Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Tuesday, the 21st of October, 1651.
Sitting of this Parliament.
Lord Mayor of London.
Sir Hen. Mildmay reports, from the Council of State, That divers Prisoners who stand committed to the Tower, and also to other Prisons, all in so necessitous a Condition, that they are not able any longer to subsist; but must of Necessity be starved, unless some speedy Course be taken for their Relief: That the Parliament be therefore moved, to take the same into Consideration, that some Order may be given for the future, whereby a fitting Maintenance may be made and allowed unto such as are not able to maintain themselves.
The Question being propounded, That it be referred to the Council of State, to take Consideration of such of the Scottish Prisoners in the Tower, as shall, by Address to them, make known their Necessities; and to give them such Allowance for their Maintenance, as the Council shall think fit.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That it be referred to the Council of State, to take Consideration of such of the Scottish Prisoners in the Tower, as shall, by Address to them, make known their Necessities; and to give them such Allowance for their Maintenance, as the Council shall think fit.
Resolved, That the Five surviving Commissioners for the Excise do carry on that whole Business for this Year, as Commissioners; and that the Dividend, which doth or might belong to Mr. George Snelling, be paid to Mrs. Elizabeth Snelling, his Widow, or her Assigns, as if the said Mr. Snelling had lived during the whole Year in the said Employment.
Debt to Snelling.
Ordered, That the Commissioners for Compounding be authorized and required to issue their Warrants to the Treasurers of Haberdashers Hall, to pay unto Mrs. Elizabeth Snelling, late Wife and Relict of Mr. George Snelling, late a Member of this House, the Sum of Five hundred Pounds, in Satisfaction of the Debt due unto him from the Parliament, mentioned in an Order of Parliament of the 20th of September 1650; and of all Interest for the same; and in Discharge of the said Order, whereby he was to have the said Debt, not exceeding Five hundred Pounds Principal, out of Discoveries: And the Acquittance and Acquittances of the said Mrs. Elizabeth Snelling, or her Assign or Assigns, shall be a sufficient Discharge for the same.