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, 24 Septembris, 1650.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Excise, to take into Consideration as well the Excise set upon the Materials whereof Soap is made, as also the Excise upon Soap itself; and what is fit to be done in both, or either; and report their Opinions therein to the House.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Obstructions in the Sale of the Lands of the late King, Queen, and Prince: Who are hereby impowered to give Order for staying, in the Hands of the Tenants, the Half Year's Rents which will be due on the Twentyninth of September 1650, for such of the said Lands as have been already really contracted for by original Creditors, or shall be by them really contracted for before the said Twenty-ninth Day of September, and the Conveyances thereof are or shall not be passed by that Time, until the Parliament, or that Committee, shall take further Order.
Ordered, That it be referred to the same Committee, to take Consideration of the rest of the Particulars in the said Petition: With Power to send for the Trustees and Contractors for Sale of the said Lands; and to consider what is fit to be done therein, for the Benefit and best Advantage of the Commonwealth; and report the same to the House.
Ordered, That the Commissioners for Accompts at Worcester House be authorized and required to state the Accompts of Colonel John Barkstead, without any Defalcation for Free Quarter, while he was Governor of Reding; it appearing, by the Certificate under the Hand and Seal of the Mayor of Reding, that during all the Time he was Governor there, being from the First of July 1644, to the Ninth of January 1646, he never had any Free Quarter, nor oweth any thing for Quarter.
Ordered, That there be allowed to Colonel John Barkstead Thirty Shillings per diem, during the Time he was Governor of Reding, for his Pay as Governor there: And that the Commissioners for Accompts at Worcester House, do allow the same unto him, upon his Accompts, accordingly.
London, &c. Militia.
Resolved, That the Parliament doth approve of what the Militia of the City of London and Westminster, and of Southwark, and the Hamlets of the Tower, have done, in Raising, Ordering, and Maintaining of the Horse within their several Militias: And that the said Horse be continued in the same Order and Condition as now they are, until the Parliament, or Council of State, shall take other Order.
"That their Order made the Fifteenth of May 1650, for the Making up of the Regiment of Colonel Barkstead's Two thousand Men for Four Months, is now elapsed: That the Parliament be moved, That the same Order, if they shall think fit, may be given again for Four Months longer; the Council finding, that it is of great Advantage to the Safety of the Parliament, and the Publick: And the Council will take care, that if there be no Occasion to keep it up so full, they will make it less, as the publick Occasions will give Leave."