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, 28 Junii, 1650.
ORDERED, That Mr. Thomas Butler be, and is hereby, recommended to the Committee of the Universities to take him into Consideration, as they shall have Opportunity.
Swearing and Cursing.
An Act for the better Preventing and Suppressing of profane Swearing and Cursing, was this Day read the Third time; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be forthwith printed and published.
Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal be authorized and required to send a Certiorari to the Clerk of the Parliament, to certify into the Chancery one Act, intituled, An Act for the better Preventing and Suppressing of profane Swearing and Cursing: And that they do issue Writs under the said Great Seal, to the Sheriff, &c. to publish the same: And that a competent Number of the said Acts be printed for that Purpose.
A Letter from Dublin, of the Twentieth of June, 1650, from Mr. Wm. Basill, with a Declaration of the Nobility, Gentry, and Commanders of his Majesty's Forces of the Province of Ulster, dated 20 Maii 1650, were this Day read.
Ordered, That the said Letter and Declaration be forthwith printed.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State to take care to see the same printed, accordingly; and to take such Course touching the Printing thereof as they shall think fit.
Murder of Mr. Ascham.
Mr. Bond reports from the Council of State; "That this Council finds it necessary, upon the Parliament's Referring of the Letter of Mr. George Fisher, from Spaine, relating the Death of Mr. Anthony Asoham, unto the Council of State, That a Letter should be written from the Parliament to the King of Spayne, to demand Justice upon the Murderers: Which Letter, in regard it is to be sent away before the next Sitting of the House, that Mr. Speaker be impowered to sign the Letter, when it shall be sent unto him from the Council."
Resolved, That the Parliament doth agree with the Council of State herein: And it is ordered, That Mr. Speaker do sign the said Letter, when it shall be sent unto him from the Council of State.
Sir Henry Mildmay reports from the Council of State; "That, in regard of the horrible Assassination and Murder of Mr. Ascam, in Spaine; and also of several late Advertisements that are come to the Council, of several Persons that are come into England, with Intention of like Murder and Assassination: And that some faithful Persons to the State are particularly designed to be attempted upon; That the Parliament will therefore please to take into their Consideration what they published in their Declaration printed the Eighteenth of May 1649, upon occasion of the Murder of Dr. Dorislaus; and give Order, That something may be done effectually, in pursuance of the Declaration, to discourage and deter such bloody and desperate Persons, and their Complices, from the like wicked Attempts for the future.
And Sir Henry Mildmay is desired to make this Report."
Resolved, That, out of those Persons who have been in Arms against the Parliament, not being admitted to Composition, and are in the Power of the Parliament, and at their Mercy, a certain Number be speedily proceeded against to Tryal for their Lives, upon their former Offences, upon the Occasion of the horrid and execrable Assassination of Mr. Ascam, Agent for the Parliament to the King of Spain, and of his Interpreter; in pursuance of the Declaration of Parliament, of the Eighteenth of May 1649.
Resolved, That such Persons, so to be proceeded against, be tried by the High Court of Justice.
Resolved, That the Number of those Persons so to be proceeded against, be Six.
Resolved, That Sir John Stowell be one of the Persons so to be proceeded against.
Resolved, That David Jenkins be one other of the Persons so to be proceeded against.
Resolved, That Colonel Walter Slingsby be one other of the Persons so to be proceeded against.
Resolved, That Browne Bushell be one other of the Persons so to be proceeded against.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to consider of the Prisoners; and to present Names to the Parliament, on Tuesday Morning next, out of which this House may proceed to elect Two more, to make up the Number in the former Vote.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, to consider of the Power given to the High Court of Justice; and to prepare a Draught of a Supplemental Act, to impower the said High Court of Justice to proceed against the said Persons accordingly: Viz. unto Mr. Myles Corbett, Mr. Say, Mr. Garland, Mr. Long, Lord Commissioner Lisle, Lord Commissioner Whitelock, and all the Lawyers of the House; or any Three of them.
And Mr. Myles Corbett and Mr. Say are to take care hereof; and to bring it in on Tuesday Morning next.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to take care for the speedy Securing of the said Four Persons, in order to their Tryal, and of such other Persons as the Council of State shall think fit further to nominate and present to this House.
Ordered, That the Amendments to the Act for Sale . . Delinquents Estates, be reported on Thursday Morning next, the first Business; nothing to intervene.
Ordered, That the Report from the Council of State, touching Ireland, be made on Tuesday Morning next, the first Business.
Ordered, That the Debate upon the Bill of Trade be adjourned until Wednesday Morning next: And that Mr. Speaker do then take the Chair at Eleven of Clock.
Countess of Cork.
Resolved, That the Report from the Committee of Articles, touching the Countess of Cork, be taken into Consideration on Thursday Morning next.
Resolved, That Lands, of the Value of One thousand Pounds per Annum, out of those Lands of which the Lord Broghill hath been put into Possession by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, by Order of Parliament, be settled upon the Lord Broghill, and his Heirs, after Satisfaction given to the Adventurers of Ireland, in full Satisfaction of all Arrears and Demands: And that an Act be brought in to that Purpose.
Sir Allen Apsley.
Ordered, That the Petition of Sir Allen Apsley be read, and taken into Consideration on Thursday Morning next.
Earl of Northampton's Fine.
Ordered, That the Matter touching the Earl of Northampton's Fine, be taken into Consideration on Thursday sevennight: And that the Commissioners at Goldsmiths Hall do, in the mean time, state the whole Matter of Fact concerning the said Fine: And that Mr. Alderman Allen do present the same to the House on that Day.
The House, according to former Order, adjourned itself until Tuesday, Eight of Clock.