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 Julii, 1650.
Disturbance at a Committee.
MR. Millington reports from the Committee of Plundered Ministers, the Proceedings of that Committee, in examining Mr. Jenkins, Minister of Christ Church, and some Tumults there, by divers Persons which come there.
Ordered, That Mr. Nevill, Colonel Downes, Colonel Temple, Major Lister, Mr. * Gold, Colonel Philip Jones, Colonel Wayte, Alderman Allen, Colonel Marten, Captain Skinner, Mr. Moyle, Sir Henry Vane senior, Sir James Harington, Earl of Salisbury, Lord Howard, Mr. Ralegh, Colonel Fielder, Mr. Henry Darley, Sir Tho. Wroth, Mr. Stockdale, Colonel Bosseville, Colonel James Temple, Sir John Hippisley, Mr. Leman, Mr. Masham, Mr. Lowry, Mr. Dormer, Mr. Fell, Mr. Baker, Mr. Toll, Mr. Andrewes, Mr. John Ashe, Colonel Wauton, be added to the Committee for plundered Ministers.
Resolved, That this Business touching the further Proceeding against Mr. Jenkins, be re-committed to the same Committee.
The Question being propounded, That Mr. Jenkins be sent for to the Bar as a Delinquent;
The Question being put, That this Question be now put;
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, That the Parliament doth declare, That the several Committees of the Members of Parliament have Power, and ought to secure any Persons who shall make any Disturbance before any such Committee, or offer any Affront to them, until the Parliament be acquainted therewith, or that such Committee shall take other Order.
Resolved, That the Tumult at the Committee of plundered Ministers, on the Twenty-seventh of June last, and the whole Carriage and Deportment of Mr. Jenkins, Minister of Christ Church, be referred to the Consideration of the Council of State; to examine the whole Matter; and to do therein what they shall think fit and necessary for the publick Peace and Safety.
Ordered, That the Act touching the Excise be reported on Tuesday Morning next, the first Business.
Ordered, That the Report of the Amendments to the Act for Sale of Delinquents Estates be made on Thursday Morning next, the first Business.
Transactions with Portugall.
A Letter from aboard the Resolution, from Portugall, from Colonel Edward Popham and Colonel Robert Blake, of the Twelfth Day of June 1650, was this Day read.
A Letter from Mr. Charles Vane, Resident for the Parliament of England to the King of Portugall, dated the Fifth of June 1650, was this Day read.
A Paper, sent from Colonel Edw. Popham, and Colonel Robert Blake to the King of Portugall, of the Sixth of June 1650, was this Day read.
Resolved, That Mr. Charles Vane, Agent for the Parliament in Portugall, be called in.
Resolved, That this House doth accept of the good Service done by Mr. Charles Vane, as Resident for the Parliament at Lisbone: And that Mr. Speaker do give him the Thanks of the House.
Resolved, That the Parliament doth approve of the Proceedings of the Generals of the Fleet at Lisbone.
Resolved, That a Letter of Thanks be written to the Generals of the Fleet at Lisbone; and to refer them to such further Instructions as they shall receive from the Council of State: And that the Council of State do prepare the said Letter: And that Mr. Speaker be impowered to sign the said Letter; and the Council of the State to send such further Instructions as they shall think fit.
The House being informed, That Mr. Charles Vane, late Resident from the Parliament to the King of Portugall, was at the Door;
He was called in: And, being come to the Bar, Mr. Speaker did declare unto him, That the Parliament doth accept of the good Services done by him in that Employment; and, according to the Order, gave him the Thanks of the House: And acquainted him, If there were any thing further to make known to the House, in that Transaction, the Parliament was willing to hear it.
Whereupon Mr. Vane gave the House an Account of all the Proceedings, both of himself and the Generals of Sea, with the King of Portugall and in that Service.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State, to take this whole Business into Consideration; and see that Justice be done to this Commonwealth upon the Kingdom of Portugall.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State, forthwith to send particular and effectual Instructions to the Generals of the Fleet at Lisbone; and likewise to take a severe Account of the Abuse in the defective Victuals sent in the Fleet; and likewise take care for the Punishment of the Offenders.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State, to take Mr. Charles Vane into Consideration, in reference to the good Service by him performed in his Employment to Portugall.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State, to consider of the best and speediest Way how to free the Merchants that are imprisoned in Portugall; and to take the most effectual Course therein.
Persons to be tried.
Mr. Thomas Challoner reports from the Council of State, "That Captain John Randolph be the Man who is to be presented to the Parliament, to be the Sixth Man who is to be tried by the High Court of Justice; he being taken in the Insurrection of the Earl of Holland."
Resolved, That Wm. Davenant, otherwise called Sir Wm. Davenant, be one of the Six Persons to be tried by the High Court of Justice.
Ordered, That the Act giving further Power to the High Court of Justice, be reported To-morrow at Eleven of Clock.
A Letter from Mr. Strickland, Agent for the Parliament, from the Hague, of the Day of was this Day read.
Ordered, That this Letter, and the Letters from Portugall, be all returned to the Council of State.
And were accordingly delivered to Mr. Scott.