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, 4 die Februarii ;
Preventing Export of Wool.
A PETITION of Henry Howard, of Norfolk, Esquire, and Henry Horzdesnell, Executors of the last Will and Testament of Frances late Countess Dowager of Portland, deceased, on the behalf of the Creditors and Legatees of the said Countess, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petition of the Dyers, Cloth-workers, Packers, &c. formerly delivered to the House, praying a Prohibition against the Transportation of all Woollen Manufactory undyed, will be highly prejudicial to a Grant made by King Charles the Second, in the Twenty-ninth Year of his Reign, for Thirty-one Years, to impower Trustees for the said Countess to license the Exportation of all white Cloths undyed; which Licence was granted, as the Petitioners conceive, at the Request of the then Hamborough Company: And Cloths unlicensed were neither then, nor now are, vendible: That the said Countess died very much in Debt, leaving this Part of her Estate charged with several Debts, Legacies, and Annuities, far greater than it will bear; her other Estate being mortgaged, and over-charged; and several poor Relations, who have Legacies and Annuities, are ready to starve: And praying, That the House will preserve the Right of the said Patent, for the Relief of the said poor Creditors and Legatees.
A Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Inhabitants, of the Borough of Newark upon Trent, in the County of Nottingham, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Bill, now in the House, for making the River of Darwent, in the County of Derby, navigable will be a publick Advantage to Trade in those Parts, and remove many Obstructions therein, through the Inconvenience and Charge of Land-carriage: And praying the Consideration of the House in the Premises; and that they will promote the said Navigation.
A Bill to enable certain Trustees, therein named, to make, renew, and fill up, Leases of the Estate of Sir Coppleston Warwick Bamfeild, Baronet, during his Minority; and for laying out the Monies raised thereby in Purchases, to be settled to the same Use the said Estate now is; was read a Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Sir Charles Windham, Sir Fra. Massam, Mr. Whitacre, Mr. Hooper, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Price, Sir Sam. Barnardiston, Sir Fra. Winnington, Mr. Ash, Mr. Blofeild, Mr. Cary, Mr. Freke, Mr. Stonehouse, Sir Tho. Roberts, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Harcourt, Mr. Norris, Mr. Farrer, Mr. Baldwyn, Mr. Pocklington, Mr. England, Sir John Trevillian, Mr. Perry, Mr. Bowyer; and all that serve for the Counties of Somerset and Devon: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chambers.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Mr. Price, Mr. Lowther, Mr. Baldwyn, Mr. Bagnold, Sir Richard Onslow, Mr. Waller, Mr. Owen, Sir Sa. Barnardiston, Mr. Burdet, Sir Robert Cotton, Mr. Blofeild, Sir John Lowther, Mr. Fuller, Mr. Conyers, Sir John Bolles, Mr. Bowyer, Sir Fra. Massam, Mr. Whitacre, Sir Wm. Williams, Mr. England, Serjeant Wogan, Mr. Onslow, Mr. Boyle, Mr. Brewer, Mr. Gardner, Mr. Bertie, Mr. Phillips, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Cox, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. Molesworth, Mr. Gery, Mr. Farrer, Mr. Lee Banks, Mr. Watlington, Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Norris, Colonel Nanny, Sir Rowland Gwynn: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chambers.
Another ingrossed Clause was offered, as a Rider, That no Man, being under Forty Years of Age, shall, during the War, be discharged, unless he shall list himself in the King's Service, or procure an able Man to serve for him:
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for raising the Militia for the Year 1696, although the Month's Pay, formerly advanced, be not repaid: And that the Lord Coningsby do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.
Barkham stead Manor.
The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act to enable Trustees to sell Part of the Manor of Barkhamsted; and to pay off the Incumbrances charged on the same; and to lay out the Overplus in an Estate, to be settled as the said Manor is now settled: To which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Hawkers and Pedlars.
A Petition of divers Merchants and Traders in and about the City of London was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Bill, now depending in the House, for suppressing of Hawkers and Pedlars, will, as the Petitioners conceive, be greatly destructive to the Trade of all Corporations and Market-Towns in England; and tends to license a numerous Company of Scotchmen, and other wandering Persons, who no-ways contribute to the Support of the Government: And praying, That they may be heard against such Part of the Bill as tends to establish the said Hawkers and Pedlars.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Sir William Williams, Mr. Pocklington, Mr. Bowyer, Mr. Gwyn, Mr. Boyle, Sir Robert Cotton, Sir John Banks, Mr. Harcourt, Sir Robert Davers, Sir Chr. Musgrove, Sir Fran. Massam, Sir Gerv. Elwes, Sir Wm. Cooper, Mr. Byrdet, Mr. Norris, Mr. Baldwyn, Mr. Arnold, Mr.Price, Colonel Granville, Sir John Bolles, Mr. Travers, Mr. Monson, Mr. Molesworth, Mr. Brewer, Mr. Finch, Sir Wm. Coriton, Mr. Owen, Sir Jo. Hotham, Mr. Moyle, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. Moor, Mr. Dolben, Mr. Colt, Mr. Phillips, Mr. Sloan: And all that come are to have Voices: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chambers.
Leave of Absence.
Bringing Plate to be coined.
Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow Morning, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Bill to encourage the bringing in of milled, broad, and unclipped, Monies, to be exchanged, by Commissioners in the several Parts of this Realm, with the common People, for their clipped Monies; and for the Encouragement of Persons to bring Plate into the Mint, to be coined.
Resolved, That it be an Instruction also, That the said Committee do consider of a further Encouragement to be given for bringing in Plate to be coined, and broad Money, in order to be exchanged for clipped Money.
Aaron Smith's Accounts.
And, after he had been withdrawn some time, he was called in again: And Mr. Speaker, by Order of the House, acquainted him, That the House expected he should bring in his Accounts to the said Commissioners in Ten Days, or that he must expect to incur the Displeasure of the House.
Sir Thomas Littleton reported, from the Committee of the whole House, to whom it was referred to consider further of the Supply to be granted to his Majesty, for carrying on the War against France, the Resolutions of the said Committee; 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 read; and are as follow; viz.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That, towards the Supply to be granted to his Majesty, for carrying on the War against France, a Fund be settled for the Payment of Interest, not exceeding 7 l. per Centum, redemable by Parliament.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the said Fund be raised by continuing the Duties upon Salt, granted by an Act, made in the 5th and 6th Years of the Reign of King William and Queen Mary, intituled, An Act for granting to their Majesties certain Rates and Duties upon Salt, and upon Beer, Ale, and other Liquors, for securing certain Recompences and Advantages, in the said Act mentioned, to such Persons as shall voluntarily advance the Sum of Ten hundred thousand Pounds, towards carrying on the War against France.
Resolved, That the House doth agree with the Committee in the said Resolution, so amended, That, towards the Supply to be granted to his Majesty, for carrying on the War against France, a perpetual Fund be settled for the Payment of Interest, not exceeding Seven Pounds per Cent. redeemable by Parliament.
Resolved, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of the whole House, who are to consider further of the Supply to be granted to his Majesty, for carrying on the War against France, That they be impowered to consider of a Compensation for the Duties upon Coals, and the Tonage of Ships, or either of them.
Commissioners of Accounts.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee appointed to inspect the Lists given in of Persons Names to be Commissioners for taking and stating the publick Accounts; and report upon whom the Choice shall fall; be made To-morrow Morning.
State of the Nation.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Friday Morning next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the State of the Nation, in relation to Trade; and particularly to the East-India Trade.