Monday, the 31st of October, 1653.
Duchess of Hamilton's Claims.
WHEREAS, by Vote of Parliament, of the
of Lands of Inheritance, of Five hundred Pounds per Annum, in Scotland, was to be settled on
Lieutenant-General Monck, and his Heirs, out of the
Lands forfeited in Scotland: And whereas the Manor of
Kineale, late Parcel of the Estate of Duke Hamilton, was
surveyed at Five hundred Pounds per Annum, over and
above Reprizes, and the said Lieutenant-General Monck
hath, by his Agents, been in Possession thereof about Two
Years: And whereas the Duchess Hamilton pretends an
Interest of Jointure in the said Manor; It is Ordered, by
the Parliament, That it be referred to the Committee for
removing Obstructions, to hear and examine the said
Duchess's Claim; and to state the Matter of Fact; and
certify it to the House by the last of December next.
Colonel Rous reports from the Committee for Petitions, The humble Petition of Henry Killegrew Merchant: Which was this Day read.
He also reports, The humble Petition of Philippa
Resolved, That the Petitioner be admitted to compound
for so much of the Estate of Henry Killegrew deceased,
as is yet unsold, at Two Years full Value.
He also reports the Petition of Elizabeth Rutter, Relict of John Rutter, of Kingsley, in the County of Chester,
deceased, on Behalf of herself, and Two Sons, Infants of
tender Years: Which was this Day read: With the
humble Petition of that Committee, That the Petitioner
have Liberty to resort to Drury-House, for the Buying
of her late Husband's Lands, notwithstanding her former
Address to Haberdashers-Hall, and paying Five hundred
Thirty-three Pounds and Ten Shillings there, being the
Moiety of a Fine of One thousand Sixty-seven Pounds,
imposed upon her for the Composition; and have the said
Sum, so paid, allowed her in her Purchase at DruryHouse, in regard she will not be able otherwise possibly
to reimburse herself, her Sons being Infants, &c.
He also reports, The humble Petition of the Overseers
and Rulers of the Company of Watermen, together with
their whole Society: And also, The humble Petition of
the ancient Hackney Coachmen, of London and Westminster: Both which were now read.
Ordered, That both these Petitions be referred to the
Committee of Petitions, to prepare a Bill; and report it
to the House.
Embassy from Sweden.
Mr. Lawrence reports, Letters Re-credential, both in
English and Latin, to be given to the Lord Lagerfeldt:
Which were now read; and agreed.
Ordered, That the Council of State do prepare the said
Letters Credential: And that Mr. Speaker do sign the
same: And that the same be sealed with the Seal of the
Council of State.
The House took into Debate the Settling of the Council of State.
Resolved, That Sixteen of the present Council of State
Resolved, That Fifteen of the Council shall be changed.
The Question being put, That To-morrow, at Nine
of the Clock, the House do proceed to make Election of
the Council of State;
It passed in the Negative.
Resolved, That the House do proceed to the Election
of the Council of State To-morrow, at Ten of the Clock
in the Morning, in the same Manner as was used by the
late Parliament, by Papers.
Fiddy's, &c. Petition.
The humble Petition of Thomas Fiddy and Nicholas
Duck, of Scarborough in the County of York, Fishermen,
in Behalf of themselves, and the rest of the Poor Fishermen of the said Town, and other Towns concerned
therein, was this Day read.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, to consider of this Petition; and examine the Business; and
state the Matter of Fact; and present it to the House.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for
Trade; with Power, if they see Cause, to stay the Proceedings in the Exchequer for the Matters . . .
The House resumed the Debate upon the Report made
from the Council of State, the 24th of October Instant,
Resolved, That Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Goodyere be
Commissioners in all the Commissions mentioned in the
Resolved, That Mr. Alexander Person, of Southall in
Scotland, be in the same Commissions wherein others of
the Scottish Nation are: And that the former Vote be
amended to this Purpose.
Resolved, That the several Persons of the Scottish
Nation, who are in Commission for Civil Matters, shall
also be in Commission for Criminals: and the Commissions kept distinct.
Resolved, That a Clause be added to the Commission
for the Business of the Universities, to give Power to the
Commissioners to dispose of the Profits of all vacant
Places, whether in the Universities, or belonging to the
Ministry, to such pious Uses as the Commissioners shall
judge fit; the said Commissioners still having special
Regard to such Places from whence the said Profits do
That, in respect the Clerks, Officers, and Dependants,
of the Courts of Justice in Scotland, do take no Fees,
but have Salaries appointed them, to be paid unto them
out of the Treasury, arising from the Fees of the said
Court; for which the Three Thousand Pounds formerly
appointed is not sufficient, in respect of new Clerks and
Officers, and their Servants, who are found necessary to
be appointed for the Carrying-on of the Business of the
said Court; that the Commissioners for Administration
of Justice be impowered to draw Warrants immediately
upon their own Treasury, for Payment of the Salaries of
the additional Officers above-mentioned; not exceeding,
in all, Four thousand Pounds per Annum.
Resolved, That the Parliament doth agree with the Report of the Council of State, touching the Eighth Proposal
made to the Council by Wm. Thompson, for an Imposition of 4d. Scotts, upon Ale and Beer: And that Sir
James Hope do bring in an Act for that Purpose; and
likewise Commissions, upon the former Votes.
Resolved, That the Commissioners for Administration
of Justice in Scotland have Power to cause the Impropriators to sell the Tythes in Scotland, according to the Law
Colonel Hewson reports from the Council of State;
That the Council being informed, That the Place of
Master of Katherine's Hospital is a Place of considerable
Profit and Advantage, and well worthy of some Person
of approved Godliness, Discretion, and undoubted Affections to the Commonwealth; and that Mr. Mountague,
who is in the present Possession thereof, is a Person, in
some Respects, unfit for the Execution of the Place; do
humbly tender it to the Parliament, to take Consideration
thereof; and to make such Disposition of the Place of
Master of Katherine's Hospital, as they shall judge fit.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That Thomas Cox Doctor
of Physick, be constituted and appointed Master of
Katherine's Hospital, for his Life: And that the Lords
Commissioners for the Great Seal of England be authorized and required to pass a Patent, under the Great
Seal of England, in common Form, unto the said Dr. Cox,
to be Master of the said Hospital, accordingly.