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, 19 Julii, 1650.
ORDERED, by the Parliament, That the like Act for settling Preaching Ministers in Coventry, as formerly was made for Bristoll, be brought in This-day-fortnight.
Propagating the Gospel.
Ordered, That the General Bill for settling Preaching Ministers, for the better Propagation of the Gospel throughout the Nation, be brought in This-day-fortnight.
The House resumed the Debate, upon the Amendments to the Bill against atheistical, blasphemous, and execrable Opinions.
The Question being propounded, That Boreing of the Tongue be the Punishment for the Second Offence;
And the Question being put, That that Question be now put;
It passed with the Negative.
The Question being propounded, That the Punishment in this Clause of the Bill, for the Second Offence, shall be Banishment; and, upon Returning without Leave of the Parliament, then Death;
The Question being put, That that Question be now put;
It passed with the Affirmative.
And the main Question being now put;
It was Resolved, by the Parliament, That the Punishment, in this Clause of the Bill, for the Second Offence, shall be Banishment; and, upon Returning without Leave of the Parliament, their Death.
Ordered, That Mr. Corbett, Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Weaver, and Mr. Attorney, do forthwith withdraw, and pen a Clause upon the former Vote.
Petitions to be read.
Ordered, That the Petitions of the Lady Fairfax, the Countess of Exeter, Mr. Smithby,and Sir Gerard Lowther, appointed to be read this Day, be read on Wednesday next, at Eleven of the Clock: And that then the Speaker do take the Chair.
Sir Gilbert Pickering reports from the Committee appointed to examine the Truth of the Debt to Mr. Arthington from Mr. Henry Jermyn: And that they do find, upon Examination of Witnesses, as followeth:
"That Benjamin Wallinger, of the County of Middlesex, and Ambrose Mildmay, of the County of Essex, Gentlemen, were appointed Feoffees, in Trust, for the raising a Portion unto Margaret Grimes, now the Wise of Dr. John Arthington."
"That Part of the said Portion was put into the Hands of Henry Jermyn Esquire."
"That, in July 1640, Thomas Jermin, and Henry Jermin aforesaid, became bound, in the penal Sum of Four hundred Pounds to Ambrose Mildmay and Benjamin Wallenger, for the Payment of Two hundred Eight Pounds, upon the last Day of January, next ensuing the Date of the aforesaid Bond."
"That the said Benjamin Wallenger and Ambrose Mildmay do constitute and appoint Dr. John Arthington, their lawful Attorney, to put in Suit, for the proper Use of himself, and his Wife, the said Bond of Four hundred Pounds above-mentioned, from Thomas and Henry Jermyn; and to return the Money due thereupon."
"That the greatest Part of the Estate of the aforesaid Thomas and Henry Jermyn being long since extended by the Earl of Manchester, and Sir Thomas Hatton:"
"The Manor of Retham, about the yearly Value of One hundred and Ten Pounds, being Part of their Estate, is now under Sequestration, Out of which, Satisfaction is craved for the Debt due to John Arthington, and Margaret his Wife; and also a Bill for Satisfying the Debt of Four hundred Pounds, with Interest, due to Mr. Arthington, by Thomas and Henry Jermyn, out of the Estate of Mr. Thomas Jermyn.
Which was this Day read the First time.
And the Question being put, That this Bill be read the Second time;
It passed with the Negative.
And the said Bill was, upon the Question, rejected.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That Twenty Pounds be given out of the Money in the Box, to Mrs. Arthington: And that the Serjeant at Arms attending the House do make Payment thereof: And that her Acquittance shall be a sufficient Discharge to the Serjeant for the same.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Commissioners at Goldsmiths Hall, to take care, that the Composition of Mr. Thomas Jermyn be prosecuted with Effect.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Commissioners at Goldsmiths Hall, to examine the Truth of the Debt, by Bond, from Mr. Thomas Jermyn, to Mr. Wallenger and Mr. Mildmay, for the Benefit of Mr. Arthington, and his Wife; and to take Order, upon Treaty, with Mrs. Jermyn, or those who shall prosecute that Composition, for Pay of what shall appear to be due, by the said Bond, to the said Mr. Arthington, and his Wise, before the Sequestration be discharged; or to make Certificate to the Parliament.
Ordered, That the Quorum of the Committee for the Meal Business be reduced to Five: And that the said Committee, or any Five of them, do sit, and act, accordingly.
Grant to Vane.
An Act for Twelve hundred Pounds per Annum to be settled upon Sir Henry Vane junior, and his Heirs, out of Deans and Chapters Lands, in lieu of his Interest, by Patent, in the Office of Treasurer of the Navy, was this Day read the Third time; and, upon the Question, passed.
Ordered, That Major General Skippon do make the Report, in his Hands, from the Committee of the Navy, on Tuesday-sevennight.
Ordered, That Mr. Marten bring in the Act for Lieutenant Colonel Lilburne, on Tuesday-sevennight.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Accompts of the Soldiers, sitting at Worcester House, to take care and examine the Accompt of Edmond Ludlow, Lieutenant General of the Parliament's Forces in Ireland, for the Pay due to him, for his Services done to the Parliament; and of all Monies and Goods by him received, and paid, in order to the Services of this Commonwealth, for which he is accountable; and to certify the State thereof to the House, with all convenient Speed.
Mr. Weaver reports from the Committee appointed to withdraw, Amendments to the Act prohibiting the Publishing of atheistical and blasphemous Opinions: Which were twice read; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
And the said Act, upon the Question, ordered to be ingrossed.
Ordered, That the Committee do again meet this Afternoon: and so de die in diem; and review the Book, intituled, "The Single Eye;" and return their Opinions upon the said Book the first Business on Thursday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of Goldsmiths Hall and Haberdashers Hall, respectively, be authorized and required to give their Warrants to the Treasurers of Goldsmiths Hall and Haberdashers Hall, respectively, to pay unto Thomas Lister Esquire the Monies payable to him, out of the Monies brought in, or to be brought in, into those Receipts, upon Discovery made by him: And that the said Treasurers be required to make Payment thereof accordingly: And the Acquittance and Acquittances of the said Thomas Lister Esquire shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Treasurers for the same.
Ordered, That Colonel Purefoy do take care, at the Council of State, that the Business touching Mr. Cob his being speedily brought to his Tryal, be taken into Consideration: And that the said Business be forthwith reported to the House.
Expedition into Scotland.
A Declaration of the Army of England, upon their March into Scotland, signed by the Name and Appointment of his Excellency the Lord General Cromwell, and his Council of Officers, signed "John Rushworth," was this Day read.
Resolved, That this Declaration be forthwith printed and published.
The House, according to former Order, adjourned itself until Tuesday Morning next, Eight of Clock.