Lunæ, 11 die Martii, 1677.
A BILL for vesting the Rectory of Westerham, in
the County of Kent, in Trustees, to be sold, for
Payment of the Debts of Edward Gresham Esquire,
was read the First time.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be read a Second time.
Sir Jonathan Trelawney reports from the Committee
to whom the Bill, sent from the Lords, intituled, An Act
for settling the Laws of the Stannaries of Cornwall and
Devon, and Encouragement of Adventurers in Tin, and
Preservation of his Majesty's Revenue arising in and by
the same; several Amendments, agreed by the Committee to be made to the Bill: Which he read in his
Place; and afterwards delivered the same in at the
Clerk's Table: Where the same were twice read; and,
upon the Question, severally agreed.
Some further Amendments being proposed to be made
to the Bill;
And a Motion being made, That the Bill may be
Ordered, That the Bill be re-committed to the former
Committee: And all the Members that come are to have
Voices at it: And they are to summon and hear the
Pewterers: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the
Place formerly appointed.
Tax on new Buildings.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of the whole House
be left at large to consider of the Charge upon new
The House then resolved itself into a Committee of
the whole House, to proceed further in the Consideration
of the Charge upon new Buildings.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Colonel Birch took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Colonel Birch reports from the said Committee, That
the Committee had agreed upon Three Votes, as Heads
for a Bill: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards
delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where the
same were twice read; and, upon the Question, severally
agreed to; and are as followeth:
Resolved, &c. That the Charge upon the new Buildings,
resolved by the House, be paid according to the full
improved Value, by the present Possessor, Occupier, or
other Person who hath the present Right, in case of
empty Houses; and to be allowed and borne by the
several Persons concerned, according to their respective
Profits and Interest proportionably; and to be ascertained,
where it shall not be otherwise agreed, by the Commissioners appointed to execute this Act, according to
the Rules and Directions given by this Act.
Resolved, &c. That whereas many great Houses have
been pulled down within the Time and Place limited by
this Act, and divers Houses there built, the Houses so
built shall be reputed and charged as built upon new
Resolved, &c. That no further Building be erected
upon new Foundations within the Limits mentioned in
this Act; except such whose Foundations were laid before
the Eleventh Day of March One thousand Six hundred
and Seventy-seven; or contracted for Building under
Hand and Seal, before One or more credible Witnesses,
before the Twenty-fifth of December One thousand Six
hundred and Seventy-seven; so as no House, so permitted to be built, be of less Value than Twenty Pounds
per Annum: And that all such Houses be charged to
pay, as this Act directs; and according to the Prices
paid near the same Place for Houses of the like Dimensions; and to be paid for on or before the First of
October One thousand Six hundred and Seventy-eight:
And, in case such Payment shall not be so made, such
Contract shall be void: And if Houses be built thereupon, they shall be demolished.
Resolved, &c. That a Bill be brought in, pursuant to
these and the former Votes; and it is recommended to Mr.
Solicitor General, Col. Birch, and Sir Tho. Meeres, to
prepare and bring in the same: And they are to consider
of a Clause to be added to the said Bill, for appropriating
the Monies to be raised thereby, to the same Uses that
the Money to be raised by a Poll is appropriated.
Hearth Money Patent.
Ordered, That the Patent of the Farmers of the Duty
of Hearth-money be delivered back to the said Farmers,
and to be brought again whensoever the House shall
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight of the Clock.