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 Martis, 4 Decembris, 1649.
A LETTER from the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, of the Fourteenth of November 1649, with a Letter, inclosed, from Colonel Robert Blake, from Cork Haven, of Novembris 5, 1649; and a Letter from the Mayor of Youghall, and others, of 7 Septembris 1649; were all this Day read.
It was Resolved, That Major General Ireton shall be constituted President of Munster, during the Pleasure of the Parliament: And that Mr. Scott bring in an Act for that Purpose, and for passing a Patent under the Great Seal accordingly.
Writs of Error.
An Act for Redress of Inconveniencies, by granting Writs of Error, was this Day read the First time; and, upon the Question, ordered to be read the Second time on Thursday Morning next, the first Business; nothing to intervene.
Regulating the Law.
Ordered, That the Committee for regulating the Proceedings in Law be revived: And that the Committee meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, in the Exchequer Chamber; and so de die in diem: And that the Lord Mounson and Sir Arthur Hesilrige do take care hereof.
They were called in; and presented a Petition; Which (after the Petitioners were withdrawn) was read; and was intituled, "The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London, in Common Council assembled."
Ordered, That the same Committee be appointed to conser with such Persons as shall be appointed by the City, touching the Laws already made against Engrossing; and likewise against the Prosanation of the Sabbath, Swearing, and Drunkenness; and to consider wherein the same are defective; and to receive from them any thing that they shall propound, for any supplemental and additional Laws and Penalties to be added, for the better Preventing and Punishing of the Offences aforesaid; and to report the same to the House.
Resolved, That such Committees as have under their Consideration any of the Particulars which are contained in this Petition, this Day presented to the House by the City, do sit; and prepare their Reports to be made touching the same to the House, on Wednesday-sevennight.
A Member disabled from sitting.
Resolved, * * * * (fn. 1).
The House hath taken your Petition into Consideration; and, upon that which concern the City in particular, they have spent a great deal of their Time since your Withdrawing: They find the Petition contains Matters of great Weight, and publick Concernment, and that which doth manifest your good Affections to the Publick: They have therefore appointed a Day for the Taking of the Particulars thereof into serious Consideration; and shall do their Utmost therein, for the Advancing of the Honour of God, suppressing Prosaneness, and promoting the publick Good: In the mean time they have commanded me to mind you of some Laws, whereof you may take hold for the present, against profaning the Sabbath, Swearing, Drunkenness, and also against Engrossing, a thing of so great Abuse and Mischief at this present: It may be, the Laws are defective in them, and do not reach home to that Reformation which you desire, and the Parliament do aim at, and endeavour: But they do recommend it to the Lord Mayor and yourselves, and other the Aldermen and Magistrates of the said City, that you would put them instantly in Execution: And, to the end what is wanting in them may be supplied, they have appointed a Committee to meet with such Persons as the City shall appoint, to consider of, and receive from them, any thing that shall be offered for supplemental and additional Laws or Penalties, for the preventing and punishing those Offences. The House doth take notice of the good Affections of the City, in this direct Petition, containing so many Particulars tending to the Publick Good; and they have commanded me to return, in their Names, their hearty Thanks to the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council: And I do, in their Names, give unto you, and them, the hearty Thanks of this House, for your good and publick Affections therein.
Which (after the Petitioners were withdrawn) was read; and was intituled, "The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the Borough of Southwark, and the adjacent Parishes on the South Side of the River of Thames, within the weekly Bills of Mortality."