Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 12, 1697-1699. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Mercurii, 25 die Januarii;
Duty on Leather.
A Petition of the Company of Fellmongers, Skinners and Leather-dressers, within the Borough of Richmond, in the County of York, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are sensible, that the late War occasioned the late Parliaments to grant his Majesty several necessary Supplies; but the Duty upon Leather is so very burdensome to the Petitioners, that it hath reduced many of their Families to a low Condition; and, if it should be continued, will be the Petitioners utter Ruin, and also the whole Leather-Trade: And praying the House to take the Premises into Consideration, so as to take off the Duty upon Leather.
Mr. Clark reported from the Committee, to whom the Bill for making the River Tone navigable, from Bridgwater to Taunton, in the County of Somerset, 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, agreed unto by the House, with some Amendments to some of them.
Ordered, That Sir John Bland, Sir Owen Buckingham, Sir Godfrey Coply, Mr. Thursby, Mr. Phippard, Mr. Cox, Mr. Hughes, Mr. Freeman, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Sir Jacob Ashly, Mr. Osborne, Sir Rich. Cocks, Sir Abstr. Danby, Sir John Rogers, Sir Walter Yonge, Mr. Jolliffe, Major Holmes, Mr. Tredenham, be added to the Committee, to whom the Bill for making the Town of Liverpoole a distinct Parish from Walton is committed.
Mr. England reported from the Committee, to whom the Bill for repairing and maintaining Yarmouth Pier 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 read.
Claims for Prizes.
A Petition of Josias Crow, late Captain of his Majesty's Ship the Newark, in behalf of himself and Company, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That, on the 27th of June 1697, he took, as Prize, a Sweedish Ship, called the St. John of Stockholm; which was delivered to the Prize Officers at Plymouth; and was afterwards condemned as Prize; the Ship and Cargo, at a modest Computation, being worth 1,500 l. clear of Duties; but by the Prize-Office Accounts, was sold for 377 l. 10s. of which, the Petitioner and Company's Share comes to but 52 l. 16s. 9d.; and, besides, there is wanting of the Cargo 26 Tuns of Wine, besides other Commodities; so that he conceives himself, and the Publick Interest, injured: And praying the Relief of the House in the Premises.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for the better Improvement of the Woollen Manufacture: And that Sir Geo. Hungerford, Sir Richard Cocks, and Mr. Eyre, do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.
Distillation from Corn.
Ordered, That the ingrossed Bill to prohibit the Distilling of Spirits, and low Wines, from Corn; and to prevent the Frauds in Distillers; be read the Third time upon Friday next, after Twelve a Clock.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill to enable Edward Price Esquire to transfer a Charge of 1,000 l. for the Use of his younger Children, from an Estate in the Country of Montgomery, to an Estate in the Country of Radnor, of a better Value: And that Mr. Price do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.
Sir Thomas Davall reported from the said Committee, That they had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto; which they had directed him to report, when the House will please to receive the same.