Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Thursday, 21st June, 1660.
Leave of Absence.
Lord Monson surrenders.
Mr. Speaker acquaints the House, That the Lord Monson, who sat as one of the Judges upon the late King's Majesty, came Yesterday with his Keeper, and rendered himself to him, in Conformity to his Majesty's Proclamation; and that, finding him to be a Prisoner in Execution in the Fleet, he remanded him back to the Fleet, charging him with the Order of this House.
He also acquaints the House, That Lieutenant General Ludlow, who sat as one of the Judges upon the late King's Majesty, had rendered himself to him Yesterday, in Conformity to his Majesty's Proclamation.
He also acquaints the House, That Mr. John Carew, who sat as one of the Judges of the late King's Majesty, is brought up by the Sheriff of the County of Devon, according to the Order of this House; and that he had put him into the Charge of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House.
Mr. Turner reports from the Committee for Privileges and Elections, the Case upon the Return for the Borough of Scarborough in the County of Yorke; That, upon Examination of the Fact, it appeared, that Mr. William Thompson had a greater Number of Voices than Mr. Ledgard, who is returned, together with Mr. Luke Robinson, by Indenture, as Members to serve in this present Parliament; and that the Committee are of Opinion, that the said Mr. Thompson is duly elected, and ought to sit.
Resolved, That a new Writ be issued for a new Election of a Burgess to serve for the Borough of Scarborough in the County of Yorke, in the Place of Mr. Luke Robinson, who is discharged, by an Order of this House, from sitting as a Member of this Parliament; and that Mr. Speaker do issue his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, to prepare a new Writ for that Purpose; which the Lord Chancellor of England is to issue and pass under the Great Seal accordingly.
Persons ordered in custody.
Resolved, That, in regard of the Misdemeanour of the Bailiffs of the Borough of Scarborough, in returning of Mr. Ledgard to serve as a Member of this present Parliament, though he had a lesser Number of Voices, and neglecting to return Mr. Thompson, though he had a greater Number of Voices at the said Election, both the Bailiffs of the said Borough be forthwith sent for in Custody by the Serjeant at Arms attending this House.
Mr. Turner doth also report from the said Committee, the Case upon the Election for the Borough of Northampton; That, upon Examination of the Fact, the Committee were of Opinion, that the Election is not void, albeit the Precept was not read at the Election, the Substance of it having been there published by the proper Officer; that the Commonalty, as well as the Bailiffs, Aldermen, and Forty-eight Common Councilmen, have Right to elect; and that Richard Rainsford Esquire, who is one of the Persons returned by Indenture, and Sir John Norwich Baronet, who, by his Petition, complained of the Return, having Majority of Voices, are duly elected, and ought to sit.
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, that the Election of Members to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Northampton is not void, albeit the Precept was not formally read at the Time of the Election, the Substance of it being published by the proper Officer.
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, that the Bailiffs, Aldermen, and Forty-eight Common Councilmen, together with the Commonalty of the Borough of Northampton, have Right to elect Members to serve in Parliament for the said Borough.
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, that Sir John Norwich and Mr. Rainsford, having the Majority of Voices, are duly elected to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Northampton; and that they do sit in this House.
Expences of King's Reception.
Mr. Annesley reports from the Committee of this House, formerly Members of the late Council of State, to whom several Matters, in reference to his Majesty's Reception, are referred; that having, in pursuance of several Orders, directed considerable Quantities of Goods to be provided, which were necessary for his Majesty's Reception, consisting of such Particulars as are comprehended in the Estimates agreed unto by this House, the late Council of State, or the said Committee; and that Accompts being brought in for the same, and Satisfaction craved by the Persons who furnished the same (some of whose Bills do exceed the Estimate formerly approved of); the said Committee find, that although this House, by their Order of the 16th of May last, did charge Twenty thousand Pounds upon the present Ordinance for Three Months Assessment, towards defraying the Charge of the necessary Preparations for his Majesty's Reception; yet they do not find themselves clearly impowered to issue any of the said Sum, other than Two thousand Pounds to Alderman Frederick and others: Whereupon the Direction of the House was humbly prayed for taking the Accompts of the respective Persons, and to order the Issuing of the Remainder of the said Twenty thousand Pounds, so far as the same will extend towards Satisfaction of the said Persons, and their Bills, as aforesaid.
Resolved, That the said Committee be, and hereby are, impowered to take and examine the Bills and Accounts of all Persons, who have provided and furnished Goods, in order to his Majesty's Reception, upon the Estimates in the Report mentioned; and to allow of them as they shall find Cause; and thereupon to give Warrant for satisfying and paying the same, out of the Twenty thousand Pounds charged on the Ordinance for Three Months Assessment, and assigned to the Use aforesaid, so far as the same shall extend over and above the Three thousand Pounds, charged by special Orders of this House, on the said Twenty thousand Pounds, for so much advanced on the Credit thereof; viz. One thousand Pounds, by Sir John Robinson, and Two thousand Pounds by Alderman Frederick and others, which are to be paid according to the said Orders: And the Treasurer or Receiver General, appointed by the said Ordinance for Three Months Assessment, is authorized and required to pay the said Twenty thousand Pounds to such Persons, and in such Proportions, as the said Committee shall, by their Warrants, direct and limit; and such Warrants, with the Receipts of the several Persons to whom the same shall be payable, testifying their Receipt thereof, shall be to the said Treasurer or Receiver General, for so much as shall be so paid, a sufficient Warrant and Discharge.
Rights of Parliament.
Mr. Pryn reports Amendments to the Bill for confirming the Privileges of Parliament, and the fundamental Laws of the Land; which were read, and agreed; and, on the Question, the Bill was ordered to be ingrossed.
Pardon and Oblivion.
The Question being propounded, that it be referred to the Committee, who brought in the Bill of General Pardon and Oblivion, to prepare the other Bill, relating to the Persons excepted out of the Act of General Pardon and Oblivion;
The Bill for Poll Money, for the speedy Provision of Money, for the disbanding and paying off Part of the Forces by Land and Sea, and for other urgent and necessary Occasions of the Kingdom, was this Day read the Second time; and, on the Question, was committed unto a Grand Committee of the whole House.
The House invited to dine with the City.
The House being informed, that divers Aldermen, and others, attended at the Door from the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of London, they were called in; and, standing at the Bar, Mr. Alderman Fowke spake as followeth:
We are sent from the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of London, humbly to acquaint this House, that we have lately made our humble Address to his Most Sacred Majesty, humbly praying that to his former Graces he would give us a further Opportunity to express our Joy for his happy Restitution and Return, and for all the happy Consequences thereof; and, for this Purpose, that he would honour the City so far, as to accept an Invitation from them, to dine at Guild Hall, upon such a Day as himself should please to appoint. His Majesty has graciously accepted the Invitation, and appointed this Day Fortnight, being the 5th of July, to be the Day. Hereupon, considering a Parliament is sitting, and that, as it becomes us to express our Loyalty and Duty to his Majesty, so also our humble Respects to the honourable the Houses of Parliament; We therefore, by Direction of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, and in the Name and Behalf of the City of London, do humbly pray, That this House will honour that Meeting with their Presence.
Gentlemen, The House have considered of your Message; and take notice of the constant Continuation of the Kindness of the City of London to this House; and do accept of your Invitation; and have commanded me to return you the very hearty Thanks of this House.