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 Jovis, 31 Maii, 1649.
SIR Henry Myldmay reports from the Committee of the Revenue, That Thomas Gell Esquire, Receiver of the Duchy of Lancaster, as to the Honour of Tutbury in Staffordsheire, upon his Accompt at Michaelmas 1646, was indebted Seven hundred Thirty-seven Pounds Eighteen Shillings and Ten-pence Farthing: For Two Years and an Half, ended at Lady Day 1648, he hath not accompted: His Charge is Two thousand Four hundred Pounds per Annum; for Two Years and an Half, Six thousand Pounds.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Revenue, to proceed against the said Thomas Gell, a Member of this House, for the getting in the said Debt of Six thousand Pounds, as they do proceed against any other Persons indebted, that are no Members of this House; notwithstanding his being a Member of this House.
House to dine with City.
The House being informed, That there were divers Aldermen, and others, of the City of London, at the Door;
They were called in: And Sir John Wollaston informed the House, That the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of London, being informed, that the Parliament hath thought fit to set a part a Day of Publick Thanksgiving, for the great Mercy God hath vouchsared lately to you, and this Commonwealth; and have commanded us to attend this House; and present their Desires, that yourself, and these Members of this honourable House, will dine that Day, after the Sermons, at Grocers Hall: And that you would be pleased to appoint some convenient Place, where the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council may join with this honourable House, in solemnizing that Day of Thanksgiving, for so great a Mercy.
The Aldermen and Citizens withdrew.
Resolved, &c. That Christ Church, London, be the Place appointed for the Parliament to meet, for solemnnizing the Day of Publick Thanksgiving, on Thursday the Seventh of June.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth accept of this Invitation from the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council.
Resolved, &c. That they have the hearty Thanks of this House.
The Aldermen and Common Council being again called in; Mr. Speaker returned this Answer;
Sir John Wollaston, and the rest of the Aldermen and Gentlemen with you;
The House doth take Notice of the good Respect of the City of London to this House; And I hope it will be an Evidence to all the World, of God's Goodness to this Nation, to see such Forwardness and Unity between the Parliament and City, in carrying on so great a Work; and that it is a Pledge of future Mercies to this Commonwealth: And since God hath vouchsafed them such a Ground to set apart a Day of Thanksgiving, and the City of London hath given them this Invitation, they have commanded me to declare their Acceptance of this Invitation from the City; and to return their hearty Thanks to the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council; and that they have appointed Christ Church to be the Place of their Meeting to perform that Worship; and have named Ministers for that Work: The House hath also taken notice of the Chearfulness of the Service performed by the Lord Mayor, and Aldermen which attended him Yesterday; and do approve thereof; and have commanded me to return their hearty Thanks for their ready Obedience, and good Affections, to the Commonwealth, in so great a Service: And they have likewise taken notice of those Aldermen who did refuse to attend that Service, according to the Order of the House therein; and intend to take the same into further Consideration.
Proclaiming Abolition of Monarchy.
Mr. Alderman Pennington reports from the Lord Mayor and Aldermen, their Proceedings in the Proclaiming of the Act for abolishing the Kingly Office by the Lord Mayor, and Fifteen Aldermen: Two other Aldermen, being in Town (viz. Sir Thomas Soames, and Alderman Chambers), did not attend; and Alderman Gibbes and Alderman Cullam, being in Essex; and of some Disturbance offered at that time; for which George Pryor, and others, are apprehended.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Thomas Soame be summoned to the Bar of this House To-morrow, to answer his Offence, in not yielding Obedience to the Order of this House.
Resolved, &c. That Alderman Chambers be summoned to the Bar of this House To-morrow Morning, to answer his Offence in not yielding Obedience to the Order of this House.
Information against Pryor.
The Information of Henry Clare junior, Citizen and Surgeon of London, Captain Robert Cotchett, and of Richard Turner Gentleman, taken before the Lord Mayor of London, upon Oath, the Thirtieth of May 1649, touching George Pryor. were all this Day read.
The humble Petition of George Pryor, now Prisoner in the Gatehouse, Westminster, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the said Pryor, and such other Persons as are apprehended for Crimes laid to their Charge Yesterday, be referred to be proceeded against in the ordinary Course of Justice: And that these Examinations be transmitted thither for that Purpose.
Admission of Members, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Admitting of Members, to consider of, and present to the House, the Names of such of the Members of this House as have attended the Service of this House, in the House, since the Eleventh of January last, and of those that have not appeared, and sat in the House, since that time: And that they do also present the Names of such of them as they conceive sit to be admitted into the House: And that Colonel Hutchinson be added to that Committee.
Ordered, That the House do take into Consideration the Arrears due to Rowland Wilson, upon his Account, stated for his Service, as he was Mustermaster General of the Forces in the County of Warwick, and the City and County of Coventry, on Saturday next.
Ordered, That the House do take into Consideration the Petition of the reduced Officers on Saturday next.
Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners do, To-morrow Morning at Ten of Clock, report the Names of sit Persons to be Judges.
Ordered, That Mr. Garland do report, on Saturday Morning, the first Business, touching the Records of Parliament.
Sir J. Danvers.
Ordered, That the Report concerning Sir John Danvers be made on Friday next, come sevennight: And that the same be taken into Consideration that Day the first Business.