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, 2 Aprilis, 1649.
Sheriff of Lancaster.
ORDERED, That John Hartley Esquire be, and is nominated and approved of to be, High Sheriff for the County of Lancaster, in the place of Humphry Chetham Esquire: And that the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal of England do issue forth a Commission for him to be High Sheriff of the said County accordingly.
Ordered, That the Report from the Committee touching the Anticipations on the Excise and Goldsmiths Hall, be made on Wednesday Morning, the first Business.
Sir Arthur Haslerigg reports from the Committee touching Delinquents, some Rules touching Compositions.
Resolved, &c. That whosoever is to compound at a Moiety, shall pay one full Moiety of all his Chattels, and personal Estate, and Seven Years and an Half full Value of his real Estate in Land, and Five Years Purchase for Houses, for so much as the Compounder hath, either in Fee Simple, or Fee Tail; and, for what he hath for Life, Lives or Years, to pay proportionably.
The Second Rule being, That whosoever is to compound at a Third, shall pay one full Third Part of all his Chattels, and personal Estate, and Five Years full Value of his real Estate, whether entailed or not entailed, if the Reversion be in the Compounder's Heirs; and for Leases for Life, Lives, or Years, to pay proportionably;
Ordered, That it be re-committed to Mr. Whitlock, Mr. Martyn, and Mr. Ashe: Who are to withdraw; and, upon the Debate of the House, to divide the said Rule; and consider, How the same may be settled; and report it to the House.
The Third Rule being, That whosoever is to compound at a Sixth, shall pay one full Sixth Part of all his Chattels, and personal Estate, and Three Years full Value of his real Estate, whether entailed, or not entailed, if the Reversion be in the Compounder's Heirs; and, for Leases for Life, Lives, or Years, to pay proportionably;
Ordered, That this Rule be committed to the same Committee, appointed to withdraw upon the former Rule; to consider likewise of this Rule; and to report it to this House.
The Fourth Rule being, That all Statutes, Recognizances, Judgments, Mortgages, legally and actually extended, or entered into, are to be allowed, and no other Debts whatsoever; the Values of all real Estates shall be accounted and rated as they were in the Year 1641, and before;
Ordered, That this Rule be committed to the same Committee, appointed to withdraw upon the former Rule; to consider likewise of this Rule; and report it to the House.
Dean and Chapters Lands.
Ordered, That the Act for Dean and Chapters Lands be reported this Day: And that Mr. John Corbett be sent for to report the same: And that the Serjeant at Arms that attends the House do send for him accordingly.
Refusal of Ld. Mayor to proclaim the Abolition of Monarchy.
The House being informed, That the Lord Mayor of the City of London did attend the Pleasure of the House, upon an Order of the Thirtieth of March last;
The House ordered him to be called in: And, being come to the Bar of this House, Mr. Speaker told him, The House had heretofore sent an Order to him, and a Writ was likewise sent to him, which was to proclaim an Act for abolishing the Kingly Office in England, Ireland, and the Dominions thereunto belonging: The House, by an order on Friday last, did appoint him to be here this Day, to answer his Contempt in not doing it.
The Lord Mayor answered, That he did receive an Order on Friday the Three-and-twentieth of March last, by Mr. Alderman Penington, for proclaiming that Act; and also another Order, to give an Account to the House touching the same.
The Answer he now gave, being, That, his Conscience being charged, as it was, with several Oaths, at and before the Entering upon his Mayoralty he could not dispense with it in proclaiming that Act; and that he hath not done it.
And thereupon was ordered to withdraw.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Abraham Reynaldson, Lord Mayor of the City of London, be discharged from being Lord Mayor of the said City, and disabled from bearing the said Office hereafter: And that the City of London do proceed to elect a new Lord Mayor forthwith.
Resolved, &c. That a Fine of Two thousand Pounds be imposed upon the said Mr. Abraham Reynoldson, to be forthwith paid.
Resolved, &c. That the said Mr. Abraham Reynoldson be committed to the Prison of the Tower, for the Space of One Month.
Resolved, &c. That the said Fine of Two thousand Pounds shall be distributed to the Use of the Poor; viz. Five hundred Pounds to the Poor of the City of London, and the Suburbs; Five hundred Pounds to the Poor of Southwark; Five hundred Pounds to the Poor of Westminster; and Five hundred Pounds to the Poor of the Hamlets.
Ordered, That the Aldermen of the City of London be required to proceed forthwith in the Election of a new Lord Mayor, according to the usual Course of the City of London.
Ordered, That the eldest Alderman, who hath been Lord Mayor of the said City, be hereby authorized to execute the Office of the Lord Mayor of the said City, until such Election made: And that the Sword and all other Ensigns and Ornaments of State belonging to the Lord Mayor of the said City, be delivered unto the said eldest Alderman, and to the new Lord Mayor so to be elected.
The said Mr. Alderman Reynaldson, being again called in, was brought to the Bar, as a Delinquent: And Mr. Speaker delivered his Judgment, in these Words; That he be discharged from being Lord Mayor of the said City, and disabled from bearing that Office hereafter: That a Fine of Two thousand Pounds be imposed on him, to be paid presently: And that he be committed to the Tower, there to remain by the Space of a Month.
The House being informed, That divers Petitioners were at the Door;
They were ordered to be called in: And, being come to the Bar, Mr. Kiffin presented a Petition; speaking to this Effect:
Mr. Speaker, We have not troubled this honourable House with any Petition; nor had done it now, had we not been necessitated thereunto by a late Paper, called "England's Second Chains," brought to our Congregations, and publickly read in some of our publick Meetings, without our Consent or Approbation, being there openly opposed by us: And we could do no less, in Conscience of our Duty to God and you, than to disown and disavow it.
The Petition being received, which was intituled thus, "The humble Petition and Representation of several Churches of God in London, commonly, though falsly, called Anabaptists;"
The Petitioners withdrew: And the Petition was read.
The Petitioners being again called in; Mr. Speaker returned them this Answer;
The House doth take notice of the good Affection to the Parliament and Publick, you have expressed, both in this Petition, and otherwise: That they have received Satisfaction thereby concerning your disclaiming that Pamphlet, which gave such just Offence to the Parliament; and also, concerning your Disposition to live peaceably, and in Submission to Civil Magistracy; your Expressions whereof they account very christian, and seasonable: That for yourselves, and other Christians, walking answerable to such Professions as, in this Petition, you make, they do assure you of Liberty and Protection, so far as God shall enable them, in all things consistent with Godliness, Honesty, and the Civil Peace: And the House doth give you Leave to print your Petition.
The humble Petition of the Master, Wardens, and Commonalty of the Pewterers of London, in Behalf of themselves, and the whole Mystery through England and Wales, was this Day read.
The humble Petition of the Stannaries or Tinners within the County of Cornwall, was this Day read.
Ordered, That both the said Petitions be referred to the Committee of the Navy; to take them into Consideration; and make a speedy Report of them to the House.
Ordered, That the Order, made the Twenty-eighth of March last, for the Fine of Sir Francis Lloyd, or Sir Marmaduke Lloyd, to be paid to Colonel Michael Jones, Governor of Dublin, be revoked.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Revenue do take care, and give Order, That the Seats in the House be repaired.
Ordered, That Mr. Masham, Mr. Fielder, Mr. Luke Hodges, be added to the Committee for the College of Westminster.
Mr. Speaker, by way of Report, informs the House, That the French Ambassador hath been with him; and acquainted him, That he is called Home; and come to take his Leave.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, .. take this Matter into Consideration, upon this Report.
House to sit.
Ordered, That the House do sit every Day, notwithstanding the former Order: And that no new Business be entertained, nor new Motion shall be made in the House, after One of the Clock; but Mr. Speaker be injoined to rise at that Hour.
Ordered, That no private Business shall be entertained in the House for Fourteen Days now next coming.
Ordered, That the Act for the Militia of the Hamlets be read on Friday next.
Commission of Sewers.
Mr. Garland reports some Alteration and Omissions in the Commission of Sewers: Which, being read, were, upon the Question, assented unto.
The House being informed, That there were some Petitioners at the Door.
They were called in; and presented a Petition. Which being received in; and the Petitioners ordered to withdraw; the Petition was read; being intituled, "The humble Petition of divers Persons, Inhabitants of London, Westminster, the Borough of Southwark, Hamlets and Places adjacent in Behalf of Lieutenant Colonel John Lilborne, Mr. William Walwin Merchant, Mr. Thomas Prince, and Mr. Richard Overton, Prisoners in the Tower of London."
Resolved, &c. That * Trevor, who did present the Petition, be called in.
Resolved, &c. That Questions be asked him, concerning the Paper called, "The Second Part of England's new Chains, &c.
Resolved, &c. That Questions be asked him concerning this Petition.
Grant to Jones.
Ordered, That the Fine of Sir Francis Lloyd, of Machevillin in the County of Cardigan, Knight, that shall be paid into the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, upon his Composition for his Delinquency, shall from time to time, as the said Composition shall be brought in thither, be immediately paid out unto Colonel Michael Jones, or his Assignee or Assigns; towards Satisfaction and Payment of the Sum of One thousand Pounds; and such full Interest as is growing due and to grow due; and is charged upon the said Treasury by Order of this House of the Third of April, and Ordinance of the Seventh of October 1648: And, for the said Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, and their Treasurers, directing and paying of the same to the said Colonel Jones, or his Assignee or Assigns, according to this Order, this Order shall be to them a sufficient Warrant and Discharge; any Order, Act, or Ordinance, notwithstanding to the contrary.