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, 29 Januarii, 1648.
Embassy from Holland.
A LETTER from the Ambassadors of the States General of Holland, to Mr. Speaker, was this Day read, first in French and then Englished.
A Letter of Credence from the States General, directed thus; "To the honourable the House of Commons of the Parliament of England;" were this Day read, first in French, and then Englished.
Resolved, &c. That the Ambassadors of the States General of the United Provinces of Holland have Audience in the House, at Three of the Clock this Afternoon.
Ordered, That Mr. Kinnersley do make Provision of Chairs and Carpets, for the Reception of the Ambassadors in the House; and prepare the Court of Wards for their Entertainment.
Ordered, That the Members of this House be injoined to attend the Service of this House, at Two of the Clock this Afternoon.
Mr. Allen, Mr. Challenour, Mr. Martyn, Sir John Danvers, Mr. Oldsworth; or any Two of them; to consider of an Entertainment to be given to the Ambassadors.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider, What is further fit to be done, upon the Answer of the General Council of the Officers of the Army, touching the secluded and secured Members, be injoined to meet; and bring in their Report on Monday next.
J. Poyntz, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Blakiston, Mr. Allen, Mr. Love, Sir John Danvers, Mr. Smith, Colonel Edwards, Mr. Trenchard, Colonel Bosvile, Mr. Lysle, Lord Grey, Mr. Millington, Sir Henry Vane junior, Mr. Say, Mr. Cawley, Colonel Ludlowe, Dr. Palmer, be added to the Committee to whom the Business upon the Petition and Appeal of John Points, alias Morris, and Mary his Wife, and others, is referred: And the said Committee, or any Five of them, are to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Forces in I. of Wight.
Ordered, That the Accompts of the Two Companies of Foot in the Isle of Wight, now to be disbanded, be forthwith stated by Major Edmund Rolfe: And the Committee of Revenue thereupon is required to make full Payment of their Arrears to Thomas Bourman Esquire, and Major Edmund Rolfe: Who are to distribute the same unto the said Two Companies.
Ordered, That the Business touching the Maintenance of Threescore Soldiers supernumerary, and the Officers unto them belonging, to be continued in the several Castles and Forts in the Isle of Wight, be referred to the Committee of the Army and the Committee of the Revenue; to make Payment unto Thomas Bourman Esquire, and Major Edmund Rolfe, so much Money Weekly, for the Pay of the said Officers and Soldiers, as the Committee of the Army shall think fit; until an Establishment be settled through the Kingdom.
Dissents to Vote of 5 Dec.
Mr. Luke Robinson, Mr. George Wilde, Colonel Apsley, Mr. Anlaby, Commissary General Ireton, Sir Michael Livesey, Mr. Lister, Mr. John Allured, Mr. John Dixwell, Lieutenant General Crumwell, and Sir William Constable, do severally disapprove and disallow of the Vote of the Fifth of December last, That the Answer of the King to the Propositions of both Houses are a Ground for the Houses to proceed upon, for the Settlement of the Peace of the Kingdom.
Courts of Justice.
THE Title of the Act for settling Proceedings in Courts of Justice, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; And
Ordered, That the said Act, with the said Title, be forthwith printed.
An Act for Repealing of several Clauses in the Act of Parliament of 25 Edw. III. intituled, A Declaration, Which Offences shall be adjudged Treason; and of one Clause in the Act of 1° E. VI. intituled, Statutes concerning Treason, &c. repealed; and of one Clause in the Act of 3 Jacobi, intituled, An Act for discovering and repressing Popish Recusants; and of Part of an Act made Anno 1° Mariæ, intituled, A Repeal of certain Treasons, Felonies, and Præmunire; and for Repealing of the Act of 11 H. VII. intituled, None that shall attend upon the King, and do him true Service, shall be attainted, or forfeit any thing; and of one Clause in the Act of 1° Eliz. intituled, An Act restoring to the Crown the ancient Jurisdiction over the State Ecclesiastical and Spiritual; and of Six several Clauses in an Act made 5° Eliz. intituled, An Act for the Assurance of the King's Power over all Estates; and of an Act made 7° Jacobi Regis, touching taking the Oath of Obedience to the King; was this Day read the First time.
Seizing a Ship.
A Letter from Robert Wilkinson, of 26 Januarii 1648, about the Staying and Seizing of a Vessel, called the Thomas and Margaret, of North Yarmouth, brought into Dartmouth; together with the Examination of Joseph Elliott, John Harvey, and others, therein inclosed: were this Day read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to pay the Mariners that brought in the said Ship, One Month's Pay, if the said Committee shall think fit.
Ordered, That the said Ship be forthwith seized into the Hands of the State; and employed for the Service of the State, in the present Winter Guard.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy do pay the Governor of Dartmouth the Charges disbursed in seizing and staying the said Ship.
Christ College, Cambridge.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the Petition of Matthias Taylour, Tobias Fletcher, and several other Students in Christ College in Cambridge formerly referred to the Vice Chancellor, and the Two Senior Doctors of the University of Cambridge, be now referred to the said Vice Chancellor, and to Dr. Hill, and Dr. Arrowsmith, in place and stead of Two Senior Doctors, or to any Two of them; to examine the Truth of the Contents of the said Petition; and, if they find the Petitioners able and fit to have their Graces, to take Order, That they may have their Graces accordingly, and that they do not lose the Benefit of this Year; and to take care, that they be not denied their Graces without just Cause.
Embassy from Holland.
The House being informed, by the Serjeant, that Ambassadors Extraordinary, from the States of the United Provinces of Holland, were ready, and did attend, to present themselves to the House;
The Serjeant, with his Mace, went to attend them to the House.
So soon as they were entered, they uncovered themselves: And the Speaker, and all the Members, stood up bare.
When they were come as far as the Bar, the Master of the Ceremonies and the Serjeant attended them, the one at the Right-hand, the other on the Left, until they came to the Chairs which were placed on the North-side of the House, upon a Turkey Carpet, with Two Cushions in them.
The Ambassadors Names were the Lord Paw, and the Lord Joachimi.
Who being set; the Lord Paw read, out of a Paper, in the French Tongue, their Desires.
Mr. Speaker informed them, by the Master of the Ceremonies, that he would acquaint the House therewith.
And then the Ambassadors, with the Master of the Ceremonies, and the Serjeant at Arms attending them, withdrew.