Die Veneris, 1 Novembris, 1650.
COLONEL Thompson reports from the Committee
of the Navy, Propositions delivered unto that Committee, by Captain Limbry, touching Victualing; and
likewise some Queries, made by the Committee of the Navy,
upon those Propositions; together with the Answer of the
Propounders thereunto; Which were all read.
"In order to a Contract for victualing the State's
Navy, according to several Proposals presented to
the Parliament the Tenth of this Instant, and by them
referred to the Consideration of this honourable
Committee; it is humbly offered, as followeth:"
"1. That the Contractors shall and will, for the Considerations hereafter expressed, and according to the ensuing Propositions, at their own Costs and Charges, provide,
and deliver in such Ports and Places in England and Ireland as are hereafter expressed, good, found, sweet, and
wholesome Sea Victuals, fit for the Service, and for such
Numbers of Men as the State shall have Occasion yearly
to employ in their Service; allowing to each Man the
usual Provision, without Observation of Lent, or Friday
"2. That they will allow and pay to the Pursers of all
such Ships as they shall victual, all such necessary Money,
heretofore allowed, and usually paid, for Supply of Wood,
Candles, Platters, Cans, and other petty Provisions, for
the Seamens Accommodation in dressing and expending
the said Victuals; as also the usual and accustomary Allowance of Drawage to Stewards, and Adz Money to
Coopers, employed in each respective Ship."
"3. That they will, from time to time, provide, and
deliver on board the State's Ships, such and so much Victuals of all kinds, according to the Allowance now given,
all Harbour Victuals, or Victuals to be expended in Harbour, either by the ordinary Companies allowed to each
Ship, or extraordinary Seamen to be entered and borne on
board any Ship or Ships, to rig and fit them to Sea, as
shall be from time to time, ordered and directed by
Authority of Parliament."
"In Consideration whereof, they humbly desire."
"1. That the Contractors may have the Allowance
of Eight-pence per diem, of every Man's Sea Victuals;
as also the Allowance of Seven-pence per Diem, for
each Man's Harbour Victuals."
"2. That the Parliament do, before the Fifteenth of
November next, declare, for what number of Men they
expect Provision to be made to the Contractors for Victualing the present Year's Fleet, both for Summer and
Winter; it being otherwise impossible for them to perform the Service: And that, for the Service of the succeeding Years, the like Declaration be made yearly in
September, for the Year then following respectively: And
that, at the respective Times aforesaid, it be also declared
to the Contractors, how, and in what Proportions, the
Number of Mens Victuals shall be distributed into the
Ports and Places of London, Dover, Rochester, and
Portesmouth, in England, and Kingsale in Ireland."
"3. That the said Ports and Places in the Article;
viz. London, Dover, Rochester, Portesmouth, and Kingsale, are to be the Places and Ports were the Sea Provisions are to be made, and not elsewhere; and where the
State's Magazines and Store-houses now are. If there be
Occasion to transport any of the said Provisions from any
of the said Ports farther than the Road, Harbour, or
usual Place of Ships riding nearest to the respective Ports
aforesaid, that the Hazard and Charge thereof be borne
by the State, and not by the Contractors."
"4. That, of the Value of the Provisions of Sea
Victuals, for the Number of Men which shall be declared
by the Parliament, as aforesaid, to be provided for the
ensuing Year (which is intended to begin the First Day of
January 1650), one Third Part thereof, as the same shall
amount unto, at Eight-pence per Diem for each Man, be
paid to the said Contractors by way of Imprest, at or
before the Fifteenth Day of November next ensuing: And
the other Two Thirds be paid in manner following; that
is to say, One full Tenth Part thereof monthly; the First
Payment to begin and be paid on the First Monday in
January next ensuing; and so successively to continue the
Payment of a like Tenth Part the First Monday of every
ensuing Month, till the whole Two Thirds Residue be
fully paid and satisfied: And that, for the following Years,
the like Imprest of One third of the Value of each Year's
Sea Provision, which they shall in the Month of September
* * * *."
Resolved, That the Committee of the Navy be impowered to take these Propositions into Consideration; and
to treat and contract with the Proposers for victualing
the Navy, for Sea Victuals not exceeding Eight-pence,
and for the Harbour Victuals not exceeding Seven-pence,
per Diem for a Man.
Resolved, That the said Committee have Power, upon
such Contract with these Proposers, to give certain Security for Payment of the Monies according to their Contracts, out of the Customs, or otherwise, as they shall
Resolved, That, the Time of the Continuance of the
Contract shall be for Three Years certain; and after, until Notice be given by the Parliament to the Proposers, or
by them to the Parliament: In which Case, upon a
Year's Notice on either behalf, the Contract to cease.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State,
to consider what Number of Men and Provisions are to be
provided for the next Summer and Winter Guard; and
to report it to the House with all Speed.
Resolved, That Power be given to this Committee, in
all the rest of the Particulars, to make a perfect Contract
with the Proposers, for the best Advantage of the State;
and to do therein what they shall think fit, for the
carrying on and perfecting the said Contract.
Law Proceedings in English.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal, to prepare a Bill for turning the
Books of the Law, and for all Process and Proceedings in
the Law, into English, according to the Vote of the House
on Friday last: And that the same be brought into the
House on Friday next.
Resolved, That a Bill be brought in for the Customs,
with a Blank for the Time: And that Mr. Miles Corbett
do take care hereof.
Ordered, That the Act for Abstracting and Registering
of Conveyances be read the Second time on This-day-fortnight.
The humble Petition of Jane Puckering, Daughter and
Heir of Sir Thomas Puckering Knight and Baronet, deceased, was this Day read.
Resolved, That an Act be brought in, to enable the
Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal to grant Commissions for this particular Case, and all other Cases of
like Nature; on Wednesday next: And that Mr. Hill do
prepare, and bring in, the same.
The House, according to former Order, adjourned
itself to Tuesday Morning, Eight of Clock.