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, primo Junii, 1649.
Thanks giving Day.
AN Act for setting apart a Day of Publick Thanksgiving, and the Grounds thereof, was this Day read the First and Second time, at large; and the Third time was read by Parts: And, every Part being put to the Question, was, with some Amendments, assented unto.
Ordered, That the Sheriffs of the respective Cities and Counties within England and Wales, and every of them, be injoined and required to cause this Act to be proclaimed in all usual Places within their Liberties; and to disperse and send Copies of the same Act to the several and respective Ministers of every Church and Chapel within their Counties and Liberties, in convenient time; to the end they may be published.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor of the City of London, and the Justices of Peace within the City of Westminster, and Liberties thereof, and within the late Lines of Communication, and weekly Bills of Mortality, to cause Copies of the Act for a Day of Publick Thanksgiving, to be timely sent to the Ministers of every Church within the same Liberties, to be published.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to take the Accompt of Edward Husbands Printer; for Service done for the State; and forthwith to give Order for Payment of Four hundred Pounds unto him upon Account.
Thanks to the Lord General.
Sir William Strickland reports, That he, and the rest of the Gentlemen appointed to give the Lord General the Thanks of this House, for his last eminent Service in the speedy Suppression of the late Insurrection, did repair to the General, and give him the Thanks of this House accordingly; and the General's joyful Acceptance of it: With the General's Desire, That the good Service done by Colonel Pyne in the said Action, upon the General's Letter to him, may be approved by this House.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of what Sir Thomas Wroth and Colonel Pyne have done, upon the General's Letter, in the County of Somersett: And that they have Thanks: And that a Letter of Thanks, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, be sent to them accordingly.
Proceedings against Soame, &c.
He was called in: And, being come to the Bar, Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, deman. . . . . him several Questions; viz. Whether he was not made acquainted with the Order of this House, whereby the Aldermen of the City were to attend the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs at the proclaiming of the Act, intituled, An Act for abolishing the Kingly Office.
Did confess, That he had notice of it on Tuesday last; and acknowledged, the Lord Mayor gave him notice the same should be done the next Day; and that he had a Letter from the Lord Mayor, to require his Attendance on that Service; and acknowledged, he was not there on that Day; and gives the Reasons, Why he was not present; and the main Reason being, That it was against his Conscience, because it was contrary to many Oaths.
He was called in: And, being come to the Bar, Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House, demanded of him several Questions; viz. Whether he were not acquainted with the Order of this House, That the Aldermen of the City of London should attend the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs at Proclaiming of the Act, intituled, An Act for abolishing the Kingly Office, &c.
Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal be required to give Order for Patents to be prepared, and to pass, under the Great Seal of England, to Mr. Serjeant Nicholas, to be one of the Judges of the Upper Bench; Mr. Serjeant Puleston to be one of the Judges of the Common Pleas; and Mr. Serjeant Thorpe to be one of the Barons of the Exchequer: And that the said Lords Commissioners be authorized and required to administer the Oath, appointed by Parliament, unto them respectively; and to constitute them Judges accordingly.
Serjeants at Law.
Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal of England do issue Writs, under the Great Seal, for calling Richard Aske, Peter Warburton, and Alexander Rigby, Esquires, to the Dignity and Degree of a Serjeant at Law.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth declare, That the Order for restraining the Committee of Revenue from Payment of the Pensions doth not extend to restrain the Payment of the Salaries to the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal, and the Judges of the Upper Bench, Common Pleas, and Barons of the Exchequer; but that they do pay the said several Salaries, as formerly.
Serjeants at Law.
Ordered, That an Act be brought in for the Writs for making Mr. Aske, Mr. Wurburton, and Mr. Rigby, Serjeants at Law, to be returnable immediate; And that it be referred to the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal, to prepare the same, and bring it in To-morrow.