Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Friday, the 18th of March, 1652.
ORDERED, That a Bill be brought in for renewing of the Customs.
Propagating the Gospel.
The House this Day resumed the Debate upon the Proposals formerly reported.
And the Second Proposal being read; It was
Resolved, by the Parliament, That no Person shall be admitted to Trial and Approbation, unless he bring a Testimonial of his Piety, and Soundness in the Faith, under the Hands of Six godly Ministers and Christians, gathered together for that End and Purpose, unto whom he is personally known; of which Number Two, at the least, to be Ministers.
An Act for the Impresting of Seamen, was this Day read the First and Second time.
Resolved, That the Time be, from the 18th of March 1652, to the 18th of March 1653.
Resolved, That this Proviso be added to the Bill; viz. "Provided that no Seaman or Waterman, above the Age of Fifty, or under the Age of Fifteen Years, shall be imprested by virtue of this Act."
The Question being put, That the Bill, so amended, be ingrossed;
It passed in the Negative.
And the Bill, so amended, being put to the Question, passed: And was ordered to be printed and published.
The House, according to former Order, adjourned itself to Tuesday Morning next, Eight of Clock.