Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Saturday, 1st September, 1660.
SIR Wm. Doyley reports the Draught of a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the Lord Mayor of London, about hastening in the Poll Money: Which was read; and agreed; the Tenor whereof being as followeth:
THE present Importance of a speedy and effectual Execution of the Powers and Directions given in the Act for raising Poll Money, and bringing it seasonably in, for the disbanding of the Army, hath induced the House of Commons, by me, to recommend it, as their earnest Desire, to your Lordship, and the rest of the Gentlemen who are named Commissioners in the said Act, that you will use your utmost Endeavours therein, for the Furtherance of the Service, so much tending to the future Settlement and Ease of the Kingdom; in which your Expedition may also prevent much of the Charge of the daily growing Pay of the Army, until they are disbanded; and will be taken as a very acceptable Service to the Parliament and Kingdom. I rest,
A Bill, ingrossed, for Maintenance of the Vicar, for the Time being, of the Vicarage of Royston in the Counties of Hertford and Cambridge, and of his Successors, Vicars of the said Vicarage, was this Day read the Third time; and, upon the Question, passed.
Resolved, That this be the Title of the Bill, An Act for Maintenance of the Vicar, for the Time being, of the Vicarage of Royston, in the Counties of Hertford and Cambridge, and of his Successors, Vicars of the said Vicarage.
Colchester Bay Trade.
Ordered, That the Committee for Accounts do state, in Writing, the Matter now proposed, for restraining further Payments at the Excise, or Debts contracted about the Year 1647; and bring it in on Monday Morning.
Bills from Lords.
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have passed Two Bills; the one for naturalizing Dorothea Helena, Countess of Derby, and others; and also, a Bill for the necessary Support of the Work of draining the great Level of the Fens: To which they desire your Concurrence.
Ordered, That in the 3d Skin, Line 52, after the Word "the," and before the Word "in," these Words "Justices now" be omitted, and the Word "Persons" inserted in the Place thereof; and in the same Skin, Line 54, after the Word "Tweed," and before the Word "within," these Words be inserted, "on the first Day of September 1660."
Ordered, That these Words, in the Committee's Amendments, Folio 4, Line 4, viz. "unless it shall be proved that he, or they, are ignorant, scandalous, or insufficient, by the Oaths of Two, or more, credible Witnesses, before the Commissioners appointed by this Act; who are hereby authorized to administer an Oath unto the Witnesses for that Purpose," be omitted.
Ordered, That a Proviso be prepared, to impower the Commissioners to put Persons into Possession who shall refuse to deliver Possession, or to give Bond; and that Mr. Charlton, Mr. Pryn, and Serjeant Glyn, do prepare the same.
The Lord Ancram reports, that, according to the Commands of this House, he went to the Lords, and desired a present free Conference, upon the Subject Matter of the last Conference; and that the Lords send Answer, that they will return Answer by Messengers of their own.
Conference on King's Message.
Mr. Speaker, The Lords, upon a Message sent by this House to the Lords, for a present free Conference, have commanded us to let you know, that they will give you a present free Conference, in the painted Chamber.
Ordered, That the Committee do represent to the Lords, the Sense of this House, that, upon the next Recess, it will be most convenient for the Houses to adjourn themselves; and to offer these Reasons: If it should be a Prorogation, or Adjournment by Writ, all Matters depending before the Houses, will be discontinued; and Acts, whose Expiration depends on the End of the next Session, will determine, unless continued by a new Act. They are to take notice, to the Lords, of our humble and thankful Acknowledgment of his Majesty's gracious Readiness, to answer the Desires of the Houses, in granting the said Recess: And to desire them to return to his Majesty the humble Thanks of the Houses.-
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, upon the Debate, to perfect the Proviso this Day reported by Mr. Thomas; and forthwith to present it to this House: And that Mr. Swinsin, Mr. Crew, Serjeant Hales, Mr. Charlton, Sir Henage Finch, Mr. Annesley, Dr. Cleyton, Mr. Secretary Morris, Serjeant Glyn, Mr. Thurland, Mr. Lowther, Mr. Bamfeild, Mr. Pryn, be the said Committee.
Resolved, That the King's Majesty be desired not to dispose of any of the Manors or Lands of the Persons excepted from Pardon by the Act of General Pardon, Indemnity, and Oblivion, until his Brothers, the Dukes of Yorke and Gloucester, be provided for: And the Lords Concurrence is desired herein.
Resolved, That Ten thousand Pounds be charged upon the Receipt of the Excise for his Highness the Duke of Yorke, and paid in Course, by the Commissioners of Excise, to his Highness, or his Assigns, next after such Monies as have been charged upon the Excise, since the Sitting of the secluded Members; together with Interest for the same, at Six per Cent', till the Principal shall be satisfied: And the Commissioners of the Excise are authorized and required to pay the same accordingly.
Resolved, That Seven thousand Pounds be charged upon the Receipt of the Excise for his Highness the Duke of Gloucester, and paid in Course, by the Commissioners of Excise, to his Highness, or his Assigns, next after such Monies as have been charged upon the Excise since the Sitting of the secluded Members; together with Interest for the same, at Six per Cent', till the Principal shall be satisfied: And the Commissioners of Excise are authorized and required to pay the same accordingly.
Ordered, That, next after the Dispatch of the Bill for disbanding the Army, on Monday next, the Committee for the King's Majesty's Revenue do make a Report, so far as they have proceeded in that Affair.
Court of Wards.
Ordered, That the Members of this House to whom the Distribution of the One hundred thousand Pounds, to be settled on his Majesty, in lieu of the Court of Wards, is referred, do meet at Five of the Clock this Afternoon, for the perfecting of their Report, in that Business.
House to sit.
Disbanding the Army.
The Bill for disbanding of the Army, was this Day read the Second time; and committed to the Committee for the Army; and to Sir George Downing, Sir Tho. Clarges, Colonel Harley, Sir Richard Browne, Sir Ralph Knight, Sir John Marsham, Sir Edward Turner, Sir Robert Pye, Lord Falkland, Mr. Titus, Colonel Gerrard, Sir Wm. Wheeler, Sir Allen Broadrick, Lord Howard, Sir Wm. Waller, Serjeant Glyn, Mr. Hollis, Sir John Northcot, Colonel Francis Windham, Lord Angier, Sir Anthony Irby, Mr. Pryn, Colonel Robert Harley: And they are to meet at Three of the Clock this Afternoon, in the Chamber where the Committee for the Army do usually meet.
The Bill for settling the Establishment of Dunkirke was read the Second time; and, on the Question, committed to Sir Thomas Clergis, Mr. Pryn, Sir Anthony Irby, Colonel Edward Harley, Mr. Chafe, Colonel Birch, Sir Henage Finch, Sir Allen Broadrick, Colonel Windham, Colonel King, Colonel Shapcot, Sir Ralph Knight, Sir Geo. Downing, Mr. Pryn, Mr. Hollis, Colonel Gerrard, Sir Wm. Waller, Sir Henry Oxenden, Sir Roger Palmer, Sir Wm. Doyley, Colonel Willoughby, Captain Titus, Sir John Holland, Mr. Annesley, Sir Tho. Willis, Sir Edward Massey, Mr. Spry, Sir Edward Turner, Sir John Marsham, Mr. Reames, Sir Ralph Hare, Sir Geo. Reeves, Mr. Pryn, Sir Robert Pye, Major Tolhurst, Sir Henry North, Sir Francis Gerrard, Sir Samuell Luke, Mr. Swinfin, Sir Solomon Swale, Major Hales, Sir Wm. Lewis, Dr. Mills, Lord Fairfax, Mr. Coleman, Mr. Lucy, Sir Henry Crofts, Mr. Wareing, Mr. Boscowen, Mr. Powell, Mr. Harris, Mr. Andrewes, Colonel Robert Harley, Mr. Lidcot, Mr. Lowther, Mr. Hide, Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, Sir Edward Deering, Mr. Minors: And they are to meet in the Inner Court of Wards, at Two of the Clock this Afternoon.
Ordered, That it be referred to the same Committee, to take Consideration of the Island of Jamaica; and to receive such Proposals as shall be made, in order to its Security and Managing with least Charge to the Publick, and to the best Advantage of his Majesty's Service; and to make Report therein to the House.