Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 5, 1646-1648. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Veneris, 24 Martii, 1647.
RESOLVED, &c. That the Sum of Two thousand Pounds be forthwith advanced and bestowed upon the University of Cambridge, to be employed towards the Building and Finishing of the Publick Library there: And that this Two thousand Pounds do issue, and be paid, out of the Estates and Lands of Deans and Chapters: And that it be referred to the Committee for the University of Cambridge, to consider and take care, that this Two thousand Pounds be forthwith raised and issued accordingly.
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the Sum of Five hundred Pounds be charged upon, and forthwith paid out of, the Receipts at Goldsmiths Hall, unto Mr. George Thomason, Stationer, for buying of the said Thomason a Library, or Collection of Books, in the Eastern Language, of very great Value, late brought out of Italy, and having been the Library of a learned Rabbi there, according to the printed Catalogue thereof: And that the said Library or Collection of Books, be bestowed upon the Publick Library in the University of Cambridge: And the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said George Thomason shall be a sufficient Discharge to the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, for Payment of the said Five hundred Pounds accordingly: And it is especially recommended to the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, to take care that present due Payment may be made of this Sum accordingly, that the Kingdom may not be deprived of so great a Treasure, nor Learning want so great an Encouragement. And Sir Anthony Irby is particularly appointed to take Care of this Business.
Ordered, That Sir Anthony Irby do, from this House, take Notice, to Mr. Tomason, of his good Service in his Purchase, and bringing over, from Italy, the Parcel of Books in the Eastern Languages; and to give him the Thanks of this House, for his good Affections therein to the Encouragement of Learning in this Kingdom.
Heads of Colleges, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the University of Cambridge, to consider of some sitting Way of Advance of Means for the Support and Maintenance of Heads of Colleges and Halls in the University of Cambridge, out of Deans and Chapters Lands.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the University of Oxon, to consider of some sitting Way for Advance of Means for the Support and Maintenance of Heads of Colleges and Halls in the University of Oxon, out of Deans and Chapters Lands.
Ordered, That the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, sitting at Haberdashers Hall, do pay unto Edward Husbands, Stationer, upon Accompt, the Sum of Six hundred and Seventeen Pounds Fifteen Shillings and Six-pence, for the many Services he hath done the Publick, in printing Declarations and other Matters, for the publick Service of the Kingdom, upon Order of the House of Commons: And it is referred to that Committee, to take the Accompts of the said Husbands; and to state them until the Date of this Order.
Mr. Millington reports from the Committee of plundered Ministers, the Amendments to the Ordinance for dividing the Parish of Wrotham: The which were twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And the Ordinance, so amended, upon the Question, passed; and is ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
An Ordinance for vacating the Presentation of William Parker Clerk to the Vicarage of Wrotham in the County of Kent, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Pury reports the Amendments to the Ordinance for settling and maintaining a Preaching Ministry in the City of Gloucester; the which were twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And the Ordinance, so amended, upon the Question, passed; and is ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
New Sarum Ministers.
An Ordinance for settling Ministers in the City of New Sarum was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to the Committee for plundered Ministers: Who are to report it on Friday Morning next: And Colonel Morley and Mr. Dove are added to this Committee.
New Sarum City.
Ordered, That Mr. Dove do prepare and bring in an Ordinance, to enable the Mayor, Recorder, and Justices of Peace, in the City of New Sarum, to suppress Disorders, and punish the Offenders, as well in the Close of the said City, as in the City, notwithstanding any Pretence of Privilege claimed, as belonging to that Place; and to confirm the Charter touching the Power of electing and putting out, as they shall see Cause, a Clerk of the Statutes; and for remedying the Defects and Failures in the Administration of Justice.
An Ordinance for the better Payment of Tythes in the City of London, and the Liberties thereof, was this Day read the First time; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Sequestrations in the City of Litchfeild, to allow and pay unto such of the Vicars of the Church of Leichfeild, as have stood well affected to the Parliament, their full Pensions, which they formerly had, for and during their several natural Lives; and to allow and pay unto such other Vicars of the said Church of Leichfeild, that have any ways shewed their Disaffection to the Parliament, Ten Pounds per Annum apiece, during their said several Lives, for their Maintenance and Livelihood.
Annotations of Dutch Bible.
An Ordinance for the appointing Theodore Haake to have the Privilege of printing the large Annotations of the Dutch Bible, set forth in the Year 1637, for Fourteen Years, was this Day read the First and Second time.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, at Derby House, to prepare a Letter, to be sent to the Officers of the Army under the Command of the Lord Inchiquin in Munster, to assure them of the Notice they take of their good Services, and of the Encouragement and Satisfaction they have provided for them, by way of Supply.
A Contract made by the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, sitting at Derby House, with Thomas Andrewes, Maurice Thompson, Thomas Player, Stephen Estwicke, Richard Shute, Maurice Gethin, Thomas Vincent, William Hawkins, Thomas Smith, and Tempest Milner, for Money, Corn, Ammunition, and other Provisions, to make the Soldiers, in the Kingdom of Ireland, take the Field with Chearfulness this Summer, for the Sum of Eighty-three thousand One hundred and Twenty-nine Pounds Thirteen Shillings and Four-pence; which said Contract is subscribed by the said Thomas Andrewes, Maurice Thompson, Thomas Player, Stephen Estwicke, Richard Shute, Maurice Gethin, Thomas Vincent, William Hawkins, Thomas Smith, and Tempest Milner; was this Day read, and approved of; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir John Evelyn reported from the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Affairs of Ireland, sitting at Derby House, the Offer of Lieutenant General Cromwell, for the Service of Ireland: Which was read; and was in these Words following; viz.
The Two Houses of Parliament having lately bestowed One thousand Six hundred Eighty Pounds per Annum upon me, and my Heirs, out of the Earl of Worcester's Estate; the Necessity of Affairs requiring Assistance, I do hereby offer One thousand Pounds annually, to be paid out of the Rents of the said Lands; that is to say, Five hundred Pounds out of the next Michaelmas Rent, and so on, by the Half Years, for the Space of Five Years, if the War in Ireland shall so long continue, or that I live so long; to be employed for the Service of Ireland, as the Parliament shall please to appoint; provided the said yearly Rent of One thousand Six hundred and Eighty Pounds become not to be suspended by War, or other Accident. And whereas there is an Arrear of Pay due unto me whilst I was Lieutenant General unto the Earl of Manchester, of about Fifteen hundred Pounds, audited and stated; as also a great Arrear due for about Two Years being Governor of the Earl of Ely; I do hereby discharge the State from all or any Claim to be made by me thereunto, 21 Martii 1647. Subscribed with his Name, O. Cromwell.
Ordered, That this House doth accept of the free Offer of Lieutenant General Cromwell, testifying his Zeal and good Affections to the Service of Ireland, and the Relief of the distressed Protestants there: And that Mr. Speaker do return the hearty Thanks of this House to the said Lieutenant General Cromwell, for his so free and liberal Offer, to the good Example and Encouragement of others, liberally to contribute to so good a Work.
Whereas a Contract this Day was approved, for furnishing certain Provisions for the Soldiery in Ireland: In which Contract many Particulars are contained, that are to be settled by further Ordinances: It is Ordered, That Mr. Annesley do prepare and bring in an Ordinance, in relation to these Particulars.
Ordered, That the Sum of One hundred Sixty-three Pounds be allowed and paid unto Richard Willis Esquire: And that the same be charged upon the Committee of the Revenue: And that the Committee of the Revenue do pay the said Sum of One hundred Sixty-three Pounds unto the said Richard Willis, or his Assigns, accordingly: And the other Part of the said Petition, touching his Fee of Forty Pounds per Annum, by Patent, for his Life, is referred to the said Committee of the Revenue; to take the same into Consideration; and to make Report thereof to this House.