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;
Lord Fairfax's Estate.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Preventing Exportation of Wool.
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.
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.
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.
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.