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, March 16th, 1659.
RESOLVED, That John Ince, a Servant attending on the Parliament, having been arrested, and being imprisoned, at the Suit of John Biscoe, be, and is hereby, discharged of his Imprisonment: And that Richard George, a Bailiff of the Liberties of Westminster, who arrested the said John Ince, be sent for in Custody; and that the Serjeant at Arms attending the Parliament do take him into Custody, accordingly.
Mr. Pryn reports from the Committee appointed to go to the Printers who are to print the Act of the Militia, That the said Committee went to the Printer, last Night; and find, that there was no Fault in the Clerk, nor in the Printer; nor no Delay in the one, nor in the other.
Grant to Gen. Monck.
Ordered, That his Excellency the Lord General Monck be, and is hereby, constituted Steward of the Honour and Manor of Hampton-Court, and Keeper of the House and Parks there: And that he hold and enjoy the same, with all the Rights and Privileges to the said Stewardship belonging, in as large, ample, and beneficial Manner, to all Intents and Purposes, as any Steward of the Honour and Manor of Hampton-Court, and Keeper of the House and Parks, have at any time heretofore had, or enjoyed the same.
Ordered, That these Words be inserted in the Order, made Yesterday, touching securing the Debts due to Major-General Browne; viz. "Be it Enacted; and it is Enacted, by Authority of the same;" instead of the Words "and Declared."
A Proviso was tendered, to be Part of this Bill, in these Words; viz. "Provided always, and be it further Enacted, That if any Minister or Ministers have been formerly ejected or sequestred, whose Conversations and Lives have been and are blameless, and they sound in Doctrine, shall be capable to be presented to any Living in the Church of England; any Law or Ordinance made by the Parliament, or any Authority derived from the same, to the contrary notwithstanding; so as such Minister do officiate according to the Directory established, and not otherwise."
Ordered, That Mr. Martyn Blagne be, and is hereby, restored to his Living at Barstaple in the County of Devon: And it is referred to the Lords Commissioners for Custody of the Great Seal, and the Master of the Rolls, or any Two of them, to see this Order executed: And that the said Martyn Blagne be put in Possession of the said Living, accordingly.
Letter from Gen. Monck.
Tythes in Wales.
An Act for taking the Accounts, and Redressing of Grievances concerning the Tythes and Church-Livings in Wales, and for Advancement of Religion and Learning there, was this Day read the Third time; and, upon the Question, passed.
Friday, 16th March, 1659; Afternoon.
A Bill ingrossed, for Dissolving the Parliament begun and holden at Westminster, the 3d of November 1640; and for the Calling and Holding of a Parliament at Westminster, on the 25th Day of April 1660; was this Day read the Third time.
A Proviso was tendered to this Bill, in these Words; viz. "Provided always, and be it Declared, That the single Actings of this House, enforced by the pressing Necessities of the present Times, are not intended, in the least, to infringe, much less take away, that ancient native Right, which the House of Peers, consisting of those Lords who did engage in the Cause of the Parliament, against the Forces raised in the Name of the late King, and so continued until 1648, had, and have, to be a Part of the Parliament of England."
Resolved, That Friday, the 6th Day of April 1660, be set apart for a Day of publick Fasting and Humiliation, to be solemnized throughout the Nation, under the Sense of the great and manifold Sins and Provocations thereof; and to seek the Lord for his Blessing upon the Parliament, now shortly to be assembled, that the Lord will make them Healers of our Breaches, and Instruments to restore and settle Peace and Government in the Nations, upon Foundations of Truth and Righteousness.