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A. C. Act for the continuance of several former Axts therein 1690. mention’d, for the laying several Duties upon Wines,

Vinegar, and Tobacco. 3dly, To an Art for Punishing Officers and Soldiers that should Mutiny or Desert their Majesties Service, and for punishing false Musters, and to several other Publick and Private Bills. Afterwards His Majesty took this occasion to repeat to

both Houfs, "How sensibe He was of their good His Ma “ Affections to Him and of their fincere Endeavours jefties to promote the true Interest of their Country, Speech to “in continuing to provide farther Supplies towards the Parlia“ defraying the Charges of the War, which He ament.

“ would take care to see diligently and strictly ap“plied to the Uses for which they gave them. He told them, “ He had lately acquainted them, that “the Posture of Affairs abroad, would not admit

of deferring His Journey to the Hague much be“yond that time; and that He put them in mind “of it now, in hopes that consideration would “prevail with them to use all pottible dispatch in “what still remain'd to be done for the more vigo

rous Prosecution of the War. And concluded, with mentioning to the House of Commons, " That “ if some Annual Provision could be made for the augmenting of the Navy, and building of some

new Ships of War, it would be a very necessary “Care at this time, both for the Honour and Safety “ of the Nation.

The Commons having raken His Majesty's Speech of 570000

into Consideration, particularly the latter part of Pounds

it, unanimously Resolv’d, First, That a Supply be gigranted

zen to their Majesties for the building of Ships of War, for Baild- not exceeding the Sum of 570000 Pounds ; And 2dly, ing of

That the said Supply so to be given to their Majesties, Ships, De-be for the building of Seventeen Third Rate Ships of Cem. 24. Sixty Guns a piece, to be added to the Ships in the Esti

mate already provided to be built. Three Days after, it was Resolv'd, that this Supply should be rais'd by the Additional Duties upon Beer, Ale and other Liquors; and order'd that an Enacting Clause be prepar'd in pursuance to the faid Resolution.

The Commons having pass’d a Bill for appointing and enabling Commissioners for taking the Pub.

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lick Accounts, and order'd the several Members to A. C.
put into Glaffes at the Table the several Liits of :)
Nine Persons Names, to be Commillioners in the
faid:Bill, the Majority * fell on Sir Robert Ricis, Sir * Decem
Toomas Clarges, Paul Foley Esq; Collonel Robert Au- 26.
sten Esq; Sir Matthew Andrews, Sir Benjamin Newland,
Sir Samuel Barnadifton, Sir Peter Colleton, and Robert
Harley Esq;

On the sth of January 1691, the King went to
the Parliament and gave His Royal Assent to An Act

Ads pafo's !. for granting to their Majesties several Additional

1691. Duties of Excise. 2. Another for preventing vexatious Suits against such as had acted for their Majelties Service in defence of the Kingdom. 3. Another for appointing Commissioners to examine and state the Publick Accompts of the Kingdom. 4. Another for the most effectual putting in execution an Act for prohibiting all Trade and Commerce with France. 5. Another for raising the Militia in the Tear 1691. 6 Another for the Relief of poor Prisoners for Debt or Damages. 7. Another for encouraging the distilling of Brandy and Spirits from Corn, and for laying leveral Duties on Lon Wines; And to Four priv. te Bills; which done, His Majesty Addresling himself to both Houses, told thein,“ He was very glad to find that the King's “the success of their Endeavours, to bring this speech to “ Seiliun to a happy Conclusion, had been such, builo Houses " that He was now at liberty to go into Ilolland; " And He return'd them his hearty Thanks for S the great dispatch they had made in finishing " the Supplies they had design'd for carrying on the

War, which it thould be his care to fée duly and

punctually applied to that Service for which they “ had given them. And because feveral Members of the House of Commmons were diftatisfied with the Bill concerning Forfeitures being laid ide as feari: g the King's Favourites should have the largcil Bare of the Rebels Estates, His Majesty thought it proper to assure them, “That He fou'd roc make any

Grant of the Forfeited Lands in England and Ire-
“ land, till there was another opportunity of Settling

thot matter in Parliament, in such manner as frould
be thought most expedient.

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A. C. Moreover He told them, “That as He had rca. 1690. "fon to be very well fatistied with the Proofs they

“had given uim of their good Affection in this “ Sellion of Parliament, fo He promis d himself “the continuance of the lame, at their return into " their leveral Countries : And as every Day pro

duc'd still fresh Instances of the restlessness of His and their Enemies both at home and abroad, in

defigoing against the Prosperity of this Nation, “ and the Government Etablish'd; fo He did not “ doubt, but that the Union and good Correspondence between him and His Parliament, and His

earn it and constant Endeavours for their Prefer“ vat on on the one Hand, join'd with the continuance of their Zeal and Affi ction to support Him

on the other, would, by the Bletling of God, be

at all times too strong for the utmost Malice and Contrivance of their Common Encmics.

The Parliamont King having made an end of his Speech, the Speaker asdjournd, of the Lords declar d to both Houses, that it was

His Majesty's Pleasure that they should adjourn themselves till the 31st of March next ensuing.

Before we leave this Sellion of Praliament, 'tis Bills lett xen finish'd. necessary to take notice, that besides the Bill rela

ting to the Forfeited Estates, there were several others, that were left unfinished, particularly A Bill to regulate Trials in Cases of Treason, which was much talk'd of in the House of Commons, and yet put off from time to time; Another to oblige the Lords Commifioners of the Treasury to take the like Oaths as the Lord Treasurer ; Another relating to the African Trade; Another against Robbers on the High-way; Another for the Speedier deterinining Elections of Members of Parliament; Another to charge the Estate of the late Lord Jeffrey's in Leicestershire, with the Sum of 14760 1. ant Interest, to Edmond Prideaux Elt; Another for Regulating and Licensing Hackney-Coaches; And ano. ther for the enabling Chyrurgeons to administer inward Medicines in Cafes of Chyrurgery; which last was perition'd against by the Physicians and Apothecarics. A Bill was also brought in for reducing, Interest Money from Six to Four per Cent, which after the Second Reading was rejected.

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On the 1sth of November the King order'd a new A. Ci Conmillion to pass the Great Seal, Constituting 1690. the Lord Godolphin, Sir John Lowther, Richard Ham-m den Efq; Sir Stephen Fox, and Thomas Pelham Esq; N:w Coma Commillioners of their Majesties Treasury. About mission for a Month after His Majesty dispos'd of the vacant *the Treasue Bishopricks of Ireland, and appointed Sir Charles "y, Novem Porter to be Lord Chancellor of that Kingdom, and"); one of the Lord Justices, in the room of the Lord

ricks of Viscount Sidney, who was recall d to be made one Ireland of His Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State. Not disposid of, long * before Colonel Cuts was made Baron Cuts of Decem. Gomran in the Kingdom of Ireland, in consideration t Viscount of his faithful Services, and zealous Affection to Sidney His Majesties Perfon and Government. On the 30th of December his Highness George

cretary of William Duke of well, Eldest Prince of the moit

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cem. 26. Serene House of Brunswick and Lunenburgh, was Co:2. Cuts Elected a Knight Companion of the molt noble made a Bis Order of the Garter; an Honour which just a Year ron De. before hd been confer'd upon the Duke of Bran-cem. 3. denburgh, ( the present King of Pruflic.) And on Sir John the firit Day of the new Year Sir John T cvor, Spea

Trevor ker to the House of Commons, and first Lord Com-made e millioner of the Great Seal of England, was admitted into His Majesty's most Honourable Privy. Jan. 1.

Counsellor, Council.

1691. The King having seuled Affairs at home, began The King his Voyage for Holland the 6th of January, notwith-fots oue fer standing the rigour of the Sealon : But finding at Holland, his arrival at Canterbury, that the Wind was set in Jan. 6. Easterly, with a hard Frost, He return d to Kensington on the 9th, and feven * Days after He fet out. again from 11hitehall, and Embark'd at Gravesend with a noble and numerous Retirue. On the 18th in the Morning the Veftels that attended His Mlajefty being come up with the Gerce, His Majcsty was informd by a Fisherman, that they were within a League and half of the shore ; whereupon He left his Yatch, attended by the Duke of Ormond, the Earl of Devonshire, Lord Steward, the Earl of Dorset, Lord Chamberlain, the Earl of Portland the Earl of Monmouth, Monsieur Overkirk, and Mon

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A. c. lieur Zuyleftein, and went off with Three Shaloops 1091. thinking to get ashore in an Hour or two. But the

difficulties they met with from the Ice, and the
Fogginess of the Weather were such, that 'twas a-
bout Eight the next Morning before they could
reach Goree, where they went alhore, and after some
Refreshment, His Majesty went into his Boat again,
and about Two in the Afternoon landed at Or4.
nien Haak, not far from Maesland-Sluys. At Houn-
Nardyke his Majesty was receiv'd by the Heeren Vin
Opdam, Belards, Wirzen and Oyberg, appointed by

the Srates for that purpose; and about Six in the H: arrives Evening he arriv'd at the Hague, to the unexpref

fible Joy of all the Hollanders, to see the Deliverer Hague, of their Country return d amongst them adorn'd Jan. 19. with Three Crowns, and having miraculously e.

scaped the imminent Danger to which he had late-
ly expos'd himself, to comfort then by his Presence.
The Stares General, the States of Holland, the Coun-
cel of State, the other Colleges, the Congress of
Foreign Ministers, and all the Persons of distinction
at the Hague, made their Compliments to his Ma.
jelty upon his safe and happy Arrival; and because
he was come so luddenly, as to prevent the solemn
Reception that was intended by the Magistrates

of that Place, His Majesty was prevaild upon to +Jan. 26. make his Publick Entry on the 26th, which was

perform’d with great Solemnity ; several triumphal
Arches having been erected to represent his
Mjesties Archievements, and all the Burghers ap.
pearing in Arms with unusual Magnificence.
In the Evening the Fire-works were play'd, the
Cannoa dischargd, on the Viverberg, opposite to
His Majesty's Palice, and Bonfires lighted thro'

the whole Town, Congress of

Not long after a more glorious Spectacle kept \ t'n Corfor the Eyes of all Europe fix'd upon the Hague ; I mean

the extraordinary Meeting of the Confederates. The Princus at Electors of Brandenburgh, and Bavaria, the Dukes the Hague of Lunenburg!:, the Landrgrave of Hess, the Duke

of 5cl, the Duke of Wolfemburrel, the Prince of
Cominerci, the Prince of Wirtemberg, Prince Wal-
dick, the Mirquils de Gijtanaga Governor of Flan-

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