Die Jovis, 8 Novembris, 1649.
Relief of Creditors.
RESOLVED, upon the Question, by the Parliament, That the Act touching the Relief of Creditors,
and touching Writs of Error, be reported on Tuesday next.
The House this Day took up the Debate of the Business touching regulating the Excise.
Resolved, upon the Question, by the Parliament, That
such Person or Persons who shall at any time, within the
Space of Six Months now next coming, apprehend, and
bring in safe Custody, before any Justice of Peace, or any
other Officer of Justice, any Person that hath committed,
or shall commit, any Burglary, or Robbery on the Highway, or that hath or shall break open any Dwelling
House, or enter into any such House, and there use any
Violence upon any Persons, or their Goods, dwelling or
residing there, upon the Conviction of such Person apprehended, shall have a Reward of Ten Pounds for every
such Person so apprehended and convicted.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That all and every the
Sheriff and Sheriffs of the respective Counties in England
and Wales, where such Apprehension and Conviction shall
be made and had, be required (upon the Certificate of the
Judge, or under the Hands of Two or more Justices of
the Peace, before whom such Conviction shall be made)
to pay unto such Person or Persons, who shall apprehend
such Offender, the Reward aforesaid, of Ten Pounds for
every Offender so apprehended and convicted, out of the
publick Monies received by him, in that County: And
that the same shall be allowed unto him, upon his Accompts, in the Exchequer.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That the Sheriffs, the
Justices of the Peace, and Members of the Committees,
in the several Counties throughout England and Wales,
or any of them, be authorized and required speedily to
disarm all Papists, Delinquents, and other suspicious Persons, who have Arms contrary to the Law; and to take
Order, That such Arms be brought into some publick
Magazine, for the publick Use.
Ordered, That Mr. Marten, Mr. Attorney General,
and Mr. Hill, do withdraw; and pen a Vote upon the
Debate of the House, touching such Person guilty of
any the Crimes aforesaid, as shall make considerable Discoveries of others guilty of such Crimes, that they may be
brought to Justice.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal, to bring in an Act or Acts for
preventing Robberies, Burglaries, and other such Mischiefs; and present them to the House.
Ordered, That all Justices of Peace in the several
Counties be required and injoined to put in Execution
the Laws against Vagrants and Rogues; and to take
especial Notice of such Persons as are or shall come out
of Ireland, or pretend to be such, and travel up and down
the Country, and beg; and either to send them back again,
or otherwise to punish them as Vagrants, according to the
Law: And that all Masters of Ships, Mariners, and
Seamen, be enjoined not to bring over any such Persons
coming out of Ireland into this Nation: And the Generals of the Sea, and all Captains of the Ships belonging
to the State, and all Officers of Ports, are to take especial
Mr. Marten reports from the Committee that did
withdraw, Two Votes, by them prepared.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State,
to cause these Votes to be printed and published; and to
see the same put in Execution; and require an Account
every Month from the Counties: And that the said Council give an Account thereof to the House.
Ordered, That the Council of State be impowered to
give Reprieves or Protection to such Person or Persons
guilty of any the Crimes expressed in the former Vote,
as shall make any considerable Discovery of his or their
Complices, or other the like Offenders, as they shall see
Cause, for the Safety of the Commonwealth; and to give
an Account of it, from time to time, to the House, for
their further Direction therein.
Resolved, &c. That the House be resolved into a Grand
Committee, To-morrow Morning, to take into Consideration how the Excise may be settled throughout the
whole Commonwealth; and likewife how it may be best
levied for the Advantage of the Commonwealth, and
Ease of the People: That the grand Committee, have
also Power to consider of the Rates already made, and of
any Addition or Alteration thereunto.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. James Ashe have Leave to go into
Flanders for Three Months; and to carry over with him
a Man, and Two Horses: And that Mr. Speaker do give
him a Pass accordingly.
Deans and Chapters Lands.
Mr. Allein reports from the Committee of Obstructions for Sale of Deans and Chapters Lands, That Three
thousand Five hundred Twenty-six Pounds Thirteen Shillings and One Peny Halfpeny, formerly stood charged
upon the Excise, in Course, and Four thousand Pounds
upon Goldsmiths Hall, in Course, as due to the Officers
of the late Lord Fairefax, deceased, being comprised in
a List, now by him presented; and that the said Sums
were transferred by the late Act for the Sale of Dean and
Chapters Lands, to be secured and paid by the Sale of
the said Lands, with a Query of further Satisfaction, as
in the said Act is expressed, before the said Sums were
to be allowed; and that, for the further Satisfaction of
the House, the Committee had examined Matter of Fact;
and found the Debts to be charged as abovesaid, by Authority of Parliament; and had received Certificates from
the Lord General, Major General Lambert, Captain Nicholas Greathead, and Captain Nicholas Saunderson, of the
Fidelity of the said Officers, and their constant Adherence
to the Parliament.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the
Committee's Proceedings herein; and do order, That the
said Committee issue forth their Order to the Trustees,
and all other Persons concerned therein, to allow of the
said respective Sums abovesaid, by the Sale of the said
Lands, as of any other Sum or Sums of Money transferred upon Deans and Chapters Lands, for the Use of the
Persons mentioned in the said List.