Die Jovis, 16 Maii, 1650.
A LETTER from Mr. Strickland, Agent for the
Parliament in Holland, from the Hague, of the
19/9th of May 1650, was this Day read.
Ordered, That this Letter be returned back again to
the Council of State.
Ordered, That This-day-month, being the Thirteenth
Day of June next, be appointed and set apart for a Day
of publick Fasting and Humiliation, to be observed in all
Churches and Chapels within the Cities of London and
Westminster, and all other Cities, Towns, and Places,
within this Commonwealth, for seeking unto Almighty
God for pardoning the great Sins of this Nation, and for
a Blessing upon the Councils and Endeavours of the Parliament, for the Preservation of this Nation against all the
Plots, Designs, and Combinations, of the Enemies of this
Commonwealth: And that an Act be brought in for that
Purpose; together with a Declaration of the Grounds
and Reasons of setting apart the Day aforesaid: And that
it be referred to Sir James Harrington, Colonel Harrison,
Mr. John Gurdon, Major Salwey, Sir Wm. Masham, or
any Two of them, to prepare the said Act and Declaration; and to bring it in To-morrow Morning, the First
And the Care hereof is committed to Major Salway.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That Mr. Owen, Mr. Carrall, and Mr. Strong, be desired to pray and preach before the Parliament, at Margaret's, Westminster, on This-day-month, being the Thirteenth Day of June next; be
ing a Day set apart for Publick Fasting and Humiliation.
Ordered, That Mr. Gurdon do give notice hereof to
Ordered, That Sir Wm. Masham do give notice hereof
to Mr. Stronge.
Ordered, That Mr. Millington do give notice hereof to
Acts to be printed.
Ordered, That a competent Number of the several Acts
against Adultery, and for the better Observation of the
Lord's Day, be forthwith printed at the Charge of the
State: And that a sufficient and competent Number of
them be forthwith sent to supply every Parish in the several Counties: And that the Council of State take care
that the same be sent into the several Counties, for Supply of each Parish, accordingly.
An Act for an Assessment for Six Months, from the
Twenty-fourth Day of June 1650, for the Maintenance
of the Forces raised by Authority of Parliament, for the
Service of England and Ireland, at the Rate of Ninety
thousand Pounds per mensem, for the first Three Months,
and at the Rate . . Threescore thousand Pounds per mensem for the last Three Months, was this Day read the
Second time; and divers Alterations and Additions of
Commissioners at the Table.
The Question being put, That the Proviso touching
the Exemption of the Universities, &c. do stand;
It passed with the Negative.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Army to bring in a Proviso, upon Debate of the House,
for exempting the Persons of the Masters, Fellows, and
Scholars of the Universities, and the Colleges of Winchester, Westminster, and Eaton, from being liable to the
Tax in this Bill.
Ordered, That this Bill, so amended, be ingrossed.
Invalid Soldiers, &c.
Ordered, That the Letter of the Treasurers for maimed
Soldiers, and Widows, be read To-morrow at Eleven of
The humble Petition of William Howett, was this Day
Whereas Information is given that the City of Lincoln
was heretofore assessed, and did pay, toward the monthly
Assessments, double to its Proportion, that it ought to
have borne with the County: It is Ordered, by the Parliament, That it be referred to the Commissioners of the
County, to do Right to the City of Lincoln therein; and
be hereby authorized to ease them in the next Assessment, without lessening the Sum by the Act set upon
the City and County.
Persons to attend.
Ordered, That Mr. Carew Ralegh be required to attend
the House To-morrow Morning: And that Mr. John
Goodwyn, and such others of the Committee for the
Business of the Fens as sat Yesterday, do likewise attend
the House To-morrow Morning: And the Serjeant at
Arms attending the Parliament is to give Notice hereof
to the several Persons aforesaid.