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, 13 die Januarii;
Hearing Election Petitions.
ORDERED and Declared, That the Hearings upon Petitions, concerning Elections, before the Committee of Elections and Privileges, be heard in Priority and Course, as they are set down and appointed to be heard by the said Committee.
A Complaint being made to the House, That John Grevill, of Charlton-Kings in the County of Gloucester, had entered upon the Estate of Sir Ralph Dutton Baronet, a Member of this House, and felled a Tree of good Value, and carried away great Part thereof; and had assaulted and beaten John Prinn his Steward; in Breach of the Privilege of this House;
Leave of Absence.
Mr. Smith, according to Order, presented to the House a Bill to enable Roger Whitley Esquire, and Tho. Whitley Esquire, to exchange certain Lands, of equal Value, in the County of Chester: And the same was received; and read the First time.
Order for clearing the Stairs of Footmen, &c.
Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms do take care to keep the Stairs clear from Footmen: And that he do take into Custody such of them as shall behave themselves rudely: And that the Constables of Westminster do take care, that the Passages in and about Westminster-hall be kept clear from Chairmen and Coachmen, so that they may not stop or annoy the Members of this House: And that this Order be fixed upon Westminster-hall Gate, and in the Lobby of this House.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do issue his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new Writ, for electing a Knight to serve in this present Parliament for the County of Lancaster, in the room of the Lord Brandon, now Earl of Macclesfeild.
Hats made in East-Indies.
A Petition of the Company of Feltmakers of London was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are an ancient Corporation, supported by many Acts of Parliament; and are very numerous: That the East-India Company have lately caused great Quantities of Hats to be made in India, which they have imported into this Kingdom; which, if not timely prevented, will be to the Ruin of that Trade in England, by reason of the Cheapness of Materials and Work in India: And praying the Consideration of the House for the Preservation of their said Trade and Manufacture.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Petition of several Merchants, and others, in and about the City of London, relating to the East-India Trade; and for erecting of a new East-India Company; is referred.
Registering Fishermen for the Navy.
Hawkers and Pedlars.
Supply Bill; Land Tax.
Ordered, That the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for granting to their Majesties an Aid, for carrying on a vigorous War against France, . . . . . do prepare, and bring in, a Clause to transfer the Loans that have been made upon the Million-Act, and upon the Act for the Review of the Quarterly Poll, and upon the Vote of Credit made by this House; and also a borrowing Clause; and an appropriating Clause.
Pensions to Members.
Ordered, That the Commissioners for stating the publick Accounts do, upon Thursday Morning next, lay before this House an Account of all the Pensions, Salaries, and Sums of Money, paid or payable to Members of Parliament out of the Revenue, or otherwise; according to the Order of the 21st of November last.
Tryals for Treason.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Thursday Morning next, at Eleven a Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Bill for Regulating of Tryals in Cases of High Treason, and Misprision of Treason.
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 their Majesties an Aid, for the carrying on a vigorous War against France.
Sir Tho. Littleton reported from the said Committee, That they had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto; which they had directed him to report to the House, when the House would please to receive the same.