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The Freeholder's Journal

07/03/1721

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Numb. VI. T H E Freeholder's Journal. WEDNESDAY March 7. 1721. I Would willingly have declined the Praises given me in the following Let- ter, but that I know, ' tis necessary, that my Country must have a good Opinion of me, before I can be thought ca- pable of doing it Service. I wish this Con- sideration could have its due Weight in all the Elections in England. To the FREE HOLDER. March 3, 1721- 2. SIR, HAving employed your Pen so usefully in the Matters relating to Elections, I take the Liberty to send you the following Thoughts and Hints on that Subject, and should be very glad if your abler Pen wou'd digest the same, into such a Form, as may make it more useful to the Publick. I per- fectly agree with you in your Notion, for our Common Safety, and I think the Time is now come, when BRITONS must speak out, or we for ever after may hold our Peace. I beg you'll believe me in the Number of your Admirers, and that I am, with a just Esteem, sir, your Faithful, and most Humble Servant, Philo. Britannicus. IT is certain, that for whatever Place any Person is chosen, he is thereby one the Representatives of the whole Nation, and in Virtue of the Choice made of him, derives his Authority from the Constitution, and is in Honour and Conscience obliged to Act and Vote for the Good of his Country, according to the best of his own Judgment, how different soever that may be, from the Sentiments of those who chose him. It is therefore of the last Importance to the Electors of Great Britain, who have any Re- gard for the Happiness and Welfare of them- selveS, and Fellow Subjects, to be thorough- ly informed of the Characters of those, in whom they shall think fit to repose the high- est Trust : For if a Majority of improper Persons should happen to be returned for the ensuing Parliament, the British Liberties will be in the utmost Peril ; and the little Advantages which some Electors may gain by giving their Votes, will be a Poor and Sorry Recompence for that inexpressible Ruin, towards which they contribute. The ( Price Three Half- pence.) Bible is in all their Hands, and they would do well to Read and consider the Story of that Arch Traytor Judas, who, in deep Re- morse and Despair, returned the Price of his Treachery, and became afterwards his own Executioner. Many and frequent have been the Attempts of wicked Men, to destroy our Excellent Constitution, which God, in great Mercy to us, hath been pleased hitherto to preserVe, and we are encouraged from the Story of Sodom to hope, that if there are but a few, Righteous left, his Gracious Providence will still watch over us for Good. But if Reli- gion be made a Jest, and Moral Honesty eX- pos'd to Ridicule 5 if Bribery and Corrupti- on appear openly at Noon Day, and meets with Universal Applause and Encourage- ment, even from those who are most obliged to suppress the same if those, and many other Impieties should happen to prevail, as universally as another kind of Wickedness did in the aforesaid infamous City ; I say, whenever this shall happen to be our Case, we may conclude, That the Day of our De- solation is not far distant, and that some ex- emplary Divine Vengeance will soon overtake Us. Amongst the many Attempts upon our Happy Constitution, surely nothing ever came up to what we at present see. Such general and strong Endeavours through- out the whole Kingdom, to Corrupt by all kinds of Bribery, the Electors of Great britain: Surely this is laying the At to the very Root of the Tree, and hewing down the British Liberties by one bold Stroke! for if a Majority should obtain their Seats, by Methods of this kind, What Ruin ? What Mischief may not the Nation dread, from such a Senate, who will be no more theirs, than they will be the Representatives of Po- land or Muscovy ? Is it not highly reasonable to believe, that those who at a great Expence purchase the Votes of their Electors, intend to Sell their own, in the House of Commons, and to re- imburse themselves in the best Manner they can and will stick at nothing for a proper Price, which can be proposed to them 5 whe- ther to make the ensuing Parliament Perpe- tual, or even to abolish Parliaments for the future future: There is nothing so bad, which may not justly be apprehended from such an As- sembly, as I have supposed, nor can the Na- tion in inch a Case have any other Security for their Liberties, but the Goodness of the KING, and the Virtue of the Ministers. I have heard it said, that there are some, who Purchase their Elections, with laudable Views, ( viz.) To have thereby an Oppor- tunity to struggle for their Country, and to keep out ill Men, who they know would destroy it. I can never approve of doing Evil, that Good may come of it, but would ra- ther Advise, to act in all Cases honestly and uprightly, and leave the Result to Provi- dence-, but I believe the Instances of this kind of Corruption are very rare, and al- tho Blameworthy, would do no Harm, and I may venture to affirm. That where One acts on Motives of this Kind, there are Ten who proceed with very different Views; viz. To secure to themselves the Employments they already have, or to acquire those which they desire and want and ' tis highly pro- bable, that those who enter a House of Com- mons on this Foot, will act so consistently with themselves, as not to disappoint what they chiefly intended. But of all others, none deserve so severe a Censure, as those who expresly apply them selves to the Corrupting of Boroughs, and in proportion to the Mischief of this sort which they are able to perform, value them- selves on the Greatness of their Interest ; surely such as these are Brokers for the Devil\ and by whatever Titles they may be dignifi- ed or distinguished, will be consider'd by all Good Men, as the most dangerous Under- miners of the British constitution. Let me therefore Conjure all my Fellow Subjects and Elecrors, seriously to weigh this Important Subject, and by a prudent Choice of Representstives for the ensuing Parlia- ment, secure their own, and the Welfare of their Country -, and 1 pray God to direct them in this their Day, to consider of the Things which belong to their Peace. As to such Candidates, who have already served in Parliament, the Electors may be easily informed what their Conduct has been, and can judge, whether it be, or be not a- greeable to them and as to Others, they must, as well as they can, learn their ge- neral Character, and way of Thinking, and likewise theirs, by whom they shall hap- pen to be recommended: And they have al- so a Right to know from the Candidates themselves, their Opinions of such Pub- lick Matters, as may probably come under the Consideration of the next Parliament. There are many Heads on which Electors may Interrogate their Candidates, but none I think, of greater Importance, than their Opinion, in relation to the Act for Septen- nial Parliaments. I know some Gentlemen who came1 into that Law, do heartily Repent thereof, and think, ( as I in my Conscience do) That it has been attended with very ill 1 ) Consquences and i am firmly resolved not to give my Vote in those Places, where i have a Right to do it, to any Candidate who shall not previously declare his Agreement with me in Opinion; in this Matter ; and give his Sincere Promise., to use his utmost Endeavours for re- establishing Triennial Par- liaments, which we obtained by an Act in the sixth Year of the Reign of our Glorious Deliverer King William the Third, and by which, the Constitution of Parliaments was brought much nearer to what it originally was-, and I am firmly perswaded, that those who are unwilling to come into such a Promise, will be very easily perswaded, to add Eight, or any other Number of Years to the fur- ther Continuance of the ensuing Parlia- ment, I am likewise resolved to give my Vote for no Candidate, who is not in the Senti- ments of making the strictest Enquiry, into the Application of the Publick Money; and. particularly the Two Hundred and Fifty Thou- sand Pound, granted some Years since, for ending the War in the North, the Causes of the Deficiency of about Eight Hundred Thou- sand Pounds of the Civil List, already sup- ply'd by Parliament, and such further De- siciencies as may hereafter happen to be laid before them.- The Reasons why the Debt of the Army, which was at first Estimated at un- der Four Hundred Thousand Pouvds has swelled to above two Millions, whereof twelve Hundred Thousand Pounds has been certified for Foreigners; and who shall likewise strictly enquire into the Advantages, which have accrued to Great Britain by the Baltick and Mediterranean Squadrons, whereby the Expences of the Fleet have been exceeded more than Three Millions Sterling, over and above what had been necessary in a Time of Peace, computing according to the Esta- blishment for the prefent Year. It will also well deserve the Enquiry of the Electors, who were For and Against the fatal South Sea Scheme, and the two Insuran- ces, in the several Steps, which the same took in the House of Commons: Who were For and Against some Laws which have passed, and others which have been attempted, for Trying Crimes out of the Counties, where the same were committed: Who were For and against the Peerage Bill, the Suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act, the Subsidy Grant- ed for the Use of the present King of Swe- den, and allowing so great a Standing Army in Time of Peace ? Who were For and A- gainst establishing Military Law in a Time of Peace, when that Matter was fully deba- ted some Years past, in a very numerous if not the fullest House of Commons which hath been, during the present Parliament; Who were of the 115, who Voted for bring- ing in a Bill, for Repealing Part of the last Year's Quarentine Act, and the 77, who opposed the same :, Who were of the who were for Reporting the Bill relating to the Freedom of Elections, and the 30 who were were against the making of that Report: Who were of the 142, who asserted the Right of the Commons of Great Britain, to examine in the most Solemn Manner; and the 144 who opposed the same: Who were of the 128, who in Consequence of that Resolution, acquit- ted Baron Page, and the 124 who were of O pinion, that the Charge against him was made Good ? These and many Other Particulars, the E- lectors may examine their Candidates about, and according as their Conduct has been a- greeable or disagreeable, in those or any other Matters, no Doubt they will determine themselves in their future Choice. Other Gentlemen, I hope, will give such further Hints, as they think may be of use to the Electors of Great Britain. The last Thing I shall recommend to their Confide- ration, is, Whether Gentlemen of large Properties, are not the fittest Guardians for their own and the Liberties of their Country, and lefs likely to be byafs'd than thoie, whole chief Support depends on Pensions and Em- ployments, admitting, that in all other Re- spects they had equal Merit. For it must be allowed, That the Fear of losing considera- ble Employments, or of being diappoint- ed of those, which Gentlemen may have in View, is a strong Inducement to think well of what may be proposed to, or expected from them, by those on whom their Depen- dance is: And We have had some Exam- ples in this present Parliament, of several worthy Gentlemen, who have been displaced, without any other Fault which the Publick knows of, but that of their Voting in the House of Commons disagreeably to some Great Men in Power ; and this, in the Nature of the Thing must intimidate others from actting with that Freedom, which otherwise might have been expected from them ; sure- ly therefore those who are under no such By- ass or Restraints, must be allowed more pro- per to be relied on, to Represent the People of this Nation. The Sense of Parliament seems to be de- clared in this Matter, by those Laws which exclude the Officers of the Customs and Ex- cise, Post- Office, and of all the New Duties, from Reprefenting the Commons of Great Britain. And the Opinion of the House of Commons, is more strongly expressed, by the several hills which they have pass'd, to re- strain to a certain Number, thofe who have Places, only during Pleasure; and the Bill for that Purpose which was sent to the House of Peers in the last Parliament of the late Queen, miscarried only by one Vote. And certainly no Demonstration in Euclid is more clear and evident, than this Great and important Truth, That whenever the Majority of the House of Commons shall be compos'd of the ' Dependants on the Crown or Ministry, that the Liberties of Great Britain can fub- list only DURANTE BENEPLA- ' c/ m Philo Britannicus. 3 ) Sedera Patres censere parati, Si Regnum si Templa Jibi Jugulumq Senatus, Exiliumq. petat. Lucan. To the FREEHOLDER. SIR, THE Protests of those Noble Lords, who have distinguished themselveS this Sessions, by their indefatigable Industry and undaunted Zeal for the Liberties of their Country, have been receiv'd with a deserv'd Applause, but the Majority of the House having been Offended with some of those Protests, to that Degree, as to raze them out of the Journals, I was led to Consider this great Privilege of Protesting, aud to try if i could find any Precedents Ancient enough, and of Weight enough, to warrant Expung- ing strong, but inoffensive Reasons , necessary, as the protesting Lords apprehend, for their own Justification, if any Prejudice should happen to the Constitution, or to any of their Fellow Subjects, from that Vote which they Protest against. The Custom of Protesting with Reasons, has, in the Opinion of some Persons, been very Old, but it certainly has been much Older than this Method of Ex- punging them, which began only in the Year 1690, and has been exercised very sparingly ever since, there being but few Instances of it to be found upon the Journals; and ini that memorable Sessions which began in April, 1675, upon the Debate of the Bill, Entitled, An Act to prevent the Dangers which may arise, from Persons disaffected to the go- vemment : There were several Protestations entred, in some of which, there are Expres- sions, that seem to me to insinuate the O- pinion of the sturdy Patriots of that Time, distinguished usually by the Name of Old Whigs, to have been, that all Lords had an indubitable Right of Protesting in what Manner they thought best, and that it was an Infringement of that Right, even to con- troul or censure the Protection or any Part of it. For the Confirmation of this Judgment of mine, I appeal to the Proceedings upon this Bill, Part of which Proceedings, that seem to my present Purpose I will take Notice of. There was a Protestation enter'd against the Vote of committing the Bill, which rais'd a Storm . against the Lords that Subscribed it, and the Great Officers and bishops, de- signed not only some secure Proceedings a- gainst their Persons, if they had found the House would have born it, but also to have taken away the very Liberty of entring Protestations with Reasons but that was desended with so great Abilityv Learning and Reason, by the Lord hollis, that they quitted the Attempt, and the Debate ran for some Hours, either wholly to raze the Pro- testation out of the Books, or at least some . Part of it, but both these Ways were so dis- agreeable 34 J agreeable to the Honour and Priviledge of the House ; and the latter, to common Sense and Right Reason, that they despair'd of carrying it, and contented themselves with Voting, That the Reasons given in the said Protestation; did reflect upon the Honour of the House, and were of dangerous Conse- quence. The next Day, the following Pro- testation was entred and sign'd by one and Twenty Lords. WHEREAS it is the undoubted Pri- viledge of each Peer in Parliament, when a ' Question is past, contrary to his Vote and 1 Judgment, to enter his Protestation against ' it, and that in pursuance thereof the Bill Entitled, An Act to prevent the Dangers which may arise from Persons dissaffected to the Govern- ment, being conceived by some Lords to be of so dangerous a Nature, as that it was not fit to receive the Countenance of a Com- mitment, these Lords did Protest against the Commitment of the said Bill and the House having taken Exceptions at some Ex- pressions in their Protection, those Lords that were present at the Debate, did all of them severally and voluntarily declare, That they had no Intention to reflect upon any Member, much less upon the whole House, which, as is humbly conceived, was more, than in strictness, did consist with that ab- solute Freedom of Protesting, which is inse- parable from every Member of this House, and was done by them meerly out of their great Respect to the House, and their ear- nest desire to give all Satisfaction concern- ing themselves, and the clearness of their In- tentions Yet the House, not satisfied with this their Declaration, but proceeding to a Vote, That the Reasons given in the said Protestation, do reflect upon the Honour of the House, and are of dangerous Consequence; which is, in our humble Opinion, a great discountenancing of the very Liberty of Protesting. We whose Names are under- written, conceive our selves, and the whole House of Peers extremely Concerned, that this great Wound, should be given ( as we humbly apprehend) to so essential a Privi- lege of the Whole Peerage of this Realm, as their Liberty of Protesting; do now ( ac- cording to our unquestionable Right) make use of the same Liberty, to enter this our Dissent from, and Protestation against the said Vote, Say and Seal, Halifax, Audley, Fitzwater, Eure, Wharton. ' Mohun, Hollis De la Mar, Grey Roll. Bucks, Winton, Bedford, Dorset, Salisbury, Bridgwater, Denbigh, Berks, Clarendon Aylesbury, Shaftsbury, This is the Account of that Affair, [ m nol : . V First Volume of State Tracts in King Charles the lId's Reign, which shews the Moderation of the Courtiers in those Days, who could not be brought either to pass any severe Vote against the Persons of the Protesting Lords, or to take away the Liberty of Pro- testing with Reasons, or to Expunge the Protestation. They had then a Majority to carry every thing, but they had, it seems some Restraints of Companion for their Country, that hindred them from pushing every thing contrary to Reason or common decency: The Minority was compos'd of Lords of great Honour and Capacity, who were never checked in the Pursuit of their Country's Good, so far as to be intimidated from in- sisting upon what they thought would con- tribute to it. Give me leave, Sir, upon this occasion, to observe, that the Example of that Minority has been steadily follow'd, e- specially this last Session, by much the same Number of Lords, as appears to have sign'd that Protest which I have quoted, to the eternal Honour of the Lords themselves, and to the inexpressible joy of all Well- Wishers to OLD ENGLAND. I am, Sir, your humble Servant, & c. LORDS who have Protested anytime during this SESSION. Arch- bishops. Canterbury. york. Dukes. Somerset. ' Kent. wharton Earls. Salisbury. Scarsdale. Litchfield. Aberdeen. Strafford. Uxbridge. Aylesford. Bristol. Cowper. Coningsby. Viscount. Tadcaster, ( E. of Tho. mond in Ireland.) Bishops. Rochester. Chester. Oxford. Barons. North and Grey. St. John de Bletsoe. Compton. maynard. Craven. Osborne, ( Marquis of Caermarthen.) Guilford- ashburnham* weston, ( Earl of Ar. ran ) Gower. Boyle, ( Earl of Orre- ry.) montjoy, ( Viscount Windsor.) Trevor. Massam. Foley. Bathurst. Bingley. taken almost verbatim from a Letter Printed in the Smyrna Coffee- house. From the North we hear, that the Musco- vite Minister, Resident at Copenhagen, has made a Second Demand, for a Free Passage thro' the Sound, for all Muscovite Ships% without paying Duty. This has likewise been refused, but they have been pleased to give some Reasons for it, which they did not do at the first Refusal. The Muscovite Mi- nister has thereupon intimated to the Court, That if they do not comply, his Master will be obliged to use Force, and threatens at the same MARCH 7. . ( 3 same Time, to recover the Dutchy of Sles- wick for the Duke of Holstein, which, ' tis not probable the Swedes will in any wise endea- vour to prevent. Letters from Vienna assure us, of a War between the Turk and the Re- publick of Venice. The Emperor designs to to go in Person to the Diet in Hungary, and he carries Ten Thousand Men with him, in hopes to make that Kingdom Hereditary. Letters from Paris gives us a long Account of the Magnificent Entry of the Infanta Queen, ( which is now her Title) in that City The Splendour of this Court sufficiently shows, who have got the greatest Share in the Plunder of that unhappy Kingdom They talk hereof a Match between Don Ferdinand, 2d Son of the King of Spain, and the 3d Daughter of the Duke of Orleans, but there needs not so many Links to fasten these two Courts together. The Lord Polwarth is still here, negociating, as ' tis said, some private Affair of very great Importance, which seems probable, because they only wait his, and the Lord Whitworth's Arrival at Cambray to open the Congress, whole Delay has so ex- asperated the Imperial Plenipotemaries that they have declared, that if the Congress does not open within a certain Time, they will enter their Protestation. This Court will not recognize the Czar's Title of Emperor, ' till the King comes of Age, but they talk of a Treaty of Commerce between this Na- tion and that of Muscovy. The Plague has quite ceased in all Parts of France, and tho' some few lately died at Avignon, yet we have no Reason to apprehend the Sickness will spread. St. James's CofFee- house. Last Week died William Ker, Marquis of Lothian, one o the Scotch Peers, Knight of the Order of the Thistle, and is succeeded by his Son William Lord Jedburgh. Chapter CofFee- house. From Vienna, we hear, the Grand Seignior has commanded the Holy Scripture to be Translated, and has granted License to the Catholicks, to erect Seminaries for teaching Arts and Sciences in the Greek, Latin, and German Tongues, to which the Turks will be permitted to resort. Will's CofFee- house, Covent- Garden. The Czar's Librarian, a very ingenious Gentleman is now in Town, Purchasing Books by his Master's Command:, he has been on the same Errand in France and Holland. There seems amongst those Nations always accounted Barbarous, an earnest Desire to break thro' those Clouds of Ignorance, with which they have been long overcast, and we may expect in a little Time, that our Scho- lars will flock to the Turk and muscovite, as fast as our Sailors and Artizans have done. Rainbow CofFee- house, Temple Bar. The Cause so long depending about the New Chappel in Westminster, formerly held by the Excellent Bishop Smaldridge, was last 5 ) Week determined by the Lord Chancellor, in Favour of that worthy Gentleman Dr. Bro- derick. They write from the Circuits, that the Goals never were known to be so full of Criminals, as now. Tom's CofFee- house, Cornhill. We are assured that Richard Lockwood, Esq; and the rest of the Gentlemen who were Elected Common council- men of vintry Ward, by a great Majority of Votes, are firmly resolv'd to try the Merits of that e- lection, notwithstanding the Repulse they lately met with. THE BURGESSES and AssIsTANTS of the City and Liberties of Westminster, having been informed that several Gentlemen and Inhabitants of Distin- ction, in the said Liberties, had applied to ARCHIBALD HUTCHEsoN, Esq to stand as a Candidate for the next Ele- ction; they met together, and considering that he had been long an Inhabitant in the Liberty and had a good Estate there, and in the County of Middlesex, and, that his Con- duct in Parliament, had on all Occasions appear'd for the Honour and Service of his Country: They thought the City and Liberties could not more properly be Represented, and accordingly, in the Beginning of December last, they wrote to him a Letter, desiring him to stand one of the Candi- dates for the said City; and, as the Election of a New Parliament seems to be drawing near, they are delirous to inform the several Inhabitants, of the aforesaid Appli- cations, which have been made to him, and shall give then his Acceptance of the said Invitation, in the Words of his Answer to their Letter, ( viz.) GENTLEMEN, ( I Give you my Hearty Thanks for the Favour of your Letter, and take Leave to acquaint you, that I rea- dily accept of the kind Invitation given me, to stand a Candidate for One of the Representatives in the next Parliament, for the City and Liberties of Westminster. and if a Majority of my Fellow Citizens shall have the same Good Opinion of me, which you, and others, have io obliging- ly expressed, I hope, I shall not, by my future Conduct, forfeit that Share in your Esteem, which, you are pleased to say, I have gained by my Behaviour hitherto in Par- liament. " AT the End of the last Sessions, I found my Health " so greatly impair'd, that I was fully determined never to " sit in Parliament again, and concluded, as I still do, that « ' with Regard to my own. Satisfaction, and private Inte- " rest, a Life of Quiet and Retirement, was the Thing in " the World, I ought to choose; and the rather, that I ne- " ver had, nor never will have it in my View, to make " any other Benefit of my Seat in Parliament, but a faith- " ful Discharge of the highest Trust, which can be repo- " sed in any Englishman. On the contrary, I have spent " my own Money, for the Information and Service of my " Country, and have spared no Pains, which I was able " to take, to contribute thereto. " I Thank God, my Health has of late, been very " well re- established, and I have been prevailed on by se- " veral of my Friends, in the present Critical Juncture, " to be willing, once more to take upon me, this Great " Trust, and if by yours, or the Choice of any other Place, it should be reposed in me, I shall cheerfully con- " tribute my Mite, towards the publick Good; and if the " Service I engage in, should happen to shorten my Life, " it cannot have a better, or move honourable End. And " I risque it with the greater Pleasure, when I consider the * great Efforts which are made by Bribery and Corrup- " tion, to obtain Seats in the ensuing Parliament " I freely own, that to be chosen on the Worthy Mo- tives you mention in your Letter, will be a very great Honour done me, and I think an Honest Man, may, without either Pride or Vanity, be innocently pleased therewith; and indeed, I desire to Represent no Place, which would choose me on any other. I shall conclude with assuring you, that I am, December Gentlemen, 26,1721. your most Obliged, and most Humble Servant, ARCH. HUTCHESON. ( ) WESTMINSTER, MARCH 3. 1721. AT a Meeting this Day of several Gentlemen and other * 1 Principal Inhabitants cf the City and Liberties of West- • minster, It was agreed to Invite their Fellow- Citizens to ARCHIBALD HUTCHESON, Esq ( one of the RepRESENTATIVES of the aaid City and Liber- ies in the Ensuing Parliament; ( amongst many others) for the following Reasons: HE HAS a good Estate in the Liberties; . has been an In- habitant there about Thirty Years, and of the Vestry of the Parish of St. james about Seventeen Years; has Ser- ved in Parliament tor several Years past, with Honour and reputation; which his greatest Enemies have never at- tempted to blemish. He has been at great Pains and Expence in the several Treatises by him published, for the Information and service of his Coun'ry. He constantly opposed, in Parliament and in Print, the South- Sea Scheme, and early foretold the Ruinous Consequences thereof. When this Ruin had taken Effect, He promoted the Me- thods of Redres, by which the Real Sufferers might have been Relieved; Excluding those who had lost nothing, or t t00 much; and was a Constant and most zealous Ad- vocate for the Unhappy Publick Creditors, whose Case, he ever thought, best deserved the Consideration of the Parlia- ment. IN the Last Parliament, of the Late Queen, he had a Principal Share in the Act for the Relief of the Tobacco- Trade; and in that for the Lowering the Interest of Money. And in the present Parliament, in the Act for the Encourage- ment of the Turkey Company, on which the Woollen Ma- nufacture so much depends; and hath constantly Attended and Assisted, whenever any thing relating to the Trade of " Nation, has been under Consideration. HE strenuously opposed the Repeal of the Act for Tri- ennial Parliaments-, Gave his Vote for Rejecttng the Peer- ago- Bill Brought in, in this last Sessions, the Bill ( now. passed into a Law) for the Repeal of that Part of the last Years's Quarentine- Act, which was a Terror to the whole Nation, and was concerned in bringing in the Bill for the freedom of Elections, which miscarried in the House of Peers. • HE was the first who set the Debts of the Nation in a Fair and Full Light, and which till then, had been kept a Mystery from the People; and proposed better Me- thods for the Discharge of the same, than any which have been since pursu'd. ON HIS Majesty's Accession to the Crown, he was ap- pointed One of the Commissioners for Trade and Planta- tions, with a Salary of 10001, per Annum, and continued therein for Eight Months: He then quitted it, having first obtained his Majesty's Leave to do so. And those who know him, will readily agree, That he might have remain- ed in that Post, or been advanced to Others, could he have come into the Measures of the Ministry; which, perhaps, appear d to him inconsistent with his Duty to his Country; < ,' at least, that his Service in Parliament, and a Publick; Employment, was more than he could well undergo. HE has frequently declared, That whilst he sits in Par- liameat, he will accept of no Employment whatever from Crown; and will have nothing in View but the True interest and Service of his Country. He has been with great Difficulty prevail'd on to be willing to Serve again in Parliament, and desires the Votes of those Persons only, who join with him in the most Zealous Wishes for Happiness of GreAT BRITAIN. n. B. That Mr. HUTCHESON hath not apply'd for the vote of any one Elector in the Liberty, as he hath publickly declar'd, altho it hath been done by some of his Friends-, I therefore think; it would be a Presumption in him, to pretend to join with any of the Candidates who have already and may hereafter, make the Offer of their Service, and as the Flectors themselves are the most proper Judges of their Representatives in Parliament, so he intirely leaves it to their Determination. London, March 5. 1721. Whereas it hath been inserted in several News Pa- pers, That Richard Lockwood Esq; intends to stand Candi- date for Member of Parliament for the City of Worcester, which it is apprehended was done to divert the Minds of his Friends who have proposed his being Nominated for this City) This is therefore to satisfy his Friends and Fellow Citizens, he has dedined the Invitation he had to stand for wor- • This Day is Publish'd, *+* The Duties of Private, Domestick. and Pub- lick Devotion, briefly enforc'd, short Directions for the - Performance of them, and an earnest Exhortation, to a Holy Life, with a Particular View to the Judgments of God, which now hang over us: In a Sermon preach'd at Dauntsey in the County of Wilts. By Joseph Trapp, M. A The second Edition; to which are added, Devoti- 0ns for Morning and Evening, and other Occasions. pr . jd- or 20 s. a Hundred. Where may be had, The young Christian instructed, in two Parts, & c. By H. Stebbing, M. A. 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This Day is publish'd, The Relative Duty of Pastor and People, or a short Dis- course, shewing the Obligation that lies upon him to ln- struct them from House to House. 2dly, Upon them, to ConsuIt him as their spiritual Guide, and to hearken to his Instructions. With proper Prayers annexed, pr. is. All Printed for J. Bowyer at the Rose in St. Paul's Church- Yard. In a few Days will be Publish'd, Curiously Printed, the Second Edition of, A Speech made in the House of Commons, April the 24th, 1716; against the Bill for the Repeal of the Tri- ennal Act, and for enlarging the Time of Continuance el Parliaments. By A Id H son, Esq, With great Submission I speak it, in my poor Opinion, King, Lords, and Commons, can no more continue a Parlia- ment beyond its natural Duration, than they can make » Parliament. Vid. Sir Robert Raymond's Speech, Hist. Regist. p. 396. To which will be added, A LisT of the Members who Voted for and against the BILL, Carefully Revised. Printed for J. Jones, and Sold by the Booksellers of Lon don and westminster. 1722. Price 1 s. Just Publish'd for the Use of Families, The Third Edition of A List of the Lords Spiritual and Tempos ral, as also a double Lift of the Honourable the Knight and Commissioners of Shires, Citizens, and Burgesses, re- turn'd to serve in the Parliament of Great Britain, summon'd to meet at Westminster, March 17, 1714.. Alphabetically digested, viz.. i. The Names of the Members of the pre- sent Parliament, with the County or Borough against the same respectively. a. The Counties, Cities, Boroughs, &> c. with the Names of the late and present Parliament against the same; also the Alterations that have been since the Begin- ning of the Parliament. Printed tor E. Morphew near Sta- tioners- Hall. price 4 d. Just publish'd, BUCHANAN's Appendix to his Histo- ry of Scotland. Containing 1. His Detection of Mary Queen of Scots, concerning the Murder of her Husband, Her Conspiracy, Adultery, and pretended Marriage with Earl Bothwell, and a Defence of the true Lords, Maintain- ed of the King's Majesty's Action and Authority. De jure Regni apud Scotos: Or, his Discourse concerning the due Privilege of Government in the Kingdom of Scotland. To which is added, A Genealogy of all the Kings of Scot- land, from Fergus I. to James IV. of that Name of Scot- land, and first of England-, with the Oaths of a Duke, Earl, Lord of Parliament, and Knight of Scotland. Print- ed for S. Illidge under Serle's- Gate Lincoln's- Inn New Square; T. Corbet, at Addison's- Head without Temple- Bar -, and T. Payne at the Crown in Pater- Noster- Row. London, Printed for T. PAYNE, at the Crown in Pater- Noster- Row. Where Advertisements and Letters to the A U T H O R are taken in.
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