Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Wednesday, the 5th of January, 1652.
Correspondence with France.
MR. Speaker, by way of Report, acquaints the Parliament, That he had received a Letter from the Publick Minister of the King of France in French, with the Translation thereof in English: Which was this Day read.
Ordered, That this Letter be referred to the Council of State, to consider of an Answer; and present it to the Parliament for their Approbation: And that the Council be impowered to treat with the said Publick Minister from the King of France.
Correspondence with Spaine.
A Letter from the Lord Ambassador of the King of Spaine, of the 10 January 31 /December; 1653/52;, with a Letter inclosed from Leopaldus Gulielmus, from Bruxells, of the 28th of December 1652, in Latin, with the Translation in English: Which were this Day read.
Correspondence with Venice.
Mr. Thomas Challoner reports, from the Council of State, A Letter to be sent to the Duke of Venice from the Parliament of the Commonwealth of England, in Latin and English: Which was this Day read; and, upon the Question agreed unto.
Letters from Duke of Curland.
Ordered, That the said Letter be referred to the Council of State, to consider thereof; and to confer and treat with the Commissionate; and prepare an Answer to the said Letter, and present the same to the Parliament.
Treaty with Portugall.
Colonel Sidney reports, from the Council of State, That the Lord Ambassador from the King of Portugall hath signed and sealed, on his Part, the Six Preliminary Articles; and that his Excellency insisting, that they may be also signed and sealed in Latin, on the Part of this Commonwealth; the Council hath thought fit to report the same to the Parliament, for their Direction, by whom, and in what Manner, the same shall be done.
Resolved, That the Articles on the Part of the Commonwealth be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sealed with the Seal of the Parliament; and that it be referred to the Council of State, to prepare the said Part of the Articles to be signed and sealed, accordingly; and that Mr. Speaker do so sign and seal the same.
Governor of Hull.
Members for Scotland.
Mass at Ambassadors Houses.
Mr. Gurdon reports from the Council of State, That it be humbly represented to the Parliament, that great Numbers, as well English as others, do daily resort to Mass, at the Houses of Ambassadors and other Foreign Publick Ministers residing here, to the great Dishonour of God, and Scandal of this Government; and that the Parliament be pleased, for Prevention thereof for the future, to make some Signification thereof to the said Ambassadors, and Publick Ministers, who have, by their publick Character, no Pretence to claim a Toleration of this Kind:
That the Parliament be humbly moved to declare a Reward of Ten Pounds, to such Persons as shall discover them that resort to Mass in any Place within this Commonwealth: And that the said Ten Pounds be paid in such manner; as the Reward of Ten Pounds for discovering of Thieves is appointed to be paid:
Resolved, That a Third Part of the Penalty, which shall be recovered upon the Conviction of any Person that shall resort to or hear Mass, shall go to the Party that shall discover the same, according to the Act of 3° Jacobi, intituled, An Act to prevent and avoid Dangers which may grow by Popish Recusants: And that an Act be brought in to that Purpose.