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, 14 Septembris, 1649.
Correspondance with Holland.
MR. Speaker, by way of Report, acquaints the House with some Passages, in a private Letter from Mr. Walter Strickland, dated * September 1649, touching the Provincial States of Holland admitting Audience to Mr. Strickland, the Resident there, as a publick Agent from this State; and protesting against the States General, who did dissent.
Ordered, That the Council of State do propare a Letter from the Parliament to the Provincial States of Holland, taking notice how well they do resent their Respects, expressed by the said States Provincial of Holland, towards Mr. Walter Strickland, their Resident; and to return an Acknowledgment of those Respects to the said States Provincial: And that Mr. Speaker have Power to sign such Letter: And that the same be sent away this Night by the Post.
Resolved, &c. That this House taking notice of the Respects of the Provincial States of Holland towards Mr. Walter Strickland, Resident there, from the State; and being informed, That they have earnestly desired the Discharge of the Ship Bommeylle, which was taken as Prize; that the Council of State have Power, as a Testimony of the Parliament's Respects to the said States Provincial, and as an Act of their Favour, to give Order for the present Discharge of the said Ship to return home, though the shall prove to be lawful Prize: And, in case the said Ship shall be adjudged to be Prize, the Parliament will give Satisfaction to the Mariners for their Shares therein, as Prize: And that it be referred to the Council of State, to see that Satisfaction be given to the Mariners, in case it shall so fall out, accordingly.
Ordered, That all such Sum and Sums of Money formerly appointed by Parliament, for Contributions for the Protestants driven out of Ireland, be paid to the Treasurers, at Christ Church: And that the said Treasurers do receive the same: And that the said Monies be distributed by the Committees appointed by the Parliament for that Purpose, for the Uses in the Ordinance of Parliament expressed.
Upon the Information given to the House, That the Horses of Captain Henry Smyth, a Member of this House, being distrained in the Grounds of George Hunt, a Tenant, to one Dudley, for Rent; and being impounded; the said Dudley refused, upon Request, to give Order for the Discharge of the said Horses;
Resolved, &c. That George Hunt be sent for, in safe Custody, as a Delinquent.
Resolved, &c. That * *, the Sheriff's Deputy, be sent for as a Delinquent.
Resolved, &c. That Wm. Dudley be sent for in safe Custody, as a Delinquent.
Countess of Kent.
The Lord Commissioner Whitelock reports from the Council of State, as their Opinion, That some Satisfaction may be made to the Countess of Kent, for the Demolition of the Castle of Goodrich: That One thousand Pounds be given to the Countess of Kent, in respect of the Demolishing of the Castle of Goodrich: And that it be paid out of the Revenue.
Ordered, That the Sum of One thousand Pounds be allowed to the Countess of Kent, in respect of the Demolishing of her Castle of Goodrich: And that it be paid out of the Revenue: And that the Committee of the Revenue be authorized and required to give Order and Warrant for Payment of the same accordingly, out of the Revenue, or any Part thereof.
Sir T. Jervois' Claims.
Mr. Garland reports Amendments to an Act towards the Reparation of Sir Thomas Jervois Knight his Damages sustained in the Time of the late Wars: Which were twice read: And, after some Amendments made therein, the said Amendments were, upon the Question, agreed unto.
A Proviso was added to the Act, on the Behalf of George Phippe, touching the Sum of Five hundred Pounds Principal Money, and Interest, due to him, from the Marquis of Winton; for which Sir John Danvers is bound as Surety: Which was twice read; and upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be Part of the Bill.
And the said Act, with those Amendments and Proviso, was, upon the Question passed.
Mr. Garland reports Amendments to an Act towards the Reparation of Robert Wallop Esquire his Damages sustained in the Time of the late Wars: Which were twice read; and upon the Question agreed unto.
The like Proviso was tendered to this Act, on the Behalf of George Phippe, as to the former Bill for Reparation of Sir Thomas Jervois: Which was twice read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be Part of the Bill.
And the Act, with the said Amendments and Proviso, being put to the Question, passed.
Colonel Jones reports from the Council of State, their Opinion, That each Regiment in Ireland shall have Two Waggons more allowed unto them.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth concur with the Council of State, That each Regiment in Ireland shall have Two Waggons more allowed unto them.
Colonel Thompson reports from the Committee of the Navy; viz.
"In pursuance of an Order of Parliament, of the Eighth of August last, whereby it is referred unto this Committee, to consider who are now Auditors of the Prests, and the Number of them; and what Allowances are fit to be made unto them, &c.; this Committee having summoned Mr. George Bingley and Mr. Bartholomew Beale, the present Auditors of the Prests, to attend them with such Proposals as they had to offer, for the more speedy Taking of the Accompts mentioned in the late Act of Parliament; who accordingly appearing; this Committee, upon Examination of them, and their Abilities to undertake the said Service, and upon Consideration of their Paper delivered in, have passed these ensuing Votes; viz."
"Resolved, &c. That the said Mr. Bingley and Mr. Beale be continued Auditors of the Prests, in relation to the Accompts mentioned in the said Act."
"Resolved, That the said Auditors for, and in respect of, that Service, shall have Five hundred Pounds per Annum apiece allowed unto them, for themselves and their Clerks, including all Charges for House Rent, Pens, Ink, Paper, and Parchment, and all other incident Expences, to be paid quarterly unto them, by the Treasurer of the Navy; and shall have no other Fee or Salary from the Commonwealth, or of any other Person, for any Accompts by them to be made, in relation to the said Act."
"Resolved, That Colonel Thompson, a Member of Parliament, and of this Committee, be desired to report these Resolutions to the House." Ben. Valentine.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. George Bingley be one of the Auditors of the Prests, in relation to the said Accompts.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Bartholomew Beale be one of the Auditors of the Prests, in relation to the said Accompts.
Correspondence with Holland.
Sir Henry Vane reports a Letter, to be sent to the States Provincial of Holland, and to be signed by the Speaker: Which was read; and, some Amendments being made at the Table, was, upon the Question, agreed; and was in these Words; viz.
HAVING understood by our Resident, Walter Strickland Esquire, That, upon all Occasions, he hath had free and ready Access unto your Lordships, as the publick Minister of this State; and hath found great Demonstrations of your Respects, and cordial Desires to maintain a good Correspondence and Friendship with this Commonwealth; we have received the Notice thereof, with great Satisfaction and Contentment; and have therefore thought fit to declare to your Lordships, That we do hold ourselves obliged to make the like Return of Friendship, and Respect to you, when any thing on your Behalf, shall minister unto us Opportunity for the same: And, understanding that your Lordships had earnestly recommended it by our said Resident, that the Ship Bomiell, lately taken by some of our Ships, as going unto, and maintaining Traffick with, Ports under our Dominion, prohibited by Act of Parliament; we have given Power and Direction to the Council of State, forthwith to discharge the said Ship, to return home; and, in case, upon the Hearing of the Cause still depending in the Court of Admiralty, the said Ship shall be adjudged Prize, that the Dues for this Ship, by the said Act accruing to our Mariners, shall be satisfied by this State; so willing is the Parliament to take Occasion to testify their Respects to your Lordships, in a Business wherein they find your Mediation. This being all I have in Command, I rest.
Countess of Castlehaven.
The humble Petition of the Lady Elizabeth Countess of Castlehaven, Wife of James Earl of Castlehaven Lord Audley, was this Day read.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, to examine the Truth of the Substance of this Petition; and to prepare and bring in an Act, according to the Prayer of the Petition, or otherwise, as they shall find Cause, for the Relief of the Petitioner: Viz. unto the Lord Commissioner Lisle, Mr. Marten, Colonel Purefoy, Mr. Edwards, Sir James Harrington, Colonel Fleetwood, Mr. Dove, Colonel Russel, Colonel Sidenham, Mr. Rowley, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Weston; or any Three of them: Who are to meet in the Exchequer Chamber, at Three of Clock To-morrow in the Afternoon; and to sit de die in diem.
Mr. Garland reports Amendments to an Act against unlicensed and scandalous Books and Pamphlets; and for better Regulating of Printing: Which was read; and, upon the Question, agreed unto.
And, upon the Question, the said Act is ordered to be ingrossed.
Ordered, That the Bill for Pirates be brought in on Tuesday Morning, the first Business; nothing to intervene.
Sir K. Digby.
The Question being propounded, That the Petition of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight be read;
It passed with the Negative.
Ordered, That Colonel Thompson do proceed with his Report touching the Navy, on Wednesday next, the first Business; nothing to intervene.
Ordered, That this House doth adjourn itself until Tuesday Morning next, at Eight of Clock.