Die Mercurii, 22 Januarii, 1650.
Correspondence with Spaine.
COLONEL Marten reports Amendments to the
Letter to be sent to the King of Spaine: Which were
this Day read; and, upon the Question assented unto.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That Sir Peter Wentworth,
Mr. Thomas Challoner, Mr. Strickland, Lord Mounson,
and Sir Wm. Masham, do go, with convenient Speed, to
the Lord Ambassador of the King of Spaine; and that
they deliver unto him the Answer from the Parliament, together with the Letter to be sent to the King of Spaine,
and a Duplicate thereof; and other Papers formerly ordered to be delivered to the said Lord Ambassador: And
It is Ordered, That the Master of the Ceremonies do
attend this Committee to the said Lord Ambassador, this
Colonel Thompson reports from the Committee of
the Navy, The Number of Ships, &c. to go to the
Extraordinaries laid on board the said Fleet.
|Surgeons Chest, with Medicaments and Physick, exceeding the Value of
|A Magazine of all Petty Stores.||
|A Proportion of Fruit and Spice, to the Value of
|500 Gallons of Strong Waters, in Runlets hooped with Iron.||
|Flower, Meal, and Oatmeal
Five hundred Snaphance Musquets, with Bandaleers.
Three hundred Pikes.
Five hundred Swords and Belts.
Twenty Drums, with Cases.
Five hundred Sweed Feathers.
Fifty Pair of Pistols.
Twenty long Fowling Pieces.
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, as well touching the Number of Men and Ships,
as of other Particulars in the said Report mentioned.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to
send them away forthwith; and to give them Instructions.
Serjeant at Arms.
Resolved, That Serjeant Middleton do attend the House,
in the room of Serjeant Birkehead, during the Time of his
The House being informed of the Breach of the Order
of Parliament of the Fourteenth of January Instant, for
suspending all Proceedings by the Court Martial in the
Case of Colonel Algernon Sidney;
Resolved, That John Cuff be called; and give his Testimony at the Bar.
The said John Cuff being come to the Bar; Mr. Speaker
demanded, What his Name was.
He answered, John Cuff.
Mr. Speaker demanded, whether he received an Order
of the House, touching Colonel Sidney; and when; and
what he did with it.
He answered, He received the Order on Tuesday the
Fourteenth of January; and came to Dover with it
Eight of Clock on Wednesday; and found Captain Wilson's
Lieutenant, no higher Officer being there; and so, being
commanded to deliver to Wilson or Cannon, reserved it
till they came: And the next Day Captain Cannon came;
and the Examinant shewed him the Order: He said, He
could give no Answer till some others came, who were
appointed to put in Execution the Order of the Council of
War: and that, the next Day, being Friday, he expected
them. This Examinant understanding, that Major Audley and Captain Wilson were come, this Examinant made
the like Desires to them as to Captain Cannon; and also,
Whether the Lieutenant had acquainted them with the
Order. They said, He had. This Examinant desired of
them Liberty to dispose of Colonel Sidney's Goods. They
asked, What. This Examinant told them; and mentioned
among the rest, a Chest. They said, They must first see
it; and desired the Keys: But the Examinant did not
know whether he might do it. They brought him into
the Room where the Chest was; and commanded him to
deliver the Keys, or they would break it open. He said,
If they thought they might justify it, they might do it.
Whereupon they bid him go into the next Room; and
then called him in again, and demanded the Keys: Which
he refused to deliver. Thereupon they called in Soldiers,
to search him: And they did search him for the Keys;
but found them not about him; but took from him some
The next Day, this Examinant came to them again;
and desired to have the Keys again. They delivered
them; but refused to let him intermeddle with the Goods.
Being demanded, Whether he delivered the Order;
He said, He delivered it to Captain Cannon; and that
Major Audley, in Presence of Captain Cannon and Captain Wilson, told him, they could take no Notice of it,
because it was not communicated to them by their superior
The Examinant faith, That they inventoried and appraised the Goods, after they had the Order; and denied
to deliver any of the Goods to him: But faith, The Goods
are where they were, for ought he knows.
They denied the Examinant to dispose of any of them
into any Place. He faith further, they had done nothing
at all, before the Order came to them; but inventoried
and appraised the Goods afterwards.
And thereupon, the said Cuff, by the Command of
Mr. Speaker, withdrew.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That Major Audley,
Captain Cannon, and Captain Wilson, be summoned to
appear at the Bar of this House This-day-sevennight:
And that they do attend the Committee to whom the
Petition of Colonel Sidney is referred; to be examined
touching the Information now given, about the Breach of
the Order of this House: And that that Committee do
examine the Matter of Fact; and report the Truth of
the Business to the House.
Resolved, That Major General Harrison be required to
take care of the Preservation of the Castle of Dover, in
the mean time.
Relief of Tenants.
Ordered, That the Bill for Relieving of Tenants against
malignant Landlords be read on Tuesday next.
The humble Petition of Maurice Gardiner, of London,
Merchant, was this Day read.
An Act for appointing a Seal, to be the Seal for the
Parliament of the Commonwealth of England, was this
Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the
Question, passed; and ordered to be forthwith printed
Resolved, That this Seal shall be sealed up by Mr.
Speaker, with his own Seal, and kept by Henry Scobell
Esquire, Clerk of the Parliament, among the Records of
the Parliament; opened only by him, as often as the
same shall be made use of by Order of Parliament.
Resolved, That this Seal be delivered back to Mr.
Love, for Three Days time, to be amended in some Part,
and be by him delivered back to Mr. Speaker, sitting the
Parliament, to be sealed up, and disposed according to
the former Order.
And the Seal was delivered to Mr. Love, accordingly.
Resolved, That Mr. Speaker do affix this Seal to the
Letter to be sent to the King of Spaine.
Resolved, That the House do proceed in the Debate
of Amendments to the Bill for Sale of Delinquents Lands
To-morrow Morning, the first Business; and nothing
to intervene: And that Mr. Speaker do put the House
in mind thereof.
Ordered, That the Petition of Maurice Gardiner, of
London, Merchant, be referred to the Committee of the
Navy, upon Conference with Mr. Moyle, and Mr.
Marten; to examine and state the whole Matter of Fact
thereupon, as well touching the Adjudication of the Ship,
as touching the Debt claimed by the Petitioner, and report it to the House.
Melting Iron, &c.
An Act for Granting and Conferring of Privilege,
for Fourteen Years, upon Jeremy Buck Esquire, of his
new Invention for melting down Iron Ore, and Cinders;
and other Ore, into Raw Iron, and into other Metals,
with Stone Coal, without Charking thereof, was this
Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Colonel Marten, Mr. Boone, Mr. Lechmere,
Mr. Ralegh, Mr. Pury, Mr. James Challoner, Mr. Marten, Mr. Garland, Mr. Hodges, Alderman Pennington,
Lord Viscount Lisle, Mr. Dormer, Major Salwey, Mr.
Nevill: And all that will come, to have Voices: And
this Committee are to meet this Afternoon, in the Exchequer Chamber; and so de die in diem.
Pardon of Kinsey, &c.
Mr. Alderman Pennyngton reports, Amendments to
the Act for Pardoning of Richard Kinsey, and Frances
Mathews: Which were this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, assented unto.
And the said Act, being put to the Question, passed.