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, January 7th, 1659.
Letter read, &c.
Ordered, That this Letter be referred to the Committee for Inspections; to consider of the Persons who have shewed Disaffection to the Parliament; and report to this House, what they think fit to be done therein.
Ordered, That the Thanks of this House be given to the Mayor, Recorder, Chamberlain, and others of the Town of Colchester, for their good Affection and faithful Service done for the Parliament: And that Sir Henry Mildmay do prepare a Letter of Thanks, accordingly; And that Mr. Speaker do sign and seal the said Letter with the Seal of the Parliament.
Observation of Sunday.
Ordered, That all Mayors, Justices of the Peace, and all other Officers and Ministers whom it doth or may concern, be, and are hereby, required and enjoined to see, that all Acts and Laws, for the due and strict Observation of the Lord's Day, be put in effectual Execution.
Invalid Soldiers, &c.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to see that the Sum of Four thousand Pounds, formerly ordered to be paid for Relief of maimed Soldiers, Pensioners, Widows, and Orphans of Ely-house, be forthwith paid, for their present Relief and Subsistence.
Ordered, That the Letters from Marke Grimes, from Cardiffe-Castle, be referred to the Committee for Inspections: And that they take care for the getting in of the Sum of One thousand Pounds, now in Cardiffe-Castle, taken out of the Hands of the Treasurers of the said County for the Service of the Commonwealth.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, forthwith to take the Office of Postmaster into their Hands; and to take care, that the said Office be managed for the best Advantage of the Commonwealth; and to call the Persons who have received the Profits of the said Office; to an Account; and report the Matter to the Parliament; with their Opinion therein.
Raising Money, &c.
Sir A. Cooper's Case.
Mr. Corbet did now make Report of the Case of Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper; viz. That, upon Consideration of the whole Matter, the Committee are of Opinion, That Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper is duly elected Burgess for the Town of Downton in the County of Wilts, to sit and serve in this Parliament.
Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper was called into the House: And, after he had taken his Place in the Parliament, he came up to the Clerk's Table; and there, reading the Engagement openly, did, after, subscribe the same at the Table.
Saturday, the 7th of January, 1659.In the Afternoon
Dissolution of Parliament by Cromwell.
WHEREAS this House find an Entry in the JournalBook, the 20th of April 1653, in these Words; viz. "This Day his Excellency the Lord General dissolved this Parliament:" Which was done without Consent of Parliament: Resolved, That the Parliament doth declare, That the same is Forgery.
Lientenant of the Tower.
Dissolution of Parliament by Cromwell.
He was called in: And, being at the Bar of this House, the said Entry in the Journal-Book was shewed unto him: And, being examined, Who made the aforesaid Entry in the Journal-Book, he acknowleged, That it was his own Hand-writing; and that he did it without Direction of any Person whatsoever.
Indemnity for making the Entry.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, to consider, Whether the Act of Indemnity extends to pardon this Offence; and to report their Opinion therein to the Parliament: Viz. unto Baron Nicholas, Mr. Nevill, Mr. West, Mr. Ralegh, Mr. Solicitor Reynolds, Colonel Lister, Mr. Garland, Mr. Dormer, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Lenthall, Mr. Scot, Mr. Cawley, Mr. Say, Colonel Harvey, Colonel Martin, Sir John Trevor, Mr. Love, Mr. Oldsworth, Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, Colonel Dove; or any Three of them: And are to meet on Monday, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.
Clerk of Parliament.
|Mr. Robinson,||Tellers for the Noes:||19.|
|Mr. Nevill,||With the Noes,|
|Sir Peter Wentworth,||Tellers for the Yeas:||17.|
|Mr. West,||With the Yeas,|