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 20th of July, 1653.
Sheriff of Suffolk.
RESOLVED, upon the Question, by the Parliament, That Winniff Esquire be, and is hereby constituted and appointed to be Sheriff of the County of Suffolk, in the Place of Sir Robert Cooke, who is dead; and that the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal of England be authorized and required to issue a Commission under the Great Seal of England, to him, to be Sheriff of the said County of Suffolk, accordingly.
Colonel Clarke reports from the Committee appointed to consider of the right Ordering and Disposing of the Business of the House by Committees, The Votes of that Committee; That several Committees be appointed; and the Names of Persons, Members of the House, to be of the several Committees: Which the House took into Debate, in Order, as they were reported.
Resolved, That there be a Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, viz. Lord General Cromwell, Major-General Lambert, Sir Robert King, Mr. Spence, Colonel Cromwell, Mr. Freere, Colonel Hewson, Mr. Hutchinson, Colonel Clerk, Mr. Mansell, Mr. Gookin, Mr. Clark, Colonel West, Colonel Philip Jones, Mr. Francis Brewster.
Resolved, That there be a Committee for the Affairs of Scotland; viz. Lord General Cromwell, Major-General Lambert, Captain Charles Howard, Mr. Alexander Jeffreis, Mr. Henry Henley, Mr. Wm. Lockart, Mr. Danvers, Major Tho. Sanders, Major-General Harrison, Alderman Titchborne, Mr. Nathaniell Taylor, Mr. John Sawrey, Mr. Robert Fenwick, Mr. John Odensell, Mr. John St. Nicholas, Mr. Nathaniell Studley.
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed for the Army; viz. Colonel Sidenham, Colonel Norton, Colonel Clerk, Mr. Wm. Lockart, Mr. Cludd, Mr. Woolmer, Colonel Pyne, Mr. Lucy, Colonel West, Mr. Fleetwood, Mr. Cust, Mr. Horsman, Mr. Neast.
Resolved, That there be a Committee for inspecting the Treasurers, and regulating of Officers and Salaries; viz. Sir Wm. Roberts, Mr. Squib, Mr. Stone, Mr. Botterell, Mr. Woolmer, Mr. Caley, Major Bauden, Mr. Cunliff, Mr. Birkenhead.
Committee for Petitions.
Resolved, That there be a Committee for receiving Petitions; viz. Colonel Rous, Mr. Dunch, Alderman Ireton, Mr. Barebone, Dr. Goddard, Mr. Crofts, Mr. Henry Barton, Mr. Freere, Mr. Earle, Mr. Jermy, Mr. Mathewes, Mr. Hildesley, Mr. Erizey; or any Five of them.
This Committee are to consider of such Petitions as are directed to the Parliament; and to present such of them only to the Parliament, as are proper to the Legislative Power, or not relievable elsewhere; with Power to send for Persons, Papers, Witnesses, and Records: And this Committee have Power upon such Petitions as concern private Persons, and shall be judged by them fit to be presented to the House, as is before directed, to examine Witnesses upon Oath, if they see Cause; and state the Matter of Fact; and report it to the Parliament.
And, in such Cases as the Petitions shall not be made good before them, they are to state the Case to the House; with their Opinion touching Costs, to be given in such Case, to the Persons unjustly molested.
Resolved, Upon the Question, by the Parliament, That a Committee be appointed for the Business of Trade and Corporations; and for receiving Propositions for the Advantage of the Commonwealth; viz. Mr. Samuell Warner, Mr. Sweet, Alderman Ireton, Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Dickenson, Mr. Dawson, Mr. Stone, Mr. Wood, Mr. Jeffryes, Mr. French, Mr. Templer, Mr. Plumsted, Mr. Dunkon, Mr. John Clark, Mr. Moyer, Colonel Bennett, Mr. Holmes, Captain Coates, Major Burton, or any Seven of them: And they are to meet at Whitehall, in the Place where the Council for Trade did sit, on Monday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon.
Resolved, Upon the Question, by the Parliament, That there be a Committee for the Poor, and regulating Commissions of the Peace throughout the Nation; viz. Mr. Baldwin, Mr. Ogle, Mr. Wood, Mr. Draper, Mr. Langdon, Mr. Thomas St. Nicholas, Mr. Brook, Mr. Chetwood, Major Sanders, Mr. Cater, Mr. Green, Mr. Jervas Bennett, Colonel Barton: And they are to meet in the Queen'sCourt To-morrow in the Afternoon, at Two of the Clock: And all that come to have Voices.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That there be a Committee appointed to consider of publick Debts; and to receive Accusations of Bribery, publick Frauds, and Breach of publick Trust; viz. Sir Gilbert Pickering, Mr. Strickland, Colonel Bingham, Mr. Sadler, Colonel Duckenfield, Colonel Kenrick, Colonel Mountague, George Lord Ewre, Mr. Wm. Reeve, Mr. Bowtell, Mr. Hildesley, Mr. Castle, Mr. Lassells, Mr. Cust; or any Five of them: And are to meet in the Duchy-Court To-morrow at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon: And they have Power to send for Persons, Papers, Records: And they have Power to examine Witnesses, upon Oath: And they are to report to the House the Case of such as shall not make Proof of their Accusations, together with their Opinion touching Costs to be given to the Person unjustly molested.
Resolved, Upon the Question, by the Parliament, That there be a Committee for Prisons and Prisoners; viz. Mr. Marsh, Colonel James, Colonel Eires, Mr. Baker, Mr. Wingfield, Mr. Wroth Rogers, Mr. Cullen, Mr. Highland, Mr. Herring, Mr. Bellett, Mr. Pratt, Mr. Price, Mr. Vincent Goddard.
Writs of Error.
Mr. St. Nicholas reports, An Act for Reviving and Continuing one Act of Parliament, intituled, An Act for Redress of Delays, and Mischiefs, arising by Writs of Error in several Cases: Which was this Day read the First and Second time; and a Clause tendered to the Bill in these Words: "And be it further Enacted and Ordained, That all and every Supersedeas granted and awarded before the 20th Day of July 1653, upon any such Writ or Writs of Error now depending, shall, within Thirty Days after the Beginning of the Term, commonly called Michaelmas Term, which shall be in the Year of our Lord 1653, be discontinued and void; and every Person and Persons shall have their Liberty to proceed upon his or their Judgment and Judgments, and take forth Execution; any Writ or Writs of Error, or Supersedeas notwithstanding."
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the Law, to prepare an Act for Redress of Delays, and Mischiefs, arising on Writs of Error, Writs of false Judgment, and Arrests of Judgment; and report it to the House: And Mr. St. Nicholas is added to that Committee for this Purpose.