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, 24 Octobris, 1649.
Goldsmiths Hall Revenue.
THE House this Day resumed the Debate upon the Report from Goldsmiths Hall.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That the Restraint of the Payment of the Fifty thousand Pounds to the Scotts, mentioned in the said Report, be continued; and the Payment of the same, or any Part thereof, be stayed until further Order.
A Person ordered in custody.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That Clement Walker Esquire be presently sent for in safe Custody: And that Mr. Speaker do sign a Warrant, to the Serjeant at Arms, for that Purpose: With Power to enter into any House, break open any Doors or Locks, for that Purpose.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That the like Warrant be issued to the Serjeant at Arms, to search for, and seize on, the Papers and Writings of the said Clement Walker.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That Mr. John Johns be appointed to be the Treasurer for the Receiving of the Sum of Nine hundred Pounds, ordered, by Parliament, to be paid unto Colonel Saunderson's List; and of such other Monies as shall be ordered to be paid unto the said Colonel Saunderson's List; and for the Issing and Payment of the said Monies unto the respective Persons named in the said List: And that the Acquittance and Acquittances of the said John Johns shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the Committee of Goldsmiths Hall, and their Treasurer and Treasurers, and any other Person or Persons who shall pay the said Nine hundred Pounds, or any other Sum of Money ordered, or which shall be ordered, by Parliament, to be paid in to the Persons named in that List.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That it be referred to the Council of State, forthwith to take into their Consideration an effectual Way and Means to prevent Robberies, Murders, and Outrages, committed as well upon the Highways as in Houses, and other Places to the Disturbance of the People and Peace of this Nation: And that they forthwith give an Account thereof to the Parliament.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That the Chief Justices of the Upper Bench and Common Pleas, Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer, and all other the Justices of Assize, for the several Circuits, be required to give an Account, to the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal of England, of their Proceedings in their last several and respective Circuits, and of the Reprieves by them granted; and so from time to time, at their Return out of their several Circuits, to the Intent the Lords Commissioners may acquaint the Parliament therewith, as there shall be Cause.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That it be referred to the Council of State, to use all diligent Endeavour for the speedy Finding out and Discovery of the Authors, Printers, and Publishers, of a Book, intituled, Anarchia Anglicana, and of all others who have a Hand therein; and to examine the whole Business; and report the same to the House: And the particular Care hereof is recommended to Mr. Scott.
Commissioners of Oyer and Terminer
Ordered, by the Parliament, That the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal of England be authorized and required to issue, under the Great Seal, Standing Commissioners of Oyer and Terminer, into the several Counties, for Trial of Offences, to continue for one Year now next coming: And that they do write Letters to the Commisssioners in those Commissions, to be diligent from time to time, to sit in the Execution of those Commissions.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That the Business touching the Sheriffs be taken into Consideration This-daysevennight: And that the several Members do then present Names of Sheriffs respectively for every County.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That it be referred to a Committee, to take into Consideration all former Engagements made from the Beginning of this Parliament; and to present to the House what is fit to be done therein; to take away Misconstructions that are put upon them, and to undeceive the People therein: Viz. to Mr. Thomas Challoner, Mr. Gurdon, Mr. Lechmere, Mr. Scott, Sir James Harrington, Sir Thomas Wroth, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Salwey senior, Mr. Hodges, Mr. Snelling, Colonel Jones, Earl of Pembroke, Colonel Thomas Birch, Colonel Ludlow, Mr. Russel, Colonel Ven, Mr. Snell, Mr. Masham, Colonel Wauton, Mr. Leman, Sir Wm. Masham, Mr. Nevell, Earl of Salisbury, Sir Henry Vane junior, Mr. Ralegh, Mr. Hill, Sir Arthur Hesilrige, Alderman Hoyle, Mr. Say, Mr. Dormer, Mr. Holland, Lord Commissioner Whitelock, or any Five of them:-Are to meet in the Queen's Court, To-morrow in the Afternoon; and so de die in diem; and to bring it in This-day-fortnight.
And Mr. Salwey senior is to take care of it.
Riots at Walthamstow, &c.
Ordered, That the Examination of the Riots done lately at Walthamstow in Essex, and the Proceedings therein at Stratford Langton, and also the Carriage of Serjeant Conneyers about that Business, be referred to the Council of State: And they are to report it to the House.
Grant to Dorislaus.
Mr. Holland reports from the Council of State, an Act for settling a Pension of Two hundred Pounds per Annum upon Isaac Dorislaus, Son and Heir of Isaac Dorislaus, deceased, late Doctor of the Civil Law.
Which was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed.
Petition from Tewkesbury.
The humble Petition of Christofer Atkinson, one of the Bailiffs of Tewksbury, in the County of Gloucester, and of divers well-affected Persons of the Common-Council, Assistants, and other Inhabitants of the said Borough, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Indemnity, to examine the Business complained of in the said Petition; and to take Order therein; or to report it to the House, as they see Cause.
Whereas, by virtue of an Order of this House, 27 Novembris last, a Writ of Ad quod damnum was issued out of the Chancery, by the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal, to the Sheriff of the County of Norfolk, to inquire, by the Oaths of good and lawful Men of the same County, Whether it would be to the Prejudice of the late King, or of any others, if it should be granted to Gilbert Parker Esquire, and his Heirs, to hold a weekly Market on Fridays, at the Town of Aldborough, next the Sea, in the said County, and to have the Tolls and Profits arising thereof; the said Sheriff, upon an Inquisition taken the Twenty-fifth of April last past, returned, That it is not to the Prejudice of the late King, or of any near Markets, if it shall be granted to the said Gilbert Parker, and his Heirs, to hold the said weekly Market, and to take the Tolls and Profits arising thereby: It is therefore Ordered, by the Parliament, That, for the Ease and Accommodation of the Inhabitants of the Towns and Places adjacent, Mr. Attorney General do prepare a Grant to the said Gilbert Parker, and his Heirs, of the said weekly Market, with the Tolls and Profits arising thereby: And that the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal be hereby authorized to pass the same under the Great Seal accordingly.
Asaph Market and Fairs.
Whereas, by virtue of an Order of Parliament, of the Twentieth of June last, a Writ of Ad quod damnum issued out of the Chancery, by the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal, directed to the Sheriff of the County of Flint, to inquire, by the Oaths of good and lawful Men of the same County, Whether it would be to the Prejudice of the Publick, or of any other, if it should be granted unto John Jones Esquire, and his Heirs, that they should hold weekly Markets on Fridays in every Week; and Four Fairs every Year, the First, on Tuesday in the First Week after Easter; the Second, on the Ninth Day of July; the Third, on the Third Day of October; and the Fourth, on the Fifteenth Day of December; with a Court of Piepowders during the Time of the several Fairs respectively, at the Town of Assaph in the said County of Flint; and should have the Tolls and Profits arising therefrom: In Execution of which Writ, the said Sheriff returned, That the said Market, and Four Fairs, in the said Writ mentioned, are not of Prejudice to the Publick Weal, nor to any other, nor any Damage to the adjacent Fairs and Markets, as by the Inquisition annexed to the said Writ, remaining in the Court of Chancery, appeareth: It is therefore Ordered, by this present Parliament, That, for the Ease and Accommodation of the Inhabitants of the said Town of Assaph, and of the Villages and Places adjacent, Mr. Attorney General do prepare a Grant to the said John Jones, and his Heirs, of the said weekly Market, and the said Four Fairs every Year: With Power to keep a Court of Piepowders during the said Fairs, and to have the Tolls and Profits arising therefrom, according to the Tenor of the said Writ: And that the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal do pass the same under the Great Seal accordingly.