Wednesday, the 8th
of September, 1652.
MR. Scott reports from the Council of State, That
the Parliament will be pleased to declare their
Pleasure concerning the disposing of the French Prisoners,
which were taken in the French Men of War.
Sir James Harrington reports from the Council of
State, that the Parliament be humbly moved to take
into Consideration the Draught of an Act for the Calling
Home of all English Seamen, who are in the Service of
foreign States and Princes, the Council finding it, (upon
the Intelligence which they have received from foreign
Parts), that it is of very great Concernment to the Service
of the Commonwealth: And the Lord President of the
Council is desired to move the Parliament herein, and to
present unto them a Copy of the Intelligence received
concerning this Business.
Prisoners of War.
Resolved, That the Soldiers and Seamen, which were
taken in the French Prizes last taken, and sent into
Dover, be sent home into their own Country.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State,
to consider how they may be sent Home; and unto
what Part they shall be sent; and to take Order, that
the same be done accordingly.
Ordered, That the Word "Officers" be added to the
former Vote, next before the Word "Soldiers." And
so it was.
Resolved, That the Officers, Soldiers, and Seamen,
which were taken in the French Prizes, last taken, and
sent into Dover, be sent Home into their own Country.
Resolved, That it be referred, likewise, to the Council
of State, to consider of a fit Time to send them away;
and to cause them to be sent away at such Time as they
shall think sit.
The House resumed the Debate upon the Amendments to the Bill for Sale of several Lands and Estates
forfeited to the Commonwealth for Treason.
Ordered, That the said Bill and Amendments be recommitted, and brought in again, on Friday Morning
next, the first Business.
Trade from Germany.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Navy, to consider of the Obstructions of Trade from
Germany; and present their Opinions therein to the Parliament, how the said Obstructions may be removed.
A further Additional Act, for Sale of the Remainder
of the Fee-farm Rents yet unsold, was this Day read the
First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to the Committee to whom the Amendments to
the Bill for Sale of several Lands and Estates forfeited to
the Commonwealth for Treason, is referred: And that
the Committee do meet in Mr. Speaker's Chamber, this
Afternoon; and report it To-morrow Morning, the first
Business: And that Mr. Garland take care of it.
Ordered, That these Words "and Disbursements"
be added in the Order of the 31th of October 1651,
touching the Accompts of Captain Humfry Brewster.