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, 11th of March, 1651.
THE humble Petition of the Parishioners of Peterborough in the County of Northampton, was this Day read.
Resolved, That the Petitioners be impowered to pull down the Town Church of Peterborough, for the Amending the great Church, called the Minster, within the City and Borough of Peterborough.
Ordered, That an Act be brought in for the several Purposes desired by the Petition.
Ordered, That Sir Arthure Hesilrig do bring in an Act accordingly.
Ordered, That the Bells of the said Town Church of Peterborough be reserved for the Use of the Commonwealth.
Resolved, That for Fourteen Sitting-Days nothing but publick Business be taken up.
Ordered, That Colonel Downe do make his Reports from Goldsmiths-Hall, on Wednesday, the first Business; nothing to intervene.
Correspondence with Sweden.
The Lord Commissioner Whitelock reports from the Council of State, the Draught of a Letter in Latin to the Queen of Sweden; with a Transcript thereof in English: Which Latin Letter was this Day read.
The Question being propounded, That the said Latin Letter be signed by Mr. Speaker; and that the Seal of the Parliament be put thereunto.
And the Question being put, That That Question be now put;
It passed with the Affirmative.
And the main Question being put; It was
Resolved, That the said Latin Letter be signed by Mr. Speaker; and that the Seal of the Parliament be put thereunto.
The Lord Commissioner Whitelock also reports, from the Council of State, That Daniel Lisle Esquire, is a fit Person to carry the said Letter.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That Daniel Lisle Esquire, be the Person appointed to carry the said Letter to the Queen of Sweden.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to take care for sending away the said Daniel Lisle; and that he be supplied with Necessaries, and other Accommodations, fit for his Voyage.
Regulating the Law.
Ordered, That the Reports from the Committee touching the Law, be made on Tuesday Morning next, the first Business.
Resolved, That the Business touching Trade be taken into Consideration on the 6th of April next.
An additional Act for the Sale of the Remainder of the Fee-farm Rents, &c. yet remaining unsold, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to Mr. Scott, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Boone, Mr. Nelthrop, Mr. Carew, Colonel Purefoy, Lord Grey, Mr. Love, Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir Henry Mildmay, Sir Thomas Jervois, Mr. * Ashe, Mr. Holland, Alderman Allein, Mr. Dove, Colonel Birch, Mr. James Challoner, Mr. Garland, Mr. Thomas Challoner, Mr. Hayes, Mr. Richard Darley, Mr. Brewster, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Strickland, Mr. Dormer; or any Five of them: And this Committee are to meet To-morrow Morning, at Eight of Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber; and Mr. Dormer and Mr. Brewster is to take care of it: And that the same be brought in the first Business on Tuesday Morning next.
Petition from Dunwich.
The humble Petition of the Bailiff and Inhabitants of Dunwich in Suffolk, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to that Committee, and that they take the same into Consideration, and report their Opinions therein to the Parliament.
Ordered, That the Act for Impresting of Seamen, and the Business touching the Officers of the Ordnance; be read, and taken into Consideration, To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Ordered, That Mr. Love do bring in a Bill for Reforming of Buildings, on Tuesday Morning next.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Whitehall, to consider what Goods are set aside for the Use of the Commonwealth and Parliament; and to report it to the Parliament: And that Alderman Allein, Mr. Nelthorp, Sir Thomas Jervoice, Mr. Carey, Sir Gilbert Pickering, be added to that Committee.
Merchants of London.
The House being informed, That there were divers Merchants at the Door;
They were called in; and being come to the Bar, Captain Cranley, after a short Preamble, presented a Petition subscribed by * * * : Which, after the Petitioners were withdrawn, was read; and was intituled, "The humble Petition of many well-affected Merchants, Owners, Commanders, Shipwrights, Mariners, and others, in the City of London, and Parts adjacent."
Resolved, That the Parliament doth well accept of the said Petition from the Petitioners; and that Mr. Speaker do declare the same to the Petitioners, and return them the Thanks of the Parliament for their good Affections.
And the Petitioners being again called in, Mr. Speaker, by Order of the House, gave them this Answer: "Gentlemen, The Parliament having read and considered of the Petition presented by you, do well accept the same; and have commanded me to declare unto you, their good Acceptance thereof; and to return you the Thanks of the Parliament for your good Affections therein expressed: And, in their Name, I do return you the Thanks of the Parliament, accordingly."
The humble Petition of Timothy Dodsworth, Keeper of Hide-Park, was this Day read.
Resolved, That the said Petitioner be brought to the Bar To-morrow Morning.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee for removing Obstructions in the Sale of the Lands of the late King, Queen, and Prince, who are enjoined and required to consider of the Business touching the Sale of the House, commonly called The Star Chamber, and the Rooms thereunto belonging; and to peruse the Act; and consider, how the same may be reserved for the Use of the State; and that the Charges and Salary of a Housekeeper may be taken away, for the Ease of the publick Charge; and to report their Opinions to the Parliament: And that, in the mean time, the Trustees, Contractors, and other Officers, for Sale of the Lands of the late King, Queen, and Prince, be enjoined to make Stay of the Sale of the said House and Rooms.