Lunæ, 6 die Januarii ;
Septimo Gulielmi Tertii.
Wye and Lugg Navigation.
A PETITION of the Inhabitants of Weobly, in the
County of Hereford, was presented to the House,
and read; setting forth, That, by reason of several Weirs,
Mills, and Dams, upon the Rivers Wye and Lugg, the
Commerce of the said Petitioners is lost, for want of the
Navigation of the said Rivers; and many Commodities,
with which that Part of the Country abounds, are so inconsiderable, the Land-carriage being so excessive dear,
that they are scarcely worth propagating: And praying,
That an Act of Parliament may pass, for making the
Rivers of Wye and Lugg navigable.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be
referred to the Committee, to whom the Bill to make the
Rivers of Wye and Lugg, in the County of Hereford,
navigable, is committed.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do issue his Warrant to the
Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new Writ, for the
electing a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for
the Borough of Thetford, in the County of Norfolk, in
the room of Sir Joseph Williamson, who hath made his
Election to serve for the City of Rochester.
A Petition of several Aldermen and Burgesses of the
Borough of Portsmouth, in the County of Southampton,
on behalf of themselves, and other Burgesses of the said
Borough, was presented to the House, and read; setting
forth, That, at the last Election of a Burgess to serve in
this present Parliament for the said Borough, a considerable
Majority of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses, in
whom only is the Right of Election, chose John Gibson
Esquire for their Burgess; but the Mayor (being threatened and over-awed, admitted the Populace to poll, contrary to the ancient Custom of the said Borough) hath returned Matthew Aylmer Esquire, together with the said
Mr. Gibson, in the same Indenture, in Prejudice of the
Petitioners Right: And praying the Relief and Consideration of the House in the Premises.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition
be referred to the Committee of Privileges and Elections;
And that they do examine the Matter thereof; and report
the same, with their Opinion therein, to the House: And
that they do hear and examine the same at the same time
with the Matter of the Petitions of Matthew Aylmer and
John Gibson Esquires, touching the said Election and
Sir Richard Onslow, according to Order, presented to
the House a Bill for the Increase and Encouragement of
The Bill was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
East Grinstead Election.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee of Privileges and Elections, touching the Election for the Borough of East Grinstead, in the County of Sussex, be
made upon Thursday Morning next.
Privilege of a Member in a Suit.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee of Privileges and Elections, touching the Matter of the Petition of the Heirs at Law and Creditors of Sir William
Basset Knight, deceased, be made upon Friday Morning
Dut on Coals.
A Petition of the Grand Inquest for the County of
Gloucester was presented to the House, and read; setting
forth, That the Duty of 5s. per Ton on Coals, imposed,
by an Act, made the last Parliament, for laying a Duty
upon Coals, Culm, &c. will so enhance the Price of
Coals, that few or none will be water-borne; so that little
Benefit will arise thereby to the Crown; and will lose the
Advantage of breeding up Watermen, employed on the
inland Rivers in the Coal-Trade, especially the Rivers
Severn and Avon; which are a Conveyance for the Counties of Gloucester, Worcester, and Salop: That this Tax is
very unequal in the measure; for that a Chaldron of Coals,
which pays but 5s. contains more Coals than a Ton, which
pays the same Duty: And the Petitioners conceive, That
Sea-Coal ought to pay a higher Duty than Pit Coals, because they are now protected from Privateers, and may
sell cheaper; whereas, the Ton-Coal, that receives no
manner of Advantage, will be advanced 5s. per Ton, to
the very great Hardship of the Petitioners, and the utter
Ruin of the Poorer Sort of People, who already murmur
at the Inequality of this Tax: And praying, That the said
Act may be explained in favour of the Petitioners; or
that the said Duty may be taken off from ton-borne-Coal,
and changed for a more equal Tax; as the House shall
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition
be referred to the Committee appointed to consider of
the Act, made the last Parliament, for granting to his
Majesty certain Duties upon Glass Wares, Stone and
Earthen Bottles, Coals, and Culm, for carrying on the
War against France; and the Doubts and Complaints
The House resumed the adjourned Debate of Saturday
last, upon the Amendment, made by the Lords, to the
Bill, intituled, An Act for regulating the Coinage of the
Silver Money of this Kingdom:
And the said Amendment was again read.
And the Question being put, That the House do agree
with the Lords in the said Amendment;
It passed in the Negative.
Press 11. L. 13th, 15th, 16th, B, and C, Amendments,
being severally read a Second time, were, upon the Question
severally put thereupon, disagreed unto by the House.
Resolved, That a Conference be desired with the Lords
upon the Subject-matter of the Amendments, made by
the Lords, to the said Bill.
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to prepare
Reasons, to be offered at a Conference with the Lords,
for disagreeing with the Lords in the said Amendments:
And it is referred to Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer,
Sir Joseph Williamson, Mr. Moyle, Mr. Whitacre, Mr.
Wharton, Mr. Clarke, Mr. Dolben, Mr. Smith, Mr. Heveningham, Mr. Gwynn, Sir Chr. Musgrave, Lord Pawlet,
Mr. Harley, Lord Coningsby, Sir Wm. Williams, Mr.
Boyle, Sir John Thompson, Lord Ranelagh, Mr. Hooper,
Mr. Cooper, Mr. Bridges, Mr. Comptroller, Sir Wm.
Cooper, Colonel Granvill, Mr. Molyneux, Sir Tho. Littleton, Mr. Elwill, Sir Fra. Massam, Lord Cavendish, Lord
Cornbury, Sir Fra. Winnington, Mr. Brereton, Mr. Byerly,
Mr. Norris, Sir Walter Young, Mr. Etlerick, Mr. Neale,
Mr. Newport, Lord Hide, Mr. Finch; or any Three of
them: And they are to meet To-morrow Morning at
Eight a Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Nine a Clock.