Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 11, 1693-1697. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Lunæ, 11 die Decembris.
A PETITION of the Master, Wardens, and Assistants, and Society of the Art or Mystery of Framework-Knitters, in the Cities of London and Westminster, and Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have been a Corporation ever since 1663, since which Time their said Art of Frame-work-Knitting hath been much improved; and, by the Exportation of the Work, their Majesties Customs, and Trade, much increased; but the said Invention being now more publick, many Strangers have attempted to use the said Art beyond Sea; and, for that Purpose, buy here the said Frames, and transport them, though restrained by several Proclamations: That several Members of the said Corporation have lately gotten into a Way of making slight Work, on purpose to under-sell the rest of the Company, contrary to the By-Laws of the said Company; whereby the said Trade is fallen under great Discredit: And praying Leave to bring in a Bill to prevent and regulate the said Abuses.
And it is referred to Mr. Hutchinson, Mr.Christy, Mr. Waller, Mr. Hedger, Mr. Hungerford, Mr. Bockenham, Sir John Key, Mr. Onslow, Sir Walter Young, Mr. Harley, Sir Richard Onslow, Mr. Chetwynd, Sir John Dorrell, Mr. England, Sir Fr. Drake, Mr. Blofeild, Sir Hen. Johnson, Mr. Fenwick, Mr. Fuller, Mr. Goldwell, Mr. Slater, Mr. Perry, Mr. Cooke, Mr. Hawtry, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Thornehaugh, Mr. Vincent, Mr. Foley, Mr. How: And they are to meet on Wednesday next, at Four a Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do issue his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, for the making out a new Writ, for electing a Knight to serve in this present Parliament for the County of Huntington, in the room of the Honourable Robert Mountague Esquire, deceased.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do issue his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, for the making out a new Writ, for electing a Knight to serve in this present Parliament for the County of Cambridge, in the room of Sir Levinus Bennet Baronet, deceased.
A Member discharged from Custody.
Privilege blasphemous Publications.
A Complaint being made to the House, of a blasphemous printed Pamphlet, intituled, "A Dialogue, by way of Question and Answer, concerning the Deity; and a brief, but clear, Confutation of the Doctrine of the Trinity;" that hath been dispersed, and sent inclosed under Covers, directed to several Members of this House;
Resolved, That the said blasphemous printed Pamphlet be burnt by the Hands of the common Hangman, upon Wednesday Morning next, in the Palace-Yard, Westminster: And that the Serjeant at Arms attending this House do see the same performed.
And it is referred to Sir Chr. Musgrave, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Sir Edward Harley, Mr. Arnold, Sir Tho. Clarges, Sir Richard Onslow, Mr. Goldwell, Sir Scroop How, Mr. Waller, Mr. Hungerford, Mr. Foley, Sir Jerv. Elwes, Lord Digby, Sir Ra. Carr, Mr. Christy, Sir William Cook, Mr. Bowyer, Mr. England, Lord Elan, Mr. Nicholas, Mr. Smith, Mr. Fenwick, Sir John Knight, Mr. Boyle, Mr. Lutterell, Colonel Perry: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Four of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber: And are to have Power to send for Persons, and Papers.
Supply Bill; importing Brandy, &c.
The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for the repealing such Parts of several former Acts as prevent or prohibit the Importation of Foreign Brandy, Aqua-Vita, and other Spirits, and Bacon, except from France, without any Amendments.
Mr. Jephson's Accounts.
Whereupon he declared, That he would make up the said Accounts, upon Oath, and attend the Commissioners for taking the public Accounts therewith, together with an Account, upon Oath, of what Monies had been paid to Members of Parliament.
Ways and Means.
The House, according to the Order of the Day, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of Ways and Means for raising the Supply to be granted to their Majesties, for the Maintenance of the Fleet.
Sir Thomas Littleton reported from the said Committee, That they had considered of the Matter of the Resolution which was re-committed to their further Consideration; and had come to a Resolution, which they had directed him to report, when the House would please to receive the same.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Wednesday Morning next, at Ten 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 their Majesties, for Maintenance of the Fleet.