Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Thursday, the 16th of December, 1652.
ORDERED, That the Lord Chief Justice Rolle be authorized and required to pay, or cause to be paid, unto such Person or Persons as the Council of State shall appoint, all such Sum and Sums of Money as have been paid unto him from the several Counties upon the Act of 43 Elizabethæ, for Relief of the Prisoners in the Marshalsey, and are now in his Hands, to be employed for the Relief of the maimed Mariners.
Sir R. Gurney.
Alderman Allein reports from the Committee to whom it was referred to consider of the State of the Business touching Weavers-Hall Bills, An Act for the Ascertaining the Time of Payment of the Monies due upon Weavers-Hall Bills: Which was this Day read the First and Second time.
Resolved, That the Excise be continued from the Day of September next, for Two Years, from thence next following: And that the Committee of Excise do prepare and bring in an Act accordingly, upon the present Debate of the House.
Embassy from Portugall.
The House being informed, that the Lord Ambassador Extraordinary from the King of Portugall was ready to attend the Parliament, in order to his Audience, the Serjeant, by the Command of the House, went with his Mace to attend him from the Court of Wards: And, when the Lord Ambassador was entered within the House, he uncovered his Head: Mr. Speaker, and the Members of the House, being likewise uncovered, stood up; and, from the Bar, the Master of the Ceremonies and the Serjeant at Arms attended him the one on the Righthand and the other on the Left, to a Chair with Elbows, placed on the North Side of the House: Where, being set, he made an Oration, in the Portugall Tongue; which he presented in Writing, in Latin and in English, by the Master of the Ceremonies.
Mr. Speaker informed the Lord Ambassador, by the Master of the Ceremonies, That he would acquaint the Parliament therewith: And, after the usual Civilities performed mutually, the said Ambassador departed out of the House; and was attended by the Master of the Ceremonies and Serjeant of Arms to the Court of Wards.