Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 11, 1693-1697. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Martis, 5 die Decembris;
5° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
A PETITION of the Inhabitants of the Town of Taunton, and County thereunto adjacent, who are occupied and employed in the Cloth and Serge Manufacture, was read; setting forth, That the Office of Aulnage was appointed for preventing Frands that might be imposed on the Dealers in Cloth; and, since the Constitution of that Office, several Statutes have been made for the better regulating of Cloth; whereby many Benefits, designed at first by that Office, are utterly taken away, and the same is now become useless and oppressive to the Petitioners, and all other Dealers in the Woollen Manufactory: That the Petitioners have formerly made their Applications to this House for Relief; and a Bill for that Purpose did, Three several Sessions successively, pass this House; but was opposed by the Farmers of the Aulnage, in the House of Lords, for their own private Interest, and there stopt; to the Prejudice and Oppression of the Petitioners: And praying the Consideration of the House therein.
A Petition of the Clothiers of the County of Gloucester was read; setting forth, That the Clothing Trade has been, and is, the most advantageous Manufacture of this Kingdom; but the Duty of Aulnage, as now collected, is a great Obstruction thereunto, and is become an intolerable Oppression to the Petitioners; for that the Farmers compelled them to pay a greater Duty than by Law was due: All which has been formerly made appear to the House; who, for the Petitioners Relief in the Three last Sessions of this Parliament, passed a Bill; but by the great Opposition, made by the said Farmers, in the House of Lords, the same hath been obstructed, and the Petitioners thereby unrelieved: And praying Relief in the Premises.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said several Petitions be severally referred to the Committee, to whom the Consideration of the Petition of the Clothiers, Shopkeepers and others, Traders in the Woollen Manufactures, residing in the Counties of Worcester and Stafford, is referred.
A Petition of John Weddall Esquire, relating to the Election of a Burgess for the Borough of Clitheroe in the County of Lancaster, was presented to the House.
Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table.
Ordered, That Sir George Rook do attend this House To-morrow Morning.
A Petition of divers Merchants, and others, trading in Saltpetre, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are informed, that there is a Bill depending in this House, for the Importation of Saltpetre, notwitstanding the Act of Navigation: Which Bill, the petitioners conceive, doth vastly tend to the Prejudice of the Kingdom in general, and particularly to the Petitioners: And praying to be heard before the passing of the said Bill.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for Importation of Saltpetre is committed.
Justices of Peace in Wales.
Mr. Lloyd reported from the Committee, to whom the Bill for repealing a Clause in the Statute of 34° and 35° Hen. VIII. by which the Justices of Peace in Wales are limited to Eight in each County, was committed, That they had made some Amendments to the Bill, which they had directed him to report to the House; and which he read in his Place, with the Coherence; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were once read throughout, and then a Second time, one by one; and, upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.
Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.
Importing thrown Silk.
Colonel Goldwell reported from the Committee, to whom the Consideration of the Petition of the Bailiffs, Wardens, and Assistants, of the Companies of Weavers of London, and Canterbury, was referred, That they had considered the said Petition; and conceived, that it would be a publick Good, for fine Italian, Sicilian, and Naples Thrown-Silk to be imported over Land, during the present War with France: And had agreed upon a Resolution, which they had directed him to report to the House; and which he read in his Place; and afterward delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same was read; and is as followeth; viz.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the House be moved, that Leave be given to bring in a Bill for the Importing of fine Italian, Sicilian, and Naples Thrown-Silks over Land, into these Kingdoms, during the present War with France.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for the Importing of fine Italian, Sicilian, and Naples ThrownSilks over Land, into these Kingdoms; with a Blank for the Time.
A Witness submits himself to Examination before Commissioners of Account.
The House being informed, That Mr. Francis Rainsford attended;
He was called in, and asked several Questions: Whereupon he declared, That he was willing to give in his Accounts in general; and also an Account of what Monies he had paid to Members of Parliament, upon Oath, before the Commissioners for taking the publick Accounts.
And then withdrew.
The Earl of Ranelaugh acquainted the House, That his Majesty had been pleased to command him to lay before the House the State of the War, in relation to the LandForces, for the Service of the Year One thousand Six hundred Ninety-four.
And the same was read; and is as followeth; viz.
A List of the Land-Forces, which his Majesty thinks necessary to be maintained in England, Scotland, and beyond Seas, for the Service of the Year 1694.
|HORSE.||Troops and Companies.||Commissioned Officers, &c.||Non-commissioned Officers.||Private Men.||Together.||Pay per Annum.||Servants allowed.|
|First Troop of Guards||1||18||13||260||291||21,985||3||4||16|
|Second Troop of Guards||1||18||13||260||291||21,985||3||4||16|
|Third Troop of Guards||1||18||13||260||291||21,985||3||4||16|
|Troop of Scots Guards||1||11||5||118||134||9,687||14||2||13|
|Colonel Langstonne's, late Godfreye's||6||29||30||354||413||23,098||8||4||51|
|Duke of Leinster's||6||29||30||354||413||23,098||8||4||51|
|DANES. Prince of Wirtembergh's||6||32||36||306||374||12,912||7||9|
|Late Marquis La Forrest's||6||32||36||306||374||12,912||7||9|
|DUTCH. Troop of Guards||1||15||5||200||220||18,389||18||4||12|
|Regiment of Guards||6||28||36||402||466||25,206||5||10||51|
|Stinboch's, late Reiddessell's||3||16||15||198||229||12,650||5||10|
|Vittenhoff's late Nicvenhuise's||3||17||18||165||200||6,901||13||6|
|Total of Horse now in Pay||119||724||664||7,686||9,074||483,055||12||9||655|
|To be added, Eight Regiments of Horse, each of the same Numbers, and at the same Pay, as the Queen's Regiment before-said||72||328||360||4,248||4,936||272,752||6||8||600|
|Total of Horse, including the said Addition||191||1,052||1,024||11,934||14,010||755,807||19||5||1,255|
|Earl of Essex's late Lord Fitzharding's||6||30||54||360||444||15,999||3||4||51|
|Sir Tho. Levingston's||6||30||54||360||444||15,999||3||4||51|
|Total Dragoons now in Pay||36||173||324||2,360||2,857||100,253||6||8||303|
|To be added, Four Regiments of Dragoons, each of the same Numbers, and at the same Pay, as the Royal Regiment before-mentioned||32||152||288||1,920||2,360||83,706||13||4||268|
|Total of the said Dragoons, including the said Addition||68||325||612||4,280||5,217||183,960||—||—||571|
|First Regiment of Guards||28||99||224||2,240||2,563||54,016||19||2||145|
|Second Regiment of Guards||14||51||112||1,120||1,283||27,511||17||6||74|
|Regiment of Scots Guards||14||51||112||1,120||1,283||20,966||4||2||74|
|Regiment of Fuzileers||13||46||104||780||930||16,455||8||4||69|
|Earl of Bath's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Colonel Tidcomb's, late Beveridge's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Sir David Collier's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Sir James Lesly's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Late Colonel Goodwyn's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Sir Geo. St. George's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Late Colonel Foulkes's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Colonel Earl's, formerly Luttrell's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Colonel Earl's from Ireland||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Earl of Monmouth's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Duke of Bolton's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Late Colonel Godfrey Lloyd's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Colonel Engoldsby's, late Sir John Morgan's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Earl of Leven's (fn. 1)||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Colonel Ferguson's, late Angusse's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Earl of Arguile's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Colonel Eneas Mackay's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Sir Charles Grayham's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Late Prince of Hesse's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Colonel Edward Lloyd's||13||44||104||780||928||16,145||3||4||69|
|Company at Windsor||1||4||14||150||168||1,727||9||8|
|Company of Miners||1||2||6||50||58||1,733||15||—||4|
|Company at Upnor||1||2||6||50||58||863||16||8|
|New York Companies||2||6||16||120||142||2,354||5||—||10|
|Company at the Leeward Islands||1||3||8||60||71||1,177||2||6||5|
|DANES. Battalion of Guards||7||42||91||728||861||14,224||5||2||28|
|Prince Frederick's Battalion||6||32||78||612||722||9,516||1||3||24|
|Prince Christian's Battalion||6||32||78||612||722||9,602||19||4||24|
|Prince George's Battalion||6||31||78||612||721||9,152||18||2||24|
|The Zealand Battalion||6||32||78||612||722||9,602||19||4||24|
|The Jutland Battalion||6||32||78||612||722||9,494||6||8||24|
|The Funish Battalion||6||31||78||612||721||9,152||18||2||24|
|DUTCH. Regiment of Guards||26||90||209||2,381||2,680||54,068||13||4||125|
|Count de Nassaw's||12||40||120||684||844||11,231||4||6||36|
|Colonel Anver's, late Groben's||12||40||120||684||844||11,231||4||6||36|
|Total of Foot now in Pay||655||2,326||5,565||43,317||51,208||877,024||9||1||3,297|
|To be added, Twenty-five Regiments of Foot, each of the same Numbers, and at the same Pay, as Colonel Selwyn's Regiment before mentioned||325||1,100||2,600||19,500||23,200||403,629||3||4||1,725|
|Total of Foot, including the said Addition||980||3,426||8,165||62,817||74,408||1,280,653||12||5||5,022|
|Total of Horse, Dragoons, and Foot||1,239||4,803||9,801||79,031||93,635||2,220,421||11||10||6,848|
Memorandum. The 6,848 Servants are included in the said 93,635, the Total as to Numbers, of the foregoing List: But the said Servants being deducted, the said Total will be reduced to 86,787.
By his Majesty's Command,
Treaties of Alliance.
Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to his Majesty, by such Members as are of his Majesty's most Honourable Privy Council, That his Majesty will be pleased to command, that such offensive Treaties, and Alliances, as his Majesty is now under with the Consederates, and the Proportions of Forces that the Consederates are obliged to make, for the carrying on of this War, may be laid before this House.
London Orphans Fund.
Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow Sevennight, at Ten a Clock in the Morning, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common-Council, of the City of London, relating to the Orphans.
Ordered, That all Committees be revived.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine a Clock.