Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Wednesday, August the 24th, 1659.
Leave of Absence.
Call of the House.
Ordered, That this Petition be referred to a Committee, to examine the Matter in this Petition; and to state Matter of Fact; and report it, with their Opinion therein, to this House: Viz. unto Mr. Solicitor Reynolds, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Holland, Colonel Morley, Mr. Robinson, Earl of Salisbury, Colonel Downes, Mr. Leman, Mr. Haye, Mr. Pigott, Mr. Millington, Colonel Martyn, Mr. Anlaby, Mr. Garland, Colonel West, Mr. Nutt, Mr. Goodwin, Mr. Dunch; or any Five of them: And are to meet on Friday in the Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, in the Inner Court of Wards.
Committee of Inspections.
Clerk of Parliament.
An Act for making Thomas St. Nicholas Esquire Clerk of the Parliament; and authorizing him to take into his Possession the Records, Books, Papers, and Writings, in the Custody of Henry Scobell, Esquire, late Clerk of the Parliament; was this Day read the Second time.
Ordered, That the said Bill be committed unto Mr. Solicitor Reynolds, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Holland, Mr. Nutt, Earl of Salisbury, Mr. Oldsworth, Colonel White, Mr. Millington, Colonel Morley, Sir John Bourchier, Colonel Waite, Mr. John Goodwin, Sir Wm. Strickland, Mr. Leman, Mr. Garland, Mr. Ralegh, Colonel White, Mr. Robinson, Colonel Lister, Mr. Martyn, Mr. Piggott; or any Three of them: and are to meet in the Duchy-Court, on Friday, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon.
Ordered, That the said Petition of Ralph Darnall Esquire Clerk-Assistant to the Parliament, be referred to the same Committee to whom the Act for settling the Office of Clerk of the Parliament on Tho. St. Nicholas Esquire is committed, to prepare a Bill for settling the said Office of Clerk-Assistant upon the said Ralph Darnall, for his Life, as is desired by the Petition.
Ordered, That the Sum of Four hundred and Fifty Pounds, being the Arrears of the Salary of Two hundred Pounds a Year, settled, by Order of this Parliament, upon Ralph Darnall Esquire, Clerk-Assistant to the Parliament, for Two Years and One Quarter, ended on the 24th Day of June 1659, be forthwith paid unto the said Ralph Darnall, or his Assigns, out of the publick Revenue, by the Council of State: And the Acquittance of the said Ralph Darnall, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge in that Behalf.
He was called in: And, being come up to the Clerk's Table, Mr. Speaker acquainted him with the Trust reposed in him by the Parliament; and that the Parliament expected faithfulness from him to the Parliament and Commonwealth: And thereupon delivered him a Commission to be Commissary-General of all the Forces in England and Ireland.
Ordered, That the Bill for an Assessment, after the Rate of One hundred and Twenty thousand Pounds, by the Month, on the Three Nations, be brought in To-morrow Morning; and then read the First time; nothing to intervene.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom this Bill touching the Adventurers and Soldiers in Ireland was committed, do sit at Two of the Clock this Afternoon; and do receive such Petitions and Matters as shall be offered to them; and examine the same; and report their Opinion to this House, What they conceive fit to be done therein.
Ordered, That it be referred to this Committee, to examine the Debts claimed to be satisfied out of Lands in Ireland; and to present something to the House, How they may be paid, after the Adventurers are satisfied.
Mr. Robinson reports, An Act for seizing and sequeitering the Estates of Persons in the late Rebellion: Which was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Robinson, Colonel Martin, Mr. Solicitor Reynolds, Mr. Love, Colonel Dove, Mr. Holland, Colonel White, Mr. Richard Darley, Mr. Say, Colonel Bennett, Sir Peter Wentworth, Major Salwey, Sir Henry Vane, Sir Arthur Hesilrig, Colonel Lister, Mr. Anlaby, Mr. Ralegh, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Millington; or any Five of them; And are to meet at Two of the Clock this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Sir Henry Vane reports from the Council of State, A Letter from General Mountague, and the rest of the Plenipotentiaries from this Commonwealth; dated at Elsingnore the 10th of August 1659: Which was read:
Sir G. Booth.
Resolved, That Sir George Booth be committed close Prisoner to the Tower of London, for High Treason, in levying War against the Parliament and Commonwealth; and that no Person be suffered to speak with him, without Leave of the Parliament, or by their Direction; and that he be kept from having the Use of Pen, Ink, or Paper: and the Lieutenant of the Tower is hereby required and authorized to take him into his Custody, accordingly.
Ordered, That Lieutenant-General Fleetwood do forthwith send a sufficient Guard, for the safe Conducting of Sir George Booth to the Tower of London; and there to deliver him to the Lieutenant of the Tower, to be by him kept close Prisoner there.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to inform themselves, What hath been done by the Persons who apprehended Sir George Booth, and guarded him; and to give them such Gratuity for their Pains and Service herein, as they shall think fit.