Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 12, 1697-1699. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Veneris, 13 die Maii;
A BILL for erecting Work-houses, and Houses of Correction, in the Town of Shastsbury; and for the better Employment and Maintenance of the Poor there: was, according to Order, read a Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Mr. Nicholas, Sir Wm. Drake, Sir Tho. Dyke, Mr. Foley, Mr. Newport, Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Hammond, Sir Wm. Lowther, Sir Robert Davers, Sir Henry Colt, Sir Jacob Astley, Mr. Fuller, Sir Robert Cotton, Mr. Moncton, Mr. Bridges, Sir Jo. Turner, Mr. Morgan, Mr. Philips, Mr. Yates, Mr. Campion, Sir Rowland Gwyn, Mr. Lowther, Sir John Wolstenholm, Mr. White, Sir Robert Burdet, Sir Henry Goffe, Mr. Gauntlet, Mr. Maudit, Mr. Hedger, Mr. Baldwyn, Mr. Staynes, Mr. Lampton, Sir John Thorold, Sir Isaac Rebow, Sir Edward Norris, Sir Fran. Masham, Sir Edward Abny, Sir Ralph Dutton, Mr. Guy, Mr. Farrer, Sir Richard Temple, Sir Marm. Wycell, Mr. Pengelly, Mr. Aislaby, Mr. Mountstevens, Mr. Pendarvis, Lord Digby, Mr. Neale, Mr. Methwin, Mr. Osborne, Mr. Molineux, Mr. Gery, Mr. Thornhaugh, Colonel Lee; and all that serve for the Counties of Dorsett, Somersett, and Wilts: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Ordered, That Leave be given, upon the Report of the Bill to settle the Trade to Africa, to offer a Clause, for Liberty to export foreign Copper in Bars.
Sir Rowland Gwyn, according to Order, presented to the House a Bill for the Encouragement of the Lustring Company: and the more effectual preventing the fraudulent Importations of Lustrings and Alamodes: And the same was received.
Resolved, That the Bill be read To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the ingrossed Bill for the better improving the Woollen Manufacture be read the Third time upon Monday Morning next.
Sale of Alveston Manor.
An ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, 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, was, according to Order, read a Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Mr. Hammond, Mr. Fuller, Sir Marm. Wyvell, Sir John Bolls, Colonel Byerly, Mr. Manley, Mr. Harrison, Sir Jervas Elwes, Mr. Pengelly, Mr. Done, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Montagu, Sir H. D. Colt, Mr. Machell, Mr. Mounstevens, Mr. Foley, Sir Rowland Gwyn, Mr. Pendarvis, Mr. Bromley, Mr. Phillips, Sir Fran. Wyndham, Sir Wm. Lowther, Mr. Morgan, Sir Robert Davers, Sir Richard Temple, Mr. Lampton, Mr. Colt, Lord Spencer, Mr. Aislaby, Mr. Clarke, Mr. Staynes, Mr. Farrer, Mr. White, Mr. Blofeild; and all that serve for the Counties of Gloucester and Somerset: And they are to meet this Afternoon, at Five of the Clock in the Speaker's Chamber.
Duties on Leather.
The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Bill for explaining the manner of Collecting of the Duties upon Leather.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Harcourt took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Ways and Means.
Then the House resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of Ways and Means for raising the Supply granted to his Majesty.
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 said Committee, That they had come to several Resolutions; which they had directed him to report, when the House will please to receive the same.
Ordered, That the said Report be made To-morrow Morning.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Miles Cook and * *:
The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act to rectify some Mistakes in an Act, intituled, An Act to enable John Lewin to sell certain Messuages in Southwark, for Payment of Debts, without any Amendment: Also,
Children of Soldiers Nat.
They have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act to naturalize the Children of such Officers and Soldiers, and others, the natural-born Subjects of this Realm, who have been born abroad during the War, the Parents of such Children having been in the Service of this Government, without any Amendment: Also,
Supply Bill; Duties on Coffee, &c.
They have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for continuing the Duties upon Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, and Spices, towards Satisfaction of the Debt due for Transport-Service for the Reduction of Ireland, without any Amendment: Also,
Supply Bill; Duties on Coals.
They have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for granting to his Majesty several Duties upon Coals and Culm, without any Amendment: Also,
Repealing 39 Eliz. against making Malt.
They have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act to repeal an Act, made in the Thirty-ninth Year of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, intituled, An Act to restrain the excessive making of Malt; and to discharge and vacate Orders made, by Justices of the Peace, by virtue thereof, for restraining Maltsters from making of Malt; without any Amendment. Also,
The Lords have agreed to the Amendments, made by this House, . . . . . . . . intituled, An Act for vesting a Moiety of certain Messuages and Lands in Hackney, in the County of Middlesex, in Trustees, for the Benefit of Susanna Cary, Widow, and Relict of Nicholas Cary Esquire, deceased, and others: Also,
The Lords do insist upon the Clauses B and C, which were added by their Lordships, 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 there: Also,
They have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for the better preventing the counterfeiting, clipping, and other diminishing, the Coin of this Kingdom, with some Amendments: To which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
And then the Messengers withdrew.
The House proceeded to take into Consideration the Amendments, made by the Lords to the Bill, intituled, An Act for the better preventing the counterfeiting, clipping, and other diminishing, the Coin of this Kingdom:
And the said Amendments were twice read; and are as follow; viz,
Sheet 2d, L. 23, for "and pay or allow the Persons that tendered the same the true Value thereof," read "And if any Question or Dispute shall arise, whether the Piece so cut be counterfeit, it shall be heard, and finally determined, by the Mayor, Bailiff or Bailiffs, or other chief Officer, of any City, or Town Corporate, where such Tender shall be made; and if such Tender shall be made out of any City, or Town Corporate, then by the next Justice of the Peace of the County, inhabiting or being near the Place, where such Tender shall be made: And the said Mayor, or other chief Officer, and Justice of the Peace, shall have full Power and Authority to administer an Oath, as he shall see convenient, to any Person, for the determining any Questions relating to the said Piece."
Ordered, That the further Consideration of the said Amendments be adjourned till To-morrow Morning.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine a Clock.