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, 25 Junii, 1650.
Grant to Browne.
A BILL for Three thousand Pounds to be paid to John Browne Esquire, for Loss of his Office, out of sequestred Estates of some particular Delinquents, or out of their Compositions, was this Day read the Second time.
And the Question being put, That the Bill be committed;
It passed with the Negative.
And the Question being put, For the Passing of the Bill;
It passed with the Negative.
Clerk of Parliament.
Ordered, That the Form of an Oath be prepared to be administered to the Clerk of the Parliament: And that Mr. Corbett, Mr. Solicitor, and Mr. Weaver, do prepare the same; and report the same to the House: And that all the Records, late belonging to the late House of Peers, and this House, be all delivered into the Hands of the present Clerk of the Parliament: And that Mr. Browne be required to deliver over the same, by Inventory, accordingly: And that thereupon Mr. Browne be discharged of and touching the same: And Mr. Corbett, Mr. Solicitor, and Mr. Weaver, are to take care the same be done accordingly.
Clerk of late House of Peers.
Resolved, That it be referred to a Committee, to consider of a Compensation to be given to John Browne Esquire, late Clerk of the late House of Peers: Viz. to Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Lechmere, Colonel Bossevile, Mr. Nevill, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Salwey, Sir Wm. Allanson, Mr. Millington, Mr. Say, Colonel Fielder, Mr. Gurdon, Mr. Weaver, Mr. Long, Mr. Hodges, Mr. Ralegh, Mr. Pierrepoint, Sir Tho. Walsingham, Mr. Burrell, Sir John Bourcher, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Garland, Captain Skinner, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Love, Mr. James Challoner, Mr. Baker, Mr. Carey, Colonel Ven, Mr. Dormer, Sir John Hippisley, Mr. Hallowes; or any Five of them: And they are to meet To-morrow at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: And Mr. Millington is to take care hereof.
Compensation to Stamford, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the afore-named Committee, to consider of a Compensation to be given to Christofer Stamford, John Everard, Thomas Cole, John Ryme, William Gefferies, John Morris, Marten Langley, of Colchester, and Widow Miller, late Wife of Hugh Miller; and report it to the House.
Bills to be read.
Ordered, That the Bill touching the Sale of the Manors and Lands of Francis Lord Deincourt, and the Bill touching the Earl of Downe, be read on Thursday Morning next, after the Reports from the Navy.
An Act for the advancing and regulating the Trade of this Commonwealth was this Day read the third time.
Resolved, That, in the Tenth Instruction within this Act, these Words, "and be no longer continued," be left out, and instead thereof these Words be inserted; viz. "in such Manner as the Parliament shall think fit."
Resolved, That the further Debate on this Bill be adjourned till This-day-sevennight.
Resolved, That the Committee for the Bill for Sale of Delinquents Lands be injoined to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon at Two of the Clock: And that they bring in the Act on Thursday next.
Petitions to be read.
Resolved, That the Petitions of the Countess Dowager of Exeter, Mr. Smithby, Lieutenant Colonel Smyth, and Sir Gerard Lowther, be read on Tuesday next.
House to sit.
Resolved, That the House do sit at Two of Clock this Afternoon.
Resolved, That Mr. Speaker take the Chair To-morrow Morning: And that the Lord Commissioner Whitelock do then make the Report in his Hands, from the Council of State, the first Busisness.
Representation and Elections.
Ordered, That the House be resolved into a Grand Committee on Wednesday sevennight, touching an equal Representative, and for regulating Elections.
Ly. Culme, &c.
The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland reports from the Council of State, The humble Petition of Dame Mary Culme, late Wife of Lieutenant General Michael Jones, and Executrix of his last Will and Testament.
Which was this Day read.
Resolved, That so much Lands of the Irish Rebels, in Ireland, as are of the clear yearly Value of Two hundred Pounds, be settled on Doctor Henry Jones, and his Heirs: And that the Committee to whom the Act for settling Lands of Five hundred Pounds per Annum on Lieutenant General Jones, and his Heirs, do consider what Lands are fit to be settled; and present an Act to the House for that Purpose.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to consider how Two hundred Pounds may be advanced to be paid to the Lady Culme, upon Account, towards her present Subsistence; and report it to the House.
General Fairfax's Resignation.
THE Lord Whitelock reports from the Council of State, That the Council being acquainted by my Lord General, that some Difficulties were upon him concerning the Undertaking of the Service required of him by the new Commission sent unto him from the Parliament; thereupon the Council appointed a Committee to confer with my Lord, and to endeavour his Satisfaction: Which was endeavoured by the Committee, upon a long Debate with my Lord General: The Result upon which Conference was to this Effect; That my Lord General doth conceive, That, upon the new Commission coming to him, the former Commission of the General is at an end, and he free from that Charge; and, in regard of his own Infirmities, and want of Health, and want of Freedom to undertake this Service, as a new Employment, and the Greatness and Weight of the Charge, he humbly desireth to be excused; and for that Purpose intends to signify his Mind herein unto the Parliament.
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Resolved, That the Door be shut.
Army Committee, &c.
Colonel Ven reports from the Committee of the Army, An Act for the Continuance for the Committee for the Army, and Treasurers at Wars.
Which was this Day read the First and Second time.
And the Question being put, That this Bill be ingrossed.
It passed with the Negative.
And the said Bill, being put to the Question, passed.
Forces in City Lines.
He also reports, An Act for constituting Major General Philip Skippon, Major General and Commander in Chief of all the Forces within the City of London, and Liberties thereof, and late Lines of Communication, and weekly Bills of Mortality.
Which was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be forthwith printed and published.
Ordered, That Mr. Garland do bring in the Act touching Major General Skippon, upon Thursday next.
Colonel Ven also reports, An Act for enabling Thomas Foote, and others of the Militia of the City of London, or any Three of them, to put in Execution an Ordinance of Parliament of the Third Day of December 1644, for Raising Five thousand Four hundred Eighty-two Pounds Sixteen Shillings and Six-pence monthly, in the City of London, and Liberties thereof, for paying the Charge of the Fortifications and Guards, and to get in the Arrears of the Monies collected by virtue of the said Ordinance.
Which was this Day read the First time.
A Letter from the General, of this Five-and-twentieth Day of June 1650, was this Day read.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Salwey the elder have Leave to go out of the House.
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to go to the Lord General Fairfax, to let him know the Parliament's high Esteem, and good Acceptation of those eminent and faithful Services, which have, by the Blessing of God upon his Endeavours, been by him performed for this Commonwealth: That the Parliament are persuaded of his continued Fidelity and Affection to this Commonwealth: Viz. Colonel Harrison, Colonel Sidney, Sir Henry Vane, senior, Lord Commissioner Whitelock, Mr. Solicitor, Sir Thomas Widdrington, Sir Wm. Armyn, Earl of Pembroke, Major General Skippon, Alderman Allen, Mr. Wallop, Colonel Ven, Mr. Henry Darley.