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 Veneris, 1 Februarii, 1649.
ORDERED, by the Parliament, That the several Members of this House be injoined, by This-daysevennight, to present unto the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal of England the Names of Persons for Commissioners to be appointed in the Commissions, which are to issue into the several Counties, in pursuance of the Act for Maintenance of Ministers; to the end the same may be speedily issued into all Parts, for the better Effecting of the Work intended by that Act.
Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal of England do grant the next Presentation of the Rectory of Gateshead in the County of Duresme unto Mr. Thomas Welde, according to the Desire of the Petition.
Ordered, That the Bill touching Presentations, and the Way of settling Ministers in Livings, be brought in on This-day-sevennight: And Mr. Love is to take care hereof: And for that Purpose the former Committee for that Bill is revived: And that they do sit To-morrow at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Queen's Court; and so de die in diem: And all that come to have Voices.
Resolved, That the Book, intituled, "A fiery flying Roll, &c." composed by one Coppe, doth contain in it many horrid Blasphemies, and damnable and detestable Opinions, to be abhorred by all good and godly People.
Ordered, That the Book, intituled, "A fiery flying Roll, &c." composed by one Coppe, and all the printed Copies thereof, be burnt by the Hand of the Hangman, at the New Palace Yard, at Westminster; the Exchange, in Cheapside; and at the Market Place, in Southwark.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor, and Sheriffs of London and Middlesex, be injoined and required to take care that the same be done in the Places aforesaid, within their respective Liberties: And that the Bailiffs of Southwark be injoined and required to take care the same be done in Southwark accordingly.
Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms do forthwith cause diligent Search to be made in all Places, where any of the said Blasphemous Books, intituled, "A fiery flying Roll, &c." composed y one Coppe, are, or may be suspected to be; and to seize them; and cause the same to be burnt at the Places appointed: And that all Persons who have any of the said Books in their Custody, do cause the same to be burnt at the Places aforesaid.
Ordered, That all Mayors, Sheriffs, and Justices of the Peace, in the several Counties, Cities, and Towns, within this Commonwealth, be required to seize all the said Books in all Places where they shall be found; and cause the same to be forthwith burnt by the Hand of the publick Hangman.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to examine the whole Business touching the Author, Printer, and Publishers of the blasphemous Book intituled, "A fiery flying Roll, &c." and to present unto the House their Opinion for the exemplary Punishment of the Offenders, and the Preventing of the Publishing of the like Blasphemies.
Ordered, That the Bills for Purishing of Incest, Presanation of the Sabbath, Adultery, &c. be presented to the House on This-day-sevennight: And that all the Members of this House, who have in their Hands any Bills of this Nature, do take care to prepare the same; and present them at that time to the House.
Whereas the Rectory of Gateside in the County of Duresme is become void by the Death of the late Incumbent there; and the Right of Presentation to the said Rectory is in the Commonwealth: And whereas the Inhabitants of Gateside asoresaid have humbly petitioned the Parliament, that the same may be conferred upon Mr. Thomas Weld, an orthodox, able, and pious Preacher: It is Ordered, That the said Mr. Thomas Weld be, and is hereby, nominated, constituted, and appointed Rector of the said Rectory and Parsonage of Gateside aforesaid: And that he shall have, hold, possess, and enjoy the said Church and Parsonage House, with all the Rights, Members, and Appurtenances whatsoever to the said Church and Rectory belonging, from the Date of this Order, for and during his natural Life.
And it is also Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal of England be her ebyuthorized and required to pass a Presentation of the said Rectory of Gateside asoresaid unto the said Thomas Weld, under the Great Seal of England, accordingly.