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 30thof September, 1652.
A BILL for stating the Accounts of several Officers and Soldiers was this Day read the Third time; and ordered, that the Debate thereupon be adjourned until this Day Fortnight.
Ordered, That the Lord Commissioner Lisle do bring in the Great Seal into the House.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to take into Consideration the Business of Lieutenant Colonel Salmon, and the rest of the Garison of Hull; and to send for him, and confer with him, how Satisfaction may be made to them for their Arrears, either by Bill or otherwise; and to report their Opinion therein to the Parliament on this Day Sevennight.
Westm' land Officers.
Ordered, That Colonel Downes do make his Report touching the Officers and Soldiers of Westm'land, on Wednesday next.
Correspondence with Tuscany.
Colonel Morley reports, from the Council of State, a Letter from Amarigo Saluetti, Agent from the Great Duke of Tuscany; which was this Day read, and was dated the 18th of September 1652.
Ordered, That a Letter be written to the Great Duke of Tuscany, taking notice of his Civilities to the English Merchants: And that it be referred to the Council of State to prepare the Letter: And that Mr. Speaker do sign the same.
Correspondence with Venice.
Mr. Speaker, by way of Report, acquaints the Parliament, that a Letter from the State of Venice was presented unto him by a Gentleman, of Venice, directed Reipublicæ Angliæ Parliamento.
Ordered, That this Letter be taken into Consideration on Tuesday Morning next.
A Bill disabling several Persons to have any Votes in Election of Officers in Cities or Boroughs, or to bear Offices, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to Mr. Holland, Alderman Penyngton, Lord Mounson, Mr. Carew, Mr. Say, Colonel Morley, Mr. Nelthorp, Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Oldesworth, Major Salwey, Mr. Dove, Mr. Blagrave, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Strickland, Colonel Marten, Colonel Fielder, Mr. Garland, Mr. Hill; or any Five of them: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Gratuity to Mrs. Hamilton.
Mr. Scott reports from the Council of State, "That Mr. Scott be desired humbly to acquaint the Parliament with the remaining Part of the Report from the Council, in the Case of Mrs. Hamilton, for something to be done for her towards her present Subsistence, and for the Maintenance of her many Children, they being left wholly destitute by the Death of her late Husband, who was executed by the Enemy in Scotland for doing Service to the Armies of this Commonwealth."
The Question being propounded, that Mrs. Hamilton have Two hundred Pounds, for the Support of herself and her Children, for the present, and for sending her away into Ireland.
Andthe Question being put, That that Question be put;
It passed with the Affirmative.
And the main Question being put; It was
Resolved, by the Parliament, That Mrs. Mary Hamilton have Two hundred Pounds for the Support of herself and her Children, and for sending her away into Ireland.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to see the said Two hundred Pounds forthwith paid to the said Mrs. Mary Hamilton, or her Assigns, accordingly.
A Bill for Reviving of a Statute made for the repairing of Sherborne Causey, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to the last Committee.
Ordered, That Mr. Alexander Popham, Mr. Hill, Mr. Dove, Mr. Searle, be added to that Committee.
Embassy from Portugall.
The House being informed, by the Serjeant, That the Lord Ambassador from the King of Portugall was ready, and did attend to present himself to the Parliament;
The Serjeant, with his Mace, went to attend the Lord Ambassador to the House.
So soon as the Lord Ambassador was entered, he uncovered himself; and Mr. Speaker, and all the Members, stood up bare.
When the Lord Ambassador was come as far as the Bar, the Master of the Ceremonies and the Serjeant attended him, the one on the Right-hand, and the other on the Left, until the Lord Ambassador came to the Chair appointed for that Purpose, which was placed on the North Side of the House, upon a Turkey Carpet, with a Cushion in it, and a Foot-stool before it.
The Ambassador's Name was John Roderick * *: Who, after a few Words, addressed to Mr. Speaker, he presented his Letters Credentials; which were, by the Master of the Ceremonies, delivered to Mr. Speaker; and afterwards declared the Substance of his Embassy, delivering a Copy in English, of what he delivered by Word, in the House.
Mr. Speaker informed the Ambassador, by the Master of the Ceremonies, that he would acquaint the Parliament therewith.
And then the Lord Ambassador, with the Master of the Ceremonies, and the Serjeant at Arms, attending him, withdrew.
Mr. Speaker reports to the Parliament, The Letters Credential from the King of Portugall: Which were now read.
He also reports, what was delivered by the Lord Ambassador, by Word of Mouth: Which was also read.
Resolved, That this Business be taken into Consideration on Tuesday Morning next.
Ordered, That, on Thursday Morning next, the Reports from the Committee for Removing of Obstructions, and the Report touching Sir Kenelme Digby, be taken into Consideration.