Die Jovis, 21 Martii, 1649.
High Court of Justice.
THE House this Day resumed the Debate upon the
Amendments to the Act for erecting an High
Court of Justice.
And the several Amendments being put to the Question particularly, with some Amendments at the Table,
Resolved, That William Weston Esquire be one of the
Commissioners in this Act.
Resolved, That Robert Warcupp Esquire be one of the
Commissioners in this Act.
Resolved, That this Clause following be inserted into
this Act; viz. "And be it further Enacted, That every
of the Commissioners before-named, before he shall do
or execute the Office of a Commissioner by virtue of this
present Act, shall take the Oath ensuing; viz. 'You shall
swear, that you shall well and truly, according to the
best of your Skill and Knowledge, execute the several
Powers given unto you by this present Act:' And the
Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal of England, or
any one of them, are hereby authorized to administer the
said Oath accordingly."
Resolved, That Richard Graves Esquire, John Sadler
Esquire, and John Hurst Esquire, be Commissioners in
Resolved, That this Bill be ingrossed; and brought in
on Saturday Morning.
Issue of Money.
Resolved, That the Committee of Goldsmiths Hall be
authorized and required to grant their Warrants to the
Treasurers there, to make Payment of all such Sums of
Money as the Council of State hath charged upon the
Revenue of the Lands settled upon Trustees for the Irish
Affairs, according to the several Contracts and Warrants
made by the said Council, out of the Monies and Revenue that shall come in to Goldsmiths Hall, out of those
Ordered, That Sir James Harrington do, on Saturday
next, report the Bill for preventing the Transportation of
Mr. Scott reports from the Council of State, A Paper
given in to the Council by Mr. Attorney General, concerning the Posts: And that it is the Opinion of this
Council, That, as Affairs now stand, they conceive it
safe and fit, that the Office of Postmaster shall be in the
sole Power and Disposal of the Parliament, in these
"That, by Direction and Authority of the Parliament, I erected Postages for the Service of the State:"
"That, for defraying the Charges of the several Postmasters, and easing the State of it, I published, that there
should be a weekly Conveyance of Letters into all Parts
of the Nation:"
"That, with the Benefit which came by the Postage of
Letters, I have taken off from the State the Charge of
all the Postmasters of England, except Dover Road,
which is above Seven thousand Pounds by the Year:"
"That the Committee of the Council of State, for
Irish Affairs, have treated with me for taking off the
Charge of the Packet Boats for Ireland; which I have
consented to do; and will cost nigh Six hundred Pounds
a Year more:"
"That the Common Council of London have sent an
Agent to settle Postages, by their Authority, on the
several Roads; and have employed a natural Scott into
the North; who is gone into Scotland, and hath settled
Postmasters (other than those for the State) on all that
"The Pretence of the Common Council is, for another
weekly Conveyance of Letters, for other Uses; and,
though pressed unto it, have refused to come to the Parliament, and to have Direction from them in it."
"That, besides the intrenching upon the Rights of
the Parliament, it will distract that Course which is now
settled, and by which the Charge of all the Postmasters
of England are taken off from the State; and another way
must be thought on for Payment of them, if continued; and it cannot be longer expected to be done
"This I humbly offer and present, in Discharge of
the Trust lying on me, and the Duty which may be required of me."
Resolved, That the Offices of Postmaster, Inland and
Foreign, are, and ought to be, in the sole Power and
Disposal of the Parliament.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State,
to consider of the State of the Offices of Postmaster,
and of the Interests of those Persons who claim any
therein: And to take into Consideration, how the same
may be settled in the best way for the Advantage and
Safety of the Commonwealth; and report their Opinions
therein to the House: And that they take Order for the
present Management thereof in the mean time.