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, 22 Junii, 1649.
ORDERED, That Mr. Speaker do issue forth his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, to issue forth a Writ for Election of a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Haslemore in the County of Surrey, in the place of Sir Poynings Moore, deceased.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do issue forth his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, to issue forth a Writ for Election of a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Town of Lynne in the County of *, in the place of * Hudson.
Ordered, That William Stroud, of Rascombe, William Nutkins, of Okeingham, John Godhard, of Hidden, in the Parish of Hungerford in the County of Berks, Gentlemen, and John Webb, Alderman of Reading, be added to all the Committees for the said County of Berks.
Ordered, That Sir William Constable Knight, George Reymond Esquire, John Braine Esquire, John Gaynesford, Esquire, James Cartwright Esquire, William Best Esquire, Thomas Hill, Jasper Clutterbooke, and Anthony Edwards, of the City of Gloucester, Esquires, be added to the Committee for the Assessment of Ninety thousand Pounds per mensem, in the County of Gloucester.
An Act for keeping a Session or Assize in the Castle of Lancaster, in the County Palatine of Lancaster, on the Seventh Day of September next ensuing, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. White; Mr. Love, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Garland, Mr. Holland, Mr. Hallowes, Colonel Lassells, Mr. Lechmere, Colonel Wasthall, Mr. Lister, Colonel Martyn, Mr. Challener, Colonel Jones; or any Five of them: Who are to sit this Afternoon in the Duchy Chamber.
Letter to be read.
Rooms for Judges.
Ordered, That the Surveyor * * * *, and Mr. Kinnersley, do take care to make the Painted Chamber, and the Room adjoining, ready and fitting for the Judges that are appointed to sit there, touching Articles; and to furnish the same with Hangings, and other necessary Furniture.
Ordered, That the Committee of Accompts, sitting at Worcester House, be appointed the Committee mentioned in the Act, intituled, An Act for the present examining and stating the Accompts of the Officers and Soldiers now in the Parliament's Service, within this Nation, for receiving the several Certificates, Accompts, Oaths, Examinations, and other Evidences, whereupon the Accompts are grounded; which shall be returned, and sent, by the Hands of some Commission Officer or Officers, under their respective Commands; and to proceed further thereupon, according to the said Act.
I. of Ely Judge.
Ordered, That Mr. Attorney General be required to give Order for a Commission to be prepared for Passing under the Great Seal of England, according to the Form now agreed on, for Lieutenant General Cromwell: And that the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal be authorized and required to pass the same under the said Great Seal accordingly.
Officers, &c. Arrears.
Whereas this Committee have this Day taken into Consideration the Resolution and Order of the Commons assembled in Parliament, dated the Tenth Day of May last, upon the Report of Colonel Sydney, for considering what Proportions or Sums of Money are fit to be allowed, upon Account, to the several Officers hereunder named, with reference to their respective Necessities and Conditions; and how the same may be speedily paid unto them; and reporting their Opinions to the House: Forasmuch as, by the Accompts of Pay for those Officers formerly audited, and then reported to the House of Commons, by the said Colonel Sydney, there appeared to rest in Arrear, to the Officers hereafter named, these several Sums respectively following; viz.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur with the said Committee, in the First Part of the Report; viz. That, for the Relief and Satisfaction of those Officers as was done for other Officers of that Province, Order may be taken for respiting One Third Part of the said Sum, being Three thousand Eight hundred Threescore and Fifteen Pounds Three Shillings and a Peny, to answer any Surcharge which may be justly brought upon them, or any of them, within the Space of Two Years now next following: That another Third Part, being Three thousand Eight hundred Threescore and Fifteen Pounds Three Shillings and a Peny, may, in a just Proportion to each of those Officers respective Share, be charged upon Lands in Ireland, after the Adventurers, and former Orders, are satisfied: And that the other Third Part, being the like Sum of Three thousand Eight hundred Threescore and Fifteen Pounds Three Shillings and a Peny, may be paid to those Officers, as their Proportions and Shares respectively amount unto, out of the Monies not engaged, and yet coming in, by the weekly Assessments for Ireland, upon the Ordinances of Parliament of the Eighteenth of October 1644, and Fifteenth of August, and Ninth of March, 1645.
Be it Enacted, by this present Parliament, and the Authority thereof, That the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal of England, for the Time being, be enabled and authorized to hear and determine all such Cases, as shall, at any time hereafter, be brought or come before them, by Petition or Bill, touching Alimony; and to make such Provision of Maintenance in all and every such Cases, as they shall find just and agreeable to Equity and good Conscience, upon Consideration as well of the Portion or Estate that hath been paid or come to the Husband by such Wife as shall so pray Relief by herself, or her Friends, as other Matters of Equity; and to make Decrees, and take an effectual Course, for Payment thereof, accordingly, out of the Estate of such Husband.
Business to be done.
According to Order of Parliament, requiring the Council of State to certify their Opinion, What Acts and Things are necessary to be passed, and taken into Consideration, before the intended Recess; the Council of State humbly present their Opinion therein as followeth;
1. That such Bills as are now depending in the House, of which the Parliament shall yet judge necessary for the making effectual their former Resolutions concerning the Levies of Monies, whether by Assessment, Compositions at Goldsmiths Hall, Excise, or Customs, may be forthwith brought in, and receive Dispatch.
3. Thirdly, That a general Pardon, to be prepared by Mr. Attorney General, containing as large and beneficial Clauses and Concessions as at any time have been formerly, and by Parliament, usually granted; and some further Favours to be added; with a Declaration of the Nullity thereof to all such as shall in future disturb the Peace of this Commonwealth, by adhering to the Enemies thereof, by seditious Practices, or by occasioning a new War; and with due Restrictions and Exceptions of such Persons as are not yet thought fit to be received into this Grace and Favour.
1. THAT a Commission be granted to fit Persons, in the several Parts of this Nation, for the Valuing of Tythes throughout England, in order to the Taking them away, and settling, in their room, an honourable and competent Means for the Preachers of the Gospel.
3. That the Regulating of the Proceedings in Law, and Courts of Justice and Equity, for preventing the Tediousness of Suits, and Abuses burdensome to the People, now under Commitment, may be proceeded in during the Recess; and an Account thereof to be given at the next Meeting after the Adjournment: And the same Committee to consider what unnecessary or inconvenient Laws are fit to be repealed; and their Opinion to be therein proposed.
These, as at present thought fit to be proposed, are submitted to the Consideration of the honourable House: Whereto probably more may be added; whereof, as Occasion shall be, a further Account will be speedily prepared.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth resolve to proceed on the Consideration of the particular Bills, mentioned in this Report, on Monday next; and so de die in diem, the next Week, excluding all other Business.
Midhope's Arrears, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to examine who were the discoverers of the Fifteen hundred Pounds forfeited to the State; and to reward them, as they shall think fit; and to pay some Part of the Arrears, due to Colonel Midhope, out of the said Fifteen hundred Pounds, discovered as aforesaid.
And it is further Ordered, That the Executor of Sir John Pennington, to whom the said Fifteen hundred Pounds was payable, be injoined to deliver to the Council of State the Bond given by the Earl of Northumberland for Payment of the said Fifteen hundred Pounds.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Revenue do forthwith pay the Sum of Fifteen hundred Pounds unto the Council of State, in Part of the Money to be paid to the Earl of Northumberland out of the Revenue: And thereupon, and, upon the Earl of Northumberland's Acquittance, given for the said Fifteen hundred Pounds, to the said Committee of Revenue, the said Bond shall be delivered to the said Earl of Northumberland.