Friday, the 4th of July, 1651.
THE Lord Ambassador Strickland reports from the
Council of State;
"That this Council hath received Informations from
several Parts of this Nation, of the scandalous Carriage of
divers Ministers, in contemning the Acts and Orders of
Parliament, prescribing Days for Fasting and Thanksgiving; and several Ways venting their Disaffection to
the Parliament, and present Government; to the very ill
Example of others, and hardening of them in their Ways
of Malignancy; whereby the Peace of the Nation is endangered, in many Places, to be much disturbed; and
Preparations made for Actions of Sedition and Rebellion,
upon the first Opportunities."
"That the Parliament be moved thereupon, if they
shall think sit, for Prevention of such Evils, and Punishment of the Offenders, to give like Power to some fit
Persons in the respective Counties of England and Wales,
as is by them communicated to the Committee for Plundered Ministers, to receive the Informations which shall
be brought unto them, concerning the Miscarriages of
Ministers in that Kind; and to take the Parties Answer;
and to examine the Matter upon Oath; and proceed as
touching the Removal and Ejection of such Persons, according to Justice, and their Demerits; and to place other
orthodox and fit Persons in their rooms."
Propagating the Gospel.
Resolved, That the Amendments to the Act for the
Propagation of the Gospel through England and Wales
be reported by the Committee.
The House resumed the Debate upon the Bill for Sale
of the Estates of several Delinquents, and upon the Report
Yesterday made by Mr. Challoner, from the Committee
for Irish Affairs.
The Question being propounded, That the House doth
approve of this Debt of 2,193£. 2s. 11d. to Mr. Gregory
And the Question being put, That that Question be
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That the Contractors,
who shall be appointed in the Act for Sale of the Estates
of several Delinquents, be authorized and required to admit Gregory Clement Esquire, a Member of Parliament,
to have the Pre-emption of a House in Greenwich, late belonging to Andrew Cogan; and likewise of a Farm in Farningham in the County of Kent, late belonging to James
Bunch late Alderman of the City of London, and now in
the Possession of the said Gregory Clement, or his Assigns,
by Lease from the Commissioners for Compounding, as a
Tenant in Possession; and give him the like Privilege of
Tenant Right, as other Tenants in Possession by the said
Act are to have.
A Proviso was tendered to this Bill, in these Words;
"Provided also, that this Act, or anything therein contained, do not extend to the Taking away of the Sum of
Three thousand Pounds, formerly conferred by the Parliament upon Margarett Rainborowe, the Widow of Colonel
Thomas Rainborowe, deceased, and upon his Son Wm.
Rainborowe, to be so settled out of the Estate of Richard
Thornhill, of Olentight in the County of Kent, Esquire,
now ordered to be sold; but that it may be lawful for the
said Margarett, before any Disposal of any Part of the
Estate, to purchase so much thereof, or of the Estate of any
other Delinquent, hereby appointed to be sold, as shall
amount to the said Sum of Three thousand Pounds, according to the Rate of Ten Years Purchase, for Lands in
Possession, and for Lands in Reversion proportionably; allowing the said Three thousand Pounds, upon the said Purchase, as ready Money: And the Trustees and Contractors
therein named are hereby authorized and required to contract with, and assure unto, the said Margarett, to the Use
of her the said Margarett, and her Heirs for ever, Lands,
Tenements, and Hereditaments, out of the said Estate, to
the Value of Two thousand Pounds, at the Rate aforesaid,
for and towards the Payment of the Debts of the said Colonel Thomas Rainborowe; and likewise to contract with, and
convey and assure unto, the said Margaret Rainborowe, to
the Use of her said Son Wm. Rainborowe, and the Heirs of
his Body, Lands, Tenements, and Hereditaments, out of
the said Estate, at the Rate aforesaid, to the Value of One
thousand Pounds: And, in case it shall happen, that the
said William Rainborowe shall die without any Heirs of his
Body lawfully begotten; then the said Lands, and Tenements, and Hereditaments, to be to the Use of the said
Margarett Rainborowe, and her Heirs for ever: And the
Trustees and Contractors therein named are hereby authorized and required to accept of the Discharge of the said
Margarett Rainborowe, under her Hand and Seal, in full
Satisfaction for Three thousand Pounds:" Which was this
Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be Part of the Bill.
A Proviso was tendered to this Act, in these Words
following; viz. "Provided always, That, whereas Sir
John Stowell aforesaid did, in the Year 1639, purchase of
Wm. Dunch Esquire, a Mansion-house, and certain Lands,
in Aubery in the County of Wiltes, and other Hamlets
thereto adjacent; and, for the Buying thereof, did then
borrow of Sir John Horton Knight, by Two Obligations,
Seven hundred Pounds; and of George Savage Esquire,
by One other Obligation, Three hundred Pounds; and of
Dame Elizabeth Bevill, since deceased, by Two other
Obligations, of Three hundred Pounds apiece: In which
said Obligations George Long Gentleman stood bound, as
Surely for the said Sir John Stowell; and, the said Monies
being still unpaid, the said George Long is now prosecuted
at Law, by the said Creditors; and will be enforced to
pay the same: Be it therefore Enacted, That the said
purchased Lands be charged with the said principal
Monies, and Interest for the same, amounting to Two
thousand Eight hundred Pounds, as so much doubled
Monies: And the Committee for Obstructions, herein
before named, are authorized to allow thereof, appearing
upon Proof; any thing in this present Act contained to
the contrary in any wise notwithstanding:" Which was
read the First time.
And the Question being put, That this Proviso be read
the Second time;
It passed with the Negative.-
Ordered, That the Petition touching the Publick Faith
be read, and taken into Consideration, on Thursday next.
Ordered, That Mr. Foxley's Report be made on
Thursday Morning next.-
A Proviso was tendered to this Act, "That the Trustees and Contractors, in this Act named, shall and do
bargain, sell, and convey, unto Nathaniell Hallowes
Esquire, and his Heirs, for ever, Lands and Tenements
of the clear yearly Value, beyond Reprizes, of One hundred Pounds, out of the Lands and Tenements by this
Act intended and appointed to be sold, in full Compensation of One thousand Pounds Debt, and his Damages and
Losses sustained; any thing in this Act to the contrary
in any wise notwithstanding:" Which was this Day read
the First and Second time.
Resolved, That the Words "and Losses sustained" be
omitted out of the Proviso.
And the said Proviso so amended, being put to the
Question, was assented unto; and ordered to be Part of
Resolved, That the Arrears of the Rent due to the State
from Mr. James Nelthorp, for certain Lands, late the
Lands of Thomas Beckwith Gentleman, a Delinquent;
which the said James Nelthrop now holds by Lease from
the Commissioners of Sequestrations, be remitted and
discharged: And that the said James Nelthrop shall have
the Benefit of the said Lands, without Payment of any
Rent, until the same be sold by the said Contractors: And
that the Committee for Compounding do take Notice
hereof; and allow the same to the said James Nelthropp,
The House proceeded to read the Papers in the Glass,
for Officers in the Bill for Sale of the Estates of several
Mr. Speaker appointed Mr. Carew, Mr. Edwards,
Mr. Garland, and Major Lister, to take the Papers out
of the Glass.
Which being read, one by one, by the Clerk, and the
Names all written in a Paper, with a Note upon each
Name, as often as they were repeated;
The Tellers counted the Numbers.
The Tellers report, A Paper of the Names of the Officers having the greatest Numbers, as followeth; William Skinner, Wm. Robinson, Sampson Sheffield, Samuell *,
Samuel Gookin, Henry Seely, Wm. Lisle, Arthure Samuell,
Ralph Danall, Robert Manwaring, Randall Manwaring,
Resolved, That this Report be taken up, the first
Business, on Tuesday Morning.
Relief of Tenants.
Mr. Scott reports from the Council of State;
"That it is the Opinion of this Council, That it would
be much conducing to the Publick Safety, and would tend
much to the Satisfaction of the Well-affected, that the
Bill that hath been some time in the House for Relief of
well-affected Tenants against malignant and oppressing
Landlords, be speedily passed, if the House shall so think fit."
Resolved, That the Bill for Relief of well-affected Tenants against malignant and oppressing Landlords be read
on Friday next.
Resolved, That the Reports from the Committee of the
Navy be made on Wednesday next.
The humble Petition of George Lilburne, of the County
of Duresme, was this Day read.
The Question being propounded, That this Petition be
referred to the Commissioners for Compounding; that, if
nothing more appear against the Petitioner than is
contained in this Petition, that then the Petitioner be
And the Question being put, That this Question be
The House was divided.
The Noes went forth.
Sir Wm. Strickland,
||Tellers for the Noes:
||With the Noes,
|Sir John Bourchier,
||Tellers for the Yeas:
||With the Yeas,
So it passed with the Affirmative.
And the main Question being put;
It was Resolved, That this Petition be referred to the
Commissioners for Compounding; that, if nothing more
appear against the Petitioner than is contained in this
Petition, that then the Petitioner be discharged.
The House, according to former Order, adjourned
itself until Tuesday Morning next, Eight of Clock.