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, 22d August, 1659.
Success in Cheshire.
Embassy from France.
Correspondence with Sweden.
Mr. Thomas Chalenor reports A Seal to be used by the Speaker of the Parliament, with this Inscription; viz. "The Seal of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of England;" and the Arms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, engraved thereon.
Ordered, That all Monies due to the Petitioner Tho. Symon for making this Seal, and for all other Work by him done for this Parliament at their former Sitting, or since their last Sitting, be forthwith paid unto the said Thomas Symon.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Inspections, to examine, What Debt is due to the Petitioner, how the same became due; and report their Opinion to this House, What they think fit to be done therein,
Resolved, That this House doth approve of the said Seal to be the Seal of the Parliament, to be used by the Speaker to all Letters, or other Writings, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, by Order of the Parliament.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Poor be revived: And that they consider of the Act touching the Poor, formerly referred to the Committee; and of all other Acts and Ordinances for Relief of the Poor; and report to this House, What they think fit to be done therein: And all that come, to have Voices: And this Committee, or any Five of them, are to meet this Afternoon at Three of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Embassy from France.
The Earl of Pembrooke reports from the Committee nominated to accompany the Ambassador from the King of France to his Audience, That they did, according to the Order of this House, accompany the said Lord Ambassador from his House to the Inner Court of Wards; where the said Lord Ambassador attends the Pleasure of this House, to have his Audience.
Afterwards the Earl of Pembrooke, and the rest of the said Committee, did again go to the said Lord Ambassador; and accompanied him to this House: And the Serjeant, with his Mace, went to attend the Lord Ambassador to the House.
When the Ambassador was come as far as the Bar, the Master of the Ceremonies, and the Serjeant attending 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.
The Bar being let down, and the Doors left open for his Gentlemen, and others, to come in, the Ambassador began his Speech in the French Tongue: And, when the Members were covered, he proceeded in his Speech; and, as he named the Commonwealth of England, or the King his Master, he was uncovered, and the Members likewise.
After the Ambassador had had Audience, he delivered his Letters Credential in the French Tongue, and a Copy of his Speech in French and in English And afterwards, making Obeisance several times, went out of the House; the Earl of Salisbury, Sir Peter Wentworth, and the Earl of Pembrooke, accompanying him out of the House.
Colonel White reports from the Committee appointed to withdraw, to pen an Order, touching sequestering the Estates of the Persons in Rebellion: Which was read; and, upon the Question, committed: With Power to bring in an Act, and Instructions for Commissioners, touching this Business; and report it to this House: Viz. Major Salwey, Mr. Robinson, Colonel Bennett, Mr. Richard Darley, Mr. Anlaby, Sir Henry Mildmay, Colonel White, Mr. Solicitor Reynolds, Mr. Holland, Colonel Temple, Mr. Brewster; or any Three of them: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.