Veneris, 25 die Januarii; Sexto Gulielmi Tertii.
Exempting Apothecaries from Parish Offices.
AN ingrossed Bill for exempting Apothecaries from
serving the Offices of Constable, Scavenger, and
other Parish and Ward Offices, was read the Third time.
A Clause was offered, That it should not exempt * *:
And the Question being put, That the Clause be brought
up to the Table;
It passed in the Negative.
Resolved, That the Bill do pass: And that the Title be,
An Act for exempting Apothecaries from serving the
Offices of Constable, Scavenger, and other Parish and
Ward Offices: and from serving upon Juries.
Ordered, That Mr. Price do carry the Bill to the
Lords, and desire their Concurrence thereunto.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Chivers have Leave to go into the
Country, for Recovery of his Health.
Ordered, That Mr. Hopton Windham Have Leave to go
into the Country, for Recovery of his Health.
Supply Bill; issuing £.300,000 out of Tonage Duties.
Mr. Solicitor-General, according to Order, presented to
the House a Bill for the yearly applying the yearly Sum of
Three hundred thousand Pounds, out of the Duties arising by an Act of this present Session of Parliament, intituled, An Act for granting to their Majesties a Subsidy of
Tonage and Poundage, and other Sums of Money, payable
upon Merchandizes exported and imported, for carrying
on the War against France with Vigour: And the same
was received, and read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
State of Revenue.
Mr. Foley, from the Commissioners for taking and stating the publick Accounts, presented to the House, according to Order, a State of the Incomes and Issues of the Revenue, from Michaelmas 1693, to Michaelmas 1694:
And the Title thereof was read.
Ordered, That the said State do lie upon the Table,
that the Members of the House may peruse the same.
Ways and Means.
The House, according to the Order of the Day, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to
consider further of Ways and Means for raising the
Supply to be granted to his Majesty, for carrying on
the War against France with Vigour.
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 made a further Progress in the Matter
to them referred; and had directed him to move, That
they may have Leave to sit again.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Thursday Morning
next, at Eleven a Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of
the whole House, to consider further of Ways and Means
for raising the Supply to be granted to his Majesty, for
carrying on the War against France with Vigour.
Abuses by Army Agents.
Mr. Harley, from the Commissioners for taking and
stating the publick Accounts, presented to the House, according to Order, their Observations of the Abuses, and
ill Practices, committed by the several Agents of the
Regiments of the Army; and also the Names of such
Agents of Regiments, as have neglected to attend them
upon their Summons:
And the same was read; and is as followeth; viz.
That, shortly after the first Constitution of the said
Commission, in the Year 1691, they found great Sums of
Money to be issued, for the Use of the Army, to Persons
called Agents to Regiments, whereof many of them have
Two, Three, or more Regiments, to the Number of Seven,
under their Charge; and thereupon directed Precepts to
all those Persons to attend them, with their several Accounts; who were generally very backward, and unwilling, pretending themselves only accountable to the respective Colonels that employ them, to whom they had
Your Commissioners did then discover so many Abuses
in their Practices, that they thought it their Duty to exhibit in Writing to this House, in the said Year;
'That the Agency to Regiments is a Thing lately
brought into Practice; and many of the Agents, paying
great Sums of Money for their Places, make their Profits
by Deductions from the Soldiers:'
That the Commissioners have since issued out Precepts
to all the Agents for the several Regiments; and find it
very difficult to have any Accounts, or direct Answers to
the Matters required of them: And, by reason of the
Delays of most of them to exhibit perfect Accounts and
Vouchers, the Commissioners have not been able thoroughly to examine all the Complaints now before them;
but they humbly offer to the House some general Observations, and particular Instances, thereunto relating:
And first, That the Subsistence of the English Army,
being last Year above 1,200,000 l. the greatest Part
thereof, besides Money for Cloathing and Off-reckonings,
is under the Management and Disposition of Agents to the
Army; who have declared themselves accountable to none,
but their respective Colonels, for the Disposition of the said
That several Complaints have been made to the Commissioners, that the Agents have kept Money in their
Hands, when the same hath been due to both the Soldiers
for their Pay, and for Debts in their Quarters; which hath
occasioned several Injuries and Abuses to the Subjects of
That several Agents keep back great Sums of Money
from the private Soldiers for Agency, and have also great
Gratuities from inferior Officers, under Pretence of advancing Money to them, when, many times, it hath been
the publick Money in their Hands payable to them, and
That they stop Poundage out of Money paid to Tradesmen, sometimes one Shilling, 2s. Half a Crown, and more,
in the Pound; though the Soldiers also allow Discount,
or Loss on Tallies:
That several of the Agents are Undertakers for Cloathing; whereby excessive Gain is made; and the Regiments
brought much in Debt, the Charge being thereby augmented beyond what the Off-reckonings will satisfy.
Besides the general Backwardness of the Agents to account, Mr. Richard Roberts, Agent to Three Regiments,
has had many Precepts to make up his Accounts, ever
since the Year 1691; and had also, not long since, Summons to attend the Commissioners, and shew Cause why
he did not bring in his Accounts; all which he hath refused to do.
Mr. William Wallis was Agent to Seven Regiments,
and is now to Six; and it did appear to the Commissioners,
That, in the Accounts which he had delivered upon
Oath, he had charged Colonel Lutterell's Regiment, for
Cloathing, with much more than he paid the Tradesmen
for the same:
And several Tradesmen, who received Money from him,
being examined upon Oath, did testify That Mr. Wallis did
deduct from them, from One Shilling to 2s. 6d. in the
Pound; and that he had set down to the Regiment about
double the Sum by him paid, in Sixteen several Bills; the
Originals whereof are ready to be produced; and also a
Voucher, altered, by his own Hand, from 81 l. 18s. 0d.
to 181 l. 18s. 0d.:
That there are also other Charges against the said Wallis, for Over-reckoning above 1,000 l. to that Regiment
and another, for Recruits; but he hath refused positively
to answer to that and other Complaints.
Ordered, That the said Observations be taken into
further Consideration upon Monday Morning next.
Ordered, That all Committees be adjourned.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Nine a Clock.