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, 20 Decembris, 1650.
AN Act for stating the Accounts of divers Officers now in Service, in Field or Garrison, above Fifty Miles from London, by the Commissioners for the Monthly Assessments, in the respective Counties and Places where the said Officers and Soldiers now are; or by the Committee at Worcester House, for stating Accompts; was this Day read the First time; and ordered to be read again the Second time, on Thursday Morning next.
Lieutenant General Ludlow reports from the Commissioners for Compounding, The Order of the said Commissioners, made upon the Petition of Edmond Hull, of Tolpuddle in the County of Dorsett, Esquire, desiring a Mitigation of his Fine; and also a Letter from Wm. Savage, and others, of the Committee for Sequestrations in the said County.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Commissioners for Compounding, to consider of the Case of Edmond Hull, of Tolpuddle in the County of Dorsett; and the Report now made to the House concerning his Fine; and in case they shall find him to be but Tenant for Life, to proceed to perfect a Composition with him, according to the Rules, which they now have from the Parliament.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to consider of the Matter touching the Convoys, and those Merchant Ships that are to go with them for the Southward and Northern Cape; and, if they see Cause, to enjoin them to go all in Company together; and to dispose thereof, and give Order therein, as they shall find best for the Safety and Advantage of the Commonwealth.
The humble Petition of a considerable Number of the Adventurers for Lands in Ireland, residing in and about London, was this Day read.
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to consider of the several Acts made touching Adventurers for Ireland; and to state the Matter of Fact; and report it to the House: With Power to receive any Propositions that shall be made to them, from the Adventurers; and to consider of them, and to prepare them, as they shall think fit, to be offered to the House; and make Report thereof accordingly, with all convenient Speed.
Ordered, That it be referred to the same Committee, to consider how the State of Londonderry stands, and who claim any Interest therein, and report their Opinions of the same, to the House, on Thursday next; Viz. unto Mr. Ralegh, Mr. Long, Mr. Gurdon, Mr. Bond, Mr. Hill, Mr. Ashe, Sir John Danvers, Colonel Fielder, Mr. Salwey, Mr. Robinson, Lord Commissioner Lisle, Mr. Goodwyn, Colonel Thomson, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Dove, Sir Thomas Wroth, Lord Lisle, Mr. Hallowes, Mr. Lechmere, Colonel Marten, Mr. Darley, Mr. Love, Mr. Trenchard, Sir Wm. Armyn, Mr. Browne, Major General Skippon, Mr. Aldworth, Colonel Morley, Colonel Stapley, Mr. Carew, Sir Wm. Allenson, Mr. Boone, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Strickland, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Mr. Holland, Mr. Pury, Mr. Challenor, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Leman: And all that come to have Voices: And the Committee are to meet on Tuesday Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber: And Major Salwey is to take care of it: And this Committee have Power to send for Persons, Papers, Witnesses.
Strangers not to be admitted.
Resolved, That the Serjeant at Arms do not permit any Persons to come within this House, in the Mornings that the House fit; save only the Members of the House, the Minister that prays, and the Officers attending the House.
Resolved, That such Committees of the House, who shall have Occasion to call any other Persons to attend them, upon any Bills, or other Business to them referred, do from henceforth forbear to sit in any of the Rooms, within the Doors of the Parliament House, called the Speaker's Chambers; but that they do sit in such other Places as they shall think fit.
The humble Petition of Frances Thomas Widow, with the Paper annexed, intituled, "The humble Answer of Major General Langherne, to an Order of the Right honourable Lords assembled in Parliament upon the Petition of Frances Thomas Widow."
Which was this Day read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Obstructions, to examine how the Publick Faith came to be given unto Sir George Lassells, by the Committee of the County of Nottingham, for Goods plundered from him; and to examine Matters of the like Nature, where the Publick Faith hath been given by Committees in the Country; upon what Ground the same was given; and to reform Abuses therein: And
It is Ordered, That Mr. Nevill be added to that Committee, as to this Business.
The humble Petition of Henry Stephens Merchant, was this Day read.
The humble Petition of Major Wm. Ludlow, late Ranger of the Park of Cleringdon in the County of Willes, was this Day read.
Ordered, That no Prejudice shall grow either to the said Major Wm. Ludlow, or to his Wife or Children in case he die or miscarry in his Voyage for Ireland.
Resolved, That the Sum of One hundred Pounds be forthwith paid unto Major Wm. Ludlow, upon Account: And that it be referred to the Council of State, to take care, and give Order, That the same be forthwith paid to the same Major Wm. Ludlow, or his Assigns, accordingly: And the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Major Wm. Ludlow, or his Assigns, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge in that behalf.
The humble Petition of Major Richard Stephens, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Sum of One hundred Pounds be forthwith paid unto the Wife of the said Major Richard Stephens, upon Account of his Arrears: And that the Council of State do take care, and give Order, for the Payment thereof to her, for the Benefit of her, and the Children of the said Major Richard Stephens: And the Acquittance of the Wife of the said Major Richard Stephens, testisying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge in that behalf.
Resolved, That Five hundred Pounds more be paid unto the said Major Richard Stephens, in Part of his Arrears, upon Account: And that the Commissioners for Compounding be authorized to issue their Warrants to the Treasurers, to pay unto the said Major Richard Stephens, or such as he shall appoint, the said Sum of Five hundred Pounds, out of such Delinquents Estates as he, or any other Person for his Use, shall discover, at Haberdashers Hall: And that the Acquittance of the said Major Stephens, or his Assigns, shall be a sufficient Discharge for the same, or any Part thereof, to the said Treasurers.
Money on Account.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to a Committee, to examine the Books of this House; what Sums of Money have been ordered to any Person or Persons upon Account: And that a Particular thereof be, from time to time, sent to the Commissioners for taking Accompts, at Worcester House, or to such other Place whereunto the same hath Reference; or such Persons Accompts are to be allowed; to the end the same, or so much thereof as hath been paid, may be defalked: Viz. unto Mr. Robinson, Colonel Harrison, Mr. Lechmere, Mr. Long, Captain Fry, Mr. Nevill, Lord Grey, Colonel Fieldar, Mr. Hill, Colonel Thompson, Mr. Bond, Colonel Waite, Mr. Ralegh, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Sir Thomas Wroth; or any Three of them.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Deputy of Ireland, and the rest of the Commissioners now going into Ireland, and that they be impowered to take the Accompts of Colonel Robert Venables, for his former Services in England; and to give him Satisfaction for what shall appear to them to be due to him, upon such Account, out of Rebels Lands in Ireland; or otherwise, as they shall think fit and best for the Service of the State.
The humble Petition of Catharine Balston, the Widow of Major John Balston, deceased, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Sum or Pension of Twenty Shillings per Week, be duly paid unto the said Catharine Balston, out of Haberdashers Hall, for One whole Year, from this Day, in Discharge of all Arrears and Monies demanded upon Account, as due to her late Husband: And that the Commissioners for Compounding do give Order for the Payment thereof, accordingly: And the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Catharine Balston, or her Assigns, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge in that behalf.
Persons going to Ireland.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee formerly appointed, touching necessitous Persons, and Widows, who are going into Ireland, to take into Consideration the Cases of Lady Ranulaugh, the Lady Kildare, the Lady Denny, the Lady Blany, Mrs. Mary Blany, the Lady Cawfield, the Lady Spotteswood, Mrs. Susan Abercromy, Mrs. Chichester, Mrs. Mary Roper, Mrs. Blany, Mrs. Dorothy Moore, the Lady Dorothy Loftus, the Lady Burlace, the Lady Anderson, Mrs. Mildred Russell, Sir Wm. Gore, Mrs. Jane Fettiplace, Mr. Newse and his Wife, the Lady Cooch, Mrs. Roper, Mrs. Crow, Mrs. Willoughby, Mrs. Grant, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Morgan, Three Mrs. Jepsons Sisters to Colonel Jepson, Mrs. Wilcox, Mrs. Babington, Captain Howard and his Wife, the Lady Mary Leigh; and the Persons named in a Paper, intituled, "A List of sundry Widows, who have lost their Husbands in the Service under his Excellency the Lord General Cromwell, in Ireland; and of others, whose Husbands are still in Service there, under his said Excellency's Command;" as in the said List appeareth; and those already referred unto them; to consider what Pensions have been already granted to them, or any of them; and what are sit to be continued, and what Arrears, and what is sit to be advanced to any of them, to carry them into Ireland, and report the same to the House.
The House, according to former Order, adjourned itself to Tuesday Morning next, Eight of Clock.