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 Jovis, 24 Octobris, 1650.
Abuses in Prisons.
SIR Henry Mildmay reports from the Council of State The Paper of Colonel Edmond Syler, concerning Captain Welby: And the Letter of October Eighteenth from the Commissioners of Yorksheire, together with a Paper inclosed, touching Mr. Richard Hairebread, John Browne, and Thomas Bridges, and Henry Hopkins Esquire, Warden of the Fleet.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That it be referred to a Committee, to consider of and examine this Business; and report to the House, the true State thereof, and their Opinion, what they think fit to be done therein, on Tuesday next; and to consider of Abuses and Misdemeanors of Keepers of Prisons; and how to regulate the said Abuses, that the Law be not defrauded: Viz. to Colonel Marten, Mr. Carew, Sir Tho. Wroth, Major General Harrison, Mr. Weaver, Sir Henry Myldmay, Alderman Allen, Sir John Bourchier, Mr. Clement, Colonel Wauton, Mr. Solicitor General, Mr. Hill, Colonel Jones, Mr. Moyle, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Frye, Mr. Nevill, Major Salwey, Mr. Blagrave, Mr. Strickland, Mr. Long, Mr. Hey, Mr. Miles Corbett; or any Five of them: And all that will come to have Voices: And to sit this Afternoon in the Exchequer Chamber; and so de die in diem: With Power to send for Persons, Witnesses, and Papers; and to bring in an Act for regulating and preventing such Misdemeanors and Abuses for the future.
Bailiffs, &c. Accompts.
"Provided, That this Act, or any thing therein contained, shall not extend, nor be construed to extend, to the establishing or confirming of any pretended Liberties, Privileges, or Franchises, which have not been exercised and enjoyed, without Interruption or Disturbance, by any Lord of such Liberty or Franchise, for Ten Years before the Beginning of this present Parliament:" Which was twice read.