Friday, the 8th of July, 1653.
Serjeant at Arms.
ALDERMAN Tichborne reports from the Committee to whom the Claim of Serjeant Birkhead to
the Office of Serjeant at Arms was referred, and his
Qualification and Fitness for the said Office, the Votes
of that Committee; viz.
That Serjeant Birkehead his Patent, granted by the
Parliament the Fifth Day of May 1646, in the King's
Name, for the Place of Serjeant at Arms to the Parliament, during his Life, with a Fee of Twelve-pence per
Day, and a Vesture, is in their Judgment, good to him,
for what is herein contained:
That, in their Opinion, upon Inquiry, Serjeant Birkhead is a fit Person for the Office of Serjeant at Arms to
this Parliament, according to the Order of the House for
The Question being propounded, That the Patent of
Mr. Birkhead be allowed;
And the Question being put, That this Question be
It passed with the Affirmative.
And the main Question being put;
It passed in the Negative.
The Question being put, That Mr. Birkhead shall be
Serjeant at Arms to this House;
The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.
|Sir Charles Wolseley,
||Tellers for the Noes:
||With the Noes,
||Tellers for the Yeas:
||With the Yeas,
So it was Resolved, That Edward Birkhead Esquire
shall be Serjeant at Arms to this House.
Resolved, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this
House do repair to Lieutenant Colonel Worseley for the
Mace; and do bring it to this House.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee, who
brought in the Report touching the Serjeant, to consider
of the Use of the Mace, and with whom it shall remain;
and report their Opinion to the House.
Council of State.
This Day the House took into Consideration the Instructions given formerly to the Council of State: Which
were now read.
Ordered, That the Debate upon these Instructions be
adjourned till To-morrow Morning; and be then proceeded in.