Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 16, 1696-1701. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Veneris, 16 Aprilis.
Subsidy Bill of Tonnage and Poundage, and additional Land Tax Bill.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for granting to His Majesty a further Subsidy of Tonnage and Poundage upon Merchandizes imported, for the Term of Two Years and Three Quarters, and an additional Land Tax for One Year, for carrying on the War against France."
Receipt of Exchequer, ancient Course to observe, Bill.
Message from H. C. to return Hammond's Bill.
To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act for enabling the Sale of the Manor of Rowling in Kent, which, by Mistake, was by general Words comprised in the Marriage Settlement of the said William Hammond Gentleman, contrary to the Meaning of the Parties;" to which they have agreed, without any Amendment.
His Majesty, being arrayed in His Regal Robes and Crown, attended with His Officers of State, ascended His Royal Throne (the Peers being also in their Robes); commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to signify to the Commons, "It is His Majesty's Pleasure, they attend Him presently."
Then the Clerk of the Parliaments received the said Bills from the Hands of the Speaker, and brought them to the Table; where the Clerk of the Crown read the Titles of the Bills following; (videlicet,)
"1. An Act for laying a Duty upon Leather for the Term of Three Years, and making other Provision for answering the Deficiencies as well of the late Duties upon Coals and Culm, as for paying the Annuities upon the Lottery and for Lives, charged on the Tonnage of Ships and the Duties upon Salt."
2. An Act for granting to His Majesty certain Duties upon Malt, Mum, Sweets, Cyder, and Perry, as well towards carrying on the War against France, as for the necessary Expence of His Majesty's Household, and other Occasions."
3. An Act for granting to His Majesty a further Subsidy of Tonnage and Poundage upon Merchandizes imported, for the Term of Two Years and Three Quarters, and an additional Land Tax for One Year, for carrying on the War against France."
"9. An Act for explaining and enforcing the Act for paving and cleansing the Streets within the Cities of London and Westminster, and Borough of Southwark, and Weekly Bills of Mortality, and Streets adjoining thereunto; and for widening the Street at the South End of London Bridge."
"20. An Act for enabling the Sale of the Manor of Rowling in Kent, which, by Mistake, was by general Words comprised in the Marriage Settlement of William Hammond Gentleman; contrary to the Meaning of the Parties."
"Having given My Assent to the several Bills you have presented to Me, I am now to return you My hearty Thanks for what you have done this Session; which has been carried on with great Prudence, Temper, and Affection.
"At the Opening of the Session, I told you how sensible I was of the Difficulties to be struggled with, which were of such a Nature, that, I will freely own, the Hopes I had of our being able to overcome them, were founded only upon the Wisdom and Zeal of so good a Parliament.
"My Expectation has been fully answered. You entered upon the Business with so much Chearfulness, proceeded so unanimously, and have at last brought Things to such a Conclusion, that we may hope to carry on the War with Success, in case our Enemies do not think it their Interest to agree to an honourable Peace. And so effectual a Provision being made for supplying the Deficiencies of former Funds (which is the best Foundation for re-establishing of Credit); I doubt not but in a short Time it will have a very happy Effect, to the universal Ease and Satisfaction of My People.
"The Circumstances of Affairs making it necessary for Me to be out of the Kingdom for some Time; I shall take Care to leave the Administration of the Government, during My Absence, in the Hands of such Persons as I can depend upon.
It is His Majesty's Pleasure, that this present Parliament shall be prorogued to Thursday the Thirteenth Day of May next: And this Parliament is prorogued accordingly to Thursday the Thirteenth Day of May next."