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 22 die Aprilis;
Stage Coach Licence.
A PETITION of Henry Ashurst and Walter Overbury Esquires, Commissioners for licensing and regulating Hackney and Stage Coaches, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners, by virtue of an Act of Parliament for that Purpose, are impowered to license Stage Coaches for One Year, and no longer, reserving 8 l. per Ann. to his Majesty during the Continuance of the said Act; and that, in case any Commissioner shall grant any Licence contrary to the Directions of the Act, he shall forfeit 100 l.: And it being doubtful whether Stage Coachmen should renew their Licences from Year to Year, the Petitioners pray the Explanation of the said Act touching that Matter.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Clause, into the Bill for granting to his Majesty certain Duties upon Glass Wares, Stone and Earthen Bottles, Coals, and Culm, for carrying on the War against France, for explaining the said Act, in relation to Stage Coaches: And that Mr. Serjeant Blinco do prepare, and bring in, the Clause.
Reversing Leisler's Attainder.
Encouragement of Privateers.
Mr. Harcourt, according to the Order of the Day, reported, from the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for the better Encouragement of Privateers 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 read.
Prohibiting Commerce with France.
Ordered, That the ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act for declaring the Commencement of an Act, intituled, An Act for continuing the Acts for prohibiting all Trade and Commerce with France, and for the Encouragement of Privateers, to be, from the Time that it passed the Royal Assent; to wit, on the 14th Day of March, 1692; be read a Second time To-morrow Morning.
Supply Bill; Duties on Glass, &c.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Clause, to the Bill for granting to his Majesty, certain Duties upon Glass Wares, Stone and Earthen Bottles, Coals, and Culm, for carrying on the War against France, for the Encouragement of the Trade of making Lustring-Silks and Alamodes.
Preventing counterfeiting Coin.
Mr. Scobell, according to the Order of the Day, reported, from the Committee of the whole House, to whom the ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act to prevent counterfeiting and clipping the Coin of this Kingdom, 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, agreed unto by the House; and are as follow; viz.
Press 1. L. 18. leave out from "exchanged" to "Provided," L. 35; and insert "lend, sell, borrow or buy, receive or pay, any broad Silver Money, or Silver Money unclipped, of the Coin of this Kingdom, for more in Tale, Benefit, Profit, or Advantage, than the same was coined for, and ought by Law to go for, be lent, sold for, borrowed or bought, received or paid, shall forfeit the Sum of Ten Pounds for every Twenty Shillings, that shall be so exchanged, lent, sold, borrowed or bought, received or paid; and so in proportion for any greater or lesser Sum; one Moiety thereof to his Majesty, and the other Moiety to the Person who shall sue or inform for the same; to be recovered, with Costs of Suit, by Action of Debt, Bill, Plaint, or Information; wherein no Privilege, Protection, or Wager of Law, shall be allowed, nor any more than one Imparlance."
Pr. 5. L. 23. leave out "suffer Imprisonment," and insert "forfeit the Silver so cast, and also the Sum of 500 l.; one Moiety to his Majesty, and the other to the Informer; to be recovered with Costs of Suit."
L. 30. after "Offence," insert "forfeit the said Clippings or Filings, and also the Sum of 500 l.; one Moiety to his Majesty, and the other to the Informer; to be recovered as aforesaid; and shall be also branded, in the Right Cheek, with a hot Iron, with the letter R; and until Payment of the said 500 l. shall;" and leave out "as aforesaid."
Clause A: That in Case any Person shall, after the First Day of May 1695, apprehend any Clipper, and prosecute such Clipper to Conviction, the Sheriff of the County where such Conviction shall be made shall pay to the Prosecutor 40 l. without any Fee for the same.
A Clause was offered to be added to the Bill, That if any Clipper, or counterfeit Coiner, shall discover Two or more Offenders, so as they be convicted of the same, such Discoverer shall have his Majesty's Pardon for all Crimes committed before such Discovery;
Mr. Cragg's, &c. Counsel.
Supply Bill; Duties on Glass, &c.
Sir Thomas Littleton reported, from the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for granting to his Majesty certain Duties upon Glass Wares, Stone and Earthen Bottles, Coals, and Culm, for carrying on the War against France, 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 several of them a Second time, one by one; and, upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.
|Tellers for the Yeas,||
Sir Richard Onslow,
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Another Clause, was offered to be added to the Bill, That the Directions and Penalties mentioned in the Act, made in the First Year of his Majesty's Reign, for granting to their Majesties an Aid of 2s. in the Pound for One Year, in case of misapplying the Monies thereby appropriated, shall be executed, concerning the Monies appropriated by this Act:
Another Clause was offered to be added to the Bill, with Blanks for the Penalties, That no Person shall buy, or sell, or export, any black Alamodes or Lustrings, unless they have the Custom-house Seal for foreign Goods, or the Mark of the Lustring Company, as Goods wrought by them:
Royal Assent to Bills.
An Act for enabling such Persons as have Estates for Life in Annuities payable by several former Acts, therein mentioned, to purchase and obtain further, or more certain, Interests in such Annuities; and, in Default thereof, for admitting other Persons to purchase or obtain the same; for raising Monies for carrying on the War against France.
An Act for granting to his Majesty certain Rates and Duties upon Marriages, Births, and Burials, and upon Bachelors and Widowers, for the Term of Five Years, for carrying on the War against France with Vigour.
An Act 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.
An Act for explaining and regulating several Doubts, Duties, and Penalties, in the late Act for granting several Duties upon Vellum, Parchment, and Paper; and for ascertaining the Admeasurement of the Tonage of Ships.
An Act to indemnify Sir Thomas Cooke from Actions, which he might be liable to, by reason of his discovering to whom he paid and distributed several Sums of Money, therein mentioned to be received out of the Treasure of the East-India Company; or for any Prosecution for such Distribution.
An Act to enable the Guardians of James Earl of Salisbury to make Leases of Salisbury House, and some other Hereditaments in the Strand, in the County of Middlesex, for Improvement thereof by Building.
An Act for confirming Two Indentures Tripartite, the one of Lease, and the other of Release, made between the Right Honourable ThomasEarl of Thanet Island, of the First Part; the Honourable Sackvile Tufton Esquire, of the Second Part; and the Honourable William Cheney Esquire, and Sir Charles Tufton Knight, of the Third Part; and the Estates thereby settled.
An Act for the vesting the Manor of Earles Croome, alias Jeffryes Croome, and Boughton, in the County of Worcester, in Trustees, to be sold; and for settling the Manor-house and Royalty of Wainfleet St. Mary's, in the County of Lincolne, and divers Lands, Parcel of the said Manor, of greater Value, to and upon the same Uses; and to enable Sir Robert Barkham Baronet to make Provision for his younger Children.
An Act for enabling the Inhabitants of the Parish of Christ-Church, in the County of Surry, to make Rates for raising a Maintenance for a good and able Minister; and for the impowering the Trustees of the Will of John Marshall, deceased, to employ Monies for the finishing the said Parish Church.
An Act to vest certain Lands and Tenements, late of John Estoft, of Etton, in the County of York, Esquire, in Trustees, to be sold; towards Payment of the Debts of the said John Estoft, and raising Portions for his Daughters.
Royal Assent to Bills.
An Act to enable Jane Rogers, the Widow and Relict of Bryan Rogers, late of Falmouth, Merchant, deceased, and Administratrix of his Goods and Chattels, with his Will annexed, and other Trustees therein named, to sell Lands for the Payment of the Debts and Legacies of the said Bryan Rogers, in Performance of his said Will.
An Act to vest in Trustees certain Lands, in Kent and Sussex, of John Caryll Esquire, for the Payment of Debts, and raising of Portions for younger Children; and to supply the Defects of a Conveyance intended for those Purposes.
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 his Messuages, Lands, and Hereditaments, in Tooting-Graveney, Tooting-Beake, and Stretham, in the County of Surrey, for the better Improvement thereof.
An Act to enable William Wanley, an Infant, under the Age of One-and-Twenty Years, to new-build several Messuages Tenements in Ax-Yard, King's-street, Westminster; and to enable his Guardians to make one or more Lease or Leases for effecting the same.
An Act to enable Elizabeth Howland, the Widow of John Howland Esquire, deceased, to settle Lands upon the Marriage of her 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.
An Act to enable Peter Gollop Gentleman, to sell a Farm, and certain Lands called Wantsley; and to vest the Inheritance thereof, in Fee-simple, in such Person or Persons who shall be Purchaser or Purchasers thereof from him; subject only to the Payment of the Sum of One thousand Pounds Principal Money, with the Interest thereof due, and to grow due, under the executory Estate of Robert Merefeild Gentleman, deceased.
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.
The King's Speech.
Mr. Speaker also reported, That his Majesty had been pleased to make a gracious Speech to both Houses; and, to prevent any Mistake in reporting thereof, he had desired and obtained a Copy; which he read to the House; and is as followeth; viz.
I TAKE this Occasion to tell you, That the Season of the Year is so far advanced, and the Circumstances of Affairs are so pressing, that I very earnestly recommend to you the speedy dispatching such Business as you think of most Importance for the publick Good; because I must put an end to this Session in a few Days.
Examination of Sir T. Cooke.
The Lords have resolved to nominate Twelve of their House to be of the Committee appointed by an Act, intituled, An Act to indemnify Sir Thomas Cooke from Actions, which he might be liable to, by reason of his discovering to whom he paid several Sums of Money, therein mentioned to be received out of the Treasure of the EastIndia Company; or for any Prosecution for such Distribution.
Committee of both Houses.
Resolved, That Four-and-twenty of this House be nominated to be of the Committee appointed by an Act, intituled, An Act to indemnify Sir Thomas Cooke from Actions which he might be liable to, by reason of his discovering to whom he paid several Sums of Money, therein mentioned to be received out of the Treasure of the EastIndia Company; or for any Prosecution for such Distribution.
Lords desire House to continue sitting.
Sir T. Cook to attend.
Compelling Craggs, &c. to account.
Punishing T. and E. Pauncefort.
Committee for examining Sir T. Cook.
Resolved, That the Lord Ranelagh, Mr. Mountague, Mr. White, Mr. Clarke, Mr. Bromley, Mr. Hutchinson, Sir Fra. Winington, Mr. Comptroller, Sir Richard Onslow, Mr. Foley junior, Mr. Stockdale, Lord Cornbury, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Harley, Mr. Colt, Sir Hen. Hobart, Mr. Boyle, Mr. Hopkins, Sir Rowland Gwyn, Mr. Lutterell, Mr. Bridges, Sir Walter Young, Mr. Gwynn, Mr. Lowther, do withdraw into the Speaker's Chamber, to inspect the Tickets; and report, To-morrow Morning, to the House who the said Four-and-twenty are.