Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 11, 1693-1697. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Jovis, 3 die Januarii;
ORDERED, That all Committees be revived.
Preventing Export of Wool.
Sir John Guise, according to Order, presented to the House a Bill for the better preventing the Exportation of Wool, by altering the Penalty; and for the Preservation of the publick Market at Blackwell-hall; and for Relief of the Workmen employed in the Woollen Manufactures, in Payment of their Wages: And the same was received.
The Bill was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
Ordered, That the Commissioners for taking and stating the publick Accounts do forthwith lay before this House a State of the Account and Adjustment of the Debt due to the Transport-Ships, according to the Direction in the Act, made the last Session of this Parliament, for appointing and enabling Commissioners to examine, take, and state the publick Accounts of the Kingdom.
A Petition of the Merchants, and Traders, of the Town and Borough of Leverpoole, to his Majesty's Plantations in America, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That by an Act, made in the 25th Year of King Charles the IId, to prevent the planting of Tobacco in England; and for regulating the Plantation-Trade; all Ships and Vessels loading any Commodities of the English Plantations were to bring the same to some Port of England, Wales, or Berwick upon Tweed, to be there unladen: That, contrary to the said Act, several Ships belonging to England, Scotland, and Ireland, have, for several Years last past, carried the Produce of the Plantations directly to Scotland and Ireland, without paying any Custom for the same; which is highly prejudicial to their Majesties Revenue, and the Trade of this Kingdom: And praying, That some Remedy may be provided against this growing Evil.
Ordered, That the Examination and Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee, to whom the Petition of the Merchants, and Traders, of the City of Bristoll to his Majesty's Plantations in America, stands referred:
And that Mr. Norries, Mr. Jeffries, Lord Digby, Mr. Nicholas, Colonel Titus, Mr. Lowther, Mr. Bulkly, Sir Tho. Vernon, Lord Pawlet, Sir Hen. Vane, Mr. Gerrard, be added to the said Committee.
Apothecaries exempt from Parish Offices.
A Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common-Council of the City of London, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners taking Notice, That a Bill is now depending in the House, for exempting Apothecaries from serving as Constables, Scavengers, and other Ward and Parish Offices; which Bill, should it pass into a Law, will be very prejudicial to the City of London: And praying to be heard by their Counsel touching the said Bill.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee, to whom the said Bill stands committed.
Ordered, That Mr. Gwyn, Sir Tho. Dyke, Mr. Bromley, Mr. Harley, Mr. Shackerly, Sir Cha. Bloys, Colonel Tempest, be added to the Committee, to whom it is referred to inspect what Laws are lately expired, and are expiring; and to report their Opinions, what Laws are fit to be revived and continued.
Land Tax Commissioners.
Ordered, That the Members of this House do, by Saturday Morning next, Ten a Clock, prepare and present, the Names of Commissioners for the several Counties, Cities, and Places, as is usual, to be inserted in the Bill for granting to his Majesty an Aid of Four Shillings in the Pound, for One Year, for carrying on the War against France with Vigour.
Registry of Deeds, &c.
A Bill for registring Memorials of Deeds, Conveyances, and Wills, was, according to Order, read a Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House.
Resolved, That the House will, upon Saturday Sevennight next, at Eleven a Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the said Bill.
Ways and Means.
Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow Morning at Eleven a Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of Ways and Means for raising the Supply to be granted to his Majesty for carrying on the War against France with Vigour.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine a Clock.