Die Veneris, 12 Aprilis, 1650.
Adultery and Incest.
THE House this Day resumed the Debate upon
the Bill for suppressing Adultery, Incest, and
Resolved, That, instead of the Clause touching Adultery in the Bill, this Clause be inserted; viz. "In case
any married Woman shall, from and after
be carnally known by any Man, other than her Husband,
except in case of Ravishment; and of such Offence or
Offences shall be convicted, as aforesaid, by Confession,
or otherwise; every such Offence and Offences shall be,
and is hereby, adjudged Felony: And every Person, as
well the Man as the Woman, offending therein, and confessing the same, or being thereof convicted by Verdict,
upon Indictment or Presentment, as aforesaid, shall suffer
Death, as in case of Felony, without Benefit of Clergy."
Resolved, That this Proviso be added; viz. "Provided, That this shall not extend to any Man, who, at the
time of such Offence committed, is not knowing, that such
Woman, with whom such Offence is committed, is then
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee, to bring
in a Proviso, That this Act do not extend to Women
whose Husbands are beyond the Seas, or whose Husbands
absent themselves from their Wives for the Space of Five
Years, when there is a common Fame, that their Husbands are dead.
Mr. Millington, Sir James Harrington, Colonel Marten,
Mr. Holland, Mr. Rowse, or any Three of them, are to
take care hereof.
Ordered, That that Part of this Bill, touching Fornication, be re-committed; and brought in This-daysevennight: And all that come to have Voices: And they
are to meet in the Speaker's Chamber, To-morrow at
Seven of the Clock.
And Mr. Millington, Mr. Rowse, and Sir James
Harrington, are to take care hereof.
Surrender of Laughlyn Bridge.
A Letter from Dublin, from Wm. Basill, of the Fourth
of April 1650, with Articles therein inclosed, made upon
Surrendering of the Castle and Garison of Laughlyn
Bridge, were this Day read.
Surrender of Kilkenny.
A Letter from Colonel Huson, of the Fourth of April
1650, from Dublyn, with Articles inclosed, made upon
the Surrender of the City and Castle of Kilkenny, were
this Day read.
Ordered, That a Letter of Thanks be written to Colonel Huson, taking notice of this Good Service: And that
Mr. Speaker be, and is hereby, impowered and authorized
to sign such Letter.
Ordered, That Colonel Jones and Sir Peter Wentworth
do prepare the Letter accordingly.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Navy, to give Order for Payment to be made for such
Provisions, as shall be thought fit by the Council of State,
for those Ships, by them ordered to go to the Fleet at
Observation of Lord's Day.
Mr. Millington reports Amendments to the Bill for
better Observation of the Lord's Day, Days of Thanksgiving, and Publick Humiliation: Which were this Day
read the First and Second time; and, after some Amendments at the Table, were, upon the Question, agreed;
and the Bill ordered to be ingrossed.