Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Wednesday, the 2d of June, 1652.
Scotch Garisons, &c.
ORDERED, That it be referred to the Council of State, upon Conference with the Lord General, and such other Persons whom they shall think fit, to take into Consideration both the Garisons and Forces in England and Scotland; and how some considerable Retrenchment may be made of the Charge, with Safety to the Commonwealth; and report the same to the House on To-morrowsevennight.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to take into Consideration, how the Highlands in Scotland may be speedily reduced, with least Charge, and greatest Security, to the Commonwealth: And give such Direction therein, from time to time, as they shall think fit.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, to consider how, and in what Manner, the Charge of the Commonwealth may be retrenched; and to receive such Propositions, as shall be offered to them to that Purpose; and how any Offices may be improved; or reduced, for the Benefit of the Commonwealth; and how the Revenue of the Commonwealth may be improved; and to report their Opinions to the House; viz. unto Sir Henry Vane, senior, Colonel Fielder, Mr. Strickland, Mr. Darley, Mr. Carew, Colonel Downes, Mr. Love, Colonel Dove, Sir Wm. Brereton, Mr. Goodwyn, Sir Arthure Hesilrig, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Westrow, Sir Wm. Masham, Alderman Allein, Mr. Scott, Colonel Fenwick, Sir Henry Vane, junior, Major General Harrison, Colonel Bennett, Sir Guilbert Pickering, Lord Mounson, Mr. Lechmere, Mr. Dormer, Mr. Arthington, Mr. * Edwards, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Nevill, Sir John Hippisley, Mr. Bond; or any Five of them: And all that come, to have Voices: And to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber; and so de die in diem; with Power to send for Persons, Papers, and what else may conduce to the Business: Mr. Robinson and Mr. Lechmere to take Care of it.
Resolved, That the Payment of all annual Salaries to Officers for Sale of Bishops Lands, and Dean and Chapters Lands, be suspended, till the Parliament take further Order.
Resolved, That the annual Salaries, appointed to any Officers attending the Committee for Irish Affairs, sitting in the Star Chamber, be discharged.
Mr. Scott reports from the Council of State, That several Persons, who have counterfeited Debentures, and Publick Faith Bills, have been committed by the Council of State, and are now in the Gatehouse; and that the Council desire the Parliament's Directions what further Proceedings shall be had against them.
Resolved, That the House doth allow, and approve of, what the Council of State hath done herein: And that the Commitment of those Persons be continued in the Gatehouse, until they shall be discharged.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State, to examine this Business; and report the Matter of Fact to the House; and what is fit to be done touching the Proceeding against these Persons guilty: And to bring in an Act to make Offences in the like Kind to be Felony, for the future.