Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 11, 1693-1697. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Sabbati, 22 die Decembris;
Court Martial on Greibe.
A PETITION of Conrade Greibe was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioner, being Adjutant to Colonel Rechteren, a Dutch Colonel of Horse here in England, demanding his Subsistence-money, which was in his Colonel's Hands, was imprisoned by his Colonel about Eight Days, without any Process of Law: That, in July last, upon the Petitioner's Petition, her Majesty granted a Warrant for calling a Court-Martial, to examine and try several Articles exhibited by the Petitioner against the said Rechteren, for causing great Disorders in his Regiment, contrary to an Act for punishing Officers and Soldiers who shall mutiny, or desert, &c. of which Court-Martial Colonel Colliear was appointed President: And the said Court met several times; and heard the Petitioner, and his Witnesses, who fully proved the said Articles, as he conceives: Yet the Petitioner cannot procure the said Court to proceed to Sentence; but the said President hath dissolved the same: So that the Petitioner is still deprived of his Pay, as aforesaid, and of the Benefit intended by the said Act: And praying Relief in the Premises; and that Colonel Colliear may shew for what Reason the said Court-Martial was dissolved.
Thames Locks and Weirs.
A Petition of divers Freeholders, Bargemasters, and other Inhabitants, within the several Counties of Gloucester, Oxford, Berks, and Bucks, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Rivers of Isis and Thames being navigable for Boats and Barges from Letchlade to London, by the Help of several Locks and Weirs for keeping up the Waters for Flashes in several shallow Places, an accustomed Rate has been usually paid by the Bargemasters to the Proprietors of such Locks and Weirs, for their Passage, towards the Charge of maintaining them; but of late the Occupiers have raised the Prices near Ten times higher than formerly, because they are not ascertained by Law; and stop the Barges until they comply with their extravagant Demands: That it is necessary, and always was practised, that Boats, and other Vessels, should be haled up the River by the Strength of Men and Horses, going upon the Land, on Banks; which Passage used to be free and open; but now the Occupiers of those Lands do exact great Sums for such Passage: That these Impositions tend greatly to the Obstruction of the inland Trade and Navigation: And praying, That the Rates and Prices of such Passages may be ascertained by Law, as the House shall think fit.
And it is referred to Lord Norries, Mr. Harcourt, Sir Hen. Winchcome, Sir Ra. Dutton, Sir Robert Dashwood, Sir Wm. Whitlock, Mr. Clark, Mr. Colt, Mr. Lowther, Mr. Smith, Mr. Frewen, Mr. Arnold, Sir Richard Hart, Mr. Stokes, Mr. Ward, Mr. Hedger, Mr. Lutterell, Mr. Bere, Sir John Moreton, Mr. England, Mr. Chase, Mr. Fuller, Sir Tho. Clarges, Mr. Bowyer, Mr. Stonehouse, Mr. Freke, Mr. How, Sir Fra. Massam, Mr. Foley, Mr. Waller, Mr. Hawtry, Sir John Key, Mr. Shackerley, Mr. Fawkes; and all the Members that serve for the County, City, and University of Oxford, and for the Counties of Gloucester, Berks, Wilts, Bucks, Surrey, and Middlesex, and City of London: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Four a Clock, in the Speaker's Chambers: And are to have Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Leave of Absence.
Leave of Absence.
Hawkers and Pedlars.
Supply Bill; Tonage and Poundage.
The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for granting to their Majesties a Subsidy of Tonage and Poundage, and other Sums of Money payable upon Merchandizes exported and imported, without any Amendments.
Supply Bill; Land Tax.
Royal Assent to Bills.
Mr. Speaker reported, That his Majesty had been pleased to give the Royal Assent to the Bill for granting to their Majesties a Subsidy of Tonage and Poundage, and other Sums of Money payable upon Merchandizes exported and imported: And also