Die Mercurii, 22 Augusti, 1649.
Absent Members, &c.
ORDERED, That it be referred to the Committee
touching absent Members, to consider of the Order
made by this House, touching such Members of this
House as did not give Satisfaction to the said Committee;
and to state the Matter of Fact touching the Imprisonment
of Mr. Samuel Clerke; and report the same to the House
The House this Day took up the Debate, upon the Act,
touching the Adventurers for the Elutherian Islands.
Resolved, &c. That Excise be excepted in this Act.
The Question being propounded, That the Goods imported shall be Custom-free;
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, &c. That the said Act, so amended, be forthwith ingrossed.
The House being informed, that divers Aldermen of
the City of London, Members of the Corporation for the
Poor, were at the Door;
They were called in: And, after a short Preamble made
by Alderman Avery, he did, in the Name of the President and Governors of the said Corporation, present an
humble Petition to this House.
Which (after the Petitioners were withdrawn) was read;
and was intituled, "The humble Petition and Desires of
the President and Governors for the Poor of the City of
London, and Liberties, lately incorporated by an Act of
this present Parliament."
An Act for settling certain Houses upon the Corporation of the President and Governors for the Poor of the
City of London, and Liberties thereof, was this Day read
the First and Second time; and, upon the Question committed unto Colonel Marten, Colonel Rich, Mr. Challener, Alderman Wilson, Alderman Atkin, Mr. James Challoner, Mr. Bond, Mr. Scott, Alderman Pennington, Mr.
Leman, Mr. Allen, Mr. Toll, Mr. Mayne, Colonel Ven,
Colonel Harrison, Colonel Thompson, Mr. Corbett, Mr.
Garland, Sir Richard Lucy, Mr. Clement, Sir James Harrington, Captain Smyth, Mr. Browne, Mr. Edwards, Dr.
Palmer, Mr. Holland, Mr. Lister; or any Five of them:
And all that come to have Voices, Mr. Marten, and
Alderman Wilson to take care of it: With Power to consider of Synon House, or any other House, for the Use of
the Poor: With Power to look upon the Letters Patents
touching Synon House; and present their Opinions therein
to the House: With further Power to send for Persons,
Witnesses, Papers, or any thing else that may conduce
to that Business: And to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, in the Exchequer Chamber; and so to sit de die in
Ordered, That the Act for the Prisoners be reported
To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
The serious Representation of Captain Thomas Robinson,
Nathaniel Middleton, and Wm. Heaward, on the Behalf of
themselves, and many Thousand poor Miners inhabiting
in the County of Derby, was this Day read.
The humble Petition of John Earl of Rutland, was this
Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee; to consider of, and to hear what the Miners can
say, that they are prejudiced by the former Order made
by this House the Twenty-eighth of March last; and to
state the whole Business; and present their Opinions therein
to the House: Viz. unto Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Attorney
General, Mr. Goodwyn, Mr. Hallowes, Mr. Millington, Sir
Wm. Strickland, Mr. Challener, Mr. Holland, Mr. Ashe,
Dr. Palmer, Mr. Carey, Mr. Robinson, Mr. John Goodwyn,
Mr. Allen, Mr. Bond, Mr. Garland, Colonel Marten; or
any Five of them: Who are to meet To-morrow at Two of
the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Exchequer Chamber.