Mercurii, 10 die Februarii.
8° Gulielmi Tertii.
AN ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act
for vesting and settling certain Estates of William
James Gentleman, in and upon Trustees, to be sold, for
the Payment of Debts, and making Provision for himself,
and his Wife, and their Children, was read a Second
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Mr. Pagitt,
Sir Wm. Blackett, Mr. Whitaker, Mr. Gery, Mr. Harley,
Mr. Machell, Sir Wm. Cooper, Sir Robert Burdett, Mr.
Sanford, Mr. Blofeild, Sir Robert Davers, Mr. White, Sir
Wm. York, Sir Gerv. Elwes, Mr. Yates, Mr. Bagnold,
Mr. Palmes, Mr. Gwyn, Mr. Mawdit, Mr. Lowther, Sir
Edw. Seyward, Mr. Philips, Mr. Baldwyn, Mr. Mitchell,
Mr. Morgan, Mr. Fuller, Sir Hen. Colt, Sir Math.
Andrewes, Mr. Lambton, Sir Mich. Biddulph, Mr. Bridges,
Mr. Osborne, Mr. Hammond: And they are to meet this
Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Lord Holles' Debts.
An ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act
for the speedy Satisfying of the Debts of Francis Lord
Holles, deceased, was read the First time.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be read a Second time.
Duke of Ormond's Estate.
Mr. Gwyn reported from the Committee, to whom the
ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act for
enabling James Duke of Ormond to raise Money, by Sale
of Woods, and making Leases for Lives, renewable for
ever, for Payment of Debts, and for encouraging English
Plantations in Ireland; and for Charles Lord Weston Earl
of Arran, in the Kingdom of Ireland, to make Leases of
his Estate in the said Kingdom; was committed; That
they had examined and considered the same, and made
some Amendments; 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 were read; and are as follow; viz.
Press 10. L. 24, leave out "or," and after "Three"
insert "or Four:"
L. 27. The same Amendments.
The said Amendments, being severally read a Second
time, were, upon the Question severally put thereupon,
agreed unto by the House.
A Petition of several Merchants, free of the Eastland,
Company, residing in the Town of Newcasle upon Tyne,
on behalf of themselves and others, was presented to the
House, and read, setting forth, That the Territories to
which the Russia Company have Liberty to trade, by virtue of a Charter, which is confirmed by Act of Parliament are of vast Extent, and capable of great Improvement, by exporting much more of our own Commodities,
and importing greater Quantities of foreign Commodities,
and Naval Stores, than the Russia Company have traded
for, if other Merchants might have Liberty to trade into
those Parts; which they dare not do, without Leave of
the Russia Company, under Forseiture of Ship and Goods;
though little Trade is driven thither by themselves; who
pretend the Narve also is within their Limits; and though
the Trade thither was first discovered by the Petitioners,
and is chiefly managed by them, and others not free of
the Russia Company, yet the Petitioners are forced to pay
such Duties as the said Company please for Leave to trade
to the Narve: And praying, That they may pursue the
Trade to the Narve; or else be admitted into the Freedom of the Russia Company, for the same Fine which the
Members of the Russia Company, and all English Merchants, may be admitted into the Hamborough and Eastland, Companies; or that the said Trade may be enlarged
Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table
until the Bill for admitting Merchants into the Freedom
of the Russia Company, upon reasonable Terms, be read
a Second time: And that the Petitioners be then heard,
at the Bar, thereupon.
Hay-market Paying, &c.
A Petition of Thomas Beake was presented to the House,
and read; setting forth, That the Petitioner hath a House
and Garden, of 30 l. per Ann. situate at the upper End of
Warwick-street, abutting upon Swallow-street and Beakstreet, containing 329 Foot in the 3 Fronts: That the
Hay-carts, from Tybourne-road to the Hay-market, make
it their common Road through Beak-street, 181 Foot in
Length; whereby the said Street is continually broken up,
and wanting Paving; so that, what with the Ground-rent,
Taxes, and Paving, the whole Rent of the Premises is
eaten up: And praying, That Beak-street may be included
in the Bill, now depending in the House, for repairing,
paving, and regulating, the Streets called the Hay-market,
in the Parishes of St. Martin's in the Fields, and St. James',
within the Liberty of Westminster.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition
be referred to the Committee, to whom the said Bill is
Preventing Corruption of Juries.
Mr. Edward Harley, according to Order, presented to
the House a Bill to prevent the Bribing and Corrupting
of Juries: And the same was received.
Privilege—a Person petitions for Discharge.
A Petition of Anthony Morin, in Custody of the Serjeant
at Arms attending this House, for a Breach of Privilege,
in arresting Colonel Luttrell a Member of this House,
instead of another Person, was presented to the House,
and read; acknowleging his Offence, and begging Pardon for the same: And praying to be discharged out of
Ordered, That the said Anthony Morin be brought to the
Bar To-morrow Morning, in order to his Discharge.
A Petition of James Anderson, in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms also, was presented to the House, and
Ordered, That the said James Anderson be brought to
the Bar To-morrow Morning, in order to his Discharge.
Abuses in the Mint at York.
Mr. Arnold reported from the Committee, appointed
to provide against the Abuses by Receivers of publick
Money, and to inquire into the Miscarriages of the
Officers of the Mints, That they had received Information of several Abuses committed by Mr. * Barton,
Melter and Comptroller of the Mint at York; which they
had directed him to report specially to the House; and
which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in
at the Clerk's Table: Where the same was read; and is
as followeth; viz.
That Mr. Thompson, a Member of the House, who
declared the whole Matter to the Committee, and then
delivered to them an Affidavit of one Robert Williamson,
of the City of York, Goldsmith: Who made Oath, That
in October last, he was desired by Mr. Thompson to inspect
and oversee the Melting at the Mint in York; which he
accordingly did, and found amongst the Washings and
Skimmings of Silver, which was taken out of the Pot,
which lay upon the Furnace-side, several Pieces of thick
Copper; which he took up, and shewed to Mr. Barton,
who took them from the said Williamson, and said, They
were his: That he did not know the Design of their
placing the Copper there at that time, there being no
Occasion for any Allay, it being only clipped Money
that was melted, for Two Days and One Night, in that
It appeared unto the Committee, by the Information
of Mr. Thompson, who also delivered in to the Committee
an Affidavit of one Christopher Hutton: Who made Oath,
That, in September last, Mr. Barton, the Melter and
Comptroller of the Mint in York, brought an Ingot of Silver in his Hand, which could not be worth less than 50 l.;
and Mr. Barton ordered the Assay-master to lay it by; and
the Assay-master then telling him it was not marked, Mr.
Barton said, It needed not, for it belonged to them, and
that it was Sweepings, and therefore he need not take any
Notice of it; whereupon the Assay-master took the said
Ingot and laid it in a Corner of the said Room.
Mr. Thompson also acquainted the Committee, That he
had an Account from the above-named Robert Williamson,
That on Tuesday the 22d of January, he being at the
Mint in York, where they were melting after the Silver
of one Pot was cast into Ingots, and the Pot set into the
Fire again, he the said Williamson, looked into the same,
and in the Bottom thereof he did perceive Two or Three
Pieces lay, which was not Silver, so he got a Pair of
Tongs, intending to have gotten them out, to have seen
what they had been; but one Crettington came with a
Ladle full of clipped Money, and though the said Williamson bid him forbear, and told him there was something in the Pot (fn. (a)) [that was not Silver], yet he, the said
Crettington, put the same into the Pot, and presently filled
his Ladle a Second time; and so prevented the said Williamson from taking out the base Metal that was first put
into the Melting-pot.
That it also appeared to the Committee, That the
Money comes out from the Assay-master at York 3 d.
and 3 d. ½ per Pound Weight worse than Sterling.
Mr. Thompson also acquainted the Committee, That
the said Mr. Barton, Melter and Comptroller of the
Mint, at York, hath several times abused Mr. Robert
Williamson, who was appointed to inspect the Mint: And
that the said Mr. Barton is negligent and careless about
the melting; and that there was above 3,000 Weight of
Silver melted in his Absence.
Ordered, That the Matter of the said Informations be
heard, at the Bar of this House, upon this Day Three
Weeks: And that the said * Barton, and the Witnesses,
do then attend this House.
Mr. Arnold also reported from the said Committee,
That they, being informed, That several Receivers had
furnished several notorious Clippers with broad Money;
and that one Captain Winter, now a Prisoner in the
Gatehouse for High Treason, hath received divers great
Sums of Money from such Receivers; had directed him
to move, That some Members may be appointed to go to
the Gatehouse, in order to examine the said Captain
Ordered, That Mr. Arnold, Sir Marm. Wivell, Sir
Hen. Colt, Mr. Sloane, Mr. Manley, Sir Godfrey Copley,
do go and examine Captain Winter in the Gatehouse.
Mr. Speaker acquainted the House, That he had received a Letter from Mr. Vivian, who is sick in the
Country, That he, being chosen a Burgess to serve in this
present Parliament, as well for the Borough of Fowey as
the Borough of Mitchell, in the County of Cornwall, makes
his Election to serve for the said Borough of Fowey.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do issue his Warrant to
the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new Writ, for
electing a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for
the said Borough of Mitchell, in the room of the said
A Bill for the better Securing of Debts, and establishing Credit, was read a Second time.
And a Motion being made, and the Question being
put, That the Bill be committed;
The House divided.
The Yeas go forth.
|Tellers for the Yeas,
||Sir John Elwill,
Sir Wm. St. Quintin:
|Tellers for the Noes,
||Sir Robert Burdett,
So it was resolved in the Affirmative.
And it is referred to Sir Wm. St. Quintin, Sir Godfrey
Copley, Mr. Bromley, Lord Walden, Mr. Chadwick, Mr.
Arnold, Sir John Elwill, Mr. Hamond, Sir Robert Clayton,
Mr. Smith, Mr. Champnyes, Sir Wm. Ashurst, Mr. Taylor, Sir Rich. Onslow, Mr. Bere, Sir Robert Rich, Mr.
Hoar, Sir John Bucknall, Mr. Pocklington, Mr. Blofeild,
Mr. Palmes, Sir Walt. Yong, Mr. Stockdale, Mr. Cox,
Mr. Farrer, Mr. Ashby, Sir Fra. Masham, Mr. Morgan,
Mr. Newport, Mr. Bagnold, Mr. Pelham, Sir Hen. Hobart, Sir Gilbert Clerk, Mr. Daniel, Mr. Archer, Sir
Robert Cotton, Mr. Morris: And they are to meet this
Afternoon at Five a Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Duty on Glass.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee, to
whom the several Petitions of the Glass-makers were
referred, be made upon Friday Morning next.
Supply Bill; Duties on Paper, &c.
Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow Morning,
resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to
consider of the Bill for granting to his Majesty several
Duties on Paper, Vellom, and other Things, to encourage
the Bringing in of Plate, and hammered Money, to be
coined; and for other the Purposes therein mentioned.
Ways and Means.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Friday Morning
next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House,
to consider further of Ways and Means for raising the
Supply granted to his Majesty, for carrying on the War
against France, for the Service of the Year 1697.
Commissioners of Accounts.
The House, according to the Order of the Day, proceeded to a new Election of Commissioners for examining,
taking, and stating, the publick Accounts:
And the Members put into Glasses their several Lists
of Persons Names to be Commissioners; the Clerk, and
Clerk-Assistant, going on each Side the House to receive
Ordered, That a Committee be appointed, to withdraw
into the Speaker's Chamber, to examine and peruse the
Lists given in by the Members of the House; and that they
do report to the House upon whom the Choice shall fall:
And it is referred to Mr. Poultny, Sir Wm. Scawen,
Mr. Mountague, Mr. Boyle, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Morris,
Mr. Rowney, Sir Humph. Foster, Sir Mich. Biddulph,
Lord Powlet, Sir Marm. Wivell, Lord Spencer, Mr.
Harrison, Mr. Daniel, Mr. Gery, Mr. Onslow, for the
The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a
Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Bill
for examining, taking, and stating, the publick Accounts
of the Kingdom, to commence from the Expiration of the
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Moyle took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Mr. Moyle 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 will please to receive the same.
Ordered, That the said Report be made To-morrow
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Nine a Clock.