Mercurii, 31 die Martii;
9° Gulielmi Tertii.
AN ingrossed Bill, from the Lords, intituled, An Act
for the speedy Payment of the Debts of Sir William Thompson Knight, Serjeant at Law, deceased, was
read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
Preventing Exportation of Wool.
The House resumed the adjourned Debate, touching
the ingrossing the Bill for the more effectual preventing
the Exportation of Wool:
And the Question being put, That the Bill with the
Amendments, be ingrossed;
It passed in the Negative.
Ordered, That all Committees be revived.
Abuses in Exchequer.
Mr. Gwyn reported, from the Committee appointed to
inquire into the Abuses of the Officers of the Exchequer,
and Receivers of the Taxes and Revenues, the Matter, as
it appeared to them: Which he read in his Place; and
afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table.
Ordered, That the said Report be taken into Consideration upon this Day Sevennight.
Supply Bill; Duty on Leather.
Sir Thomas Littleton reported, from the Committee of
the whole House, to whom the Bill for laying a Duty upon
Leather, for the Term of Three Years, for answering the
Deficiencies, as well of the late Duties upon Coals and
Culm, as for paying the Annuities on the Lotteries, and
for Lives, charged on the Tonage of Ships, and the Duties upon Salt, was committed, the Amendments, made
by the Committee, to the said Bill; which he read in his
Place, with the Coherence; and afterwards delivered in
at the Clerk's Table: Where the same were once read
throughout; and then a Second time, one by one; and,
upon the Question severally put thereupon, agreed unto
by the House.
A Clause was offered, to be added to the Bill, with
Blanks, That all Persons who have any Stock of Leather
for Sale, not made into Wares, shall pay a certain Duty
to his Majesty for the same; and that all such Persons
shall deliver to the proper Officer a Particular of their
Stocks valued, under a Penalty; to the end their Stocks
may be known: And that, upon Search and View of the
same, the Officer may examine into the Truth of the Particular: And if any Dispute arise, about the Valuation of
any Stock, the same shall be determined by the Oath of
the Owner, in Writing; but, if the Officer shall think
the King defrauded thereby, he may take the Goods at
the Value specified in the Affidavit, paying down ready
Money to the Owner; and the Goods shall afterwards be
sold, at the best Advantage, for his Majesty's Use: And
that in all Cases, where no Particular shall be given of
Stock, or if any Part of the same be fraudulently omitted
thereout, or shall be concealed, or carried away, before
the Duty paid, or secured, as the Act requires, the same
shall be forfeited to his Majesty:
And the said Clause was twice read; and the Blanks
And then the Clause was, upon the Question put thereupon, agreed unto by the House.
Ordered, That the Bill with the Amendments, be ingrossed.
Duty on Tin.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee of the
whole House, to whom the Matter relating to the Duty
upon Tin exported was referred, be made To-morrow
Supply Bill; Malt Duties.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Friday Morning next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole
House, to consider further of the Bill for granting to his
Majesty certain Duties upon Malt and Mum, Sweets,
Cyder, and Perry, as well towards carrying on the War
against France, as for the necessary Expence of his Majesty's Houshold, and other Occasions.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Nine a Clock.