Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Friday, the 11th of November, 1653.
Duty on Tobacco.
FORASMUCH as, by Act of Parliament of the Third of September last, there is a Rate of Three-pence set and imposed upon every net Pound of English Tobacco, of the Growth of this present Year, to be paid to and for the Use of this Commonwealth, by the first Buyer or Buyers thereof: And forasmuch as great Quantities of Tobaccos are daily bought up, and shipped out for beyond the Seas; amongst which, those of the English Growth being intended likewise to be sent out, we have more than a probable Suspicion, that the Growers and Buyers combining together, will, to elude the Duty thereof, conceal the Sales, and enter the same outwards, in the Name of the Growers or Planters; by which the Intention of the Act before-mentioned, will be wholly frustrated and avoided; this Duty being not receivable till Sale.
For the Prevention whereof, it is humbly prayed, That the Parliament may be moved to declare, that, in case any English Tobacco, of this present Year's Growth, shall happen to be shipped off, or out of any Port, or other Place of this Commonwealth, by the Grower or Planter, or Curer thereof, that the Excise then payable by the first Buyer, as aforesaid, shall be paid by every such Grower, Planter, or Curer, before he or they shall be permitted to ship out, or ship off, any of the same, upon Payment of Forfeiture of double the Value thereof, to be levied by Distress or Imprisonment, as in other Cases for Excise is directed and appointed.
Sale of Forests.
Sir William Roberts reports from the Committee who brought in the Amendments to the Bill for Sale of Forests, The Names of Officers to be inserted into the Bill: Which were now read; viz. Edward Cressett, Wm. Webb, Josias Berners, John Parker, Henry Pitts, Robert Aldworth, Francis Mussenden, Trustees; Ralph Hall, Surveyor General-Register; Wm. Benson, Register-Accomptant; Charles Deoyly, Colonel Mathew Shepherd, Treasurers.
The Question being put, That the Clause, beginning, Page 7th, Line 14th, with "Provided also, " and ending with these Words, "Demand thereunto," in the 9th Line of the 8th Folio, do stand in the Bill;
The Question being put, That the Clause, Line 11th, of the 8th Folio, beginning in these Words, "that claim any Right," unto the Words, "all Persons," Line 15, of the same Folio, do stand in the Bill;
The Question being put, That these Words, in the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Lines of the 34 Folio, viz. "other than the upon the Pound, hereafter mentioned, payable to the Trustees and other Officers upon each Contract," do stand in the Bill;
The Question being put, That the Clause, beginning with these Words, "And be it," in the 14th Line of the 44 Folio, and ending with this Word, "accordingly," in the Third Line of the next Folio, do stand in the Bill;
Resolved, That this Clause following be inserted, in the 14 Line of the 44 Folio, instead of that which is omitted; viz. "And be it Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That the said Trustees, for their Pains and Service in the Premises, shall have allowed to every of them the yearly Salary of Two hundred Pounds: And the said Treasurers shall be allowed, unto each of them, the yearly Salary of Two hundred Pounds: And that the said Register-Accomptant shall have and receive, for himself, the yearly Salary of One hundred and Fifty Pounds: All and every which said Salaries shall be paid and defalked by the said Treasurers on the 24th Day of June, and the 24th of December, yearly, by equal Portions, upon Warrant from the said Trustees, or any Four or more of them; the first Payment to be made on the 24th Day of June 1654.