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, June 9th, 1659.
Ordered, That this House doth hereby dispense with John Bradshaw one of the Commissioners for Custody of the Great Seal, as to his Attendance on the said Office, during the Continuance of his Indisposition of Body.
Ordered, That, in Answer to this Letter, a Letter be sent to General Monck, signed by the Speaker; and that Sir Arthur Hesilrig do prepare the said Letter; and that Mr. Speaker do sign the same, accordingly.
Ordered, That the Commissioners for the Admiralty do forthwith prepare Commissions to be sent to the Commanders of the Fleet in the Sound; and that Mr. Speaker do sign the said Commissions; and that the Commissioners of the Admiralty do take care, that the said Commissions be sent to the Commanders, accordingly.
He was called in: And the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, coming into the House before him, with his Mace upon his Shoulder, the said Captain made his Obeisance, and came up to the Table: And, standing there, Mr. Speaker acquainted him, What Trust the Parliament and Commonwealth have reposed in him; and that they expect he should with Fidelity discharge the great Trust reposed in him: And then delivered to him a Commission to be Commander of The Great President Frigat.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of this House that were of the Committee of Safety, to examine, Whether Lieutenant-Colonel Elton be a Person within the Qualifications declared by Parliament.
Fleetwood Commander in Chief.
Lieutenant General Fleetwood, a Member of this House, this Day came from his Place up to the Clerk's Table: And, standing there, Mr. Speaker acquainted him, That the House hath passed an Act constituting him Lieutenant-General and Commander in Chief of all the Forces raised, and to be raised, in England and Scotland: And told him, That the Act remains upon Record; but that he had there a Transcript thereof, signed by him, as Speaker, in the Name of the Parliament: And acquainted him with the great Considence and Trust that the Parliament and Commonwealth reposed in him, of which they did not doubt his faithful Discharge: And then Mr. Speaker, did deliver unto him the Transcript of the said Act, being his Commission, at the Clerk's Table.
Embassy to Sweden. &c.
Colonel Morley reports from the Council of State, That these Persons be humbly reported to the Parliament, as fit to be Commissioners and Plenipotentiaries to the Kings of Sweden and Denmark; viz. Colonel Algernon Sydney, General Montague, Sir Robert Honywood, and Thomas Boone Esquire: And that a separate Commission be sent to Sir Philip Meadowe to be Resident there.
Lieutenant-General Ludlow, a Member of this House, came from his Place to the Clerk's Table: And Mr. Speaker there told him, That he knew the Trust and Confidence that this House reposeth in him; and doubted not of his faithful Discharge of his Trust: And therewith delivered him a Commission to be Colonel of a Regiment of Foot, and Captain of a Company of Foot.
They were called in: And the Serjeant coming before them with his Mace on his Shoulder; after Obeisance made by them, they came up to the Clerk's Table: And Mr. Speaker, acquainting each of the Officers severally, What Trust the Parliament and Commonwealth reposed in them; and that the Parliament and Commonwealth expects Obedience and Fidelity from them; did deliver unto them their several Commissions: viz. Unto
Alisbury Petition, &c.
They were called in: And, being come to the Bar, one of the Petitioners said, he was commanded by the Inhabitants of the Town of Alisbury, to present an humble Petition from the Town of Alisbury, which they humbly desired may be read.
After the said Petitioners were withdrawn, the said Petition, being intituled, "The humble Petition and Address of the Well-affected of the Borough and Parish of Alisbury, in the County of Bucks," was read.
"The House hath read your Petition; and find it a Petition with much Judgment and Discretion; and many good Expressions of your good Affections throughout: And they have commanded me to give you Thanks for your good Affections and good Expressions: And I do give you the Thanks of this House, accordingly."
Ordered, That this Petition be referred to a Committee to examine the Business; and that they do make a speedy Report thereof, with their Opinion, to this House: Viz. Mr. Robinson, Sir Arthur Hesilrig, Mr. Darley, Colonel Lister, Mr. Ralegh, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Chaloner, Colonel Martyn, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Scot, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Strickland, Sir Jo. Bourchier, Colonel Morley, Mr. Smith, Lord Chief Baron Wild, Colonel Barker, Mr. Holland, Mr. Hallowes, Colonel Purefoy, or any Three of them: And are to meet in the Speaker's Chamber, this Afternoon, at Two of the Clock: And Mr. Robinson is desired to take care hereof.
Colonel Sydney reports from the Council of State, A Bill, giving several Powers to Commissioners for Ireland, within named; and declaring several Laws, Ordinances, and Acts of Parliament, to be in Force in Ireland: Which was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question committed unto Mr. Scot, Lord Chief-Justice St. John, Colonel Sydney, Sir Arthur Hesilrig, Lord Chief Baron Wild, Alderman Atkin, Colonel Morley, Colonel Ludlow, Colonel Thompson, Colonel Birch, Mr. Say, Sir Henry Mildmay, Sir John Bourchier, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Garland, Mr. Anlaby, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Weaver, Sir James Harrington, Colonel Pyne, Colonel Jo. Jones, Colonel Marten, Colonel Purefoy, Colonel Barker, Mr. Wild, Colonel Sydenham, Colonel Eyres, Mr. Leman, Mr. Wogan, Colonel Done, or any Five of them: And are to meet in the Speaker's Chamber, at Three of the Clock this Afternoon; and report it to the House with Speed.
Colonel Sydney reports also Instructions for * * Commissioners for Ordering and Settling of Affairs in Ireland; which Instructions they, or any Three of them, are to put in Execution: Which were read.