Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 6, 1648-1651. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Mercurii, 21 Februarii, 1648.
Dissents to Vote 5 Dec.
Leave of Absence.
An Act for the Election of the Bailiffs, Wardens, Assistants, and other Officers of the Company of Weavers, was this Day read the Third time; and, upon the Question, passed; the Petition of the Livery of the Company of Weavers, London, being first read.
Sheriff of Stafford.
Ordered, That Sir Edward Seabright Knight and Baronet be nominated and approved of to be High Sheriff of the County of Stafford: And that the Commissioners of the Great Seal of England do issue a Commission to him to be Sheriff of the said County accordingly.
Ordered, That the Commission to be granted to Serjeant Thorp, to go the Northern Circuit, do go with a Non obstante: And that the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal do issue a Commission to him accordingly.
Commissary General Ireton reports Amendments to an Act, intituled, An Act for Encouragement of Officers and Mariners, and impresting Seamen: Which Amendments were twice read: And the said Act, so amended, was, upon the Question, ordered to be ingrossed: and to be brought in again To-morrow Morning.
Naval Officers, &c.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Council of State, to consider of, and report to the Parliament, some reasonable Increase of the Salaries to Officers in the Fleet; whereby they may be enabled to maintain themselves in the Service, without Abuse to the State; to be allowed upon the Return of their Ships to Harbour, and delivering up their respective Charges, to such Officers as shall be found faithfully to have discharged their respective Places without Abuse to the State, in wilful Imbezilment of the Stores or Goods committed to them respectively, or otherwise; and to such only: And the said Council are also to prepare, and represent to Parliament, fitting Laws or Rules, with Penalties for preventing of any such Abuse or Imbezilment.
Resolved, &c. That Thomas Smith, Peter Pett, and Mr. William Willoughby, Three of the Commissioners for the Service of the Navy, shall be allowed Two hundred Fifty Pounds per Annum to each of them repectively, for their respective Salaries.
Resolved, &c. That all other Fees and Perquisites belonging to the Surveyors, Commissioners, and their Clerks, or either and every of them, be from henceforth absolutely taken away; and shall not be received by them or any of them.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of the Navy do give Power to the said John Holland, Thomas Smith, Peter Pett, and Mr. Willoughby, Commissioners for the Service of the Navy, and their Clerk, forthwith to act accordingly: And that a Bill be brought in to that Purpose.