Die Lunæ, 25 Februarii, 1649.
Ale and Beer.
AN Act, touching the Way of collecting the Excise of
Ale and Beer brewed and spent in private Families,
was this Day read the Third time.
And a Proviso was tendered to the said Act, "That
this Act, or any Thing therein contained, shall not extend to Day Labourers in Husbandry, that brew Beer for
their own Families:" Which was this Day read the First
Resolved, That the Debate upon this Bill be adjourned
to This day-sevennight.
Ordered, That it be referred back to the same Committee, to consider, as well upon the Debate of the
House, any thing else that may be proposed to them,
of Something to be offered to the House, for the better
and more effectual collecting the Duty of Excise; and
present their Opinion therein to the House on Saturday
next: And all that come to have Voices: And Mr.
Lechmere to take care of it.
Council of State.
Sir Wm. Armyn reports from the Council of State,
That Sir Peter Wentworth and Mr. Gourdon, nominated
Members of this Council, came to the Council; and, the
Tests being offered to them, in pursuance of the Order of
Parliament of the Twentieth instant, they find, That, in
those Tests, that which concerns Secrecy is contained in
the Oath appointed for the Council by the Act of Parliament of the Two-and-Twentieth instant; and therefore,
as they are willing to take the former Part of that Test,
which concerns Faithfulness to the Commonwealth, and
also the new Oath to be now taken by those of the Council for this Year; so they desire, that they may be dispensed with for subscribing that Part concerning Secrecy, in
the former Tests, which is expressly provided for in the
said latter Oath: And that the House be desired to declare their Pleasure therein, that, thereupon, the said
Gentlemen may be admitted to sit in the Council.
Resolved, That the Signing of so much of the former
Test, for the Council of State, as concerns Faithfulness
to the Commonwealth, and the taking of the new Oath
touching Secrecy, by Sir Peter Wentworth and Mr. Gourdon, Members of that Council, be sufficient, without
subscribing the latter Part of the former Test, which
Lord Lieut, of Ireland.
A Letter from the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, from
Castle Town, 15 Februarii 1649, was this Day read;
and ordered to be forthwith printed and published.
Ordered, That a Letter of Thanks be sent to the Lord
Lieutenant of Ireland: And that Mr. Scott do prepare
the Letter: And that Mr. Speaker do sign the same.
Resolved, That the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland have
the Use of the Lodgings called the Cockpit, the Spring
Garden, and St. James's House, and the Command of
St. James's Park.
Ordered, That the Lord General be moved, that the
Soldiers in Duresme House be forthwith removed: And
that the Possession of the said House be delivered up to
the Earl of Pembroke.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Revenue, to take care, that Duresme House be forthwith
put in as good Repair and Condition, as it was when the
Soldiers entered into the said House.