Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 12, 1697-1699. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Mercurii, 4 die Maii;
A PETITION of the Grocers, Mercers, Chandlers, Innkeepers, Victuallers, Butchers, Bakers, and other Inhabitants of the Borough of Newcastle under Lyne, in the County of Stafford, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the great Quantities of Farthings and Halfpence, now extant, are very burdensome unto them: And praying Redress.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee, to whom the Petition of the Grocers, Cheesemongers, Mealmen, Bakers, Victuallers, Market-people, and Retailers, in general, of the Borough of Southwark, is referred: And that they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, with their Opinion therein, to the House.
Mr. Hore reported from the Committee, to whom the ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act for vesting certain customary Messuages and Lands within the Manor of Gillingham, in the County of Dorsett, late the Estate of Thomas Davis Gentleman, deceased, in Trustees, to be sold, for Payment of Debts, was committed, That they had examined and considered the same; and had directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment: And he delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table.
Mr. Manly reported, from the Committee, to whom the Petition of Archibald Lawrimer, and Jacob Smith, in behalf of themselves, and others, the Soldiers under the Command of the late Colonel Robert Byerly, and Colonel Hugh Windham, in the Reducing of Ireland, was referred, the Matter, as it appeared to the said Committee; 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 a Committee be appointed to prepare an Address to be presented to his Majesty, humbly to desire his Majesty, That he will please to appoint Persons to examine, how his Majesty's Orders, given upon disbanding the Army, have been observed:
And it is referred to Mr. Colt, Mr. Manly, Sir Henry Colt, Mr. Thornhaugh, Sir John Elwell, Mr. Hore, Sir John Bolls, Mr. White, Sir Wm. Lowther, Mr. Clarke, Sir Robert Clayton, Mr. Boscawen, Sir John Bucknall, Mr. Lowther, Sir Richard Onslow, Sir William Drake, Mr. Perry, Mr. Gardner, Mr. Blofeild, Mr. Sandford, Sir Fran. Massam, Mr. Brotherton, Sir Tho. Barnardiston, Mr. Mawdit, Mr. Brereton, Sir Mat. Andrews, Mr. Fleming, Sir Marm. Wyvell, Mr. Mounstevens, Mr. Morgan, Sir John Phillips, Mr. Fuller, Mr. Bromley, Mr. Foley; or any Five of them: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Supply Bill; Duties on Coffee, &c.
Mr. Norris reported from the said Committee, That they had gone through the Bill, and made one Amendment thereunto; which they had directed him to report, when the House will please to receive the same.
Duties on Leather.
The House resumed the further Consideration of the Report Yesterday from the Committee, to whom the Petition of the Aldermen, Stewards, and Company of Fellmongers, Leather-dressers, and Glovers, in the City of Chester, was referred:
Kingston upon-Hull Workhouses.
Ordered, That Mr. Pudsey, Mr. Fuller, Mr. Hore, Mr. Sherrard, and all the Members that serve for the Counties of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, be added to the Committee, to whom the Bill for erecting Work-houses, and Houses of Correction, in the Town of Kingston upon Hull, for the Employment and Maintenance of the Poor there, was committed.
Supply Bill; Lottery-Tickets.
Ordered, That all the Members for the County of Cornwall be added to the Committee, to whom the Bill for the better and more orderly Payment of the LotteryTickets, now payable, out of certain additional Duties of Excise, was committed.
Ordered, That Sir Francis Massam, Mr. Arnold, be added to the Committee, to whom the Bill to explain the Act, made in the 7th and 8th Years of his Majesty's Reign, intituled, An Act to encourage the bringing Plate into the Mints to be coined; and for the further remedying the ill State of the Coin of the Kingdom; so as to give Leave for the exporting Watches, Sword-hilts, and other Manufactures of Silver; was committed.
Ways and Means.
Old East-India Company's Proposal.
And Sir John Fleet, Governor of the East-India Company, presenting to the House a Paper of Proposals, agreed in a General Court of Adventurers, for the General joint Stock to the East-Indies; the same was received; and read; and is as followeth; viz.
That the Stock of the present Company be valued at 50 per Cent.; and that Books for taking new Subscriptions be laid open, for the subscribing of 712,696 l. to make up the Stock, in the Whole 1,500,000 l.
That the present Adventurers, and new Subscribers, be settled by Act of Parliament, exclusive of all others, for 31 Years; with such Powers and Privileges, as will enable them to carry on and preserve the Trade.