Die Veneris, 19 Octobris, 1649.
Justice of Common Pleas.
RESOLVED, by the Parliament, That Edward,
Atkins, Serjeant at Law, be one of the Justices of
the Court of Common Pleas.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal of England do give Order for
a Patent to be drawn for that Purpose: And that they
be impowered to pass the same under the Great Seal of
England; and to minister, unto the said Mr. Serjeant
Atkins, the usual Oath to be taken by the Justices.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That the Words of the
Engagement; viz. "You shall be true and faithful to
the Commonwealth of England, as the same is now established, without a King, or House of Lords;" be added
into the first Part of the Oath, already appointed by Parliament to be administered to the Justices of the Upper
Bench, Common Pleas, and Barons of the Publick
An Act touching Serjeants Inn in Fleet Street was this
Day read the First time.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That the Contractors for
the Sale of the Lands of the late Deans and Chapters be
required to forbear to contract with any Person or Persons
for Sale of the Capital Messuage, situate in or near Fleet
Street, London, commonly called Serjeants Inn in Fleet
Street, where divers of the Judges and Serjeants at Law
have for a long time resided, and do still reside, until the
Residue of the said Lands shall be contracted for, and
Ordered, by the Parliament, That all such Persons as
were heretofore Judges, and likewise all Serjeants at Law,
Counsellors, Doctors of the Civil Law, Attorneys, Clerks,
and Solicitors, in the respective Courts, who have been
against the Parliament, and adhered to, or been aiding
and assisting to the Enemy, be removed from their Chambers respectively, within either of the Serjeants Inns, or
any of the Inns of Court or Chancery, and from the
Doctors Commons; saving the Right of such Articles of
War as have been confirmed by the Parliament.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That it be referred to the
Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal, to give Order to
the Judges of the several Courts, * * the Benchers of the
several Inns of Court, the Principals of the Inns of Chancery, and to the Judges of the Admiralty respectively,
that this Order be put in Execution accordingly; and to
require an Account thereof from the respective Persons
Resolved, by the Parliament, That the Committee of
the Navy have Power to satisfy the Mariners their Dues,
for all such Prizes as have or shall be taken, according
to the Engagement made to them by the State; and to
consider whether all or any of the said Prizes are sit to
be reserved for the Service of the State; and to issue out
Money for buying in such of them accordingly, for that
Use, as the Council of State shall advise and direct.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That it be referred to the
Council of State, to appoint, for the future, certain Ships
for Convoys for Merchants, for the Encouragement of
Trade; and to take care, and give Order, That the
Abuse of Convoy Money be taken off; and that the
Convoys be without Charge to the Merchant.
Colonel Thompson reports from the Committee of the
Navy, a Letter from the Navy Office, of the Second of
May 1649, That the Ropemakers, Hatchellers, Windersup, and Labourers, belonging to Wolwich Rope-yard,
might have a small Augmentation made to their Wages,
by the Day; viz. to each Spinner, Two-pence a Man a
Day more than what they have at present; and the rest
a Penny a Day apiece: And that, in Consideration thereof, they not only spin out their usual number of Nineteen
Threads a Man, the whole Length of the Rope-yard,
according to Custom, but likewise, in case each Man's
Nineteen Threads weigh not Seventy-seven Pounds for a
Day's Work, they, and each of them, shall spin, over
and above the said Threads, so many more as shall arise
unto, and make good, the said Seventy-seven Pounds
Weight a Day, which was never done in that Yard heretofore; wherein the Commissioners conceive the State
will save as much as the Increase of the Wages; viz. That
a Spinner, that now hath but Eighteen-pence, should have
Twenty-pence; a Hatcheller, that now hath Sixteen-pence,
should have Seventeen-pence; a Winder-up, that now hath
Fifteen-pence a Day, should have Sixteen-pence; a Labourer, that now hath Fourteen-pence a Day, should have
Fifteen-pence: And that the same may be allowed to the
said Labourers at Wolwich, and the rest at Chatham, who
are in one and the same Condition: And that the said
Committee do concur in Opinion with the said Commissioners of the Navy, for the Augmentation of the Wages
of the Ropemakers at Wolwich, and of the rest of the
Labourers of the other Yards belonging to the State,
according to the said Letter.
Resolved, That this House doth concur with the Committee of the Navy, and the Commissioners of the Navy,
That the several Augmentations of the Wages aforesaid
be made, upon the Terms and Conditions aforesaid, for
so long time as the said Ropemakers and Labourers shall
perform their Work, according to the said undertaking
and Condition aforesaid.
Weston's Fen Lands.
An Act for Benjamin Weston Esquire, touching Two
thousand Acres of Land, Parcel of the Twelve thousand
Acres of the Great Level of the Fens, mentioned in an
Order of Parliament of the Twenty-ninth of May 1649,
Parcel of the Ninety-five thousand Acres specified in an
Act of this present Parliament, and settling the Residue
of the said Twelve thousand Acres, upon Report of the
Committee, according to the said Order, was this Day
read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question
. . . . .
The humble Petition of A Mane Pockert Esquire, was
this Day read.
The humble Petition of Sir Cornelius Vermuden, was
this Day read.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Revenue are hereby required and authorized forthwith to pay and satisfy to
Mr. Serjeant Greene, who alone went the Kentish Circuit,
the whole Salary allowed to the Judges of that Circuit,
in as ample manner as was at any time heretofore allowed
to the Judges who went the said Circuit.
Ordered, That the House doth adjourn itself until
Tuesday Morning next, at Eight of Clock.