Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 14, 1685-1691. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Martis, 30 Decembris.
Corn Spirits for Distilling, and Duty on Low Wines, Bill.
(fn. 1) Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the encouraging the distilling of Brandy and Spirits from Corn, and for laying several Duties on Low Wines or Spirits of the First Extraction."
Distillers, West India Merchants, and Sugar Refiners, to be heard.
Upon reading the Petitions of the Master, Wardens, and Assistants, and Commonalty, of the Trade, Art and Mystery of Distillers of London; the Petition of the Merchants and Planters concerned in, and trading to, Their Majesties Sugar Plantations; and the Petition of the Refiners of Sugar; all praying, "That they may be heard, before the passing of the Bill, intituled, An Act for the encouraging the distilling of Brandy and Spirits from Corn, and for laying several Duties upon Low Wines or Spirits of the First Extraction:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That they shall be heard, by themselves or their Counsel, at the Bar of this House, thereunto, To-morrow, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Message from H. C. to return the E. of Aylesbury's Bill.
Who returned the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable Thomas Earl of Aylisbury and Elizabeth Countess of Aylisbury his Wife to make Provision for Payment of Debts, and to make Leases of their Estates;" which they had passed, without any Amendment.
Poor Prisoners for Relief of, Bill.
Bill for attainting Persons in Rebellion.
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this (fn. 2) Bill is committed to a Committee of the whole House, presently.
And the Earl of Fauconberge reported, "That the Committee had made some Progress in the Bill; and had received divers Petitions and Provisos, desiring to be heard to the Particulars and Persons therein mentioned; and that the Committee had thought fit to hear One Counsel upon any of the Petitions or Provisos by them received, on Thursday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; and therefore desired that the House might then be put into a Committee again for that Purpose, and to proceed on the Bill."
Navigation and Corn Acts, for Suspension of, Bill.
The Earl of Bridgewater reported from the Committee, the Bill, intituled, "An Act for suspending, during the War with France, that Part of the Act of Navigation, and that Part of the Act for Exportation of Corn, which obliges English Ships to sail with English Seamen," with several Amendments.
Public Accompts for examining, Bill.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee, upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for appointing and enabling Commissioners to examine, take, and state, the Public Accompts of the Kingdom;" and to open the Balloting Glass, as appointed Yesterday.
Lords chosen Commissioners by Ballot.
And the Earl of Fauconberge reported, "That the Committee had opened the Balloting Glass, and had cast up the Numbers of the several Lords named in the reading over the Papers in the Glass; and that the Earl of Bridgewater had Thirty-nine, the Earl of Stamford Twenty-six, the Earl of Rochester Twentytwo, and the Lord Cornwallis Forty-seven Ballots for him, which were the Four Lords that had the major Number of the Lords named for Commissioners to be added to the said Bill; and the Committee desired the House might be put into a Committee again Tomorrow, the First Business, to proceed further on the said Bill."
Rob'tus Atkins, Miles de Balneo, Capitalis Baro de Scaccario, Orator Procerum, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii, (videlicet,) 31um diem instantis Decembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.