Die Sabbati, 31 Octobris, 1646.
THE Grand Committee of the House met, to take
into Consideration the Ordinance for appointing the
Sale of the Bishops Lands.
Mr. Sandys in the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Edward Leech and
The Lords have commanded us to return unto you this
Ordinance, for appointing the Speakers of both Houses
to be Commissioners of the Great Seal: And this Commission; which is to be amended: They moved first from
you: They have agreed unto them, with one Alteration
in the Commission: In which they desire the Concurrence
of this House. They likewise desire to put you in mind,
that the Earl of Cleveland may have Leave to stay in the
Country for Two Months longer.
The Amendment in the Commission was read; and,
upon the Question, assented unto; and was, for limiting
the Time of the Commission to Twenty Days after the
End of this present Michaelmas Term.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the
Lords, That the Earl of Cleveland shall continue in the
Country for Two Months longer.
Mr. Samuel Browne went to the Lords, to desire them
to appoint a Time for swearing the Speakers of both
Houses Commissioners for the Great Seal: And was likewise to desire them to name a Committee, to consider
how, and in what manner, the Great Seal of England
shall be disposed, after the Determination of the Time
for which it is now committed to the Speakers of both
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House hath considered their Lordships Message; and
doth agree to the Alteration in the Commission; and that
the Earl of Cleveland may continue in the Country for
Two Months longer.
Mr. Samuel Browne brings Answer, That the Lords
have appointed the Commissioners for the Custody of the
Great Seal of England to be sworn presently.
The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of Bedall and
Askew in Richmondshire, in the County of Yorke, was this
Day read; representing, That, in those Two Constablaries, being both but of the yearly Value of Ninety-nine
Pounds, old Rent; and that, in Four Months, and odd
Days, they have paid to the Scotts, in Assesses, and other
Charges, the Sum of Nineteen hundred Pounds Eight Shillings and Ten-pence, as by the Certificates thereunto
annexed may appear.
And likewise the Copy of a Warrant dated at Bedall
12 Julii 1646, signed "David Leslie", directed to all
Officers and Soldiers under his Command, and signifying
his express Pleasure, That Mr. George Metcalfe, of Firby
shall have no Officers nor Soldiers quartered upon his Land
there, neither pay any Cess or Contribution for that Purpose, nor yet be charged with any Draughts or Horses,
according to the Contents of the said Paper, was read.
And the House was informed, That the said Mr.
George Metcalfe is a Papist:-
Resolved, &c. That the Ordinance for committing the
Custody of the Great Seal to the Earl of Manchester,
Speaker of the House of Peers pro tempore, and to Wm.
Lenthall Esquire, Speaker of the House of Commons,
and likewise the Commission for hearing Causes in Chancery, be forthwith printed and published.-
Ordered, That the Members of this House that are of
the Committee of both Kingdoms, do, this Afternoon,
inform the Commissioners of Scotland of such Letters and
Petitions, as are come out of the Northern Parts, concerning the Sufferings of the Inhabitants there, by reason
of the Scotts Forces lying there; and concerning the Monies paid by them to the Scotts Army, by Assesses, FreeQuarters, and other Charges.
Mr. Pierpont is appoint to take care of this Business.
Resolved, &c. That the House be adjourned, at the
Rising thereof, until Monday Morning next, at Eight of
the Clock: And that the Grand Committee for the Ordinance for appointing the Sale of Bishops Lands do meet
The House being acquainted, That the Usher of the
Lords House was at the Door;
He was called in; and, coming into the Middle of the
House, acquainted them, That the Lords are ready to
administer the Oaths to the Commissioners for the Custody
of the Great Seal of England.
The House, being adjourned until Monday Morning at
Eight of the Clock, accompanied Mr. Speaker unto the
House of Peers; to the end the Commissioners for the
Custody of the Great Seal of England might be sworn,
and have the Seal delivered to them, in the Presence of
IT is this Day Ordered and Ordained, by the Lords
and Commons, in Parliament, That Edward Earl of
Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers pro tempore,
and Wm. Lenthall Esquire, Speaker of the House of
Commons, shall be, and are hereby, appointed Commissioners for the Custody of the Great Seal of England; and
shall have and exercise the same Power and Authority, that
any Lord Chancellor, Lord Keeper, or Commissioners
for the Great Seal, have usually had, or ought to have:
This Ordinance, and the Power hereby given, to continue until the End of Twenty Days next after this present Michaelmas Term, and no longer.
And be it further Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid,
That the said Commissioners of the Great Seal shall seal a
Commission, according to the Tenor of the Commission
hereunto annexed: For which this present Ordinance shall
be their Warrant: And the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery is hereby required to prepare the same accordingly.