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, 4 die Martii;
An ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act to enable Trustees to sell an Estate in Bread-street, London, for Payment of the Debts of William Knott Esquire; and settle another Estate, of better Value, in lieu thereof; was read a Second time.
Preservation of Fish.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed, upon the Debate of the House, to Lord Coningsby, Sir Chr. Musgrove, Sir Wm. Bowes, Mr. Hobby, Sir Henry Colt, Mr. Palmes, Mr. Harrison, Sir Marm. Wivell, Sir John Bolles, Sir Wm. Hustler, Sir Tho. Skipwith, Mr. Phillipps, Mr. Slater, Sir Cha. Windham, Sir Fra. Molyneux, Mr. Ashby, Mr. Gwyn, Mr. Ogle, Sir Tho. Dyke, Mr. Clark, Sir Edw. Abney, Mr. Foley, Mr. Bagnold, Mr. Boscawen, Sir Tho. Roberts, Mr. Sandford, Sir Jacob Ashly, Mr. Onslow, Mr. Whitaker, Mr. Heveningham, Sir Robert Burdet, Mr. Cornwallis, Mr. Blowfeild, Mr. Evelyn, Mr. Neale, Sir John Ernley, Mr. Moncton, Mr. Mountague, Mr. Hammond, Sir Tho. Day, Mr. Travers, Sir Math. Andrews, Mr. Mawdit: And all that come are to have Voices: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
A Petition of John Tayler, of the City of Bristoll, Ironmonger, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That there is a Bill depending in the House, for the better Relief of the Subject against Weirs and Dams, which take and destroy Fish, and the Fry of Fish, within the Rivers of this Kingdom: That, if the said Bill should pass, it will ruin an Iron-work and Forge, erected by the Petitioner, near an ancient Weir, in the River Uske, in the County of Monmouth; without the Continuance of which, the Petitioner's Iron-work will become useless; which cost him near 1,500l. and is a great Advantage to the adjacent Country, by employing great Numbers of their Poor. And praying, That he may be heard, by Counsel, before the said Bill do pass.
Leave of Absence.
Creditors on certain Duties.
A Petition of Peter Du Cane, James Du Cane, Matthew Humberstone Esquire, the Lady Katherine Lethelier, and others, who advanced Money upon the Credit of the Act for granting certain additional Impositions upon several Goods and Merchandize, for the prosecuting the War against France, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That there are great Sums of Money due to the Petitioners; and the said Duties are expired; the House being about to re-grant the same for other Purposes: And the Petitioners Property being concerned therein; they pray, That they may be heard touching the Premises.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for making good the Deficiencies of several Funds therein mentioned; and for inlarging the Capital Stock of the Bank of England; and for raising the publick Credit; is committed.
Ease of Sheriffs.
A Petition of the Gentlemen, Freeholders, and other Inhabitants, of the Vale of Clwyt, in the Counties of Denbigh and Flint, together with the Burgesses and Freemen of Ruthin, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are informed, there is a Bill depending in the House, for making the River Dee, in the County of Chester, navigable; that Francis Gell, the Projector thereof, intends to dam up the said River, at the Mouth of the Sea, near adjoining to the said Vale, and reduce the same into a narrow Chanel; whereby, for want of its due Current, the Petitioners Lands, worth many Thousand Pounds per Annum, will, in all Probability, lie under Water; the said Vale lying much lower than the Sea; which daily gains upon the same, notwithstanding all Endeavours used to preserve it: And praying, That the said Bill may not pass; the same being of mischievous Consequence to the Petitioners.
A Petition of the Freeholders, and other Inhabitants of the Vale of Clwyt, in the Counties of Denbigh and Flint, together with the Aldermen and Bailiffs of Denbigh, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are informed, there is a Bill depending in the House, for making the River Dee, in the County of Chester, navigable; that Mr. Gell, the Projector thereof, designs to dam up the River at the Mouth of the Sea, not far from the said Vale; which lies much lower than the Sea; and, by reducing the River into a narrow Chanel, the Petitioners are very apprehensive their Lands will lie under Water; the Sea now gaining upon them, notwithstanding all Endeavours to prevent it: And praying, That the said Bill may not pass.
Prohibiting Indian Silks, Callicoes, &c.
Mr. Methwyn reported from the Committee appointed to draw up Reasons, to be offered at a Conference with the Lords, for disagreeing to the Amendments, made by their Lordships, to the Bill, intituled, An Act to restrain the Wearing of all wrought Silks and Bengals, imported into this Kingdom from Persia and East-India, and all Callicoes printed or stained there, That they had drawn up the same accordingly; which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were twice read; and agreed unto by the House; and are as follows; viz.
Because the foreign-wrought Silks, prohibited by their Lordships Amendments, being the Produce of our own Manufacture, and native Commodities, a Prohibition of such foreign Silks may endanger the Loss of a considerable Part of our foreign Trade.
Because the Commons, in the said Bill, having put the Penalty of 100l. upon such Persons as should publickly sell any wrought Silks of the Product or Manufacture of Persia or East-India, imported into this Kingdom; their Lordships have, by their Amendments, added a Penalty of 100l. on such Persons as shall sell any other wrought Silks imported: There likewise being no Penalty imposed, by the Commons, upon any Persons who shall wear any Silk of the Product or Manufacture of Persia or EastIndia, imported into this Kingdom; their Lordships have not only made such Persons subject to a Penalty of 100l. but likewise have subjected all Persons that shall wear any other wrought Silk imported to the like Penalty of 100l.: By reason of which, their Lordships have added and imposed pecuniary Penalties upon the Subject; whereas all Charges of Money upon the People ought to begin with the Commons.
Conference desired with Lords.
Supply Bill; Duty on Leather.
Mr. Lowndes, according to Order, presented to the House a Bill for laying a Duty upon Leather, for the Term of Three Years, to raise Money for answering the Deficiencies, as well of the late Duties upon Coals, Culm, and the Tonage of Ships, as of the Duties upon Salt: And the same was received.