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, 1656.
Ordered, That this Petition, and the Consideration of the Patent claimed by Whineard, be referred to a Committee, to consider thereof; and send for the Parties; and report the State of the Business, with their Opinion, to the House: Viz. to Mr. Bond, Mr. Robinson, Colonel Shapcott, Mr. Bampfield, Mr. Gorges, Lord Strickland; or any two of them.
Newport's, &c. Nat.
Lynne Regin Writ.
The House being acquainted, That the Clerk for the Commonwealth was attending at the Door, with the Returns for Lynne Regis in the County of Norfolk, according to the Order Yesterday: He was called in.
And being come to the Bar, he was commanded to take off the File that Indenture which returns MajorGeneral Disbrow, and Mr. Guibon Goddard; and the other Return of Major-General Disbrow, and MajorGeneral Shippon, to be affixed to the Writ: Which he did accordingly.
Ordered, That a Warrant be issued for Election and Returning of a new Burgess for the Town of Lynne Regis, in the Place of General Disbrow, who hath made his Election to serve as a Knight for the County of Somerset.
Pardon, &c. of Prisoners.
Colonel Shapcott reports from the Committee for Prisoners for Treason, &c. The humble Petition of Abraham Wilson, who was in the late Insurrection in the West, and condemned; but hath been reprieved by his Highness: And that it is the Opinion of the Committee, that the said Abraham Wilson is a fit Object of Mercy and Pardon.
He also reports, the Case of John Downes, now a Prisoner in Newgate, being condemned for Treason, for Coining of Money: And the Opinion of the Committee, That he the said John Downes is an Object of Mercy and Pardon.
Sale of Lands, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee, to whom it was referred to take the Accounts of the Trustees and Contractors for Sale of Lands, &c. and the Committee for the Business of the Prize-Office, be added to the Committee appointed to take into Consideration the Arrears of the Excise, &c. And that they be made one Committee for these several Businesses.
War with Spain.
Master of the Rolls reports from the Committee of the whole House, for carrying on the Business of the Spanish War, That it is the Desire of the said Committee, that the House be moved to refer it to a Committee, to consider how the Excise and Customs may be put into one Receipt, with Safety and Advantage; how the Charge of the Officers of those Receipts may be retrenched; how an exact Account may be had of imported Commodities; and to consider whether the Farming the Customs and Excise may be advantageous to the State: And that they have Power to confer with Merchants, or others; and to offer to the House, what they shall think most for the Advantage of the Commonwealth.
Excise and Customs.
Resolved, That it be referred to a Committee, to consider how the Excise and Customs may be put into one Receipt with Safety and Advantage; how the Charge of the Officers of those Receipts may be retrenched; how an exact Account of imported Commodities may be had; and how the Customs and Excise may be improved to the Advantage of the State: And that they have Power to confer with Merchants, or others; and to offer to the House what they shall think most for the Advantage of the Commonwealth.
Ways and Means.
Resolved, That the House be resolved into a Committee of the whole House, To-morrow Morning at Nine of the Clock, upon the Business of raising present Money, and for further Assistance in carrying on the Spanish War; and so every Morning, till this Business be dispatched.
Ordered, That Dr. Clergis, Mr. Lucy, Colonel Crompton, Mr. John Upton, Mr. Standish, Mr. Alsop, Sir Francis Norris, Mr. Wakering, Mr. Hall, Mr. How, Colonel Carter, Mr. Flood, Mr. Castle, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Jenkins, Colonel Shuttleworth, Major Brooks, be added to the Committee for the Arrears of Excise.