Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Jovis, 17 die Decembris; 3° Gulielmi . . Mariæ.
St. Martin's in the Fields new Parish.
SIR Stephen Fox, according to Order, presented to the House a Bill for the making a new Parish in the Out Parts of the Parish of St. Martin's in the Fields, and for settling Two Schools and other Charities erected by Doctor Tennison. And the same was received.
A Bill to enable the Trustees of Anth. Eyre, Esquire, to sell Lands in the County of Chester for the Payment of his Debts, and for the Settling of Lands in the County of Lincoln, in lieu thereof, was read the First time.
Trials for Treason.
Mr. Mountague reports from the Committee appointed to prepare Reasons to be offered at a Conference with the Lords, for disagreeing with their Lordships in their Amendments to the Bill for the Regulating of Tryals, in Cases of Treason, That they had prepared the same accordingly; which they had directed him to report to the House: And which he delivered in at the Table: Where the same were twice read, and agreed unto by the House; and are as followeth; viz.
The Course of Impeachments in Parliaments being an Institution necessary for preserving the Government, the Commons cannot consent to admit any thing relating thereunto in general Words; because they may be liable to divers Constructions; and the Proceedings, in such Cases, thereby rendered ineffectual.
The Clause marked A, added by the Lords, is of a different Nature from the Intent and Purport of the Bill; which is designed to extend no further than to allow the Subject a more equal Way of making their Defence, in Tryals of Treason, and Misprision of Treason; but not to alter the Court, or the Method of constituting it.
A Petition of the Clothiers, Weavers, Clothworkers, and others, employed about the Woolen Manufacture, in the County of Gloucester, was read; setting forth, That the Clothing Trade and Woolen Manufacture is much declined within few Years past, whereby many Families are ruined; which Mischiefs do proceed from the late Alterations made in the Course of their Trade, partly by certain Wool Broggers and Ingrossers of Wool; who, contrary to Law, ingross and buy up the Wool of those that breed it, and send it to London, and afterwards from thence send it down, and sell it into the Petitioners County; and partly also by the Factors at BlackwellHall; who, combining with the said Ingrossers, by their Ways of accompting, and other Artifices, do necessitate the Clothiers to take off the Wool of the Ingrossers; so that the Petitioners can have no Redress elsewhere than in Parliament: And praying, That the House would take this Grievance into their Consideration; and to provide such timely Redress, that the Petitioners Trade may be again restored, by totally suppressing the said Ingrossers and Factors.
Leave of Absence.
Causes in Chancery.
The House being acquainted, that the Messengers, who did, upon Tuesday last, bring a Message from the Lords, That the Bill, intituled, An Act for the better Reviewing of Causes in Chancery, and other Courts of Equity, might be returned to them, that the same might be signed by the Clerk according to the usual Form, attended for an Answer of the said Message;
Trials for Treason.
Mr. Mountague reports, That he having, according to their Order, been with the Lords, to desire a Conference with their Lordships upon the Amendments, by them made, to the Bill for regulating of Trials, in Cases of Treason, their Lordships do agree to a present Conference, in the Painted Chamber.
East India Company.
Sir John Guise reports from the said Committee, That the said Committee had come to several Resolutions; which they had directed him to report to the House: And which he delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were once read throughout; and are as followeth; viz.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That a Sum not less than One Million Five hundred thousand Pounds, and not exceeding Two Millions, is a Fund necessary to carry on the East India Trade, in a joint Stock.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That no one Person shall have any Share, in a joint Stock for the East India Trade, exceeding Five thousand Pounds, either in his own Name, or any other in Trust for him.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That no one Person shall have above One Vote in a Company trading to the East Indies: And that each Person who has Five hundred Pounds Stock therein have One Vote.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the Company to trade to the East Indies shall be obliged to export every Year, in their Trade, Goods, being the Growth and Manufacture of this Nation, to the Value of One hundred thousand Pounds, at least.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the East India . . . . . be obliged to sell the King, yearly, Saltpetre refined (the Refraction not exceeding Four or Five per Cent. out of One hundred and Twelve Pounds), Five hundred Ton, at the Rate of Thirty Pounds per Ton.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That no Person shall be Governor or Deputy Governor of the Company to trade to the East Indies, who has less Share in the Stock than Two thousand Pounds; or Committee-man, that has less than One thousand Pounds.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That a Valuation of the Stock be made every Five Years by the Accomptant of the Company, upon Oath, to be seen by all such as are concerned therein.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That no Ships, either with Permission or without, for the future, be allowed to go to the East Indies, except only such as shall be of a Company, or be established by Act of Parliament.
|Tellers for the Yeas,||Sir Samuell Bernardiston,||147.|
|Tellers for the Noes,||Sir Robert Cotton,||111.|
Resolved, That the House doth agree with the Committee in the said Resolution, so amended, That the Company to trade to the East Indies shall be obliged to export every Year, in their Trade, Goods being the Growth and Manufacture of this Nation, to the Value of Two hundred thousand Pounds, at least.
The Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Resolutions being severally read a Second time; the same were, upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.
A Motion being made, and the Question being put, That this House do, To-morrow Morning at Ten a Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the said Petitions concerning the East India Trade;
|Tellers for the Yeas,||Mr. Gwyn,||124.|
|Tellers for the Noes,||Sir Robert Cotton,||117.|
Beckman's, &c. Nat.
Also, the Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act to vest the Estate late of Henry Drax, Esquire, deceased, in Thom. Shatterden, Gentleman, and others, to enable the said Thom. Shatterden, and others, to whom the Estate is devised, to make a Jointure: To which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Causes in Chancery.
Defaulter at Call of the House.
Ordered, That Hugh Fortescue, Esquire, a Member of this House, who was ordered to be sent for in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms, for not attending the Service of this House, be admitted into the House; having paid his Fees to the Serjeant.
Punishing Mutiny and Desertion.
Ordered, That the Chairman of the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for paying the Army according to the Musters of effective Men, and for better Paying of Quarters, and likewise for Preventing of false Musters, and for punishing Mutineers and Deserters, . . . . . ., do make his Report thereof upon Saturday Morning next.
Calne, &c. Elections.
Ordered, That the Chairman of the Committee of Privileges and Elections do report the Matter touching the Elections for the Borough of Calne in the County of Wilts, and of Lymington in the County of Southampton, To-morrow Morning, after the Business touching the East India Company is over.