Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Martis, 23 die Aprilis; 1° Willielmi et Mariæ.
Excise on Beer.
A Petition of the Brewers of the Town and Borough of King's Lyne in the County of Norfolke; shewing, That they have constantly brewed Beer at Thirty-six Gallons per Barrell; and that, during all the Time of the Farmers of the Excise till 1683, they paid Duties accordingly; but that, since, Beer has been returned for Ale, contrary to the Intent of the Laws; by reason whereof great Sums have been extorted from the Petitioners; and praying Consideration thereof, and Relief therein; was read.
East India Company.
A Petition of Thomas Sandys, and others, Owners of the Ship Comerce; complaining of the said Ship's being stopped from going her Voyage, by Order from the King and Council, when her Cargo was on board, and all Things ready for her Voyage; and that they were forced, after a Year's Time spent in several Courts about her, they were forced, to desist, and dispose of the Ship and Cargo, to their great Prejudice; and that such Proceedings are a great Violation to the Rights and Properties of the Subject; and praying the Consideration of the House therein; was read.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee appointed the Eighteenth Instant, 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, with their Opinions, to the House, with all convenient Speed.
Sir Henry Goodrick reports from the Committee to whom the Bill for the more speedy Conviction and Disarming of Papists, was referred, That they had thought fit to make several Amendments to the Bill, and to add a Clause thereunto: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same being Once read throughout; and a Second time, one by one; were, upon the Question, severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.
Leave of Absence.
Commissioners of Great Seal to execute Lord Chancellorship.
Sir Wm. Poultney reports from the Committee to whom the Bill to enable the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal to execute the Office of Lord Chancellor, or Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England, That they had thought fit to make several Amendments thereunto: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were Once read throughout; and are as followeth:
P. 1, 1. 2, after the Word "have," leave out to the Word "and" in 1. 26; and, instead thereof, insert these Words, "thought fit, that the Office of the Lord Chancellor, or Lord Keeper of the great Seal of England, should be executed by Commissioners appointed for the same under the Great Seal."
L. 70, after the Word "and," insert these Words, "that the said Lords Commissioners, or any of them, having the Great Seal born by or before him or them shall have and take the same Place and Precedence as the Lord Chancellor, or Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England, of Right had, or ought to have, and at other Times."
Act of Indemnity.
Supply Bill; Poll Tax.
Resolved, That Sir Hen. Pollexfen, Mr. Garway, Sir Rich. Temple, Sir Tho. Littleton, Sir Geo. Treby, Sir Tho. Lee, Mr. Somers, Mr. Eyres, Sir Rob. Sawyer, do immediately withdraw into the Speaker's Chamber; and prepare a Clause for that Purpose.
A Clause whereby all Tradesmen, and others, using any manual Occupation, worth Three hundred Pounds, and upwards, clear Personal Estate, should be rated as a Gentleman is, in respect of his Title; which was added at the Committee; being read the Second time;
A Clause was offered, to be made Part of the Bill, for Masters and Mistresses to pay for their Servants, and deduct the same out of the next Wages: Which, being Twice read, was agreed unto by the House.
Another Clause was offered, to be made Part of the Bill, for their Majesties, under the Great Seal, to authorize Commissioners to put the Act in Execution: Which was Twice read; and agreed unto by the House.