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, 1 Maii, 1649.
Upton's, &c. Claims.
MR. Attorney reports from the Committee of the West, touching Mr. Upton and Mr. Boone, That it doth appear to the said Committee, That John Upton Esquire, late a Member of this House, and Thomas Boone Esquire, now a Member of the said House, have sustained the Loss of Six thousand One hundred Pounds, in the Ship, Money, and Goods, of The Hope of Dartmouth, taken at Silly by the King's Governor there; and the Opinion of the said Committee, That it be recommended to this House, That the said Loss of Six thousand One hundred Pounds be paid and allowed unto the said Thomas Boone, and Arthur Upton Son of the said John Upton, their or either of their Executors or Assigns, out of all such Duties and Customs as shall be due and payable on any Entry or Entries, for any Goods of Merchandize, as they, or either of them, shall, from time to time, dispatch, until the whole be satisfied: And that the Committee of the Navy, or the Commissioners for the Customs, for the Time being, be impowered, from time to time, to make Allowance for the same accordingly, until full Satisfaction be made of the said Six thousand One hundred Pounds.
Resolved, &c. That this Sum of Six thousand One hundred Pounds, due unto Mr. Upton and Mr. Boone, is a Debt of the State; and that the same ought to be paid and satisfied by the State.
Ordered, That Thomas Boone Esquire, and Arthur Upton Esquire, Son of John Upton Esquire, deceased, their Executors or Assigns, be admitted to come in for Satisfaction of the said Sum of Six thousand One hundred Pounds, out of the Sale of Deans and Chapters Lands, in such sort as other Persons, whose Debts are transferred from the Excise and Grand Receipt of Goldsmiths Hall, by the Act touching Deans and Chapters Lands, are, and may do; and shall and may have the like Benefit and Advantage as any such Persons have, or may have, by the said Act, for or touching their Debt or Debts so transferred by that Act, as aforesaid: And the Trustees, Register Accomptant, and Treasurers, are required to make Allowance accordingly.
Ordered, That the Act for taking off Free Quarter be reported on Friday Morning.
Ordered, That Mr. Trenchard do make Report touching Mrs. Fitz James on Saturday next.
Ordered, That the Business touching the Discharge of such Delinquents in Essex as shall pay their Compositions, according to an Ordinance of Parliament, of the Twenty-fifth of November last, be taken into Consideration on Friday next.
Declaring England a Commonwealth.
Sir Arthur Haslerigg reports an Act, touching the Settlement of the Government of the Commonwealth: Which was read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to those Members of this House that are of the Council of State; and all the Members that come, are to have Voices: And that they have Power to advise with such of the Judges, or other Persons, as they shall think fit: And they are to meet in the Exchequer Chamber, To-morrow in the Afternoon at Two of the Clock; and so de die in diem; and to make Report with all convenient Speed: And Sir Arthur Heslerigg and Mr. Thomas Challoner are to take care of it.
Ordered, That the Sum of Thirteen hundred Pounds, formerly ordered for the paying off of the present Garison of Plymouth, be paid, by the Treasurers at War, to such Persons as the Council of State shall appoint to receive the same, for that Purpose.
Ordered, That the Business touching Essex be taken up on Friday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Bill touching Maintenance for Ministers be reported, the first Business, To-morrow Morning; nothing to intervene.
Sir Arthur Heslerigg reports an Act, declaring what Offences shall be adjudged Treason: Which was read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to the Members of the House that are of the Council of State: And all the Members that come, to have Voices.
Elections and Representatives.
Ordered, That this House do take into Consideration the Business touching due Elections, and equal Representatives, on Friday Morning, the first Business; and that nothing do intervene.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Business of the Excise do speed their Report.
Sir James Harrington, Mr. Thomas Challoner, and Colonel Rich, are added to that Committee.
Ordered, That Colonel Rich be added to the Committee of the Navy.
Justices of Peace.
Ordered, That Mr. Rigby do bring in an Act for Justices of Peace in the County Palatine of Duresme, Lancaster, and other Northern Counties.
Ordered, That the Petitions from the County of Stafford, London, and Essex, be received To-morrow Morning.
Clergy interfering in Politics.
Ordered, That the Act for restraining Ministers, in Preaching, or otherwise, to meddle with Matters of Government, be reported To-morrow Morning.
Sir Henry Vane junior reports from the Council of State, That there will need Twenty-four thousand Pounds, for setting forth the Three Ships to Sea.
Ordered, That the House do take the same into Consideration on Monday next.
Mr. Marten reports from the Council of State, their Resolution for demolishing Belvoire Castle; which the Earl of Rutland is content with.
Ordered, That it be taken into Consideration, on Monday-sevennight, What Recompence shall be given to the Earl of Rutland, in respect of Belvoire Castle, which is ordered to be demolished for the Service of the Commonwealth.
An Act for altering the original Seal of the Three Counties of Brecnock, Radnor, and Glamorgam, was this Da read; and, upon the Question, passed.