Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 12, 1666-1675. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
This free content was digitised by double rekeying. All rights reserved.
DIE Martis, 23 die Octobris.
Hemp and Flax Bill.
Message to H. C. with it.
E. of Cleveland's Bill.
Bill to prevent Frauds in receiving the King's Monies.
Report of the Conference concerning the Vote against importing French Commodities.
"Concerning their Lordships First Proposition, That His Majesty's Customs may be impaired thereby, the Commons say, They desire their Lordships to consider, that in all Ages, in Time of War, there hath been the same Kind of Prohibitions, grounded from Magna Charta, Cap. 30; and in other Kings Times the like was done, as 27 H. VI. I. 28 H. VI. I. 4 E. IV. 6. By some of which Laws it appears, that when the Duke of Burgundy had prohibited our English Cloth, the Kings of England prohibited the importing of Commodities from his Jurisdictions."
"The Commons say, Herein they build on the Wisdom of their Ancestors, in making such Prohibitions in such Times, whereby the Crown suffered in the Profits, as now; yet the Loss of it was not put in Balance with the Disadvantage it brought to the Enemies."
"But to come lower; as to the Proclamation made by the King, the 15th of March 1664, by which Dutch Commodities were prohibited, though His Majesty had Loss thereby, yet He never balanced the Dignity of the Crown to a little Profit; and the Commons say, there is the same Parity of Reason for this, of prohibiting French Commodities, unless that the Rigour against the Dutch be greater than that against the French. They say further, That the King's Revenue will be more diminished by French Trade, if they be permitted to carry out the Money and Wealth of this Kingdom."
"They look upon this Diminution of the King's Revenue very tenderly, as their own Loss; and the King hath great Assurance that they will never desert Him in the carrying on of the present War, but will supply Him with their Lives and Fortunes."
"As concerning the Loss of the Duke of Yorke's Revenue by Wine Licenses, the Commons say, That the Law as it stands hath brought this Loss on him, as the Act of Navigation, for by that Act no English Ship, much less no French, can bring in such Commodities; nothing but Dispensation can relieve him, which is besides the Law. They believe his Royal Highness will not repine, though he find his Revenue to depend upon Accidents of Peace and War, as others do. And His Majesty will take Care of him, as we answer His Majesty's Occasions.
"As concerning the Proposition which their Lordships have given, That Care may be taken that French Wines may not be brought in under colour of Rhenish Wine; the Commons say, That they do see an apparent Possibility of Fraud if they come in, and further diminishing of our Revenues; but it is better to hazard that, than to beget new Differences with the Princes of Germany and the King of Spaine, out of whose Territories those Wines come, because we have Enemies enough already.
"To the Fourth Proposition of their Lordships, That the Prohibition may extend to all the King's Dominions; the Commons say, That if the other Dominions be free to import, it will frustrate the Act: Therefore they acknowledge their Lordships Care in this Proposal, and do agree to it; and desire that the Address to His Majesty may be amended so in this Point."