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, 29th September, 1652.
SIR James Harrington reports, from the Council of State, that the Council have, in pursuance of the Order of Parliament of the 14th of this Instant September, taken into Consideration what Place in Westminster may be most fit for the Commissioners of Parliament to meet in, with the Deputies, who shall come from Scotland; and thereupon are of Opinion, That the Chamber in Westminster, commonly called The House of Lords, is a Place fit for that Purpose; which they have thought fit to acquaint the Parliament with; for that the said Place hath been formerly appointed by Parliament, for the Committee to sit in, to whom the Regulation of the Law was committed.
Correspondence with Portugall.
The Translate of the Letters of Credence, from the King of Portugall, to Rodorico Comes de Camera, Lord Ambassador Extraordinary from the King of Portugall, dated at Lisbone, the 7th of July 1652, was this Day read.
Relief upon Articles.
A Proviso was tendered to the said Bill, in these Words: "Provided always, that where any Question shall arise before the said Commissioners, upon any Articles, whereof Relief is by this Act intended, which have not been confirmed by Parliament, the said Commissioners shall resort unto the Parliament for their Resolution touching the said Articles, before they the said Commissioners shall proceed therein further than to stay Proceedings at Law against any Person or Persons concerned in such Articles:" Which was read the First time.
Another Proviso was tendered to this Bill, in these Words; "Provided always, and be it hereby Enacted and Declared, That no Real or Personal Estate, which hath been settled, conveyed, or assured, to any Person or Persons by virtue of any Act, Ordinance, or Order of this present Parliament, shall be made null, vacated, or otherwise determined or disposed of by the Commissioners named in this Act, or by their Authority; but that, if they shall see Cause of Restitution by virtue of Articles subjected to their Cognizance, they make Award not in specie against the particular Person or Persons, upon whom such Estate or Estates be settled, conveyed, or assured, but in Value to be satisfied by such other Lands or Revenue as the Parliament shall direct; any thing in this Act, or the former, which is hereby revived, to the contrary notwithstanding:"
Resolved, That this Proviso be inserted into this Bill: Viz. "Provided that no Person or Persons shall have the Benefit of this Act, or any thing therein contained, who shall not put in his or their Claim to such Articles before the said Commissioners, within the Times hereafter limited respectively; that is to say, For any Articles given in England, before the 1st Day of February 1652; and in all other Places, before the 1st Day of July 1653." And the same was inserted into the Bill accordingly: And the Bill, so amended, with the Proviso, was, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be printed and published.