Die Mercurii, 15 Januarii, 1650.
Parliaments and Elections.
THE House, according to former Order, was this
Day resolved into a Grand Committee, upon the
Heads of a Bill for future Parliaments, and for regulating
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Say took the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Army Pay, &c.
Colonel Downes reports from the Committee of the
Army, touching Continuance of Billet Money, and additional Pay, for the Army, and Led Horses to the Officers
of Horse and Dragoons; viz.
"The Allowance of Billet Money, and additional Pay,
of the Army, and of Led Horses to the Officers of Horse
and Dragoons, according to the first Establishment of this
Army, continued, by Order of Parliament of the Sixth of
December last, for Three Months, from the Fourth of
November last, expiring the Six-and-twentieth of January
Instant; and there being now prepared, in Course, Warrants for a Month's Pay for the Forces and Garrisons in
England, to commence the Thirteenth of January instant;
it is ordered, That it be offered to the Consideration of the
Ordered, by the Parliament, That the Allowance of
Billet Money, and additional Pay; for the Army, and of
Led Horses for the Officers of Horse and Dragoons,
according to the first Establishment of this Army, be
continued for One Month, from the Six-and-twentieth of
Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State,
to consider how and in what Manner this great Charge of
the Commonwealth may be abated, or wholly taken off:
And that they be enjoined to give a speedy Account of it
to the Parliament.
Charges of Treaty with the late King
Resolved, That so much of the Fourteen thousand
Pounds, for Discharge of the Charges of the Treaty at the
Isle of Wight, which is behind and unpaid, be repaid out
of the Receipt of Goldsmiths Hall, in Course, after the
Seventy thousand Pounds, the Fifty thousand Pounds,
and the Sum of Twelve thousand Pounds, for Recruits
for Ireland, already charged, shall be paid: And that
the Commissioners for Compounding be authorized to
give Warrant for the Payment thereof, accordingly: And
that the Interest for the same, in the mean time, be
Correspondence with Spaine.
Colonel Marten reports from the Committee to whom
it was referred to prepare an Answer to be given to the
Spanish Ambassador, An Answer to be given to the
Spanish Ambassador; with a Letter to be sent from the
Parliament to the King of Spaine.
Which were this Day read the First time, at large.
And; after the said Answer was read by Parts; and,
every Part being put to the Question, was assented unto.
And the said Answer after some Amendments at the
Table, being put to the Question, was assented unto.
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Resolved, That this be the Answer to the Spanish
The Draught of the Letter to the King of Spaine was
again read; and, after some Amendments at the Table,
was, upon the Question, re-committed; and ordered to be
brought in To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Embassy from Portugall.
Resolved, That the Report touching the Publick Minister
from Portugall be made To-morrow Morning, the next
Business after the Letter to the King of Spaine.