Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 6, 1648-1651. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Wednesday, the 7th of May, 1651.
Transactions with Portugall.
Resolved, That this further Addition be made; viz. "That, from and after such time as it shall be certified to the Parliament, That the Two first Preliminary Articles are performed, and Security given for the Performance of the Four other Articles, a Treaty shall begin for concluding and settling a firm Peace between England and Portugall, upon such Articles of Peace as shall be just and honourable, and for the Good of both Nations, in order to Trade and Commerce."
Resolved, by the Parliament, That it be referred to the Council of State, to communicate these Resolutions of Parliament to the Publick Minister of Portugall; and to demand from him a positive and clear Answer to these and the former Resolutions of Parliament, to which his Answer is not satisfactory; to be by him returned to the Council within Three Days after the same shall be sent to him: With Power to the said Council, That, if the said Publick Minister shall come up fully and clearly to the said Resolutions, then to settle both the Manner and Time of the Performance; and, if the said Publick Minister shall not return such Answer by that Time limited, then to report the same to the Parliament, that such further Order may be taken, as they shall think sit.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That it be referred to the Council of State, to proceed in the Examination of this Business; and to secure such of the Persons as they shall think fit; and to prepare the Evidence, and give Direction, for the Tryal of such of them as they shall find most Capital, by the High Court of Justice.