Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Tuesday, 4th December, 1660.
Mr. Crowch reports Amendments to the Bill for enabling Sir Edward Gostwicke to sell Lands for Payment of Debts, and raising Portions for younger Children: Which he first read, with the Coherence, in his Place; and were afterwards read the First and Second time by the Clerk.
A Proviso was tendered to this Bill; viz. "Provided that the said Sir Rowland Litton, Sir William Beecher, Serjeant Keeling, and George Blundell, be not from henceforth, in any Sort, accountable or chargeable for or in respect of any thing which the said Sir William Litton hath done in the ordering or managing of the said Estate; for any Disbursements which he hath made concerning the same; or for any Articles or Agreements which he hath made to any Person or Persons, concerning the said Estate:" Which was read the First and Second time; and, on the Question, agreed; and ordered to be part of the Bill.
Mr. Swinfen reports from the Committee, to whom the Bill for enabling William Milward Esquire to sell Lands for Payment of Debts, was referred, that the Committee, upon View of the Bill, and Consideration of the former Security for the Monies therein mentioned, thought fit to report the same back without any Amendments.
Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to consider what publick Bills, sent formerly from this House, do now depend before the House of Peers, unpassed; and what may be fit to be offered to the Lords, at the Bar of their House, as Inducements to the speedy passing thereof: And that Sir John Northcot, Mr. Prynn, Sir Walter Erle, Sir John Bowyer, Sir Wm. Lewes, Colonel King, Mr. Bampfeild, Mr. Crowch, or any Three of them, be the said Committee: And they are to make Report To-morrow Morning.
Attainder of Oliver Cromwell, &c.
Attainder of Oliver Cromwell, &c.
Earl of Dorset's Estate.
The Lords have sent you a Bill for settling the Manors of Knowle, Seale, and Kempsing, upon the Earl of Dorset, and his Heirs; and charging the Manor of Bexhill, and the Manor or Farm of Cowding, and other Lands, in the County of Sussex, with a Rent Charge of One hundred and Thirty Pounds per Annum, in lieu thereof: To which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Attainder of Oliver Cromwell, &c.
Regicides Carcases to be taken up.
Resolved, That the Carcases of Oliver Cromwell, Henry Ireton, John Bradshaw, and Thomas Pride, whether buried in Westminster Abbey, or elsewhere, be, with all Expedition, taken up, and drawn upon a Hurdle to Tiburne, and there hanged up in their Coffins for some time; and after that buried under the said Gallows: And that James Norfolke Esquire, Serjeant at Arms attending the House of Commons, do take care that this Order be put in effectual Execution.
Bills sent from Lords.
Disbanding the Army.
Ordered, That the Debate upon the Report made Yesterday, from the Commissioners for Disbanding the Army, be resumed To-morrow Morning the First Business: and that, next after, this House be resolved into a Grand Committee of the whole House, upon the Bill for Six Months Assessments.
Impeachment of Drake.
Resolved, That the Impeachment against William Drake be carried to the Lords by the Lord Falkland, and delivered at the Bar of the Lords House, in the Name of this House, and of all the Commons of England:
The Knights, Citizens and Burgesses, the House of Commons, in the Name of themselves, and all the Commons, of England do hereby declare, complain, and shew, against William Drake Citizen and Merchant of London,
That whereas, this present Parliament, through the Blessing of God upon their Endeavours, and the incomparable Grace and Goodness of his Majesty's Royal Condescensions, have proved the happy Instruments of repairing the Breaches of this Kingdom; restoring the ancient Foundations; and passing many good and wholsome Laws, for the Safety and Quiet of the People; and are daily preparing such others, as may yet seem to be wanting:
Nevertheless the said William Drake, in Contempt of his Majesty's Crown and Dignity, and of the Laws and Government of this Kingdom; and out of a wicked and malicious Intention, to scandalise and subvert the Authority and Being of this present Parliament, and to raise and stir up Sedition and Division in this Kingdom; and against the Peace of our Sovereign Lord the King; hath lately, that is to say, upon or before the Eighteenth Day of the Month of November last, at Westminster in the County of Middlesex, written, printed, and published, in the Name of one Thomas Phillips Gent. a certain, false, wicked, malicious and seditious Pamphlet, intituled, The Long Parliament Revived; or, An Act for Continuation, and the not Dissolving the Long Parliament, called by King Charles the First in the Year 1640, but by an Act of Parliament; with undeniable Reasons, deduced from the said Act, to prove, that That Parliament is not yet dissolved: Also Mr. Wm. Pryn his Five Arguments fully answered; whereby he endeavours to prove it to be dissolved by the King's Death, &c. By Thomas Phillips Gent. a sincere Lover of the King and Country; in which said scandalous and seditious Pamphlet, the said William Drake, amongst many other wicked Expressions, Clauses, and Assertions, therein contained, doth falsely, maliciously, and seditiously, affirm and declare,
Page 14. Secondly, The Act (meaning the Act of Parliament to which the Title of the Pamphlet refers) is herein express, That by no other Way or Means, but by an Act of Parliament, it shall be dissolved: Which, being it cannot be done by the dead King, but may be done by the Successor, it ought to be so dissolved; or else it must and doth, by virtue of this Act, still remain legally in full Being and Authority.
Page 17. Thirdly, How much it were to be wished, that the Legislative Authority might revert into that Chanel, meaning the Long Parliament aforesaid; by which the Peace and Settlement of the Nation, through his Majesty's most gracious Influence, might durably, and without Question, be provided for and preserved.
Page 21. Fourthly, If That be a lawful Parliament, (speaking of the Long Parliament aforesaid, which he elsewhere affirmed to be in being) then this can be none, nor no other, till this be legally dissolved.
All which Practices for stirring up of Sedition, the Commons are ready to prove, not only by the general Scope of the said Book, but likewise by several Clauses therein contained, besides these before-mentioned, and such other Proofs as the Cause, according to the Course of Parliament, shall require;
And do pray, that the said William Drake may be put to answer all and every of the Premises; and that such Proceeding, Examination, Trial, Judgment, and exempplary Punishment, may be thereupon had and executed, as is agreeable to Law and Justice.
Exceptions in Act of Grace.
Ordered, That the Committee, to whom the Bill of Attainder was referred, do, with all convenient Expedition, prepare and bring in a Bill, as well in relation to those Persons who are named in the Act of General Pardon and Oblivion, to have sat upon the late King's Majesty, of blessed Memory, and are since dead; as for the inflicting Penalties on those, who, by the said Act of General Pardon and Oblivion, are reserved to future Pains and Penalties, not extending to Life: And they are to meet in Mr. Speaker's Chamber, at Two of the Clock this Afternoon; and so to sit de die in diem, till this Business be perfected; the Sitting of any Grand Committee in the mean time notwithstanding.