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, 19 die Maii;
Escapes of Debtors.
ORDERED, That Sir Tho. Day, Mr. Bucknald, Mr. Butler, Sir John Wolstenholm, Mr. Maudit, be added to 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; is committed.
Suppressing Profaneness, &c.
Ordered, That Lord Digby, Mr. Duke, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Osborne, Sir John Elwell, Mr. Maudit, Mr. Fuller, Mr. Perry, Sir Cha. Wyndham, Sir Edward Harly, Sir John Kay, be added to the Committee appointed to draw up Reasons for disagreeing to the Lords Amendments made to the Bill for the more effectual Suppressing of Blasphemy and Profaneness.
Mr. Harcourt, according to Order, presented to the House, a Bill for securing the Portions intended by Sir William Walter Baronet, deceased, for his Children by the Lady Mary Walter his Wife; and for preventing all Doubts which might arise upon the Construction of the Articles and Will therein mentioned: And the same was received; and read the First time.
Supply Bill; Hawkers and Pedlars.
Sir Rowland Gwyn reported from the Committee, to whom the Consideration of the Petitions of the Masters Wardens, and Commonalty, of the City of Worcester, and the Inhabitants of the Borough of Cirencester, and the Clothiers of Kidderminster, were referred, the Matter, as it appeared to the said Committee; and the Resolution of the Committee thereupon; 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.
That John Smith, one of the Petitioners, alleged, That the engrossing of Wool by the Broggers, occasions the raising of the Price upon Cloth, and discourageth the true Making thereof; for that he, this last Year, bought for 17s a Stone, and that the Wool-brogger bought it, at the same time, cheaper; and yet now sells it at 22 s. per Stone:
Mr. Tolly said, That since the Wool-broggers have made it their Business to buy up the Wool, the Manufactures thereof are lessened One-third Part in their Making; and yet the Grower sells cheaper to the Woolbrogger, than he did formerly to the Clothier.
Mr. John Blanch said, That the Wool-broggers get 10 l. per Cent. by the Wool they buy; which is an Hardship upon the Manufacturer, and forces him to sell his Goods at a proportionable Rate; which, if not prevented, will ruin the foreign Trade:
That the reason why the Clothier does not buy Wool at Shearing-time, as well as the Engrosser, is through the Management of the Factor, who constrains the Clothier to give Credit to the Persons who buy his Cloth; whereby he is forced to take up his Wool upon Credit, at dearer Rates; the Factor, having the Profit thereby, which ought to accrue to the Manufacturers: If the Clothier had Money to buy at Shearing-time, by turning his Stock, he would be able to purchase again at Michaelmas; but, wanting some Money then, the Wool-broggers buy all up before him.
Resolved, That the House doth agree with the Committee in the said Resolution, That the Proprietor, or Grower of Wool, be not restrained from selling his Wool to any Chapman he shall think fit to deal with.
Impeachment of Goudet, &c.
Raising the Militia.
Mr. Norris, according to Order, presented to the House a Bill for raising the Militia for the Year One thousand Six hundred Ninety-eight, although the Month's Pay, formerly advanced, be not repaid: And the same was received; and read the First time.
Imposition on Grants.
A Petition of George Pendrell, and the Descendants of his Four Brothers, William, Richard, John, and Humphry, Pendrell, deceased, and of the Descendants of Elizabeth Yates, deceased, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioner George, and his said Four Brothers, and the Husband of the said Elizabeth Yates, were all instrumental in conducting and concealing King Charles the Second, at Boscobell, and the Royal Oak, after Worcester Fight; for which Services, his Majesty was pleased to settle several Fee-farm Rents in Staffordshire, and other adjacent Counties, upon them, and their Heirs; That the Petitioners fearing their Interest may be prejudiced by the Bill now depending, for granting an Aid to his Majesty, by an Imposition upon beneficial Grants, and other Things therein mentioned: And praying their said Grant may be exempted from the Charge to be laid upon Grants by the said Bill, by a Clause to be brought in for that Purpose.
Sir Thomas Mompesson reported from the Committee to whom the Bill to explain the Act, in the Seventh and Eighth 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 this Kingdom; so as to give Leave for the exporting Watches, Sword-hilts, and other Manufactures of Silver; 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: Where the same were once read throughout; and then a Second time, one by one; and, upon the Question severally put thereupon, with some Amendments, agreed unto by the House.
Leave of Absence.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Sir Rowland Gwyn, Mr. Perry, Sir Fran. Massam, Mr. Godolphin, Sir Tho. Davall, Sir John Kay, Mr. Boscawen, Sir John Elwill, Mr. Blofeild, Mr. Duke, Mr. Vincent, Mr. Newport, Sir Joseph Hern, Mr. Battiscomb, Mr. Machell, Mr. Fleming, Mr. Fuller, Mr. Clerk, Mr. Colt, Sir Wm. Lowther, Mr. Bulkly, Sir Walter Young, Mr. Baldwyn, Mr. Hore, Mr. Byerly, Mr. Yates, Mr. Culliford, Mr. Arnold, Sir Henry Colt, Mr. Mountague, Sir Gervas Elwes, Mr. Sanford, Mr. Whitaker, Sir John Wolstenholm, Sir Wm. Drake, Mr. Philips; and all that serve for the Sea-Ports: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Ordered, That the Resolutions of the Committee, to whom the Petition of the Royal Lustring Company was referred, the Consideration whereof were adjourned till the said Bill was brought in, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Assize of Broad.
Ways and Means.
Sir Thomas Littleton, according to Order, reported, from the Committee of the whole House, to whom it was referred to consider of Ways and Means for raising the Supply granted to his Majesty, the Resolutions, 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 read; and are as follow: viz.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That over and above the Duties now payable, there be a further Duty of Three Shillings and Four-pence per Bushel laid upon all Salt imported, to be paid by the Importer.