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 8th of September, 1652.
MR. Scott reports from the Council of State, That the Parliament will be pleased to declare their Pleasure concerning the disposing of the French Prisoners, which were taken in the French Men of War.
Sir James Harrington reports from the Council of State, that the Parliament be humbly moved to take into Consideration the Draught of an Act for the Calling Home of all English Seamen, who are in the Service of foreign States and Princes, the Council finding it, (upon the Intelligence which they have received from foreign Parts), that it is of very great Concernment to the Service of the Commonwealth: And the Lord President of the Council is desired to move the Parliament herein, and to present unto them a Copy of the Intelligence received concerning this Business.
Prisoners of War.
Resolved, That the Soldiers and Seamen, which were taken in the French Prizes last taken, and sent into Dover, be sent home into their own Country.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State, to consider how they may be sent Home; and unto what Part they shall be sent; and to take Order, that the same be done accordingly.
Ordered, That the Word "Officers" be added to the former Vote, next before the Word "Soldiers." And so it was.
Resolved, That the Officers, Soldiers, and Seamen, which were taken in the French Prizes, last taken, and sent into Dover, be sent Home into their own Country.
Resolved, That it be referred, likewise, to the Council of State, to consider of a fit Time to send them away; and to cause them to be sent away at such Time as they shall think sit.
The House resumed the Debate upon the Amendments to the Bill for Sale of several Lands and Estates forfeited to the Commonwealth for Treason.
Ordered, That the said Bill and Amendments be recommitted, and brought in again, on Friday Morning next, the first Business.
Trade from Germany.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to consider of the Obstructions of Trade from Germany; and present their Opinions therein to the Parliament, how the said Obstructions may be removed.
A further Additional Act, for Sale of the Remainder of the Fee-farm Rents yet unsold, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to the Committee to whom the Amendments to the Bill for Sale of several Lands and Estates forfeited to the Commonwealth for Treason, is referred: And that the Committee do meet in Mr. Speaker's Chamber, this Afternoon; and report it To-morrow Morning, the first Business: And that Mr. Garland take care of it.
Ordered, That these Words "and Disbursements" be added in the Order of the 31th of October 1651, touching the Accompts of Captain Humfry Brewster.