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, 11 die Martii;
AN ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act for the vesting and settling Part of the Estate of William Cock, of Dutchland, in the County of Bucks, Gentleman, in and upon Trustees, to be sold, for Payment of Debts, was read the First time.
Leave of Absence.
Mr. Bertie reported from the Committee, to whom the ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act to vest certain Lands, late of Samuel Trotman Esquire, deceased, lying in Barking, Eastham, Westham, and Woolwich, in the Counties of Kent and Essex, in Trustees, to be sold; and to settle other Lands, in lieu thereof; was committed, That they had examined and considered the same, and made an Amendment thereunto; which they had directed him to report to the House; and which he read in his Place, with the Coherence; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same was twice read; and, upon the Question put thereupon, agreed unto by the House; and is as followeth; viz.
Lord Fairfax's Estate.
A Petition of John Lord Culpeper, Baron of Thoresway, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That there being a Bill depending in the House, for enabling Thomas Lord Fairfax to raise Monies, charged by the late Lord Culpeper, the Petitioner's Brother, deceased, on his Estate, the Petitioner petitioned the House, to be heard against the said Bill; which was committed, and the Petition referred to that Committee: That the Committee, on hearing the Petitioner's Counsel, did order the Lord Fairfax to produce a Deed of Settlement of the said Estate, made in 1669: But, instead thereof, he produced only a pretended Copy thereof: And, though the Petitioner's Counsel again insisted to have the said Deed produced, and also the Settlement on the Marriage of Alexander Culpeper Esquire, eldest Son of the Petitioner's Father, and the Settlement of the Petitioner's Father, before 1640, on the Heir Male of the Family; yet the Committee have proceeded upon the said Bill, and ordered it to be reported to the House: That, if the Lord Fairfax would waive his Privilege, the Petitioner doubts not to prove a Suppression, or Concealment, of those Deeds and Settlements in the said Tho. Lord Culpeper; who died indebted to the Petitioner above 6,000l. and has made no Provision in his Will for Payment of it: But the Petitioner is advised, the said Estate is chargeable therewith in Equity, before any Person can take any thing by Settlement; which were voluntary, and with Intent to defraud: And praying, That he may be heard, by his Counsel, at the Bar of the House, against the said Bill, before the Report thereof be made from the Committee, to whom the same was committed.
Party Guiles in brewing.
Ordered, That Colonel Perry, Sir Wm. Strickland, Mr. Palmes, Sir Edward Abney, Mr. Fleming, Sir Row. Gwyn, Mr. Freke, Mr. Duke, Mr. Yates, Mr. Speke, Mr. Sherrard, Mr. Harley, Mr. Foot Onslow, be added to the Committee, to whom the Bill to repeal a Clause, in a former Act, relating to party Guiles, is committed.
Leave of Absence.
Duties on Glass, &c.
A Petition of several Persons who advanced Monies upon the Act for laying several Duties upon Stone, Glass, and Earthen Wares, Coal, and Culm, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That, upon the Credit of a borrowing Clause in the said Act, the Peti tioners did advance, for his Majesty's Use, 564,700l.; and that afterwards, by another Act for continuing to his Majesty certain Duties upon Salt; and for establishing a National Land-Bank; the said Duties on Coal and Culm were taken off; and what remained due of the 564,700l. was to be paid out of 2,564,000l. intended to be raised upon Salt, and the Land-Bank; but, the same failing to take Effect, the Petitioners are deprived of their Security, to their utter Ruin, unless Provision be made by the House for their Satisfaction; and the publick Credit will be otherwise much obstructed: That the Petitioners are informed there is a Bill now passing the House, for laying a Duty upon Leather, for the Term of Three Years for answering the Deficiencies as well of the late Duties upon Coals and Culm, as for paying the Annuities on the Lotteries and for Lives, charged on the Tonage of Ships and the Duties upon Salt: That, upon the strictest Inquiry they can make, the said Duty upon Leather will but little more than pay the Interest of the Principal, intended to be paid, being 840,000l.: And praying, That the House will make sufficient Provision for Payment of their Principal and Interest, by the time limited by the first-mentioned Act; or that they may have their former Security (taken away without their Consent) restored to them; or else that they may be heard at the Bar of the House.
Importing Goods from Turkey.
Mr. Molyneux reported from the Committee, to whom the Bill for the Importing of several Goods and Merchandizes, laden, in Turkey, on board the Ships called the Successe and Dragon Prizes, paying Customs as if imported by English Ships, was committed, That they examined and considered the same, and made some Amendments; which they had directed him to report to the House; and which he read in his Place, with the Coherence; 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.
Mr. Heveningham reported from the Committee, to whom the ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act explaining a former Act of Parliament, intituled, An Act for enabling Trustees to sell Part of the Estate of Edmund Warner, deceased, for Payment of his Debts; and for preserving the rest, for the Benefit of his Heir; was committed; That they had examined and considered the same, and the Petitions to them referred; and had made several Amendments; 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.
A Petition of the Royal African Company of England was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Condition of the said Company is such, and their Charge and Losses so insupportably great, that they amount to, since the War, near 400,000l.; and that the State of Affairs are such, that they are rendered uncapable any longer to continue the Trade to Africa, and maintain the Forts and Factories there upon that Foundation: And praying, That their Forts and Factories may be maintained by such who trade to Africa: or that the Petitioners may have Leave to dispose of the same, to their most Advantage, to such Persons who are in Amity with this Crown; so that thereby they may be enabled to pay their Debts.
And a Motion being made, and the Question being put, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill to regulate and settle the Trade to Africa is committed;
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Sir Walt. Young,
Sir Rowland Gwyn:
Preservation of Fish.
A Petition of several Gentlemen and Freeholders of the County of Monmouth was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are informed, 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 there are several Rivers in the said County, whereon are several Forges and Iron-works erected; which without the Continuance of Weirs and Dams, thereto belonging, cannot be of Use; and more particularly, the Forge lately erected on the River Uske, by John Taylor Ironmonger, to which their is a Weir belonging; the Iron-work whereof employs great Numbers of poor People: That if the said Bill should pass into a Law, the said Iron-works, and Dams and Weirs, will be destroyed; which will be of great Detriment to the Proprietors thereof in particular, and the said County in general: And praying, That either the said Bill may not pass, or that Provision may be made therein for the Preservation of all Iron-works, and the Weirs and Dams thereto belonging.
Supply Bill; Deficiencies, and Bank Stock, &c.
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 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.
Punishing Mutiny and Defertion.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for continuing several former Acts for punishing Officers and Soldiers who shall mutiny, or desert his Majesty's Service; and for punishing false Musters; and for Payment of Quarters; for One Year longer; was committed; be made To-morrow Morning.