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, 8 Februarii, 1649.
AN Act for admitting Presentations, and for granting Institutions and Inductions to Rectories, Parsonages, and Vicarages, within England and Wales, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to Mr. Love, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Rows, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Bond, Mr. Salwey, Sir John Trevor, the Lord Howard, Mr. Martyn, Major Salwey, Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir John Danvers, Captain Skinner, Sir John Bouchier, Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Millington, Mr. Snelling, Sir Mich. Livesey, Mr. Leman, Sir Wm. Masham, Colonel Fenwick, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Thomas Challener, Colonel Purefoy; or any Five of them: And all that will come to have Voices: And are to meet in the Exchequer Chamber, this Afternoon, at Two of Clock; and so de die in diem; and to bring it in This-day-sevennight.
Cursing and Swearing.
An additional Act, for the more severe Punishing of prosane Cursing and Swearing, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the same Committee: And that they bring it in This-day-sevennight.
Incest and Adultery.
An Act for suppressing the abominable Sins and Crimes of Incest, Adultery, and Fornication, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to the same Committee: And that they bring in the same This-day-sevennight.
Ordered, That, in this Commission, a Clause be inserted; giving Power to the Commissioners to inquire what Chapels are sit to be taken from Parish Churches, and annexed to others, or made Parish Churches; and where it is sit for other Churches to be built, and the Parishes divided, and Part of them appropriated to those new-built Churches.
The Lord Commissioner Whitelock reports from the Council of State, That the Council hath been informed, from several Parts of this Nation, and from Foreign Parts, that divers Persons are come over hither, who have been in Arms against the Parliament, and have thereby incurred high Penalties; which Persons are employed hither in the Nature of Spies and Incendiaries, for the promoting of new Troubles, and the Carrying on of the Interest of C. Stuart; to move the House, That they would take it into their Consideration, what Course they think sit should be taken with such Persons, if any of them be apprehended within this Nation.
Resolved, That an Act be brought in, for the Preventing and Punishing of any Spies, Actors, Agents, Contributors, or Correspondents with the Enemies of this Nation, in the Promoting of a new War, or Disturbance of the publick Peace; and for erecting of some such publick Court, as shall be thought sitting for that Purpose.