Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Saturday, the First of January, 1652.
Com r of Assessments.
ORDERED, That Thomas Ray Gentleman, the Mayor of Salisbury for the Time being, be added a Commissioner for the Monthly Assessments in the County of Wiltes: And that he be, and is hereby, impowered to sit and act accordingly.
Sale of Forests.
Resolved, That, over and above the Sum of One hundred thousand Pounds, which is hereby appointed and ordered to be paid out of the Monies to be raised upon the additional Bill, for Sale of several Lands and Estates forfeited to the Commonwealth for Treason, to the Treasurers at War, to make up the Pay of the Armies of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and Incidencies thereunto which shall be wanting, in the Eighty thousand Pounds a Month, allotted for that Purpose out of the Bill of Assessments for the next Six Months, and over and above what is already charged by the Parliament upon that additional Act for the Forces; or otherwise the whole Monies arising, and which shall arise, upon the said additional Bill; shall go and be applied to the Use of the Navy and Forces.
Resolved, That as well the Monies already appointed, as that shall be appointed by Parliament for the Use of the Navy, be issued for this Year ensuing, by Warrant from Commissioners, for inspecting the Treasuries, unto the Treasurer of the Navy for the Time being; and that the Warrant of the said Commissioners for Inspection of the Treasury, and the Receipt of the Treasurer of the Navy shall be a Discharge to the respective Treasuries that are or shall be charged with any Money for the Use of the Navy, to pay such Sums from time to time as the Commissioners for the Treasury shall direct, for the Uses aforesaid.
Resolved, That the Commissioners for ordering and managing the Affairs of the Admiralty and Navy, be appointed to make Certificates from time to time to the said Commissioners of the Treasury, what Sums of Money are requisite to be paid or assigned by their Warrant, for the carrying on the Service; and that Warrants be, by the Commissioners of the Treasury, issued accordingly.
Resolved, That all Bills signed by the Commissioners of the Navy, or any Three or more of them, for the Service of the Navy, shall be a sufficient Warrant for the Treasurer of the Navy, for paying the same accordingly.
Money for Navy.
Duchy of Lancaster.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom the Business touching the Jurisdiction of Counties Palatine, was referred, be revived; and that they meet on Tuesday next in the Afternoon, and report to the House with all Speed: And Mr. Lechmere and Mr. Long are added to that Committee, and to take the special Care hereof.
Duchy of Lancaster.
An Act for continuing John Bradshaw, Serjeant at Law, Chancellor of the Duchy and County Palatine of Lancaster, and Bartholomew Hall Esquire, Attorney-general of the Duchy of Lancaster, and for continuing the Jurisdiction of the said Duchy and County Palatine of Lancaster; was this Day read the First and Second time.
IN pursuance of an Order of Parliament of the 6th of December instant, this Committee having conferred with the Lord General, and the Officers of the Army, touching the Abatement of the Charge of the Land Forces, by disbanding so many of them as may consist with Safety; and agreed with them in several Particulars of that Nature, to be humbly offered to the Consideration of the Parliament; it is Ordered, That Report thereof be accordingly made to the Parliament as followeth;
And, whereas there is at present Two Troops of Dragoons, each of One hundred, allowed by the Establishment to be in England, One Troop whereof only is in being, that the other may be taken out of the Establishment:
That the Governor, and all other Officers appertaining to the Garison of Gloucester, may be reduced; the Garison dismantled; and the Three Companies of Foot, that now belong to that Garison, may be put into some of the Marching Regiments of the Army, and employed for the Service in the Field:
All which said Reducements, being approved of, and ordered by the Parliament, will lessen the Charge of the present Forces the Sum of Nine thousand Nine hundred Threescore aud Fourteen Pounds Eighteen Shillings and Ten-pence by the Month:
And, whereas the Charge of the Forces allowed by the present Establishment, is, by the Month, Eighty-thousand Five hundred and Ninety-three Pounds Ten Shillings and Two-pence; which, although by several Reducements made by the Council, by Advice with the Lord General, are at present brought unto Seventy-six thousand Five hundred and Fifty-two Pounds Seven Shillings and Six-pence a Month; yet they may again, by the like Order that reduced the Charge, be immediately made up to the full Number allowed by the Establishment;
That, therefore, it be humbly offered to the Parliament if they think fit, that the Reducements proposed for the lessening of the Charge, by the said Sum of Nine thousand Nine hundred and Seventy-four Pounds Eighteen Shillings and Ten Pence, may be ordered to be done before the 10th Day of January next: And that, from and after that Time, no Alteration or Addition of Forces may be made to exceed the monthly Sum of Sixty-six thousand Five hundred and Seventy-seven Pounds Eight Shillings and Eight-pence.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to see that the Garisons, which by these Votes are to be dismantled, be made untenable, so as may be without Prejudice to the Publick: And they are required to see the same done accordingly.
Ordered, That the Council of State, upon Advice with the General, have Power to make such Alterations and Variations in the Forces of Horse and Foot, as they shall think fit, so as they do not exceed the monthly Sum of Sixty-six thousand Five hundred and Seventy-seven Pounds Eight Shillings and Eight-pence.