Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 11, 1693-1697. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Jovis, 16 die Januarii ;
Lady Fane's Estate.
SIR Henry Fane reported from the Committee, to whom the 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 committed, That they had examined and considered the same; and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment: And he delivered the same in at the Table.
A Petition of the Master, Wardens, and Assistants, of the Company of Fishermen of the River of Thames, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have often petitioned the House for Liberty to keep a Register of all Fishermen, Dredgermen, and Servants, within the Limits of their Charter: That there is a Bill now depending before the House, for the Increase and Encouragement of Seamen, for a general Register of Seamen: And praying, That a Clause may be inserted in the said Bill, to impower the said Company to keep a Register of all Fishermen, Dredgermen, and Servants, within the Precincts of their Charter, to be transmitted to the general Register.
Recovery of Small Tythes.
Preventing Export of Wool.
A Petition of the Dyers, Setters, Clothworkers, Pressers, Callenders, Packers, Tillet-painters, and other Artificers, &c. inhabiting in and about the City of London, and other Parts of England, on behalf of themselves, and many Thousands depending on the said several Trades, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners, by their several Trades, have been able to maintain their Families; but, of late Years, Foreigners and others have bought up great Quantities of Woollen Manufactures, and transported them beyond Sea white and unmanufactured, to the Ruin of the Petitioners Trades and Families: And praying, That the Transportation of such Goods white may be prohibited; or that a Mulct be laid upon them for the Use of his Majesty.
Colonel Perry reported from the Committee, to whom the Bill to enable John Aunger, an Infant, to make a Lease, for the Improvement of his Estate, was committed, That they had examined and considered the same; and had directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment.
Supply Bill; Duties on Wines, &c.
Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for continuing several Duties, granted by former Acts, upon Wine and Vinegar, and upon Tobacco, and East-India Goods, and other Merchandizes, imported, for carrying on the War against France, is committed, That they do consider of the Doubts touching the Duties upon Molosses, and French Goods taken in Prize-Ships.
Oaths of Supremacy in Ireland.
A Petition of Dennis Daly and Edmund Malone Esquires, in behalf of themselves and others, the Lawyers of the Town of Galloway, in Ireland, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That, by the late Articles made for Surrender of Galloway into his Majesty's Hands, the Lawyers thereof are to have Liberty of practising the Law, taking only the Oath of Allegiance: That the Articles of Lymerick being produced to the late Parliament, on making the Act for abrogating the Oath of Supremacy in Ireland, and appointing other Oaths, there was a Saving therein for the Lawyers of Lymerick; but the Articles of Gallway being then mislaid, in the Secretary's Office, and not produced, there was no Provision made for the Lawyers of Gallaway: That, soon after, the Articles of Gallaway were found, and ratified by his Majesty, under the Great Seal, with his Royal Promise to give the Assent to any Bill that should pass both Houses of Parliament for that Purpose: That, in 1692, the PrivyCouncil of Ireland transmitted a Bill for enabling the Lawyers of Gallaway to practise, pursuant to the said Articles; which his Majesty did not think sit to approve, because it seemed to oppugn the said Act of Parliament of England: That the Petitioners are not above Five in Number; always were ready to take the Oath of Allegiance; have publick Faith; and the Great Seal of England for its Sanction; yet they remain disabled from following their Callings for their Subsistence, by reason of the said late Act; not being able to repeat and subscribe the Test and Declaration thereby appointed: And praying, That Provision may be made by the ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, now before this House, touching absent Peers of Ireland, and their Proxies, to enable the Petitioners to practise the Law in Ireland, according to the said Articles and Ratification.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee, to whom the 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 Oaths of Supremacy in Ireland, and appointing other Oaths, is committed.
And it is referred to Sir John Kay, Sir Marm. Wyvell, Sir Richard Temple, Mr. Sloane, Sir Wm. Lowther, Sir Gerv. Elwes, Sir Wm. Cooper, Mr. Manly, Mr. Molesworth, Mr. Price, Mr. Baldwyn, Mr. Heveningham, Sir Godfry Copley, Mr. Serjeant Bond, Mr. Whitacre, Mr. Gwynn, Mr. Mountague, Mr. Bromley, Mr. Serjeant Wogan, Mr. Bagnold, Mr. Moore, Sir John Bolles, Sir Rowland Gwyn, Mr. Fleming, Mr. White, Mr. Brewer, Mr. Monson; and all the Gentlemen of the Long Robe: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Practisers of Law to take Oaths.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee appointed to examine the Matter of the Petition of the Shipwrights and Workmen, belonging to his Majesty's Yards at Deptford and Woolwich; and other Petitions referred to the Consideration of the said Committee; be made upon Tuesday Morning next.
Duty on Tobacco.
Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer reported from the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for remedying the ill State of the Coin of this Kingdom was committed, the Amendments, made by the Committee, to the said Bill; 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 were once read throughout; and then a Second time, one by one; and all of them, but one which was disagreed, upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed, unto by the House.
Another Clause was offered to be added to the Bill, That the Master-worker of the Mint shall, upon every Hundred Pound Weight Troy of Silver, coin Forty Pounds Weight thereof in Shillings, and Ten Pounds Weight in Six-pences, for the Conveniency of Commerce:
Mr. Solicitor-General, according to the Order of the Day, reported, from the Committee of Privileges and Elections, the Matter touching the Election for the County of Hertford, and the Resolutions of the said Committee thereupon; which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were read; and are as follow; videlicet.
That Mr. Dyer said, That all that were polled were sworn, That they had a Freehold of 40 s. a Year, or upwards, in the County of Hertford, and had not been polled before: And that the Candidates did all agree to the Closing of the Poll.
The Petitioner did proceed to give Evidence of some Quakers, who were Freeholders, and demanded to be polled for the Petitioner, but were refused on account that they would not swear; and of others, who would have polled for the Petitioner, but were kept out of the Place where the Poll was taken:
But, the Petitioner not pretending to prove above Twelve Persons of either Sort; which Number would not have given him the Majority upon the Poll; the Counsel for the Petitioner said, They would not further trouble the Committee; they being over-ruled by the Committee, in their Exceptions to the Sitting Member's Voters, which they chiefly relied upon.
And the Question being put, That the House do agree with the Committee in the said Resolution, That Evidence ought not to be admitted to disqualify an Elector, as no Freeholder, who at the Election, swore himself to be a Freeholder;
|Tellers for the Yeas,||
|Tellers for the Noes,||
Sir Fra. Molyneux,
Mr. Solicitor General also reported, from the Committee of Privileges and Elections, the Matter, touching the Election for the County of Surrey, and the Resolutions of the said Committee thereupon; 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.
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.
Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow Morning, after the Consideration of the Amendments, made by the Lords, to the Bill for regulating of Tryals in Cases of Treason, and Misprision of Treason, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the said Bill.