Tuesday, the 27th of July, 1652.
MR. Garland reports from the Commissioners for
Compounding, certain Queries made by the Commissioners; wherein they desire the Resolution of the
THE Commissioners for Compounding, &c. having
directed several Cases depending upon particular Circumstances, to be prepared for the Parliament's Directions, whether the same be within the General Pardon,
or excluded by the Exception Page 1555; whereby all
Sequestrations are excepted upon which any Lands, Tenements, Hereditaments, Debts, Goods, or Chattels, did,
the 1st of December 1651, stand actually sequestred: And
the Commissioners, besides those special Cases, meeting
with many other falling under a more general Consideration, whether they be within the said Exemption or not,
have taken the Boldness to represent them, in all Humility, to the Parliament, for their Directions: Viz.
First, If Lands, Goods, or Debts, were once actually
sequestred; and afterwards the Sequestration, upon Composition with the Committee in the Country, be discharged; or that the Sequestration be suspended, or de
facto discharged by any Committee, and continues so till
after the 1st of December 1651; whether such Lands,
Debts, or Goods, shall be adjudged to stand actually sequestred within the Intention of the said Exception?
Secondly, If, after Lands or Goods were once actually
sequestred, the Party sequestred, or any other, by colour
of any Order, or by Permission, Connivance, or Negligence of publick Ministers, or otherwise, happen to get
the Possession of the said Lands, or Goods, receives the
Rents, disposes of the Goods, and continues so to do,
without any Interruption on Behalf of the Commonwealth
till after the 1st of December, whether such Lands or Goods
shall be adjudged to stand actually sequestred within the
Intention of the said Exception?
Thirdly, If a Delinquent be seized of several Manors
or Lands, lying in one or divers Counties; and one of those
Manors, or Part of those Lands, is actually sequestred
before the 1st of December and the rest not discovered
till afterwards; whether such Manors and Lands, not
discovered formerly, shall be adjudged to stand actually
sequestred within the Intention of the said Exception?
Fourthly, If, upon a Charge of Delinquency, Omission, or Undervaluation, the Parties Estate be seized and
secured, and Judgment given against him, but, through
Casualty or Negligence of Under-Officers, nothing more
done before the 1st of December 1651, whether such
Estate shall be adjudged to stand actually sequestred
within the Intention of the said Exception?
Haberdashers-hall, 1 Julii 1652.
Resolved, That these Queries be committed; and that
the Committee do consider of them, and of the Act of
General Pardon: And have Power to send for the Commissioners for Compounding, or any other Persons whom
they shall think fit to conser with herein: And to report
their Opinion to the House, upon the Whole: Viz. to
Aldermen Allein, Major Salwey, Colonel Marten, Sir
Arthure Hesilrige, Mr. Scott, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Garland,
Colonel Fielder, Mr. Bond, Colonel Thomson, Colonel
Fenwick, Mr. Love, Mr. Oldesworth, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Mr. Trenchard, Major-General Harrison, Sir Richard
Lusey, Colonel Bossevile, Sir John Trevor, Mr. Darley,
Colonel Purey, Lord Grey, Colonel Purefoy, Mr. Edward
Ash, Mr. Dove, Mr. Strickland, Mr. James Ash, Mr.
Westrow, Alderman Atkins, or any Five of them: Who
are to meet this Afternoon, in Mr. Speaker's Chamber,
at Two of Clock.
Sir Arthur Hesilrig reports from the Commissioners
for Compounding and Advance.
THE Commissioners for Compounding and Advance
taking into serious Consideration, that, whiles they had
Power to allow a Fifth Part unto Informers, Charges of
Delinquencies were much more effectually prosecuted,
than they have been since that Time; so that divers Persons who have been guilty of Delinquency, committed
since the Change of Government, and not included
within the gracious Act of General Pardon, have escaped,
and many more are like to escape, unpunished, to the
great Loss of the Commonwealth, except some Remedy
be speedily applied; May it, therefore, please the Parliament, to allow unto every Person and Persons, that shall
discover any Offence, or Person offending against any
Ordinance for Sequestration, shall have One Part
of all such Benefit and Profit as shall grow due unto the
Commonwealth, by reason of such Offence so discovered.
And for avoiding and punishing vexatious Prosecutions,
May it, likewise, please the Parliament, to give Power
unto the said Commissioners to give reasonable Costs and
Damages unto every Person and Persons that shall be unjustly and vexatiously prosecuted by any such Informer,
in such Proportion as the said Commissioners shall conceive to be agreeable to Justice and Equity: And, if it
fully appear, that any Person be found guilty of Conspiracy in such unjust and vexatious Prosecution, or if any
Person or Persons be proved to have corrupted or suborned any Witness, the said Commissioners may have
Power to punish such Offender and Offenders, by reasonable Fine, not exceeding; and by
Imprisonment, not exceeding
Resolved, &c. That this Paper be committed to the
former Committee: And that Sir Henry Mildmay take
care of it.
Major Salawey reports from the Council of State,
That the Parliament be humbly moved, from the Council, to take into Consideration the Business of the Treasury of this Commonwealth; and likewise, the executive
Part of the Admiralty; to the end the same may be
disposed of and settled, in such manner, that the many
Difficulties and Inconveniences daily arising from the
Way they are now in, in the Management of the Affairs
of this Commonwealth, relating to those Particulars, may
be for the future prevented.
Resolved, That it be referred to a Committee, to look
upon the Bill, Papers, and Instructions before the House,
touching the bringing all the Treasury into one Channel,
and consider of them; and to offer something to the
House, how the same may be speedily put into such a
Way as may be most for the Advantage of the Commonwealth; and present it to the House, with all convenient
Speed: Viz. Mr. Carew, Major Salwey, Mr. Robinson,
Mr. Bond, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Mr. Leman, Mr. Scott,
Sir Henry Mildmay, Colonel Purefoy, Colonel Sidney,
Lord Commissioner Whitelock, Mr. Goodwin, Mr. Stephens, Colonel Bennett, Colonel Marten, Mr. Edw. Ashe,
Mr. Trenchard, Colonel Fielder, Major General Harrison,
Lord General, Lord Commissioner Lisle, Mr. Pierpoint,
Mr. Westrow, Lord Grey, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Nelthrop,
Mr. Gurdon, Sir John Trevor, Colonel Harvey, Sir Arthure
Hesilrig, Alderman Allein, Colonel Thompson, or any Five
of them: And are to meet To-morrow, in the Afternoon,
at Two of Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber; and report
it with all convenient Speed: And that Major Salwey do
take care of it.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, to consider how the Business touching the executive Part of the
Admiralty and Navy now stands upon the Bill, formerly
committed; and consider what is fit to be done for the
Carrying-on the Business, for the best Advantage of the
Commonwealth; and report their Opinion to the House.
Ordered, That it be referred unto the Committee
appointed for the Business of the Treasury: And that
Colonel Fielder have Care of this Business.
A Letter from the Queen of Sweden, dated at Stockholme Castle, the 2d Day of June 1652, was this Day
read, in Latin.