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, 9 Aprilis, 164.
ORDERED, That the Petition of Margaret Mennes, Daughter of Sir Matthew Mennes, Knight of the Bath, late deceased, be now received in; and read on Thursday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army do bring in an Act, touching the appointing a Committee, and Treasurers, for managing the Act of Assessments, for Maintenance of the Forces raised by Authority of Parliament, in England and Ireland.
Ordered, That Edmund Prydeaux Esquire, a Member of this House, and Solicitor General to the late King, be nominated and appointed to be Attorney General for the State: And that the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal of England be hereby authorized and required to pass a Patent, under the said Great Seal, unto him, in usual Form: with the Alterations directed in Writs and Patents, to hold the same, quam diu se bene gesserit, accordingly.
Mr. Prideaux reports Amendments to an Act prescribing certain Times to Delinquents for perfecting their Compositions effectually, under several Penalties: Which were this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Ordered, That the said Act be forthwith ingrossed.
Mr. James Ashe reports from the Committee touching Delinquents, divers further Rules touching Compositions.
Resolved, &c. That whosoever shall compound at a Third, shall pay one full Third Part of all his Chattels, and personal Estate; and for Estates of Inheritance, whether in Fee Simple, or Fee Tail; and also for all Estates settled upon the Compounder for Life; with the Remainder to his Issues in Tail, with Clauses of Revocation, so as the said Estate may be, by any means, defeated or unsettled by the Compounder; or for Estates so settled by the Compounder himself, since the Year 1641; shall pay Five Years full Value.
Resolved, &c. That all such whose Estates are settled as abovesaid, either by the Compounder, or his Ancestors, bona fide, or upon valuable Consideration, before the said Year 1641, in such manner as the said Estates cannot, by any Act of the Compounder, be defeated, aliened, or divested; in all these Cases the Compounder shall pay Three full Years Value; and, for Estates for Life, where no Reversion is in the Heirs of the Compounder, after the Proportion of Two Years and an Half.
Resolved, &c. That those who shall compound at a Sixth; shall pay one full Sixth Part of all their Chattels, and personal Estate; and for all Estates of Inheritance, whether in Fee Simple, or in Fee Tail; and for all other Estates settled on the Compounder for Life; with Remainders to his Issues in Tail, so as the said Estate were settled by the Compounder, since the Year 1641; or for Estates which are made with Clauses of Revocation, and that may be defeated and devested by the Compounders; shall pay Three Years full Value of the said Estates.
Resolved, &c. That all those who are to compound according to this Rule, and have Estates settled really, bona fide, or upon valuable Consideration, which said Settlements were made before the Year 1641, and cannot be defeated or undone by any Act of the Compounder; he or they, so seized, shall pay Two Years and an Half full Value; and, for bare Estates for Life, where no Reversion is in the Compounders Heirs, after the Proportion of Two Years Value for One Life.
Ordered, That the Rule touching Statutes, Recognizances, Judgments, Mortgages legally and actually extended, or entered into, &c. formerly committed to Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Marten, Mr. James Ashe, be taken into Consideration by them, and the Committee of Goldsmiths Hall, which are added to this Committee for this Purpose: And they are to meet in the Queen's Court, this Afternoon at Two of the Clock: And that the said Committee do report the same to the House on Wednesday next.
Ordered, That Sir Peter Wentworth be added to the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall.
Ordered, That the Committee concerning Delinquents do make their Report on Wednesday next, touching the Rule to be passed for an Act of Oblivion, and in all other Particulars, re-committed unto them by several former Orders.
Ordered, That the Three thousand One hundred Fifty-five Pounds Fifteen Shillings and Ten-pence, late due to the Lord Willoughby of Parham, out of the Receipts of Goldsmiths Hall, and assigned to be paid to the Lancashire Forces, by Order of the House of Commons, of the Twenty-fourth of October last, as is pre-engaged to other Uses, shall be discharged from any Engagement to the said Forces: And that the Treasurers of Goldsmiths Hall do forthwith pay, out of their Receipts, unto Mr. James Wainewright, of the City of London, Haberdasher, for the Use of the said Forces of Lancashire, towards their Arrears, the Sum of Four thousand Six hundred Pounds, out of the Second Moiety of the Fine imposed upon the Lord Mollineux, for his Delinquency, notwithstanding any former Engagements thereof to the contrary: Which Monies the said Mr. Wainewright is, without Delay, to pay over unto Mr. Wm. Cottam, of Preston, Alderman; who is to pay the same over, in manner following; viz. For such of the said Forces as inarched under Command of Major General Ashton, in the late Expedition against the Scotts, the Sum of Three thousand Four hundred Pounds, according to such Order and Directions as he shall, from time to time, receive from the said Major General Ashton; and the Sum of Twelve hundred Pounds unto the other Forces of that County, that were under the Command of Colonel Nicholas Shuttleworth; and by such Order and Direction as he shall, from time to time, receive from the said Major General Ashton: And the said Mr. Wainewright's Acquittance shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, for Payment of the said Sum of Four thousand Six hundred Pounds: And the said Mr. Cottam's Acquittance shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Mr. Waynewright, for Payment thereof accordingly. And
It is also Ordered, That if any of the Forces shall continue together, or at any time hereafter gather together contrary to the Order for their Disbanding, that all and every such Person and Persons, so continuing and gathering together, shall lose the Benefit of this Order, and shall not have any Part of the Money aforesaid: But all such of the said Monies as otherwise should have been paid unto them, shall be paid to Major General Ashton, to be paid among the Residue of the Forces, as he shall think fit.
Loan by the City.
Sir Gilbert Pickering reports from the Council of State, touching the Advance of Money for the Service of Ireland.
Resolved, &c. That One hundred twenty thousand Pounds be borrowed of the City of London.
Ordered, That some Members of this House do go to the Common Council of the City of London, to treat with them for Borrowing of the said Sum of One hundred twenty thousand Pounds, upon the Security of the Two last Months Assessments of the Six Months in the Act for Assessment of the Ninety thousand Pounds per mensem, and upon the Act for Sale of Fee Farm Rents:
Sir Hen. Vane junior, Lieutenant General Cromwell, Sir Thomas Wroth, Mr. Leman, Sir James Harrington, Lord Gray, Mr. Scott, Sir Wm. Armyn, Alderman Wilson, Colonel Waughton, Alderman Atkins, Alderman Pennyngton, Mr. Clement; or any Four of them.
Ordered, That the General, the Earl of Pembroke, the Two Chief Justices, and Chief Baron, be desired to go with this Committee to the Common Council; to treat with them for the Purpose aforesaid.
Ordered, That Colonel Venn do desire the Lord Mayor of the City of London to call a Common Council, to meet on Thursday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon; to the end the Committee, appointed by this House to that Purpose may communicate some Things from the House to them, for the Service of the Commonwealth.
The Title of the Act touching Delinquents was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, passed; viz.
An Act prescribing certain Times to Delinquents for perfecting their Compositions effectually, under several Penalties, was this Day read the Third time; and, upon the Question, passed.