Mr. Cooper' s Motion and Debate

Mr. Cooper' s Motion That the Bill Do Pass


The Order of the Day being read, the Bill was accordingly read the third time.

Mr˙ Cooper moved, that the Bill do Pass.

Mr. Charles Fox

Mr˙ Charles Fox opposed this, on the ground of its being a money Bill, and having originated in the other House; he moved, therefore, that the Journals of the House of Commons, of the 5th of March, 1677, might be read; and the same being read accordingly, it appeared that they had rejected a Bill from the Lords, for the purpose of collecting customary tythes and other dues. He then argued from this precedent as a case exactly applicable and in point to the clause in the Bill, which provides for the security of the accustomed rights and dues of the Romish clergy; and appealed to the sense of the House if the present Bill, under such circumstances, was permitted to pass, whether it would not be, in fact, a relinquishment of the ancient and hitherto undisputed right of the House of Commons, to originate money Bills.

Mr. Cooper

Mr˙ Cooper, in answer, quoted another precedent, from the Journals in the year 1691, on the Bill for the recovery of small tythes, in which the Lords had made an amendment.

Mr. Howard

Mr˙ Howard observed, that Mr˙ Cooper' s precedent did not apply, and that he knew of but one in the whole records of Parliament that did, which was in the reign of Edward the Sixth, on which the learned Bishop who wrote the History of the Reformation remarked, that it was a direct infringement on the rights and privileges of the Reformation.

The Bill Passed

Then the question being put, That the Bill, with the amendments, do Pass; the House divided: Yeas, 56; Nays, 20.

So it passed in the Affirmative.