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, 2 die Aprilis;
MR. Waller reported from the Committee, to whom the ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act to enable Hannah Woollaston Widow, and Jonathan her Son, an Infant, to sell certain Lands and Tenements in Warneford, in the County of Southampton, for Payment of Debts and Legacies, according to the Will of Richard Woollaston Esquire, deceased, was committed, That they had examined and considered the same; and made an Amendment, which they had directed him to report to the House; and which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same was twice read; and, upon the Question put thereupon, agreed unto by the House; and is as followeth; viz.
An ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act for the better enabling the Executors and Trustees of Sir Thomas Hare Baronet, deceased, to raise Portions and Maintenances for his younger Children, was read the Third time.
African Company's Charter, &c.
Ordered, That the Examination and Consideration of the Charter, and of the said Order, and of the several Petitions relating to the Sale of Red-wood, which have been presented to the House, and lie upon the Table, be referred to a Committee: And that they do report the Matter, with their Opinion therein, to the House:
And it is referred to Mr. Bascawen, Sir Roger Puleston, Mr. Holt, Sir Hen. Hobart, Sir Sam. Barnardiston, Mr. Lowther, Mr. Blofeild, Mr. Colt, Mr. Hedger, Mr. Hawtry, Mr. Waller, Mr. Sanford, Sir Fra. Massam, Mr. Arnold, Sir Gero. Elwes, Sir Robert Cotton, Mr. Cook, Mr. Jeffryes, Mr. Wharton, Sir Tho. Vernon, Mr. Christy, Mr. Newport, Sir Robert Dashwood, Colonel Perrey, Mr. Lutterell, Mr. Morris, Mr. Smith, Mr. Methwin, Mr. Palmes, Mr. Mawdit, Sir Matth. Andrews: And they are to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber: And have Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
A Petition of the Clothiers, Serge-makers, Dyers, and others, of the County of Devon, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Royal African Company, who, only, import Red-wood, are enjoined by their Charter to sell the same by Inch of Candle: notwithstanding which, they have, for several Years past, sold the same to Three or Four Persons, who have ingrossed that Commodity, to the great Grievance of the Petitioners, and the Woollen Manufactures in general: And praying Relief in the Premises.
Preventing counterseiting Coin.
Punishing Mutiny and Desertion.
Mr. Wharton, according to the Order of the Day, reported from the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for continuing Two former Acts for punishing Officers and Soldiers who shall mutiny, or desert his Majesty's Service; and for punishing false Musters; and for Payment of Quarters; for One Year longer; was committed; the Amendments made by the Committee to the said Bill; which he read in his Place; 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, some of them disagreed, and the rest agreed, unto by the House.
Another Clause was offered to be added to the Bill, That the Paymaster, upon Certificate of the Justice of Peace, shall pay such Quarters as shall be therein certified to be due to the Inhabitants, out of the full Subsistence of the Persons concerned:
Another Clause was offered to be added to the Bill, That when the Pay of any Horse shall be augmented by reason of their Quartering in London, Westminster, or Southwark, every Officer or Soldier shall pay Eight-pence per Night for the Hay of each Horse:
Another Clause was offered to be added to the Bill, with Blanks, That the Paymaster shall not pay any Money to any Agent, or other Person, by virtue of any Authority from any Officer, until such Persons shall give such Security, by Bond, as the Commissioners of the Treasury shall approve of:
Ordered, That Mr. Harley, Sir Chr. Musgrave, Sir Tho. Clarges, Mr. Gwyn, Lord Ranelagh, Mr. Boyle, Mr. Wharton, Lord Coningsby, Mr. Waller, Mr. Colt, or any Three of them, do prepare, and bring in, a Clause to the Bill for punishing Mutineers and Deserters, to prevent Officers taking Money from Persons to excuse quartering of Officers and Soldiers upon publick Houses, upon the Debate of the House.
Duties on Paper, &c.
Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow Morning, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Report from the Committee, to whom it was referred to consider of the Act, passed the last Session, for laying several Duties upon Vellum, Parchment, and Paper; and the Doubts and Complaints relating thereunto.
Compelling Craggs, &c. to account.
A Bill to oblige Mr. James Craggs and Mr. Richard Harnage to discover how some of the Monies relating to cloathing the Army, have been disposed of; and for punishing them, in case they shall not make such Discovery; was, according to Order, read a Second time.
Compelling Sir T. Cooke to account.
The House, according to the Order of the Day, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Bill to oblige Sir Tho. 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.
Mr. Bridges reported from the said Committee, That they had gone through the Bill and made several Amendments to the Bill; which they had directed him to report, when the House will please to receive the same.
Ways and Means.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee of the whole House, to whom it was referred to consider of Ways and Means for raising the Supply to be granted to his Majesty, for the Payment of those Persons whose Ships were employed in the Reducing of Ireland, be made Tomorrow Morning.