Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Monday, the 1st of August, 1653.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the inspecting the Treasuries, and regulating Officers and Salaries, to consider how the Excise may be brought in with the greatest Ease to the People; and how the Oppressions and Burthens, which have been in the Managing of that Business, may be redressed for the future. Mr. Barington, Alderman Ireton, Mr. Moyer, Colonel Blunt, Colonel West, Mr. Hildesley, Mr. Anlaby, Mr. Thompson, are added to that Committee, for this Purpose, with Power to the Committee to send for Persons, Papers, and Records; and also to send to the Commissioners for the Excise, requiring them forthwith to cause the Arrears of the Excise, due from the Farmers, to be brought in: And this Committee are likewise to consider of the Grievances in granting of Wine-Licences; and to examine the Title of the Persons who take upon them to grant the said Licenses; and to report the same to the House.
Resolved, That it be likewise referred to the same Committee; to consider of the Act for Restraint of bringing in French Wines; and how the Way of Trade therein may be opened; and present it to the House.
Fines on Bills, &c.
Sir William Roberts reports from the Committee, Amendments to the Bill for taking away Fines upon Bills, Declarations, and original Writs: Which, being only the Omission of the Preamble, was, upon the Question, agreed, and the Act ordered to be ingrossed; and brought in To-morrow Morning.
Appeals from Ireland.
Mr. Spence reports from the Committee for Irish Affairs, A Bill for the Restraint of Appeals from the Courts for Administration of Justice in Ireland, unto the Courts of Justice in England: Which was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to the same Committee.
E. of Derby's Estate.
Resolved, That an Act be brought in for settling the said Lands upon the said Earl of Derby, and his Heirs: And Mr. Moyer and Colonel West are to bring in the same: And that the Trustees for Sale of several Lands and Estates forfeited to the Commonwealth for Treason, do forbear the Sale of the Remainder of the Estate of the said Earl, yet unsold, in the mean time.
Prisoners in Upper-Bench.
Ordered, That Sir John Lenthall be required forthwith to deliver unto Serjeant Dendy a true List of all the Prisoners in the Upper-Bench, with the Causes of their Imprisonments; and likewise the Books of the House, belonging to the Paper-Office.