On Tuesday December 6th, a new Parliament met at
Westminster; and his Majesty coming to the House of Peers
with the usual Solemnity, sent for the Commons, to whom
the Lord-Chancellor signified his Majesty's Pleasure, that
they should proceed to the Choice of a Speaker, and present him on Friday next. The Commons made choice of
Sir Thomas Littleton Bart. who being presented on December 9th, was graciously approved by his Majesty, who then
made this Speech to both Houses.
'My Lords and Gentlemen,
'I Have no doubt but you are met together with Hearts
fully disposed, to do what is necessary for the Safety,
Honour and Happiness of the Kingdom; and that is all I
have to ask of you.
'In order to this, two Things seem principally to require
'The one is, what Strength ought to be maintained at
Sea, and what Force kept up at Land for this Year. All
I shall observe to you upon this head is, that the flourishing of Trade, the supporting of Credit, and the quiet of
People's Minds at home, will depend upon the opinion
they have of their Security; and to preserve to England
the Weight and Influence it has at present on the Councils and Affairs abroad, it will be requisite Europe should
see you will not be wanting to yourselves.
'The second thing I shall mention to you as of great
consequence, is the making some further Progress toward
discharging the Debts, which the Nation has contracted
by reason of the long and expensive War. In this the
public Interest as well as Justice is concerned; and, I
think an English Parliament can never make such a
Mistake, as not to hold sacred all Parliamentary Engagements.
'Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
'I do earnestly recommend these things to you, that you
may provide such Supplies as you shall judge necessary for
these several Occasions.
'My Lords and Gentlemen,
'I think it would be happy, if some effectual Expedient
could be found for employing the Poor, which might tend
to the Increase of our Manufactures, as well as remove a
heavy Burthen from the People. I hope also you will employ your Thoughts about some good Bills for the Advancement of Trade, and for the further discouraging of
Vice and Prophaneness. The Things I have mentioned
to you being of common Concern, I cannot but hope for
Unanimity and Dispatch.'
This Speech, as usual, being taken into Consideration by
the House, it was thought by the Majority but a natural
Effect of Peace, to reduce the Army. Accordingly, after
the Affair had been thoroughly debated on both sides, they
came to the following Resolutions, viz.
Vote to reduce the Army.
'That all the Land-Forces of England, in English Pay,
exceeding seven thousand Men (and those consisting of his
Majesty's natural-born Subjects) be forthwith paid and disbanded. And that all the Forces in Ireland, exceeding
twelve thousand Men (and those his Majesty's natural-born
Subjects, to be kept and maintained by the Kingdom of
Ireland) be likewise forthwith disbanded. And they ordered a Bill to be brought in upon the said Resolutions,
which was eagerly pushed on, and soon brought to perfection.
These Proceedings, we are told, made the King very uneasy; and the more so, because his Dutch Regiment of
Guards, who had so long served him, was by this Bill to
be torn away from him, and to be sent out of the Kingdom.
However, his Majesty like a wise and good Prince, never
opposing his own Will, to what seemed to be the Voice and
Judgment of his People, chose rather to compliment the
Commons, than to contend with them. So on Wednesday
Feb. the 1st, the King came to the Parliament, and gave
the Royal Assent to several Bills.
After which his Majesty made the following Speech, to
shew his Reasons for passing the disbanding Bill, and yet to
expostulate a little upon the Hardship of it.
King's Speech to both Houses on that occasion.
'My Lords and Gentlemen,
I Came to pass the Bill for disbanding the Army, as soon
as I understood it was ready for me: Though in our
present Circumstances there appears great hazard in breaking such a Number of the Troops: And though I might
think my self unkindly used, that those Guards who came
over with me to your Assistance, and have constantly attended me in all the Actions wherein I have been engaged, should be removed from me; yet it is my fixed
opinion, that nothing can be so fatal to us, as that any
Distrust or Jealousy should arise between me and my People, which I must own would have been very unexpected,
after what I have undertaken, ventured, and acted for the
restoring and securing of their Liberties.
'I have thus plainly told you the only Reason which
has induced me to pass this Bill: And now I think my
self obliged, in Discharge of the Trust reposed in me, and
for my own Justification, that no ill Consequences may lie
at my door, to tell you as plainly my Judgment, that the
Nation is left too much exposed.
'It is therefore incumbent on you to take this Matter
into your serious Consideration, and effectually to provide
such a Strength as is necessary for the Safety of the Kingdom, and the Preservation of the Peace which God hath
The Commons were so well pleased with this gracious
Complaisance of the King, that they immediately resolved,
That an humble Address be presented to the King, to give
his Majesty Thanks for his most gracious Speech to both
Houses of Parliament with the Assurances of this House,
That they will stand by, and assist his Majesty in the Support of him and his Government, against all Enemies whatsoever. And they accordingly put their Resolution into this
Form of Address.
Commons Address of Thanks.
'Most gracious Sovereign,
'We your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the
Commons in Parliament assembled, being highly sensible
of the Difficulties your Majesty has undertaken, the Labours you have sustained, and the Hazards you have run,
in rescuing us from Popery and Arbitrary Power, restoring
our Liberties, and giving Peace and Quiet to all Christendom; beg leave to return our most hearty Thanks, for
your most gracious Speech: In which you express so great
a Regard for the good Will and Affections of your People, and have given so undeniable a Proof of your Readiness to comply with the Desires of your Parliament; and as
your Majesty has shewn a most tender and fatherly Concern
for the Security and Safety of your People; so give us leave
to assure your Majesty, That you shall never have reason to
think the Commons are undutiful, or unkind to your Majesty; but that we will upon all occasions stand by, and assist your Majesty in the Preservation of your sacred Person,
and Support of your Government against all your Enemies
This Address being presented by the whole House, had
the Honour to be thus answered by the King.
'I take this Address very kindly: I am fully satisfied of
your Duty and Affection to me, and have no doubt but
you will always act in the manner you have expressed on
Admiral Russel's Account.
March 10. An Account of Admiral Russel's Receipts and
Disbursements for the Service of the Navy was laid before
the House. Whereby it appear'd that the Admiral had received 10,000 l. and had disbursed 18,666 l. But, of the
Items contained in his Account, but two Vouchers being
sent to the Auditors, one of which was for 2000 l. and the
other for 400 l. the said Auditors refused to pass the said
Account, till they received his Majesty's Command, signify'd
from the Admiralty-Board.
The 11th, The House divided, on a Motion that the Bill
for granting a Supply of 1,484,015 l. for Disbanding the
Army, &c. should then be read a second Time, it pass'd
in the Negative, Yeas 72, Noes 139.
The same Day, the several Half-pay Establishments were
laid before the House, by which it appear'd that the annual
Expence of the said Establishments would be 57,334 l. 13s. 10d.
A Bill to restrain the Number of Officers in the House of Commons pass'd.
The 16th, a Bill to restrain the Number of Officers sitting in
the House of Commons, was read the third Time, pass'd, and
sent up to the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Account of Cash, &c. in the hands of the Treasurer of the Navy.
The 17th, the Commissioners of the Navy presented to the House, according to Order, an Account of what
Money, Tallies, and Malt-Tickets, remained in their Hands, which was as follows:
||Wear and Tear.
||Half-Year's Wages to Workmen.
|On the 3 s. Aid
|On Coal transfer'd to Leather
|First 3 s. Aid-
|Duties on Coals
|Births, Marriages and Burials
|Fourth 4 s. Aid
|New E. Ind. Comp.
At the Foot of this Account, was a Note signifying, That
the Money due for Wages was then paying off, and that
the 60,031 l. Tallies for the Yards, was just received, and
would likewise be paid to the Workmen, as soon as they
could be turn'd into Money.
An Account of Grants.
The same day, an Account of the Grants made since
Jan. 1, 1697, was presented to the House, an Abstract of
which is as follows:
A Grant to Francis Vaughan, of several Goods and Chattles, Value 129 l. seiz'd by the Sheriff of Somerset, upon a
A Grant to Sir Francis Leigh, in consideration of 600 l.
paid into the Exchequer, and 1000 l. to Sir Henry Sheers,
of certain Lands forfeited by John Strafford Esq; out law'd;
under the yearly Rent of 6s. 8d.
A Grant to Ralph Grey Esq; Governor of Barbadoes of
1200 l. per Ann. during Pleasure, out of the 4½ per Cent.
arising within the said Island.
A Grant to Samuel Day Esq; Governor of Bermudas, of
240 l. per Ann. out of the Exchequer, during his Continuance in that Government.
A Release or Discharge to Anthony Stoner and others,
as Sureties for Daniel Ballard of a Bond of 2000 l. entered
into by John Dutton Colt Esq; Collector of Bristol.
A Privy-Seal, for paying 85,000 l. with 6 per Cent. Interest, to Prince George of Denmark, in lieu of 340,000 Rixdollars due to the said Prince upon two Mortgages on the Isle
of Janneren, and the Baillieries of Transbuttle and Steinhurst,
Part of the Duke of Holstein's Territories, surrender'd to the
said Duke on his Majesty's Promise to pay the same.
A Warrant from his Majesty, to the Trustees for Sale of
Fee-farm Rents, to convey a Fee-farm Rent of 66 l 13 s. 4d.
per Ann. arising out of Brigstock-Park, to Frances, Countess
Dowager of Salisbury, her Heirs and Assigns for ever, in
Corroboration of her Title to the said Rent and Arrears
thereof, purchased of his Majesty.
A Grant of 200 l. per Ann. to lsaac Manley Esq; for the
Life of his (fn. 1) Father John Manley Esq; payable out of the
A Privy-Seal. for 120 l. per Ann. to George Fielding Esq;
A Grant of the Office of Trover and Poiser, to the
Mayor and Burgesses of Newcastle, for three Lives.
A Discharge to the Marquis of Winchester of 1050
Ounces of White-Plate, for the Service of his Table, when
Chamberlain to the late Queen.
A Warrant for paying to the Treasurer of GreenwichHospital 19500 l. being the Amount of the Fines imposed
on Gaudett and others, vid. P. 88.
A Grant to Nathaniel Crow, of the forfeited Estates, Real
and Personal, belonging to Arthur Mangey, Robert Child,
and J. Hurst, convict of High-Treason, subject to the Payment of 256 l. 6 s. and Interest to Richard Ashton Esq; and
300 l. to such Persons as his Majesty shall be pleased to appoint.
A Grant to the Poor of St. Margaret's, of the Old ClockHouse and Bell therein, in Palace-yard.
A Grant to Otto Baron of Schwerin, his Heirs and Assigns for ever, of the Estate of Erngert Maria, his Wife;
which, by reason of his being an Alien born, is vested in
A Grant to Doctor Titus Oates, of 300 l. per Ann. for
99 Years; out of the Post-Office, if he or his Wife should
live so long.
A Grant of the Isle of Scilly, to Sidney Lord Godolphin,
for the Term of 89 Years, after the Expiration of the present Lease, at the yearly Rent of 40 l.
A Grant of 200 l. per Ann. to the Relict of Dr. Tillotson,
in addition to her former Annuity of 400 l. payable out of
the Duty of 4 per Cent. during Life.
A Warrant from his Majesty, to the Trustees for Sale of
Fee-farm Rents, to contract with the Earl of Dorser, for
500 l. per Ann. in the said Rents, and to convey the same to
A Privy-Seal, for 15,000 l. per Ann. to the Duke of
Gloucester, during Pleasure.
A Grant to the Earl of Jersey of 3000 l. as his Majesty's
The like to Doctor Oates, of 500 l.
A Warrant for 15,000 l. to the French Protestants.
A Grant of a Piece of Wood-land in Richmond NewPark, valued at 61. per Ann. to Laurence Earl of Rochester,
his Heirs and Assigns, for ever, at the annual Rent of 6 s. 8d.
A Grant, in Trust for the Earl of Ranelagh, of the Reversion of certain Parcels of Ground in Chelsea; whereon his
Lordship hath built a House, under the yearly Fee-farm
Rent of 5 l.
A Grant to Japhet Crooke, of certain Shares in the Phoenix
Brew-House, forfeited by the Attainder of Sir John Friend,
in Consideration of 5500 l. to be paid into the Exchequer:
Not yet past.
A Discharge to John Dee, Senior, of Part of a Fine of 300 l.
A Grant to Patience-Bond of a Lease, seiz'd into his Majesty's Hand, upon the Outlawry of Epaphroditus March.
A Warrant to the Commissioners for Sale of Fee-Farm
Rents, to contract with R. Topham Esq; for the Purchase
of 14 l. 5 s. 4 d. ½. per Ann. payable out of the Mannor of
A Discharge to Pierce Row of a Fine of 500 Marks.
A Grant to —of a Pension for Life of 500 l. per ann.
payable out of the Post-Office.
A Warrant for the Payment of 600 l. being the Remainder
of 1800 l. set in super upon the Proprietors of the new River
Water in the Receivers Account of the Poll-Tax.
A Grant to John Gore, his Heirs and Assigns for ever, of
the Reversions expectant upon several Estates for Lives in
several Manors, &c. belonging to Sir William Williams
Bart. and which were devis'd to his Majesty after the Deaths
of two Sons of Sir Bourchier Wray and others, subject to the
Payment of a Rent-Charge of 540 l. per Annum, and other
A Grant to William Petre of several Goods and Chattels
forfeited by Sir Augustine Palsgrave, upon an Outlawry.
Grants, &c. in Ireland, from January 1. 1697.
A Warrant to the Lords Justices to levy 8000 l. pursuant
to a Clause in the Act of Settlement, or Explanation, on the
Estates of several Roman Catholicks; and to pay the same
to Lionel, Earl of Orrery, pursuant to a Grant of Charles II.
to Roger Earl of Orrery.
A Grant to John Yeard, of the Profits of the Deanery
of Aechory and Chantership of Killala, from the Time of
their being vacant.
A Grant of several Parcels of Land, valued at 35 l. per Ann.
to Dorothy Baroness Dowager of Upper Offory for Life.
A Grant to G. Fitzgerald of 200 l. per Annum in Consideration of his surrendering the Office of Comptroller of the
A Grant of several forfeited Lands specified in a Schedule,
of the clear Yearly Value of 679 l. 7 s. 1 d. to the Earl of
Rochford and his Heirs.
A Grant to Sir Edward Biron of certain forfeited Lands
valued at 104 l. 3 s. 8 d. per Annum. for the Term of 99 Years.
A Grant to John Butcher of certain Quit and Crown
Rents, valued at 883 l. 9 s. per Annum for 99 Years.
A Grant to Thomas Pendergrass, his Heirs and Assigns
for ever, of several forfeited Lands of the clear Yearly value of 334 l. 0 s. 2 d. ½ to make good the Deficiency of a former Grant for 500 l. a Year.
A Grant to James Puissar, and his Heirs for ever, of several
forfeited Lands of the clear Yearly value of 341 l. 14 s. 6d. ½,
likewise to make good the Deficiency of a former Grant.
A Grant to Colonel Hamilton of certain forfeited Lands
of the clear Yearly value of 500 l. 8 s. 6 d. ½.
A Grant of the Custody of certain forfeited Lands belonging to Sir Drury Wray, to his Son Christopher Wray Esq;
during the Life of his Father.
A Grant to Dr. John Leslie, of the Inheritance of several
forfeited Lands to the value of 400 l. per Annum, which were
before granted him for 99 Years.
A Grant to Thomas Lord Coningesby, for the Offices of
Vice-Treasurer, General-Receiver, Pay-Master General,
and Treasurer at War, with the Yearly Fee of 60 l. 13 s.
4 s. Sixpence in the Pound in all Payments made by him or
his Deputies, during Pleasure.
A Discharge to Sir Richard Bellingham of the Remainder of a Debt of 2000 l. and Interest.
A Warrant for allowing and discharging to William
Griffith, the Collector of Sligo, the Sum of 894 l. 13 s. 7 d. ¼,
which he was robbed of.
A Grant of the forfeited Estate of Sir Neill Oneile, to
Dame Frances Oneile for 41 Years.
A Grant to Richard Fitzpatrick Esq; of all the forfeited
Estate of Barnaby Lord of Upper Ossory, valued at 60 l. per
Annum, and subject to the Payment of 35 l. per Annum to
Dorothy Lady Dowager of Upper Ossory, for Life.
A Grant or Demise to Major-General Stewart, in Consideration of a Release of 3537 l. 12 s. 8 d. due to him on account of his Regiment, the Loss of his Right Arm, and
other Losses; certain forfeited Estates of the clear Yearly
value of 751 l. 18 s. 5 d. ¾ for 99 Years.
A Grant to John Ellis Esq; his Heirs and Assigns for ever,
of the forfeited Estate of his Brother Sir William Ellis, from
whom there was due to the said John Ellis 1200 l. and Interest; the said Estate was otherwise much encumbered
A Discharge to the Viscount Lanesborough of
162 l. 7 s. 10 d. ½ due for Quit Rents.
A Warrant to lease out the Estates of Sir Valentine and
Sir Nicholas Browne, at the best improved Value for 2
Years, and out of the Produce to pay to the Earl of Bellamont 1000 l. a Year, (which by virtue of a former Grant,
was charg'd to be paid out of the said Estate, to the said Earl
for 999 Years,) and 400 l. more to Helen Viscountess,
Kenmure, for the Support of herself and Children.
The same Day the Earl of Ranelagh delivered a Message from the King to the House, which was all writ by his
Majesty's own Hand, as follows:
The King's Message to the Commons.
'His Majesty is pleased to let the House know, that the
necessary Preparations are made for transporting the
Guards who came with him into England; and that he
intends to send them away immediately, unless, out of Consideration to him, the House be disposed to find a way for
continuing them longer in his Service, which his Majesty
would take very kindly.'
Upon reading this Message, the question was put, 'That
a Day be appointed to consider of his Majesty's said Message;
but it was carried in the Negative, and resolved, 'That
a Committee be appointed to draw up an humble Address,
to be presented to his Majesty, representing the Reasons
why the House cannot comply with the purport of his Majesty's Message this Day communicated to the House.' And
this (fn. 2) Address was accordingly prepared, as follows, and delivered on the 24th.
The Commons Address.
'Most gracious Sovereign, We your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, do, with unfeigned Zeal to your Majesty's
Person and Government, (which God long preserve) most
humbly represent to your Majesty,
'That the passing the late Act for disbanding the Army,
gave great Satisfaction to your Subjects; and the readiness
your Majesty has expressed by your Message, to comply with
the punctual execution thereof, will prevent all Occasions of
distrust or jealousy between your Majesty and your People.
'It is, Sir, to your loyal Commons an unspeakable Grief,
that your Majesty should be advised to propose any thing in
your Message, to which they cannot consent, with due Regard to that Constitution your Majesty came over to restore,
and have so often exposed your Royal Person to preserve, and
did in your gracious Declaration promise, that all those
foreign Forces which came over with you, should be sent
'In duty therefore to your Majesty, and to discharge the
Trust reposed in us, we crave leave to lay before you; that
nothing conduceth more to the Happiness and Welfare of
this Kingdom, than an entire Confidence between your Majesty and your People; which can no way be so firmly established, as by entrusting your sacred Person with your own
Subjects, who have so eminently signalized themselves on all
Occasions, during the late long and expensive War.'
His Majesty's Answer was as follows:
'Gentlemen, I came hither to restore the ancient Constitution of this Government. I have had all possible Re
gard to it-since my coming, and I am resolved through the
Course of my Reign, to endeavour to preserve it entire in
all the Parts of it.
'I have a full Confidence in the Affections of my People,
and I am well assured, they have the same in me; and I
will never give them just Cause to alter this Opinion.
'As to my Subjects who served during the War, I am an
Eye-Witness of their Bravery, and of their Zeal for my
Person and Government; and I have not been wanting to
express my Sense of this to my Parliament as well as upon
'I have all the reason to trust and to rely upon them
that a Prince can have; and I am satisfied, there is not one
Person among them capable of entertaining a Thought, that
what was proposed in my Message, proceeded from any
distrust of them.
'It shall be my study to the utmost of my power, to perform the part of a just and a good King: And as I will
ever be strictly and nicely careful of observing my Promise to my Subjects, so I will not doubt of their tender Regards to me.'
This Answer, though it could not but please, yet it would
not move the Commons from their Resolutions; so that the
Dutch Guards were soon after shipped off for Holland:
Which, though it seemed to weaken his Majesty in his Military Defence and Safety, yet it strengthened his Interest in
the Hearts of all good Subjects, who saw now in an extraordinary Instance, that the King could deny himself any
thing to oblige his People.
Royal Assent, given to several Acts.
The same Day likewise, his Majesty gave the Royal Assent
to An Act to prevent the excessive distilling of Spirits from Corn,
&c. An Act to enlarge the Trade to Russia. An Act to prevent
irregulor Returns of Members to serve in Parliament; and to several private Acts.
The Editor of Torbuck's Edition tells us, nothing beside, material,
was transacted during this Session; yet we think ourselves oblig'd
to mention what follows:
A Negative put on issuing more Bills of Credit from the Treasury.
The Day before the Transactions relating to the Dutch
Guards, the Question being put that the House do agree with
the Committee of the whole House upon the Supply, That
more Bills of Credit be issued out of his Majesty's Treasury,
which shall be current in all Branches of the public Revenue; it pass'd in the Negative, Yeas 148, Noes 182.
The 29th, pursuant to the Resolutions of the House, the
following Address was reported, agreed to, and order'd to
be presented to his Majesty by the whole House.
'Most gracious Sovereign,
'We your Majesty's, &c. having taken into our serious
Consideration the State of the Navy, do most humbly represent to your Majesty,
'That the Streights Squadron not failing till September
last, was prejudicial to England, and a great Mismanagement.
'That the Order made by the Commissioners of the Admiralty, September 12, 1695, giving Henry Priestman Esq;
an Allowance of ten Shillings per Diem, from the Date of
his Commission, as Commander in Chief before Sallee in
1684, till the Ship Bonadventure was paid off, over and above his Pay as Captain of the said Ship, was very unreasonable and a Misapplication of the public Money.
'That the (fn. 3) Victualling any of his Majesty's Ships by others than by the Victuallers appointed for that Service, or
their Agents, is contrary to the Course of the Navy, and
may be of ill consequence.
'That many new and unnecessary Charges have, in an
extraordinary manner, been introduced into the Navy, contrary to the Rules of the Navy, which is a great Mismanagement.
'That the Deductions of Poundage taken by the PayMasters of the Navy, for Slop-Clothes, Dead Men's Clothes,
Tobacco, Chest at Chatham, Chaplain and Surgeon, is without Warrant, and ought to be (fn. 4) accounted for.
'That it is inconsistent with the Service of the Navy,
for the same Person to be one of the Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High-Admiral and Treasurer of
the Navy at the same time.
'And that the passing any Account of Moneys impress'd
for the contingent Use of the Navy, without regular Vouchers, or such other Proof, as the Nature of the Service will
admit, either with, or without a Sign Manual, is contrary to the Rules and Methods of the Navy, and of dangerous Consequence.
'All which we beg leave to lay before your Majesty, desiring that you will be graciously pleas'd to (fn. 5) take effectual
Care that the Mismanagements herein complain'd of may be
prevented for the future.
His Majesty's Answer.
His Majesty's Answer was as follows:
'Gentlemen, I will consider your Address: It is my desire that all sorts of Mismanagements and Irregularities
should be prevented or redress'd; you may be assured I
will take the best Care I can, in relation to the Navy; the
right Management whereof, is of so great concern to the
The 30th, the Accounts relating to the Transports were
laid before the House; whereby it appear'd, that there had
been paid on that Service — l.
|That there was still due —
|And that the Cash in the Office amounted to||9030||16||1
April 1. Sir George Rook presented to the House, according to Order, a State of the Debt of the Navy, the Total
of which appear'd to be 2,245,957 l. exclusive of what was
due to Marines.
Certain Letters of Mr. Chivers a Member complain'd of.
The 5th, a Complaint was made to the House of certain
Letters written by Henry Chivers Esq; a Member, as not
only reflecting on, but misrepresenting several Members of
the House; which Letters are as follow:
'Dear Will. London January 5. 1698.
Yesterday we had a great Contest in the House, concerning
augmenting the Forces; in which my Brother Member
signaliz'd himself for the Good of his Country. He made a
very violent Speech for keeping up more Forces than the
Sense of the House was for; so that we poor Country-Gentlemen were forc'd to labour hard, and sit late to overcome
them: I do really believe he will never give his Country one
Vote, he is so link'd in with the Court-Party. If you please,
you may communicate this to your Friends, and let them
know that I shall always be ready to serve both them and you,
here and elsewhere. So I remain
Your Humble Servant
For Mr. William Wilks in Calne, Wiltshire.
'Dear Brother, London February 5. 1698.
I Have sent you his Majesty's Speech, and a List of those Gentlemen who voted for a standing Army. The Question was
whether the Army should stand, or the Bill be thrown out:
But God be prais'd we carried it. The Number for disbanding the Army was 221, and the List will satisfy you how
many were against it. So I remain
To Mr. John Hoskins.
These Letters being read, Mr. Chivers was ordered to
attend in his Place, but pleaded Indisposition by way of Excuse: Upon which, a Motion being made for him to attend
the next Day notwithstanding, it was carried in the Affirmative, Yeas 119. Noes 83. But he not obeying the said
Summons, the Question was put, that he be sent for in Custody
of the Serjeant at Arms, and pass'd in the Negative, Yeas 99.
Upon the whole, the House came to the following Resolution:
Resolved, That the publishing the Names of the Members
of this House, and reflecting upon them, and misrepresenting their Proceedings in Parliament, is a Breach of the Privilege of this House, and destructive of the Freedom of Parliament.
List of General Officers.
The 4th, a List of General Officers was presented to the
House, consisting of three Generals of Horse, at 6 l. a Day;
seven Lieutenant-Generals, at 4 l. a Day; eight MajorGenerals, at 2 l a Day; and eleven Brigadier-Generals, at
1 l. 10 s. a Day; at which Rates the Total per Ann. amounted
to 29,382 l. 10s.
Pensions on the Royal-Oak Lottery.
The 17th, by an Account presented to the House, of Pensions paid out of the Royal-Oak Lottery, it appeared that no
less than 3950 l. per Annum was charg'd on that iniquitous
Commissioners for the taking an Account of the forfeited Estates in Ireland.
The 21st, the House proceeded to the Choice of seven
Commissioners for taking an Account of the forfeited Estates
in Ireland by Ballot, when the Numbers stood thus.
Francis Annesly Esq;
|Henry Earl of Drogheda
|John Trenchard Esq;
|James Hamilton Esq;
|Henry Langford Esq;
|Sir Richard Leving
|Sir Francis Brewster
Bill of Supply pass'd.
The 23d, the Bill for granting his Majesty the Sum of
1,484,015 l. was read the third Time, pass'd, and order'd up to
the Lords for their Concurrence.
Resolutions on the Petition of Russel against Gwynn.
May 2. the House agreed with the Committee appointed
to examine the Petition of John Russel Gent. against Daniel
Gwynn, in the following Resolutions, viz.
That the said Daniel Gwynn, Agent for the Spanish Expedition and Alliance Packet-Boats, hath been guilty of
That the said Gwynn, being likewise Collector of the
Customs and Excise, hath frequently imported great Quantities of Salt, on board the said Packets, without paying
either Custom, or Excise, and charg'd the same to the King,
as if he had paid both.
That he hath been guilty of several notorious Frauds in
victualling the said Packet.
That he hath been guilty of divers Extortions from the
Sailors and others.
That for the said Offences, he is not fit to be continued or
employ'd in any Place under the Government.
Ordered, That Mr. Attorney-General do prosecute the said
Daniel Gwynn for the said Offences.
Royal Assent given to several Acts.
The 4th, the King came to the House of Peers, and pass'd
several Bills, as, An Act for raising 1,484,015 l. for disbanding the Army, &c. An Act to lay Duties upon Sweets; An Act
for encouraging the Newfoundland-Trade; An Act for preventing
the Exportation of Wool; An Act against Burglaries. For a free
Market at Billinsgate; for suppressing of Lotteries; for the more
effectual charging the Duties upon Rock-Salt: An Act for limiting
certain Times within which Writs of Error shall be brought for the
reversing of Fines, &c. another Tithe-Act; An Act for taking off
the remaining Duty upon Glass-Ware; An Act to enable Posthumous Children to take Estates as if born in their Fathers' LifeTime; An Act for the Imprisonment of Counter, and others, for
the Assassination Plot; and a great many private Acts.
After which his Majesty was pleased to make the following
'My Lords and Gentlemen,
'At the Opening of this Parliament, I told you my Opinion was, that you were come together with Hearts
fully dispos'd to do what was necessary for the Safety,
Honour, and Happiness of the Kingdom; and having nothing else to recommend to you, I had reason to hope for
Unanimity and Dispatch.
'You have now sat so many Months, that the Season of
the Year, as well as your particular Affairs, make it reasonable you should have a Recess. I take it for granted,
you have finish'd all the Bills, which for the present you
think requisite to be pass'd into Laws: And I have given
my Assent to all you have presented to me.
'If any thing should be found wanting for our Safety,
the Support of Public Credit, by making good the Faith
of the Kingdom, as it stands engag'd by Parliamentary
Securities, and for discharge of the Debts occasion'd by
the War, or towards the advancing of Trade, the suppressing of Vice, or the employing of the Poor; which
were all the things I propos'd to your Consideration when
we met first, I cannot doubt but effectual Care will be
taken of them next Winter: and I wish no Inconveniencies may happen in the mean time.'
Then the Lord Chancellor prorogu'd the Parliament till
the first of June.