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, 23 die Januarii;
Distillation from Corn.
A PETITION of the Bailiffs, Burgesses, and Commonalty, of the Borough of Tewksbury, in the County of Gloucester, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That, of late Years, Corn and Grain, of all Sorts, is grown to an excessive Price, by reason of the vast Quantities used for Distilling, at Bristoll, and other Places; insomuch that the old Stores are exhausted, and the Poor ready to starve; and, if a Stop be not put to Distilling, there will not be Corn enough in the Country to make Bread, till next Harvest: And praying the speedy Passing of the Bill, depending in the House, to prohibit the Distilling of Spirits, and low Wines, from Corn; and to prevent Frauds in Distillers.
A Petition of several Merchants, and others, inhabiting within and about the City of London, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Russia Company having obtained Leave of this House to be heard against the Bill, therein depending, for enlarging the Trade to Russia; the Petitioners pray, That they may be heard for the Bill, at the same time.
A Petition of the Managers appointed by the Contractors with the Czar of Muscovy, for the Importation of Tobacco into his Dominions, on behalf of themselves, and the said Contractors, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Russia Company are ordered to be heard, upon Wednesday next, against the Bill, depending in this House, for enlarging the Trade to Russia: And praying, That the Petitioners may be heard for the Bill, at the same time the said Company are heard against it.
Duties on Leather.
A Petition of the Glovers and Leather-dressers in and near the Borough of Tewksbury, in the County of Gloucester, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That, by reason of the great Duties upon Leather and Salt, the Price of their Goods is so high, that they cannot vend them; and Germany, Holland, and Scotland, who used to be supplied from England with Gloves, now make them cheaper than the Petitioners can afford them; which hath wholly discouraged them from employing the Poor usually employed in their Trades, who are in great Want for lack of Work: And praying some Relief in the Premises, such as the House shall think fit.
A Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, Bailiffs, and Burgesses, of Liverpoole, and of the Reverend Richard Richmond, and of the Reverend Thomas Marsden Vicar of Walton, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That, in order to make Liverpoole a distinct Parish from Walton, an Agreement was made between the said Petitioners, that the Town of Liverpoole should pay 55£. per Annum to the said Rector, for Life, and 6£. 10s. to the said Vicar, for Life, yearly; and that the future Rectors of Liverpoole should pay a proportionable Part of the First Fruits and Tenths, usually paid by the Rectors and Vicars of Walton: But, by the Bill, depending in the House, to enable the Town of Liverpoole to build a Church, and endow the same, by their own Contributions, and otherwise; and for making the said Town, and Liberties thereof, a Parish of itself, distinct from Walton; there is no mention of the said Agreement: And praying, That a Clause may be inserted in the said Bill, to enforce the said Agreement.
Earl of Darwentwater's Estate.
Mr. Ogle reported from the Committee, to whom the ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act for the more easy and certain Payments of the Debts of Edward Earl of Darwentwater, by Sale of Woods and Timber; and for enabling him to raise Money for Discharge of Incumbrances, upon Part of his Estate; was committed; That they had examined and considered the same; and had directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment: And he delivered the Bill in at the Clerk's Table.
Barailleau's, &c. Nat.
A Bill to enable the Town of Liverpoole to build a Church, and endow the same, by their own Contributions, and otherwise; and for making the said Town, and Liberties thereof, a Parish of itself, distinct from Walton; was, according to Order, read a Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Sir Robert Cotton, Sir John Phillips, Sir Cha. Carteret, Mr. Lowther, Mr. Clayton, Mr. Boyle, Sir Hen. Ashurst, Mr. Swift, Sir Rich. Cocks, Sir Henry Parker, Mr. Campion, Mr. Lake, Mr. Mountstevens, Mr. King, Mr. Parkhurst, Captain Atkinson, Lord Pawlet, Colonel Kirkby, Sir John Bolles, Mr. Worsly, Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Greenhill, Sir Rich. Farrington, Mr. Blofeild, Mr. Shackerly, Mr. Chetwind, Mr. Foley, Mr. England, Mr. Hoar, Mr. Thornhagh, Captain Dyot; and all the Members that serve for Lancashire and Cheshire: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chambers.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the Petitions of the Lord Viscount Molyneux; and of the Mayor, Aldermen, Bailiffs, and Burgesses, of Liverpoole, and the Rector, and Vicar of Walton; and of the Churchwardens of Walton; which lay upon the Table until the said Bill was read a Second time; be referred to the said Committee.
Distillation from Corn.
Mr. Heveningham reported, from the Committee of the whole House, to whom the Bill to prohibit the Distilling of Spirits, and low Wines, from Corn; and to prevent Frauds in Distillers; was committed; the Amendments, made by the Committee, to the said 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 several of them, upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.
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A Clause was offered to the Bill, and once read, That the Bill shall not extend to hinder the Exportation of Ale, or Beer, from Bristoll, to Spain, Portugal, and Italy, for the Use of those Inhabitants only:
Resolved, That this House will, upon Thursday Morning next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the 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; and nothing to intervene.
Defaulters to Call of the House.
Ordered, That the Names of such Members as made Default to appear upon the Call of the House, be called over upon Friday Morning next; and that such of the said Members as shall not then appear, be sent for in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House.