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" To the Right Honourable the Lords Com " Houses, or the Approaches thereto, we think Two

“ mittees for inspecting and preserving Re- " Hundred Pounds a Year may be accounted a reasonable
“cords, &c.

“ Rate. Sir John alio affuring us, lie hath been offered

" that Sum as a Ground-rent, by Builders : We humbly “ The Representation of Sir fohn Cotton Ba

“ conceive, if Her Majesty shall be advised, and inclined

to do any Thing in this Matter, it will be better to purchase the Fee-simple (the Value whereof we

“ estimate at Four Thousand Pounds), than charge the
• Whereas the late Sir John Cotton, his Grandfather, “ Crown with a Rent, payable to a Subject. But, as
did, in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Year of the Reigu

" the Estate stands entailed, such Purchase must be
“ of the late King William, of Glorious Memory, pro “ authorized by Act of Parliament.
“ cure an Act of Parliament, for settling and preferving
“ his Library, which had been purchased at a very

« TRAVERS.
great Charge and Expense, by vesting the same in
“ Trustees, for the Benefit of the Public, according

819 Mareh 1705.
to the Purposes mentioned in the said Act; with

“ Car. Wreg."
which the prelent Sir John Cotton hath been, and still
" is, desirous to comply, provided the Library be not
“ removed, contrary to the Intentions of his Grand-
“ father, cxprefled in the said Act : And whereas the

To the Right Honourable the Lords Committees Sir J. Cotton's “ Mansion-bouse and Gardens, together with the said

for preserving Records.

Second Pro“ Library, are, by the same Act, vested in Trustees, to

poial: “ the Use of the Heirs Males of the Family and Name;

“ Sir John Cotton being defired to give in Writing a
« and since, by reason of the Straitness of the Place, “ more particular Eftimate of his House and Gardens
« and ruinous Condition of the Building wherein the “ at Wejiminster, called Cotton House ; and having, ac-
“ Library is now kept, and the inconvenient Passage “ cording to your Lordships Directions, employed some:
“ to the fame, it is thought that the good Intentions of “ Persons, jointly with Sir Christopher Wren, to view
• the faid Aé cannot be conveniently performed; and “ and survey the fame; he is advised, that the said
" therefore it hath been proposed, that some Method

Ground is capable of great Improvements, by the
“ might be found out, consistent with the former, Act, " near Situation to the Two Houles of Parliament;
6 (which the present Sir John Cotton thinks himself in- “ where Conveniencies might be made for the Accom-
“ dispensably obliged to follow in all respects, as the “ modation of Members, by building a Square, which
“ Will and Directions of his Grandfather.)

might contain Four and Twenty Houses, to which

the Ayenue, or coming, would be of wonderful Con-
If therefore it thould be conceived for the Ado “ venience to Gentlemen of the House of Commons ;

“ vantage of the Public, he is contented that and would go directly out of the Parliament-house
“the Mapsion-house and Gardens (for which into their Lodgings: Yet, though such Offers have
« Offers have been made by fome who would " been made to him, and though the House has now
willingly build thereon) should be leased to “ continued in his Name and Family near One Hun-
“ Her Majesty, under such a Yearly Rent as “ dred Years; yet he is willing to part with it, for the
*«Thall be agreed to, payable according to thę " better providing for the Library therein, left by
“ Limitations of the said Act.

“ his Ancestors to the Public, and for such oiher Uses

" to which Her Majesty may think fit to convert the
JOHN COTTON." " fame' ; being fenfible, that its Situation between the

" House of Lords and House of Commons would have
“ cut off all Communication between the Two Houses,

“ had not Sir John Cotton's Ancestors consented to
Surveyors “ To the Right Honourable the Lords Committees permit a Gallery and other Conveniencies to be
Report about
" for preserving Records.

“ built upon this Ground of his, for the better Meet

« ing of the Two Houses in the Painted Chamber; and “May it please your Lordships,

being likewise sensible of the great Prejudice that

“ might accrue to the Public, if it thould fall into other "We have, in Obedience to your Lordships. Com.“ Hands, or should be converted to other Uses, than “ mands of Saturday laft, discoursed with Sir John Cota

“ what it serves for at present; and that no Improveton about the Purchase of Cotton-Houfe and Gardens,

ment can be made to the Conveniencies of either
at Westminster; for which Sir Jolom, in the Paper an( that, Sir John being yet unmarried, it is now abso-

“ Houses, without this Spot of Ground; and because
“ ycxed, presented to your Lordhips, seems to expect
“ a Rent of Four Hundred Pounds per Annum. “ lutely in his power to dispose of it by Lease, to the

“ Satisfaction of Her Majesty and both Houses :
“ The better to enable ourselves to judge of the
“Reasonableness of Sir John's Demand, which seems

Upon all which considerations, the Parties con-
“ to be founded on a Prospect of Improvement by new

“ cerned hope that it will not be thought unbuilding, we have viewed the Premises, and con

“ reasonable, by the Right Honourable Com“ fidered what Improvement of that Kind the Ground

" mittee, to allow Sir John Cotton and his Fa“ is capable of; and are of Opinion, there is Room

“ mily, that have been such considerable Be“ for erecting Sixteen Houses, which may possibly

“ nefactors to the Public, Four Hundred Pounds
“ afford a Ground-rent of Ten-pounds apiece, that is,

per Annum for the same."
* One Hundred and Sixty Pounds per Annum; yet, in
“ regard to the convenient Situation of the Premises
" for Accommodation to the Two Houses of Parlia-
“ ment, and that new Tenements to be erected thereon
« would somewhat darken and incommode the faid

“ To

"To the Right Honourable the Lords Committees DIE Lunæ, 18° Martii.

“ The further Representation of Sir John Cotton

" Baronet.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes

fuerunt:

“ Whereas it has been thought very much for the Epus. Exon. “ Advantage of the Public, that the said Sir John Epus. Sarum. Cotton should (as far as in him lies, and is consistent Epus. Petriburg. “ with the former Act of Parliament) convey to Her Epus. Bangor.

Majesty the Cotton-house and Garden, that better Epus. Lincoln. Conveniencies may be made for the Cottonian Library: « Now the same Principle, which generously moved his « Grandfather to bestow the most valuable Collection * of Antiquities (now any where extant) to the Pub“ lic, has excited him to concur in every Thing for " the better Advancement of his Grandfather's Inten« tions; therefore he thewed his Readiness to enter into

any Treaty in that Behalf, and thereon made Pro

posals for an Yearly Rent to be paid, according to “ the Limitations in the said A&t: But, finding that a “ Consideration to be immediately paid down will be

more convenient for the Public; and the Ground be“ ing, on a Survey, allowed to be worth at least Four “ Thousand Pounds, besides the Buildings thereon; he

now proposes the Sum of Five Thousand Pounds, being resolved to do his utmost that the Library

may be forthwith made (as was first designed) most « serviceable and useful to the Public; and offers fur“ ther, to do every Thing in his Power, so as the Will « and Intentions of his Grandfather about the said “ Library, confirmed in the said Act, be at all Times

punctually observed, which he shall ever think him** self indispensably obliged to perform in all Particulars. “ The Value here computed is no more than it would “ yield to a private Purchaser, without any Regard s to its Situation for the Service of the Public ; and, " he believes, your Lordships will be of Opinion, that “ this Sum is the lowest Rate he can reasonably accept, for the Buildings and Grounds belonging

PRAYERS. < thereto.

Ds. Custos Magni
Sigilli.

Ds. Berkeley Ber. Ds. Godolphin, The- Ds. Fitzwalter. faurarius.

Ds. Wharton. Comes Pembroke, Ds. North & Grey. Præses.

Ds. Poulett. Dux Devonshire, Se. Ds. Vaughan. nescallus.

Ds. Colepeper.

Ds. Dartmouth. Dux Somerset.

Ds. Guilford. Dux Bolton.

Ds. Cholmondeley. Dux Marlborough.

Ds. Herbert. Comes Kent, Came- Ds. Sommers. rarius.

Ds. Halifax.
Comes Derby.
Comes Weftmorland.
Comes Rivers.
Comes Stamford.
Comes Kingston.
Comes Thanet.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Essex.
Comes Anglesey.
Comes Nottingham.
Comes Portland.
Comes Torrington.
Comes Bradford.
Comes Jersey.
Viscount Townshend.
Viscount Weymouth-

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Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet

Hodie za vice lečia eft Billa, intituled, “ An Act for To-morrow, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, “ Sale of the Manor of Eastevening, and other Lands in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of “ and Hereditaments, in Swineshead, in the County of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.

Lincolne, late the Estate of Christopher Fairfax Gentle

man, deceased, for Payment of Debts, and Benefit

" of his Children.” Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum effe usque ad et in diem

The Question was put,

" Whether this Bill fall Lunæ, decimum octavum diem instantis Martii, hora

“ pass?" undecima Auroræ, Dominis fic decernentibus.

It was Resolved in the Affirmative.

Adjourn.

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the Purchase

" I thank you for your Care in this Matter ; and will “ The Committee afterwards spoke with Sir John
give, as soon as possible, the necessary Orders for “ Cotton and others of the Family, in hopes to bring
evely. Thing you defire of Me in this Address.”

" this Matter to some good Conclusion, for the Public

Service ; and, upon discourting with them, Sir John
address and
Answer to be
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Tem-

“ offered a Second Proposal to the Committee, which is

“ likewise annexed to this Address. printed. poral in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Keeper

of the Great Seal of England do give Order, that the
Address of this House of the Fourteenth Instant, pre-
sented to her Majesty, and Her Majesty's most Gra-

« May it please Your Majesty,
cious Answer thereunto, shall be forthwith printed and

to The House having approved of the Proceedings published.

" of the Committee ; we, the Lords Spiritual and TemAddress for

“poral, do humbly lay this whole Matter before Your The Lord Halifax reported from the Lords Com

Majesty ; being very desirous that fo great a Treasure of Corton mittees for preserving Records, an Address drawn by “ of Books and Manuscripts, so generously given for house, to keep them, relating to the Cottonian Library. the Library in.

of the Public Service, miglı not remain any longer. Which was read, and agreed to, as follows; (vi useless, and in Danger of perilhing for Want of due delicet,)

« Care. And we can have no other Retort but to Your

Majesty's Goodness upon this Occalion.
We, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parlia-
ment assembled, having appointed a Committee, 10

“ We are not without Hopes, that Your Majesty
“ conlider of the Methods of keeping Records and

may be induced to order this Purchase to be made, " Public Papers in Offices, and how they are kept,

when we consider that it will be to the Honour of “ and to consider of Ways to remedy what thall be “ Your Majelty's Reign, to have given thereby to Your “ found amiss: They reported to us, That they had taken “ own Subjects, and to all Learned Strangers, the real, 66 into Consideration the State and Condition of the

“ Use of this most valuable Collection; and that the
tv Cotton Library, which, by an Act passed in the Twelfth “ Ground may also be hereafter greatly improved, for,
“ Year of the late King, is settled and vested in Truf-

" the Use and Convenience of both Houses of Parlia-,
“ tees, for the Use of the Public ; that they sent for ment, who sit so very near this place.
“ some of the Trustees; and, upon Inquiry, they found
" that nothing had yet been done in Pursuance of the

“ We are sensible, that the last Proposal of Sir Fobn
Act, to make the said Library useful to the Public;

Cotton is higher than Your Majesty's Surveyors judge “ that there is no way or Passage to it set out, as the

“ reasonable : But we humbly hope that this will not Act did direct, so that no Persons can resort to it ;

“ divert Your Majesty from any Gracious Purpose You " that there is no Library-keeper appointed, to inspect

may have to hearken to this our humble Address; not " and take care of the Manuscripts; nor any Orders

“ only upon the Account of what we have before, “ or Rules appointed, for the reading or using the

“ mentioned, but because the whole Advantage of “ fame; and that the Public is wholly deprived of

“ the Price will come to the Family, who have given
“ the Benefit and Advantage that was designed by the

“ this great Treasure of Books to the Use of the
« Public."

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Illands.

“ The Committee, thinking it did deserve their ut It is. ORDERED;-by the Lords Spiritual and Tempo

most Care, that this Library should not continue in ral in Parliament assembled, That the Lord High Trea" this useless State, went themselves to view the Room furer of England do attend Her Majesty, with the Ad“ where it is kept, and to see what convenient Way dress of this House, agreed to this Day, relating to the :7,19

might be set out for a Passage to it. The Place wherein Cottonian Library,
“ the Library is contained is a narrow little Room,
• damp, and improper for preserving the Books and
“ Papers; there is only One Window at each End, and The Lord Halifax reported from the Lords Com- Address con-
“ the Arch over One of them in a ruinous Condition, mittees, an Address drawn by them, relating to The emning. Thi
" and ready to fall, as is also the Arch upon which Bahama Ijlands.
* the Rooin is built ; that there can be no Passage to
“ it but through the best Rooms of the House, which

Which was read, and agreed to, as follows; (vi-
“ would be very inconvenient, and make the House delicet,)
" wholly useless to the family. This being the Situ-
“ ation of Things in respect to this Library, the Com We, Your Majesty's most loyal and dutiful Sub-
mittee found, that either it would be impossible for

jects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament
" the Public to have any convenient Use of it, or it « assembled, having received a Petition and Memorial
“ must become so manifestly prejudicial to the Family

“ from John Graves, the Collector of Your Majesty's “ of the Benefactor ; and therefore they proposed to

" Custoins in The Bahama Ipands, in Behalf of him“ foipe of the Relations, to set a moderate Price upon

“ self and other Your Majesty's distressed Subjects in " the House and Garden (which are adjoining to the

“ the said Ilands; and having appointed a Committee, * Two Houses of l'arliament, and might be of great

to hear him, and others, who have lately been Inhaii Ule to the l'ublic upon many accounts, as well as for

« bitants in the Isle of Providence, and have traded “ a Repository of the faid Library), in order that the " thither; they have reported to us, That they do find, “ same might be again vested in the Crown.

“ that the French and Spaniards have Twice in this

“ War over-run and plundered the same ; and that the “ Accordingly, a Proposal was made, in Writing, by

« Governor hath deferted the Place; and that there is no " Sir Jol Cotton, which we take Leave, to annex to

« Form of Government remaining amongst them. They " Liis Address; which Proposal the Committee delivered

“ find likewise, that the Situation of those Iands is to Your Majesty's Surveyor General of the Lands,

very convenient for protecting and securing our own and to the Surveyor General of the Buildings; who,

Ships, and annoying those of the Enemy; and that “ having viewed the Premises, made their Report, in

“ the Harbour in the Island of New Providence may 4. Writing, to the Committee, which is also annexed

easily be put in a Posture of Defence; and that it 16 to this Address.

66 would be of dangerous Consequence, if it lhould fall

into the Hands of the Enemy; and that the fame D 1 E Martis, 19° Marri.

R E E G 1 N A.

“ has for
“ some Time.

Ds. Byron.

insist upon

ment to it :

“ May it please Your Moft Excellent Majesty,

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
« We humbly beseech Your Majesty, That, as well

fuerunt:
“ in Compassion to Your Majeity's distressed Subjects
“ in those Parts, as for the Security of the Trade in
general, You will be pleased to use, such Methods

Ds. Custos Magni
* as Your Majesty Thall think fit, for taking the said Arch. Ebor.

Sigilli,

Ds. Berkeley Ber. “ Islands into Your Hands, in order to secure the same Epus. Roffen.

Ds. Godolphin, Thë- Ds. Fitzwalter. to the Crown of England, and to the Safety and Epus. Exon.

faurarius.

Ds. Wharton. “ Advantage of the Trade of Your Subjects.”

Epus. Sarum.

Comes Pembroke, Ds. Howard Eiff Epus. Ceftr.

Præses.

Ds. North & Grey. It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Tem. Epus. Lich. & Cov.

Dux Devonshire, Ds. Chandos.
poral in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with Epus. Norwic.

Senescallus. Ds. Poulett.
White Staves do humbly attend Her Majesty; with the Epus. Petriburg.
Address of this House, agreed to this Day, relating to Epus. Bangor.

Dux Somerset.
The Bahama Ipands.

Ds. Vaughan.
Epus. Asaph. Dux Southampton.

Ds. Colepeper.
Epus. Liricoin.
Dux Grafton.

. Rockingham.

Dux Bolton. Militia Bill,

The House proceeded to take into Consideration the Lords do not

Ds. Osborne.

Dux Marlborough.
Amendment made by their Lord thips to the Bill, in-

Ds. Dartmouth. their Amend- tituled, “ An Act for raising the Militia for the Year

Comes Kent, Cáme. Ds. Stawell. " One Thousand Seven Hundred and Six, notwith

rarius.

Ds. Guilford.! “ standing the Month's Pay formerly advanced be not

Comes Derby.

Ds. Herbert. re-paid ;, and for an Accompt to be made of Trophy

Comes Bridgewater. Ds. Sommers, « monies."

Comes Denbigh.

Ds. Halifax,
And it being moved, “ Not to insist on the said Amend-

Comes Westmorland. Ds. Granville.
Comes Rivers.

Ds. Gernsey

Comes Stamford.
It was agreed, not to inlift thereon.

Comes W’inchilfea.

Comes Kingston. Message to Then, a Message was sent to the House of Commons

Comes Thanet.

Comes Sunderland. quaint them by Sir Johni Francklyn and Sir Richard Holford :

Comes Scarsdale.
To acquaint them, that the Lords do not insist on their

Comes Anglesey;
Amendment made to the faid Bill.

Comes Nottingham,

Comes Holdernesje.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr.

Comes Plimouth. thence, with Poulteney and others :

Comes Portland.
Who brought up a Bill, intituled, “ An Act for the

Comes Torrington.
~ Encouragement and Increase of Seamen ; and for the

Comes Scarbrough. “ better and speedier manning Her Majesty's Fleet ;"

Comes Bradford.
to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Comes Orford.
Comes Jersey.

Comes Greenwich.
Hodié vire lecta est Billa, intituléd, “ An Act for
Encourage “ the Encouragement and Increase of Seamen ; and for

Viscount Say & Seale
“ the better and speedier manning Her Majesty's

Viscount Townshend. crease of, Bill: " Fleet.”

Viscount Weymouth.

ment:"

H. C. to ac

with it.

Meffage from

a Bill.

Seamen, for

ment and In

Admirals and
ORDERED, That the said Bill be read a Second Time,

PRAYERS:
Commission. To-morrow; and that some of the Admirals of the
ers Navy to Fleet and some of the Commissioners of the Navy do
attend.

attend this House To-morrow, at Eleven a Clock; and
that all the Lords be summoned.

The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and pat Low Wines, into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, *: An Act &c. Bill.

“ for laying further Duties on Low Wines; and for Adjourn.

Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Par: “ preventing the Damage to Her Majesty's Revenue,
liamentum continuandum effe usque ad et in diem Martis, " by Importation of Foreign Cut Whalebone ; and for
decimum nonum diem instantis Martii; hora decima “ making some Provisions as to the Stamp Duties, and
Auroræ, Dominis fic decernentibus.

«. the Duties on Births, Burials, and Marriages, and
“ the Salt Duties, and touching Million Lottery
“ Tickets; and for enabling Her Majesty to dispose,
" the Effects of William Kidd, a notorious Pirate, to
" the Ufe of Greenwich Hospital ; and - for appro-

priating the Public Monies granted in this Sellion of
(« Parliament."

After some Time, the House was resumed,

And

And the Earl of Scarbrough reported, “ That the " Committee had gone through the said Bill; and think " it fit to pass, without any Amendment.”

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “ An Ad for “ the Encouragement and Increase of Seamen ; and “ for the better and speedier manning Her Majesty's

* Fleet."

ment.

the Bill for

pals ?

ment.

Hodie za vice lećta est Billa, intituled, “ An A& for

The Question was put, “ Whether this Bill fhall " laying further Duties on Low Wines; and for pre

"“ ”
“ venting the Damage to Her Majesty's Revenue, by Im-

It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
portation of Foreign Cut Whalebone; and for making
w some Provisions as to the Stamp Duties; and the
Duties on Births, Burials, and Marriages, and the

ORDERED, The Commons have Notice, that the
" Salt
Duties, and touching Million Lottery, Tickets ; Lords have agreed to the said Bill

, without any Amend-
“ and for enabling Her Majesty to dispose the Effects
6 of William Kidă, a notorious Pirate, to the Use of
Greenwich Hofpital; and for appropriating the Pub-
“ lic Monies granted in this Session of Parliament.' A Message was brought from the House of Commons, Melfage from

by Mr. Poultney and others :

H. C. for a

Conference on The Question was put, 6. Whether this Bill shall

To desire a Conference, upon the Subject-matter of Amendment

a former Conference, touching the Amendments made of the Law, It was Resolved in the Affirmative

&c. by the Commons to the Bill, intituled, “ An Act for the

" Amendment of the Law, and the better Advancement ORDERED, The Commons have Notice, that the

“ of Justice.” Lords have agreed to the said Bill, without any Amend

To which the House agreed. Debentures on

The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put Irish forfeited

Then the Commons were called in ; and told, “ That Efates, Bill. into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, “ An A& to

“ enlarge the Time for registering unsatisfied Deben “ the Lords agree to a Conference; and appoint it at

tures upon forfeited Estates in Ireland ; and for re “ Two a Clock this Day, in the Painted Chamber.”
“ newing of other Debentures, which have been lost,
“ burnt, or destroyed.”

The House being moved, “ That an humble Ad- Manning the

“ dress be made to Her Majesty, That Her Majesty Fleet, Address After some Time, the House was resumed.

“ would please to appoint such Persons as Her Ma

jesty shall think most proper for that Purpose, to And the Earl of Torrington reported, “ That the “ consider of the most effectual Means for manning Committee had gone through the said Bill; and think " the Fleet, for the Encouragement and Increase of the “ it fit to pass, without any Amendment.'

“ Number of Seamen, and for the restoring and pre

serving the Discipline of the Navy, in order that
Hodie za vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “ An Act to “ the same may be laid before the Parliament the Be-
“ enlarge the Time for registering unsatisfied Deben ginning of the next Session :"
“tures upon the forfeited Estates in Ireland; and for
“ renewing of other Debentures, which have been lost,

To which the House agreed ; and appointed the
“ burnt, or destroyed.”

Lords following to draw the said Address ; (vi

delicet,)
The Question was put,
" Whether this Bill fhall

Dux Bolton.
pass?”

Dux Marlborough.

Ds. Wharton.
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.

Ds. Weston.
Comes Stamford.

Ds. Osborne.
ORDERED, That the Commons have Notice, that the Comes Sunderland.

Ds. Herbert.
Lords have agreed to the said Bill, without any Amend.

Comes Torrington.

Ds. Sommers,
Comes Scarbrough.

Ds. Halifax.

Comes Orford.
Seamen, for
Hodie 2* vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “ An A& for

Comes Greenwich.
Encourage-

“ the Encouragement and Increase of Seamen ; and
crease of, Bill.“ for the better and speedier manning Her Majesty's Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to with-
" Fleet."

draw presently.
Then, it being moved, " To read the Bill a Third
“ Time, without committing it :"

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

H. C. to reAfter Debate ;

turn the Banka To return the Bill, inciculed, “ An Act to prevent The Question was put,

" Whether this Bill Ihall “ Frauds frequently committed by Bankruprs;" and “ be committed 251...

to acquaint this House, that they have agreed to their It was Resolved in the Negative.

Lordlhips Amendments made to the said Bill.

ment.

ment and In

rupts Bill.

The Question was put, “ Whether this Bill fhall

The Commons being come to the Conference, the “ be now read the Third Time ?"

· last Managers Names were read. It was Resolved in the Affirmative.

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