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 Mercurii, 18 Julii, 1649.
MR. Love reports from the Committee for Advance of Monies, the Delinquency of Mr. Abbot, Register of the Prerogative Court; how he removed his Office to Oxford, sent Five hundred Pounds to the King at Oxford, and sent Horses; which Particulars were proved upon Oath: And that Mr. Oldesworth and Mr. Parker be commended to the Place, for a joint Interest in the Place: And that a Patent be passed accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That this House is satisfied upon the Report of the Committee, That the said * Abbott is a Delinquent; and that his said Office ought to be sequestered.
Resolved, &c. That Michael Oldisworth and Henry Parker Esquires, do hold, receive, and enjoy the Profits of the said Office, by way of Sequestration, to their own Use, during the Pleasure of this House.
Probate of Wills, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to consider what is fit to be done in the Business of Probate of Wills, Administrations of Marriages, and Divorce, be revived: And that Mr. Myles Corbett, Colonel Morley, Sir Henry Vane, Colonel Venn, Mr. Gurdon, Mr. Dove, Colonel Harrison, Mr. Bond, Mr. Salway, Mr. Challoner, Sir Peter Wentworth, Colonel Purefoy, Colonel Fleetwood, Mr. Scott, Mr. Darley, Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal, Mr. Millington, Sir John Trevor, Mr. Hayes, Colonel Bosvile, Mr. Lister, Mr. Clement, Mr. Say, Mr. Hollowes, Sir William Masham, Colonel Downes, Colonel George Fleetwood, be added to that Committee: And this Committee are to meet in the Queen's Court, at Two of the Clock To-morrow in the Afternoon; and to fit de die in diem.
And the special Care hereof is committed to Sir Peter Wentworth, and Mr. Myles Corbett.
Ordered, That Dr. Barber be continued * * * *; and do act as formerly.
Ordered, That the Members of this House do consider of fit Persons, for the Execution of the several Offices for Probate of Wills in Ecclesiastical Courts, within the several Counties, until this House shall settle the Business in some other Way; and bring in their Names to the House on This-day-sevennight.
Ordered, That the same Committee have Power to take into Consideration, how to prevent clandestine Marriages, and the Abuses therein, contrary to Ordinances of Parliament; and prepare an Act, to be reported to the House for that Purpose.
Ministers of Religion.
Mr. Love reports an Act to enable the granting the Institutions and Inductions, upon legal Presentations, to fit and able Clerks, presented to Parsonages and Vicarages.
Which was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to Colonel Morley, Sir Wm. Masham, Sir John Danvers, Sir Hen. Vane, Mr. Gurdon, Mr. Bond, Mr. Holland, Mr. Say, Mr. Salway, Mr. Love, Commissioners of the Great Seal, Alderman Atkin, Alderman Penington, Sir John Trevor, Mr. Hayes, Mr. Pierpoynt, Mr. Carey Raueleigh, Mr. Lister, Colonel Bosvile, Mr. Myles Corbett, Colonel Purefoy, Mr. Oldsworth, Colonel Temple; or any Five of them: And all that come to have Voices: and the Committee are to meet in the Exchequer Chamber, To-morrow in the Afternoon at Two of the Clock: And this Committee are to consider what Persons have been instituted and inducted by Dr. Aylett, since the Taking away of Bishops; and to remove them, if they see Cause: and they are likewise to take into Consideration the regulating Fees for Institutions and Inductions; and report it to the House.
Ordered, That Mr. Millington do report the Business of Colonel Thornhaugh on Saturday next, the first Business; nothing to intervene.
Mr. Gurdon reports Amendments to the Act touching New England: Which were twice read.
Resolved, &c. That, instead of these Words, in the Amendment, "shall conduce for the Maintaining of the Universities of Cambridge in New England, and other Schools and Nurseries of Learning there, and for the Preaching and Propagating of the Gospel among the Natives," these Words be inserted; viz. "shall best and principally conduce to the Preaching and Propagating of the Gospel of Jesus Christ amongst the Natives, and also for Maintaining of Schools and Nurseries of Learning, for the better Educating of the Children of the Natives."
And the same being so amended, the Amendments, being put to the Question, were agreed; and the Bill, with these Amendments, ordered to be ingrossed; and to be brought in to the House, and read, on Friday Morning; nothing to intervene.
Ordered, That the Business of the Excise and Customs be taken into Consideration on Monday next; and so to be proceeded in.
Ordered, That the Lieutenant of the Tower of London do permit Lieutenant Colonel John Lilborne do go out of the Tower, to visit his Wife and Children, being sick, upon such Security as the Lieutenant of the Tower shall think fit, to render himself again to the Prison of the Tower.
Late King's Servants.
Sir Henry Vane reports from the Committee of Revenue, their Opinions touching the Servants of the late King, Queen, and their Children, That the Committee doth propose, That the Servants of the late King, Queen, and their Children, that staid here, may receive such competent Allowances for the future, as the House shall think fit: And that those Servants that were comprised in the Articles of Oxford, Exeter, and other Places, are worthy of Consideration for Relief: And, upon perusing the Articles of Oxford, the Committee finds in the Close of the Nineteenth Article, That the Servants were to apply themselves to the Committee for the Revenue for Subsistence, until his Majesty should otherwise provide for, and dispose of them; in regard whereof, and the Death of the late King, they are destitute of all further Relief, but what the Parliament shall please to order for them.