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, 23d June, 1657.
Preacher at Margarett's.
ORDERED, That the Lord Strickland, and MajorGeneral Whalley, do represent it unto his Highness the Lord Protector, as the Desire of the Parliament, That his Highness will be pleased to remove from Margarett's Westminster, the present Preacher, being a Prisoner to the Upper Bench; and also one Warmstree, who is employed as a Lecturer there, being a notorious Delinquent; and to appoint some Person, of eminent Godliness and Abilities, to be publick Preacher there: Which the Parliament doth apprehend to be a Matter of very great Concernment to the Good of this Place.
He was called in: And, being come to the Bar; and kneeling, the Speaker demanded of him, Whether he did say, That there were none but the Rascality now in Power, who envied that Gentlemen should enjoy their Recreations: He doth utterly deny, that he spake any such Words.
Tonage and Poundage.
A Bill, intituled, An Act for continuing and establishing the Subsidy of Tonage and Poundage; and for reviving an Act for the better Packing of Butter, and Redress of Abuses therein; was this Day read the Third time.
A Proviso in Parchment was tendered to this Bill, in these Words; "Provided always and be it Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That the Rates of Custom of the Coal of Scotland, in this present Act contained, shall extend only to the great Coal of Scotland; and that the small Coal of that Nation shall pay only half the Custom of the great Coal; any thing in this present Act to the contrary notwithstanding:" Which was Twice read.
Another Proviso was tendered, in Parchment to be added to this Bill, in these Words; viz. "Provided always, and it is hereby Enacted, That the several Merchants of this Nation shall have Wastage and Convoys for their Ships and Vessels from time to time, as hath been anciently accustomed, upon, and in Consideration of, the Grants of Customs by Parliaments:" Which was withdrawn.
Another Parchment, with these Words; viz. "And, for the Safeguard of the Seas, the Convoy of Merchants Ships and Goods, and the Securing of Trade;" to be inserted in the Preamble of the Bill, next before the Words "do enact:" Which was Twice read; and, upon the Question, ordered to be Part of the Bill.
A Proviso was tendered to this Bill; "That if any Native of this Commonwealth, after Entry of Coals at Newcastle for any Home Port, and not finding Sale for the same, he making Entry in such Home Port, according to Newcastle Measure, he may transport the same to any Foreign Port."
Another Proviso was tendered to this Bill; "That it may be lawful for any Ship that shall stop at any Port of this Commonwealth, being bound to any Port beyond the Seas, to dispose of any Part of their Lading, paying Custom; and so to proceed in their Voyage," &c.: Which was read.
Another Proviso was tendered to this Bill, in these Words; "Provided always that this Act, or any thing therein contained, shall not extend to prohibit the Carriage of Hides and Tallow out of Ireland into England; but that the same shall and may, at all times hereafter, be carried and brought into England; any thing afore in this Act contained to the contrary notwithstanding:" Which was read the First and Second time; and withdrawn.
Leave of Absence.
Tonage and Poundage.
ANOTHER Proviso was tendered to this Bill, in these Words; viz. "Provided always, That this Act, and the several Powers and Authorities hereby granted, confirmed, or established, shall be and continue in Force, for and during the Life-time of his Highness the present Lord Protector of this Commonwealth, and for One Year after his Decease, and no longer:" Which was this Day read the First time.
Another Proviso was tendered to this Bill, in these Words; viz. "Provided always, and be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That for all Lead and Tin, which shall not be shipped before the Publication of this Act, the Customs shall be paid according to the Rates and Establishment directed and appointed by this present Act; any Entry or Cocket of or for the same made or taken out, or any former or other Act, Matter, or thing, to the contrary notwithstanding:" Which was read the First and Second time.
|General Disbrow,||Tellers for the Yeas:||68.|
|Colonel Ph. Jones,||With the Yeas,|
|Colonel Sidenham,||Tellers for the Noes:||51.|
|Colonel Zanchy,||With the Noes,|
Settling the Government.
Resolved, That this Committee do offer to this House what they think fit for the Solemnization and Publication of his Highness' Acceptance of the present Government now established by Authority of Parliament.
Resolved, That this Committee do also offer to the House what they think fit, touching the Settling of his Highness' Council, and such other Matters as they shall think necessary, in pursuance of the humble Petition and Advice, and the additional Petition and Advice: Viz. Lord Chief-Justice, General Disbrow, Lord Lambert, General Mountagu, Colonel Jones, Sir Rich. Onsloe, Mr. Secretary, Sir Charles Worsley, Colonel Shapcott, Colonel Sidenham, Major Aston, Colonel Cooper, Mr. Downing, Major-General Boteler, Major-General Goff, MajorGeneral Berry, Mr. Grove, Mr. Nath. Bacon, Mr. Kiffin, Mr. Pedley, Lord Whitelock, Major-General Whaley, Mr. Godfrey, Mr. Bampfeild, Major-General Haines, MajorGeneral Packer, Sir Wm. Strickland, Lord Strickland, Colonel Jephson, Colonel Beamount, Colonel Salmon: And this Committee are to meet this Evening, at the Rising of the House, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Probate of Wills.
Bill of Indemnity.
A Clause, ingrossed in Parchment, was tendered to this Bill, in these Words; viz. "And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That the late Commissioners for Prize-Goods shall be, and are hereby, indemnified and discharged for and concerning the Payment of all such Sum and Sums of Money, which, by Order of his Highness and Council, they have paid in to the Use of the Commonwealth: And that the said late Commissioners for Prize-Goods shall not be liable to any Suit or Action for the Payment of the said Sums of Money, or of any Part thereof:" Which was read the First and Second time.
A Clause, ingrossed in Parchment, was tendered to this Bill, in these Words; viz. "And, for the better and more effectual Discovery and Prosecution of Thieves and Highwaymen, be it Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That such Person or Persons, who shall at any time, from and after the Twenty-fourth Day of July 1657, discover to any Justice of Peace, or any other Officer of Justice, any Person, that hath committed, or shall commit, within England, Scotland, or Ireland, any Robbery on the Highway, or Burglary; or that hath or shall feloniously break open any Dwelling-house, or feloniously enter into any such House, or there use any Violence upon any Person, or steal any Money or Goods; and shall apprehend, or cause to be apprehended, such Offender; upon Conviction of such Offender so apprehended, upon such Discovery, shall have a Reward of Ten Pounds for every such Offender so apprehended and convicted: And all and every Sheriff and Sheriffs of the respective Counties or Sheriffdoms where such Conviction shall be had, be required, upon the Certificate of the Judge, or under the Hands of Two or more Justices of the Peace, before whom such Conviction shall be had, to pay unto such Person or Persons, who shall discover and apprehend such Offender, or upon whose Discovery such Offender shall be apprehended, the Reward aforesaid of Ten Pounds, for every Offender so apprehended and convicted, out of the publick Monies received by him in that County; and the same shall be allowed unto him, upon his Account, in the Exchequer. And be it further Enacted and Declared, That any Person or Persons, that shall discover any Felon or Felons, commonly called or known by the Name of Moss-troopers, residing upon the Borders of England or Scotland, or any Tories in Ireland, who, upon such Discovery, shall be apprehended and convicted of any common Felony, Petty Larceny only excepted, shall, upon the said Conviction, have the like Encouragement of Ten Pounds: And all Sheriffs of the respective Counties, where the Fact shall be committed, and the Party convicted, shall make Payment thereof, accordingly:" Which was read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, ordered to be Part of the Bill.
A Clause, ingrossed in Parchment, was tendered to this Bill, in these Words; "And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful to and for Wm. Wheeler Esquire, who is by Lease and Contract engaged to build certain Houses in and upon his Lands in Spittle-Fields in the Parish of Stepney in the County of Middlesex, and for his Heirs and Assigns, at any time before the First Day of October, in the Year of our Lord 1660, to erect, new-build, and finish, upon Eight Acres of the said Fields, on Part whereof divers Houses and Edifices are already built, and Streets and Highways set out, several Houses, Edifices, and Buildings, with their Appurtenances; so as the said Wm. Wheeler, his Heirs or Assigns, shall, within One Month after the Erecting and Finishing thereof, satisfy and pay unto his Highness the Lord Protector, and his Successors, One full Year's Value of all and every the said Houses so built: And, in so doing, the said Wm. Wheeler, his Heirs and Assigns, shall have and enjoy all Benefits, Advantages, Immunities, and Exemptions, in the said Act, intituled, An Act for preventing the Multiplicity of Buildings in and about the Suburbs of London, and within Ten Miles thereof, as if the said Houses, Edifices, and Buildings, had been built since the Twenty-fifth of March 1620, and before the Passing of the said Act:" Which was read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, ordered to be Part of this Bill.
Another Clause was tendered to this Bill, in these Words; viz. "Be it enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That it shall be lawful for the Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens of London, or any of their Tenants, to build Houses on that void Place commonly called or known by the Name of Moorditch or Towneditch, paying One Year's Value within One Month after the said Houses, or any of them, are built; any Law or Statute to the contrary notwithstanding:" Which was read the First time.