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, 26 die Januarii;
Duty on Leather.
A Petition of the Company of Tanners and Leathersellers of the ancient City of York, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have but very small Stocks to carry on their Trades; and, by reason they are forced to pay the Duty on Leather in ready Money, they cannot carry on their Trades, nor give Credit to poor Dealers in Leather, as they used to do; whereby they are very much impoverished; and, besides, the Severities of the Act for laying the said Duty, and the Vexatiousness of the Officers for collecting it, are so intolerable, that many are ready to leave off their Trades therefore, and get their Living some other ways: And praying Relief in the Premises.
Ledgingham's new invented Fire-engine.
And it is referred to Lord Cornbury, Sir James Houblon, Mr. Morgan, Mr. Lowther, Sir Henry Parker, Mr. Bertie, Sir Rich. Farrington, Mr. Jervoise, Sir Wm. Cowper, Mr. Harly, Sir Jacob Ashley, Mr. Shackerly, Mr. Campion, Sir Rich. Cox, Mr. Worsley, Mr. Thornhagh, Lord Cavendish, Mr. Vernon, Sir Wm. St. Quintin, Admiral Hobson, Mr. Yates, Mr. York, Sir Robert Cotton, Sir Robert Clayton, Mr. Carter, Dr. Davenant, Sir Edw. Hussey, Mr. Blofeild, Mr. Tredenham, Mr. Phippard: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chambers: And have Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Chenevire's &c. Nat.
Ayre and Calder Navigation.
A Petition of the Bailiffs, Burgesses, and Inhabitants, of the Borough of Retford, in the County of Nottingham, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That divers Persons have undertaken to make the Rivers Ayre and Calder navigable, from Leeds to Wakefeild; which will be a great Encouragement to the Woollen Manufactures, and the Petitioners: And, the House having given Leave to bring in a Bill for that Purpose, the Petitioners pray, That all sitting Encouragement may be given for making the said Rivers navigable, it being for the publick Good.
A Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and CommonCouncil, and Inhabitants, of the Borough of King's-Lynn, in the County of Norfolk, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That this House having given Leave to bring in a Bill for making the Rivers Ayre and Calder navigable; and several Persons having proposed to do it . . . their own Charge; which will be a great Benefit to all the Northern Clothing Towns, by rendering the Carriage of Goods by Water cheap; they therefore pray. That the House will give all due Encouragement to the Undertakers of so good a Work.
Preventing Export of Corn, &c.
The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act to prohibit the Exportation of any Corn, Malt, Meal, Flour, Bread, Biscake, or Starch, for One Year, from the 20th Day of January 1698, with some Amendments: To which they desire the Concurrence of this House. Also,
Preventing Export of Corn, &c.
The House proceeded to take into Consideration the Amendments, made by the Lords, to the Bill, intituled, An Act to prohibit the Exportation of any Corn, Malt, Meal, Flour, Bread, Biscake, or Starch, for One Year, from the 20th Day of January 1698:
30 L. leave out from, "notwithstanding" to "and," in the 12 Line of the 6th Skin; and read the Clause marked X; That, for the Supply of the Markets of this Kingdom, it shall be lawful to load, transport, and convey, any Sort of Corn or Grain, or the Meal and Flour thereof, in the common Boats and Vessels usually employed in the Market-Trade, under such Caution and Security to the Custom-house Officers, as hath been heretofore used.
At the End of the Bill, add the Clause marked A: That the Commissioners of the Customs shall give a true Account, in Writing, to both Houses of Parliament, at the Beginning of the next Session, of all Corn and Grain, that shall, before that time, be exported by virtue of any Power given by the Act.
Amendments, L. the 26th, and Skin the 5. Line the 6th, and L. 7 and 8th, L. 11 and L. 17, being severally read a Second time, were, upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.
And it is referred to Sir Chr. Musgrove, Sir Robert Davers, Mr. Heveningham, Mr. Bridges, Mr. Yates, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Sir Walter Young, Sir Robert Cotton, Mr. Boscawen, Mr. Verney, Mr. Brotherton, Sir Edward Seymour, Mr. Culliford, Sir Wm. St. Quintin, Sir Edward Hussey, Mr. Gwynn, Dr. Davenant, Sir Henry Pickering, Mr. Clayton; or any Three of them: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chambers.
The House, according to the Order of the Day, resolved 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.