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, 1 Januarii, 1649.
THE House this Day resumed the Debate, upon the Report from the Council of State, touching the next Summer's Guard.
An Estimate of the Charge of sitting and setting forth to the Seas, Forty-four of the State's Ships, and Twenty-eight Merchant Ships, manned with Eight thousand Eighty-two Men, to serve for Eight Months on the Narrow Seas, as the Summer's Guard for the Year 1650; viz.
An Estimate of the Charge of sitting and setting forth to the Seas Forty-four of the State's Ships, mentioned above, and Twenty-eight Merchant Ships, manned with Eight thousand Eighty-two men, to serve for Eight Months on the Narrow Seas, as the Summer's Guard for the Year 1650.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to give other sit Names to the Ships called the Prince, the Charles, and the Mary, mentioned in the said List.
Resolved, That this House doth approve of the Number of Ships and Men, contained in this List, to be set out for the next Summer Guard.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to take care, that this Fleet, according to the List reported, be set forth to Sea for the next Summer Guard: And that the Committee of the Navy be required to make Payment accordingly.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to consider of the Estimate of Charge of this Summer Fleet, and also of this Winter Guard, and of the present State of the Customs, how far the same will probably extend to defray the Charge of this Winter Guard, and setting forth this Fleet; and present to the House by what Way the same may be supplied, wherein that Revenue may prove deficient.
Ordered, That the Commissions to the Three Generals for the Sea be renewed for One Year, from the First of March 1649: And that Colonel Wauton bring in an Act for that Purpose.
Ordered, That it be specially recommended to the Council of State, to take care, that the Summer Fleet be dispatched to Sea with all possible Speed, before the Winter Guard come in.
Colonel Wauton reports from the Council of State; viz.
Whereas Information hath been given to the Council of State, that there are several Ships belonging to the Commonwealth, which are now riding at Chatham, and elsewhere; which, by reason of Age and Decay, are become useless, and utterly unserviceable, and are of very great and needless Charge to the State: That it be reported to the House, That Authority may be given to the Council, to cause such Ships, as aforesaid, as they find unserviceable, and of needless Charge to the State, to be made Sale of, for the best Advantage of the Commonwealth; and the Monies arising upon the said Sale, to be employed for the Building of new Ships, in their room.
Ordered, That the Council of State be authorized and impowered to cause such of the Ships of the State, as they shall find unserviceable, and of needless Charge to the State, to be made Sale of, for the best Advantage of the Commonwealth; and the Monies arising upon the said Sale, to be employed for the Building of new Ships, in their room.
Ordered, That it be likewise referred to the Council of State, to consider how the Ship Sovereign may, with least Charge to the Commonwealth, be made most useful and serviceable to the State.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to consider of the Wrong done to Merchants at Sea, by taking their Ships and Goods by other Nations; and to consider of the former Powers to them given for granting Letters of Marque; and to present an Act to the House for a further Power to that Purpose, wherein the former is defective; and also to consider how the Merchant may be further enabled to preserve their Ships and Goods against such Wrongs and Injuries for the future: And they are to report the same to the House, on Thisday-sevennight.
Colonel Waughton reports likewise from the Council of State, that the Ship Bommell, which is found to be Prize, hath been appraised, and the Appraisement as followeth;
An Inventory and Appraisement of the good Ship called the Bommell, of Amsterdam, Burthen Four hundred Tons, or thereabouts, with Thirty Pieces of Ordnance, together with her Tackles, Apparel, Furniture, and such other Goods and Merchandize aboard her, had and taken at Plimouth in the County of Devon; and valued and appraised by Richard Mayn Merchant, Thomas Dalking Sailmaker, George Pawling and Thomas Short Mercers, John Young, Surgeon, and Erasmus Hooper, Shipwright, all of Plimouth aforesaid, in the Presence of John Buckham Notary Publick, at the Request of Humfrey Blake Esquire, Daniel Ely Merchant, and George Blake Gentleman, Collectors for Prize Goods, by virtue of, and according to, a Warrant from the Council of State, dated the Fifteenth of September instant, this Two-and-twentieth Day of September, Anno Dom. 1649.
Et quoniam ego præsatus Johannes Buckham Notor Publicus Tempore Captionis istius Appraisiamenti personaliter præsens interfui; ideo in Fidem et Testimonium præmissorum non solum Nomen, Verum etiam Sigillum meum consuetum Præsentibus apposui, Vicesino quinto Die Septembris, Anno Dom. 1649, Stilo Angliæ.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy do consider, how much of the Sum of Five thousand Six hundred Forty-three Pounds Four Shillings and Sixpence doth belong unto the Mariners, that took the said Ship, for their Shares; and to give Order, That they be satisfied their Share accordingly.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to make Payment of the usual Salary, to Mr. Coitmore, the Secretary for the Admiralty.
Ordered, That the Sum of Thirty Pounds, in the Hands of Mr. Thomas Vallor, be paid unto Wm. Hull, one of the Servants to the Serjeant at Arms: And that his Acquittance shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Thomas Vallor, or such Person as shall pay the same.
Resolved, That the Bill for the Engagement be read the Third time, To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Timber on Crown Lands.
Mr. Bond reports from the Committee of the Navy, several Letters; one from the Commissioners of the Navy to the Trustees for Sale of the late King's Lands, of the Return of the Number of Trees, and Quantity of Timber, fit for the Service of the Navy, out of the several Parks and Chaces; and two Letters to the Commissioners from the said Trustees; and another Letter from the Commissioners to the Committee for the Admiralty: Which were read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee appointed to bring in a supplemental Act for further Instructions to the Trustees for Sale of the Lands of the late King, Queen, and Prince, to consider of these several Papers, and of the Business of the Timber and Trees, marked by the Surveyors for the Service of the Navy of this Commonwealth; and present their Opinion to the House, upon the whole Business: And that they do make a Report to the House therein, and also in the other Matters to them referred, with all Speed: And that the Contractors for Sale of the said Lands be required and injoined not to contract for, or make Sale of, any Timber or Trees in any the Lands within the said Act.
Colonel Marten reports from the Council of State, the Destructions and Wastes in the Timber in the Forest of Deane.
The humble Representation and Desires of the Mayor, Aldermen, Council, and Company of Merchants of the City of Bristoll, in the Behalf of the City, and the West of England, was this Day read.
The humble Petition of the Jury, Gentlemen, Officers, Freeholders, and Inhabitants of the Forest of Deane, was this Day read.
Ordered, That no Timber Trees, or any other Trees or Wood, be from henceforth cut down or felled within the Forest of Deane, upon any Pretence whatsoever, until this House give further Order.
Ordered, That all the Iron Works within the Forest of Deane, be from henceforth suppressed and demolished: And that it be referred to the Council of State, to take care that the same be effectually done accordingly.
Ordered, That all such Timber Trees, and other Trees, within the said Forest of Deane, which are already cut down, shall be preserved for the Service of the Commonwealth, and not be disposed of, but by Order from this House, or the Council of State.
The Question being propounded, That, as to the Cutting down, Selling, or Disposing of any Timber or Wood, within any Forest belonging to the Commonwealth, the Power of the Committee of Revenue be from henceforth suspended;
The Question being put, That this Question be now put;
It passed with the Affirmative.
And the main Question being put;
It was Resolved, That the Committee of the Revenue be required to call and revoke all Warrants, by them issued, for Cutting, Selling, or Disposing of any Wood or Timber, within any Forest belonging to the Commonwealth.
Ordered, That the Power of the Committee of Irish Affairs, as to the Cutting down, Selling, or Disposing of any Timber Trees, or other Trees or Wood, be from henceforth suspended: And that the said Committee be injoined to recall all Warrants by them issued for that Purpose.