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 Martis, 6 Martii, 1648.
ORDERED, That it be specially recommended to the Committee for bringing in the Arrears, to take Consideration touching the taxing of the Civilians, for their Chambers in the Doctors Commons, How they may be eased, and taken off, for the Time past, and to come; and give Account thereof to the House.
Transactions with Holland.
Ordered, That the said Letters, and the Petition of the Dutch Merchants of the Intercourse, dwelling in London, be referred to the Council of State; to examine the Business; and report to the House, What they think fit to be done therein; and, if they find Cause, to make a Stop of it accordingly, in the mean time; and likewise, upon Consideration of the said Letters, to endeavour that a good Correspondency, and nearer Union, may be effected and preserved between the Two States.
Proceedings against Cawton.
Sir William Masham reports from the Council of State, That Mr. Thomas Cawton being convented before the said Council for Treason, divulged by him in his Prayer before his Sermon before the Lord Mayor and Aldermen, at Mercers Chapel, 25 February 1648, and other Expressions in his Sermon, tending to Sedition; upon several Informations against him, he was, by the Council of State, committed to the Gatehouse.
Resolved, &c. That the said Thomas Cawton be left to be tried at Law, upon the Act of this present Parliament, called, An Act prohibiting the Proclaiming of any Person to be King of England, or Ireland, or the Dominions thereof.
Ordered, That Dr. Burges, Mr. Walker, or such other Person as hath in his or their Custody, the Charter or Letters Patents of Syon College, be required to bring the same to this House, on Friday next.
Ordered, That the Council of State shall have Power to perfect and finish the Contract made with Colonel Tothill touching his Regiment to be sent into Ireland: And that the Power which the Committee for Irish Affairs at Darby House had, be transferred to the said Council of State: Who are hereby impowered to act, and exercise the like Power in this and like Cases.
Resolved, &c. That this House, having considered of the Necessity of securing Barwick, Carlisle, and the other new Garisons, doth think fit, that, out of the Forces now in being in England and Wales, there shall be an Addition of Four thousand Foot to the Forces, within the last Establishment.
Resolved, &c. That, out of the Forces now in being in England and Wales, there shall be likewise added to the same Establishment Twelve thousand Horse, Foot, and Dragoons, to be forthwith sent into Ireland:
Ordered, That Mr. Holland and Mr. Allen be desired to go to Goldsmiths Hall, and require the Treasurers there to make present Payment of the Three thousand Pounds ordered to the sick and maimed Soldiers, according to the Order made in that Behalf; and, in case of the said Treasurers Refusal, then to give an Account thereof to the House To-morrow Morning; that this House may take Course for raising the said Monies, by putting in new Treasurers, or otherwise, as the House shall think fit.