Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Monday, the 2d of August, 1659.
Union with Scotland.
New Sarum Corporation.
Ordered, That the Mayor and Commonalty of the City of New Sarum be, and are hereby, required and authorized to act as Mayor and Commonalty of the said City, by and according to their old Charter: And that they do forthwith bring in their new Charter to this House; and deliver the same up to be cancelled.
Ordered, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds be given and paid by the Sheriff of the County of Yorke, to Major Arthur Stringer, who did apprehend * Metham, and * Thompson, both certified to be convicted; viz. Ten Pounds apiece for each Robber so apprehended, upon Certificate from the Judges of the Northern Circuit, of the Conviction and Apprehension of the said Robbers: And that the said Money be allowed to the Sheriff, upon his Account: And this shall be sufficient Warrant for Allowance of the said Sum of Twenty Pounds, upon his Account, accordingly.
Commissioners of Sequestration.
Colonel White reports, Amendments to the Bill for appointing Commissioners for putting in Execution the Powers heretofore given to the Commissioners for Sequestration: which were read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, agreed unto.
Ordered, That the Committee for Inspections be desired to call the Commissioners appointed by the Act for putting in Execution the Powers heretofore given to the Commissioners for Sequestration, before them, this Afternoon; and acquaint them with what the House hath done.
A Bill, enabling the Commissioners for the Militia in the City of London, to raise three Months Assessment, for paying for Drums, Provisions and Charges, incident to the said Militia, was this Day read the First and Second time.
Ordered, That a Commission be prepared, against Thursday Morning next, for Major-General Phillip Skippon, to be Major-General, and Commander in Chief of all the Forces within the City of London, the late Lines of Communication, and weekly Bills of Mortality, according to an Act of this present Parliament, constituting him to be Commander in Chief, as aforesaid: And that Sir James Harrington do bring in the said Commission.
Transactions with Holland.
Resolved, That the Parliament doth agree to the Articles contained in the Extract of the Secret Resolutions of the States-General, dated the Twenty-fourth of July last, concerning the nearer Agreement and Explanation upon the Treaty of the 11 / 21 of May, made at the Hague; and now reported from the Council to the Parliament.
Resolved, That the like Orders be given, mutatis mutandis, to the Plenipotentaries, and other Officers and Ministers of this Commonwealth, as have been given by the Lords the States-General to their publick Ministers, in pursuance of the said Agreement, and for the strict Observance of the same.
Resolved, That the Parliament doth approve of what Mr. Downing, Commissioner for this Commonwealth, hath done, in signing the Treaty explanatory of that which was made at the Hague, 11 / 21 May last, to the same effect as the Articles agreed on, now read: And that, when the said Articles come over signed on both Parts, the Parliament will ratify the same.
Resolved, That the Parliament doth agree, That the publick Ministers of this Commonwealth do co-operate with the publick Ministers of France, and those of the United Provinces, for the arbitrating the remaining Differences between the King of Swede and King of Poland, in reference to Prussia; and for the settling of the Peace between the said Kings; having Consideration of the Benefit and Freedom of the Trade of this Commonwealth.
Colonel Sydenham reports from the Council of State, That it be humbly offered to the Parliament, That if they think fit, that in order to the Payment of the several Militia-Troops and Companies that by Order from the Council have been in the several Counties, Cities, and Towns raised, and actually employed, for such Time as they have been or shall be in actual Service, equal with the Army-Forces; the Committee for the Army may be ordered and directed to grant their Warrants to the Treasurers at War, for the Payment of such sums of Money out of the Assessments of Thirty-five thousand Pounds a Month, commencing the Twenty-fourth of June last, for so many Days Pay to the said Militia-Forces, according to the usual Allowance made to the Army-Forces in England, as the Council of State shall direct: Provided, that the same exceed not Twenty-Eight Days Pay to any of the said Forces: And that the Treasurers at War do satisfy all such Warrants accordingly.
That all such Monies as shall be thus deposited and paid to the Militia-Forces, be repaid in to the Receipt of the Publick Exchequer, and from thence to the Treasurers at War, out of the Monies which the Commissioners for the Militia in the several Counties shall raise, in pursuance of the Power given them by the Act for settling the Militia in England and Wales.
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Council of State, That, in order to the Payment of the several Militia-Troops and Companies that by Order from the Council have been in the several Counties, Cities and Towns raised, and actually employed for such Time as they have been or shall be in actual Service, equal with the Army-Forces: And it is
Ordered, by the Parliament, That the Committee for the Army do grant their Warrants to the Treasurers at War, for the Payment of such Sums of Money, out of the Assessments of Five-and-thirty thousand Pounds a Month, commencing the Four-and-twentieth of June last, for so many Days Pay to the said Militia-Forces, according to the usual Allowance, made to the Army-Forces in England: Provided, that the same exceed not Twenty-eight Days Pay, to any of the said Forces: And that the Treasurers at War do satisfy all such Warrants, accordingly.
Ordered, That all such Sums of Money that shall be thus deposited and paid to the Militia-Forces, be repaid in to the Publick Exchequer, and from thence to the Treasurers at War, out of the Monies which the Commissioners for the Militia in the several Counties shall raise, in pursuance of the Powers given to them by the Act for settling the Militia in England and Walts.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to consider, How the Militia-Troops and Companies, raised by Order of the Council, and actually employed, may be made serviceable and useful to the Commonwealth, as Militia-Troops; and the Country be so far eased by making use of them.
They were called in: And, being come to the Bar, in usual manner, Mr. Speaker acquainted them with the great Trust reposed in them; and that the Parliament and Commonwealth expects Faithfulness from them to the Parliament and Commonwealth: And thereupon Mr. Speaker delivered them their Commissions; viz.