DIE Veneris, 22 die Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
||His Royal Highness the Duke of Yorke.
Epus. St. Asaph.
Epus. Cov. et Litch.
Ds. Thesaurarius Angl.
L. Great Chamberlain.
Viscount Say et Seale.
Ds. Berkley de B.
Ds. Howard de Ch.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Ds. Berkley Strat.
The Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas sat
Speaker this Day.
Froome Forest, E. of Orrery's Bill.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for confirming
Eight Hundred Acres of Land, Parcel of the late
Forest of Froome Letwood, unto the Earl of Orrory
and his Heirs."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is
committed to these Lords following:
Viscount Say et Seale.
Ds. Howard Ch.
Mr. Attorney General to attend their Lordships.
Their Lordships, or any Five; to meet on Wednesday next, at Three of the Clock in the
Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings.
Message from H. C. for a Conference about Foreign Trade.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Clifford and others:
To desire a Conference, concerning some Matter relating to the Foreign Trade.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will give a present Conference, in
the Painted Chamber.
The Lord Treasurer, Lord Chamberlain, the Earl
of Bridgwater, Earl of Anglesey, Bishop of Winton, the
Lord Mohun, and the Lord Ashley, are appointed to
report this Conference with the House of Commons.
L. Fauconberg, Leave to go Abroad.
ORDERED, That the Lord Viscount Fauconberg have
Leave to go beyond the Seas, for his Health.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed.
Report of the Conference concerning Foreign Trade.
The Lord Chamberlain reported the Effect of the
last Conference with the House of Commons, which
was managed by Mr. Clifford; who told their Lordships,
"That the House of Commons had taken into Consideration the great Obstruction that was in our Foreign
Trade; and they had good Cause to believe that the
Hollanders were the Occasion; and gave several Instances of it; and said, That the greatest Sufferers
by them were,
"1. The East India Company; who chiefly insist
upon the Depredations and Wrongs done to them
since 1656, to the Value of One Hundred Forty and
Eight Thousand Pounds, in Ships and Goods taken
from them by the Dutch; and Eighty-seven Thousand Pounds Loss, in a reasonable Valuation, in their
Factories burnt and spoiled by them; most of which
hath been done since His Majesty's happy Restoration.
"They also complain, that Pularoone hath been
possessed by the Dutch these Two and Forty Years,
so far against all Right and Justice, that The States
themselves do not pretend a Title to it; but in all
Treaties have accorded for the Surrender of it, and
yet do still forcibly detain it; and more especially it
was agreed upon the last Treaty that it should be
delivered up; and to that Purpose Letters were
written by The States, and Two Ships were sent to
take Possession of the said Island, which amounted to
the Charge of Twenty and Three Thousand Pounds
the last Year; yet, contrary to this Agreement, The
States privately writ Letters under-hand, that it
should not be delivered up.
"This Company complains of several other Ways
and Methods that the Dutch practise in India to obstruct our Trade:
"1. They pretend War against all Places where
the English plant any Factories for Trade, and
then declare War against the Kings of that
Place, and send some Ships to lie before them,
to hinder the English of their Trade; so that
the War they make is but in Shew against
those Territories, but in Reality against the
"2. By Pretence of Agreement with the Kings
of those Countries for the chief Commodities,
they hinder the English from any Trade, and
shoot at our Boats that go to land, alledging
they have bought all the Commodities, when
in Reality there is no such Thing.
"3. When these Arts fail them, they do in a
hostile Manner seize and keep the Ships and
Vessels of the English.
"4. They proclaim themselves Lords of the South
Sea; and, in Contempt, shoot at, and use
other Indignities to, our Royal Flag, thereby
affronting His Majesty and this Nation.
"Another Sort of Sufferers are the Turky Company;
who complain, That, since His Majesty's Restoration,
the Dutch have taken Two Ships from them, to the
Value of One Hundred and Ten Thousand and Five
Hundred Pounds, under Pretence of Letters of Mart
from the King of Spaine, after that King had recalled all such Patents, and had proclaimed Amity
with His Majesty. This Dutch Man of War was
both built and manned in Holland.
"The Royal Company complain,
"1. That the Dutch have endeavoured to drive
them from the Coast of Affrica, and deprive them of
their whole Trade, by following their Ships from
Port to Port, to interrupt by Force any Commerce
between them and the Negroes.
"2. They have persuaded the Negroes to destroy
their Servants and Forts.
"3. They have seized and detained their Goods and
"4. They have lately taken into their Hands, and
do now possess, the Fort of Cabo Corse, which doth
rightfully belong to the English.
"5. They have shot at His Majesty's Royal Flag, in
offering to go ashore to our own Factories.
"6. They have sent Two Protests to the English, requiring them to desist from settling their Factories
upon that Coast; and if they refuse, they will use
Violence; and declare the Eng. to be the Cause of
"Also the Portugall Merchants complain, That a
Dutch Man of War, called The Sluce of Flushing, did
assault and keep The Brazill Frigot, belonging to them,
worth Sixteen Thousand Pounds.
"Likewise the Traders into Affrica, before the Incorporation of the Royal Company, complain of
Losses received of the Dutch, of at least Three
Hundred and Thirty Thousand Pounds; some of their
Ships sunk and burnt; and, after taking of some
other Ships, their Men killed and poisoned in cold
Blood, others stript and turned ashore in the barbarous Countries; Four of which afterward, by great
Providence, returned into England; Two of them
testified it in Holland, vivâ voce, and to the Faces of
those that had done the Wrong.
"For all which Injuries and Wrongs, they have
not yet made the least Satisfaction, notwithstanding Proofs have been made upon Oath in
the Admiralty, and Satisfaction hath been
demanded by His Majesty's Envoys Extraordinary.
"All which amount,
By Damages upon Ships and Goods to
the East India Company, unto
For burning and spoiling their Factories,
|Unto the Turky Company,
Unto the Portugall Merchants,
|To the particular Traders to the Coast
|For Two Ships Charge to receive Pularoone,
|Sum Total, £.
"Besides the Loss of Pularoone, which, by a just
Compensation, is above Four Millions."
The House of Commons, upon serious Consideration
of this Business, have made a Vote; to which they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
The said Vote was read, as follows:
Vote to desire the King will take some Measures to protect Foreign Trade from the Depredations of the Dutch.
"Resolved, by the and Commons assembled in Parliament,
"That the Wrongs, Dishonours, and Indignities, done
to His Majesty by the Subjects of The United Provinces, by invading of His Rights, in India, Affrica,
and elsewhere, and the Damages, Affronts, and Injuries, done by them to our Merchants, are the
greatest Obstruction of our Foreign Trade; and that
the same be humbly and speedily presented to His
Majesty; and that He be most humbly moved, to take
some speedy and effectual Course for the Redress
thereof, and all other of the like Nature, and for
the Prevention of the like in future; and, in Prosecution thereof, they will with their Lives and Fortunes assist His Majesty, against all Oppositions whatsoever."
ORDERED, That this House agrees with the House of
Commons in this Vote.
Message to H. C. for both Houses to attend the King with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Baron Atkins and Justice Tyrrell:
To let them know, that the Lords have agreed with
them in the Vote which they delivered at the Conference this Day; and that the Lords intend to wait
upon His Majesty in a Body, and desire their Concurrence in going with them in a Body, to acquaint His
Majesty with this their Vote; and that the Lords will
send to know what Time His Majesty will appoint them
to attend Him, and will acquaint the House of Commons
ORDERED, That those Committees as were appointed
to sit this Afternoon are hereby put off until Tuesday
Morning next, at Nine of the Clock.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Com. Placit. declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in
diem Martis, videlicet, 26um diem instantis Aprilis, hora
decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Hitherto examined by us,
Howard Of Ch. Et Andever.