Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Lunæ, 5 die Januarii; 2° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
Privilege-Person discharged from custody.
Act of Navigation respecting English Seamen.
Then the House took into Consideration the Amendments, made by the Lords, to the Bill for suspending, during the War with France, that Part of the Act for the Exportation of Corn, which obliges English Ships to sail with English Seamen: And the same were read; and are as followeth;
20 Line, after "Mariners," read "only the Master, Officers, and the other Fourth Part of the Mariners, being Englishmen;" and leave out "as the Masters or Owners of any such Ship or Ships respectively shall think fit to employ."
3 Skin, 20 Line, after "Corn," add "in any such Foreign Ship as shall come freighted with Naval Stores only, impowered thereunto by the Act made in the Twelfth Year of the Reign of King Charles the Second, intituled, An Act for the Encouraging and Increasing of Shipping and Navigation, or."
(A) And whereas, by the Act of Navigation, Rosin and Turpentine are prohibited from being imported into this Nation from any other Parts beyond the Seas, except France: And whereas, at this present, there is a Scarcity thereof in this Nation; so that, without a speedy Importation, their Majesties Navy cannot be supplied: Be it Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for any of their Majesties Subjects, in English Bottoms, to import the said Commodities from Holland, or any other Parts, except France, until the said Twenty-ninth Day of September; any thing in the said Act, or any other Act, to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding.
(B) And whereas there is no sufficient Discouragement nor Penalty upon such as knowingly conceal, rescue, or hide Seamen: Be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That such Person as shall knowingly conceal, hide, or rescue, from being employed in their Majesties Service, any Seaman, shall forfeit Ten Pounds; One Third Part thereof to the Informer; One other Third Part to the Poor of the Parish; and the other Third Part to be paid into the Chest at Chatham: And, for want of sufficient Distress, the Party offending, to be sent, by any one Justice of the Peace, to the House of Correction, to be kept to hard Labour for Three Months.
(C) Provided always, and be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful at any time before the Tenth Day of December, which shall be in the Year of our Lord One thousand Six hundred and Ninety-one, to import any Naval Commodities in any Foreign-built Shipping, although such Commodities be not of the Growth of that Country where such Ship was built, and although the Master and Three Fourths of the Mariners be not of that Country, and although such Commodities be not shipped or brought from the Place or Places, Country or Countries, of the said Growth, Production or Manufacture, or from those Ports where the said Goods and Commodities can only, or are, or usually have been first shipped for Transportation.
Conference desired with Lords.
Trade with France.
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for the more effectual putting in Execution an Act, intituled, An Act for prohibiting all Trade and Commerce with France, with an Amendment: To which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Conference with Lords.
Ordered, That Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Sir Jos. Williamson, Sir Chr. Musgrave, Mr. Harcourt, Mr. Dolben, Mr. Pelham, Lord Commissioner Hutchins, Sir Cha. Littleton, Sir Rob. Cotton, Colonel Birch, Sir Math. Andrews, Sir R. Temple, Serjeant Wogan, Mr. Godolphin, Mr. Paul Foley, Sir Rob. Howard, do manage the said Conference.
Mr. Harcourt reports from the Conference, That the Managers attended the same; and acquainted the Lords, That this House had agreed to all the Amendments and Clauses, except Clause B; and left the Bill and Amendments with the Lords.
Employment of the Poor.
Supply Bill; Excise.
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have agreed to the Bill, sent up from this House, intituled, An Act for granting to their Majesties several additional Duties of Excise upon Beer, Ale, and other Liquors, for Four Years, from the Time that an Act for doubling the Duty of Excise upon Beer, Ale, and other Liquors, during the Space of One Year, doth expire, without any Amendments.
Lords desire a Conference.
Then an Amendment was proposed to be made to the Clause, by leaving out from "shall," in Line 7, to "Three," in Line last; viz. these Words, "forfeit Ten Pounds; One third Part thereof to the Informer; One other Third Part to the Poor of the Parish; and the other Third Part to be paid into the Chest at Chatham: And, for want of sufficient Distress, the Parties offending, to be sent by any one Justice of the Peace, to the House of Correction, to be kept to hard Labour for;" and, instead thereof, to insert these Words, "due Proof thereof being made, upon Oath, before any Justice of the Peace of any County or Place where such Offence shall be committed, suffer Imprisonment, without Bail or Mainprise, for the Space of."
Privilege-Petition from persons in custody.
A Petition of Maurice Rawson, and Thomas Rawson, in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, for a Breach of Privilege against Colonel Webb, a Member of this House, was read; whereby they made an humble Acknowlegement of their Offence; and prayed to be discharged.
Conference with Lords.
Mr. Harcourt reports from the Conference, That the Managers appointed had acquainted the Lords with the said Amendment made by this House to the said Clause; and had left the Bill and Clause, and Amendment, with the Lords.
Lords desire a Conference.
Mr. Dalben reports from the Conference, That the Duke of Bolton managed the same on Behalf of the Lords; and acquainted them, That the Lords do adhere to the said Clause B; Because the Penalty proposed therein, and sent down by the Lords, being distributed to the Informer, Poor of the Parish, and the Chest at Chatham, it makes it the Interest of all those Parties to discover any Concealments or Harbouring of Seamen, they being all to partake of the Benefit of that Penalty: But the sending of such as conceal or harbour Seamen to Prison only, will make Men less careful in making Discoveries, when they are to receive no Benefit thereby; and may tend rather to fill the Gaols with Prisoners, than the Fleet with Seamen; and, if one Seaman conceal another, the one of them, at least, cannot go to Sea for Three Months.
Royal Assent to Bills.
An Act for granting to their Majesties several additional Duties of Excise upon Beer, Ale, and other Liquors, for Four Years, from the Time that an Act for doubling the Duty of Excise upon Beer, Ale, and other Liquors, during the Space of One Year, doth expire.
The King's Speech.
HAVING lately told you, That it would be necessary for me to go into Holland much about this Time, I am very glad to find, that the Success of your Endeavours to bring this Session to a happy Conclusion, has been such, that I am now at Liberty to do it: And I return you My hearty Thanks for the great Dispatch you have made in finishing the Supplies you have designed for carrying on the War: Which it shall be My Care to see duly and punctually applied to that Service for which you have given them. And I do likewise think it proper to assure you, That I shall not make any Grant of the forfeited Lands in England or Ireland, till there be another Opportunity of settling that matter in Parliament in such manner as shall be thought most expedient.
As I have reason to be very well satisfied with the Proofs you have given me of your good Affection in this Session of Parliament, so I promise Myself the Continuance of the same at your Return into your several Countries: And as every Day produces still fresh Instances of the Restlessness of our Enemies both at Home and Abroad, in designing against the Prosperity of this Nation and the Government established; so I do not doubt but that the Union and good Correspondence between Me and My Parliament, and My earnest and constant Endeavours for your Preservation on the one hand, joined with the Continuance of your Zeal and Affection to support me on the other, will, by the Blessing of God, be at all times too strong for the utmost Malice and Contrivance of our common Enemies.
And that, afterwards, the Lord Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer declared to both Houses, That it was his Majesty's Pleasure, That both Houses should adjourn themselves until the One-and-thirtieth Day of March next ensuing; and that if his Majesty should think fit, That the Parliament should then sit to do Business, his Majesty would give notice thereof by his Royal Proclamation.