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, December 30th, 1659.
Issue of Monies.
ORDERED, That it be referred to the Committee of Inspections, to examine, What Monies have been issued out of the respective Treasuries of this Commonwealth by whom, to whom, for what, and by what Authority the same hath been disposed of; and what Monies have been taken away by Force, and from whom, since the late Interruption of this House: With Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Ordered, That the Commissioners for Management of the Army be and are hereby impowered and authorized, from time to time, as they shall see Cause, to call a Court-Martial, for Punishment of Offences committed by the Soldiery.
A Bill appointing to whom the Money by an Act, intituled, An Act for Borrowing of Twenty thousand Pounds, for the Service of the Commonwealth, shall be paid, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto; viz. Colonel Harvey, Colonel Morley, Colonel White, Sir Tho. Widdrington, Mr. Love, Sir Richard Lucy, Mr. Ralegh, Colonel Dixwell, Mr. Robinson, Colonel Lister, Colonel Thompson, Serjeant Hill, Mr. Say, Colonel Dove, Mr. Boone, Mr. Nelthrop, or any Five: And are to meet, this Afternoon, in the Treasury Chamber.
Persons under commitment.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, to examine the Cases touching the Commitment of William Winter Merchant, and Richard Overton, and all other Persons committed since the Interruption of the Parliament, not by due Course of Law: With Power to release and dischorge such of them as they shall think fit; and to report the Cases of such as they shall not think fit to discharge to the Parliament; Viz. Mr. Challoner, Sir Henry Mildmay, Colonel Lister, Mr. West, Colonel Dove, Mr. Love, Colonel Harvey, Sir Arthur Hesilrig, Mr. Solicitor Reynolds, Mr. Trenchard, Colonel Fagg, Sir Michael Levisey, Mr. Garland, Mr. Nelthrop, Mr. Wallop, Colonel White, Colonel Martyn, Mr. Oldsworth, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Lenthall, Colonel Fielder, Colonel Hutchinson, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Cawley, Colonel * Temple, Sir Wm. Brereton, Colonel Walton; or any Five: And are to fit de die in diem: And are to meet, in the Court of Wards, at Two of the Clock To-morrow in the Afternoon: And the said Committee have Power to send for Persons, Papers.
Council of State.
The House proceeded in the Election of the Twenty-one to be chosen of the Members of the House; and of the Ten to be chosen of those out of the House; to be of the Council of State.
Mr. Speaker appointed Mr. Pury, Colonel Walton, Sir Arthur Hesilrig, and Mr. Nevill, to tell the Number of the House: Which is by them reported to Mr. Speaker, and by him published to the House, to be Sixty-two.
Two Glasses were prepared; the one for each Member to put in his Paper of the Names of Twenty-one Members of the House, whom he would have to be of the Council of State; the other for each Member to put in his Paper of the Names of the Ten Persons, which are not of the House, to be elected Members of the Council.
The Clerk thereupon went to each Member, with one of the Glasses; and received from him, in the Glass, his Paper of Names for the said Ten Members: And the Clerk-Assistant went to the same Members; and received from each of them, in the other Glass, a Paper of Names for the Twenty-one: And so they both brought their several Glasses, and set them upon the Table.
Mr. Speaker appointed Mr. Nevill, Colonel Fagg, Mr. Corbet, and Mr. Love, to count the Papers in the Glasses: Which being done, they report the Number of the Papers in each Glass to agree with the Number of the House.
And the Four Members opened each Paper in the Glass for the Twenty-one Members; and caused the Clerk to read each Name distinctly; and to write down each Name; and, with a strait Line drawn against that Name, to give one Stroke of the Pen cross the said Line; and, as often as any Name was repeated, the Clerk did make another Stroke cross the said Line.