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, 11 die Januarii :
Duties on Glass, &c.
A PETITION of Peregrine Henzell, John Henzell, Jacob Henzell, and Peregrine Tizack, on behalf of themselves, and the rest of the Glass-makers upon the North Side of the River Tine, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners Ancestors, being the first Makers of broad Glass in England, did settle upon the River Tyne, where the Petitioners now carry on the said Art; but now, besides a Duty laid upon Glass, there being a Duty of 5s. per Chaldron laid upon all Coals water-borne, by an Act of the last Parliament, which they are necessitated to use; and several other Glass-works using no water-borne Coals, they will undersell the Petitioners; so that they must give over their Employment: And praying, That the said Duty of 5s. per Chaldron upon Coals, used for making Glass upon the said River, may be taken off.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee appointed to consider of the Act, made the last Parliament, for granting to his Majesty certain . . . . . . . . . Glass Wares, Stone and Earthen Bottles, Coals, and Culm, for carrying on the War against France; and of the Doubts and Complaints relating thereunto.
Lady Fane's Estate.
An ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act for enabling the Lady Katherine Fane to sell the Reversion of certain Fee-farm Rents, given to her by her Grandfather John Bence Esquire, was read the First time.
An ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act for the enabling Thomas Stoner Esquire, Son and Heir of John Stoner Esquire, deceased, to make a Jointure and Settlement of his Estate in Marriage, notwithstanding his Minority, was read the First time.
Mr. Baldwyn reported from the Committee, to whom the ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act for vesting the Manor of Madely in the County of Salop, in Trustees, for certain Purposes therein mentioned, was committed, That they had examined and considered the same; and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendments: And he delivered the same in, at the Clerk's Table.
Leave of Absence.
Oaths of Supremacy in Ireland.
An ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act for altering Part of an Act, made in the Third Year of his present Majesty and the late Queen Mary, intituled, An Act for the abrogating the Oath of Supremacy in Ireland, and appointing other Oaths, was read a Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed, upon the Debate of the House, to Sir Wm. Williams, Mr. Tredenham senior, Mr. Whitacre, Mr. Molesworth, Mr. Monson, Mr. Attorney-General, Sir Henry Colt, Mr. Roberts, Lord Cornbury, Mr. Lownes, Sir Marm. Wyvell, Sir Harry Hobart, Lord Ashley, Mr. St. Johns, Mr. Bertie, Mr. Blofeild, Mr. Frewen, Mr. Harley, Mr. Travers, Mr. Gardner, Mr. Palmes, Mr. Slater, Mr. Ashby, Sir John Bolles, Mr. Granvill, Mr. Hedger, Mr. Haveningham, Mr. Foley, Mr. Phillips, Sir William Blacket, Mr. Moyle, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. Baldwyn, Mr. Ash, Lord Coningsby, Sir Wm. Ashurst, Mr. Price, Mr. Brewer, Mr. Jones, Lord Spencer, Mr. Foley junior: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Four a Clock, in the Speaker's Chambers.
A Member discharged from custody.
A Member discharged from custody.
Lords desire a Conference.
Wye and Lugg Navigation.
A Petition of several of the Inhabitants of the Town of Monmouth was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That they conceive Trade and Commerce by Navigation, to be advantageous to all Places; and that they do not oppose the County of Hereford in their Endeavours to make the Rivers Wye and Lugg navigable; (fn. 1) [so as the Town of Monmouth may not be any way chargeable therewith.]
A Petition of the Company of Watermen on the River of Thames was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That there is a Bill now depending in this House, for the Increase and Encouragement of Seamen; which compels the Petitioners into a publick Register, to oblige them all to serve his Majesty at Sea, upon Pain to lose their Liberty of Rowing on the Thames, which is their only Livelihood: That Seamen are left to a voluntary Register; which will prove such an Inequality and Hardship to the Petitioners, that it may totally prevent the future breeding of Watermen: And praying, That they may be permitted to make a voluntary Register of themselves in their own Company, to be transmitted to the general Register.
Conference with Lords.
Mr. Boyle reported, That the Managers had met the Lords at the Conference; and that the same was managed on the Part of the Lords by the Earl of Bridgewater: Who acquainted them, That this Conference was desired to keep that good Correspondence, which was so necessary between the Two Houses; and said, That they were commanded to acquaint this House, That the Lords had agreed to the Amendment, made by the Commons, to the Lords Amendment to the Bill for regulating the Coinage, in the 6th Press, 13. L.: And the Lords desist from all their other Amendments disagreed to by this House, except the Two following; viz.
For that the Lords do think it of too dangerous Consequence, if his Majesty should find it necessary, for the Benefit of the remote Counties, to make use of more Mints, to oblige him to erect Four: For, since the only Expedient yet found to prevent Clipping, and false Coining, is to coin all the Money milled, if that Mystery or Art should be once discovered to false Coiners, which it is most likely to be, by employing so many Hands as must be used for Four Mints more; the Mischief of false Coining would be left altogether remediless for the future, and false Money perpetually made, to the Ruin of the Nation.
That the Earl of Bridgwater said further, That the Lords hold themselves obliged to take Notice of what was delivered from the House of Commons, at the Close of the last Conference, in relation to pecuniary Penalties, mentioned in the Clauses sent down from their Lordships; which, the Commons say, ought to have their Commencement only from the House of Commons: Their Lordships conceive this to be highly derogatory to the Rights of their House; but since the House of Commons thought fit to deliver a bare Assertion only, without shewing any Foundation for it, the Lords at present, will content themselves with as positive a Denial of it.
Supply Bill; Land Tax.
The House, according to the Order of the Day, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the Bill for granting to his Majesty an Aid of Four Shillings in the Pound, for One Year, for carrying on the War against France.