Friday, September 2. Mr. Speaker acquainted the House
he hath received copies of letters from the Duke of Guelders
and Juliers, Count of Egmont and Zutphen, dated at Saint
Cloud, near Paris, 26th of August, 1653, being credentials
to Monsieur Lodowick de Grand, Lord of Brachey.
Resolved, that these letters be referred to the Council of
State, to consider what is fit to be done herein.
Saturday 3. The humble petition of the young men and
apprentices, who are in the prison of Bridewell by an order
of Parliament, was this day read.
Monday 5. That for ten days, to begin on Thursday
next, the House do take into consideration the business of
money; and no other business to intervene.
Tuesday 6. A letter from the Great Duke of Tuscany,
dated at Florence, the 2d of August, 1653, was read.
Ordered, that this letter be referred to the Council of State,
to take notice thereof, as there shall be occasion, upon any
transactions between this Commonwealth and the said Grand
Duke of Tuscany.
Friday 9. Colonel Matthews reported from the Committee
for Petitions, the humble petition of divers inhabitants of the
parish of Barking, in the forest of Waltham, in Essex; together with the humble opinion of the Committee.
Ordered, that one acre of ground, in some convenient place,
near the petitioners' dwellings, be assigned within the said
forest, whereon to build a house for a meeting-place; and
that twenty timber trees be also set out of the said forest,
towards the building thereof; and that Colonel Matthews
and Mr. Brewster do see the said ground and trees assigned,
and set out accordingly; and that a Bill be brought in to
Monday 26. Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper reported, that
he had acquainted the Lord General with the offer of this
House, touching the exchange of Hampton Court for New
Hall, (fn. 1) according to the order; who returns his humble acknowledgment for the great respects of the House towards
him therein; and his desires that the House would proceed
to dispose thereof, according to their former resolution.
Ordered, that the house called Hampton Court, with the
out-houses and gardens thereunto belonging, and the little
park wherein it stands, be stayed from sale, until the Parliament take further order.