Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 12, 1697-1699. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Jovis, 5 die Maii;
Supply Bill; Duties on Coffee, &c.
MR. Norris, according to Order, reported, from the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill for continuing the Duties upon Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, and Spices, was committed, the Amendment made by the Committee to the said Bill; which he read in his Place; 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.
A Petition of several poor Colliers, Labourers, Miners, and others, residing in the Forest of Deane, on behalf of themselves, and several others in the adjacent Parishes, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That they, being impoverished by the great Scarcity of Silver Money, desire that they may be supplied with a more considerable Quantity of Copper Halfpence and Farthings than hitherto they have been: And praying their Case may be taken into Consideration; and have Relief in the Premises.
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 how the said Petition came to be presented to the House; and report the same to the House.
|Tellers for the Yeas,||
Sir William Lowther,
|Tellers for the Noes,||
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for securing the Portions intended by Sir William Walter Baronet, deceased, for his Children by the Lady Mary Walter, his second Wife; and for preventing all Doubts which might arise upon the Construction of the Articles, and last Will therein mentioned: And that Mr. Harcourt do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for the vesting a Copperas-work, Part of the Estate of Robert Mascall Esquire, deceased, in Trustees, to be sold, for Payment of Debts, and other Charges thereupon: And that Mr. Stockdale do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.
Duties on Leather.
Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Members, who are to prepare and bring in the Bill touching the Duties upon Leather, That the Penalties in the former Act be levied, and mitigated, by the Justices of Peace.
A Petition of divers Traders of the City of London, on behalf of themselves, and others, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That they having carried into the Mint, in the Tower, several Parcels of Silver to be re-coined, cannot receive it again in new Money; to their great Loss; and Discouragement of others for bringing in more: And praying Relief in the Premises.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee, to whom the Petition of Andrew Perrot, Samuel Dawson, and others, Citizens and Inhabitants of and within the City of York, is referred: And that the Committee do sit de die in diem.
Garon's, &c. Nat.
An ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act for vesting certain customary Messuages and Lands within the Manor of Gillingham, in the County of Dorset, late the Estate of Thomas Davis Gentleman, deceased, in Trustees, to be sold, for Payment of Debts, was read the Third time.
Estates given to superstious Uses.
The Lords have agreed to the Bill for supplying a Defect in a Conveyance lately made by Sir Edward Turner, and Charles Turner Esquire, his Son, for the more effectual securing the Sum of Twelve thousand Pounds, and Interest, upon their Estate, with an Amendment: To which they desire the Concurrence of this House. Also,
The Lords have agreed to the Amendment, made by this House, to the Amendments made by the Lords, to the Bill, intituled, An Act for cleansing, and making navigable, the Chanel from the Heith at Colchester, to Wivenhoo. Also,
The House proceeded to take into Consideration the Amendment, made by the Lords, to the Bill, intituled, An Act for supplying a Defect in a Conveyance lately made by Sir Edward Turner, and Charles Turner Esquire, his Son, for the more effectual securing the Sum of Twelve thousand Pounds, and Interest, upon their Estate:
Bishop of Winchester's Leasing.
Sir Matthew Andrews reported from the Committee, to whom the ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act for confirming a Lease, granted by the Lord Bishop of Winchester, of a Parcel of waste Ground in Alverstock, in the County of Southampton, for the erecting of Waterhouses there, and for improving the same, was committed, That they had examined and considered the same; and made some Amendments thereunto; which they had directed him to report to the House; which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were twice read; and, upon the Question put thereupon, agreed unto by the House; and are as follow; viz.
Clause A: "And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That the said Lease of the said Premises, shall, at all times hereafter be renewed by the said Bishop, and his Successors, at the Request, Costs, and Charges, of the said Thomas Lewis, his Heirs and Assigns, at and under the like Rents and Covenants, as are contained in the said recited Lease; the said Thomas Lewis, his Heirs and Assigns, paying to the said Bishop, or his Successors, for such new Lease, for one Life, the Sum of Ten Pounds; if for Two Lives, the Sum of Twenty Pounds; and if for Three Lives, the Sum of Thirty Pounds."
Clause B: "And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That there shall not be, at any time hereafter, erected or built, on any Part of the said leased Premises, any Building or Buildings whatsoever, other than such as shall be necessary for the working and managing the said Water-works: And all Buildings whatsoever, that shall be hereafter erected on the said Premises, other than for the working and managing the said Water-works, as aforesaid, shall be, and are hereby declared to be, common Nuisances."
Prevention of Gaming.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Mr. Arnold, Mr. Duke, Colonel Perry, Mr. Cox, Sir Walter Young, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Neale, Sir Robert Clayton, Colonel Granville, Sir John Elwell, Lord Russell, Sir John Kaye, Mr. Sloane, Mr. Serjeant Bond, Lord Spencer, Sir Wm. Lowther, Mr. Molineux, Mr. Jennings, Mr. Manly, Sir John Philipps, Mr. Foley, Mr. Monson, Mr. Osborne, Mr. Norris, Mr. Yates, Mr. Bulkly, Mr. Bowyer, Sir Math. Andrews, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Colt, Mr. Stonehouse, Sir Samuel Barnardiston, Sir Wm. Honywood, Sir Herbert Crofts, Mr. Hore, Mr. Gardner, Mr. Blofeild, Sir Fran. Massam, Mr. Drake, Mr. Baldwyn, Mr. Mawdit, Mr. Methwin, Sir Christopher Musgrave, Colonel Kirkby, Mr. Howe, Lord Conningsby, Mr. Ashley, Mr. Harcourt, Colonel Granville, Sir William Cowper, Sir Marm. Wyvell: And they are to meet at Five a Clock this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Bail in cases of Misdemeanors.
Sir Rowland Gwyn reported from the Committee, to whom the Consideration of the Petition of John Gowdet, Peter Longueville, and Peter de Hearce, was referred; and who were to consider in what manner Bail hath been taken in Cases of Misdemeanors; That they had considered the same accordingly; and found several Precedents in the Journals, where Persons committed by this House have been bailed; which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were read; and are as follow; viz.
Sir Gilbert Gerrard did acquaint the House, That he had Articles of Impeachment of high Crimes, Misdemeanors, and Offences, against Edward Seymor Esquire, a Member of this House; which he delivered in at the Clerk's Table; and were immediately read: And afterwards it was ordered, Mr. Seymor should have a Copy of the same; and make his Answer thereunto.
26th November. It was resolved, That Mr. Seymor be impeached upon those Articles; and a Committee appointed to prepare the Impeachment, and to search Precedents concerning the committing a Member into Custody, when impeached in Parliament.
Whereupon, It was ordered, That Mr. Seymor be taken into Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, for securing his Forth-coming, to answer to the Impeachment of this House against him, until he shall have given sufficient Security to this House, to answer to the said Impeachment:
3 Januarii. The Lords, by Message, acquaint the Commons, That Mr. Seymor had, by Petition, desired their Lordships to appoint a Day for his speedy Tryal; and that their Lordships, finding no Issue, by Replication of the Commons, think fit to give the Commons Notice thereof:
8 Jan. The Lords did, by Message, acquaint the Commons, That they had appointed that Day Sevennight, for hearing the Cause upon the Impeachment of Mr. Seymor; and that this House may reply, if they think fit.
Bailing of Persons impeached.
Then the Petition of Stephen Seignores, Rane Baudovin, Nicholas Santari, and David Barrau, Merchants, in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, which lay upon the Table till the said Report was made, was read; setting forth, That they, being in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House; and being sensible, that lying under the Displeasure thereof, is the greatest Misfortune could fall upon them; and being Merchants, and engaged in Debts, both at home and abroad; are in Danger of being ruined, unless they may be admitted to Bail: And praying they may be admitted to Bail accordingly.
Ordered, That each of the said Persons be bound in the Sum of Ten thousand Pounds, and their Sureties in the Sum of Two thousand Five hundred Pounds, for each; and that their Sureties be approved by this House.
The House being informed, That Two Persons will voluntarily come in, and give Evidence touching the Smuggling-Trade; so as this House will intercede with his Majesty for their Pardon, for their being concerned therein;
Transcribing the Journals.
Sir Rowland Gwyn also acquainted the House, That, upon searching for the said Precedents, they found, that many of the Books of the Journals of the House, before the Year One thousand Six hundred and Eighty-five, are much worn, ill written, and without any Indexes.
Ordered, That all the Journals of this House, until the Year One thousand Six hundred and Eighty-five, be fairly transcribed; and Indexes made, by the Clerk, of the Journals so transcribed, with references to the Folios of the original Books: And that it be recommended to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury to pay the Charge thereof.
The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for erecting Hospitals and Work-houses within the Town of Colchester, in the County of Essex, for the better employing and maintaining the Poor thereof, with some Amendments: To which Amendments they desire the Concurrence of this House. Also,
The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for erecting Hospitals and Work-houses within the City of Exon, for the better employing and maintaining the Poor there, without any Amendment. Also,
Sale of Alveston Manor.
The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act for vesting the Manor of Alveston, and other Lands therein mentioned, in the County of Gloucester, in Trustees, to be sold, for Payment of Debts, and for other Purposes therein mentioned: To which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Sir T. Cooke's Account.
Ordered, That the Letter formerly sent, by Sir Thomas Cooke, to the Commissioners for examining, taking, and stating, the publick Accounts, which hath been, with other Things, by Order of this House, delivered to the Clerk of this House, be brought in by the Clerk To-morrow Morning, to be read.
East India Company.
Mr. Newport reported from the said Committee, That they had directed him to move the House, That a Committee may be appointed and impowered to receive Proposals for settling the Trade to the East Indies.
Resolved, That the Committee of the whole House, to whom it is referred to consider further of Ways and Means for raising the Supply granted to his Majesty, be impowered to receive Proposals for settling the Trade to the East-Indies.
Ordered, That the Bill to vest the Estates of Joseph and Nathaniel Hornby in Trustees, for the Benefit of their Creditors; and for the rendering more effectual an Agreement touching the same; be read a Second time upon Saturday Morning next.