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, 14 die Januarii;
Executing Judgments in Wales.
MR. Baldwyn, according to Order, presented to the House, a Bill to execute Judgments and Decrees saved in a Clause in the Statute made in the 1st Year of the Reign of his present Majesty, and the late Queen Mary, intituled, An Act for taking away the Court holden before the President and Council of the Marches of Wales: And the same was received.
Duties on Leather.
A Petition of several Fellmongers, Skinners, Glovers, Dressers, and Tawers of Leather, inhabiting in the Town of Towcester in the County of Northampton, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That, by a late Act for laying a Duty upon Leather, no Leather is to be sold but in open Fairs and Markets; and, by another Act of the same Session, for laying a Tax upon Land, &c. all Traders and Dealers were to pay 50 s. per Cent. ad valorem, for their Stocks; so that all the Petitioners Stocks have been liable to both the said Duties; and such of the Petitioners as dwell in Villages are debarred of selling their Wares at home; whereby they have lost the great Part of their Trades, and can no longer follow their Trades, being reduced to great Poverty: And praying Relief in the Premises.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee, to whom the Petition of the Aldermen, Stewards, and Company of Fellmongers, Leather-dressers, and Glovers, of the City of Chester, is referred: And that they do examine the Matter; and report the same, with their Opinion therein, to the House.
Assize of Bread.
Ordered, That Sir Math. Andrews, Mr. Fuller, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Mountstevens, Sir Robert Burdet, Sir John Kay, Mr. Mawdit, Sir Cha. Windham, Sir Marm. Wivell, be added to the Committee, to whom the Bill to regulate and ascertain the Assize of Bread is committed.
Ordered, That Sir Francis Molyneux, Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Baldwyn, Mr. Shackerly, Mr. Blofield, Sir Tho. Roberts, Dr. Barbon, Mr. Kendall, Mr. Fleming, Mr. Pudsey, be added to the Committee, to whom the Petition of Francis Molyneux is referred.
Information of a person in custody being ill used.
Report concerning a person in custody being ill used.
Mr. Arnold reported, That he and Mr. Perry had been to inquire into the Usage of Mr. William Knight; and That they do not find any Occasion of Complaint by him; but that he desires he may have a Servant with him.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill to cleanse, and make navigable, the Chanel from the Hythe at Colchester to Wivenhoo: And that Sir Isaac Rebow, Sir Francis Masham, and Mr. Whitaker, do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.
Trade with Ireland.
And that Sir Thomas Roberts, Mr. Thornhagh, Mr. Methwin, Mr. Foley, Mr. Granville, Sir John Bolles, Mr. Molesworth, Sir William Scawen, Mr. Smith, Mr. Machell, Mr. Dolben, Sir Wm. Williams, Mr. Rowney, be added to the said Committee: And all that come have Voices.
Sir Edward Seymour, according to Order, presented to the House a Bill to encourage the Woollen Manufactures in England; and to restrain the Exportation of Woollen Manufactures from Ireland into Foreign Parts; and for the better preventing the Exportation of Wool into Foreign Parts: And the same was received.
Oaths relating to Tallies, and Exchequer Business.
The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act to give further Time for the Administring of Oaths relating to Tallies and Orders; and for the easier Dispatch of the publick Business in the Exchequer, and in the Bank of England without any Amendment.
Royal Assent to Bills.
An Act to prevent the further Currency of any hammered Silver Coin of this Kingdom; and for recoining such as is now in being; and for the making out new Exchequer-Bills, where the former Bills are, or shall be, filled up by Indorsements.
An Act for vesting in Sydenham Baker Gentleman an absolute Estate of Inheritance, in Fee-simple, in a certain Rent, Messuages, Lands, and Hereditaments, in the County of Devon; and securing to John Baker Gentleman, and Henry Baker, an Insant, his Son, Monies in lieu of their Claims thereunto.
Sir Thomas Littleton, according to Order, reported from the Committee of the whole House, who were to consider of the Supply to be granted to his Majesty, the Resolutions of the said Committee which they had directed him to report to the House; and 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 a Supply be granted to his Majesty, which, together with the Funds already settled for that Purpose, shall be sufficient to answer and cancel all Exchequer-Bills issued, or to be issued, not exceeding 2,700,000 l.
Timber in New Forest.
A Petition of several Persons dwelling in and near the New Forest, in the County of Southampton, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners severally hold, from the Crown, divers Lands lying in and near New Forest; and they, and their Ancestors, have enjoyed Common of Pasture, Turbary, and Panage, in the said Forest; and to pay to the Crown divers Rents, and Services, for the same: That the Petitioners are informed there is a Bill depending in the House for the Increase and Preservation of Timber in the New Forest, in the County of Southampton: And praying, That they may be heard against the Bill, before the same do pass.
Timber in New Forest.
Mr. Smith reported from the said Committee, That the Commissioners of the Navy, and Mr. Ryly, had, according to Order, attended: And that the Committee had made some Progress in the Bill; and had directed him to move, That they may have Leave to sit again.