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, 30 die Martii;
AN ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act for the vesting certain Lands and Tenements, the Estate of George Gilbert Pierce, of the Middle Temple, London, Esquire, in Trustees, for raising Monies, for the Payment of Debts, was read the Third time.
A Petition of divers Clothiers, Serge-makers, Dyers, and others, of the County of Somerset, on behalf of themselves, and others, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Royal African Company, only, import Red-wood into England; without which, the Petitioners cannot dye their Goods: And by the Company's Charter, they are enjoined to sell that Commodity by Inch of Candle: That, notwithstanding their Charter, the Company have sold their Red-wood for several Years past, by private Contract, to Three or Four Persons, who have ingrossed the said Commodity, and now sell it Three times dearer than formerly, to the great Grievance of the Petitioners, and the Woollen Manufactures in general: And praying Relief in the Premises.
African Company's Charter.
An ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act to enable Elizabeth Howland, the Widow of John Howland Esquire, deceased, to settle Lands upon the Marriage of his sole Daughter and Heir; and for settling Lands upon the said Widow Howland, for her Life, in lieu of Dower; and for indemnifying Sir Josias Child, and the said Widow Howland, Grandfather, and Mother, of the said Heir, in disposing of the personal Estate belonging to her, upon her Preferment in Marriage; she being under the Age of One-and-Twenty Years; was read the Third time.
Regulating Printing and Printing-Presses.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Mr. Clark, Sir Fran. Massam, Mr. Waller, Mr. Kendall, Mr. Lutterell, Mr. Stonehouse, Lord Cornbury, Mr. Harley, Mr. Thornhagh, Mr. Foley, Mr. Blofeild, Sir Edw. Phelips, Mr. Christy, Mr. Cooke, Sir Ra. Carr, Mr. Fuller, Mr. Stokes, Mr. Freke, Mr. Colt, Mr. Travers, Mr. Stockdale, Mr. Boyle, Sir Rich. Onslow, Mr. Shakerley, Sir Ra. Dutton, Mr. Gwyn, Colonel Perry, Mr. Bromley, Mr. Pit, Mr. Palmes, Mr. Lowther, Mr. Done, Sir Tho. Vernon, Sir Hen. Hobart, Mr. Burrard, Sir Robert Eden, Lord Coningsby, Sir Tho. Clarges, Mr. Boscawen, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Sir Tho. Littleton, Mr. Carr, Colonel Granvill, Mr. Tredenham, Mr. Kenyon, Sir Wm. Cooper, Sir Tho. Roberts, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Bedingfeild: And they are to meet at Five a Clock in the Afternoon, on Monday next, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Regulating Printing and Printing-Presses.
A Petition of the Master, Wardens, and Commonalty of the Art or Mystery of Stationers, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are informed, a Bill is now depending in this House, for the better Regulating of Printing, and Printing-Presses; and that, if their Property should not be provided for by the said Bill, not only the Petitioners, but many Widows, and others, whose whole Livelihood depends upon the Petitioners Property, will be utterly ruined: And praying to be heard by their Counsel, touching the said Bill.
Fees on Proceedings of the House.
Ordered, That the Table of Fees relating to the Proceedings of this House, be referred to the Consideration of a Committee: And that they do report their Opinion, what Fees ought to be allowed to the several Officers and Servants of the House:
And it is referred to Sir Edward Seymour, Mr. Smith, Sir Chr. Musgrave, Sir Tho. Clarges, Colonel Titus, Mr. Clarke, Mr. Lutterell, Sir Jonath. Jennings, Mr. Palmes, Lord Coningsby, Mr. Christy, Mr. Bockland, Sir John Thompson, Sir Henry Hobart, Mr. Gwynn, Mr. Bowyer, Sir Tho. Littleton, Mr. Bromley, Sir Fra. Massam, Lord Russell, Sir Tho. Vernon, Mr. Papillion, Sir Richard Onslow, Sir Wm. Cooper, Lord Ranelagh, Sir John Moreton, Mr. Stonehouse, Sir Rowland Gwyn, Mr. Waller, Mr. Gray, Mr. Lowther, Mr. England, Mr. Bale: And they are to meet at Five a Clock on Monday next, in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.
The Lords have agreed to the Amendments, made by this House, to the Bill, intituled, An Act to vest certain Lands of Sir William Chaiter Baronet, in Yorkshire and Durham, to be sold, for Payment of Debts charged thereon, and to secure Portions for younger Children: And also,
Have agreed to the Amendments, made by this House, to the Bill, intituled, An Act for enabling Sir Paul Whitchcote Knight and Baronet, and Dame Jane his Wife, to make Leases, for Ninety-nine Years, of the Manor of Tooting-Graveney, and any of their Messages, Lands, and Hereditaments, in Tooting-Graveney, Tooting-Beak, and Stretham, in the County of Surrey, for the better Improvement thereof: And also,
Have agreed to the Amendment, made by this House, to the Bill, intituled, An Act to enable William Wanley, an Infant, under the Age of One-and-twenty Years, to new-build several Messuages or Tenements in Ax-Yard, King's-street, Westminster; and to enable his Guardian to make one or more Lease or Leases for effecting the same.
Corrupt Application of Money by E. I. Company.
Compelling Sir T. Cooke to account.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Monday Morning next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Bill to oblige Sir Thomas Cooke to give an Account to whom he paid and distributed Eighty-seven thousand Four hundred and Two Pounds Twelve Shillings and Three-pence, and other Sums of Money, mentioned, in the Report from the Committee appointed to inspect the Books of the East-India Company, to be received and distributed by him.
A Petition of Sir Thomas Cooke was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioner is informed, a Bill is brought into the House, for imposing certain Penalties upon the Petitioner, in case he shall not, by a certain Day, make a full Discovery, upon Oath, to the Commissioners for taking the publick Accounts, how, and in what Manner, to whom, and for what particular Purposes, the several Sums, therein mentioned, have been paid and distributed: That the Petitioner hath divers Reasons to offer against the said Bill: And praying, That he may be heard, before the said Bill do pass, by his Counsel, at the Bar of the House; or otherwise, as . . . the House shall seem meet.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Wednesday Morning next, take into Consideration the Motion from the Committee of the whole House, to whom it was referred to consider of the Report from the Committee appointed to consider of the Act, passed the last Session, for laying several Duties upon the Tonage of Ships, as it relates to the Isle of Wight, and Town and County of Southampton, and the Town of Portsmouth, and to all the CoastingTrade; and of the Doubts and Complaints relating thereunto: And that afterwards this House will resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the said Report.
Ways and Means.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Monday Morning next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of Ways and Means for raising the Supply, to be granted for the Payment of those Persons, whose Ships were employed in the Reducing of Ireland.