DIE Veneris, 17 Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. Lich & Cov.
Epus. Bath & Wells.
|Ds. Custos Magni Sigilli.
Ds. Godolphin, Thesaurarius.
Comes Pembroke, Præses.
Dux Bucks, C. P. S.
Dux Devonshire, Senescallus.
Comes Lindsey, Magnus Camerarius.
Comes Carlisle, Marescallus.
Comes Jersey, Camerarius.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Grey W.
Ds. Berkeley Str.
E. Berkeley takes the Oaths.
This Day Charles Earl of Berkeley took the Oaths,
and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took
and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr.
Lowndes and others:
Who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act for better charging several Accomptants with Interest-monies
by them received, and to be received;" to which
they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Accomptants, to be charged with Interest Money, Bill.
vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for
better charging several Accomptants with Interestmonies by them received, and to be received."
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr.
Ward and others:
Who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act for the better and more regular paying and assigning the Annuities, after the Rate of Three Pounds per Cent. per Annum, payable to several Bankers and other Patentees, or
those claiming under them;" to which they desire the
Concurrence of this House.
Bank Annuities, 3 per Cent. Bill.
vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for
the better and more regular paying and assigning the
Annuities, after the Rate of Three Pounds per Centum, payable to several Bankers and other Patentees, or those claiming under them."
Messages from H. C. to return Barbier & al. Nat. Bill; and Briscoe's Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Clarke and others:
To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act to naturalize Daniel Barbier, John Kerron du Chesne, and
others;" and to acquaint this House, that they have
agreed to the same, with some Amendments, whereunto
they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Laughton and others:
To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the
Improvement of the Estate of John Briscoe Esquire,
in the County of Cumberland;" and to acquaint this
House, that they have agreed to their Lordships Amendments made to the said Bill.
Lists of Justices of Peace delivered.
This Day the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, pursuant to Order, delivered in the Lists of all the Justices of Peace in the several Counties of this Kingdom.
Recruits for Land Service and Marines, Bill.
Whereas this Day was appointed, for the House to
be put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An
Act for raising Recruits for the Land Forces and
Marines; and for dispensing with Part of the Act
for the Encouragement and Increase of Shipping and
Navigation, during the present War:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House shall be
put into a Committee thereupon, on Monday next, at
Twelve a Clock; and all the Lords summoned to attend.
Ballot for Persons to be Commissioners for taking the Public Accompts.
Then the Lords severally put their Ballots into a
Glass; the Clerk attending each Lord, and beginning
at the lower End of the House first.
The Lords following were appointed to cast up the
Ballots in the Glass; (videlicet,)
Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to withdraw presently, to cast up the Ballots in the
Glass; and report to the House.
The Duke of Richmond reported from the Committee,
appointed to cast up the Ballots in the Glass, "That
the Majority is fallen on
"Sir John Houblon,
"Sir William Scawen,
"Francis Eyles Esquire."
To which the House agreed; and ORDERED, That
these Three Persons be added as Commissioners to the
Bill, intituled, "An Act for the taking, examining,
and stating, the Public Accompts of the Kingdom."
Irish Commons Address, relating to the Linen Manufacture, Report about.
The Lord Sommers reported from the Lords Committees appointed to consider of the Address of the House
of Commons in Ireland, as followeth; (videlicet,)
"The Lords Committees appointed to consider of an
Address of the House of Commons of Ireland to Her
Majesty, laid before this House, by Her Majesty's
Command, the Fourth of January last; whereby they
desire Liberty for carrying the Linen manufactured
there directly to the English Plantations; and also the
Report of the Judges, as to the Laws concerning the
English Plantations, so far as the same relate to Ireland, and the Customs upon Linen exported out of
and imported into England, have met several Times,
according to the Order of the House. They began
with taking into Consideration the Address of this
House, on the Ninth of June 1698, whereby the House
did desire His late Majesty to declare to the Subjects
of Ireland, in the most public and effectual Way that
might be, that the Growth of the Woollen Manufacture there would be looked upon with great Jealousy by the Subjects of England, and, if not timely
prevented, might occasion strict Laws totally to suppress the same; and that, on the other Hand, if they
turned their Industry to the settling and improving
the Linen Manufacture, they should receive all Countenance, Favour, and Protection, for the Encouragement and Promoting of the same to all the Advantage and Profit that Kingdom could be capable of.
They then proceeded to consider how the Laws stood
at present; and as to that they found, that, by the
Act of Navigation made in the Twelfth Year of the
Reign of King Charles the Second, Ireland stood upon
the same Foot with England in relation to the Plantation Trade, so that it was then lawful to carry out all
Goods from Ireland to the Plantations as well as from
England, and to bring the Goods of the Plantations
from thence directly to Ireland as well as to England,
the Shipping and Mariners of Ireland being then
equally privileged with those of England: But that
afterwards, by the Act for the Encouragement of
Trade, made in the Fifteenth Year of the same Reign,
it was enacted, That no Commodity, of the Growth, Production, or Manufacture of Europe, should be imported
into the English Plantations, but what should be shipped
in England, Wales, or Berwick, and in English-built
Shipping, or Ships qualified as is thereby directed;
and whereof the Master and Three Fourths of the
Mariners at least were English, under the Penalty of
Forfeiture of Ship and Goods. But in the same Act
there is an Exception in Favour of Ireland, that it
should be lawful to ship and lade in such Ships, and
so navigated, all Sorts of Victuals of the Production
of Ireland, and also Servants and Horses; and by
another Act, made in 22d and 23d Car. IIdi, Cap. 26.
taking Notice, That, notwithstanding the last mentioned Act of 15 Car. II. Advantage was taken of the
not repealing the Word Ireland, which was mentioned
in the Act 12 Car. II. It was therefore enacted, That
the Word Ireland should be lest out of all such Bonds,
which should be taken for any Ship sailing for any
English Plantation; and that, in case the Ship should
lade any of the said Commodities at any of the said
Plantations, the same should be brought to some Port
of England or Wales, or to Berwick, and there to be
unladen, under the Penalty of the Forfeiture of the
Ship and Goods. They find also that, by an Act
made in the First Year of Her present Majesty's Reign,
intituled, &c An Act for Explanation of a Clause in
One Act made in the Seventh Year of His late Majesty's Reign, relating to Borelaps, and to take off the
additional Subsidy upon Irish Linen, all Sorts of Hemp
and Flax, and the Product thereof, as Thread, Yarn,
and Linen, being of the Growth and Manufacture of
Ireland, may be imported into England directly from
Ireland, by any Native of England or Ireland, free from
all Duties and Customs whatsoever.
"The Committee, being informed that this Matter
had been under the Consideration of the Council of
Trade and the Commissioners of the Customs, sent
to the said Boards, to know what had been done by
them respectively in this Affair. From the Council of
Trade, there was laid before the Committee, a Report
made by them the Three and Twentieth of December
last, upon an Order of Council; whereby they reported to Her Majesty, "That the Privilege desired by
the House of Commons in Ireland was contrary to the
Law; and that they could not advise an Alteration of
the Acts of Trade and Navigation in this Particular,
the Intent of the Acts being to maintain the Plantations in a firm Dependance upon England, and for
making this Kingdom the Staple of Commodities of
other Countries; and that, under the Colour of Linen,
other Commodities might be exported fraudulently
and clandestinely from Ireland to the Plantations, to
the great Prejudice of England."
"The Commissioners of the Customs attended the
Committee, and gave them an Account of their having
communicated their Thoughts to Mr. Attorney General upon this Subject, by Order of the Lord Treasurer; a Copy of which they produced: But the Committee directed them to report their Opinion to their
Lordships, as well in respect to the Liberty desired in
Behalf of Ireland, as also what Expedients they
thought would be most proper to prevent Collusion,
or other undue Practices, in case the House should
think fit to pass a Bill for allowing the Subjects of
Ireland to export Linen Cloth of their own Manufacture from thence to the Plantations: Accordingly they
did bring their Report to the Committee; whereby
they reported, "That Irish Linen may now be imported
into this Kingdom free of all Duties; and so may
from thence be exported to the Plantations upon very
easy Terms; but that, if they were allowed to carry
their own Linen directly to the Plantations, it would
open a Way for exporting Scottish Linen under Colour
thereof, it being not easy to distinguish the One Manufacture from the other, nor to hinder the secret Conveyance of Linen, out of Scotland into Ireland: That
it would hinder the Importation of great Quantities
of Linen from Holland, Hamburgh, and The East
Country, for the Plantation Consumption, which are
sent in Return of the Woollen Manufacture and other
Commodities of the Product of this Kingdom: That
such a Liberty might prove a Damage to the Navigation of England, and a Loss to the Revenue of the
Kingdom, by hindering the Importation of Foreign
Linen, and putting the People there upon the prohibiting some of our principal Commodities."
"They also produced to the Committee, an Account
of the Quality, Quantity, and Value, of Woollen Manufactures exported from England, to The East Country,
Germany, and Holland, from Christmas 1700, to Christmas 1702, in Two distinct Years; the Total of which,
from Christmas 1700, to Christmas 1701, amounted to
£. 1,556,839. 4s. 81/2; d.; and from Christmas 1701
to Christmas 1702, amounted to £. 1,524,873. 3s. 1d.
And also an Account of the Quantity, Quality, and
Value, of the German and Holland Linen exported
from England to the English Plantations in the same
Two Years, amounting, from Christmas 1700 to Christmas 1701, to £. 113,629. 8s. 113/4; d.; and from
Christmas 1701 to Christmas 1702, to £. 83001.
10s. 0d. And being directed by the Committee to
lay before them an Account of the Quality, Quantity,
and Value, of all Sorts of Linen imported from The
East Country, Germany, and Holland, into England,
for the same Two Years, it appeared to amount,
from Christmas 1700 to Christmas 1701, to £. 806,628.
6s. 11/4; d; and from Christmas 1701 to Christmas
1702, to £. 595,241. 19s. 81/4;d.
"The Commissioners of the Customs did also affirm,
"That such Liberty as was desired would have a greater
Influence upon the Trade of England than appeared
at First Sight; because though Ships from Ireland might
go to the Plantations with Provisions, Horses, and Servants; yet they could not make a profitable Voyage
with those Things only, but must come to England to
make up their Cargo; whereas, if they had the Liberty of carrying Linen, they would go directly for
"The Lords Committees also heard the Governour
and others of the Hamburgh Company, and also some
of the Drapers whose principal Dealing is in sending
Linen to the Plantations. They said, "That such a
Liberty given to Ireland would be very prejudicial to
the Hamburgh Trade, the Irish Linen being for the
most Part of the same Sort with that which was imported from Hamburgh: That at least a Tenth Part
of the Linen imported from The East Country, Hamburgh, and Holland, was sent to the Plantations; and
that many Drapers in London have their whole Subsistance by the Trade of shipping Linen to the Plantations: That Freight is much cheaper in Ireland
than in England; and that Sailors Wages was not above
Half the Rate there, as here: That the Customs upon
Linen imported into England were considerable; and
that, if the Importation of Linen was diminished, there
would be a proportionable Lessening in the Vent of
our Woollen Manufacture in those Countries; and they
would be put upon setting up the Woollen Manufacture among themselves."
"The Committee also heard several of the Gentlemen
of Ireland; who acquainted them, "That the Application of the People in Ireland to the Linen Manufacture was not a Matter of Choice, but was pursuant
to the Desires of the People of England, and to silence
a malicious and groundless Calumny, of their affecting
an Independence upon England: That all Trade in
Ireland would in some Degree affect the Trade of
England; but yet they hoped that would not be a
sufficient Argument to induce England to debar them
of all Trade: That it was impossible for them to
hope that the Linen Manufacture would become National, unless the Encouragement was general, which
must be by allowing them a Market: That, though
they might import their Linen into England Customfree, yet the Profit was too little: That, considering
the Freight, which must all be paid down to The West
Indies by the Usage of Merchants, the Loss of Time,
and Want of Stock, the Trade would not answer; the
Charge before it could go from England exceeding
the Prime Cost: That, as to the Objection of Collusion, their Ships went now with Provisions directly
from Ireland; and that it was a Mistake in the Commissioners of the Customs to say, that Ships, which went
with Provisions from Ireland to the Plantations, did
use to touch in England; that they believe there could,
not be One Instance given of their doing so; but it
may be true, that English Ships do often touch in Ireland, for taking in Provisions." They said, "That
the importing of Scottish Linen into Ireland is the
greatest Prejudice to them that can be, and therefore
so high a Duty is laid upon it in Ireland as amounts
to a Prohibition; and in Revenge of that, the Scotts
have forbidden the importing of Corn from Ireland
into that Kingdom; and they are willing to agree to
any farther Prohibition of Scottish Linen: And that
they are willing to submit to any Regulation for preventing of Collusion, upon the granting such a Liberty to them; but they desire it may not be so restrained as to hinder the Manufacture from becoming
"The Committee desired to be informed of them,
"Whether the Linen Manufacture was considerably
increased of late?" They said, "It was not; but their
Hope was, that in Time this Encouragement might
have a good Effect." Being asked, "Whether they
did not proceed in planting Hemp, as well as Flax?"
They said, "A great Part of Ireland was not fit for
Hemp; but that the South Part of Ireland, which had
the greatest Temptation to the Woollen Manufacture,
would bear Hemp very well." And being also asked,
"If it would not encourage the Proceeding of the
Hempen Manufacture, in case Her Majesty should
think fit to allow them some Privilege as to the furnishing Stores to the Navy?" They said, "Their
present Poverty made them uncapable of setting a
Foot great Undertakings; but that, if they had a
Prospect of something of that Kind, they did believe,
in Process of Time, they might make a great Progress
in the Hempen Manufacture."
"They said, "That, by the Act of the First of Her
present Majesty's Reign, all Sorts of Hemp or Flax,
and all the Production thereof, might be imported
into England Custom-free; but that it was insisted
upon at the Custom-house, that they were to pay a
Duty for Flax Seed and Hemp Seed, and Oil made of
either of those Seeds, upon Importation, which was
a great Discouragement to the Linen Manufacture;
because they were under a Necessity of changing
their Seed every Year, or at most every other Year;
and therefore they desired that this Matter might be
made clear by some Clause in an Act of Parliament."
"Upon Consideration of the whole Matter, in regard
to the Promise made in the Address of this House to
His late Majesty, "That Ireland should receive all Countenance for the Encouragement and Promoting of the
Linen Manufacture, to all the Advantage and Profit
that Kingdom could be capable of;" and that this was
the only Thing which Ireland had as yet desired of
"And that there can be no Trade whatsoever in Ireland, but will in some Degree or other affect the Trade
of England, and this of the Linen Manufacture seems
the least prejudicial; and that it will be a considerable
Time before there will be any sensible Diminution in
the Importations of Linen from Hamburgh, Holland,
and The East Country; and that, when it should grow
considerable by the Increase of the Linen Manufacture
in Ireland, England would find great Recompence, by
their having laid aside the Woollen Manufactures in
"The Lords Committees are humbly of Opinion,
That the Liberty desired by the Address of the House
of Commons in Ireland may be granted.
"And, in order to prevent Collusion, they do propose,
That the Exportation may be restrained to some particular Ports in Ireland; and that such other Cautions
may be used, both in Ireland and in the Plantations, as
are mentioned in the Report of the Commissioners of
"The Committee do also humbly offen to the Consideration of the House, Whether it would not be
for the Advantage of England, if the Hempen Manufacture was effectually encouraged in Ireland, whereby
such Naval Stores as are of the Product of Hemp
might be furnished within Her Majesty's own Dominions; and whether that might not be effected, in
case Her Majesty would be graciously pleased to
encourage the same, by declaring, that such Stores
should be used in the Navy preferable to any other
Which Report, being read, was agreed to; and ordered, as follows:
Report to be laid before the Queen, and an Address to be drawn.
"It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Report be laid
before Her Majesty, with the humble Desire of this
House thereupon; and that Her Majesty will be
pleased to recommend to the Parliament of England,
the Address of the House of Commons of Ireland,
concerning the Linen Manufacture there, in a convenient Time, and also the Encouragement of the
Hempen Manufacture in Ireland; and that the Lords
Committees, who drew up this Report, do draw an
humble Address, to be presented to Her Majesty, thereupon: Whose Lordships are to meet To-morrow, at
Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, in order thereunto."
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Sabbati, decimum octavum diem instantis Martii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.