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, 21 Maii, 1649.
COLONEL Hutchinson reports from the Council of State, That it is the Opinion of that Council, That Four hundred Pounds per Annum be allowed to Doctor Gourdain, for his Salary, as Master-worker of the Mint.
Mr. John Goodwyn reports Amendments to the Act touching the Draining of the great Level of the Fens, extending itself into the Counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolne, Cambridge, and Huntington, and the Isle of Ely, or some of them: Which were this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Ordered, That it be referred to the same Committee that brought in the Act touching the Great Level of the Fens, to consider what Injury hath been done to any Persons by draining the Fens, in the said Petitions mentioned; and the Particulars in the said several Petitions; and likewise the Conveniences and Profit arising thereby to the Commonwealth: And this Committee have Power to send for Persons, Papers, Witnesses, or any thing else that may conduce to that Business; and to state the Matter of Fact; and report their Opinions therein to the House.
An Act concerning the Proceedings in the Court of the Publick Exchequer was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Colonel Rigby, Mr. Allen, Mr. Holland, Mr. Love, Mr. Garland, Commissary General Ireton, Mr. Scott, Mr. Goodwyn, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Martyn, Mr. Frye, Colonel Ludlowe, Mr. Challenor, Mr. Edwards, Colonel White, Colonel Purefoy, Mr. Gourdon; or any Five of them: And this Committee are to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon at Two of the Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Ordered, That Mr. John Durant, of the City of Canterbury be appointed Lecturer in the said City, in the place and stead of Mr. Walter Knight, lately deceased; and shall be allowed the same yearly Stipend which Mr. Knight had: Which the Treasurer of that Church is to pay accordingly.
Ordered, That the Remain of the Monies, payable to or remaining in the Hands of Henry Ashurst and Richard Waddington, of the Monies collected, Part for the Poor of Lancasheire, and Part for maimed Soldiers, by Order of this House, in August last (Charges for the said maimed and wounded Soldiers being first discharged), be paid into the Hands of such Person or Persons as the Major Part of the Justices of Peace of the said County shall appoint; and be distributed and disposed to the Use and Relief of the Poor, as the said Justices shall think fit and direct: And the said Henry Ashurst and Richard Waddington are hereby required to pay the same Money, so remaining, to such Person or Persons accordingly: And that the Acquittance or Acquittances of such Person or Persons shall be a sufficient Discharge.
Justice in Northern Counties.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, to bring in an Act, directing a Way for settling and disposing of all ecclesiastical Promotions that are in the Gift of the Commonwealth, as well those that belonged heretofore to the Crown, Duchy of Lancaster, as also Bishops, Deans, &c. and Delinquents:
Colonel Martyn, Commissary General Ireton, Mr. Love, Mr. Allen, Mr. Scott, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Goodwyn, Mr. Rowse, Major General Skippon, Colonel Rigby, Colonel Thompson, Sir John Bourchier, Mr. Holland, Dr. Palmer, Sir Hen. Myldmay, Sir James Harrington, Colonel Purefoy, Mr. Gourdon: And this Committee are to meet in the Speaker's Chamber, To-morrow in the Afternoon at Two of the Clock: And the Committee have Power to send for Dr. Aylett; and to examine the Business touching his giving of Institution and Induction.
Earl of Nottingham.
Ordered, That the Earl of Nottingham shall have and receive the Arrears of his Pension, of Five hundred Pounds per Annum, from the time he went into Scotland; and the same Pension, as it shall grow due for the future, out of the old Customs, according to his Grant, until this House take further Order.
Tryal of Rebels in Oxfordshire, &c.
Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal of England, be required to issue out Commissions of Oyer and Terminer, under the Great Seal, into the Counties of Oxon and Northampton, for Tryal of such Persons as are in Prison in Oxford and Northampton, being taken in Arms against the Commonwealth, in the last Rebellion: And that the Lords Commissioners do consider of, and appoint, fit Persons to be Commissioners therein.
Ordered, That Mr. Attorney General do prepare a Proclamation to be sent into, and proclaimed in, the several Counties, for apprehending all such Persons as were in the last Rebellion; and report it to the House forthwith.
Ordered, That the Council of State, the Lord Mayor of London, Major General Skippon, and all other Justices of Peace within the Cities of London and Westminster, and the Liberties; and the several Committees of the several Militias of London, Westminster, and the Hamlets respectively, and all other Officers, be required and injoined to take care, and use their utmost Endeavours, for the apprehending of all and every such Person and Persons, which now are or shall be found within their Liberties respectively, as were in the late Rebellion, and are fled from the General, that they may be brought to Justice, except such as have been dismissed by the General, and have a Pass under Hand of the General for that Purpose.