Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 15, 1691-1696. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Martis, 14 Aprilis.
Security of the King's Person, Bill for.
Message to H. C. with Amendments to it.
Persons who come out of France, bill for more easy Conviction of.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords Chief Justices of His Majesty's Courts of King's Bench and Common Pleas do forthwith prepare a Bill, for the more easy Conviction of any Person or Persons who shall come out of France into this Kingdom.
India Silks and Callicoes, Bill to prohibit the Wearing of.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Counsel shall be heard reply for the Petitioners, against the Bill, intituled, "An Act for restraining the Wearing of all Wrought Silks, Bengalls, and Dyed, Printed, or Stained Callicoes, imported into the Kingdom of England, of the Product and Manufacture of Persia and The East Indies," on Friday next, at Eleven of the Clock the First Business; and nothing to intervene.
Continuing Acts, Bill for.
Bill to continue the Acts for prohibiting Trade with France, and for Encouragement of Privateers.
Then the House took into Consideration the Report of the Conference had with the House of Commons upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for continuing the Acts for prohibiting all Trade and Commerce with France, and for the Encouragement of Privateers."
"Press 2. Line 2. Leave out from ["Possession"] to ["together"] in the 5th Line; and read, ["and Custody of such Persons as His Majesty shall appoint and constitute Commissioners, for receiving, selling, and disposing of Prize Ships and Goods, or their Officers and Agents in the said Port; who shall and are hereby ordered, in all Points, strictly to observe the Directions of this Act, together with such Rules and Instructions, for the better Performance of their Duty, as shall from Time to Time be given them, by the Lord Treasurer, or Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, and Lord High Admiral of England, or the Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral for the Time being, and approved of by His Majesty in Council; which Commissioners, constituted as aforesaid, or their Officers and Agents."]
"Press 2. Line 2. The Commons have disagreed with your Lordships in your First Amendment; because, by the whole Scheme of this Bill, the Advantage, which comes to His Majesty by any Merchant Ship taken by any Privateer, is only from Customs, arising upon the Goods of the said Ship; and therefore the Commissioners and Officers of the Customs are the only proper Persons to take Care thereof: And for any Share accruing to His Majesty, or any other interested therein, from such Prize as shall be taken by a Man of War; the Commissioners of His Majesty's Customs, who are appointed by this Act to take Care of that Revenue, will thereby be better qualified to make the several Dividends and Distributions appointed by this Act, without putting His Majesty to the Charge of any other Officers; and the rather, because the Officers of the Customs, in many of the Out Ports, have been, and are now, employed in taking Care of all Prizes brought into the said Ports.
"The Commons disagree with your Lordships in that Amendment; because the Perquisites of the Admiralty are not accompted for in the Exchequer; and, this being a temporary Act, the Rights of the Admiralty will not be prejudiced thereby.
"And for preventing Abuses practised by Privateers, pretending to take, as Prize, Ships or Vessels, being within His Majesty's Ports, Rivers, or Havens: Be it enacted, That where any Ship or Vessel shall be taken, in any of His Majesty's Ports, Rivers, or Havens, by any Privateer, such Prize, by Condemnation thereof, shall be and belong wholly and entirely to His Majesty, as a Perquisite of the Admiralty of England, and the said Captors to have such Part or Proportion thereof only, as His Majesty shall think fit to allow.
Committee to prepare Reasons for Lords insisting on their Amendments to it.
Lords Committees appointed to draw Reasons, to be offered at a Conference with the House of Commons, for the Lords insisting on some of their Amendments made to the Bill, intituled, "An Act for continuing the Acts, for prohibiting all Trade and Commerce with France, and for the Encouragement of Privateers;" and report to the House.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, (videlicet,) decimum quintum diem instantis Aprilis, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.