Thursday, the 14th of July, 1659.
Embassy from Portugall.
ORDERED, That Mr. Ralegh do attend the
Lord Ambassador from the King of Portugall, to
his Audience this Day, in the Place and Stead of the
Tower Hamlets Militia.
A Bill, ingrossed, for settling the Militia in the Hamlets of the Tower of London, was this Day read the Third
Resolved, That Sir Henry Vane be one of the Commissioners in this Act.
Resolved, That the Words "or Ammunition" be inserted in this Bill, next after the Word "Arms," in the
One hundred and Third Line; and that the Word "or,"
before the said Word "Arms," be omitted; and that the
Words "or Ammunition" be inserted after the Word
"Arms," in the One hundred and Sixth, One hundred
and Eighth, One hundred and Ninth, and One hundred
and Eleventh Lines.
And the said Bill so amended, was, upon the Question,
passed; and ordered to be printed and published.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Hill, Colonel White, Mr.
Garland, Mr. Say, and Colonel Lister, or any Three of
them, do withdraw; and bring in a Bill touching the
Powers to be given to the Commissioners for the Militia
A Bill, ingrossed, for settling the Militia in the Borough
of Southwark, and Parts adjacent, was this Day read the
Resolved, That, after the Word "Arms," in the One
hundred and Tenth Line, these Words, "or Ammunition," be added; and in the One hundred and Twelfth,
One hundred and Fifteenth, One hundred and Sixteenth,
and One hundred and Seventeenth Lines.
And the said Bill, so amended, was, upon the Question,
passed: And it is
Ordered, That the said Act be forthwith printed and
Ordered, That Mr. Dormer and Mr. Leman be added
to the Committee touching Second Moieties: And that
the said Committee have further Power to receive any
Propositions that shall be offered to them, touching raising Monies for the Service of the Commonwealth.
The Names of Commissioners for the Militias in the
several Counties were reported; and read; And the
Names of Persons to be Commissioners for the Militia
of the County of Berks were read; and, upon the
Question, agreed unto.
The Names of Commissioners for the County of
Bedford were read.
Resolved, That Major John Barker be added a Commissioner of the Militia in the County of Bedford: And
the said Commissioners Names were agreed unto.
The Names of the Commissioners for the Militia for
the City of Bristoll, were read.
Resolved, That John Stephens Esquire be one of the
Commissioners for the Militia in Bristoll.
The Question being put, That Captain George Bishop
be one of the Commissioners for the Militia in Bristoll;
The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.
Sir Henry Vane,
||Tellers for the Yeas:
||With the Yeas,
|Sir John Bourchier,
||Tellers for the Noes:
||With the Noes,
So it passed with the Negative.
And the rest of the Commissioners Names were agreed
Commissioners Names for the County of Bucks were
The Question being put, That Mr. Richard Hampden
be a Commissioner in this Bill;
And the Question being put, That this Question be
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, That Tho. Challoner Esquire be a Commissioner for the Militia in the County of Bucks.
Ordered, That this Debate be adjourned until To-morrow Morning: And that the House do then proceed upon
the rest of the Names of the Commissioners for the
Probate of Wills.
Colonel Morley reports from the Council of State,
That, for Prevention of all Inconveniences for want of
due Process and Proceedings, in such Causes as are depending, and Matters to be executed, in the Court of
Admiralty, and Probate of Wills; to restore the said
Courts, as formerly, for some time.
Ordered, That an Act be brought in, for Settling of
the Court of Admiralty, and the former Powers of the
said Court, as formerly, for some time: And that the
Commissioners for the Admiralty, Members of this
House, do bring in the said Act.
Ordered, That an Act be brought in for settling the
Court for Probate of Wills, and Granting of Administrations, with the former Powers, for some time.
Ordered, That another Act be prepared and brought
in, for settling the Probate of Wills, and Granting of
Administrations, in the several Cities and Counties of
this Commonwealth: And that it be referred unto Sir
Tho. Widdrington, Colonel Lister, Mr. Cawley, Mr.
Robinson, Mr. Darley, Sir John Bourchier, Colonel
Morley, Mr. Wild, Sir Tho. Wroth, Mr. Christofer
Martin, Colonel Bennett, Mr. Dormer, Sir John Trevor,
Mr. Love, Colonel White, Mr. Anlaby, Mr. Strickland,
Colonel Rich, Mr. Hay, Mr. Garland, Mr. Holdsworth,
Colonel Purefoy, Mr. Brewster, Mr. Skynner, Mr. Fagg,
or any Three of them, to bring in the said Bill: To meet
this Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, in the Speaker's
Mr. Garland reports from the Committee ordered to
withdraw, A Bill giving Powers to the Commissioners
for the Militia of Westminster: Which was read the First
and Second time:
Resolved, That these Words; viz. "within the said
City and Liberties, and the Parishes and Places adjacent;"
be added, in the Ninth Line, next after the Word
And the said Bill, so amended, being put to the
The House being informed, That some Officers of the
Army were at the Door;
They were called in: And, coming to the Clerk's
Table, in usual Manner, Mr. Speaker acquainted them
with the great Trust the Parliament reposed in them; and
that the Parliament did expect Faithfulness from them to
the Parliament and Commonwealth of England: And
thereupon delivered to them their Commissions; viz.
To Lieutenant-Colonel Wm. Arnop, his Commission
to be Lieutenant-Colonel of Colonel Clerke's Regiment
To Serjeant Major Geo. Owen, his Commission to be
Serjeant-Major of the same Regiment:
To Serjeant-Major Samuell Bonnell, his Commission
to be Serjeant-Major of Colonel Barrowe's Regiment of
Embassy from Portugall.
Sir Henry Mildmay reports from the Committee appointed to accompany the Lord Ambassador from the
King of Portugall, That they have accompanied him to
the Court of Wards; and that he was ready, and did
attend, to present himself to the House.
The Serjeant, with his Mace, went to attend the Lord
Ambassador to the House.
So soon as the Ambassador was entered, the Ambassador uncovered himself; and the Speaker, and all the
Members, stood up bare.
When the Ambassador was come as far as the Bar, the
Master of the Ceremonies and the Serjeant attending him,
the one at the Right Hand, the other at the Left, until
the Ambassador came to the Chair, which was placed, on
the North Side of the House, upon a Turkey Carpet, with
Two Cushions in it;
The Ambassador being sat, the Master of the Ceremonies stood on his Right Hand, and the Serjeant, with
the Mace, on the Left.
The Bar being let down, and the Doors left open, for
his Gentlemen, and others, to come in;
The Ambassador began his Speech in the Portugall
Tongue; and, when the Members were covered, he proceeded in his Speech; and, as he named the Commonwealth of England, or the King his Master, he was
uncovered, and the Members likewise.
And, having ended his Speech, the Speaker told him,
He would acquaint the House with what he had offered.
After the Ambassador had had Audience, he delivered
his Letters Credential in the Portugall Tongue, and a
Copy of his Speech in Portugall and in English; and
afterwards, making Obeisance several times, went out of
the House: Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Scot, and Mr.
Ralegh, attended him out of the House.
After the Lord Ambassador was withdrawn, his Speech,
in English, was read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State,
to hear what the said Lord Ambassador from the King of
Portugall hath to propound; and to treat with him; and
report their Proceedings therein to this House, as they
shall see Cause, from time to time.
Ordered, That Sir Oliver Fleming, Master of the Ceremonies, do acquaint the said Lord Ambassador from the
King of Portugall with the said Order.