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, February 22d, 1659.
Votes to be expunged.
Ordered, That the Order for the said Proclamation, as to Major-General Browne; and the said Proclamation, as to the said Major-General Browne; be, and are hereby vacated, and made null and void; some Members of the Council of State having declared, That nothing appeared charged against the said Major-General Browne: Whereupon, It is Ordered, That he be and is cleared, and fully acquitted, by the Parliament.
Sir G. Booth.
Resolved, That Sir George Booth be discharged of his Imprisonment in the Tower, upon giving Five thousand Pounds Bail, to answer any thing that shall be objected against him: And that the Lieutenant of the Tower do take Bail of him accordingly.
Resolved, That the Sequestration of the Estate of Sir George Booth be suspended, until the Parliament take further Order: And that the Commissioners for Sequestration, and all other Persons whom it doth and may concern, are required to forbear further to proceed upon the said Sequestration.
Customs and Excise.
A Bill for the Continuance of the Customs and Excise, from the last Day of February 1659, until the Day of, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Colonel White, Alderman Atkin, Mr. Pryn, Mr. Knightley, Colonel Tho. Birch, Mr. Crew, Colonel Dove, Sir John Evelyn, Mr. Lechmere, Colonel Morley, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Mr. Scoen, Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, Colonel John Birch, Sir Richard Onslow, Sir Wm. Brereton, Sir Wm. Lewis, Colonel Thompson, Sir Anthony Irby, Sir Peter Wentworth, Colonel Fagg, Mr. Justice Hill, Mr. Ansley, Major General Browne, Mr. West, Mr. Vassall, Sir Wm. Waller, Colonel Lister, Mr. Jenning, Mr. Robert Goodwin, Mr. Nath. Stevens, Mr. Wheeler; and all the Gentlemen of the Long-Robe, or any Five of them: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of the Clock, in the Court of Wards: And that it be brought in To-morrow Morning: And that Colonel White do take care hereof.
New Parliament to be summoned.
Resolved, That a new Parliament be summoned to appear, upon the 25th Day of April 1660: And that the Lords Commissioners for Custody of the Great Seal do issue forth Writs for Election of Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, and Barons of the Cinque Ports, with the Members thereof, and the Town of Berwick upon Tweed, to sit and serve in Parliament, returnable the 25th Day of April 1660.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, to prepare Qualifications of Members to sit and serve in Parliament; and report them to the Parliament: Viz. Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Mr. Ansley, Mr. Crew, Colonel Morley, Colonel Dove, Mr. Scoen, Mr. Long, Mr. Pryn, Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, Mr. Robert Goodwin, Sir John Potts, Mr. Hay, Mr. Ralegh, Sir Roger Burgoyn, Colonel Montague, Sir Richard Onslo, Sir John Evelyn, Mr. Corbet, Mr. West, Mr. Hungerford, Colonel Thompson, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Lechmere, Mr. Gerrard, Sir Wm. Brereton, Mr. Weaver, Sir John Holland, Sir Peter Wentworth, Colonel Fagg, Mr. Knightley, Colonel Rossiter, Lord Chief-Baron Wild, Mr. Nelthorpe, Mr. John Goodwin, Colonel John Birch, Mr. Baker, Mr. Povey, Mr. Solicitor Ellys, Mr. Attorney-General, Colonel Lee, Sir Anthony Irby, Mr. Serjeant Maynard: And are to meet this Afternoon, in the Inner Court of Wards; and bring in the Qualifications on Friday next, the first Business; nothing to intervene: And that Mr. Scoen do take care of it.
Resolves communicated to the City.
Sir Gilbert Gerrard reports, That he acquainted the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of London with the Resolves of the Parliament, made Yesterday, according to the Command of the Parliament: And that they return their humble Thanks to the Parliament, for their Respects to the City.
Justices of Peace.
Loan by the City.
Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to go to the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of London, to confer with them, about the Advance of such Sums of Money as they conceive necessary, upon Security of the Assessments for the Army for the present Supply of the Army and Navy: Viz. unto Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Sir Richard Onslow, Major-General Browne, Mr. Serjeant Glyn, Colonel John Birch, Mr. Crew, Sir Wm. Lewis, Sir John Evelyn; or any Five of them.
Ordered, That Letters be written, and signed by Mr. Speaker, to the Commissioners of the Assessments for the Army in the City of London, and to the Commissioners for the respective Counties, to quicken the paying in the Assessments: And that Colonel John Birch, Mr. Scoen, and Mr. Pury, do prepare the said Letters.
Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to bring in an Act for repealing the Act appointing the Form of a Writ for Members to sit and serve in Parliament: Viz. Mr. Pryn, Mr. Foxwist, Serjeant Maynard, Sir Wm. Waller, Serjeant Earle.