Saturday, the 30th of January, 1657.
COLONEL Cock reports from the Committee of Trade, to whom, by Order of the Twenty-eighth of January Instant, it was referred to look into the Act of this present Parliament giving Licence for transporting Fish in Foreign Bottoms; and to give an Account thereof
to the House; and to consider of the Bonds taken for Payment of the Duty appointed by the said Act, by Englishmen; and the Recognisances entered into, in his Highness' Exchequer, upon Writs of Delivery issued from that Court upon Seizures of the said Fish; the Opinion of the said Committee, That the said Bonds and Recognisances may be cancelled, and made void; there being no former Law nor Usage requiring the same.
An Act, intituled, An Act, giving Licence for transporting Fish in Foreign Bottoms, was this Day read.
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the said
Committee, That all Bonds taken of English Merchants,
for any Duty to be paid by them by virtue of the late Act
of this present Parliament giving Licence for transporting
Fish in Foreign Bottoms, for any Fish laden by any such
English Merchants lading any Fish in the Bottoms of this
Commonwealth, and manned with the People of the same,
be made void, and delivered up to the respective Persons,
who have entered into any of the said Bonds, their Heirs
or Assigns, to be cancelled; and that all Recognisances
entered into, in his Highness' Exchequer, by any Persons,
upon any Writ or Writs of Delivery issued out of the said
Court, for restoring any Fish, or Ships laded by English
Merchants, in any the Bottoms of this Commonwealth,
and manned with the People of the same, for not Payment
of the Duty by the aforesaid Act appointed to be paid
by Englishmen, be likewise made void, and cancelled.
Colonel Cock further reported from the said Committee, A Bill giving Licence for transporting Fish in Foreign
Bottoms, and for Foreigners to lade Fish in Ships and
Bottoms of this Commonwealth, manned with the People
of the same: The which was this Day read the First time.
Resolved, That this Bill be read again the Second
time on this Day Sevennight.
Resolved, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this
House do go, with the Mace, into Westminster-Hall;
and require the Members to give their Attendance in this
The House, according to the Order Yesterday, resumed the Debate concerning an Answer to be returned to the Message from the Other House.
Resolved, That the First Thing to be debated shall be
the Appellation of the Persons to whom the Answer shall
Resolved, That this Debate be adjourned till Monday
Morning, at Ten of the Clock, after the Calling of the
The House adjourned till Monday Morning, at Eight of the Clock.