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 Jovis, 23 Julii, 15 Car. IIdi Regis.
Linen and Tapestry.
SIR Thomas Littleton reports from the Committee to which the Bill for Setting up the Making of Linen and Tapestry Hangings . . . . ., That the Committee had agreed some Amendments to be made, and a Proviso to be added, to the Bill: Which he read in his Place; and after, delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table.
Merchants, &c. Claims.
Sir Thomas Tompkins reports from the Committee to which the Petition of several Merchants, Victuallers, and other Tradesmen, was committed, That the Committee, upon hearing the Parties concerned, and Examination of the whole Matter, had proceeded to pass these Resolves:
1. That the Debt, in the Petition mentioned, is comprehended within the Act of Parliament for the Discharge of the Army and Navy; and was also stated by the Auditors, upon Oath; and presented to the Commissioners appointed by That Act; who would have issued the Warrants for the Discharge of it, but that there was no Money left.
2. That it be reported to the House, That it did appear, That the very individual Stores, for a very great Part, were in his Majesty's Magazines, and Fleet that brought home his Majesty: And that the Committee are further of Opinion, That it is a Debt that, in Honour and Justice, ought to be taken care of.
Resolved, That Susan Dawson, and Mr. Samuell Bartlett her Attorney, be sent for in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, or his Deputy; for their Breach of Privilege, in disobeying the Order of this House, and giving new Notice for a Tryal against the Tenants of Mr. Graham, a Member of this House, after they had Notice of the said Order for Stay of Proceedings, in the Suit commenced at Law against the Tenants of the said Mr. Graham.
Conference desired with Lords.
Ordered, That Mr. William Coventry do go to the Lords, to desire a Conference with the Lords upon the Bill for settling the Profits of the Post Office and Wine Licences on the Duke of Yorke, and the Heirs Males of his Body.
Wool and Leather.
Mr. Barnaby reports from the Committee to which it was referred to inspect the Acts against transporting Wool and Wool-fells, and the Act against Exporting of Leather, That the Committee found the Acts defective in these Particulars; viz.
That his Majesty have Power, by Himself, or the Lord Treasurer, to authorize any Persons under the Great Seal, or Privy Seal, to search any Wools, &c. intended to be transported, as in the Act; and that they have Power to break open any Warehouses, Barns, or other Places, and also into any Ship, Vessel, &c. to search and seize, as aforesaid: These not to restrain or hinder any other Persons appointed by the former Act or Acts of Parliament.
1. That if any Person do pack or steeve any Wool, &c. that is not Owner of the Goods, but employed by some other Person to pack, &c.; and upon Examination before any Justice of the Peace, will not confess who is the proper Owner, or set him on Work on so packing, &c.; That such Person and Persons shall be committed, without Bail or Mainprize, to the next common Gaol; there to remain for Six Months; and to stand Three times on the Pillory within the Time of the said Six Months, publickly, in the next Market Town unto the said Gaol; and to be whipped at his Departure.
I. Upon Inspection into the Act against Transporting of Leather, the Committee were of Opinion, That there was a Defect in the Power given to search and seize; it being to the Masters and Wardens of the Shoemakers, &c. and to their Deputies; and to the Farmer and Officers of the Custom House; and to all Justices of Peace, Mayors, and Chief Officers of Corporations: Whereas they are not fit Persons to do it themselves; and they have no Power to depute; and therefore conceived to be ineffectual: They therefore voted,
That his Majesty have Power, by Himself, or the Lord Treasurer, to authorize any Persons, under the Great Seal, or Privy Seal, to search any Leather, to the end to prevent and hinder the further Transportation of any Raw Hides, or English Tanned Leather, contrary to the said Acts, or either of them: And that all Persons that shall be employed herein, that shall offend and do contrary to the Trusts and Powers given him, shall be liable to a Fine; and further, to give good Security to his Majesty's Use, for the well and due Performance hereof: This not to restrain or hinder any other Person appointed by the former Act or Acts of Parliament.
II. Objection, was against the Clause of Transporting of Calves-skins Thirty-six Pounds Weight per Dozen; for that they have a Trick to shave largest Calves-skins, to make them of that Weight: It was therefore voted,
That there may not be transported, out of the Kingdom of England, any manner of Calves-skins, dressed or undressed, which shall exceed the Weight of Twenty-four Pounds the Dozen; and that no one Skin do exceed the Weight of Two Pounds and an Half the Skin; upon Pain, that every Person offending herein shall, for every such Offence, forfeit the Sum of Five hundred Pounds; to be sued for, and recovered, as shall be prescribed.
That no Person should buy Leather, and sell it again unwrought, under the Penalty of Five hundred Pounds; Half to the King, Half to the Informer: But, on Complaint of divers Shoemakers, That the Way of Information was not so effectual, they desired it might be by Way of Searching and Seizing of the Leather: Upon which it was voted,
That his Majesty have Power, by Himself, or the Lord Treasurer, under the Great Seal, or Privy Seal, to authorize any Persons to search and seize all such Red Tanned Leather, as should be bought, sold, or transported, by any Person or Persons, contrary to, and prohibited by, any Act of Parliament: And that there be no Cutters of Leather to sell, but such as make the same into made Wares, under a Penalty. This not to restrain any other Person appointed by the former Act or Acts of Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That Leave be given for the preparing and bringing in a Bill or Bills, against the next Meeting of the House after the Recess, for preventing the Frauds in Transporting of Leather, and Wool and Wool-fells.
Sir Robert Howard reports from the Committee to which the Bill for the better ordering and collecting the Revenue arising by Hearth Money . . . . ., some Amendments, agreed by the Committee to be made to the Bill: Which were thrice read; and, on the Question, agreed to.
Conference with Lords.
Mr. Pryn reports, That they had acquainted the Lords, That this House had agreed with all the Amendments, sent from the Lords, to the Bill for settling the Profits of the Post Office and Wine Licences on the Duke of Yorke, except to that Amendment for omitting the Proviso on the Behalf of such as had Patents for selling Wine by Retail.
Lords desire a Conference.
Ordered, That this House doth agree with the Lords to a present Conference in the Painted Chamber: And Mr. Birch, Sir Tho. Meres, Mr. Waller, Serjeant Charleton, Mr. Finch, Sir Wm. Doyley, Sir Phillip Warwicke, Mr. Scawen, and Mr. Pryn, are to attend the Conference; and make Report of it to the House.
Fitton's, &c. Petition.
Lord Mollineux's Estate.
Linen and Tapestry.
Conference with Lords.
Serjeant Charleton reports from the Conference had with the Lords, upon the additional Bill concerning the Excise, That the Lords had made several Amendments to be made to the Bill; which they delivered at the Conference, with their Reasons for such Amendments: Which Amendments he read, with the Coherence, in the Bill; and also opened the Reasons of such Amendments; and after, delivered in the Amendments at the Clerk's Table.
The next Amendments to the Ninety-second, Ninetyfourth, One hundred and Ninety-ninth, Two hundred and Twenty-first, Two hundred and Seventy-fifth Lines of the Bill, were twice read; and, upon the Question, agreed to.
Ordered, That, in the Clause concerning the Distiller of Aqua Vitæ, all the Words from and after the Word "consigned," in the Fifth Line of the same Paragraph, unto the Word "shall," in the Fifteenth Line of the same Paragraph, be omitted.
|Colonel Reymes,||Tellers for the Yeas:||27.|
|Mr. Birch,||With the Yeas,|
|Sir Tho. Meres,||Tellers for the Noes:||19.|
|Sir Tho. Gowre,||With the Noes,|
Resolved, That a Conference be desired with the Lords, upon the Amendments to the additional Bill for the Excise: And Sir Tho. Meres is to desire the Conference: And the same Persons that did manage the last Conference on the Bill are to manage this Conference.