Friday, the 19th of December, 1656.
Grant to Gen. Monck.
A BILL for Confirmation of a Charter, granted by
the Lord Protector to General George Monck, of
the Barony of Kaniell, and other Lands, made in pursuance of several Orders of Parliament, was this Day read
the First time; and, upon the Question, ordered to be
read the Second time on Tuesday next.
A Bill for Improvement of Waste-Grounds, and Regulating of Commons and Commonable Lands, and preventing Depopulations, was this Day read the First time.
And the Question being put, That this Bill shall be
read the Second time;
It passed in the Negative.
Resolved, That this Bill be rejected.
Petition from London.
The House being informed, that a Committee of Aldermen were at the Door from the Lord-Mayor, Aldermen,
and Common-Council of the City of London;
They were called in: And, being come to the Bar,
Alderman Fowke made a Speech at the Bar; and presented, from the Lord-Mayor, Aldermen, and CommonCouncil of the City of London, a Petition: Which, after
the said Aldermen were withdrawn, was read; and was
intituled, "The humble Petition of the Lord-Mayor,
Aldermen, and Commons, of the City of London, in
Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee; viz. to Colonel Grosvenor, Colonel Hewson,
Alderman Foot, Sir Christofer Pack, Mr. Floyd, Mr.
Bampfeild, Mr. Franck, Mr. Timbes, Mr. Recorder of
London, Mr. Bedford, Colonel Rous, Colonel Blake,
Alderman Dickenson, Mr. Jenkinson, Major-General
Packer, Captain Blackwell, Mr. Holland, Colonel Purefoy, Mr. Waterhowse, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Drake, Mr. Godfrey, Mr. Moody, Judge-Advocate Whaley, Alderman
Tigh, Mr. Stanley, Major-General Boteler, Mr. John
Ashe, Mr. Downing, Captain Hatsell, Sir Rich. Onsloe,
Major-General Whaley, Sir Tho. Wroth, Major-General
Berry, Colonel White, Major-General Goff, Alderman
Bradshaw, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Noell, Colonel Whetham,
Mr. Aldworth, Alderman Geldare, Mr. Trenchard, MajorGeneral Kelsey, Mr. Trumball, Mr. Butler, Mr. Ramsey,
Mr. Berkley, Captain Whitney, Mr. Sheild, Mr. Beake,
Mr. Bond, Mr. Bodurda, Mr. Hyland, General Disbrow,
Mr. Goodwyn, Mr. Bankes, Colonel Twisleton, Mr. Rolls:
To meet To-morrow, at Two of the Clock, in the Inner
Court of Wards.
The Aldermen and Citizens were again called in: And,
being come to the Bar, Mr. Speaker, by Order of the
House, acquainted them, That the House had read their
Petition, and taken it into Consideration; and have referred the same to a Committee.
Whereupon they again withdrew.
Captain Bailes reports from the Committee, to whom
the Business touching the Arrears of the Assessments
from the City of London was referred;
THAT this Committee find, by a List received from
the Committee for the Army, that there is due by an
Arrear of Assessments from the said City, from the 1st
of February 1644, to the 24th of June 1656, the Sum of
Thirty thousand Seven hundred Fifty-one Pounds One
Shilling; whereof due by the Stillyard, and IntercourseMerchants, the Sum of Six thousand Six hundred and
Sixteen Pounds Two Shillings Five Pence: And the rest,
being Twenty-three thousand One hundred Seventy-one
Pounds Ten Shillings Four Pence, in the said List, is
mentioned to be lost by Abatements, made by the Commissioners for the Monthly Assessments for the said City,
The said Committee also finds, by an Account from the
Lord-Mayor, Aldermen, and Common-Council of the
said City, that the said Sum of Thirty thousand Seven
hundred Fifty-one Pounds, or thereabouts, is in Arrear,
and due from the said City; whereof, they say, about
Six thousand Six hundred Pounds is discharged by the Act
of Oblivion; and about Two thousand Six hundred
Pounds is due by Offices and Officers employed by the
State; and about Seven thousand Pounds is owing by
the Merchants of the Intercourse; and about Fourteen
thousand Five hundred and Two Pounds hath been
growing in Eleven Years; which they move, may be
remitted and discharged, for the Reasons in the annexed
Paper given in to the said Committee by them.
The said Committee find, by the Account of the
Agent for the Committee for the Army within the said
City, whereunto the Committee of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common-Council, did more particularly
refer themselves, and their Account, That the just Sum
due from the said City, within the Time aforesaid, is
Thirty thousand Six hundred Eighty-two Pounds Twelve
Shillings Three Pence: Whereof remitted by the Act of
Oblivion, Six thousand Six hundred Eighty-five Pounds
Nine Shillings and Four Pence: Owing by the Stillyard,
and Intercourse-Merchants, Six thousand Eight hundred
Twenty-three Pounds Fifteen Shillings Five Pence:
Owing by the Temple, and Inhabitants thereof, Two
thousand Three hundred Twenty-five Pounds: Also
charged on divers Offices and Officers, employed by the
State, Two thousand Three hundred and Seventeen
Pounds Nine Shillings: And the Remainder, being Twelve
thousand Three hundred and Thirty Pounds Eighteen
Shillings and Six Pence, hath been at several times abated
by the Commissioners for the Monthly Assessments for
the said City, and returned, as lost, to the said Agent.
1. So that, upon the whole Matter, this Committee are
humbly of Opinion, that the Six thousand Eight hundred
Twenty-three Pounds Fifteen Shillings Five Pence, due
from the Stillyard, and Intercourse-Merchants, ought to
be forthwith paid by them; or levied, by Distress, upon
such of them as shall refuse to make Payment thereof.
2. That the Two thousand Three-hundred Twentyfive Pounds, charged upon the Temple, and Inhabitants
there, be forthwith assessed and paid, or levied, by Distress upon such as shall refuse to pay the same; in regard
the Acts for Assessment expressly say, That no privileged
Place, or Person, shall be exempted from Payment of the
3. That so much of the Two thousand Five hundred and
Seventeen Pounds Nine Shillings, as was charged upon the
said Offices, and Officers, be paid by, or levied upon such
Offices, as have not been assessed in some other Place,
where they lived, and did, and ought to pay for their said
Offices; as also what hath been charged upon the Houses,
where the said Offices were kept: And that the Remainder of the said Sum of Two thousand Five hundred and
Seventeen Pounds Nine Shillings, together with the
Twelve thousand Three hundred and Thirty Pounds
Eighteen Shillings, abated by the Commissioners as
aforesaid, be forthwith re-assessed upon the said City,
according as the Acts for Assessments do direct.
4. That the Six thousand Six hundred Eighty-five
Pounds Nine Shillings Four Pence, alleged to be discharged by the Act of Oblivion, be remitted, and the
said City discharged therefrom: Provided, that the Remainder of the said Arrear be paid in to the Treasurers
at War, on or before the Day of
Resolved, That the House doth agree with the Committee, that the Six thousand Eight hundred Twentythree Pounds Fifteen Shillings Five Pence due from the
Stillyard, and Intercourse-Merchants, ought to be forthwith paid by them, or levied, by Distress, upon such of
them, as shall refuse to make Payment thereof.
Resolved, That the further Debate upon this Report
be adjourned till To-morrow Morning; and nothing to