Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 12, 1697-1699. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Lunæ, 9 die Maii;
PETER Vallet, Martin Nipoort, Francis Bourgeois, Stephen Maheiu, Michael De Caux, Lewis Casamajor, John Hardoven, Hido Lofting, and Paul Boucher, took the Oaths appointed, in order to their Naturalization.
Sir Francis Massam reported from the Committee appointed to draw up Reasons, to be offered at a Conference with the Lords, for disagreeing with their Lordships to some of the Amendments made 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, That they had drawn up the same accordingly 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, with an Amendment, upon the Question put thereupon, agreed unto by the House; and are as follow; viz.
That the Commons conceive, there is Provision already made by the Bill, sufficient for the Purposes designed thereby; and that their Lordships Amendment, Clause B, is an Alteration of the Laws concerning Rates for the Poor; for which Reasons, the Commons disagree with their Lordships in their said Amendment.
The Commons disagree to their Lordships Amendment, Clause C; for that Provision is made for the same, in the preceding Part of the Bill.
Conference desired with Lords.
Resolved, That a Conference be desired with the Lords, upon the Subject-matter of the said Amendment.
Ordered, That Sir Francis Massam do go to the Lords, and desire the said Conference.
Mr. Nicholas, according to Order, presented to the House a Bill for the erecting Work-houses, and Houses of Correction, in the Town of Shaftsbury; and for the better Employment and Maintenance of the Poor there: And the same was received; and read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time upon Friday Morning next.
Duties on Leather.
Mr. Morgan, according to Order, presented to the House a Bill for explaining the Act for laying several Duties upon Leather: And the same was received; and read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
Embezzlement of Naval Stores.
A Bill for enforcing the Laws against such as steal and embezzle his Majesty's Ammunition, Sails, Cordage, and other Habiliments of War; and for preventing divers Cheats and Frauds in the paying of Seamen serving on board his Majesty's Ships; was read a Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Mr. Norris, Sir Henry Vane, Sir Cloudesly Shovell, Sir Math. Andrews, Mr. Colt, Mr. Ryder, Sir Fran. Massam, Mr. Bere, Sir H. D. Colt, Mr. Machell, Mr. Moyle, Sir Robert Davers, Mr. Morgan, Mr. Mountstevens, Sir John Kaye, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Bowyer, Mr. Maudit, Sir Fran. Wyndham, Mr. Fuller, Mr. Baldwyn, Mr. Lampton, Mr. Kendall, Mr. England, Sir Robert Rich, Mr. Clerke, Mr. Preistman, Mr. Lowther, Mr. Aylmer, Mr. Pengelly, Mr. Foley, Mr. Pagit, Mr. Gery, Mr. Holmes, Colonel Pery, Mr. Osborne, Mr. Dunmore, Mr. Bromley, Mr. Fleming, Mr. Farrer, Sir Edward Abney, Mr. Egerton, Sir Marm. Wyvell, Mr. Battiscombe, Sir Wm. Lowther, Mr. Freeman, Mr. Stonehouse, Mr. Bridges, Mr. Vincent, Sir Jacob Astley, Mr. Harrison; and all that serve for the Sea and Cinque-Ports, Admiralty, and Navy: And they are to meet at Five a Clock this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.
And it is to be an Instruction to the Committee, That they have Power to inspect the Laws in Force, and near expiring, which are for securing and preserving his Majesty's Naval Stores; and preventing Disturbances at the Offices where Seamens Wages are stated, adjusted, or paid: And that they do report their Opinion to the House, which are fit to be continued.
Raneu's, &c. Nat.
Ordered, That the Committee, to whom the Bill to naturalize Hillary Raneu and others, do insert the Names of Hillary Lasseur and Mary Dutree into the said Bill, who are at present beyond Sea; and insert a Clause for qualifying themselves by a certain time.
Ordered, That the said Committee do also insert the Names of Peter Lauze, and Peter his Son, John Arnaud, James Dargent, John Nissolle, and Isaac Gervaize, Officers and Servants in the Family of Mr. Raneu, employed in the making Alamodes and Lustrings; and also a Clause for the qualifying themselves by a certain time.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for the better Discovery of Solvent Prisoners Estates, and the Relief of the Insolvent: and that Mr. Colt do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.
Bail of Persons impeached.
Sir Rowland Gwyn reported from the Committee appointed to approve the Bond, to be entered into by the Persons ordered to be impeached, That they had approved a Bond accordingly; 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, with an Amendment, agreed unto by the House; and is as followeth; viz.
Noverint universi, per præsentes, me Johannem Goudet, mercator, de civitat. London. teneri, & firmiter obligari, domino Regi, in decem mille libris bonæ & legalis monetæ Angliæ, solvend. eidem domino Regi, hæred. vel successor. suis; ad quam quidem, solutionem, bene & fideliter faciend. obligo me, hæredes, executor. & administratores meos, firmiter, per præsentes, sigillo meo sigillat. Dat.
Whereas there is an Impeachment ordered, by the House of Commons, against the above-bound John Goudet, for High Crimes and Misdemeanors, before the Lords in Parliament; if therefore the said John Goudet shall, from time to time, appear to and answer such Impeachment, and submit to and abide the Judgment of the Lords thereupon; then this Obligation to be void; or else to remain in full Force and Virtue.
Bail of a Person impeached.
Sir Rowland Gwyn also reported from the said Committee, That they had approved of another Surety for Mr. Goudet; whose Name he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same was read; and, upon the Question put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.
Sir Rowland Gwyn also reported from the said Committee, That Mr. Barrau had not proposed any other Persons for Sureties, than what he had done before:
Whereupon the Persons Names formerly proposed were again read; and Two of them, viz. John Cox and Daniel Motett, were agreed unto by the House.
Impeachment of Goudet, &c.
Ordered, That Sir Rowland Gwyn do carry the Impeachment up to the Lords To-morrow Morning.
Marshal of King's Bench.
The House according to Order, resumed the Consideration of the Report from the Committee, to whom the Petition of Thomas Sevear Gentleman was referred:
And the said Report, and Resolutions thereupon, were severally read a Second time: And, upon the Question severally put thereupon, the said Resolutions were agreed unto by the House.
Escapes of Debtors.
Mr. Gery, according to Order, reported from the Committee, to whom the Bill for the further Relief of Creditors in Cases of Escapes; and for preventing Escapes, and other Abuses in the Keepers of Gaols; was committed; That they had made several Amendments to the Bill; 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:
Whereupon, the Petition of Edmund Boulter Esquire, which lay on the Table until the said Report was made, was read, and taken into Consideration.
Ordered, That the further Consideration of the said Report be adjourned until this Day Sevennight.
Ordered, That Mr. Boulter be then heard, by his Counsel, at the Bar of this House, touching the said Bill.
Ordered, That Mr. Sevear have then Leave to offer a Clause for his Relief.
Ordered, That Sir Ralph Delavall have Leave to withdraw his Petition relating to the Bill to settle the Trade to Africa.
Ordered, That Richard Dickinson have Leave also to withdraw his Petition touching the said Bill.
Supply Bill; Imposition on Grants.
Mr. Lowndes, according to Order, presented to the House a Bill for granting an Aid to his Majesty, by an Imposition upon the beneficial Grants, and other things therein mentioned: and the same was received.
Ordered, That the Bill be read To-morrow Morning.
The House, according to the Order of the Day, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the Bill to settle the Trade to Africa.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Norris took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Mr. Norris reported from the said Committee, That they had gone through the Bill; and made several Amendments thereunto, which they had directed him to report, when the House will please to receive the same.
Ordered, That the said Report be made upon Saturday Morning next; and nothing to intervene.
Ordered, That all Committees be revived.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine a Clock.