Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Monday, 17th December, 1660.
MR. Pedley reports Amendments to the Bill for confirming the Sale of the Manor of Hitcham, and other Lands sold by Sir John Clerke Knight: Which were first read by him in his Place, with the Coherence; and after, twice read by the Clerk; and, upon the Question, agreed unto.
Earl of Dongale's Claims.
Ordered, That this Petition be referred to a Committee, to examine the whole Matter of Fact, whether the Debt be a public Debt, and whether the same be paid, or other Security or Payment accepted, and why the Bond was not delivered up; and offer to the House, what they think fit to be done in the Business; with Power to send for Persons, Papers, Witnesses, and Records; viz. unto Sir John Northcott, Sir Anth. Irby, Mr. Knightly, Mr. Yong, Mr. Bampfield, Sir John Temple, Mr. Prynn, Lord Valentia, Mr. Knight, Lord Anger, Mr. Palmer, Sir Walter Erle, Sir Wm. Doyly, Colonel King, Mr. Spreey, Mr. Walpoole; or any Five of them: And are to meet in the Speaker's Chamber, at Two of the Clock this Afternoon.
Ordered, That the Petition be referred to the Committee for publick Debts, to examine this Business, state Matter of Fact, and report it to the House: And that Captain Titus be added to that Committee, as to this Business.
Milton's Complaint against the Serjeant.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Privileges, to examine this Business; and to call Mr. Milton and the Serjeant before them; and to determine what is fit to be given the Serjeant for his Fees in this Case.
Mr. Hollis represents to this House, an Order made by the Lords of his Majesty's Privy Council, and specially recommended to this House for their Advice therein, touching Protection for the Jews: Which was read.
"Provided always, and be it further Enacted, that this Act, or any thing therein contained, shall not be prejudicial to Edward Backwell, Alderman of London, as to the Sum of Twenty-eight thousand Four hundred and Fifty Pounds, or any Part thereof, by him advanced upon the Credit of several Orders of this present Parliament; and by them charged on the Receipt of the Grand Excise; that is to say, the Sum of Five thousand Pounds, payable to his Majesty's Surveyor General, for the Repair of his Majesty's Houses, charged, by virtue of an Order of the Sixth of September 1660, with Interest for the same: The Sum of Ten thousand Pounds, advanced to her Highness the Princess Royal, being charged, with Interest, by an Order of the Thirteenth of September, 1660: The Sum of Ten thousand Pounds, payable to her Majesty the Queen of Bohemiah, being charged, together with Interest, by an Order of Thirteenth September, 1660: The Sum of Three thousand Four hundred and Fifty Pounds, payable for Provisions for Donkerque, by Order of the Twentysixth of November 1660: Which Sum of Twenty-eight thousand Four hundred and Fifty Pounds, together with Interest for the same according to the Tenor of the said Orders after the Rate of Six per Cent', shall be paid to the said Edward Backwell, or his Assigns, out of the Grand Excise, and the Arrears thereof, in Course, as is by the said Orders appointed; and in case the same shall fall short in Payment, by the Twenty-fifth of December 1660, that then the Remainder shall continue secured to him out of the whole Excise, in Course, as aforesaid: And that no other Payments be made out of the Excise, but what is appointed by this present Parliament, in Course to precede the same, until the said Debts due to the said Edw. Backwell be satisfied: And, that in case any Part of the Monies due to Alderman Backwell be paid out of that Part of the Excise which shall grow due to the King's Majesty, that then his Majesty shall be reimbursed the same out of the First Monies that shall come in of the Arrears of Excise that will be due the said Twenty-fifth December:"
Grant for Coronation, Jewels, &c.
Resolved, That One Month's Assessment, after the Rate of Seventy thousand Pounds per Mensem, be granted towards the Charges of his Majesty's Coronation; and for Jewels to be set in his Majesty's Crown, suitable to his Majesty's Honour and Grandeur; and as a Memorial of the Respects and Affection of this House to his Sacred Majesty.
Bills sent to Lords.
Sir Edward Turner carried to the Lords, the Bill for Naturalization; the Bill for the Lord Viscount Roscommon; and the Bill for Sir Anthony Browne; and also the Bill of Attainder, amended, on the Message sent from the Lords.
Mr. Pierrepont carries to the Lords, the Bill for taking away to the Court of Wards, . . settling on his Majesty, a Revenue in lieu thereof: And the Bill, passed this Day, containing a Grant of certain Impositions, for Increase of his Majesty's Revenue.
Grant, &c. to Windham.
Resolved, That a Jewel, of One thousand Pounds Value, be provided and presented, in the Name of this House, to Francis Windham Esquire, as an Expression of their Sense and high Esteem of the great and eminent Service by him performed, in securing and preserving his Majesty's Person, after the Battle at Worcester.
Ordered, By the and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, that the Sum of One thousand Pounds, for the buying of a Jewel for Francis Windham Esquire, in respect of his great and eminent Service, in securing the Person of the King's Majesty, after the Battle at Worcester, be and hereby is charged on the Arrears of Excise, which are or shall become due on the 25th of December Instant, and paid to the said Mr. Windham, or his Assigns, in Course, after the Monies shall be satisfied, which are already charged on the Grand Excise, by former Orders of this Parliament: And the Commissioners of the Excise for the Time being, are impowered and required to pay the same accordingly: And the Acquittance of the said Mr. Windham, or his Assigns, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be, to the said Commissioners of Excise, a sufficient Warrant and Discharge.
Mr. Windham, You perceive what Notice the House hath taken of your great and eminent Service, whereby it pleased God to make you instrumental in the Safeguard and Preservation of his Majesty's sacred Person; a Blessing we have all so great an Interest in. We have had many despairing Years, and, by your Means, we have been raised out of the Grave of Despair and Confusion: And therefore I am commanded in the Name of this House, and of those they represent, the Commons of England, to give you, and I do accordingly give you, their hearty Thanks.
Protestants of Piedmont, &c.
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have sent you a Bill, intituled, An Act for levying of certain Monies due upon the Collection for the Protestants of Piedmont, together with several Alterations and Amendments; wherein they desire the Concurrence of this House.
8 Line, after the Word "same," and before the Word "and," put in these Words, "at Four Pounds Ten Shillings per Cent' by the Year;" and after the Word "Thousand," and before the Word "Pounds," put in these Words "and Fifty," and leave out the Words "or thereabouts."
55 Line, after the Word "Equity," leave out all the Words to the End of the Bill; and, instead thereof, put in these Words, "for Relief, concerning the Premises; any thing in this present Act to the contrary notwithstanding."
"Provided also, and be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That the Interest to be paid from the Time of the First Lending of the aforesaid Monies, until the Twenty-fourth Day of December in this present Year of our Lord 1660, shall be after the Rate of Four Pounds and Ten Shillings per Cent', for every Hundred Pounds thereof, and so proportionably, and no more; and that the said Interest for the said Debt in Arrear, at the Time aforesaid, shall be paid and satisfied on or before the said Twenty-fourth December next, to the good Liking of the Deputies of the said Protestants of Piedmont now in England, or any Two of them; and that the said Four thousand Nine hundred and Fifty Pounds remaining of the said Debt, with Interest for the same after the Rate of Six Pounds per Cent' for one Year, and so proportionably for all the time the same shall be unpaid after the said Twenty-fourth Day of December next, shall be paid as followeth; that is to say, Five hundred Pounds thereof, on the Twenty-fourth June which shall be in the Year of our Lord 1661, with Interest for the said whole Sum of Four Thousand Nine hundred and Fifty Pounds, after the Rate of Six Pounds per Cent' per Annum, for Six Months then ended; and Five hundred Pounds more thereof, on the Twenty-fourth Day of December then next following, with Interest at the Rate aforesaid, for the whole Sum then behind, for Six Months then ended; and Five hundred Pounds more thereof, the Twentyfourth of June which shall be in the Year of our Lord 1662, with Interest for the whole Sum then unpaid, after the Rate aforesaid, for Six Months then ended; and Five hundred Pounds more thereof, on the Twenty-fourth of December then next ensuing, with Interest, after the same Rate, for the whole Sum then unpaid, for Six Months then ended; and Five hundred Pounds more thereof, on the Twenty-fourth of June which shall be in the Year of our Lord 1663, with like Interest for the whole Sum then unpaid, for Six Months then ended; and the Sum of Five hundred Pounds more thereof, on the Twentyfourth Day of December then next following, with like Interest for the whole Sum then behind, for Six Months then ended; and the like Sum of Five hundred Pounds more thereof, on the Twenty-fourth Day of June which shall be in the Year of our Lord 1664, with Interest, after the same Rate, for the whole Sum then behind, for Six Months then ended; and the like Sum of Five hundred Pounds more thereof, on the Twenty-fourth of December, then next coming, with like Interest for the whole Sum then behind, for Six Months then ended; and the like Sum of Five hundred Pounds more thereof, on the Twenty-fourth Day of June which shall be in the Year 1665, with like Interest, for the whole Sum then unpaid, for Six Months then ended; and the Sum of Four hundred and Fifty Pounds, Residue of the said whole Sum of Four thousand Nine hundred and Fifty Pounds, with Interest for the said Four hundred and Fifty Pounds, after the Rate aforesaid, on the Twenty-fourth Day of December then next ensuing, for Six Months then ended."
"Provided also, that, until Default of Payment shall be made of some of the Sums or Payments before-mentioned, no Process or Proceedings be had or taken forth of the said Court of Exchequer, for the Levying of the aforesaid remaining Debt or Debts, or Interest, or any Part thereof; but in case, on any of the said Days and Times herein before-mentioned, Default of Payment shall be made; and that all and every of the said Payments, on all and every the Days and Times aforesaid, shall not be firmly holden and kept, according to the true Meaning hereof (unless the said Debt and Interest, by Agreement between the Parties concerned, or otherwise, shall be sooner paid and satisfied); then the whole remaining Debt and Interest, after the Rate of Six Pounds per Cent' per Annum, from the aforesaid Twenty-fourth Day of December 1660, shall be forthwith levied and paid, as is herein above-mentioned; any thing herein contained to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding."
Message for Lords to sit.
Ordered, That the Lords be desired from this House, to sit in the Afternoon; in respect of the Shortness of the Time, and the Weight of Business depending: And that the Lord Viscount Valentia do carry this Message to the Lords:
Lords reminded of Bills.
That the Lord Viscount Valentia be desired to put the Lords in mind of the Bills sent their Lordships from this House: and particularly, the Bill prohibiting Exportation of Wool: The Bill for better Observation of the Lord's Day: The Bill to prevent profane Swearing: The Bill for confirming College and Hospital Leases; and that for endowing Vicarages: The Bill for confirming Marriages; and to desire their Lordship's speedy Dispatch therein.
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have here sent you a Bill, intituled, An Act for the Naturalizing of John Boreel Esquire, eldest Son of Sir Wm. Boreel Knight and Baronet; to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Lords agree to Bills.
Mr. Titus reports Amendments to the Bill for settling the Postage of Letters: Which were first read by him in his Place; and were after read the First and Second time by the Clerk; and, on the Question, were agreed unto.
Provided also, and be it Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That a Letter or Pacquet Post shall, twice every week, come by the way of Truro and Penrin to the Town of Market-jew, alias Marhasien, in the County of Cornwall, and once a Week to Kendall, by the Way of Lancaster; and to the Town of Penrith in Cumberland, by the Way of Newcastle and Carlisle; and to the City of Lincolne, and Borough of Grimsby, in the County of Lincolne; any thing in this Act contained to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding.
Another Proviso was tendered: "That this Act, or any thing therein contained, shall not extend or be construed to make good or confirm any Letters Patents, Grant, or Agreement, heretofore made by the King's Majesty, to or with any Person or Persons whatsoever, of or concerning the said Office of Post Master, or Carriage of Letters by Post; but that the King's Majesty shall and may grant and dispose of the said Office, Fees, and Profits thereof, as he shall think fit; any such Letters Patents, Grant, Contract, or Agreement, to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding."
"Provided aslo, and be it Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That such Post Master General to be from time to time appointed by his Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, as aforesaid, shall continue constant Posts for Carriage of Letters to all Places, though they lie out of the Post Roads, as hath been used for the Space of Three Years last past, at the Rates herein before-mentioned, under Pain of Forfeitures, for every Omission, Five Pounds; to be recovered by Action, Suit, or Plaint, in any his Majesty's Courts of Record; the one Moiety to the Use of his Majesty, the other Moiety to the Use of the Informer."
Resolved, That in the Proviso among the Amendments, concerning the Officers of the Post Office taking the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, these Words be added; viz. "Before any Two Justices of Peace, of the respective Counties wherein such Person or Persons are or shall be resident; which said Justices are hereby authorized to administer the said Oaths accordingly."
"Provided also, and it is hereby Enacted, That all the Letters which at any time hereafter shall be sent by or unto any of the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, chosen and continuing to be Members of the Parliament of England, shall be freely, and without any Charge unto them, safely carried and conveyed by every Letter Post established by this Act, according to the Directions of the said Letter; any thing in this Act to the contrary notwithstanding:"
Answer from Lords.
The Lord Viscount Valentia brings Answer from the Lords; The Lords have agreed to sit this Afternoon: And, as to the Bills remaining with the Lords, of which he was to mind the Lords, the Lords say, they will make what Dispatch they can of them.
Resolved, That such of the Persons who have contributed their Pains in Improvement of the Revenue of the Post Office, as the Committee to whom this Bill was referred shall think fit to be taken into Consideration, be recommended to the King's Majesty, for Consideration to be had of their Pains taken therein, accordingly.
Restoring Lord Arundell.
|Sir Solomon Swayle,||Tellers for the Yeas:||94.|
|Sir Capell Luckin,||With the Yeas,|
|Mr. Prynn,||Tellers for the Noes:||35.|
|Mr. Buller,||With the Noes,|
Relief of Soldiers.
That the said Pensioners were discharged to the 13 of September 1660; so that for these Twelve Weeks last past the increasing Charge (which, according to the former Allowance, would have come to about Seven thousand Two hundred Pounds) is saved to the Publick.
"Whereas the maimed Soldiers and Pensioners, belonging to Ely House, and the Savoy, formerly a great Charge to the Nation, are, by Order of Parliament, discharged, and sent with Recommendations into their respective Counties and Places where they did last reside, but are not accordingly received or relieved by the respective Justices of the Peace: It is therefore Ordered by the Commons, in Parliament assembled, That all and every the Justices of the Peace, in all Counties, Corporations, and Places, within his Majesty's Dominions, do take speedy Care, and make Provision, according to the Statute for maimed Soldiers, and that of 43 of Queen Elizabeth, concerning Overseers of the Poor, for the Relief and Livelihood of such Pensioners, maimed Soldiers, Widows, and Orphans, as come unto them with such Recommendations, signed with the Hands of Thomas Lord Fairfax, Sir Gilbert Gerard, Sir Anth. Irby, Sir Wm. Wheeler, Sir Jo. Robinson, Sir Fran. Gerard, Sir Tho. Meeres, Sir Tho. Clergys, John Birch, William Prynn, Edward King, Gilbert Gerard, Richard Knightly, and Michaell Mallet, Esquires, or any Three of them, being Members of the Committee of Parliament, appointed to discharge the said Pensioners: And that this Order be forthwith printed: And that the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, do convey the same unto the respective Places for which they serve in Parliament; reminding the said Justices of the Necessity of this good Work; and of the Laws made concerning the same.
Resolved, That it be referred to Sir Thomas Clergis, Mr. Mallet, Mr. Pedley, and Mr. Goodricke, to prepare and bring in a short Bill, for charging the Country with providing for the Soldiers who have been wounded in the late Civil Wars in this Kingdom, as well as those mentioned in the former Statutes concerning maimed Soldiers; and to report the same to the House with all convenient Speed.
That it be referred to Mr. Swinsen. Serjeant Charlton, Colonel King, Serjeant Glynn, Mr. Shaw, Mr. Bascawen, Sir Wm. Wheeler, Mr. Prynn, Mr. Pedley, Sir William Lewes, Lord Viscount Valentia, Mr. Thomas, Mr. Goodricke, Sir Edw. Turner, Mr. Bodarda, or any Three of them, to prepare a Clause upon the present Debate; and report the same To-morrow Morning.
Grant, &c. to Windham.
The Lord Viscount Valentia reports from the Committee, Amendments to the Bill, sent from the Lords, concerning Grants of Offices and Honours: Which he read in his Place; and were afterwards read at the Table the First and Second time, by the Clerk.