Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 19, 1709-1714. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Lunæ, 8 Junii.
Vanden Enden, Nat. Bill:
The Lord Delawar reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for naturalizing Lewis Vanden Enden," was committed: That the Committee had gone through the said Bill; and directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment."
Message to H. C. that the Lords have agreed to it.
Seamen's Petition referred to Committee on Soldiers Bill.
Upon reading the Petition of several Persons, whose Names are subscribed, on Behalf of themselves and many Hundreds of other Seamen, that have served Her Majesty very faithfully at Sea in the late Wars; praying, "That they may be included in the Bill now depending in this House, for enabling the Officers and Soldiers, who have been in Her Majesty's Service, to exercise their Trades; that those who have been in the Sea Service may have like Encouragements with those that have been in the Land Service:"
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Petition shall be, and is hereby, referred to the Committee of the whole House to whom the said Bill is committed.
Messages from H. C. with a Bill; and to return Sir Bourchier Wrey's Bill.
With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for the better regulating the Elections of Members to serve in Parliament for that Part of Great Britain called Scotland;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable Trustees to sell some Out Parts of the Estate of Sir Bourchier Wrey Baronet, in the County of Devon, for the Purposes therein mentioned;" and to acquaint this House, that they have agreed to their Lordships Amendment made to the said Bill.
Shoreditch to Enfield, Highways, Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for repairing the Highway or Road, from the Stones-end, in the Parish of St. Leonard Shoreditch, in the County of Midd'x, to the furthermost Part of the Northern Road in the Parish of Endfield, in the same County, next to the Parish of Cheshunt, in the County of Hertford."
Message from H. C. to return the E. of Thomond's Bill.
To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act for confirming several Grants in Fee-farm, made by Henry Earl of Thomond, by virtue of, or since the passing, a former Act of Parliament; and for giving some Ease and Relief to the Purchasers under or since the said former Act;" and to acquaint this House, that they have agreed to their Lordships Amendments made to the said Bill.
The House (according to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for granting to Her Majesty Duties upon Malt, Mum, Cyder, and Perry, for the Service of the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirteen; and for making forth Duplicates of Lottery Tickets lost, burnt, or destroyed; and for enlarging the Time for adjusting Claims in several Lottery Acts; and to punish the counterfeiting or forging of Lottery Orders; and for explaining a late Act, in relation to Stamp Duties on Customary Estates which pass by Deed and Copy."
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for granting to Her Majesty Duties upon Malt, Mum, Cyder, and Perry, for the Service of the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirteen; and for making forth Duplicates of Lottery Tickets lost, burnt, or destroyed; and for enlarging the Time for adjusting Claims in several Lottery Acts; and to punish the counterfeiting or forging of Lottery Orders; and for explaining a late Act, in relation to Stamp Duties on Customary Estates which pass by Deed and Copy."
Protest against it:
"1st. Because we apprehend, that the charging Scotland with this Malt Tax, will be a Violation of the Fourteenth Article of the Union; by which it is expressly provided, "that Scotland shall not be charged with any Malt Tax during this War;" and it was not denied, for indeed it is undeniable, that Peace with Spain is not yet concluded: And, by Construction of Law, and Usage of Parliament, this Bill is to be reckoned as a Grant to the Crown, and a Charge upon the People, from the First Day of this Session, at which Time even the Peace with France was not made.
"2dly, Because a great Part of this Malt Tax is for the satisfying and making up the Deficiency of the Malt-Tax, in the Year 1711; from which Scotland being entirely free, we conceive it unjust, even though the Peace were concluded, to make that Part of the United Kingdom pay any Part of that Tax, which was expressly given (as appears by the Preamble) for this present War.
"3dly, Because it is, by the foresaid Fourteenth Article, expressly provided, "that due Consideration shall be had of the Circumstances of Scotland, when any Imposition or Tax is laid on it:" And we are fully assured, that it is impossible for Scotland to bear so heavy a Tax, by which it will be liable to pay vastly more when the Peace shall be concluded, than it did during the War; whereas England has its Burthens greatly diminished.