Die Jovis, 26 Decembris, 1650.
Room to be cleared.
RESOLVED, That the outer Room be cleared
from all Persons whatsoever; the Officers of the
Parliament only excepted.
Melting Iron, &c.
A Bill, intituled, A Bill for granting and conferring of
Privileges, for a reasonable Term of Years, unto Jeremy
Buck Esquire, and his Assigns, of a new Invention of his,
Good and Profit to the Commonwealth, for the Melting
down of Iron Ore and Cinders into Raw Iron, as also of
other Ore into other Metals, with Stone Coal, without
Charking thereof, was this Day read the First time; and
ordered to be read the Second time on This-day-sevennight.
A Bill enabling the Lords Commissioners of the Great
Seal to grant out Commissions to Commissioners to send
out Summons, in the Case of Mrs. Puckering and Joseph
Welsh; and, in like Cases of pretended forcible Contracts
and Marriages, to hear, determine, and annul, the said
pretended forcible Contracts and Marriages (if there be
just Cause); was this Day read the First time; and ordered
to be read the Second time on This-day-sevennight.
A Bill for making the River of Way navigable, from
Way Bridge to the Town of Guilford, and from thence
to the River of Thames, was this Day read the First time;
and ordered to be read the Second time This-day-sevennight, after the Bills before appointed to be that Day
Pardon of Kinsey, &c.
A Bill for the Pardoning of Richard Kinsey and Francis Mathewes, of all Treasons, for Levying of War in the
City of London, and other Offences, was this Day read
the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed nhto Mr. Attorney General, Mr. Hill, Mr. Long,
Alderman Pennington, Alderman Atkins, Major Lister,
Mr. Love, Mr. Strickland, Mr. Garland, Mr. Robinson,
Mr. Pury, Mr. Carey, Mr. Corbett; or any Three of
them: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Three of
Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber; and so de die in diem.
Ordered, That the Report touching Major Wither be
made on Wednesday next.
Late King's Property.
Ordered, That the additional Act for Sale of the King's
Goods, be read on Wednesday next, when the Speaker
takes the Chair.
Ordered, That the several Acts for amending the Highways, touching the Needlemakers and Carmen, be read
This-day-fortnight; nothing to intervene.
Embassy from Spaine.
The House being informed by the Serjeant, that the
Lord Ambassador from the King of Spaine was ready,
and did attend to present himself to the Parliament;
The Serjeant with his Mace, went to attend the Lord
Ambassador to the House.
So soon as the Lord Ambassador was entered, he uncovered himself: And Mr. Speaker, and all the Members,
stood up bare.
When the Lord Ambassador was come as far as the
Bar, the Master of the Ceremonies and the Serjeant attended him, the one on the Right Hand, and the other
on the Left, until the Lord Ambassador came to the
Chair appointed for that Purpose: Which was placed
on the North Side of the House, upon a Turkey Carpet,
with a Cushion in it, and a Footstool before it.
The Ambassador's Name was Don Alfonso de Cardenas:
who, after a few Words addressed to Mr. Speaker, he
presented his Letters Credentials: Which were, by the
Master of the Ceremonies, delivered to Mr. Speaker:
And afterwards declared the Substance of his Embassy;
and the great Desire of establishing a Peace, and good
Correspondence, to this Commonwealth: Delivering likewise a Copy, in English, of what he delivered by Word
in the House; and Two other Papers, whereof he made
mention in his Speech.
Mr. Speaker informed the Ambassador, by the Master
of the Ceremonies, That he would acquaint the Parliament
And then the Lord Ambassador, with the Master of
the Ceremonies and the Serjeant at Arms attending him,
The Letters Credential, under the Hand and Seal of
the King of Spaine, were read; being in Latin; and the
Superscription being thus, "Parliamento Reipublico Angliæ;" and subscribed, "Philippus."
Resolved, by the Parliament, That Mr. Speaker do
make Report thereof to the Parliament on Tuesday Morning, the first Business.