Die Mercurii, 28 Novembris, 1649.
THE humble Petition of the well-affected Freemen
of the Town of Bedford, whose Names are thereunto annexed, was this Day read.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That the said Petition be
referred to the Committee to whom the Petition of the
Town of Northampton is referred; to consider of the
said Petition; and to send for and peruse the Charter of
the said Town; and to consider of the Conveniencies and
Inconveniencies thereof, in reference to the Commonwealth, as it is now established: With Power to send
for Parties; and to hear what shall be propounded to
them, for Alteration of the Charter for the Benefit of the
Petitioners, so as may best stand with the Government
now established, and the Good of the Commonwealth.
Petition from Alshary.
The humble Supplication of the Borough of Alisbury
in the County of Bucks, was this Day read.
Ordered, By the Parliament, That that Part of the said
Petition, which concerns the Corporation, be referred to
the same Committee to whom the Petition of the Town
of Northampton is referred; to consider thereof; and to
send for and peruse the Charter of the said Town; and
to consider of the Conveniencies and Inconveniencies
thereof, in Reference to the Commonwealth, as it is now
established: With Power to send for Parties; and to hear
what shall be propounded to them, for Alteration of the
Charter for the Benefit of the Petitioners, so as may best
stand with the Government now established, and the Good
of the Commonwealth: And that Mr. Salwey do make
the Report from the Committee to whom the former Petition of the said Town was referred, the First time,
when the Reports from Goldsmiths Hall are made.
Inns of Court.
Ordered, That the Benchers of the several Inns of
Court, and the Heads of the Inns of Chancery, be enjoined not to permit any publick Revelling or Gaming
in any of the said Inns of Court or Chancery.
Col. Heane's Claims.
Mr. Bond reports from the Council of State, the
humble Petition of Colonel James Heane, Governor of
Weymouth: Which was this Day read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to
consider what is fit to be done with the several Prisoners
mentioned in the said Petition; and what is fit to be paid
to the Petitioner for his Charges therein: And that they
give Order for Payment thereof accordingly.
Relief of Creditors.
The Lord Commissioner Whitelock reports an Act for
discharging from Imprisonment poor Prisoners unable to
satisfy their Creditors: Which was this Day read the First
and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed
unto Lord Commissioner Whitelock, Mr. Robinson, Sir
Henry Vane Senior, Sir John Danvers, Mr. Weaver, Colonel Temple, Sir Thomas Maleverer, Mr. Bond, Alderman
Hoyle, Sir Wm. Allenson, Sir Richard Lucy, Mr. Temple,
Colonel Bossevill, Mr. Dove, Earl of Salisbury, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Leman, Mr. Attorney, Colonel Purefoy, Sir
Henry Mildmay, Lord Commissioner Lisle, Colonel Jones,
Major General Harrison, Colonel Popham, Mr. Moyle,
Mr. Nevile; or any Five of them: And all that will
come to have Voices: And this Committee is to meet
To-morrow at Two of Clock in the Afternoon, in the
Exchequer Chamber, and so de die in diem: And that
the said Committee do take care to bring in the Act touching Creditors: And that both the said Acts be reported
Mr. Dove is to take care of it.
Ordered, That the Quorum of the Northern Committee be reduced to Five.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Mildmay do make his Report
from the Council of State, touching the Town of Southampton, This-day-sevennight.
An Act for the Sheriffs to appoint Deputies, who are
to receive and transmit the Acts, Orders, and Directions
of the Parliament, and Council of State; and the respective Sheriffs to make Returns thereof as they shall be injoined by the Parliament or Council; was this Day read
the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to Colonel Marten, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Garland,
Mr. Lechmere, Mr. Lister, Colonel Ludlow, Mr. Bond,
Mr. Scott, Sir Wm. Masham, Mr. Salwey, Mr. Hussey,
Mr. Heveningham, Mr. Dove, Mr. Trenchard, Mr.
Jones, Mr. Ralegh, Sir. Thomas Wroth, Lord Lisle, Colonel
Birch, Mr. Masham, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Hallowes, Mr. Nevill, Mr. Corbett, Colonel Rich, Mr. Fry,
Mr. Whittacre, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Scott; or any
Five of them: And are to meet in the Exchequer Chamber at Two of Clock this Afternoon; and so de die in
And the more particular Care hereof is referred to
Sir James Harrington.