Die Martis, 18 Junii, 1650.
Embassy from Holland.
MR. Thomas Challoner reports from the Council of
State, the Answer to be given to the Lord Gerard
Schaeph, Commissioner from the States of Holland and
West Freizland, in Answer to the Paper delivered in by
him to the Parliament.
Which was this Day read the First and Second time;
and, with some Amendments at the Table, agreed unto.
Resolved, That the said Answer be attested by the Clerk
of the Parliament.
Ordered, That Colonel Thomson make his Report from
the Navy on Thursday Morning next, the first Business;
nothing to intervene.
Ordered, That the Business touching the Accompts of
the Commonwealth be taken up on Thursday next, after
the Business of the Navy.
Ordered, That the Lady Fairfax her Petition be read
To-morrow, after the Business for Trade.
Grant to Browne.
Ordered, That the Act for three thousand Pounds to
be settled on Mr. Browne, in Recompence of his Office
be read the Second time This-day-sevennight.
Relief of Creditors.
An Act for the more effectual Recovery of Debts, and
Relief of Creditors, was this Day read the Second time;
and, upon the Question, committed unto Mr. Solicitor,
Mr. Say, Colonel Jones, Mr. Love, Sir Wm. Allanson,
Mr. Hill, Mr. John Corbett, Mr. Gurdon, Mr. Attorney,
Sir Thomas Widdrington, Lord Commissioner, Mr.
Hodges, Serjeant Erle, Sir Henry Mildmay, Mr. Weaver,
Mr. Long, Mr. Lechmere, Mr. Moyle, Mr. Miles Corbett,
Mr. Edwards, Mr. Clement, Sir Peter Wentworth; or
any Five of them: And all that come to have Voices:
And this Committee is to meet this Afternoon at Two
of Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber; and so de die in
diem: And Mr. Serjeant Earl is to take care hereof; and
that the same he brought in on This-day-sevennight.
Embassy from Holland.
The House being informed, that, according to the
Order of this House, the Commissioner from the States
of Holland and West Frizland was in the Court of Wards,
attending the Pleasure of the House;
The Serjeant, by Command of the House, was sent
to attend him, together with the Master of the Ceremonies: And, being come within the Door, uncovered, he
came up to the Bar, the Serjeant at Arms attending on
his Right-hand, and the Master of the Ceremonies on the
Lest: Where, after mutual Compliment between him
and Mr. Speaker, all the Members standing, he sate
down in a Chair, placed at the usual Place, on the North
Side of the House: And, being set, Mr. Speaker delivered this Answer unto him, by Word of Mouth; viz.
"The Parliament of the Commonwealth of England
have taken into their serious Consideration what your
Lordship did lately deliver unto them, in Behalf of your
Superiors the High and Potent Lords the States of Holland and West Frizland: Unto which I am commanded,
in their Name, to return this Answer:"
"The Parliament, both from the Motives remembered
in your Lordship's Paper, and from many other Reasons
and Experiences of their own, hath, ever since it pleased
God to restore this Commonwealth to its just Freedom,
been so apprehensive of the common Benefits apparently
redounding to this Nation, together with the High and
Mighty Lords the States of the United Provinces, by a
strict Alliance between them, that they thought sit long
since to employ, for that Purpose, Walter Strickland
Esquire, a Member of Parliament, with Addresses, as
well to the States General, as to the High and Potent
Lords the States of Holland and West Frizland: Which
Proceeding of theirs doth give a sufficient Testimony, on
their Behalf, that the Fault hath not been in them, if so
desirable a Union and Friendship between the Two Commonwealths hath not been attained."
"And although the Applications made by our said
Resident unto the States General, on so friendly a Subject, and for so good an End, have been hitherto neglected, and not so much as Audience as yet given to him;
which the Parliament cannot but take notice of, as not
understanding, why the Friendship of this Commonwealth should be of so small Consideration with them:
Yet the Parliament are so well satisfied with the Deportment of the High and Mighty Lords the States of Holland and West Frizland towards this Commonwealth,
and their said Resident Walter Strickland, in the Applications which he hath made on their Part, and of the
Endeavours which the said High and Potent Lords, from
time to time, have used with the other Provinces, not
only to prevent any Misunderstanding, but to maintain
all friendly and good Correspondency between the Two
States, that they do the more chearfully and readily entertain what hath been propounded to them by your
Lordship; and do resolve to answer those Assurances of
Friendship, and neighbourly Commerce, which your
Lordship doth give on the Behalf of your Superiors, with
most real Returns of good Acceptance; desiring, as a
happy Result from the same, that this Commonwealth,
and the States of Holland and West Frizland, may not
only correspond together in a neighbourly and friendly
Commerce, but may, at last, grow up to so strict a
Union and Alliance, as may be found necessary for the
Good of both."
"And, as there shall be Occasion for your Lordship
to represent any further Particulars concerning the Interest
of that Province, or of any Member thereof, whereunto
there is no proper Remedy applicable in the ordinary
Course of Justice, the Parliament hath impowered the
Council of State to receive the same, and give such Answers, from time to time, as shall be requisite, and may
witness the Regard which this Commonwealth hath to the
Friendship of those by whom your Lordship is deputed."
Which being ended, Mr. Speaker, by the Master of
the Ceremonies, delivered the same Answer to the Commissioner, in Writing, signed by the Clerk: Which,
having received, the Commissioner of the States returned
an Answer to this Effect:
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Sir Wm. Armyn reports from the Committee of the
Army, touching Four Months Pay for the Forces in
"Resolved, That One Third Part of the Three Months
Assessments of Ninety thousand Pounds per mensem be
assigned towards the Payment of Three Months Pay to
the Army of Ireland; and to complete that Three Months
Pay, and the Paying of One Month's Pay more to the same
Forces; that Fifty-five thousand Pounds be charged upon the One hundred thousand Pounds appointed out of
the Receipts of the Excise, for the Use of the Army,
next after the Thirty thousand Pounds already engaged
out of that Receipt by the Council of State."
Resolved, That the Committee of the Army be authorized to direct their Warrant to the Treasurers at War,
to issue out the Monies accordingly.
Resolved, That towards the Maintenance of the Forces
in England, One hundred and Fifty thousand Pounds be
appointed to be paid, by Warrant from the Committee
for the Army, to the Treasurers at Wars; viz. Fifty
thousand Pounds out of the Receipts of Goldsmiths Hall,
next after the One hundred and Five thousand Pounds
already charged there, for the Use of the Armies in England and Ireland; and One hundred thousand Pounds, in
Course, out of the Receipts arising upon the Sale of Feefarm Rents, next after the Two hundred thousand Pounds
already charged thereon, for the Use of the Army and
Resolved, That, for the more speedy Bringing in of the
Monies upon the Receipts of Goldsmiths Hall, and the
Sale of the Fee-farm Rents, the Committee of the Army
be impowered to consider of and remove such Obstructions as are or may happen therein, as to the Coming in
of Money upon those Receipts; or otherwise, if they see
Cause, to report the same to the House.
Ordered, That Mr. Attorney General and Mr. Solicitor
General, together with the rest of the Counsel for the
Commonwealth, do consider of, as well a Form of
Conveyances for Sale of the Fee-farm Rents, as of any
thing that is necessary for removing Obstructions in the
Sale thereof: And that they prepare and present to
this House, an Act or Acts for that Purpose.
Ordered, That the Act for settling several of the Lands
of Sir Peter Temple, and Richard Temple Esquire, upon
Trustees for Payment of Debts, and other Purposes, be
read on Tuesday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Bill for regulating the Excise be reported on Thursday Morning next.
Resolved, That Ten thousand Pounds be charged upon
the Remainder of One hundred and Fifty thousand Pounds
formerly charged upon the Excise, for the Use of the
Army and Navy, for incident Charges of the Army in
Ireland; to be issued out by Order of the Council of