Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Friday, the19th of December, 1651.
And they were accordingly called in: And being come to the Bar, Mr. Alderman Fowkes, after a short Preamble, did, in the Name of the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen of the said City, present a Petition: Which, being received in, after the Petitioners were withdrawn, was read; and was intituled, "The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen of the City of London:" To which was annexed a printed Paper, intituled thus, "A Common Council holden in the Chamber of the Guild Hall of the City of London, the 4th Day of November 1651."
Elections in London.
London Magistrates, &c.
A Clause being tendered to this Act in these Words; viz. "Excepting only one Clause in the first-mentioned Act contained, disabling the Election and Votes of such Persons as subscribed, promoted, or abetted any Engagement in the Year 1648, relating to a personal Treaty with the late King, at London;"
The Question being put, That the Petition of the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen of the City of London, and the Paper thereunto annexed, intituled thus, "A Common Council holden in the Chamber of the Guild Hall of the City of London, the 4th Day of November 1651," be referred to the Council of State: And the Question being put, That these Words, viz. "And that the Execution "of the said Act of Common Council be suspended in "the mean time," be added to the Question;
Resolved, That the Petition of the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen of the City of London, and the Paper thereunto annexed, intituled thus, " A Common Council holden in the Chamber of the Guild Hall of the City of London, the Fourth Day of November 1651," be referred to the Council of State: And that the Execution of the said Act of Common Council be suspended in the mean time.
Ambassadors from Holland.
The House being informed by the Serjeant, That the Lords Ambassadors from the High and Mighty the Lords the States General of the United Provinces were ready, and did attend to present themselves to the Parliament;
The Master of the Ceremonies, and the Serjeant, attended the Lords Ambassadors, the one on the Righthand, and the other on the Left, until the Lords Ambassadors came to the Chairs appointed for that Purpose; which were placed on the North Side of the House, upon a Turkey Carpet.
The Ambassadors Names were, James Catts, Knight, Lord of Wulpen, Keeper of the Great Seal, and Lieutenant of the Fees of the Lords the States of Holland and West Frizeland; Gerard Schaep Esquire, Counsellor, and late Alderman of the City of Amsterdam, and, from the aforesaid Lords the States of the said Province of Holland and West Frizeland, Commissioner in the Court of Admiralty in Zeland, and in the Chamber of Accounts of the said Lords the States; and Paulus Vande Perre, Counsellor, Pensionary of the City of Middleburgh.
The Lords Ambassadors being set, the Lord Catts in the middle Chair, the Lord Schaep on his Right-hand, the Lord Paulus Vande Perre on the Left; and having, by the Hands of the Master of the Ceremonies, presented unto Mr. Speaker, their Letters of Credence, the Lord Catts did, in an eloquent Oration in the Latin Tongue, declare the Substance of the Embassy unto this Commonwealth: And after, the Ambassadors presented unto Mr. Speaker, a Paper, containing in Writing what was spoken by the Lord Catts.
An Act for raising of 90,000£. a Month for Six Months, to commence the 25th Day of December 1651, for Maintenance of the Forces in England, Ireland, and Scotland, raised, by the Authority of Parliament, for the Service of this Commonwealth, was this Day read the Third time: And, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be printed and published.
Colonel Downes reports, from the Committee of the Army, additional Names of Commissioners for the Assessment of 90,000£. a Month, for several Counties: Which were this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be printed together with the Act.
Ordered, That these several Persons be authorized and impowered to act as Commissioners for the Assessments in these several Counties, respectively, as fully, to all Intents and Purposes, as any the Commissioners named in this Act may or have Power to do; viz.
Lieutenant General Charles Fleetwood, John Lawrence, Ralph Woolmer, Wm. Steward, Roger Harper, Samuel Prentice, Nicholas Salter, Thomas Sheriff, John Miller, Richard Browne, of Arlam, John Balliston, Captain Thomas Garret, Thomas Kett, Mr. Ward of Bewley, Lieutenant Colonel Denny, Major Neave.
Bulstrode Whitelock Esquire, one of the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal of England, Sir Wm. Bryers, Sir Wm. Boteler, Knights, Richard Edwards, Sir John Charnock, Francis Austrey, John Okey, Edward Osborne, Edward Gater, John Haselden, Robert Lovett, Gaius Squier, John Cokayne, Nathaniell Tayler, Joseph Barber, John Smyth, Samuell Bedford, Thomas Arnold Esquires, John Manley, John Rush, Thomas Field, Gentlemen, the Mayor of Bedford for the Time being, Francis Banistor, Doctor of Physick, John Easton, John Grewe, Aldermen, John Spencer, Thomas Baker, Joseph Sair, Gentlemen.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to bring in an Act for settling the Treasurers of the Army; and to impower the Committee of the Army to proceed in this Act for the Assessment of 90,000£. a Month, as formerly in other Assessments for the Army.
Embassy from Sweden.
Ordered, That the said Letter from the Publick Minister from the Queen of Sweden, be referred to the Council of State, to consider in what Quality he comes; and what is fit to be done touching his Reception: And to make Report thereof to the Parliament.
Resolved, That Colonel John Humfries eldest Son of Colonel John Humfries deceased, be admitted, and hereby enabled, to execute all and every the Publick Places and Employments, which the said Colonel Humfries, the Father, had in his Life-time; as well by the several Acts for Sale of the Goods of the late King, Queen, and Prince, and of the Lands of the late King, Queen, and Prince, as otherwise: And that the said Colonel John Humfries, the Son, shall have, receive, and enjoy all such Salaries, Pensions, Profits, and Advantages thereby, as the said Colonel John Humfryes, the Father, should, or might have had and received in respect thereof.