Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Friday, July 20th, 1660.
Leave of Absence.
The House being acquainted, that Mr. Swanton, a Member of this House, is summoned with a Copy of a Warrant from the Lords House, which was now read, to be examined in a Cause depending before a Committee of the Lords House; whereupon he desired the Leave of this House to appear, and be examined in the said Cause;
Ordered, That this whole Business be referred to the Committee, to whom the Order of the Lords touching Privileges is referred, to examine the whole Matter of Fact, and state the same; and if they conceive it to be a Breach of the Privilege of this House, that they present the same, as an Head of the Conference to be had with the Lords: And that Sir Wm. Lewis be added to that Committee.
Ordered, That it be referred to the same Committee, to examine any Cases of like Nature, touching any other Members of this House, and to inform themselves therein: That the said Committee be, and are, impowered and required to make Search, in the Journal Book of the Lords House, for any Orders concerning the said Matters, as they shall have Occasion.
Restoring Marquis of Ormond.
According to former Order, the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery came to the Clerk's Table, and there amended several Returns, viz. the Name of Col. White was by him razed out, and the Name of William Hulton inserted in his Room, for the Borough of Clitherow; and for the County of Cornwall Mr. Hugh Boscawen inserted into the Indenture, in the Place of Robert Roberts; and for the Borough of St. Ives he did withdraw Four Indentures, and Mr. James Prad his Name was razed out, and Mr. Nosworthy inserted in his Stead.
Sir W. Litton.
This House doth Declare it to be the fundamental Order of this House, that the proper Officer, except only in Cases of Impotency and Sickness, ought to amend in the House all Returns of Elections, where, upon an Error committed in the Return, the House shall see Cause to order an Amendment.
Privilege-a Person discharged.
Ordered, That this Petition be referred to the Committee, to whom Mr. Swale's Business is referred, to examine how and when the several Sums of Money, in the Petition mentioned, amounting to Seven hundred Pounds, were furnished by the Petitioner to Colonel Algernoone Sydney, and Sir Robert Honnywood; whether the same, or any Part thereof, and what Part, was furnished since the coming in of the secluded Members; and report it to this House.
Mr. Charlton reports from the Grand Committee for Religion, the Opinion of the said Grand Committee, that the King's Majesty be desired to call such a Number of Divines, as his Majesty shall think fit, to advise concerning Matters of Religion; and that the Grand Committee do forbear to sit until the Three-and-twentieth of October next.
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Grand Committee, that the King's Majesty be humbly desired to call such a Number of Divines, as his Majesty shall think fit, to advise concerning Matters of Religion; and that the Grand Committee do forbear to sit until the Three-and-twentieth of October next.
Resolved, That the King's Majesty be humbly moved, that he will please, by his Proclamation, to quicken the Execution of all Laws in Force against the Breaking of the Lord's Day, Drunkenness, Swearing, and other Profaneness: And the Members of this House, who are of his Majesty's Privy Council, are to present these Two Votes to his Majesty.
Ordered, That Sir Henage Finch, Sir Edward Turner, Mr. Bampfeild, Mr. Pryn, and Mr. Charlton, be a Committee to bring in a Bill for supplying the Defects of former Laws against Drunkenness, Swearing, violating the Sabbath, and other Profaneness.
Commissioners of Sewers.
A Bill ingrossed, sent down from the Lords, intituled, An Act for the present Nomination of Commissioners of Sewers, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Pryn, Sir Ralph Ashton, Mr. Knightley, Col. King, Sir Wm. Wheeler, Serjeant Hales, Mr. Pedley, Sir Tho. Meers, Sir Trevor Williams, Sir Tho. Spencer, Col. West, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Mr. Radcliffe, Mr. Hulton, Mr Newton, Mr. Pit, Mr. Hatcher, Sir Wm. Lewis, Sir Anth. Ashley Cooper, Mr. Hollis, Mr. Goodrick, Mr. Bampfeild, Sir John Holland, Sir John Hotham, Col. King, Sir Ralph Bancks, Sir Gilbert Ireland, Mr. Lowther, Mr. Yong, Mr. Culliford, Mr. Orme, Sir John Dawney, Mr. Skipwith, Mr. Harris, Mr. Ratcliffe, Sir Anth. Irby, Col. Hugh Bethell, Sir Geo. Savile, Mr. Annesley; and are to meet at Two of the Clock this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber; and Mr. Serjeant Hales and Mr. Goodrick are desired to take care of it.
Book of Rates.
Book of Rates.
Col. Birch also reports from the said Committee, that all Linen of Germany, or High Dutch Land, and Siletia, not above Three Quarters and a Half broad, shall be accounted narrow Linen; and all above that Wideness shall be accounted broad, and shall pay accordingly.
That all Tiles, called Pan-tiles, imported, not mentioned in the Book of Rates before, for Customs, stand there, charged at Eight Pounds per Thousand; and all other Commodities, except Beads and Looking Glasses, made of Glass, Earth, or Stone, shall pay one Moiety more in the Custom Book than formerly:
That Beavers and Demicastors, of English Making, of any Sort or Rate, exported, to stand valued in the Custom Book at Forty Shillings per Dozen: Felts, and all other Hats, at Twenty Shillings per Dozen:
Col. Birch also reports from the said Committee, that all Silks wrought, being imported, shall pay one Moiety more upon Customs, than they stand there now charged; for which additional Duty, the Importer giving Security, shall have Twelve Months Time given him for Payment of the same; or in case such Importer shall rather pay ready Money, he shall have Ten Pounds per Cent. for the Year abated; and if within the Twelve Months the same be exported, then the aforesaid Duty shall be wholly returned.
Resolved, That the Rate set upon all Linen imported for Excise be wholly taken off; and that in the Customs one Moiety more than it was formerly charged with upon the Customs, be added upon this Commodity; to be paid in like Manner, as it is ordered for Silks.
Proceedings of Regicides.
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have sent us with this Message: They desire that this House will be pleased to send the Instrument under the Hands and Seals of those Persons who gave Judgment against the King; and what other Evidences you have, to inform their Lordships touching that Matter.
Ordered, That the Instrument for proclaiming the High Court of Justice for judging of the late King's Majesty, together with the Journal of their Proceedings, be sent to the Lords, to be by them made use of; and that the Messengers that carrieth them, do desire the Lords, that, when they have made use of them, they return them again to this House, they having Occasion to use them.
Friday, July 20th, 1660, Afternoon.
Tonnage and Poundage.
Sir Henage Finch reports Amendments to the Bill for Tonnage and Poundage; which were read; and the said Bill was after read by Parts; and the First, Second, and Third Paragraphs, being severally put to the Question, were agreed unto.
Resolved, That these Words in the Exception in the Fifth Page, viz. "and all other Goods, and Merchandize, which, in the Book of Rates, are mentioned to be Custom-free," be added at the End of the Exception; and the said Exception, so amended, was, upon the Question, agreed unto.
Resolved, That in the End of the Seventh Folio these Words be inserted, viz. "Nevertheless it is hereby declared, that no Man shall be impeached, who, since the Twenty-fourth of June, and before the Twenty-fourth of July, 1660, hath collected or paid, or shall collect or pay, Duties and Customs, according to the Rates used in April 1660:"
The next Paragraph, touching Merchants Denizen, was read; and these Words, "or any other Vessel belonging to any Alien," being, upon the Question, omitted; the said Paragraph, so amended, was, upon the Question, agreed unto.
And the next Paragraph, being read, was, upon the and these Words, viz. "where the Goods, exported or imported, are of the Value of Five Pounds, or more," being inserted, was, upon the Question, agreed unto.
Ordered, That it be referred back to the Committee to whom the setting of Rates upon several Commodities, was referred, to prepare the Book of Rates with the Rules, and bring them in To-morrow Morning: And then this House will consider thereof, and of the Proviso now offered.