Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 6, 1648-1651. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Veneris, 14 Decembris, 1649.
ORDERED, by the Parliament, That Mr. Alderman Penington do make the Reports from the Council of State on Thursday next, the first Business.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of the Officers and Soldiers, late of Major General Browne's Brigade, belonging to Abington, Reding, and Henley, be read on Thursday next.
Mr. Stephens reports from the Grand Committee of the House for the Excise, the Resolutions of that Committee, That the Revenue of the Excise shall be collected by the Oversight and Direction of the Commissioners to be appointed by the Parliament, in the several Counties of England and Wales, and Town of Barwick upon Tweed, towards the Payment of the Army, and towards the Abatement of the Assessments.
That the new Impost of Excise, of all Commodities imperted, be accounted for, and paid, by the first Importer of the same.
That the Petition of the London Merchants, with the Remonstrance thereunto annexed, be reported to the House, when the Report of the whole Business is made from this Committee.
That the several Members of Parliament, of the several Counties, do present Names of sit Commissioners for the respective Counties, for the carrying on the Duty of Excise.
That the Commissioners that shall carry on this Excise, shall have a Salary.
That there shall be, upon every Grand Receipt of the Excise, a Cheque or Controul.
That there shall be, in each County, the particular Number of Commissioners hereafter expressed; viz.
The like for every City and Borough, which hath a County in itself.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That the House do, in the first Place, proceed to consider who shall pay the Excise of Commodities imported.
The humble Petition of the London Merchants, with a Remonstrance thereunto annexed, was this Day read.
Ordered, That it be specially recommended to the Council of State, to take care for speedy setting forth the Winter Guard; and likewise to prepare the Summer Guard, for the Suppressing of Pirates, and the Advantage of Trade, and encouraging Merchants, and securing their Shipping at Sea.
Consuls and Agents.
Ordered, That it be specially recommended to the Council of State, to take care of employing Consuls and Agents in all Parts beyond the Seas, for maintaining a good Correspondency with Foreign States.
The Question being propounded, That this House doth agree with the Grand Committee, That the new Impost of Excise, of all Commodities imported, be accounted for and paid, by the first Importer of the same;
The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.
|Sir James Harrington,||Tellers for the Yeas:||15.|
|Mr. Dunch,||With the Yeas,|
|Sir Henry Vane,||Tellers for the Noes:||35.|
|Colonel Harrison,||With the Noes,|
So it passed with the Negative.
Resolved, That, notwithstanding the former Vote for the Grand Committee to sit on Tuesday next, this House do sit on Tuesday next; and proceed in the Debate of the particular Rates reported.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Excise, to consider of the best way for the Collection of the Excise of Goods imported.
And Mr. Myles Corbett is to take care hereof.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee; viz. to Mr. Whittaker, Mr. Millington, Mr. Garland, Mr. Pury, Mr. Oldesworth, Mr. Trenchard, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Challoner, and Mr. Miles Corbett, or any Three of them; to find out a convenient Place for the placing the Records, now lying in the Rooms over this House; and to take care that the same be forthwith removed accordingly: And that the Committee of the Revenue be authorized and required to satisfy and pay such Charges as shall be laid out in removing the same (being certified by this Committee).: And this Committee have also Power to treat and contract with Mr. Squibb for the Room under the House, for the Service of the Commonwealth: And this Committee hath Power to send for Persons, Papers, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Ellis be required forthwith to deliver up unto the Committee appointed for the Fens, all the Records, Evidences, Papers, Letters, Depositions, and Writings, that are in his Hands, concerning the Fens.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to examine the Information given to this House, touching a Ship laden with French Wines, now at the Holy Island, and pretended to be without any Intention to land the said Wines in any Port in England: And if they shall find, that there was no Intention to land the said Wines, contrary to the Act of Parliament in that Behalf, that then the said Committee have Power to give them Leave to carry the Wines beyond the Seas; or otherwise, that they give Order for seizing the same for the Use of the State.
Lord Mayor of London.
An Act for disabling several Persons from being elected Lord Mayor, Alderman, or other Officer of Trust, within the City of London, for one Year, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be forthwith printed and published.