Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Lunæ, 30 Martii, 15 Car. IIdi.
Leave of Absence.
St. Oswald Hospital.
Resolved, &c. That both the said Petitions be committed to the Committee of the whole House, appointed for the Inspection of his Majesty's Revenue: And that they be impowered to refer the same to the Sub Committee appointed to inspect that Branch of his Majesty's Revenue, which doth arise by the Excise; with such Powers and Directions as they shall think necessary.
Mr. Hungerford makes report from the Committee to which the Petition of the Hackney Coachmen was referred, That the Committee had examined the Matter of Fact: And that they found the Complaint against the Officers, viz. the Clerk and the Messenger, to be true: And that, besides the Rent, payable by the Act of Parliament, there was exacted, by one Wilson the Messenger, One Shilling a Quarter for Rent of each Coach; and, by one Read, the Clerk, Ten Shillings, for a Licence to each Coachman, and Five Shillings yearly for renewing such Licence; and that Two Shillings and Six-pence was taken for the Mark on each Coach: But as to the Commissioners, the Committee found no Fault or Abuse: But that the Committee was of Opinion, That the Exactions by the Officers were Grievances.
Resolved, &c. That it be recommended to Mr. Solicitor General, and Mr. Serjeant Keeling, to take care that there be a speedy Prosecution in the King's Bench, or Sessions, against Wilson and Read, for their Abuse and Exaction on the Hackney Coachmen.
London, &c. Streets.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill for repairing the Highways and Sewers, and for paving, and keeping clean, the Streets in and about the Cities of London and Westminster; and for the Regulating and Licensing of Hackney Coachmen; be committed to the Committee to which the Petition of the Hackney Coachmen was referred: And that the Committee to which the Bill was formerly committed be discharged thereof: And that these Members following be added to the Committee; viz. Sir John Denham, Sir Robert Holt, Sir Robert Atkyns, Sir John Duncombe, Sir Wm. Lewis, Colonel Windham, Colonel Phillips, Colonel Leg, Sir Allen Apsley, Sir Courtney Poole, Mr. Clifford, Sir Wm. Fleetwood, Sir Wm. Lowther, Colonel Reames, Mr. Crouch, Sir Edm. Peirse, Sir Geo. Probert, Colonel Sandis, Sir Hen. Wood, Mr. Onslow, Sir John Holland, Sir Phil. Warwick, Colonel Progers, Sir John Goodrick, Mr. Westphaling, Sir Edm. Bowyer, Sir Robert Brooke, Sir Hum. Winch, Sir John Newton, Mr. Graham, Mr. Wm. Sandis, Mr. Yorke, Sir Rich. Onslow, Sir Robert Howard, Sir John Brampston, Mr. Coventry, Sir John Nicholas, and all the Members that serve for the Cities of London and Westminster, and the County of Middlesex: And they are to meet on Wednesday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: And they are to peruse the Act; and to consider of some Means to impower the Commissioners to gratify such Persons as shall be employed as Officers in relation to the Hackney Coaches; and to see whether the Act be defective in any other Particulars, and wherein; and what Additions or Amendments are necessary to be made thereto; and to make Report thereof to the House: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Lords desire a Conference.
Mr. Solicitor General reports from the Conference had with the Lords, That the Lords had concurred with this House in all their Alterations and Amendments to the Petition sent down from the Lords to this House.
Preventing Popery, &c.
Sir Robert Atkyns reports from the Committee to which the Bill to prevent the Growth of Popery, and the Increase of Popish Recusants, was committed, several Amendments to the Bill: Which he read, with the Coherence, in his Place; and after, delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Which Amendments were read the First time: And the several Amendments, precedent to the Amendment to the Eighth Line of the Fifth Folio, were read the Second time; and, on the Question, severally agreed to.
Mersey, &c. Navigation.
Ordered, That these Persons following be added to the Committee to which the Bill for making navigable the Rivers of Mersey and Weaver, was committed; viz. Sir John Norton, Mr. Law. Hide, Sir John Trot, Mr. Clifford, Sir Rich. Everard, Colonel Fretchvile, Sir Nich. Stuart, Sir Hum. Bennett, Sir Tho. Strickland, Mr. Vowell, Mr. Giles Hungerford, and all the Members of the House that serve for the Counties of Lancashire and Cheshire.