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 Veneris, 11 Maii, 1649.
A Prisoner on Parole.
ORDERED, That * Farmor, Postmaster of Toxester, be required not to render himself unto William Thompson, and such others as are now in Arms against the Parliament, notwithstanding any Parole.
Persons in Rebellion.
Ordered, That a Letter be sent to the General, to inform him of divers Persons that are now in Arms, and commit divers hostile Acts against the Parliament: And that he take especial Care therein: And Colonel Wayte and Colonel Jones do withdraw, and prepare a Letter to be signed by the Speaker.
Ordered, That Major General Skippon be required to take especial Care, that the Forces in the City of London and Suburbs, under his Command, be in Readiness for Service, for the Preservation of the Peace and Safety of the Parliament and City, according to the Power already given him; and according to such Directions as he shall receive, from time to time, from the Parliament, or Council of State.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Militia of London and Westminster do take special Care, according to the Power already given them, to preserve the Peace and Safety of the Parliament and City ; and according to such Directions as they shall, from time to time, receive from the Parliament, or Council of State; and to confer with the General, or the Officers of such of the Forces of the Army as are in and about the City, touching the best way for the Effecting thereof.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to take care that the Forces of the Army, in and about the Cities of London and Westminster, do join and be assisting to the Forces under the Command of the several Militias of London and Westminster, for the Preservation of the Peace and Safety of the Parliament, City, and Suburbs.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom the Act touching the Militia of the Hamlets is referred, do bring in the said Act forthwith.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom the Act touching the Militia of Southwarke is referred, do bring in the said Act forthwith.
Ordered, That Colonel Harrison, Mr. Humphry Edwards, Colonel Purefoy, Colonel Fenwick, Colonel Stapley, Mr. Challener, Mr. Hallowes, Sir John Hippesley, be added to the Committee to whom the Act for charging Six hundred thousand Pounds, charged upon the Excise, and other Securities, for the Arrears of the Soldiers, upon the Manors, Lands, and Farms, late belonging to the Crown, and for Sale of the said Manors, &c.
Colonel Harrison is to take care hereof.
Declaring Thompson, &c. Rebels.
Ordered, That a Proclamation do issue, to declare and proclaim William Thompson, and all such as shall levy War against the Parliament and Commonwealth, or without Authority of Parliament, to be Traitors and Rebels to the Commonwealth: And that Mr. Attorney General be required forthwith to prepare a Proclamation to that Purpose.
Ordered, That the Act touching taking off Free Quarter be brought into the House forthwith.
Act of Oblivion.
Ordered, That the Commissioners for the Great Seal, to whom the Act of Oblivion is referred, be required to bring in the same on Monday Morning: And the Care hereof is referred to Commissary General Ireton.
Letter to the General.
Colonel Jones reports a Letter to be sent to the General, to inform him of the hostile Acts done against the Parliament: Which was this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Sitting of this Parliament.
The House this Day took up the Debate touching putting a Period to this Parliament.
The Question being propounded, That the Debate touching the putting a Period to the Sitting of this Parliament be taken up in a Grand Committee of the House;
And the Question being put, That that Question be now put;
It passed in the Affirmative.
And the main Question being put;
It was Resolved, &c. That the Debate touching the putting a Period to the Sitting of this Parliament, be taken up in a Grand Committee of the House.
Resolved, &c. That the House be resolved into a Grand Committee, on Tuesday next, at Eight of the Clock in the Morning, to take up the Debate now had in the House, touching the putting a Period to the Sitting of this Parliament: And that Mr. Speaker do forbear to take the Chair.
Hamlets, &c. Militia.
Ordered, That Mr. Dove do bring in the Act touching the settling the Militia of the Hamlets, and Southwarke, To-morrow Morning.
Admission of a Member.
Mr. Holland reports from the Committee touching absent Members, That they have received Satisfaction touching Mr. Henry Darley.
Ordered, That Mr. Henry Darley be admitted to sit in the House.
Declaring England a Commonwealth.
Mr. Corbett reports Amendments to a Bill, declaring and constituting the People of England to be a Commonwealth and Free State: Which Amendments were twice read: And, upon the Question, the Amendments were omitted; and the Bill, without those Amendments, ordered to be ingrossed.
Mr. Corbett reports Amendments to an Act, declaring, What Offences shall be Treason: Which Amendments were twice read.
Resolved, &c. That this Debate be resumed To-morrow, the first Business.