House of Commons Journal Volume 6: 8 March 1650

Pages 378-379

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, 8 Martii, 1649.


Scandalous Publications.

Mr. Millington reports from the Committee of plundered Ministers, the Matter of Fact touching the Book, intituled, "The Doctrine of the Fourth Commandment, deformed by Popery, reformed, and restored to its primitive Purity, &c.;" and the Examination of Augustine Nicholas, Servant to Gartrude Dawson, Printer of the said Book for James Okeford; and the Examination of John Hide.

Resolved, &c. That this Book, intituled, "The Doctrine of the Fourth Commandment, deformed by Popery, reformed, and restored to its primitive Purity, &c." ascertaining the Observation of the Jewish Sabbath, and condemning the Observation of the Lord's Day as the Christian Sabbath, is erroneous, scandalous, and profane; contrary to the Practice of the Apostles, and of all the Christian Churches.

Resolved, That all the printed Copies of the said Book be burnt; And that the Marshal be required to do the same at the Exchange, and in Cheapside.

Resolved, That all printed Copies of the said Book, wheresoever they shall be found, in England or Wales, shall be brought to the chief Magistrate of the Place where the same shall be found; who is hereby required and injoined to cause the same to be burnt accordingly.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of plundered Ministers, to take care for the Apprehension and Imprisonment of the Author of the said Book.

Ordered, That it be referred to the same Committee, to take care for punishing the Printer and Publisher of the said Book, according to Law.


The humble Petition of divers well-affected Ministers and Students of the University of Oxford and Cambridge, was this Day read.

Resolved, That the First Part of the Petition, concerning the Time of the Residence of Fellows after the Degree of Master of Arts, be referred to the Committee for Reformation of the Universities; to consider, upon the whole Debate of the House; and present a Bill to the House.

And Mr. Rous is to take care thereof.

Committee of Assessments.

Ordered, That Humfry Mackworth and Roger Evans be added to the Committee for the Assessments of the Army in the County of Salop.

Gospel in Ireland.

An Act for the better Advancement of the Gospel, and Learning, in Ireland, was this Day read the Third time: And, after some Amendments at the Table, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be forthwith printed and published.

London Poor.

Mr. Garland reports Amendments to the Bill for settling Two Houses and One thousand Pounds upon the Corporation for the Poor of London: Which were Twice read: And the Amendments, being put to the Question were assented unto; and ordered to be ingrossed, and brought in This-day-sevennight.

Ministers Maintenance.

Ordered, That the additional Act for providing Maintenance for preaching Ministers be read the first Business This-day-sevennight; nothing to intervene: And that the Act for settling preaching Ministers in Bristoll be read next after that Act.

Gospel in Ireland.

Major Salwey reports from the Committee for propagating the Gospel in Ireland.

Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, That an Act be prepared, and brought in, for the Abolition of the Hierarchy in Ireland, and prohibiting the Use of the Common Service Book there: And Mr. John Corbett and . . . Salwey do bring in the Bill.

Resolved, &c. That John Huson Governor of Dublyn, Sir Robert King, Wm. Hawkins, Daniel Hutchinson, and Wm. Lawrence, Esquires, or any Three of them, with the Consent of the Lord Lieutenant, shall appoint, and set apart, such publick Places in the City of Dublyn, for such Ministers to dispense the Gospel, as the Parliament of England shall appoint to preach there, as shall be fit, of those publick Places formerly appointed for the publick Worship of God.

Resolved, That the Parliament of England do forthwith send over Six able Ministers, to dispense the Gospel in the City of Dublyn: And that Two hundred Pounds per Annum be allowed to every Minister respectively, as shall accordingly dispense the Gospel there: And that the same shall be charged upon the Revenue of Bishops and Dean and Chapters in Ireland: And that, in the mean time, the said Two hundred Pounds per Annum be paid quarterly, to the respective Ministers aforesaid, out of the publick Revenue of Ireland: And that the Lord Lieutenant do take care, and give Order, that the same be duly paid accordingly.

Resolved, That the Parliament of England doth declare, That, if any of the Ministers, to be sent over as aforesaid, do die whilst employed in this Service, that Care shall be taken to make competent Provision for their Wives and Children.

Ordered, That it be referred to the same Committee, to take care these Votes be effectually put in Execution.

Issue of Money.

Ordered, by the Parliament, that the Council of State do issue out their Warrants to the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall, for the Payment of Sixty three thousand Pounds to the Treasurers at War forthwith, out of the Remainder of the One hundred and Seventy thousand Pounds formerly appointed out of the Receipts of the said Treasury at Goldsmiths Hall, for the Service of the Commonwealth: And that the Treasurers of Goldsmiths Hall do make Payment of the same accordingly, out of such Monies as are or shall come into that Treasury, as well payable upon Sequestrations as by Compositions; to be paid, by the Treasurers at War, to the Forces of England and Ireland, by Warrants from the Committee for the Army.