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, 15 die Decembris;
Nono Gulielmi Tertii.
MR. Norris, according to Order, presented to the House a State of the Transport-Debt for the reducing of Ireland, in Three Accounts: Which were read; and are as follow; viz.
Account of Freight due to Transport Ships that were employed in the Reduction of Ireland; viz.
Transport-Office, December 15th, 1697.
English Plantation-Account of Transport-Duties from May 1695, to the 11th of December 1697.
|Received from May 95, to Michaelmas 96,||281||6||6|
|From Michaelmas 96, to Michaelmas 97,||652||9||6|
|From Michaelmas 97, to 11 December 97,||49||6||0|
|Hen. Wolstenholme. £.||983||2||0|
An Account of what Money hath been received and paid in the grant Receipt inwards, upon Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, and Spices, for Transport-Service, from the 1st of May 1695, to the 11th of December 1697.
Err. ex' per Chr. Tower.
|The grand Receipt,||21,980||14||11½|
|The Plantation Receipt,||983||2||—|
|In the Port of London the Total is||22,963||16||11½|
The Act for licensing Hawkers and Pedlars.
|Of the above Balance there is paid into the Exchequer||7,983||3||1|
|Will be paid into the Exchequer this Week||1,110||7||7|
|Out in Bonds, which will be paid in as received||1,332||—||—|
Mem. Besides the above Account, there are Licences in several Persons Hands in the Country, to be disposed of as there is Occasion, and will be then brought to Account; but cannot amount to much, the Year being half expired.
Transport Office, 15 December 1697.
Ordered, That the said Accounts be referred to the Committee appointed Yesterday to consider of several States, Estimates, and Accounts, presented to the House: And that they do examine the same, and report the Matter of Fact relating thereunto to the House.
Ordered, That the said Committee do sit de die in diem: And have Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Ships for Summer and Winter Guard.
Resolved, That this House will resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider what number of Ships are necessary for a Summer and Winter Guard, for the Year 1698.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Friday Morning next, resolve itself into the said Committee of the whole House.
Preventing Correspondence with late King James.
A Bill against corresponding with the late King James was read a Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Saturday Morning next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the said Bill.
Trade with Ireland.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider of the Trade of England and Ireland, and how to make the Trade of England more beneficial, have Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records: And that they do report their Opinion therein to the House.
A Petition of Thomas Seviar Gentleman, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That William Lentall Esquire, being seised in Fee of the King's-Bench Office, on the 25th of November 1684, by Articles, agreed to grant the said Office and Perquisites to the Petitioner for his Life; but Lentall refusing to perform the same, the Petitioner, in 1684, exhibited a Bill in Chancery to compel a Performance: During which Suit, an Act lately passed, without sufficient Notice to the Petitioner, for the more effectual Relief of Creditors in Cases of Escapes; wherein there is a Clause to make void all Deputations and Grants before made by Mr. Lentall; so that the Petitioner cannot be relieved in Equity, by reason of the said Act, though he hath advanced great Sums of Money in Consideration of the said Articles, and been at great Expence in prosecuting the same: And praying Leave to bring in a Bill for explaining the said Act, so that he may sue to have the said Agreement performed, or that he may be reimbursed what Money he has paid and expended in relation thereunto.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for the further regulating Abuses of Prisons: And that Sir William Williams and Mr. Harcourt do prepare, and bring in the Bill.
Relief of Creditors.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill to explain and rectify the Act passed the last Session for Relief of Creditors, by making Compositions with their Debtors, in case Two-thirds in Number and Value do agree: And that Sir Wm. Williams, Mr. Farrer, Mr. Montague, and Mr. Price, and Mr. Hoblyn, do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.
Preventing throwing Squibs, &c.
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill to prevent Mischiefs by Squibs, and other Fireworks: And that Sir Henry Colt do prepare, and bring in, the Bill.
And then the House, adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine a Clock.