Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 11, 1693-1697. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Mercurii, 10 die Aprilis;
Improvement of Free-hold Estates.
ORDERED, That Mr. Bertie, Mr. Mawdit, Mr. Freke, Mr. Christie, Mr. Bickerstaff, Mr. Frewen, be added to the Committee, to whom the Bill for the Improvement of the Freehold Estates of England; and the Encouragement of Trade; is committed.
Punishing T. and E. Pauncefort.
A Petition of Tracy Pauncefort, late Agent to Brigadier Hastings, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, The Petitioner is informed, there is a Bill depending in the House against him, for corrapt Practices, in withholding Money from the Officers of the Army: That the Petitioner never acted in any thing therein but by the Direction and Command of Brigadier Hastings, and the Consent of several other Officers: That he has given an Account of the Disposal of the said Money to the House, as far as he knows, of which he is ready to make Oath; and that he has many other Reasons to offer against the Passing of the said Bill: And praying, That he may be heard by his Counsel, at the Bar of the House, before the Bill against him do pass.
Duties on Paper, &c.
Mr. Bowyer, according to the Order of the Day, reported, from the Committee of the whole House, to whom it was referred to consider of the Report from the Committee, who were to consider of the Act, made the last Session, for laying several Duties upon Vellum, Parchment, and Paper; and the Doubts and Complaints relating thereunto; the Resolutions agreed upon by the said Committee; which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were read; and are as follow; viz.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That after the Rate of 6l. per Cent. be allowed to all Persons bringing Vellum, Parchment, or Paper, to be stampt for every Sum of 10l. and upwards, paid.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the like Allowance of 6l. per Cent. be made to all Persons buying any stamped Vellum, Parchment, or Paper, of the Commissioners, or their Agents.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the Admittances of any annual Officer, in any Corporation, or inferior Court, whose Office is under the Value of 10l. per Annum in Salary, Fees, or otherwise, be not chargeable with the Duty of 40s. in the said Act mentioned.
A Petition of the Rulers and Overseers of the Company of Watermen, of the River of Thames, in behalf of themselves, and others of the said Company, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are obliged, by the Act of 2d and 3d of Philip and Mary, to be all registered, as now they are: But, by a Bill now depending in this House, for the Encouragement and Increase of Seamen, the Petitioners are compelled into a general Registry, upon Forfeiture of their Livelihood, though Seamen are at Liberty to register themselves or not; and Lightermen and Bargemen are not under any Regulation, nor comprehended within the said Bill; which if they were, it would be an additional Supply to the Navy, of several thousand able Seamen: And praying, That the Registry of their own Company may be continued; and that all Persons working upon the River of Thames may be incorporated with, and registered in, the Watermens Company.
Supply Bill; Duties on Coffee, &c.
Sir Thomas Littleton, according to the Order of the Day, reported, from the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for granting to his Majesty certain Rates and Duties upon Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate, and other Goods and Merchandizes therein mentioned, for the Term of Three Years, for the Purposes therein expressed, . . . 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, agreed unto by the House: And some other Amendments were made by the House to the Bill.
A Clause was offered to be added to the Bill, That any Officer of the Customs, duly employed on any extraordinary Service, not required by Law, may take such Recompence as the Commissioners of the Customs shall determine:
The Lords have agreed to the Amendments, made by this House, to the Bill, intituled, An Act to enable Hannah Woollaston Widow, and Jonathan her Son, an Infant, to sell certain Lands and Tenements in Warnford, in the County of Southampton, for Payment of Debts and Legacies, according to the Will of Richard Woollaston Esquire, deceased: And also,
Lords desire Leave for Members to attend them.
Reversing Leisler's Attainder.
Privilege of a Member in a Suit.
A Complaint being made to the House, the 28th of March last, That Mr. Samuel Layton, Cursitor for London and Middlesex, had made, and delivered out, a Writ of Error, in an Action of Ejectment in the County of York, in a Cause wherein the Honourable Bernard Granvill Esquire, a Member of this House, is Defendant, in Breach of the Privilege of this House; whereupon, the said Mr. Layton was ordered to be sent for in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms, to answer the said Breach of Privilege; and the House being informed, That Mr. Layton was taken into Custody, and lay in Custody some time, accordingly; but had made his Escape out of the Hands of the Serjeant, so that he cannot be brought to answer the said Breach of Privilege; and that the said Writ of Error is in the Hands of the Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench;
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do write his Letter to the Lord Chief Justice, and acquaint him, That this House hath adjudged, the making, and delivering out, the said Writ of Error, wherein the said Mr. Granvill, a Member of this House, is concerned, to be a Breach of Privilege; and that all Proceedings be thereupon stopped.
Clipping and counterseiting Coin.
The Order of the Day, for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the Report from the Committee appointed to receive Proposals for preventing the clipping the Silver Coin of this Kingdom, was read.
Resolved, That the ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act to prevent counterfeiting and clipping the Coin of this Kingdom, which was committed to a select a Committee, be committed to the said Committee of the whole House.
Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow Morning, after the said Report, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the Report from the Committee appointed to receive Proposals for preventing the Clipping the Silver Coin of this Kingdom; and of the Bill to them committed.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Saturday Morning next, take into Consideration the Motion made 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 Southhampton, and the Town of Portsmouth, and to the Coasting-Trader; 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.