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 Jovis, 4 Aprilis, 1650.
Duty on Coals.
AN Act for laying an Imposition upon Coals, towards the Building of Ships for guarding the Seas, was this Day read the First time; and, upon the Question ordered to be read the Second time, This-day-sevennight.
Resolved, That the House, at the Rising on Saturday, do adjourn until Tuesday Morning then next following.
Ordered, That the Business of Fifteen per Centum allowed to the Merchants, upon the Customs, be taken into Consideration This-day-sevennight.
Lord Deincourt's Estate.
Mr. Say reports from the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall, the Desires and Overtures of Nicholas Leeke Esquire, Son and Heir-apparent of the Lord Deincourt, as followeth:
"The humble Desires and Overtures of Nicholas Leeke Esquire, Son and Heir-apparent of the Lord Deincourt."
"Whereas his Father's Fine amounts to Eighteen thousand Pounds odd Money, far exceeding his Ability to pay: Your Petitioner, according to Order of the honourable the Commissioners for Compositions, humbly submits to the Fine, to have the Estate of his said Father settled upon him and his Heirs in Fee, or upon such as he shall nominate and appoint, or so much of the said Fine as the Parliament shall be pleased to accept; which, upon the ensuing Reasons, he humbly prayeth, may be taken into Consideration, and some favourable Abatement, as unto their grave Wisdoms shall seem meet."
"That the Fine is set at a Third of the full Value of the Estate, without any Abatement, the Estate being Three thousand Six hundred Pounds per Annum: That his Mother hath a Fifth for her present Maintenance; and if his Father die, who is very aged and infirm, is intituled to a Third, as her Dower."
"That the Estate is charged with Sixteen thousand Pounds to be raised for Portions for Four Sisters, yet unmarried."
"That your Petitioner, for his Affection to the Parliament, and adhering to them, incurring thereby his Father's Displeasure for these Eight Years, hath not had any Allowance or Maintenance; whereby he hath been enforced to run in Debt, for which he is now a Prisoner in the Upper Bench."
"That, of what certain Fine shall be accepted, Three hundred Eighty-two Pounds per Annum may be settled in Rectories, and Allowance for the same, in the First Payment: And that, for this Purpose, an Act may be drawn, as Council shall advise."
Ordered, That the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall do prepare an Act for settling the Estate of the Lord of Deincourt upon Nicholas Leeke Esquire, his Son and Heirapparent, for the Fine of Eighteen thousand Pounds: And that the Committee have Power to insert into the Bill a Clause for making an Allowance out of the said Fine, for the Rectories, Part of that Estate, to the Value of Three hundred Eighty-two Pounds per Annum, in Part of the First Payment, if the said Committee shall think fit.
An Act for Sale of the Estates of divers Delinquents was this Day read the First time; and, upon the Question, ordered to be read again the Second time, on Saturday Morning next.
An Act against Transportation of Coin or Bullion, out of this Commonwealth, into the Parts beyond the Seas, was this Day read the First time, and, upon the Question, ordered to be read the Second time, upon Saturday Morning next, after the Act for Sale of Delinquents Estates.
Relief of Tenants.
Mr. Garland reports, Amendments to the Act for relieving Tenants against the Oppression of Delinquent Landlords: Which were this Day read the First and Second time: and the Act and Amendments laid aside.
Indemnity of Tenants, &c.
A Bill for the Indemnity of Tenants, and other wellaffected Persons, against the Injuries and Oppressions of delinquent Landlords, was this Day read the First time; and, upon the Question, ordered to be read the Second time on Saturday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Business concerning Money be taken up on Tuesday Morning next, the first Business; nothing to intervene.