Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 12, 1697-1699. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Sabbati, 7 die Januarii;
SIR Edward Hussey reported from the Committee, to whom the Bill for naturalizing Nicolas Lepell was committed, That they had examined and considered the same; and had directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendments: And he delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill to enable Edward Bulwer Esquire to sell certain Lands in the County of Norfolk; he settling other Lands, in the same County, of equal Value, to the same Uses: And that Mr. England, and Sir Jacob Ashley do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.
Ease of Sheriffs.
Mr. Harley, according to Order, presented to the House a Bill for the greater Ease of Sheriffs in Execution of their Offices, and passing their Accounts: And the same was received; and read the First time.
Abuses in King's Bench and Fleet Prisons.
A Petition of Francis Lascoe Merchant, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That Sir John James was a Prisoner in Execution, in the Fleet Prison, at the Petitioner's Suit, for 4,000 l.; from whence he escaped: And the Petitioner afterwards obtained Judgment against Mr. Church, the then Warden of the Fleet, for the said Escape; and moved the Court of Common-Pleas for a Sequestration; which was not granted, by reason the Court was of Opinion, That the Petitioner could have no Benefit thereby, because of the many Incumbrances upon the Office of Warden; for Relief wherein, the Petitioner did last Year petition this House; who ordered a Bill to be brought in to hinder Escapes, which passed this House; but did not the Lords, because it went up at the latter End of the Session: Since which, Sir John James hath, as informed, turned himself over to the King's-Bench Prison; from whence he hath also made his Escape; so that the Pe titioner is like to lose his Money, though he has taken all due Methods that he can to recover it: And praying the Relief of the House in the Premises.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee, to whom the Petition of John Goodall is referred; and who are to inquire into the ill Practices, and Abuses, of the Prisons of the King's Bench and Fleet: And that they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, with their Opinion therein, to the House:
Ordered, That Mr. Heveningham, Sir Rowland Gwynn, Mr. Yates, Mr. Osborne, Mr. Offley, Sir Tho. Davall, Mr. Campion, Mr. Clark, Mr. Eyres, Mr. Vaughan, be added to the Committee appointed to consider which way to prevent the Exportation of Wool from England and Ireland; and to consider the most proper Ways to encourage the Woollen Manufacture of this Kingdom.
Sir Richard Cocks, according to Order, presented to the House a Bill for the General Quiet of the Subject against all Pretence of Concealment whatsoever: And the same was received; and read the First time.
Gifts to Charitable Uses.
The Earl of Ranelagh, according to Order, presented to the House an Abstract of what is due to the Forces now in England, to the First of January 1698; distinguishing what is due to every particular Regiment.
Encouraging Woollen Manufactures.
A Bill to encourage the Woollen Manufacture in England; and to restrain the Exportation of Woollen Manufactures from Ireland into any foreign Parts; and for the better preventing the Exportation of Wool from England and Ireland; was, according to Order, read a Second time.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of Trade do lay before this House such Observations as they have made, and such Papers as they have, relating to the Encouragement of the Woollen Manufactures of this Kingdom, and of the Linen Manufacture of Ireland.