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 Lunæ, 25 Februarii, 1649.
Ale and Beer.
AN Act, touching the Way of collecting the Excise of Ale and Beer brewed and spent in private Families, was this Day read the Third time.
And a Proviso was tendered to the said Act, "That this Act, or any Thing therein contained, shall not extend to Day Labourers in Husbandry, that brew Beer for their own Families:" Which was this Day read the First time.
Resolved, That the Debate upon this Bill be adjourned to This day-sevennight.
Ordered, That it be referred back to the same Committee, to consider, as well upon the Debate of the House, any thing else that may be proposed to them, of Something to be offered to the House, for the better and more effectual collecting the Duty of Excise; and present their Opinion therein to the House on Saturday next: And all that come to have Voices: And Mr. Lechmere to take care of it.
Council of State.
Sir Wm. Armyn reports from the Council of State, That Sir Peter Wentworth and Mr. Gourdon, nominated Members of this Council, came to the Council; and, the Tests being offered to them, in pursuance of the Order of Parliament of the Twentieth instant, they find, That, in those Tests, that which concerns Secrecy is contained in the Oath appointed for the Council by the Act of Parliament of the Two-and-Twentieth instant; and therefore, as they are willing to take the former Part of that Test, which concerns Faithfulness to the Commonwealth, and also the new Oath to be now taken by those of the Council for this Year; so they desire, that they may be dispensed with for subscribing that Part concerning Secrecy, in the former Tests, which is expressly provided for in the said latter Oath: And that the House be desired to declare their Pleasure therein, that, thereupon, the said Gentlemen may be admitted to sit in the Council.
Resolved, That the Signing of so much of the former Test, for the Council of State, as concerns Faithfulness to the Commonwealth, and the taking of the new Oath touching Secrecy, by Sir Peter Wentworth and Mr. Gourdon, Members of that Council, be sufficient, without subscribing the latter Part of the former Test, which concerns Secrecy.
Lord Lieut, of Ireland.
A Letter from the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, from Castle Town, 15 Februarii 1649, was this Day read; and ordered to be forthwith printed and published.
Ordered, That a Letter of Thanks be sent to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland: And that Mr. Scott do prepare the Letter: And that Mr. Speaker do sign the same.
Resolved, That the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland have the Use of the Lodgings called the Cockpit, the Spring Garden, and St. James's House, and the Command of St. James's Park.
Ordered, That the Lord General be moved, that the Soldiers in Duresme House be forthwith removed: And that the Possession of the said House be delivered up to the Earl of Pembroke.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to take care, that Duresme House be forthwith put in as good Repair and Condition, as it was when the Soldiers entered into the said House.