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 18th of June, 1651.
|Sir Arthur Hesilrig,||Tellers for the Yeas:||30.|
|Sir Henry Mildmay,||With the Yeas,|
|Sir Henry Vane,||Tellers for the Noes:||22.|
|Colonel Morley,||With the Noes,|
|Sir Arthure Hesilrig,||Tellers for the Yeas:||30.|
|Alderman Atkin,||With the Yeas,|
|Mr. Tho. Challoner,||Tellers for the Noes:||19.|
|Colonel Morley,||With the Noes,|
Duresme proposed University.
IN Obedience to an Order of Reference from the Parliament, of the Eighth of May 1650, this Committee do humbly certify, That we have taken into Consideration the Order, with the Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty, of the City and Suburbs of Duresme, in reference to the Desires and Representations of the Gentlemen and Freeholders of the County of Duresme, to the Parliament.
We find, That the whole Site of the Buildings at Duresme, consisting of the Mansion-houses and Buildings of the late Dean, and Prebendaries, and other Officers, belonging to the late Cathedral Church of Duresme, called the College, contains about Six Acres: That the most of the Buildings are not inhabited, and no Rent paid for them; the Improvement of the Site and Soil to be Thirteen Pounds Seven Shillings and Eight-pence per Annum; the Materials of the Houses and Buildings valued in the Survey at Two thousand Four hundred and Fifty Pounds: That the College is conceived to be situate in a pleasant Place, and healthful Air; and where is Plenty of Provisions: That the Place is far remote from either Universities; and the Buildings to be demolished supposed not to reach near the Value set upon them, and which the same is worth to be continued to such an Use.
The Committee are of Opinion, That the Site and Buildings at Duresme, called the College, is a fit Place to erect a College or School in, for all the Sciences of Literature: And that the same will be a pious and laudable Work, and of very great Use for the Northern Parts.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Obstructions, to examine the State of the Remainder of Dean and Chapters Lands unsold; and whether there be sufficient to discharge the Securities that are upon the same, over and above the Site and Buildings at Duresme, called the College; and, if they shall find, that the Security is not sufficient, as aforesaid, then to consider how the Security may be supplied, by some Delinquent's Estate, or otherwise; and the said Site and Buildings may be settled to the Uses and Intents in this Report; and report the same to the House: [And that the Contractors, Trustees, and other Officers for Sale of Dean and Chapters Lands, do forbear to contract for the Sale of the Site and Buildings at Durham, called the College, or to make any Conveyance thereof, or of any Part thereof, until the Parliament take further Order.] (fn. 1)
Resolved, That, out of the Arrears of the Revenue of the late Bishoprick of Duresme (not within the additional Act for providing Maintenance for preaching Ministers, and other pious Uses) which are concealed, and not paid in to the State, and shall be discovered unto the Commissioners for Compounding, &c. which did incur, and grow due, before the Lands of the Bishops were vested in the Trustees, the Sum of Fourteen hundred Pounds shall be paid unto Dr. Thomas Moreton late Bishop of Duresme: And that the said Commissioners do take a speedy Course for the bringing in of such Arrears, and for Payment of the said Fourteen hundred Pounds accordingly: And that the Acquittance and Acquittances of the said Dr. Thomas Moreton, or his Assignee or Assignees, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the Treasurers, or such other Persons, as shall pay the same.