Tuesday, the 19th of December, 1654.
MR. Read reports, from the Committee, to whom
the blasphemous Books, written by John Biddle,
were referred, The rude and obstinate Behaviours and
Misdemeanors of the said John Biddle, and of Richard
Moone, and John Cottrell the Printer and Publisher of the
said Books, before the said Committee: And that they
refused to tell their Names, or to give Answer to any
Questions demanded of them by the said Committee.
Resolved, That Richard Moone, and John Cottrell do
stand committed to the Prison of the Gatehouse for their
Contempts and Misdemeanors, until the House take
Abuse in Lobby.
Mr. Ray informs the House of an Abuse done in the
Lobby Yesterday, by one who struck Captain Villers.
Gresham's, &c. Petition.
The humble Petition and Appeal of Marmaduke
Gresham Gentleman, and John Holmden Esquire, was
this Day read.
Resolved, That the Lords Commissioners of the Great
Seal be authorized to re-hear this Cause, without a Bill of
Review; calling to their Assistance the Lord Chief Justice
Rolle, the Lord Chief Justice St. John, Baron Thorpe,
Justice Hale, Justice Newdigate, Justice Atkins, and
Justice Windham, or any Three of them; and thereupon
to give Relief, as there shall be Cause: And that before
the Re-hearing, that the Petitioners do put in good Security, such as the said Lords Commissioners shall allow
of, to answer and pay such Damages and Costs to the
adverse Party, as the said Lords Commissioners shall
order upon the said Re-hearing.
Settling the Government.
Major Hale reports, from the Committee, A Paper,
in pursuance of the Reference made Yesterday.
The Question being propounded, That Whitehall, St.
James'-House and Park, the Mews, the Slaughter-House,
Somerset-House, Greenwich-House and Park, HamptonCourt, and the Honour and Manor of Hampton-Court,
with the Parks and Grounds thereunto now belonging,
Windsore Castle, the Little Park, and other the Lands
thereunto now belonging, and the House called the
Manor, in or near the City of York, with their and every
of their Appurtenances, now unsold and undisposed of,
be vested in the present Lord Protector, and the succeeding Lords Protectors, for the Maintenance of his and
their State and Dignity, over and besides the Two
hundred thousand Pounds aforesaid; and shall not be
aliened, but by Consent in Parliament.
The Question being put, That the Word "Slaughterhouse," stand in this Question;
It passed in the Negative.
And so it was Resolved, That Whitehall, St. James'House and Park, the Mews, Somerset-House, GreenwichHouse and Park, Hampton-Court, and the Honour and
Manor of Hampton-Court; with the Parks and Grounds
thereunto now belonging, Windsore-Castle, the Little Park
there, and other the Lands thereunto now belonging;
and the House called the Manor, in or near the City of
York, with their and every of their Appurtenances now
unsold and undisposed of, be vested in the present Lord
Protector, and the succeeding Lords Protectors, for the
Maintenance of his and their State and Dignity, over
and besides the Two hundred thousand Pounds aforesaid;
and shall not be aliened, but by Consent in Parliament.
The next Clause in the Report was read.
Resolved, That these Words, viz. "or by Authority
thereof, "be added in the Question, next after the
Words "by Act or Ordinance of Parliament."
Settling the Government.
RESOLVED, That the Committee, to whom the
Preparing of a Bill upon the Votes concerning the Government is referred, be impowered to consider of the
printed Instrument, intituled, The Government of the
Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland; and,
where they find any thing defective in the Votes, which
hath not been already debated in the House, to resort
to the House with such Particulars as may be fit to be
supplied without altering the Substance of what the House
hath already voted.
The House resumed the Debate upon the latter Clause
of the Report made by Major Hale, in these Words:
"That all other Lands, Tenements, Rents, Profits,
Royalties, Revenues, Jurisdictions, or Hereditaments
whatsoever, belonging to the Commonwealth, not already
contracted for, sold, or disposed of, by Act or Ordinance
of Parliament, or by the Authority of the same, before
the Day of, shall be vested in the
present Lord Protector, and succeeding Lords Protectors,
to the Use of the Commonwealth; and the Profits thereof
sued for in his and their Names; and payable to the
Publick Receipt of the Exchequer: And also all Debts,
not discharged by the Act of Oblivion, with all Fines,
Issues, Amerciaments, Penalties, and Profits, certain and
casual, shall likewise be sued for in his and their Names,
and pay into the Publick Receipt aforesaid; and to be
disposed of for the Paying of publick Debts, or otherwise, as the Parliament shall appoint."
Resolved, That this Clause be committed to the same
Committee who brought in this Report: And the Com
mittees for the Business of Scotland and Ireland are added
to that Committee, to bring in one or more Bills for
settling the same, as they shall think fit, saving all Mens
Resolved, That it be referred to the same Committee,
to consider of the Arrears of the Salaries due to the Lords
Commissioners, and the Judges, as well those who are
deceased, or now out of Place, as that are now in Place;
and how the same may be paid to them, or their Executors; and also, to take into Consideration the Fees
received by them.
Resolved, That it be likewise referred to the same
Committee, to take into Consideration the Master of the
Rolls, for a Salary to be allowed to him with the other
Judges: And that they do also take into Consideration
the Arrears due to the Judges of the Welsh Circuits, and
the Chief Justice of Chester.
Mr. Nathaniell Bacon reports, from the Committee,
to whom the Clause was referred; touching the Calling
of a Parliament, next after the Death of the Lord Protector for the Time being: Which was read.
Resolved, That the Debate upon this Report be
adjourned till To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this
House do take into his Custody the Bodies of Richard
Moone, and John Cotterell, and deliver them over to the
Gatehouse, according to the Order of this House made