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 24th of May, 1659.
Embassy from Holland.
MR. Speaker acquaints the House, That, according to the Order made Yesterday, he sent to the Ambassador of the Lords the States-General, for a Copy of his Credentials: Which he sent to Mr. Speaker, accordingly, in French, dated at the Hague in Holland, the 29th of May 1659: Which Mr. Speaker caused to be translated into English: Which Letters Credential were this Day read.
Mr. Nevill reports from the Council of State, that the Parliament be humbly desired to appoint some of their Members to accompany the Ambassadors of Holland to the House this Morning, if they think fit.
Embassy from Holland.
The Lord Whitlock reports from the Committee appointed to accompany the Lord Ambassador, that they have accompanied him to the Court of Wards: And that he was ready, and did attend, to present himself to the House.
When the Ambassador was come as far as the Bar, the Master of the Ceremonies and the Serjeant attended him, the one at the Right Hand, the other at the Left, until the Ambassador came to the Chair; which was placed on the North Side of the House, upon a Turkey Carpet with Two Cushions in it: And the Master of the Ceremonies delivered the Letters Credential to Mr. Speaker.
The Ambassador being set, the Master of the Ceremonies stood on his Right Hand; and the Serjeant, with the Mace, on his Left. The Bar being let down, and the Doors left open, for his Gentlemen and others to come in, the Ambassador began his Speech in English; and, when the Members were covered, he proceeded in his Speech; and, as he named the Commonwealth of England, or the States his Masters, he was uncovered, and the Members likewise: And, having done, the Speaker told him, He would acquaint the House with what he had offered.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to hear what the Lord Ambassador from the Lords the States General of the United Provinces of the Netherlands hath further to say: And to present it to this House. That Sir Oliver Fleming, Master of the Ceremonies, acquaint the Ambassador with this Order.
Resolved, That this House doth approve of the Seal, with this Inscription; viz. "The Seal of the Council of State;" to be the Seal of the Council of State: And that the Council do make use of the said Seal, accordingly.
A Bill for settling the Militia in the City of Westminster, with the Liberties thereof, with the Parishes and Places adjacent of the County of Middlesex within the weekly Bills of Mortality, except the Hamlet of the Tower, was read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to Mr. Luke Robinson, Mr. Garland, Colonel Morley, Lieutenant General Ludlow, Colonel Eyre, Mr. Scot, Colonel Rich, Mr. Lister, Colonel White, Mr. Martin, Mr. Ralegh, Mr. West, Sir Wm. Brereton, Mr. Holdsworth, Colonel Pyne, Mr. Corbet; or any Five of them: And are to meet in the Speaker's Chamber, at Four of the Clock, this Afternoon.
Tower Hamlets Militia.
Council of State.
Resolved, That Lieutenant General Fleetwood, and Colonel Sydenham be admitted to sit and act, as Members of the Council of State, upon their Promise and Declaration to do and perform the Things contained in the Oath appointed to be taken by every Member of the Council, as well as if they had taken the said Oath: And that it be referred to the Council, to dispense, in like manner, with any other Member thereof, that shall, in point of Conscience, scruple at the Formality of the Oath, as there shall be Occasion.