House of Commons Journal Volume 6: 11 April 1651

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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, 11 Aprilis, 1651.


Council of Trade.

RESOLVED, That Doctor Geurdain, Master of the Mint, be one of the Council of Trade: And that he be impowered to fit and act, accordingly.

Resolved, That such of the Council of Trade, as have not taken the Engagement, do take the Engagement before they fit or act again as of that Council.

Resolved, That Captain Limbrey be one of the Council of Trade: And that he be impowered to fit and act accordingly.

London Petition.

The Question being put, That the Sheriffs of London be now called in, with their Petition;

The House was divided.

The Yeas went forth.

Sir Thomas Widdrington, Tellers for the Yeas: 20.
Mr. Holland, With the Yeas,
Lord Grey, Tellers for the Noes: 18.
Sir John Trevor. With the Noes:

So it was Resolved, That the Sheriffs of London be now called in.

The Sheriffs of London were called in accordingly: And, after they were come to the Bar, Sheriff Titchborne after a short Preamble, shewing, That himself, and the rest of the Gentlemen, were commanded, by the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London, in Common Council assembled, to tender their humble Petition to this honourable House: And thereupon presented their Petition, accordingly.

Which (after the Petitioners were withdrawn) was read, and was intituled, "The humble Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London, in Common Council assembled."

Ordered, by the Parliament, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Council of State: And they are to present their Opinion to the House, for their Order therein.

Col. Gill.

Ordered, That Colonel Gill's Business be reported on Thursday Morning next.

Room to be cleared.

Resolved, That the outer Room be cleared; and that the Door be shut; and that the Members do forbear to go out of the House, without Leave of this House.

Embassy to Holland.

The Lord Commissioner Whitelock reports from the Council of State, Seven Papers concerning the Ambassadors Extraordinary to the General Assembly of the States General of the United Provinces; with Two intercepted Letters: Which were all read.


Resolved, That the Amendments to the Bill for the Assessments be reported on Tuesday Morning, the first Business; and nothing to intervene: And Mr. Speaker is to put the House in mind of it.

Allen reprieved.

Ordered, by the Parliament, That Lieutenant John Allen, of Grantham in the County of Lincoln, be, and is hereby, reprieved, until the Eleventh of May 1651: And that, in the mean time, the Judges certify the State of the Case to the Parliament, for their further Order therein: And that the Sheriff of the said County be, and is hereby, authorized and required to forbear to do Execution accordingly.

Embassy to Holland.

Resolved, That the Parliament doth approve of what the Ambassadors Extraordinary to the General Assembly of the States of the United Provinces have done upon the Affronts to them.

Resolved, That the Parliament doth approve of the Direction given by the Council of State, to the Ambassadors Extraordinary, touching their Return.

Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State, upon the Debate now had in the House, on this Report, to give such Order and Directions, as they shall think sit, for the Honour of this Commonwealth, and Safety of the Ambassadors.

Proceedings to be kept secret.

Resolved, That the Debates had in the House this Day, and the Votes thereupon, be not made known to any: And that the Members of the House, and the Officers thereof, be enjoined Secrecy therein, for Twenty-one Days.

Papers, &c. returnad.

Resolved, That the Papers and Letters now reported, be sent back again to the Council of State.

And they were delivered back to the Lord Commissioner Whitelock accordingly.

Treaty with Portugail.

Mr. Marten reports from the Committee, Several Amendments to the Resolves of the Parliament, touching the Treaty with the publick Minister of Portugall: Viz. as followeth;

"Added to the Resolve concerning the Fourth Demand, 'In which net Sum is comprehended the Sixth Part, for the Mariners Shares, not to be put upon the Accompt of the Portugall.'

"In the Resolve upon the Fifth Demand, for 'carried away,' change 'carried thence;' after 'for ourselves, read 'themselves.'

'In the last Page but one, omit 'the Two first Articles being performed.'

'And that it be reported to the Parliament, as the Opinion of this Committee;'

'That it be offered to the Consideration of the Parliament, whether they will not, by a Vote of their own, express a Sense of such Persons in Portugall as have suffered thereby for their eminent Affections to the Parliament; and of such others as have shewed contrary Affections.'

Which were read; and severally put to the Question; and resolved upon by the Parliament.

Resolved, upon the Question, by the Parliament, and the Parliament doth declare, That, if the Demands and Propositions now resolved on, by the Parliament, to be given in to the publick Minister of Portugall, be not by him consented unto, within the Six Days before limited, they, or any of them, are not to be obligatory on the Part of the Parliament.

Resolved, That the abovesaid Votes of Parliament be Instructions to the Council of State, in their giving in to the publick Minister of Portugall the final Resolution of the Parliament, upon the Treaty that hath hitherto passed between them and the said publick Minister; and of demanding from him his Answer to the several Resolutions of Parliament above mentioned, within the Time limited by Parliament: Which they are hereby authorized and required to do; and to report their Proceedings therein to the Parliament.

Resolved, That the Parliament doth declare, That such Englishmen as have eminently suffered in Portugall, in their Persons or Estates, for their good Affections to the Parliament, be taken into particular Consideration, by the Parliament, for a further Reparation to be given to them, out of the Estates of such other English which are or shall be in the Power of the Parliament, as have there adhered unto, or assisted, Rupert, or his Party, over-andabove the Provisions made for them in the Articles betwixt this Commonwealth and the publick Minister of that King.

The House, according to former Order, adjourned itself to Tuesday Morning next, Eight of Clock.