Third Session. ; The Queen's Speech to both Houses.
'My Lords and Gentlemen,
I was willing to give you an Opportunity of coming together again, to consider if any thing can properly be
done to prevent the Inconveniences that may happen to our
Trade, by too great an Interval between the Rising of the
Parliament and the first of May; and I need not add, that
whatever is to be done of that kind, will require to be
dispatched in a little time.'
Petition of the Merchants against importing of Goods into Scotland.
The Commons being return'd to their House, received and
read a Petition of the Merchants, on Behalf of themselves
and many others, concern'd in the Importation of Wines
and Brandy from Spain, Portugal, and Italy, and of other
Goods from Holland, &c. complaining, 'That (as the Petitioners were credibly informed) great Quantities of French
Wines, Brandies, Silks, Prunes, Rosin, &c. of the Growth
and Product of France; Whale-bone, Linnen, Drugs, Coffee,
Spices, &c. from Holland and from France, directly were
brought, and more intended to be imported into the Kingdom of Scotland, in order to be brought thence and imported
into this Kingdom of England, after the first Day of May,
to avoid the English Duties, to the great Detriment and
Loss of some, and the utter Ruin of other the Petitioners,
who had imported, and were importing into England the
like Commodities from Spain, Portugal, Italy and Holland,
paying the high Duties upon them; which Commodities had
been chiesfly purchased abroad with the Woollen-Manufactures,
Corn, and other Products of England; and praying, that
the House would prevent the Importation of the said Goods
and Merchandizes, the Importation whereof, without being
made subject to the English Duties, would be a great Damage, not only to the Petitioners, but to her Majesty's Revenue of her Customs; or otherwise to provide for the Petitioners Relief in the Premises, as the House shall think fit.'
The next Day, the Commons, in a Committee of the
whole House, came to these Resolutions, viz.
1. 'That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the
Importation of Goods and Merchandizes of the Growth and
Produce of France, and other foreign Parts. into Scotland,
in order to be brought from thence into England after the first
of May, and with the Intention to avoid the Payment of the
English Duties, will be to the Damage and Ruin of the fair
Traders, to the Prejudice of the Manufactures of England,
a great Loss to her Majesty's Revenues of the Customs, and a
very great Detriment to the Public.
2. 'That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the
Exporting of Goods and Merchandizes from England into
Scotland, that are intitled to a Drawback, with Intention
to bring the same back again into England after the first of
May, is a most notorious Fraud, to the Damage and Ruin of
the fair Traders, to the great Loss of her Majesty's Revenues
of the Customs, and a very great Detriment to the Public.'
The Bill to prevent the Frauds in importing Goods into Scotland dropt.
These Resolutions being immediately reported and agreed
to, a Bill was ordered to be brought in upon the same; which
was accordingly done, and after the second Reading, the said
Bill was ordered to be engrossed. The Bill on the 19th was
passed, and sent up to the Lords for their Concurrence; but it
being apprehended, that this Law would give Offence to the
Scots, and the most eminent Lawyers, who were consulted
about it, not agreeing in their Opinions, the Court thought
fit to let it fall: Considering, that the first Day of May was
near at hand, and that the Practices of the fraudulent Traders, had, in some Measure, been prevented, by the Terror
of this intended Law: Hereupon the Queen came to the
House of Peers, on the 24th, and the Commons attending,
her Majesty made the following Speech to both Houses.
The Queen's Speech to both Houses.
My Lords and Gentlemen,
'I Return you my hearty Thanks for the great Zeal and
Affection which you have shewn for my Service, and the
Public Good, in the several Affairs which have been before you, especially in that of the Union with Scotland,
which I doubt not will prove a lasting Blessing to this
'Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
I am to thank you in particular, for the great Dispatch
you have made in providing the largest and most effectual
Supplies that have ever been given to the Crown for the
current Service in any one Session of Parliament. I am
very much concern'd that the Public Occasions require the
raising of such great Sums from my People. I will take
Care they shall be applied to the Uses for which they are
given; and I hope, by God's Blessing, we may obtain Advantages from them answerable to so great an Expence.
'My Lords and Gentlemen,
'It is proper for me, before we part, to communicate to
you, that I think it expedient that the Lords of Parliament
of England, and Commons of the present Parliament of
England, should be the Members of the respective Houses
of the first Parliament of Great-Britain, for and on the part
of England; and therefore I intend, within the Time limited, to publish a Proclamation for that Purpose, pursuant
to the Powers given me by the Acts of Parliament of both
Kingdoms, ratifying the Treaty of Union: And, after we
have so fully compleated this Great Work, I assure myself
that when you return to your several Countries, you will
omit no Opportunity of making my Subjects sensible of the
Security, and the other great and lasting Benefits, they may
reasonably expect from this happy Union.
'This will conduce very much to make it prove so, and
be a good Preparation to the Success of our next Meeting,
when, I hope, we shall all join our sincere and hearty Endeavours to promote the Welfare and Prosperity of Great
The Parliament prorogued.
After which the Lord-Keeper of the Great-Seal, by her
Majesty's Command, prorogued the Parliament until Wednesday the 30th.