Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Veneris, 3 die Maii; 1° Willielmi et Mariæ.
Mr. Speaker to print his Speech on presenting Poll Bill.
ORDERED, That Mr. Speaker be desired to print his Speech upon presenting the Bill for raising Monies by a Poll, and others, towards the Reducing of Ireland, for the Royal Assent; and that he have the Thanks of the House for the same.
East India Company.
A Petition of Thomas Skinner; sheweth, That in the Year 1657, when the East-Indies were open to all Persons, he went with a Ship and Cargo of great Value; and, being possessed of an Island, by Grant, from the King of Jamby, the Company's Agents seized the Ship and Goods, and disseized him of the Island, and endeavoured to destroy him, to his Damage, of above Thirty thousand Pounds; and that he hath endeavoured to seek his Relief in the Admiralty, and before the King and Council, at the House of Lords, where his Damages were, by a Com mittee, moderated at Twenty-eight thousand Five hundred Twenty-one Pounds Fourteen Shillings and Eight-pence, in the Year 1668; but that the further Proceedings fell, by Order of his late Majesty King Charles the Second, upon his Promise of Satisfaction from the Company; but, after many Delays, he could obtain no Relief; and praying to be relieved according to the Merit of his Cause, upon the Examination of it; was read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee appointed to consider of the Matter of the Petition of Charles Price, and others, and the whole Affairs of the East India Company; to examine the Matter of the said Petition; and to report the Matter of the said Petition, with their Opinions, to the House, with all convenient Speed.
A Petition of the Shoemakers of Northampton was read; setting forth, That a considerable Part of the Trade of that Town consists in the Manufacture of Boots and Shoes, a great Part whereof have been vended beyond Seas, whereby they were enabled to maintain their Families, and employ many poor People; but that if the Bill now brought for Exportation of Leather unwrought, do pass, that it will tend to the utter Ruin of the Petitioners, and their Families, and all others subsisting from them; and praying the Consideration of the House therein.
Ordered, That the Petition do lie upon the Table, to be considered, when the Bill for Exportation of Leather is reported from the Committee, to whom the same is referred.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir John Fagg have Leave to stay in the Country, for a Fortnight, being ill there.
Ordered, That Mr. Smith have Leave to go into the Country, for a Fortnight, for his Health.
Ordered, That the Committee, to whom the Bill for reviving an Act for Licensing Hackney Coaches, is referred, do take into Consideration the Regulating the Prices of Hackney Coaches, and Chairmen and Sedanmen; and other things necessary to them.
Supply Bill; Poll Tax.
A Bill for an additional Poll was read the Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House.
Resolved, That this House do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Bill for an additional Poll.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Hamden took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Mr. Hamden reports from the Committee of the whole House, That they, having taken the said Bill into their Consideration, had thought fit to make some Amendments to the same; and to add a Clause, That no Fees should be taken for making the Commissions directed by this or the former Bill, nor any Fees in the Exchequer for the Monies to arise by the Poll Bills, or the Bill for granting a present Aid to their Majesties, other than Thirteen Shillings and Four-pence for every One thousand Pounds to the Tellers: And he read the same in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were Once read throughout; and afterwards a Second time, one by one; and, with some Amendments made at the Table, were agreed unto by the House.
Ordered, That the Bill, so amended, be ingrossed.
Leave for Member to attend Lords.
Ordered, That Sir William Williams have Leave to attend at the Bar of the House of Lords, as Counsel in a Cause between Eyres and Eyres.
Call of the House.
Ordered, That the Call-over of the House be adjourned till To-morrow Sevennight.
Corresponding with late King James.
Resolved, That the ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act making and declaring it to be Treason to keep any Intelligence, or maintain any Correspondence, with the late King James the Second, be read a Second time To-morrow Morning, at Eleven of the Clock.
A Bill for rectifying a Mistake in the Bill for amoving Papists from the Cities of London and Westminster, was read the Third time.
Resolved, That the Bill do pass: And that the Title thereof be, An Act for rectifying a Mistake in a certain Act of this Parliament, intituled, An Act for the amoving Papists from the Cities of London and Westminster.
Estimates of Forfeitures.
Ordered, That the Estimates of the Forfeitures of Five hundred Pounds (such as are ready) be brought in this Afternoon to the Clerk of the House; and the rest To-morrow Morning.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine of the Clock.