Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Saturday, July the 16th, 1659.
COLONEL John Jones reports from the Committee appointed to consider, What is fit to be done for Settlement of a comfortable and honourable Subsistence on Richard Cromwell, the Eldest Son of the late Lord General Cromwell, the Opinion of the said Committee, That the present clear yearly Revenue of the said Richard Cromwell (which, according to the Schedule presented in Parliament, amounts unto One thousand Two hundred Ninety-nine Pounds, over and above the Jointure and Annuities mentioned in the said Schedule) be made up unto him Ten thousand Pounds per Annum during his Life: And, in order thereto,
That the Sum of Eight thousand Seven hundred Pounds per Annum be settled upon the said Richard Cromwell, during his Life, for his Subsistence, to be issued and paid unto him monthly, by equal Portions, out of the Proceed or Revenue of the Letter or Packet-Office; and that the whole Revenue of the said Office be charged with the due Payment of the same:
That Lands of Inheritance, of the Value of Five thousand Pounds per Annum, of the Lands in the Dispose of the Commonwealth in England or Ireland, be settled upon the said Richard Cromwell, and his Heirs, in Fee:
That, when Lands of Inheritance, of the Value of Five thousand Pounds per Annum be settled upon the said Richard Cromwell, and his Heirs, according to the Purport of the next precedent Vote; and that the said Richard Cromwell be in the actual Possession thereof; that then the Sum of Five thousand Pounds per Annum, Part of the said Sum of Eight thousand Seven hundred Pounds per Annum, to be charged upon the Packet-Office (according to the fore-recited Vote of this Committee) be abated; and the said Office thereof discharged for the future:
That the First monthly Payment of the said yearly Sum of Eight thousand Seven hundred Pounds, to be charged upon the said Packet-Office, according to the precedent Votes, amounting to the Sum of Seven hundred Twentyfive Pounds, be paid unto the said Richard Cromwell, upon the Sixth Day of June next, 1659, for one Month, commencing the Sixth Day of May last, and ending the said Sixth Day of June; and the said monthly Payments to continue payable upon every Sixth Day of every Month for the future, according to the Purport of the said former Votes:
That, as the Jointures and Annuities in the said Schedule mentioned shall abate, by the Decease of any of the respective Persons to whom the same are respectively payable, whereby the Income of the real Estate of the said Richard Cromwell shall be increased, the said yearly Charge of Eight thousand Seven hundred Pounds, to be settled upon the said Office for his Subsistence, be proportionably abated.
Resolved, That the Debt stated, and undertaken to be paid, by the Parliament for Richard Cromwell, Eldest Son of the late Lord General Cromwell, be Twenty-nine thousand Six hundred and Forty Pounds.
Ordered, That the said Debt, not exceeding the Sum of Twenty-nine thousand Six hundred and Forty Pounds, be satisfied by Sale of the Plate, Hangings, Goods, and Furniture in Whitehall and Hampton-Court, belonging to the State, which may be conveniently spared: And that the same be forthwith sold, for Payment thereof, accordingly.
Ordered, That Mr. Ralegh, Colonel Dove, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Scot, Mr. Dormer, be added to the Committee, to examine, What Goods in Whitehall, Hampton-Court, &c. belonging to the State: And that the said Committee have further Power to examine upon Oath; and also to examine, What Goods there were bought with the State's Money.
Ordered, That it be referred to the said Committee, to bring in an Act for Sale of the said Plate, Hangings, Goods, and Furniture, in Whitehall, and Hampton-Court, for Payment of the said Debt of Twenty-nine thousand Six hundred and Forty Pounds, accordingly.
Resolved, That the said Richard Cromwell, Eldest Son of the said late Lord General Cromwell, shall be, and is hereby, acquitted, and absolutely discharged, from Payment of the said Debt of Twenty-nine thousand Six hundred and Forty Pounds, and every Part thereof, and of and from all Actions, Suits, and Demands, for or by reason thereof, by the Creditors; and that the State will satisfy the Persons to whom the same is due.
Ordered, That it be referred to the aforesaid Committee, to take a true Survey of the Manors and Lands of the Eldest Son of the late Lord General Cromwell; and examine the true Value thereof; and report the same, together with the Act for Sale of the Plate and Goods appointed to be sold, on Thursday Morning next: And that the said Committee have Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records: And that Colonel White, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Say, and Colonel Rich, be added to that Committee.
The Lord Whitlock reports, from the Council of State, The Names of several Persons this Day presented to the Council by a Committee of the Militia of London, as Persons thought fit by them to command the Regiment of Horse now raising in the said City, for their Approbation, if they so please; viz.
Alderman John Ireton, Lord Mayor, for Colonel:
John Child, for Major:
Resolved, That this House doth approve of Alderman John Ireton, Lord Mayor of London, to be Colonel of the Regiment of Horse now raising by the Commissioners for the Militia within the City of London, and Liberties thereof: And that John Child be Major of the said Regiment: And that Wm. Meade, Hugh Mason, Nicholas Roberts, and Stephen Henbury, be Captains in the said Regiment: And it is
Ordered, That the Council of State do prepare them Commissions, accordingly: And that Mr. Speaker do sign the same.
The Lord Commissioner Whitlock reports also from the Council of State, That the Council, seeing the great Cause there is for the Employing of some Auxiliary Horse, now in a Readiness, for the Safety of the Parliament and Commonwealth; and that there will be a Necessity, that Money be provided for their Pay; the Parliament will please to consider of some Way to pay them, while they are on Foot in their Service: And that this Report be made this Morning.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to consider, How the Auxiliary Horse, now in a Readiness, may be paid whilst they be in Service, not exceeding the Sum of Five thousand Pounds more than formerly was ordered.
Mr. Challoner reports from the Council of State, That at a Court-Martial held in Whitehall the Fifteenth July 1659, it was ordered, That the President, accompanied by Colonel Biscoe, Colonel Cobbett, Major Creed, Major Heynes, Lieutenant-Colonel Andrewes, Colonel Whetham, Lieutenant-Colonel Forley, Major Grimes, do attend the Commander in Chief; and desire him, That he will intercede with the Council and Parliament, that some Course be taken to set at Liberty the Nine Soldiers lately committed to Newgate.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Powell and Mr. Wm. Robinson, Justices of Peace for the County of Middlesex, immediately to take reasonable Bail of the Nine Soldiers; viz. Serjeant John Haris, John Bell, Wm. Kitell, Thomas Howard, John Robins, Richard Paine, John Repeton, Nicholas Sanders, Tho. Harefinch, and Robert Dearman, lately committed to Newgate from Enfeild-Chace; to answer the Matters objected against them at the next Sessions.
The humble Petition of divers Officers of the Army and others, Purchasers of Part of Enfeild-Chace in the County of Middlesex, was this Day read.
The humble Petition of the Persons whose Names are hereunder written, on the behalf of themselves, and many other Proprietors and Commoners, Inhabitants in the several Parishes of Enfeild, Edmonton, and Hadley, in the County of Middlesex, was this Day read.
The House, having taken into Consideration the said several Petitions, do Order, That the said Petitions be referred to the Committee to whom the Business of the Forest of Deane is referred; to hear all Parties concerned; and examine the whole Matter of Fact; and forthwith report it to this House; and that in the mean time, all Force, and Disturbance of the Peace, be forborn, until the Matter be decided in Parliament: Which all Persons concerned are required to take Notice of: And, It is
Ordered, That this Order be read on the Lord's Day, in the Parish-Church of Enfield, and in the Parishes next adjacent: And that Mr. Richard Darley, Mr. West, Colonel Harvey, Colonel Martyn, Colonel Sydenham, Mr. Wild, Colonel Pyne, Mr. Christofer Martin, be added to that Committee.
Sir Arthur Hesilrig reports from the Commissioners for Nomination of Officers, That the Persons hereafter named, be nominated, and humbly presented to the Parliament for their Approbation, to be Commission-Officers for the Garison of Hereford; viz. Colonel Wroth Rogers, Governor and Captain; Hugh Jenkins, Lieutenant; Nathan Rogers, Ensign.
Resolved, That this House doth approve of Colonel Wroth Rogers to be Governor and Captain for the Garison of Hereford; and of Hugh Jenkins to be Lieutenant there; and of Nathan Rogers to be Ensign there.
Sir Arthur Hesilrig reports from the Council of State, That the Commissioners for governing and ordering the Affairs of Ireland, or any Three of them, may have Power to give Warrants, from time to time, to the Deputy-Treasurer at War, and to the Receiver-General of the publick Revenue there, for the Issuing forth of Monies for the Pay of the Forces in Ireland, and incident Charges thereof, according to their Musters; and such Allowances as have been formerly, within these Six Months last past, made in that behalf: That there may be additional Instructions to the said Commissioners, for the preparing of an Establishment for the Army and Garisons in Ireland; and to send it over to the Parliament, for their Approbation.
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Council of State, in this Report, That the Commissioners for governing and ordering the Affairs of Ireland, or any Three of them, shall have Power to give Warrants, from time to time, to the Deputy-Treasurer at War, and to the Receiver-General of the publick Revenue there, for the Issuing forth of Monies for the Pay of the Forces in Ireland, and incident Charges thereof, according to their Musters; and such Allowances as have been formerly, within these Six Months last past, made in that behalf.
Resolved, That there be additional Instructions to the said Commissioners, for the Preparing of an Establishment for the Army and Garisons in Ireland; and that the same be sent over to the Parliament, for their Approbation.
Sir Arthur Hesilrig reports from the Members of this House that were of the Committee of Safety, That such Commission-Officers of the Army as are already passed, or hereafter shall pass, the Parliament's Approbation, and are absent, or in remote Parts, whose Commissions are not, nor cannot conveniently be, delivered to them in the usual Way, in the House, their Commissions may be signed, and intrusted with the superior Officer of each Regiment upon the Place, to be delivered to the respective Officers accordingly; they declaring or signing the Engagement appointed by the Act of Indemnity: That the Commander in Chief of the Forces in Ireland, be intrusted with the Commissions of the Field-Officers of the Army in Ireland, already approved of by Parliament, which have not received them themselves, in the usual Way, in the House, to be by him delivered to the respective Officers: That the Persons so intrusted with the Delivery of the said Commissions, do certify the Parliament, or Council of State, of such Delivery; taking or declaring the said Engagement.
Ordered, That such Commission-Officers of the Army as are already passed, or hereafter shall pass, the Parliament's Approbation, and are absent in Ireland, whose Commissions are not, nor cannot conveniently be, delivered to them in the usual Way, in the House, their Commissions shall be delivered by the Commissioners for the Government of Ireland; the said Officers declaring or signing the Engagement appointed by the Act of Indemnity: Which the said Commissioners are to certify to the Parliament, or Council of State.
Ordered, That Colonel John Jones do carry over Commissions to such Commission-Officers in Ireland, as are not in England, to receive their Commissions here.
Petition from London.
The House being informed, That the Sheriff, and divers Aldermen of the City of London, were at the Door;
They were called in: And, being come to the Bar, Sheriff Lawrence said, "We are required by the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London, in Common-Council assembled, to deliver to you this their humble Petition:" And therewith presented their Petition: Which, after the Petitioners were withdrawn, was read; and was intituled; "The humble Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London, in Common-Council assembled."
The Petitioners were again called in; and Mr. Speaker gave them this Answer;
"The House have read your Petition; Have commanded me to give you this Answer, That they are resolved to be very tender of the Privileges of all the good People of the Commonwealth, and, in particular, of the City of London, so far as consists with the necessary Welfare and Safety of the whole: They have also, this Day, approved of the raising of Six Troops of Horse within the said City, and of Officers to command them; and doubt not but the Persons answer the Qualifications declared by this Parliament; and expect, That the Magistrates, and other good People of the City, will give all Encouragement and Furtherance to what may conduce to the Safety and Good of this Commonwealth, in this Time of imminent Danger."