Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Thursday, the 12th of October, 1654.
RESOLVED, by the Parliament, That it be referred to a Committee, to call before them the Company of Greenland and Eastland Merchants; and thereupon to consider how and in what Manner there may be a present Supply of Whale Oil for this Nation; and how the Trade of Fishing for Whales may be regulated for the Advantage of the Commonwealth; and report their Opinion.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee, to whom the Business for Transportation of Cor And Mr. Lilburne, Lord Commissioner Widdrington, Alderman Richards, Sir Henry Vane, Lord Lambert, Mr. John Ash, Mr. Beale, Mr. Tho. Gorges, Mr. Minors, Mr. Wm. Lister, Commissary General Whaley, Colonel John Birch, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Brandlin, Captain Howard, Mr. Long, Mr. Dun, Mr. Goff, Mr. R. Cheshire, Sir Anth. Ashley Cooper, Mr. Grove, Mr. Wakering, Mr. Thelwall, Colonel Wastell, Sir Charles Wolsley, Lord Broghill, Alderman Dickenson, be added to that Committee: And they are to meet upon this Business this Afternoon, at Two of the Clock, in the same Place where they sat.
Committe for Trade.
Resolved, That the Thanks of this House be returned to Mr. Sidrach Simpson, for the great Pains he took in the Carrying on the Work of a Day of Fasting and Humiliation in this House Yesterday; and that Captain Stone do give him the Thanks of this House.
Resolved, That the Thanks of this House be returned to Mr. Turner, for his great Pains in the Carrying-on the Work of a Day of Fasting and Humiliation in this House Yesterday; and that Colonel Montagu do return him the Thanks of this House.
Resolved, That the Thanks of this House be returned to Mr. Griffith, for his great Pains in Carrying-on the Work of a Day of Fasting and Humiliation in the House Yesterday; and that Commissary-General Whaley do give him . . . Thanks of this House.
The House being informed, that the Under-Sheriff of Middlesex, and Two Bailiffs, who arrested Sir Robert Pye, a Member of this House, were at the Door; Sir Robert Pye being present, did inform the House, That these Two Persons, with others, did stay his Coach, and arrest him upon an Execution: And that he was forced to deposite the Money; but it was not in the Hands of the Under-Sheriff, but of his Deputy.
The Under-Sheriff was, by Order of the House, called in: And, being come to the Bar, was asked by Mr. Speaker, Whether he did know of the Arresting of Sir Robert Pye.-Answered, That he knew it after it was done; but he made not the Warrant, but it was one of his Clerks. Being asked, Whether he have not the Money; he saith, The Money is in the Custody of Mr. * Hastings, who was his Deputy, who told him of it about . . Fortnight since:-Denieth he did know Sir Robert Pye was a Member of this House, neither directly nor indirectly, till Monday last: And thereupon withdrew.
The Bailiffs were, by Order of the House, called in: And, being come to the Bar, kneeled down: And Mr. Speaker bid them stand up; and then asked them, Whether they arrested Sir Robert Pye. The Bailiff Browne the Father, answereth, That he was not present at the Arresting of Sir Robert Pye; but he was told Sir Robert Pye was a Member of Parliament, after he was brought to this Browne's House: The other Bailiff his Son, acknowleging he did arrest him; but doth not remember that Sir Robert Pye told him he was a Member of Parliament; but heard it Two or Three Hours after: And thereupon they withdrew: And that he was arrested the 19th of August last.