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Anno 10. Geo. that City to keep the Pretender out in the Year 1715;
for doing this they were to chuse that very Day which celebrated by all Yacobites as the Pretender's Birth-D. This.they thought was not very prudent ; it would be Matter of Triumph to all Jacobites, who would not fai represent it as a judgment upon the City of Edinburg Thutting their Gates against their lawful and rightfal s vereign, as Jacobites were pleased to call the Pretender his Majesty's Crown and Kingdoms... This Confiderzi" they hoped, would have fome Weight againft agree.ng that Part of the Bill, when they went into a Comms upon it ; but they took Notice of it ac that time se to prevent the House's going into a Committee upon for Bill on such a Day. For this purpose they hoped it was be of sufficient Weight; and that therefore no Gentles would insist upon the House's going into a Committee of chat Bill til! Monday then next.
This seemed to be the Occasion of putting off the Ce: mitment of the Bill till Monday; and on Monday the Hoc having resolved itself into the said Committee, the Preas: and every Clause of it was opposed, and upon each ties was a Sort of diftinct Debate, several of which were pot so vigorously, and with so much Success by the oppe:Party, that the Bill not only changed its Name, but in ko manner its Form.
Nay, in the Committee, the Bill run a very great Rif being quite loft; for after all the Amendments had bee made, the Bill then appeared to be so very different #c: what had been sent them by the Lords, that when a Morrewas made for reporting the Bill with the Amendments to t": House, the same was itrenuously opposed ; and after a lor; Debate, when the Question was put, the Division was ! for reporting, and 130 against it; so that it came to it casting Vote of Colonel Bladen, who was Chairman : the Committee, and who gave his Vote in favour of the Bill. But there was another Circumstance which coco) buted to the palling of this Bill, or rather prevented its te irg loft ; for at this very time, when this equal Divi" happened, -s E-ne of -ge, Elg; and M -SG -l for Scotland, were both in the Houk : Peers engaged as Counsel in the Hearing of an Arges there; which both of them endeavoured as much as the could to have put off, in order that they might be preken and upon
their Duty in the House of Commons; but ts' Request was refused ; so that neither of them was prekes upon this Debate or Division in the House of Comics and as both of them had often before declared themse's.
against every Part of this Bill, it is probable, if they had Anno to. Geo. II. been present, they would have voted against reporting the Bill, which would have prevented its being in the Chairman's Power to do what he did.
The Motion being thus carried for reporting the Bill with the Amendments, the Report was ordered to be re. ceived the next Morning; and Colonel Bladen having accordingly reported the Amendments that Day, the firit Amendment made by the Committee, which was that for leaving out the several Çlaufes for demolishing the NetherBow Port, and for taking away the Guard of the City of. Edinburgh, was read a fecond Time, and agreed to by the House; then the other Amendment made by the Committee, being the Claufe for impofing a Fine upon the Corporation of the City of Edinburgh, was read the second 'Time ; and a Motion being made for re-committing chat Amendment, after a long Debate, the Question was put apon that Motion, and was carried in the Negative, by 144 to 123 ; after which this Amendment was agreed to by the House ; and then the Bill was ordered to be read a third Time next Morning. June 13. The said Bill was read a third Time, and re
The Bill rclating veral Amendments were made to the Title, which had to the City of Edin become necessary from the Amendments made in the Com- Porteous's Murdery mittee to the Bill itself; after which a Motion was made pals'd into an Act. for passing the Bill ; and upon the Question's being put, it was carried in the Affirmative by 128 to 101 ; and Colonel Bladen was ordered to carry the Bill to the Lords, and acquaint them that the House had agreed to the fame with some Amendments, to which they desired the Concurrence of their Lordships, which were agreed to, and the Bill pass'd into an Act.
June 21. The King, came to the House of Peers, and put an End to the Seffion, with the following Speech.
My Lords and Gentlemen,
at putting an End. “ Countries, and, in your proper Stations to promote the • Peace and Welfare of the Kingdom.
“ I return you my Thanks for the particular Proofs
you have given me of your Affection and Regard to my “ Person and Honour ; and hope, the Wisdom and Justice, “ which you have shewn upon some extraordinary Inci“ dents, will prevent all. Thoughts of the like Attempts “ for the future. The Conduct of this Parliament has “ been so uniform in all your Deliberations upon publick “ Affairs, that it would be as unjust not to acknowledge
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Anno 10. Geo. II. “ it, as it is unnecessary to enumerate the several Parti
Gentlemen of the House of Commons, “ Your Care, as well in raising the Supplies necessary “ for the Service of the current Year, as in doing it in the “ Manner least grievous and burthensome to my People, i
fresh Instance of your equal Concern for the Support “ of my Government, and for the true Intereft of your Country:
My Lords and Gentlemen, “ You cannot be insensible, what juft Scandal and Of “ fence the Licentiousness of the present Times, under the “ Colour and Disguise of Liberty, gives to all honest and ó sober Men, and how absolutely necessary it is to reftrain “ this excessive Abuse, by a due and vigorous Execution of “ the Laws ; Defiance of all Authority, Contempt of Ma
gistracy, and even Resistance of the Laws, are become “ too general, altho' equally prejudicial to the Prerogative “ of the Crown, and the Liberties of the People, the Sap“port of the one being inseparable from the Protection of “ the other. I have made the Laws of the Land the con“ ftant Rule of my Actions ; and I do, with Reason, ex.
pect in Return all that Submission to my Authority and
Government, which the same Laws have made the Duty,
" and shall always be the Interest of my Subjects." The Parliamentpro- Then the Lord Chancellor, by the King's Command, rogueda
prorogued the Parliament to the 4th of Auguft.
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NAMES of the several SPEAKERS
in the Fourth Volume.
Archer Henry, * 226.
Barnard Sir John, 22, 55, 61, 88, 90, 93, 121, 126, 131, 133, 137, 245, 277, 370, 401, 4177 447, 453, 477, 478, 507, 523. Bathurst Henry, 277.
Bladen Martin, 48, 49, 52, 61, 78, 89, 131, 479 Boone Daniel, 101. Bootle Thomas, 277. Bowles William, 479. Bramfton Thomas, 88. Bromley Henry, 88. Burrel Peter, 401, 454, 479. Byng Robert, 101.
Corbet Thomas, 101.
Heathcote George, 87, 116, 133, 169, 370, 401,
Hedges John, 277: