Die Veneris, 14 Februarii, 1650.
Lodgings for Members in Whitehall.
ORDERED, That a Committee be appointed to
consider of Accommodations of Lodgings for Members of the Parliament, in Whitehall; and for removing
all unnecessary Persons out of Whitehall; and to consider
of accommodating the Soldiers, now in Whitehall, in
other convenient Quarters:
Sir John Hippisley, Colonel Morley, Sir Henry Mildmay,
Mr. Garland, Mr. Robinson, Sir Thomas Wroth, Colonel
Fielder, Mr. Oldesworth, Major General Harrison, Mr.
Holland, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. * Challoner, Lord Grey,
Mr. Blagrave, Colonel Purefoy, Mr. Bond, Alderman
Pennington, Mr. Haies, Mr. Solicitor General, Sir
Peter Wentworth, Sir Wm. Masham, Captain Skinner,
Mr. Ash, Colonel Temple, Mr. Ralegh, Mr. James Challoner; or any Five of them: And this Committee are to
meet at Whitehall, in the Room where the Council of
Trade lately sat, at Two of the Clock this Afternoon;
and so de die in diem; and report it to the House.
Resolved, That an Account be brought in, from the
Council of State, of the Monies disbursed by them, or their
Warrant, for the Year last past, and the Year before:
And that it be presented to the House before the First of
Embassy to Holland.
The Lord Commissioner Whitelock reports from the
Council of State, Heads of Instructions for the Ambassadors going into Holland; and also, A Letter, directed, To
the High and Mighty Lords, the Lords States General of
the United Provinces, to be signed by Mr. Speaker; together with the Commission to be given to Oliver Saint
John, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, and
Walter Strickland, a Member of Parliament, Ambassadors
Extraordinary, both in Latin and English.
All which were read; and afterwards read in Parts.
And every one, with some Amendments at the Table,
were put to the Question; and agreed.
And all of them together, being put to the Question,
passed; and ordered to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and
sealed with the Seal of the Parliament.
The Title of the Instructions was now read; and was
as followeth; viz. "Instructions for Oliver Saint John,
Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, and Walter
Strickland, a Member of Parliament, Ambassadors Extraordinary from the Commonwealth of England to the
High and Mighty Lords the States General of the United
Which was agreed unto; and, upon the Question,
The Letter directed to the High and Mighty Lords
the States General of the United Provinces, to be signed
by Mr. Speaker, was also read; and, with One Amendment at the Table, was assented unto; and, upon the
Question, passed; and ordered to be signed by Mr.
Speaker, and Sealed with the Seal of the Parliament.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker be authorized and required
to sign the like Letters, mutatis mutandis, to the other
United Provinces, as the Council of State shall think
fit: And that the same be sealed with the Seal of the
The Commission of the said Ambassadors was this Day
read; and, with One Omission at the Table, was agreed;
and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be signed
by Mr. Speaker.
Ordered, That the Council of State do take care that
the Instructions, Letters of Credence, and Commission,
for the Ambassadors Extraordinary, be prepared, and fair
written, against Tuesday Morning next, to be signed by
Mr. Speaker: And that Mr. Speaker do sign the same,
being so prepared; and cause the Seal of the Parliament
of England to be set to the said Letters and Instructions:
And that the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal
do pass the said Commission under the Great Seal
Ordered, That the Commission be delivered to the Ambassadors, by Mr. Speaker, on This-day-sevennight in
the Morning: And the Ambassadors are then to attend
in Parliament, to receive the same.
The House, according to former Order, adjourned
itself to Tuesday Morning next, Eight of Clock.