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, 10 Maii, 1650.
Incest and Adultery.
RESOLVED, That the Bill ingrossed be now read. An Act for suppressing the detestable Sins of Incest, Adultery, and Fornication, was this Day read the Third Time.
Resolved, That the Time, "for Twelve Months," do stand in the Proviso in the said Bill.
Resolved, That this Clause, "for the Punishment of the Bawd, or for keeping a common Brothell-house, for the First Offence," do stand.
A Proviso was tendered to the said Act, "That no Party's Confession shall be taken as Evidence within this Act against any other, but only against such Party so confessing; nor any Husband shall be a Witness against his Wife, nor any Wife against her Husband, for any Offence punishable by this Act; nor any Servant against his or her Master or Mistress:" Which was this Day read the First time.
And the Question being put, That this Proviso be read the Second time;
It passed with the Affirmative.
The said Proviso was read the Second time.
The Question being put, That the Clause in the said Proviso; viz. "nor any Servant against his or her Master or Mistress;" do stand in the said Proviso;
It passed with the Negative.
The said Proviso, with some Amendments at the Table, being put to the Question, was agreed unto; and ordered to be Part of the Bill.
Another Proviso, being tendered to the said Bill, "That this Act shall have Continuance for Three Years, from the Four-and-twentieth of June 1650, and no longer," was this day read the First time.
And the Question being put, That this Proviso be read the second time;
It passed with the Negative.
The said Act, being put to the Question, passed; and ordered to be forthwith printed and published.
Ordered, That the Petition touching Colchester be read on Tuesday Morning next.
Isle of Wight.
Colonel Jones reports from the Council of State;
"That they find it necessary, for the better Defence of the Isle of Wight, besides the addition of a Troop of Horse to the Establishment for that Place, that the Governor's Company of Foot, quartered at Carisbrook Castle, and now consisting of Eighty Men, should be made up One hundred and Eighty: That Major Rolph's Company, consisting of Eighty Men, should be made up One hundred and Forty; That the Thirty-six Men at Cowes Castle, commanded by Captain Baskett, should be made up Sixty: That the Captain at Yarmouth Castle should have a Lieutenant added unto him, and be allowed of in the Establishment; and that the Thirty Men there should be made up Sixty: That Sixty Men be allowed unto Captain Boreman for the Keeping of Sandowne Castle."
Resolved, That the Governor's Company of Foot, quartered at Caresbrook Castle, now consisting of Eighty Men, be made up One hundred and Eighty: And that Major Rolph's Company, consisting of Eighty Men, be made up One hundred and Forty: That the Thirty-six Men at Cowes Castle, commanded by Captain Baskett, be made up Sixty: That the Captain at Yarmouth Castle shall have a Lieutenant added unto him; and that the Thirty Men there be made up Sixty: And that Sixty Men be allowed unto Captain Boreman, for the Keeping of Sandowne Castle: And that the Committee of the Army be authorized and required to cause Payment to be made unto the said several Recruits after the same shall be mustered, in like fort as to the rest of the Army: And that they be so continued and paid, until the House, or Council of State, take further Order.
Ordered, That the Bill for the Assessment for the Army be read the Second time on Thursday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Report touching the Militias, and the Bill touching the Militia of Westminster, be read on Tuesday Morning next.
Colonel Ludlow reports from the Council of State;
"That this Council holds it necessary, for the better Preserving of the Peace of the Western Parts, that Colonel Alexander Popham should repair into Somersetshire, in order to raise a Regiment of Horse there, which are to be Part of the Militia for that County; and so to be kept together for the Public Service; to move the Parliament, That such a Sum of Money as they shall conceive necessary for the raising and Paying of the Men for so long time as they shall be kept together, may be provided: And Colonel Ludlow is desired to make this Report to the House."
Resolved, That Colonel Alexander Popham be impowered and authorized to raise a Regiment of Horse in Somersetshire, to be Part of the Militia for that County; and so to be kept together for the Publick Service: And that it be referred to the Council of State, to grant him a Commission accordingly.
Resolved, That each of the Four Foot Companies at Pendennis Castle, Dennis Fort, and the Mount, be completed to the Number of Sixscore: And that the Committee of the Army be authorized and required to give Order for Payment of them, after they have been mustered, in like manner as the rest of the Army.
Resolved, That the further Consideration of the Report from the Council of State, touching Money for Raising and Paying of the Regiment of Horse to be raised by Colonel Alexander Popham, be taken up on Tuesday next, the first Business.
Reward for taking Robbers.
Ordered, That Colonel Ven do acquaint the Lord Mayor with the Complaint, That those Soldiers who took the Persons that robbed Sir Edward Hale, have not received that Reward which the Law provides for them; but that the same hath been given to one of the Offenders: And that some Course be taken by him, that the Persons who took the said Offenders, may have the Reward allotted by the Act in that Behalf, for their due Encouragement in so good a Service.
The House, according to former Order, adjourned itself until Tuesday Morning next, Eight of Clock.