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 10th of August, 1653.
High Court of Justice.
Mr. Moyer reports from the Council of State, That the Council, having daily Intelligence of many Designs that are on Foot in this Commonwealth, on the Behalf of Charles Stewart; and that very many considerable Persons are engaged therein, some whereof are ordered to be apprehended; do think it necessary for the Safety of the Commonwealth, that a High Court of Justice be erected.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That there be a High Court of Justice erected for Trial of Offenders against the Commonwealth: And that the Council of State do bring in an Act To-morrow Morning, with the Names of Commissioners to be inserted therein.
Colonel Blunt reports from the Grand Committee, That the Committee sat upon the Bill for Marriages, and Registering thereof; and touching Birth and Burials; and did pass one Amendment; and desire the Pleasure of the House, when the Committee shall sit again.
Sir Gilbert Pickering reports from the Council of State, A Paper intituled, A Breviate of the Proposals made to the honourable Council of State by the Commissioners from Scotland: Which was now read: Viz. 1. That the Cess of Scotland, which now exceeds the Fourth Part of the Rent, may be abated, and brought to a constant and competent Proportion with England.
2. That Commissions for Courts of Justice might be issued to Men of Conscience and Abilities, to judge according to the Law and Practice of the Nation; and that the Judicatories might be of that same Number as formerly, to be nominate by Advice and Consent of the Nation, conform to Acts of Parliament.
3. That Sequestrations and Confiscations might be taken off: And that the Interest of Scottish Men in England and Ireland might be preserved, as was intended by the Bill of Oblivion: And that Course might be taken for the Creditors and Cautionars of sequestrat Persons, who otherwise will presently be ruined inevitably.
4. That these, who had formerly Rights from Kings, may be continued in their Possessions, till their Right be discussed before the Judge Ordinar: And that Course may be taken for Payment of Debts contracted by the King, before these late Troubles.