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 Novembris, 1650.
Earl of Downes.
Ordered, That the Business of Colonel George Gill be referred to the Committee of the Army; to examine the Business, and state it to the House: And the Northern Committee are joined to the Committee of the Army, as to this Purpose: And, in the mean time, all Proceedings against him, in Sale of the Lands by him purchased, is stayed: And the Trustees and Contractors, and other Officers for Deans and Chapters Lands, are to take notice hereof; and to forbear Proceedings accordingly.
Sir Henry Vane junior reports from the Council of State, An Estimate of the Charge of Thirty-seven Ships, to be manned with Five thousand Five hundred and Fifty Men, and employed for constant standing Convoy: And also, an Estimate of the Charge of setting forth the Number of Forty of the State's Ships, manned with Six thousand Men, for Thirteen Months; be reported to the Parliament, as the Result upon a Conference with the Committee of the Navy: And that it doth appear, by the said Estimate, that there be Victual annually provided for Eleven thousand Five hundred and Fifty Men; excepting for this Year, what is already in the Stores, and what yearly is to be provided by the Merchants, whose Ships shall be taken on in this Service, according to the Proportion of the Men to be borne upon their Ships: Which the Council presents to the Consideration of the Parliament, for their further Pleasure to be declared therein.
An Estimate of the Charge of the Freight, Victuals, and Wages of Thirty-seven Ships, manned with Five thousand Five hundred and Fifty Men, accounting One hundred and Fifty Men to each Ship, for One whole Year, to be distributed as followeth; viz. Eighteen hundred Men, in Twelve Ships, for Thirteen Months; Nineteen hundred and Fifty Men, in Thirteen Ships, for Eight Months; and Eighteen hundred Men, in Twelve Ships, for Ten Months.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy to make Provision of Ships, and all other Provisions, for a settled Convoy, not exceeding the Number of Men and Charge mentioned in this List.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, that they do make Provision of Ships and Men, not exceeding the Number of Men and Ships mentioned in this List, for the Summer and Winter Guard next ensuing.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee formerly appointed to contract for Provisions for the Navy, to consider of the Proposals tendered, or of any other Proposals, not exceeding the former Rates; and of the Persons, whether they are of known good Affections to the State; and to consider of the Ability of the Persons.
Captures from Portugall.
And the Bill, with these Amendments, was, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be printed and published: And that the Serjeant at Arms attending the Parliament do publish this Act, on Three several Days, at the Old Exchange, London, together with the Act prohibiting Trade to Scotland.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy be authorized and required to take care for the best Improvement to be made by the Sale of the Portugall and any other Prizes, for the Benefit of the State; and to give such Directions therein as they shall think fit: And that they do present an Account of the Proceed thereof to the House.
Resolved, That the Committee of the Navy be authorized to require the Auditors, and as well the former as the present Collectors of Prize Goods, to give unto them an Account of all the Prizes that have been taken; and to offer to the House whatsoever they shall think further fit for the better Improvement thereof; and make Report thereof to the House, with all Speed.
Raising Money, &c.
Resolved, That the Bill for One hundred and Twenty thousand Pounds per mensem be read on Tuesday Morning next, the first Business: And that the Report touching the French Business be taken into Consideration, next after that Bill.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Obstructions, to examine the Business of embeziling the Lead from the Cathedral Church in the Isle of Ely, and other Cathedrals; and to secure the same; and give Order for preventing the like for the future.
Ordered, That the Committee, formerly appointed to bring in a Bill against the Raunters, be revived: And that they take into Consideration the Informations from Ely, Dorsetshire, and other Places, touching Raunters; and examine the Truth thereof; and report the same, with their Opinions therein, to the House.
Law Proceedings in English.
Which was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the Committee for regulating the Law: And that the same be brought in This-day-sevennight, the first Business: And the Lord Commissioner Whitelock and the Lord Commissioner Lisle are to take care that the same be made ready against that time.