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, 23 die Novembris;
5° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
5th Eliz. respecting Cloth Weavers.
SIR John Guise presented to the House, according to Order, a Bill for repealing the 32d Article, in the Act of 5° Eliz. containing divers Orders for Artificers, and others, which relates to Weavers of Cloth: And the same was received, and read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
A Petition of the Bailiffs, Wardens, and Assistants, of the Company of Weavers of London, and Canterbury, was read; setting forth, That, by an Act made in the Second Year of their Majesties Reign, all Italian and Sicilian Thrown-Silks (chiefly proper for making all Sorts of woven Silks) are prohibited to be brought hither over Land; which hath occasioned the Price thereof to be so excessive dear, that the Petitioners are thereby disabled to exercise their Trade; and many Weavers are gone into foreign Parts for their Subsistence; and great Numbers here are become chargeable to their Parish for want of Employment: The Reason whereof is (as the Petitioners conceive) occasioned by the said Act; for that our Neighbours have those Silks by Land, much cheaper than we can have them by Sea, from the proper Places of their Growth; and therefore they can afford them at a cheaper Price, and do import them upon us: And praying Relief in the Premises, notwithstanding the said Act which prohibits the Importation of the said ThrownSilks over Land.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to a Committee: And that they do examine the Matter thereof, and report the same, with their Opinions therein, to the House.
And it is referred to Sir Math. Andrewes, Mr. Slater, Mr. Price, Mr. Goldwell, Sir John Key, Mr. Biddulph, Sir Fr. Massam, Mr. Fuller, Sir S. Bernadiston, Colonel Perry, Sir John Dorrell, Sir John Fleet, Sir Wm. Honywood, Sir Ger. Elwes, Mr. Onslow, Mr. Hawtry, Sir Wm. Cooke, Mr. England, Sir Jacob Ashly, Mr. Colt, Mr. Palmes, Mr. Blowfeild, Mr. Papillion, Sir Jos. Herne, Mr. Christy, Mr. How, Mr. Lutterell, Mr. Bockenham, Mr. Arnold, Sir Edward Hussey, Sir Tho. Taylor, Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. John Smith, Sir Richard Onslow, Sir John Moreton, Mr. Foley, Mr. Chetwynd: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Four of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber: And are impowered to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Free Proceedings in Parliament.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Tuesday Morning next, at Ten a Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Bill touching free and impartial Proceedings in Parliament.
Sir John Dorrell presented to the House a Bill for the Importation of Salt-petre: And the same was received, and read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
Money given for naval Services.
Then the Objections to the State, laid before this House by the Commissioners for the publick Accompts, of what Money hath been given for the Maintenance of the Fleet during the War, and what they had received thereof, were read.
And a Debate arising thereupon;
Resolved, That the Debate be adjourned until Wednesday Morning next, Ten a Clock.
Ordered, That the Commissioners for taking the publick Accompts have a Copy of the said Objections.
Then the Order of the Day was read, for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the Supply to be granted to their Majesties, for the Maintenance of the Fleet for the Service of the Year 1694.
List of Ships, &c.
And the Lord Falkland acquainted the House, That, by his Majesty's Command, he had Two Papers to lay before the House; viz.
A List of Ships to answer those not named in the List of Ships intended for the main Fleet in the Chanel, and for Service in the Mediterranean and West-Indies; and,
A Lift of their Majesties Ships and Vessels, besides those intended for the main Fleet in the Chanel, and for Service in the Mediterranean and West-Indies; which may be employed for Convoys and Cruisers in the Year 1694.
Which his Lordship delivered in accordingly.
And the same were read, and are as followeth; viz.
|Admiralty-Office, 23 Nov. 1693.||A List of Ships to answer those not named in the List of Ships intended for the main Fleet in the Chanel, and for Service in the Mediterranean and West-Indies.|
Then the House, according to the Order of the Day, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the Supply to be granted to their Majesties, for the Maintenance of the Fleet for the Service of the Year One thousand Six hundred Ninetyfour.
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 Committee, That they had directed him to move the House, that a State of the Debt due to the Seamen at Michaelmas last may be laid before the House.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Admiralty do lay before this House a State of the Debt due to the Seamen at Michaelmas last.
Sir Tho. Littleton also acquainted the House, That he was directed by the said Committee to move, that they may have Leave to fit again.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Saturday Morning next, at Ten a Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the Supply to be granted to their Majesties, for the Maintenance of the Fleet for the Service of the Year One thousand Six hundred Ninety-four.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine a Clock.