Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Thursday, the 19th of February, 1651.
Act of Oblivion.
THE House this Day, according to former Order, resumed the Debate upon the Act of General Pardon and Oblivion.
A Proviso was tendered to this Act, in these Words; "Provided always, that all those who have had an Allowance, at any time, upon their Compositions for Delinquency, of any Debts they owed unto the late King, Queen, or Prince, or this Commonwealth, shall be excepted out of this Act from Pardon for the said Debts; any thing in this Act to the contrary notwithstanding:" Which was read the First time.
Resolved, That this Proviso be read the Second time.
The said Proviso was read the Second time, accordingly; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
Resolved, That this Proviso be Part of the Bill.
A Proviso was tendered to this Act, in these Words; "And whereas divers well-affected Tenants have suffered much at the Hands of disaffected Landlords, merely for their Adherence and Fidelity to the Parliament, on whose Behalf the Parliament have an Act under Consideration for their just Relief: It is provided and declared, That nothing herein contained, shall be interpreted to the Disadvantage or Prejudice of such Tenants, whereby they may not receive Redress of their Grievances, as the Parliament shall think fit to declare and ordain: And it is further Enacted, That those who shall be found guilty of such Evil-dealing as aforesaid, and legally convicted of the same, in the Manner to be appointed by the said intended Act, shall be clearly adjudged unworthy and uncapable of any the Favours or Privileges by this Act extended, but shall be excluded from all Benefit of the same; any thing therein specified or otherwise to the contrary notwithstanding:" Which was read the First time.
Resolved, That this Proviso be read a Second time;
And the said Proviso was now read the Second time, accordingly; and several Amendments made at the Table.
The Proviso, so amended, in these Words; "Provided always, That nothing in this Act contained shall be interpreted to the Disadvantage or Prejudice of the Tenants of any Delinquent Landlord, whereby they may not receive Redress of their Grievances, as the Parliament shall think fit to declare and ordain:" was, upon the Question, assented unto, and ordered to be Part of the Bill.
Resolved, That this Business be proceeded on Tomorrow Morning, the first Business; nothing to intervene.
Information against Clement.
Resolved, That both the Informations given to the House this Day, touching Mr. Gregory Clement, be referred to a Committee, viz. to Mr. Holland, Mr. Solicitor, Colonel Jones, Mr. Gurdon, Colonel Bennett, Alderman Allein, Mr. Carew, Colonel Rich, Sir James Harrington, Colonel Norton, Mr. Bond, Major General Harrison, Sir Wm. Masham, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Mr. Loury, Colonel Purefoy, Mr. Scott, Sir Wm. Brereton, Colonel Fielder, Mr. Dove, Mr. Browne, Mr. Moyle, Colonel Sidenham, Mr. Hodges, Mr. Wilde, Captain Skinner, Alderman Atkins, Lord Grey, Sir John Bourchier, Colonel Lister, Mr. Edwards, Sir Henry Mildmay, Lord General, Mr. Attorney General, Mr. Aldworth, Mr. Gold; or any Five of them, to examine the Truth of the Matters; and report the same; with Power to this Committee to send for Persons, Papers, and Witnesses: And this Committee have Power to examine on Oath; and are to meet in the Queen's Court this Afternoon, at Two of the Clock; and so de die in diem: And Colonel Bennett to take the Care of it.
Resolved, That the Report concerning Colonel Gill be made on this Day Sevennight, the first Business; nothing to intervene.