Veneris, 20 die Aprilis;
6° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
Address respecting Half-pence and Farthings.
MR. Arnold reported from the Committee, who were
appointed to prepare an humble Address to be
presented to his Majesty, touching Farthings and Halfpence, That they had prepared an Address accordingly;
which they had directed him to report to the House; and
which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at
the Clerk's Table: Where the same was read the First
time throughout; and then a Second time, Paragraph by
Paragraph; and, with some Amendments, agreed unto
by the House; and is as followeth; viz.
We your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects,
the Commons in Parliament assembled, being highly sensible of your Majesty's unparalleled Goodness, tender Affection, and great Charity, towards your People, do humbly beg Leave to represent to your Majesty, That the
present Tin Farthings and Halfpence, not being of the
intrinsick Value, and easily to be counterfeited, are therefore become an Obstruction to trade, and a Grievance
to your Majesty's Subjects: And therefore do most humbly beseech your Majesty, That the Farthings and Halfpence, to be made for the future, may be of English
Metal, to be coined at your Majesty's Mint, of the intrinsick Value: And that your Majesty will be graciously
pleased, That the same may not be let to farm; and to
order such of the present Tin Farthings and Halfpence,
as are not counterfeit, to be exchanged; that thereby
your loyal Subjects may be eased and freed from the Inconveniencies that have arisen by the same.
Ordered, That the said Address be presented to hi
Majesty by such Members of this House as are of his
Majesty's most Honourable Privy-Council.
Supply Bill; Hackney Coach Duty.
The Order of the Day, for the House to resolve itself
into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the
Bill for licensing Hackney and Stage Coaches, was read.
Resolved, That it be an Instruction to the said Committee, That they do consider of the Fine, Rent, and
Number, of the said Hackney Coaches.
Then the House resolved itself into a Committee of the
whole House, to consider of the said Bill.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Sir Thomas Littleton took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Sir Thomas Littleton reported from the said Committee,
That they had gone through the Bill; and made several
Amendments; which they had directed him to report,
when the House would please to receive the same.
Ordered, That the said Report be made To-morrow
Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Clause to
the said Bill, for the Commissioners to license a convenient
Number of Coaches, to ply on Sundays.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Nine a Clock.