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 Martis, 29 Januarii, 1649.
Gospel in Wales.
Which was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to Colonel Harrison, Colonel Jones, Mr. Bond, Mr. Lislebone Long, Colonel Fleetwood, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Ashe, Alderman Pennington, Sir John Trevor, Mr. Love, Mr. Garland, Sir Wm. Masham, Mr. Gurdon, Colonel Purefoy, Lord Howard, Major General Skippon, Mr. Liechmere, Colonel Ven, Captain Skinner, Mr. Say, Sir Michaell Lievsey, Colonel Temple, Lord Grey, Sir Henry Mildmay, Colonel Ludlow, Earl of Salisbury, Sir Wm. Allenson, Colonel White, Mr. John Ashe, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Salloway, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Browne, Colonel Birch, Mr. Pury, Sir Gregory Norton, Sir Wm. Constable, Alderman Hoyle, Sir John Bourchier; or any Five of them: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber, at Two of Clock.
Gospel in Wiltes.
Ordered, That it be referred to the former Committee, to consider of this Petition; and present to the House what they shall think fit in their Opinion to be done for the better Advancing of the Work desired by that Petition.
Ordered, That every Friday in every Week, the House do take into Consideration the best Ways and Means to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and Piety:... that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind thereof.
Sir J. Garrett.
Ship Sancta Clara.
A Letter from Youghall, January the Sixteenth 1649, from the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, was this Day read; with a printed Book inclosed, intituled, "Certain Acts and Declarations made by the Ecclesiastical Congregation of the Archbishops, Bishops, and other Prelates, met at Clonmacknoise the Fourth of December 1649:" Which was also read.
Ordered, That it be specially referred to the Council of State, to consider of the several Letters from the Lord Licutenant of Ireland, and of the Particulars therein; and what Supply of Ships are fit to be sent thither for the better Carrying on of the Service; and to give present Order for the same.
Ordered, That it be also referred to the Council of State, to consider likewise of the Proposition in the Letter, concerning the Supplies of Victuals, Stores, Tackle, and other Necessaries for Ships, that are there to be made in those Harbours; and what Ships are fit to be so furnished there; and how the same may be best done for the Advantage of the State, and promoting the Service; and to report their Opinions therein to the House.
Ordered, That it be referred to Sir Henry Vane, Colonel Inglesby, Mr. Gurdon, Mr. Scott, Mr. Holland, and Colonel Harrison, or any Two of them, to prepare a Declaration, setting forth Reasons and Grounds for setting apart a Day for Publick Humiliation, and Solemn Seeking of God for his Direction in, and Blessing upon, the Councils and Endeavours of the Parliament, and their Forces raised by them; and to bring it in on Friday Morning next.
Stile in Negotiations.
That it be reported to the House, That this Council having, in pursuance of their Order, appointed some Persons to go as Agents from this Commonwealth to Spaine and Portugall, to whom they are to prepare Commissions for that Service; which Commissions have heretofore passed under the Great Seal; and considering that the Stile of all Instruments, passing under that Seal, is, by Act of Parliament, to be Custodes Libertatis Angliæ Authoritate Parliamenti, in all legal Transactions within the Commonwealth; but no Stile is appointed to be used to Foreign States; and therefore the Council hath written the Letters, which are signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the Generals at Sea, to be made use of to such Princes upon whose Coasts they shall come, or with whom they shall have Occasion of any Transaction, in the Stile Reipublicæ Anglicanæ Ordines; and conceive that Stile proper to be used in all Foreign Negotiations, unless the Parliament think fit to appoint any other; and that in case the Parliament shall approve thereof, that they will give Order, that all Foreign Negotiations, the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal may, from time to time, affix the Great Seal to such Commissions, as the Council of State shall pass under the Seal of the said Council, for any Persons to be as Ambassadors, Residents, or Agents, from this Commonwealth.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee do fit To-morrow Morning at Eight of the Clock: And that the Speaker do take the Chair at Eleven of the Clock: And that the House do then proceed with the Debate on this Report; nothing to intervene: And that Mr. Speaker do put the House in mind thereof.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Lords Commissioners of the Greal Seal, to nominate and appoint such of the Judges to go the several Circuits, as they shall think best for the Service of the Commonwealth: And that such Judges, as shall be by them appointed to ride Circuits in their own Countries, pro hac vice, shall not thereby incur any Penalty imposed by the Act of Parliament in that Behalf.