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 Mercurii, 26 Martii, 1651.
Parliaments and Elections.
THE House was this Day, according to former Order, resolved into a Grand Committee, upon the Heads of a Bill for future Parliaments, and for regulating Elections.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Say took the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Sir Henry Mildmay reports from the Council of State;
"That the Council find great Difficulty to get Recruits for Ireland, of which the Regiments there hath great Need; and therefore offer it to the Consideration of the Parliament, that Fifteen hundred Recruits may be raised by way of Press, within the County of Cornwall; from whence the Council conceives, they may be sent much cheaper, and more conveniently, than from other Places."
Resolved, by the Parliament, That there be a Press of Men for the Service of Ireland.
The Question being propounded, That the Number of Men to be pressed for Soldiers for Ireland be Two thousand;
And the Question being put; That that Question be now put;
It passed with the Affirmative.
And the main Question being put;
It was Resolved, by the Parliament, That the Number of Men to be pressed for Soldiers for Ireland be Two thousand.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That these Two thousand Men be pressed out of the Counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, and Dorset.
Resolved, That an Act be brought in upon these Votes.
And Mr. Dormer is appointed to bring it in.
Late King's Property.
Resolved, That the additional Act for Sale of the late King's Goods, and the List, be brought in on This-daysevennight.