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, 24 Maii 1650.
AN Act for the more frequent Preaching of the Gospel, and better Maintenance of a Preaching Minister, in Colchester in the County of Essex, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Sir Wm. Masham, Mr. Bond, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Holland, Mr. Blagrave, Colonel Bossevile, Mr. Darley, Sir Wm. Allenson, Colonel Fielder, Aiderman Pennington, Mr. Garland, Mr. Nutt, Mr. Salway, senior, Mr. Hallows, Mr. Masham, Colonel Wayte, Major Lister, Mr. Carey, Colonel Thompson, Colonel Harrison, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Sir Wm. Brereton, Major General Skippon, Mr. Heveningham, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Hayes, or any Five of them: And are to sit in the Exchequer Chamber, this Afternoon at Two of the Clock; and so de die in diem.
Corn and Meal.
Ordered, That the several Acts for the Suppressing of the Waste of Corn, and touching Corn and Meal, be reported This-day-sevennight, the first Business.
Ordered, That the Bill for settling the Militia be brought in on Tuesday, Morning next, the first Business.
Propagating the Gospel.
An Act for the better Propagation of the Gospel, and Maintenance of Preaching Ministers, in the County of Yorke, was this Day read the First time; and, upon the Question, ordered to be read the Second time This-day-fortnight.
Ordered, That the like Act be brought in for the Propagation of the Gospel in the County of Cornwall, on This-day-fortnight.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of plundered Ministers, to examine the State of the Business touching the Feoffees for purchasing Impropriations for the Advancement of the Gospel, and how those Profits and Revenues are, and have been, employed: And that they report the same, with Speed, to the House: And this Committee has Power to secure that Revenue, and all such Sums of Money as they shall find in the Hands of any Person or Persons raised out of that Revenue, in such sort as they shall think fit, for preserving the same: And likewise to send for Persons, Papers, Records, and Witnesses.
And the special Care hereof is committed to Major Salwey.
Resolved, That it be referred to a Committee, to bring in a Bill for setting the Poor on Work throughout the Nation: Viz. to Mr. Bond, Mr. Holland, Mr. Snelling, Colonel Bossevile, Mr. Salwey, Colonel Thompson, Mr. Myles Corbet, Mr. Darley, Mr. Reynolds; or any Two of them: And all that come, to have Voices.
And Mr. Myles Corbett is to take care of it.
Embassy from Holland.
A Letter from the Lord Gerard Schaep, Commissioner from the States of Holland and West Friezland, directed thus; "Mons. Mons. Wm. Lenthall, Orateur au Parlement de la Republique d'Angleterre, a Westminster;" was this Day read; together with a Translation of his Letters of Credence.
Resolved, That the Parliament cannot admit of any Address to be made to them, by any Foreign State or Prince whatsoever, in any other Manner or Form than they have already enacted and declared; viz. "To the Parliament of the Commonwealth of England:" And therefore do declare, That they do expect, That the Addresses to be made by the Lord Gerard Schaep, Commissioner from the Provincial States of Holland and West Freisland, on the Behalf of his Superiors, be agreeable to the Form above mentioned.
Ordered, That Three of the Members of this House do go to the Lord Gerard Schaep; and acquaint him with the said Resolution of this House; viz. Sir Henry Vane senior, Mr. Reynolds, Major General Skippon.
A Member discharged from the Tower.
The humble Petition of Carew Ralegh Esquire, a Member of this present Parliament, was this Day read.
Resolved, That Carew Ralegh Esquire be, and is hereby, discharged from Imprisonment, and admitted again into the House: And that the Lieutenant of the Tower discharge him accordingly.
The House, according to former Order, adjourned itself until Tuesday Morning next, at Eight of Clock.