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, 17 die Martii;
9° Gulielmi Tertii.
Lord Fairfax's Estate.
AN ingrossed Bill for enabling the Right Honourable Thomas Lord Fairfax to raise Monies, charged by the late Lord Culpeper, on his Estate, was read the Third time.
Resolved, That the Bill do pass: And that the Title be, An Act to enable Thomas Lord Fairfax, of the Kingdom of Scotland, to raise Monies, charged by Thomas Lord Culpeper, deceased, upon his Estate.
Ordered, That Sir John Phillips do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their Concurrence thereunto.
Duty on Woollen Manufactures.
A Petition of the Mayor, Burgesses, Assistants, and other Inhabitants, of the Town and Parish of Tiverton, in the County of Devon, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are informed, the House intends to lay a Duty upon all Woollen Cloths; to be paid by the first Buyer: That, if the said Duty should be laid, the Petitioners apprehend it will greatly prejudice the Trade of our Woollen Manufacture here; because many Artificers have already gone from hence into Holland and Ireland; where they can under-work us, and have greater Encouragement than they have here: And praying, That a Duty may not be laid upon the Woollen Manufactures; but that the House would find some other Way to supply his Majesty's Occasions.
Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table until the Bill for the said Duties be brought in.
Duty on Leather.
A Petition of the Shoemakers, Wool-Card-makers, and Sadlers, of the Borough of Colchester, in the County of Essex, on behalf of themselves, and others, in the adjacent Parishes, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners understand a Duty of 15l. per Cent. is intended to be laid upon all Leather; and that the Merchants labour to draw back the said Duty, upon the Exportation thereof; which will not only lessen the Amount of the said Duty more than a Third Part, but it will make Leather so dear and scarce here, that the Petitioners will not be able to get enough to carry on their Trades; and what they do get will probably cost them 30l. per Cent.: And praying, That the House will take the Premises into Consideration, and that a Drawback of the said Duty upon Leather may not be allowed upon Exportation thereof.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill 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, is committed.
Sir William Strickland reported from the Committee, to whom the Bill for the Repair of the Piers of Bridlington, alias Burlington Bay, in the East Riding of the County of York, was committed, That they had made several Amendments to the Bill; which they 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, with some other Amendments.
Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.
Ordered, That a Clause be brought in, upon the Third Reading of the Bill, to call the Proprietors of the Estate liable to repair the said Piers to an Account, for the Profits thereof; and to apply the same towards the Repair of the said Piers: And that Colonel Byerly, Sir Wm. St. Quintin, and Mr. Moncton, do prepare, and bring in, the same.
Increase of Seamen.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill to enforce the Act, passed the last Session, for the Increase and Encouragement of Seamen: And that Mr. Russell and Sir Richard Onslow do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.
Deficiencie of Funds.
Sir Herbert Crofts reported from the Committee, to whom the Consideration of the special Report from the Committee of the whole House, of Monday last, was referred, That they had considered the same accordingly; and had heard the Governor and Company of the Bank; and had come to a Resolution; 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 was read; and is as followeth; viz.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the Funds granted may be sufficient to answer the Principal and Interest, within the Term of Ten Years; but that there will at present be wanting about the Sum of 50,000l.per Annum, to make good an Interest of Eight Pounds per Centum for all Tallies which have at present no Funds, if they be all subscribed into the Bank.
The said Resolution, being read a Second time, was upon the Question put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.
Resolved, That 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; be impowered to consider of Ways and Means to make good the Interest of Eight Pounds per Cent. for all Tallies which have at present no Fund, if they shall be subscribed into the Bank.
Letters of Marque.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee, to whom the Petition of several Merchants, relating to Letters of Marque, was referred, be made upon Saturday Morning next.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Richard Holford and Mr. Pitt:
St. Paul's Cathedral.
The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for the completing the building and adorning the Cathe dral Church of St. Paul's, London; and for repairing the Collegiate Church of St. Peter, Westminster; with One Amendment: To which Amendment they desire the Concurrence of this House. Also,
The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act to enable Trustees to sell the Estate of Richard Warburton Clerk, for Payment of his Debts, and raising Portions for his Children: To which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
And then the Messengers withdrew.
Preventing Exportation of Wool.
Ordered, That the adjourned Debate, touching the ingrossing the Bill for the more effectual preventing the Exportation of Wool, be further adjourned until Monday Morning next:
And that Mr. Blofeild, Sir Joseph Tily, Mr. Chadwick, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Colt, Mr. Morris, Mr. Norris, Sir Fra. Drake, Mr. Evelyn, Sir Wm. Ashurst, be added to the Committee, to whom it is referred to prepare a Clause for the more effectual preventing the Exportation of Wool, to be added to the said Bill.
Ordered, That the Report from the Commissioners for taking and stating the publick Accounts, upon the Petition concerning Colonel Windham's and Colonel Byerlye's Regiments, be made To-morrow Morning.
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.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Sir Thomas Littleton took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Sir Thomas Littleton reported from the said Committee, That they had considered of Ways and Means to make good the Interest of 8l. per Cent. for all Tallies which have at present no Funds, if they shall be subscribed into the Bank; and had come to several Resolutions; which they had directed him to report, when the House will please to receive the same.
Ordered, That the said Report be made To-morrow Morning.
Sir Thomas Littleton also reported from the said Committee, That they had made a further Progress in the Bill; and had directed him to move, That they may have Leave to sit again.
Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow Morning, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the said Bill.
Supply Bill; Malt Duties.
Ordered, That the Bill for granting to his Majesty certain Duties upon Malt, Mum, Sweets, Cyder, and Perry, as well towards carrying on the War against France, as for the necessary Expence of his Majesty's Houshold, and other Occasions, be read a Second time To-morrow Morning.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine a Clock.