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, June 24th, 1659.
THE House, according to former Order, was this Day resolved into a Grand Committee, upon the Bill of Indemnity.
Mr. Speaker did forbear to take the Chair.
Serjeant Hill took the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumes the Chair.
Mr. Serjeant Hill reports from the Grand Committee, That the said Grand Committee desire the Leave of this House to sit To-morrow Morning until Eleven of the Clock.
The Question being propounded, That the House be resolved into a Grand Committee on Monday Morning next, upon the Bill for Indemnity; and that the Speaker do not take the Chair until Eleven a Clock.
And the Question being put, That that Question be now put;
It passed with the Affirmative.
And the main Question being now put; It was
Resolved, That the House be resolved into a Grand Committee on Monday Morning next: And that Mr. Speaker do not take the Chair until Eleven a Clock.
Oath of Office.
A Bill, appointing an Oath to be taken by the Judges, Justices of the Peace, and other Officers and Ministers, was this Day read the First and Second time.
Resolved, That the Words "and constant" be added next to the Word "faithful."
The Question being put, That these Words; viz. "as it is declared by Parliament;" do stand;
It passed with the Negative.
And the said Act, so amended, being put to the Question, passed.
Ordered, That the Commissioners for Custody of the Great Seal, or either of them, be and are hereby impowered and required to administer the Oath in the said Act appointed; and also to issue forth Commissions, impowering Persons therein named, to administer the said Oath to the Justices of Peace in the several and respective Counties.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom it was referred to bring in a Declaration, setting forth the State of Affairs, as they stood at the Interruption of this House; and how they found the State of Affairs, when they were restored; do report the said Declaration on Monday Morning next.
Embassy from France.
Letters of Credence of the Lord Ambassador from the French King, directed, To the Parliament of the Commonwealth of England, dated at Paris, June Thirtieth, 1659, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Lord Ambassador from the French King have Audience here To-morrow, at Ten of the Clock.
Ordered, That Sir Oliver Fleming, Master of the Ceremonies, have Notice of this Vote; and give the Lord Ambassador Notice thereof.
Ordered, That Sir Oliver Fleming, Master of the Ceremonies, do take care, that the Parliament-House, and the Court of Wards, be prepared fit for the Reception of the said Lord Ambassador.
Ordered, That Lord Whitlock, Sir Henry Mildmay, Sir John Trevor, do attend the said Lord Ambassador to his Audience.
The House being informed, that divers Gentlemen of the County of Norfolk, were at the Door;
They were called in: And, being come to the Bar, one of the Petitioners, addressing himself to Mr. Speaker, said, "We humbly present unto you, The humble Petition of many of the Gentlemen, Ministers, and Freeholders, and others, residing in the County of Norfolk, and City of Norwich:" Which, after the Petitioners were withdrawn, was read; and was intituled, "The humble Petition of many of the Gentlemen, Ministers, and Freeholders, and others, residing in the County of Norfolk, and City of Norwich."
Resolved, That the Petitioners have the Thanks of this House.
The Petitioners being again called in, Mr. Speaker gave them this Answer:
"The House have read your Petition; and find in it Expressions of very great Affection; and the Things set forth with much Sobriety and Prudence: And, in the Whole, they have commanded me to give you Thanks for your good Affections: And, in their Names, I do give you the Thanks of this House, accordingly."
Army and Navy Commissions.
The House being informed, that divers Officers of the Army, and Sea-Officers, were at the Door;
They were called in: And came to the Clerk's Table, in usual manner: And, standing there, Mr. Speaker did acquaint them with the great Trust the Parliament did repose in them; and that the Parliament doth expect their Faithfulness to the Parliament and Commonwealth: And thereupon delivered unto them several Commissions; viz.
To Lieutenant Abraham Rumbottam, his Commission to be Lieutenant of a Troop in Colonel Hacker's Regiment:
To Cornet Benjamin Ludlam, his Commission to be Cornet of a Troop in the said Regiment:
To Quarter-master Wm. Davies, his Commission to be Quarter-master of a Troop in the said Regiment:
To Francis Willoughby, his Commission to be Surgeon to the said Regiment:
To Elias Drew, his Commission to be Lieutenant of The Bristoll Frigate:
To Robert Bristow, his Commission to be Lieutenant of The Providence Frigate:
To Edward Grove, his Commission to be Lieutenant of The Kentish Frigate.
To Thomas Stephenson, his Commission to be Lieutenant of The Yarmouth Frigate:
To William Moseley, his Commission to be Lieutenant of The Hampshire Frigate:
To Cornet Wm. Grove, his Commission to be Cornet of a Troop in Colonel Hacker's Regiment.