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 27th of August, 1652.
ORDERED, that the Articles touching the Surrendering of Virginia, be taken into Consideration on Tuesday Morning next, the first Business.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State, to consider of a fit Place in England, to which the Commissioners, sent from Scotland, shall come; and some sit Persons to meet with the said Commissioners; as also of Instructions to be given to those Persons, in order to the effecting that Business, for which they are to meet; and to report the same to the Parliament for their Resolution.
Serjeant at Arms.
The humble Petition of Edward Dendy was this Day read.
Resolved, That the Accounts of Edward Dendy Esquire, Serjeant at Arms, for his Arrears due to him for his Service, be referred to the Committee of the Army to state the same, and report them to the Parliament.
Resolved, That Lands of Inheritance of the clear yearly Value of Two hundred Pounds in Ireland, be settled upon Edward Dendy Esquire, Serjeant at Arms, and his Heirs, as a Mark of the Parliament's Favour to him, for his eminent Services.
Resolved, That the Commissioners for managing the Affairs in Ireland, be authorized and required to set out, and to settle upon the said Edward Dendy, and his Heirs, Lands of Inheritance, of the clear yearly Value of Two hundred Pounds, in Ireland; and to put him, or his Assigns, into the Possession thereof, in such sort, as they do others, to whom Lands in Ireland have been ordered by the Parliament.
Mr. John Corbett reports from the Committee of Parliament, for removing Obstructions in the Sale of Bishops Lands:
1. THAT it doth appear unto this Committee, by Mr. Speaker's Letter unto John Ireton, and John Humphries, and also by the Direction of the Committee for Prisoners, Mr. Knightley being Chairman, desiring John Ireton, and John Humfries, to furnish one Holden, Keeper of London-House, with such Monies as should be necessary for the strengthening and making it tenable for such Prisoners, as should be committed thereunto by Order of Parliament:
That, in Consideration thereof, the said Holden should deliver into their Possession one old Hay-Barn, or Stable, late the Bishop of London's; and further, promising also what Monies they should disburse, in order to the further Improvement thereof, they should be satisfied before they deliver up their Possession, in case the Parliament should otherwise dispose of the same.
2. That it doth appear unto this Committee, that the said John Ireton, and John Humfries, disbursed, for making the said London-house, a Prison, the Sum of Ninety Pounds.
3. That it doth appear unto this Committee, that the said John Ireton, and John Humphries, in the building of the said Barn or Stable, and making of it, as now it is, a fair and convenient Warehouse, did disburse the Sum of Two hundred Eighty-six Pounds, and upwards.
4. That the said Barn or Stable is, by the Surveyors of Bishops Lands, returned to be worth Thirty Pounds per Annum, which the Contractors, according to their Rules, are not permitted to make any Defalcation unto the said John Ireton, and John Humphries, upon the Purchase thereof, notwithstanding the Improvement aforesaid was, by reason of the Monies by them disbursed, upon the Consideration aforesaid; whereof the said John Ireton, and John Humphries, have by their Petition prayed Relief.
Resolved, That it be reported to the House, as the Opinion of this Committee, that John Ireton, and John Humfries, have defalked to them, upon the Purchase of the Premises, the aforesaid Sums of Ninety Pounds, and Two hundred Eighty-six Pounds, in all Three hundred Seventy-six Pounds; and that the Contractors do reprize the same, accordingly.
The Question being propounded, That the said Sum of Two hundred Eighty-six Pounds, be allowed as a Reprize to the said John Ireton, and John Humfries;
And the Question being put, That this Question be now put;
It passed in the Negative.
Resolved, That the Sum of Ninety Pounds, mentioned in the said Report, be allowed by way of Reprize to the said John Ireton, and John Humphries; and that the Trustees, Contractors, and Treasurer, for Sale of the Bishops Lands, be authorized and required to reprize the same Ninety Pounds to the same John Ireton, and John Humfries, accordingly.
The humble Petition of Constance, the Widow of George Stringer, late of London, Merchant, was this Day read.
Ordered, That, in discharge of the Sum of 1,603£. 18s. formerly allowed as a Debt owing by the Commonwealth, the Sum of 1,092£. 17s. be allowed to Constance Stringer Widow, late Wife of George Stringer, deceased, as doubled Money, upon the Additional Act for Sale of the Lands and Estates forfeited to the Commonwealth, for Treason; and that the Trustees and Treasurers for the Sale of the said Lands be enjoined and required to admit and allow the same unto the said Constance Stringer, or her Assigns, accordingly.
The humble Petition of Colonel John Hewson, and Adjutant-General William Allen, in Behalf of themselves, and many other Officers and Soldiers in the Army in Ireland, was this Day read.
Ordered, That this Petition be referred to the Committee of the Army, with Power to examine whether any of the Lands of the late King, Queen, and Prince, remain unsold, out of which the Arrears of the Petitioners may be satisfied; and to charge it thereupon as far as the same will extend; and, if there be not enough to satisfy the same, that then they consider how the same may be satisfied; and report the same to the Parliament.
The humble Petition of Susanna Blundell Widow, late the Wife of Colonel Benjamin Blundell, deceased, was this Day read.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That Lands of Inheritance, of the Value of Three hundred Pounds a Year, in Ireland, be settled upon Susanna Blundell Widow, and her Children by the said Benjamin, and their Heirs, in such sort as the Commissioners of Parliament for managing the Affairs of Ireland, shall think sit, and direct; in full Discharge of all Monies claimed by her, or her said Husband.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Commissioners for managing the Affairs of Ireland, to settle Lands of Inheritance of Three hundred Pounds by the Year, in Ireland, upon the said Susanna Blundell, and her said Children, in such sort as the said Commissioners shall think sit; and to settle them, or their Assigns, in the Possession thereof, accordingly.
The humble Petition of Alice Hanna, and Sarah Barber, the Daughters of Richard Barber, of the City of Worcester, was this Day read.
Resolved, That this Petition be referred to the Committee, to whom the Petition of the Inhabitants of Worcester is referred, to consider hereof, and to give the Petitioners some Allowance out of the Provision, for the rest of the Sufferers there, as they shall think sit.
Thracy's, &c. Petition.
The humble Petition of Frances Thracy Widow, of the County of Hereford, and Margaret Evans of the County of Salop, was this Day read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to take this Petition into Consideration; and to give such Allowance to the Petitioners, out of the Money to come in out of North-Wales, as they shall think sit.
Grant to Bennett.
The humble Petition of Thomazne Bennet, Widow of Captain William Bennett, slain at Branford, was this Day read.
Resolved, That the Commissioners for Compounding be authorized and required to issue Warrants to the Treasurers of Goldsmiths-hall, to pay unto Thomasine Bennett Widow, late Wife of Captain William Bennett, the Sum of Six hundred Pounds; that is to say, Two hundred Pounds for the Use of the said Thomasine Bennett, and Fifty Pounds apiece for her Eight Children, in Discharge of the Sums granted unto them by the Orders of the 22th of June 1650, and of the 2d of May 1651, to be paid unto her, out of such Monies as is or shall come in upon such Discoveries as she hath or shall make of such Delinquents as are not pardoned by the Act of General Pardon and Oblivion; she giving Security to pay the said Fifty Pounds apiece to the said Children: And the Acquittance and Acquittances of the said Thomasine Bennett shall be a sufficient Discharge for the said Treasurers, for the same.
Committee for Petitions.
Resolved, That a Committee be nominated, who shall have Power to receive Petitions, and to consider, which of them are sit to be presented to the Parliament for Relief; and what are sit to be left to the ordinary Courts of Justice, or other Places, proper for Relief; and likewise to consider, what is sit to be done upon such Petitions as are to be presented to the Parliament, and of some Way how such Petitioner may have Relief; and report the same, from time to time, to the Parliament; and such as are sit to be left to other Places, to give Directions to the Petitioners to resort for Relief to such Courts or Places proper for Redress: viz. to Lord General, Major-General Harrison, Mr. Garland, Mr. Holland, Sir Wm. Masham, Mr. Nevill, Mr. Westrow, Sir James Harrington, Colonel Harvey, Mr. Carew, Sir John Danvers, Colonel Marten, Mr. Wallop, Colonel Fleetwood, Mr. Lenthall, Mr. Scott, Mr. Trenchard, Colonel Sidney, Colonel Stapley, Colonel Downes, Mr. Strickland, Colonel Dove, Lord Commissioner Lisle, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Mr. Masham, Mr. Hallowes, Lord Commissioner Whitelock, Mr. Say, Alderman Allein, Mr. Dormer, Mr. Attorney General, Colonel Rich, Mr. Nelthrop, Colonel Purefoy, Colonel Fielder, Colonel Bossevile, Mr. Whittaker, Mr. Love, Mr. Ralegh, or any Five of them: And this Committee are to meet in the Star-Chamber, on Thursday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon.
The humble Petition of Sir Gerard Fleetwood Knight, was this Day read.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee for removing Obstructions, to consider of this Petition; and if they find the Lands be not sold, and paid for, that then they do examine the Petitioner's Title, and gave Order, that his Estate thereby be reprized to such Purchaser as they shall find Cause.
Mr. Say reports from the Committee for the Army; viz.
IN pursuance of the Order of Parliament, of the 18th of August 1652, this Committee having examined how much of the Monies formerly given to Mr. Benjamin Valentine, for his Sufferings, hath been satisfied, do find, that of the Sum of Five thousand Pounds, by Order of Parliament, of the 18th of January 1646, appointed to be paid to the said Mr. Valentine, for his Sufferings and Imprisonments, &c. the Sum of Two thousand Five hundred Pounds, assigned by Order of Parliament of the 11th of May 1647, to be paid by the Treasurers, at Goldsmiths-hall, in Course, and afterwards transferred upon Deans and Chapters Lands, hath been already paid and satisfied; and it doth not appear to this Committee, that any other Part of the said Five thousand Pounds hath been paid, or assigned to be paid, out of any particular Treasury: This Committee do therefore humbly offer it to the Consideration of the Parliament, if they think sit, that, in full Satisfaction of Two thousand five hundred Pounds, remaining unpaid, of the said Five thousand Pounds, Lands, and Tenements, to the Value of Two hundred Pounds a year, may be settled on Matthias Valentine, Son of the said Benjamin Valentine, and his Heirs, for ever, out of the Estates of such Delinquents, as, being included in the Bill now under Consideration of the Parliament, for Composition, shall not, as in the said Bill is held forth, perfect their Compositions.
Resolved, That Lands of Inheritance of the clear yearly Value of One hundred Pounds, be settled upon Matthias Valentine, Son of Benjamin Valentine, deceased, and his Heirs, out of the Estates of such Delinquents, as, being included in the Bill now under Consideration of the Parliament, for Composition, shall not, as in the Bill is held forth, perfect their Compositions, in part of Satisfaction of the Two thousand Five hundred Pounds, Residue of the Five thousand Pounds formerly ordered to the said Benjamin Valentine.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee, to whom that Bill is referred, to prepare, and bring in, a Clause to be inserted into that Bill, for this Purpose.
Ordered, That Lands of Inheritance, of the clear yearly Value of Two hundred Pounds in Ireland, be settled upon Matthias Valentine, Son of Benjamin Valentine, deceased, and his Heirs, in full Satisfaction of the Two thousand Five hundred Pounds, remaining unpaid of the Five thousand Pounds formerly ordered to the said Benjamine Valentine, for his Sufferings.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Commissioners of Parliament, for managing the Affairs of Ireland, to settle Lands of Inheritance of the clear yearly Value of Two hundred Pounds, upon the said Matthias Valentine, and his Heirs, according to the former Order; and to put him into Possession thereof, accordingly.
The humble Petition of above Fifteen hundred distressed Protestants of Ireland, most of them having Families, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Reports touching Mr. Greathead, and the Northern Officers, be made on Tuesday Sevennight.
Ordered, That Alderman Fowkes his Business be heard on Tuesday Sevennight.
Ordered, That the Petitions of the Lady Ranulaugh, Charles Cavendish Viscount Mansfield, eldest Son of Wm. Earl of Newcastle, Edward Lord Viscount Loftus of Ely, Captain Thomas Sydenham, Robert Sweet, of London, Merchant, * Earl of Stamford, Richard Netheway, the Officers and Soldiers late of the Regiment of Colonel Gervase Benson, belonging to the County of Westmerland, Lieutenant Colonel Bovet, the distressed Orphans of Sir Marmaduke Langdale, the Lady Jane Blayny, Sir David Watkins Knight, Captain * Fisher, the Lady Mary Cawfield, the Representation of the Committee for Accompts, the Lady Denny, Thomas Hubbert Esquire, Thomas Gell, Robert Stapleton, and Robert Scawen, Thomas Agar on the Behalf of Thomas Fisher, Dame Alice Borlace, Dame Mary Leigh, Mary Gernon, James Tooke Esquire, one of the Auditors of the late Court of Wards and Liveries, James Usher Doctor in Divinity, Charles Lord St. John, Sir Humfrey Style, and the Petition of many well-affected People, Tradesmen and others, inhabiting in and about the Cities of London and Westminster, and the Parts adjacent, Ralph Wall Gentleman, several poor Inhabitants of the Town of Colchester; be referred to the Committee for Petitions, to consider of them; and do therein according to the Power given them, by the Order this Day made, by which they are appointed to sit.
The House, according to former Order, adjourned itself to Tuesday Morning next, Eight of Clock.