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, 25 die Martii;
Great Queen-street Estate.
Practisers of Law to take Oaths.
Sir Rowland Gwynn reported from the Committee, to whom the Bill for requiring the Practisers of the Law to take the Oaths to his Majesty was committed, That they had made some Amendments to the 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, upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House, with another Amendment made at the Table.
Mr. Gery reported from the Committee, to whom the ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act for the Sale of Lands in Horsington, in the County of Somerset, Part of the Estate of Christopher Ridout, an Infant, for Payment of Incumbrances charged thereon; and for preserving the Residue of the said Estate for the Infant; was committed; That they had examined and considered the same; and made some Amendments to the 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 twice read; and upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House; and are as followeth; viz.
Duty on Leather.
A Petition of the Master, and Wardens, and Commonalty, of the Company of Cordwainers of the City of London, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That a Bill for continuing several Laws therein mentioned is now depending in the House; One whereof relates to the Transporting of Leather, which is prejudicial to the Petitioners; for that all Leather wrought up, exported, pays a Duty of 4s. 8d. per Hundred Weight; and unwrought Leather, exported, pays no more than a Duty of 1s. per Hundred; though a Hundred of wrought Leather, exported, is of more Benefit to the Nation than Five hundred Weight unwrought: And praying, That the House will take the Premises into Consideration; and that they may be heard touching the same.
A Petition of Peter Chabbet, Abel Beveze, and Isaac Combs, in behalf of themselves, and of the rest of the Troopers of the Right Honourable the Lord Gallaway's Regiment of Horse, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners being overcharged by their respective Captains in their Accounts, relating to their Irish Arrears, they petitioned the Commissioners of publick Accounts; who did thereupon examine into the Complaint, and particularly the Major's Troop; and did find, that the Major had wronged the said Troop above 20l. per Man: That about Three Years since, their Captains made up their Accounts; and, deducting all Charges, they then owned themselves to be . . . . . to some 36l. 30l. and 20l. a Man; but lately their Captains, by new Accounts, have foisted in such unreasonable Charges, against the Petitioners (not mentioned in their said first Accounts), that thereby they have reduced the said large Sums to little or nothing: That many of the Petitioners are in great Streights for want of their Money; and are now under the Discipline of the said Captains; and cannot expect Relief, but from the House: And praying the Relief of the House in the Premises.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee, to whom the Petition of Nathaniell Hill, and others, was referred: And that they do examine the Matter; and report the same, with their Opinion therein, to the House.
Prohibiting India Silks, Callicoes, &c.
Sir Harry Hobart reported, from the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for restraining the Wearing of all wrought Silks, Bengals, and dyed, printed, of stained, Callicoes, imported into the Kingdom of England, of the Product and Manufacture of Persia, and the East-Indies, was committed, the Amendments, made by the Committee, to the said Bill; which he was directed 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; and then a Second time, one by one; and, upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House; and other Amendments were made by the House to the Bill.
Leave of Absence.
Bringing Plate to be coined.
Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow Morning, after the ingrossed Bill for encouraging the bringing Plate into the Mint, to be coined, is read the Third time, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of Ways and Means for raising the Supply to be granted to his Majesty, for defraying the Expences of the Civil List for the Year 1696; and for the Relief of the poor French Protestants.
Supply Bill; Salt Duties and Land Bank.
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 continuing to his Majesty certain Rates and Duties upon Salt, for carrying on the War against France; and for taking off the Duties of Tonage upon Ships, and upon Coals; and for establishing a National Land-Bank.