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, 10 Decembris, 1650.
MR. Say reports from the Commissioners of Goldsmiths Hall for Compounding with Delinquents:
IN Obedience to an Order of Parliament, the Seventh of November 1650, upon the Petition of Colonel John Hutchinson, we have examined the Matter of Fact of the said Petition; and humbly certify,
That Ales Lady Dormer, having purchased the Manor and Tythes of Loseby, in the Names of Sir John Eyron, and others, in Trust for her, and such Persons, and of such Estates, as she, by her Will, or by any Deed, with Power of Revocation or without, should appoint:
The said Lady Dormer, by Deed, the Fourth Day of March 1643, revoking all former Declarations, except Fifty Pounds per Annum unto Wm. Hitchcock, for Life, declared the Trust of the said Manor and Tythes to be for herself, during Life; and, after, in Trust, for the Lady Anne Somersett, her Grandchild, and her Heirs, with Power of Revocation: And died the Second of July 1650, without Revoking: And all the Trustees of the said Manor being dead, except the said Sir John Byron;
The Lady Anne Somersett, by Articles under Hand and Seal, the Tenth of September 1650, agreed, for the Considerations therein expressed, with the said Colonel John Hutchinson, for the Sale of the said Manor and Tythes unto him and his Heirs; and that the Trustees should convey accordingly: And she would endeavour the Assurance might be strengthened by an Act of Parliament; provided, that the said Colonel Hutchinson might, at any time within two Months, refuse the Bargain: Which he did not; but hath absolutely concluded with her.
The Manor and Premises were leased the last Year at Seven hundred Pounds (the State bearing all Taxes); and are sequestered only for the Recusancy of the Lady Dormer. It appears not to us, whether the said Lady Anne Somersett (who is not yet full Twenty Years of Age) be a Papist or not: But, from about Four Years old, she was educated by her said Grandmother, the Lady Dormer; who undoubtedly was a Papist.
Trial of Persons in Norfolk, &c.
Mr. Bond reports from the Council of State, "That that Council, in pursuance of their Order of the Sixth Instant, concerning the High Court of Justice for the Tryal of those of the late Insurrection in Norfolk, and those Parts; they find, That there is much Business before the High Court of Justice here at Westminster; and many Cases ready for Tryal; and Days appointed for the same; and Witnesses appointed to come up, from remote Parts, to testify in those Cases: And for that also there are many Designs now on foot, by reason whereof the Council conceive it will not be convenient to adjourn this Court; but that it may still sit upon their present Business, and all emergent Occasions: And that for the Business of Norfolk, and those Parts, the Parliament will be pleased to pass an Act, constituting another High Court of Justice, to consist of some of the Members of the former Court, and the rest of them to be those named in the late Act for the High Court of Justice, made upon the Occasion of the Norfolk Insurrection: And that they, or any of them, may have the like Power, within the Counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Huntington, Cambridg, Lincoln, the Counties of the Cities of Norwich and Lincoln, and within the Isle of Ely, for the Tryal of Offenders there, as the former Court hath: And that their first Meeting be at the Castle of Norwich, upon some certain Day to be appointed; and so to adjourn, from Time to Time, and from Place to Place, as they, or any of them, being met, shall appoint: And that it be also offered to the Parliament, that Philip Jermyn, one of the Justices of the Upper Bench, John Puleston, Peter Warburton, and Edward Atkins, Three of the Justices of the Common Pleas, be put into this Commission for this High Court, who are to sit in Norfolk, and those Parts: This Act to have Continuance for Months next ensuing.
Trial of Persons in Norfolk, &c.
An Act constituting an High Court of Justice within the Counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Huntington, Cambridge, Lincoln, the Counties of the Cities of Norwich and Lincoln, and within the Isle of Ely, was this Day read the First and Second Time.
And the Question being put, That this Bill be committed;
It passed with the Negative.
And the Question being put, for ingrossing;
It passed with the Negative.
And the Bill, so amended, being put to the Question, passed; and ordered to be printed and published.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State, to take special Care, that this Act be put in speedy Execution: And that they do cause Notice to be sent to the Commissioners; and Money, and all other Necessaries, be provided for them.
Chair to be taken.
Resolved, That Mr. Speaker do take the Chair Tomorrow at Ten of the Clock, notwithstanding the former Order.
Irish Commissioners, &c.
Resolved, That the Business for Dispatch of the Commissioners to Ireland be first taken into Consideration Tomorrow Morning: And that Mr. Corbett do likewise make his Report then.
Army in Scotland, &c.
A Letter from the General, dated 4 Decembris, 1650, was this Day read.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State, to take Consideration of the Particulars contained in this Letter concerning the Army in Scotland; and what may conduce best to that Service; and take especial Care therein.
Resolved, That Saint John Brodrick have Forty Pounds, as a Gratuity, to buy him a Horse.
Resolved, That the Council of State, do take care for Payment of the Forty Pounds to the said Saint John Brodrick.
Two Papers of Intelligence, inclosed in the said Letter, were also read.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State, to consider of these Papers; and how much thereof may be sit to be published, without Prejudice to the Publick Service, and the Intelligence thereby given; and to give Order the same be published accordingly.