Die Mercurii, 8 Januarii, 1650.
A LETTER from John of Guimaraes, the publick
Minister from the King of Portugall, of the Seventeenth of January 1651, Stilo Novo, was this Day
Resolved, That the publick Minister from the King
of Portugall have Audience on Friday Morning next, at
Eleven a Clock, according to the former Rule: And
that Sir Oliver Fleming, Master of the Ceremonies, do
give him Notice hereof, and do then attend the said
publick Minister, in such Manner, as the Council of State
Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this
House do take Care, that the late Court of Wards, and
the late House of Lords, be prepared, furnished, and
made fit against Friday next, for the Reception and
giving Audience to the said publick Minister from the
King of Portugall.
The House, this Day, resumed the Debate upon the
Report made Yesterday, by Sir Henry Mildmay, from the
Council of State, touching Doubling upon Fee-farm
Rents: Which Report followeth; viz.
IN pursuance of an Order of Parliament, bearing Date
the Three-and-twentieth of November, referring it to
the Council, to consider of the most effectual Way for
bringing in the Remainder of the Monies which are to be
raised by the Sale of the Fee-farm Rents not yet contracted
for; That the Council are of Opinion, that the best
Way for the speedy Selling of those Lands, and gaining of ready Money for them, will be, by admitting the
Doubling of Publick Faith Bills, in the Purchasing of
those Rents: And that they be sold, not under Years
To the Right honourable the Committee of the Council
of State for the Affairs of Ireland and Scotland.
WE, the Trustees for Sale of the Fee-farm Rents, &c.
|That the clear yearly Revenue, that we were to sell, according as the same is retured unto us, all Reprises being deducted, is, so near as we can compute, per An.
|Whereof there is already contracted for, so much Revenue as amounts to about the Sum of, per Annum
|The Sale whereof hath, and ought to produce the Sum of
|So that there remains to be sold as much Revenue as amounteth to, per Ann.
|Which being sold upon Doubling Publick Debts,
|At Eight Years Purchase, will produce the Sum of
|At Ten Years Purchase, will produce the Sum of
|At twelve Years Purchase, will produce the Sum of
|At Fourteen Years Purchase, will produce the Sum of
|At Sixteen Years Purchase, will produce the Sum of
All which we humbly submit to the Consideration of
this honourable Committee.
Worcester House, the 14th of
Ordered, That the House do take into Consideration,
To-morrow-sevennight, how they may speedily supply
present Monies, for carrying on the Publick Affairs of
Ordered, That the Amendments to the Act for Sale
of Delinquents Estates be reported To-morrow Morning
the first Business.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Obstructions, to consider of the Obstructions in the Sale of
Fee-farm Rents, by reason of the excestive Fees of the
Auditors, Clerk of the Pipe, and other Officers and Ministers there, or otherwise: And the said Committee are
hereby impowered to redress and regulate the same, as
they shall see Cause.
Resolved, That the Committee of Obstructions be authorized and required to examine and consider of the
excessive Fees of the Committees, Officers, and Clerks at
Gurney House, and Worcester House; and of the Officers
belonging to the Committee of Indemnity, plundered
Ministers, Goldsmiths Hall, Haberdashers Hall; and
regulate and reform the same.
Records in the Tower.
Ordered, That the Lord Commissioner Whitelock do
make the Reports in his Hands, touching the Keeping
of the Records in the Towner; and the Act touching the
Titles of Honour conferred on Delinquents, on This-daysevennight.
Transactions with Spaine.
Mr. Bond reports from the Council of State, A (fn. (a))
Letter from Colonel Blague, from aboard the Bonadventure, Cadize Bay, 21 Decembris 1650; with Copies
of several Letters and Transactions between him and the
King of Spaine.
Which were this Day read.
Resolved, That the Parliament doth approve of the
Proceedings of Colonel Robert Blake, one of the Generals
of the Fleet: And that the Council of State do prepare
a Letter to be sent to him, from the House, taking Notice of their Acceptance of his great and faithful Services;
and return the Thanks of this House to him for the
same: And that Mr. Speaker be impowered to sign the
said Letter accordingly.
Resolved, That Copies of the Letters now reported,
between Colonel Blake, and the King of Spaine, be sent
to the Committee appointed to prepare the Answer to
the Spanish Ambassador.
Mr. Holland reports from the Council of State;
"That Colonel Berkstead's Regiment hath been recruited to the Number of Two thousand Men, from the
Twelfth Day of December instant: That the Parliament
be moved, That Order may be given to the Committee
for the Army, for the Paying of this Regiment, according to the Number of Two thousand Men, from the said
time they were last recruited to that Number."
Resolved, That the Committee of the Army be, and
are hereby, authorized and required to make Payment to
Colonel Barkstead's Regiment, according to the Number
of Two thousand Men, from the Twelfth of December
Resolved, That the Committee of the Navy be impowered to dispose of the Monies which are reserved
out of Prize Ships and Goods, for the Use of the State,
to be employed for the Service of the Navy; and to
issue their Warrants and Orders for Payment of the
said Monies, for those Uses: And that the Treasurers
for such Monies be required to make Payment thereof
Resolved, That Twenty thousand Pounds be raised for
the Recruits of Ireland; viz. Twelve thousand Pounds
thereof be charged on the Receipt of Goldsmiths Hall, in
Course, after the Seventy thousand Pounds, and Fifty
thousand Pounds, last charged; and the Eight thousand
Pounds Residue be charged on Haberdashers Hall, in
Course, to be paid to the Treasurers of War; and to be
by them issued, by Order of the Council of State: And
that the Commissioners for Compounding be authorized
and required to issue their Warrants to the respective
Treasurers of those Receipts, to make Payment thereof:
And that the Acquittance and Acquittances of the Treasurers at War shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said
respective Treasurers for the same.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State,
to take special Care, that the Recruits for Ireland be so
conducted, that Free Quarter, and other Mischiess and
Abuses to the People, by their short Marches or otherwise, be prevented; and to take speedy and effectual
Ordered, That the Accompts of Colonel Robert Blake,
as well for the Pay due to him for his Service done to
the Parliament, as also for the Money by him disbursed
for their Service, be referred to the Examination of the
Commissioners for Accompts, sitting at Worcester House:
Who are hereby authorized to take and examine the same,
notwithstanding the Absence of the said Colonel, now
employed abroad at Sea, in the publick Service of the
Commonwealth: And the said Commissioners are to certify the State of the said Accompts unto the Parliament,
with all convenient Speed.
Mr. Challoner reports from the Committee for Trade,
The humble Proposals of Peter Vandeputt, and James
Stainer, of London, Merchants.
To the honourable Council for Trade,
The humble Proposals of Peter Vandeput, and James
Stainer, of London, Merchants.
THAT having, by our Letters, encouraged divers
Merchants beyond the Seas, that usually did import Bullion into this Land, to reassume that Trade again; unto
which we find them inclined; but that, for Fear of the
Dangers at Sea, by the many Enemies of this Commonwealth, they are disheartened thereunto; we therefore,
willing to contribute our best Endeavours to so good
a Work, tending to the Honour of this Commonwealth,
and the Increase of Trade, humbly offer unto the Consideration of this honourable Council.
First, Whether it were not expedient, That, seeing the
Plate Fleet is daily expected in Spaine, certain Men of
War of this Commonwealth should be appointed forthwith, as a Convoy to such Merchant Ships, as shall be
ready to go for Cadize, and St. Lucar; and to return
back with them, or such others as shall be there ready;
unto the Port of Dover, or Downes, within Thirty Days
after their Arrival in Spaine: And that, from thenceforward, every Three Months, or oftner (if need require), the
like Convoy may be appointed to go and come, as aforesaid: And that such their Resolution be declared publickly in Print, that all Persons concerned may take Notice thereof, and prepare their Goods accordingly.
Secondly, That the Parliament would be pleased to
declare as formerly, by Ordinance of the Twenty-fourth
of February 1643, That all Plate and Bullion so to be
imported, shall have Protection, and free Passage, as well
by Sea as by Land, unto the Port of Dover and London;
and not to be detained or seized on, in Part, or in All,
either at Sea, or in any Place within the Dominions of
this Commonwealth, nor any of the Proceed thereof,
by Order of this State, or by any other Person, upon any
Pretence whatsoever, be the same in the Hands of Denizens or Strangers; but that the same may be brought up
to London, and there remain with Safety, to be disposed
into the Mint, or otherwise, as the Owners shall think
fit, together with the Proceed thereof, without any Interruption.
Thirdly, Moreover, that they may have Liberty to
transport the Two-Thirds of such Plate and Bullion, imported from the Port of Dover, paying the Duty of Two
per Cent. the other One-Third Part remaining in this
Commonwealth, to be disposed of as above: And that
the usual Convoy may be allowed them from the Downs,
to the Ports of Flanders, for the Transportation of the
aforesaid Two Third Parts.
All which being established and declared, We humbly
conceive, will be an Inducement to the Merchant beyond
the Seas, to turn the Stream of sending such vast Sums
unto our Neighbour Countries; and to make use of our
English Shipping again: Wherein, by the Help of an
established certain Convoy, they will find so much Security: All which, as Well-wishers to this Commonwealth,
we humbly offer to the Consideration of this honourable
Council, this Fifteenth November, Anno 1650. London.
Peter Vandeputt, and
At the Council for Trade, at Whitehall.
THAT whereas a Remonstrance hath been presented
to this Council by some Merchants Strangers, and others,
setting forth, That, by Intercourse with their Correspondents beyond the Seas, they find a Willingness and Inclination in them (if encouraged) to reassume that Trade of
Bringing of Bullion and Plate in our English Shipping,
as formerly, from several the Ports of Spaine, which might
much tend to the Increase of Coin, and Advance of the
Trade of this Nation; and, in order thereunto; desiring
that a Convoy might, at sit Seasons of the Year, be sent
with our Shipping to Saint Lucar and Cadiz in Spaine;
and that an Act or Declaration of Parliament, according
to the Tenor of that made in February 1643, be again
set forth, to the Encouragement of Merchants Strangers,
or others: All which being granted and declared, it
may, as is alledged, be a Means very effectual to induce
the Merchants beyond the Seas to turn the Stream of
sending such vast Sums of Plate, and Foreign Coin,
unto our Neighbour Countries, and to make use of our
English Shipping; as is more at large contained in their
Proposal hereunto annexed.
The Council having taken the said Proposals into their
Consideration, and further advised with the said Merchants, do offer it as their humble Opinion,
That such an Act or Declaration of Parliament, for
securing the Bullion that shall be imported by Merchants,
or others, is necessary to encourage again that Trade of
bringing in Plate from Spaine, and other Parts in English
Shipping: A Copy of a Declaration to which Effect is
herewith also humbly tendered.
That also, if Instruction to the Commanders of such
Ships as the Parliament shall please to appoint, both now,
and hereafter, at certain Seasons of the Year, to go as
Convoy to the Southward, be given, to take into their
special Care the Ships bound with Plate from Cadiz or
Saint Lucar, this will likewise (if published) be a very
great Eucouragement to the Merchants to lade their
Plate in our Shipping.
All which is submitted to the Wisdom of Parliament;
with a Desire from this Council, that, if the Parliament
shall please to allow of it, their Resolves herein may be
forthwith published; the Importance of the Thing, and
Hazard of losing the present Opportunity, requiring it.
He also reports, A Bill touching Importing of Foreign
Which was this Day read the First and Second time;
and, upon the Question, committed to the Committee of
the Navy: And
Ordered, That it be brought in To-morrow Morning,
the first Business.