.' The Division on the previous Question being Yeas 160, Noes 154;
and on the Question itself, Yeas 163, Noes 154.
On the foresaid Tuesday, June 18th, the King came to
the House of Peers, and sending for the House of Commons,
he declar'd to them;
The King's second Speech to both Houses.
That the Season requiring a Recess by the middle of
next Month, it was convenient that he and his
Parliament should part fairly, and with a perfect Confidence of one another: Therefore he open'd his Heart
freely to them in some Particulars of the nearest Concern:
That what he told them in the Beginning of the Session
concerning a Peace, seem'd ready to be determin'd, at
least as to Spain and Holland; in which Peace his Part
would be not only that of a Mediator, but also to give his
Guaranty in it. That Spain writes word, That unless
England bears the charge of maintaining Flanders, even
after the Peace, they will not be in a condition to support
it long; therefore to that end, it was necessary to keep up
the Navy at Sea, and not only so, but to give the World
some assurance of being well united at home: That tho'
the House of Commons might think such a Peace as ill a
Bargain as a War, because it would cost them Money;
yet if they seriously consider'd that otherwise Flanders
had been lost, and perhaps by this time, he believ'd they
would give much greater Sums than that would cost, rather than the single Town of Ostend should be in the
French hands, and forty of their Men of War in so good
a Haven over against the River's Mouth. Then he insinuated to them, that they could not but be pleased to understand, the Reputation England had gain'd abroad, by
having in forty Days rais'd an Army of thirty thousand
Men, and prepar'd a Navy of ninety Men of War;
therefore if they desir'd to keep up the Honour of the
Crown at home, and look to the Safety of the Balance of
Affairs abroad, and pursue the Wars of Algiers; if they
desir'd he should pass any Part of his Life in quiet, and
all the rest in Confidence and Kindness with them, and
other future Parliaments; they must find a way, not only
to settle for his Life his Revenue as at Christmas last, but
also to add a new Fund of three hundred thousand Pounds
per Annum, upon which he would pass an Act to settle
fifty thousand Pounds upon the Navy and Ordnance; and
should be likewise always ready to consent to all such Laws
as they should propose for the Good of the Nation.' He
lastly reminded them, 'to enable him to keep his word with
the Prince of Orange, in the Payment of his Niece's Portion, which was forty thousand Pounds; the first Payment
being now due and demanded by him.'
Not comply'd with.
Upon the Return of the Commons to their House, they
immediately took the Speech into consideration, and soon
voted his Majesty the humble Thanks of the House for his
most gracious Expressions in it. But when they came to
debate on the additional Revenue propos'd, they gave a total
Denial to it; and not only so, but when a motion was made
to give a Compensation for the lost Part of his Majesty's Revenues by the late prohibiting Act, concerning French Commodities, it pass'd in the negative, 202 against 145.
A Debate on Pensions, secret Service, &c.
The same Day, a Debate arose in the House on the following several Heads, viz. To have an Account of what
Pensions have been charg'd upon the Revenue: what Privy
Seals have been issued for such Service since May 1677, and
for a Test concerning Bribery of Members for giving their
Votes. And concerning Popery and taking the Sacrament:
conversing with foreign Ministers, and receiving Money
from them: concerning such as have receiv'd Money for
Council for any Bill depending in the House, or any Reward
for being Chairman of a Committee: such as have sollicited
for Voices in any Cause depending before the House: such
as have offer'd their Service to great Persons to give their
Votes in Parliament, and have been refus'd: concerning such
as keep public Tables, and such as have taken 'Money for
granting Protections. Upon all which, a Motion being
made to adjourn the House, it pass'd in the Negative: Yeas,
173; Noes, 103. A Resolution was then taken for an Enquiry to be made into all the above Particulars; and the
Question being put: whether they should be referred to a
Committee, it pass'd in the Negative: Yeas, 86; Noes, 100.
The Lords desire a Conference. ; Mr. Powle's Report.
On the 20th, the Lords having desired a Conference on
Matters of great Concern; and the House having appointed
a Committee for that Purpose, Mr. Powle, the same Day,
made a Report of what pass'd at it, which was as follows:
That the Lord Privy-Seal (Earl of Anglesea) did manage
the Conference, who acquainted the Manager for the Commons, that the Affair in question was a Message from his Majesty, which the Lords judg'd to be of such Moment to both
Houses, and the whole Kingdom, that they thought it
ought to be communicated without Delay. They then gave
a Copy of the Message, which is here annex'd.:
The King's Message to the Lords.
The Lord Treasurer, by his Majesty's Command, did let
the House know, 'That his Majesty had received a Letter
from his Embassador at Nimeguen, Sir Lionel Jenkins,
dated June 15, (N.S.) which gave an Account that the
French Embassador had declar'd to the Dutch, that they
would not void any of the Places they held in the Spanish
Netherlands, until Sweden be effectually restor'd to the
Places taken from them, notwithstanding the Peace was
already sign'd and ratified between them: That, upon this
is arisen a Difficulty upon the side of the Spaniards, whether they will accept the French Conditions: That Mr.
Beverning, one of the States Embassadors there, had thereupon earnestly requiredof them, whether the Army of England was presently to be disbanded, for no body could tell
to what End Things would come: For if France would
keep all the Places in the Netherlands filled with Troops,
it is in vain the States have taken so much Pains about the
Barriers, for then they will have none when all is done:
That Mr. Beverning was very anxious till he heard 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, and in what State our Army was, Things
being in this doubtful Situation.'
The Result of this was a Message to the Lords, to remind them of the Bill, entitled, An Act for granting a Supply to his Majesty, to enable him to disband the Forces rais'd
since Sept. 29.
The new Imposts on Wine confirmed.
The House then resolved into a Committee, to take into
Consideration the Motion for confirming the new Imposts
upon Wines, and also, to consider of the Supply for Repayment of the 200,000 l. borrow'd on the additional Excise,
and for giving his Majesty 40,000 l. for his Niece's Portion:
which being agreed to in the Committee, and resolved on in
the House, a Motion was made, that the Words (the better
to enable his Majesty to repair the Fleet) be added to the
Vote, it pass'd in the Negative: Yeas, 127; Noes, 176.
A Conference demanded with the Lords.
The 25th, the Lords having return'd the Bill for granting a Supply to his Majesty, to enable him to pay and disband the Forces rais'd since September 24, with Amendments; the said Amendments were severally read and rejected; after which it was resolved, that a Conference
thereon be demanded of the Lords; and a Committee was
appointed to manage it.
Sir Richard Temple's Report relating thereto.
The 25th, Sir Richard Temple reported the Reasons and
Provisos agreed on by the said Committee, to be offer'd to
the Lords at the said Conference, which were as follow:
'The Lords having agreed with the Commons in this Bill,
that there is no farther Occasion for the Forces rais'd since
September 29, and sent to the Commons some Amendments;
the Commons find themselves obliged to disagree with the
Lords Amendments, by reason of the Methods and Rights
of their House in a Matter very tender to them: But for answering the End to which the Lords seem to aim, the Commons will offer an Expedient, which they conceive warranted by Precedents, viz.
The Earl of Thanet's Bill enter'd into the Lords Journal
Feb. 1674, which the Lords then grounded upon a Precedent
in 35 of Queen Elizabeth; in both which, Provisos were
added by the Lords, after the Bill was sent from the Lords,
not relating to any Amendments made by the Commons.
The Proviso being then agreed to by the House, was
the same Day left, together with the Reasons and Bill with
The House then resolved into a Committee on the Supply,
in which it being resolved that 200,000 l. should be laid on
all Buildings erected on new Foundations since 1656; the
Question was afterwards put, whether the House should agree
with the Committee thereon: It pass'd in the Negative:
Yeas, 88; Noes, 117.
The Lords desire a second Conference.
The 26th, the Lords by Message desired a second Conference on the same Subject with the former; and the same
Committee having been again appointed to meet them, Sir
Thomas Meers, the same Day, gave in his Report of what
pass'd at it, is as follows:
Sir Thomas Meers's Report of what pass'd therein.
Their Lordships, finding that as the Bill came up to them
limited to so very short a Time, for the Execution of it, and
that under the Penalties of Forfeitures and Disabilities to
bear Office on those who should not do their Work, according to the Purport of the Bill within the Time prefix'd,
which their Lordships found absolutely impossible, they,
therefore, proceeded to such Amendments as made the Bill
practicable, by assigning farther. Periods of Time, viz. For
disbanding the Forces in England, to the 27th of July, and
for those beyond Sea to August 24. And for Apprentices to
return to their Masters, September 29. To all which Amendments you tell their Lordships, the Commons find
themselves oblig'd to disagree with them, by reason of the
Methods and Rights of your House in a Matter very tender
to you: But did not communicate to their Lordships what
those Methods and Rights were. But, for answering the
End, which you told their Lordships, they seem to aim at,
you offer'd them an Expedient in the Proviso, then deliver'd,
which you conceiv'd was warranted by two Precedents,
which you mentioned. We are commanded at this Conference, to let you know that the Lords have disagreed to your
Proviso, and for these Reasons:
1. That you find their Amendments so necessary, that by
the Expedient propos'd you have enlarg'd the Periods even
of their Amendments.
2. The Precedents you produc'd were both in Cases
where Defects were found in Bills not remediable any other
way; in which, therefore, both Houses easily agree.
3. You observ'd rightly that those Provisos, as added by
the Lords after the Bills sent up to them by the Commons,
did not relate to any Amendments made by the Commons,
Whereas the Proviso, now made by the Commons, relates
to two of the Amendments, made by the Lords.
4. Their Lordships take notice, that tho' you seem to disagree to all their Amendments, yet, in your Expedient, you
take no notice of the Amendment relating to Apprentices,
without which, the Provision which seems to be made for
them in the Bill, will be merely illusory.
5. It is very doubtful, whether the Proviso, as penn'd,
takes off the Forfeitures and Disabilities.
6. If the Proviso should be added, the Clauses of the Bill
would be inconsistent with it; the same Bill appointing short
Days under great Penalties, and enlarging the Days without
For these Reasons, as their Lordships have disagreed to
your Expedient, they do insist upon their Amendments, and
desire your speedy Concurrence in the Bill so amended, that
his Majesty may not want the Money, so necessary to his
Service, and the Kingdom's Quiet.
The Amendments of the Lords were then read; the first,
and second of which, were again rejected, but the third
agreed to: The House, likewise, resolv'd to adhere to their
Proviso, and order'd their former Committee to draw up
Reasons for the same.
A Supply voted.
The same Day, the House Resolv'd, That the Supply,
not exceeding 414,000 l. shall be rais'd by twelve Months
Sir Thomas Meers's Report concerning the Conference.
The 28th, Sir Thomas Meers reported from the free Conference had with the Lords, on the subject Matter of their
last, that the Lords had voted to adhere to the Amendments,
and to disagree to the Proviso, but did not offer any Reason.
This produc'd two Resolutions of the House, to adhere to
the Proviso, and disagree to the Amendments.
July 1. The House desir'd another free Conference with
the Lords, in consequence of the said Resolutions. The next
Day it was order'd that the Members who manag'd the
Conference, or any three of them, should prepare and draw
up a State of the Rights of the Commons, in granting of
Money, with the Reasons and Proceedings which had occurr'd at the Conference; as, likewise, consider how the
Rights of the House might be asserted; and of the Methods
and Manner of Proceeding in Conferences between the two
The 2d. It was Resolved, That all Aids and Supplies
granted to his Majesty in Parliament, are the sole Gift of
the Commons; that all Bills for the Granting any such Aids
and Supplies ought to begin with the Commons. And, That
it is the undoubted and sole Right of the Commons to direct, limit and appoint, in such Bills, the Ends, Purposes,
Considerations, Conditions, Limitations, and Qualifications
of such Grants, which ought not to be chang'd by the House
The Money Bill pass'd.
The 8th, The grand Money-Bill pass'd for granting a
Supply to his Majesty, for l. 619, 388. 11. 9.
Sir Richard Temple.
The 15th, Sir Richard Temple deliver'd in his Report
from the Committee, appointed to prepare a State of the
Reasons and Proceedings relating to the above-mentioned
Conferences; but the Entring the said Report was respited
till farther Order.
Several Bills pass'd.
The House was then commanded to attend his Majesty in
the House of Peers, where the following Bills receiv'd the
Royal Assent; viz. 1. An Act for granting a Supply to his
Majesty of fix hundred nineteen thousand Pounds, &c. for Disbanding the Army, and other Uses therein-mention'd. 2. An Act for
granting an Additional Duty to his Majesty upon Wines for three
Years. 3. An Act to enable Creditors to recover their Debts of the
Executors and Aministrators of Executors in their own Wrong.
4. An Act for Burying in Woollen. 5. An Act for Admeasurement of Keels and Boats carrying Coals. 6. An Act for Reviving
a former Act, entitled, An Act for avoiding unnecessary Suits and,
Delays, and for Continuance of another Act, entitled, An Act for
the better settling Interstate Estates. 7. An Act for further Relief
and Discharge of poor Prisoners for Debt. 8. An Act for Repealing certain Words in a Clause in a former Act, entitled, An Act
for Enlarging and Repairing Common High-Ways. 9. An Act
for Preservation of Fishing in the River Severn. After which
the Lord-Chancellor, by his Majesty's Command, acquainted
the two Houses, 'That his Majesty had thought fit, in the
present Juncture of Affairs, to prorogue them to the first of
August next, and so to keep them in Call by short Prorogasions; his Majesty not knowing how soon he might have
need of their further Service and Assistance: But that his
Majesty's Intention was, they should not meet till towards
Winter, unless there were Occasion for their Assembling
sooner, of which he would give them timely Notice by his
Proclamation.' And accordingly the Parliament was prorogu'd till the first Day of August.