[13 February, 1648/9.]
An Act constituting a Councell of State.
Be it ordeyned and enacted by this present Parliament That
Basill Earle of Denbigh, Edmond Earle of Mulgrave, Phillip
Earle of Pembroke, William Lord Grey of Warke, Henery Rolle
Lord Cheife Justice of the Upper Bench, Oliver St. John Lord
Cheife Justice of the Comon Bench, John Wylde Lord Cheife
Baron of the Court of Exchequer, John Bradshaw Sgt. at Law,
Thomas Lord Faireffax, Thomas Lord Grey of Groby, Oliver
Cromwell Esqe., Phillip Skyppon Esqe., Henry Martin Esqe., Isaack
Pennington Alderman of the Citty of London, Sr. Gilbert
Pickering Kgt. Rowland Wilson Alderman of London, Anthony
Stapeley Esqe., Sr. William Masham, William Hevennigham
Esqe., Bulstrode Whittlocke Esqe., Sr. Arthur Hesselrigge Knt. Sr.
James Harrington Knt. Robert Wallop Esqe., John Hutchinson
Esqe., Sr. Henery Vane junr. Knt., Dennis Bond Esqe., Phillip Lord
Lisle, Alexander Popham Esqe., Sr. John Danvers Knt., Sr.
William Armyn Knt., Valentine Wanton Esqe., Sr. Henery
Mildmay Knt., William Purefoy Esqe., Sr. William Constable
Knt., John Jones Esqe., John Lisle Esqe., . . . . . . Ludlow Esqe.,
Thomas Scott Esqe., William Earle of Salisbury, Cornelius
Holland, Luke Robinson or any nine of them shall be a Councell
of State And have hereby power, and are authorised to putt in
execution these Following instructions.
1. You are hereby authorised and required to oppose and
Suppresse whomesoever shall endeavour or Goe about to sett up
or maintaine the pretended Tytle of Charles Stuart eldest sonne
to the late King, or any other of the said late Kings issue or
claiming under him or them, or the pretended tytle or claime of
any other single person whomesoever to the Crowne of England,
or Ireland, Dominion of Wales, or to any of the dominions or
territoryes to them or eyther of them belonging.
2. You are hereby authorised and impoured to order and
direct, all the Militias and forces both by Sea and Land of England, and Ireland, and the Dominions to them or eyther of them
belonging, preserving the peace or safety thereof, and for preventing, resisting and suppressing all tumults and insurrections that
shall happen to rise in them or eyther of them, or any invasions
of them from abroad. And alsoe upon any emergencyes to raise
and arme such Forces as you shall judge necessary for the ends
above expressed, And to give Commissions under the Seale of the
Counsell to such officers as you shall judge necessary for the
Leading conducting and Comanding of the said Forces, and for
prosecution and pursuance of these instructions, or of any other
instructions, you shall receive from the Parliament.
3. You are hereby authorised and required to use all Good wayes
and meanes for the reduceing of Ireland, the Isles of Jersey,
Guernesey, Silly and the Isle of Man and all other parts and
places belonging to the Comon-Wealth of England not yett reduced.
4. You shall take care that the stores and Magazines of all
military provisions both for the land service and for the Sea be
from tyme to tyme well and sufficiently furnished, and that the
same be issued as you shall by warrant direct. And you are
alsoe from tyme to tyme to take care of the repair of the Shipping
belonging to the Comon wealth of England and to build such
others as you shall judge necessary for the defence and safety
5. You are to use all Good wayes and meanes for the securing
advancement and the encouragement of the trade of England
and Ireland, and the dominions to them belonging, and to
promote the Good of all Forreigne plantations and factoryes
belonging to this Comon wealth or any of the natives thereof.
6. You shall advise order and direct concerning the entertaining kepeing renewing or settling of Amity, and a good Correspondencie with Forreigne Kingdomes and States and for
preserving the rights of the people of this Nation in Forreigne
parts, and Composeing of their differences there, And you are
hereby authorized to send Ambassadours agents or Messengers
to any Forreigne Kingdome or State and to receive Ambassadors
agents or messengers from them for the ends aforesaid.
7. You are to advise and Consult of any thing concerning the
good of this Comonwealth and report your opinions concerning
the same as you find occasion to the Parliamt.
8. You are hereby authorised to send for any person or persons
whatsoever to advise with them in pursuance of these or any
other instructions that shall be given you by the
9. You have hereby power and are authorized to send for any
records writings accompts bookes, or papers that you shall thinke
fitt for your information in any Cause, matter or thing in agitation before you in pursuance of these or any other instructions
that shall be given you by the Parliament.
10. You have hereby power and are authorised in Case of
danger to the Comon wealth to administer an oath to any person
or persons for the discoverie of the truth.
11. You are hereby authorized and impoured to send for and
imprison, or otherwise to secure by takeing bond in recognizance
any such person or persons as shall be offenders against these or
any other instructions which you shall receive from the Parliament And all such as shall Contemne or be refractory to any of
your Comands directions or orders in pursuance of the said
12. You have hereby power and are authorized to charge the
publiqe Revenue by warrant under the seale of the Councell
with such sume or sumes of money from tyme to tyme as you
shall find necessary for defrayinge all charges of foreigne negociations, Intelligence, and other incidencies, and for the Salary of such
subordinate officers and attendants as you shall judge fit to
employ, and for the effectuall carrying on of the service by these
instructions comitted to you or by any other instructions hereafter to be Given you from the Parliament.
13. You are alsoe to observe and putt in execution such
further orders as you shall receive from tyme to tyme from the
14. The power hereby Comitted to this Counsell of State shall
continue for the space of one whole yeare from the day of passing
hereof, unlesse it be otherwise ordered by the Parliament.
15. You have alsoe hereby power to appoynt Comittees or any
person or persons for examinations, receiveing of informations,
and preparing of Businesse for your debates, or resolutions.
16. You are to meet at Derby House at fower of the Clocke
this afternoone, and from tyme to tyme and from place to place as
you shall see cause, and in such manner as you shall thincke
fitt for the execution of your instructions.