[25th February, 1659/60]
Bee it Enacted by this present Parliament and the Authority
thereof That Generall George Moncke, William Perrepoint
Esq. John Crew Esq., Coll. Edward Rosseter, Richard Knightly
Esq. Coll., Alexander Popham, Coll. Herbert Morley, Tho: Lord
Fairefax, Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Oliver
St. John, Lord Cheife Justice of the Courte of Common Pleas,
Sir Thomas Widdrington, one of the Lordes Commissioners of
the great Seale, Sir John Evelin of Wilts, Sir William Waller,
Sir Richard Onslow, Sir William Lewis, Coll. Edward Montague,,
Coll. Edward Harley, Coll. Richard Norton, Arthur Anesley Esq.
Denzill Hollis, Esq. Sir John Temple, Coll. George Thompson, John
Trever Esq., Sir John Holland, Sir John Potts, Coll. John Birch,
Sir Harbottle Grimston, John Swinfin Esq., John Weever Esq.,
and John Maynard Esq. Sarjeant at law shalbee and hereby are
Constituted and Appoynted a Councell of State untill the
Parliament shall give further order, And that the Members of
the said Councell before they Act in the said Councell shall
take this ensueing oath before the said Councell or any
three or more of them, Viz. I A. B. will bee faithfull in the
performance of the trust committed to mee as one of the
Councell of State, and not reveale or disclose any thing in whole
or in part directly or indirectly that shall bee debated or
resolved vpon in the said Councell and ordered to bee kept
secrett by the said Councell, without the Comand, direction or
allowance of the Parliament or Councell, soe helpe mee God,
And the said Councell or any Nine or more of them haue
hereby power and are authorized to put in execution the
You are hereby authorized and required to oppose and suppresse all and every the Enemyes of this Commonwealth that are
or shalbee in Armes or leavy warr practice or complot against
the Publique peace and safety or raise disturbance against the
Parliament or Commonwealth, whether it bee by pretence or color
of Authority from Charles Stewart son of the late King or
from any other single person or persons whatsoever or otherwise.
You are hereby authorized and impoured to order and direct
all the Militias and Forces both by Sea and land raised or to bee
raised by authority of Parliament for the service of this Commonwealth in England Scotland and Ireland or any of them and
the Dominions to them or any of them belonging or elsewhere
for preserving the peace and safety thereof And for preventing
resisting and suppressing all tumults and Insurrections that
shall or may happen to rise in them or any of them, or any
Invasion of them from abroad for the ends above expressed, And
in such cases to give Commissions vnder the seale of the Councell
to such officers as you shall judge necessary for the leading
conducting and commanding of the said Forces And for the
prosecution and pursuance of these Instructions or any other
Instructions you shall receiue from the Parliament.
You shall take care that the Stores and Magazines of all Military
provisions both for the land service and for the sea bee from tyme
to tyme well and sufficiently furnished And that the same bee
issued forth for the good and service of the Commonwealth.
You are alsoe from tyme to tyme to take care of the repaire
of the shipping belonging to the Commonwealth and to build
such others as you shall judge necessary for the defence
and safety thereof.
You are to take care of the secureing advancement and incouragement of the trade of England, Scotland and Ireland and
every of them or any of them belonging, and to promote the
good of all Forreigne Plantations and Factoryes belonging to this
Commonwealth or any of the Natiues thereof, and alsoe to
take care of the interest of this Commonwealth in Forreigne
You shall advice order and direct concerning the entertaineing keeping reviving or setling of amity and a good correspondence with Forreigne States and Kingdomes and preserving the
rights of the people of this Commonwealth in Forreigne partes
and in composeing of their differences there, And you have power
to send Agents and Messengers for the ends aforesaid.
You are to advise and consult of any thing concerneing the
good of the Commonwealth and report your opinions concerneing
the same (as you shall find occasion) to the Parliament.
You are hereby authorized to send for any person or persons
whatsoever to advise with them in pursuance of these or any
other Instructions that shalbee given unto you.
You have hereby power and are hereby authorized to send for
any Records writeings accompts bookes or papers concerning the
Publique that you shall thinke fitt for your Information in any
matter or thing in Agitation before you in persuance of these or
any other Instructions that shalbee given unto you by the
You have hereby power and are Authorized in case of danger
to the Commonwealth to administer an oath to any person or
persons that shall informe for the discovery of the truth.
You are hereby Authorized and impoured to send for and
examine any person or persons justly suspected to bee dangerous
to the Publique peace and safety of these Nations, and to imprison
or secure him or them by bond or otherwise if you find just
You are hereby Anthorized and have power to charge the
Publique Revenues by warrants under the Seale of the Councell
with such summe and summes of money from tyme to tyme not
exceeding five thousand pounds, unlesse by a Quorum of
Eighteene, as you shall find necessary for defraying all charges
of all Forraigne Negotiations Intelligence and other necessary
incidents, and for the sallary of such subordinate officers and
Attendants as you shall judge fitt to employ, And for the effectuall
carrying on of the service by these Instructions committed to
you or by any other Instructions hereafter to bee given you from
You are alsoe to observe and put in execution such further
orders as you shall receive from tyme to tyme from ye Parliament.
You have alsoe hereby power to appoynt Committees of your
owne number for examination receiving of Informations and
prepareing of busines for your debates or resolutions.
You are to meete at Whitehall on the 25th day of February
1659, and soe from tyme to tyme and from place to place as you
shall see cause and in such manner as you shall see fitt for the
execution of your Instructions.
You are authorized and required to give order for the fall of
timber at due seasons and in convenient proportions for the
building and repaireing of the shipps belonging to the Commonwealth.
You are hereby authorized and required to take care to
prevent such unlawfull meetings as may bee dangerous to the
Commonwealth or prejudiciall to the safety of it.
You are to take care of the Publique Liberary at St. James
and of the Statues Meddalls and Pictures there for preserveing
thereof, And all other statues and Pictures in any other of
the houses belonging to the Commonwealth
You are to take care that free quarter and other mischeiefes
and abuses to the people by short Marches of the Souldiers or
otherwise bee prevented, and to take speedye and effectuall course
You are to cause all warrants whereby you charge the Treasury of this commonwealth upon the respective Treasurers
thereof in pursuance of the Instructions already given you or to
bee given you by the Parliament to bee fairely ingrossed in a
booke, together with an abstract of the heads of the disbursements made by vertue of such warrants.
You are to deliver into the Parliament upon the 2d. day
of March, 1660, and as to that head of disbursements which
concerne incidents for the manageing of Intelligence you are to
cause the same to bee stated in the grosse summe to bee allowed
by yourselues for the full discharge thereof unto all persons
concerned in the issueing or receiueing of the same, And all
warrents granted by you for the issueing of moneyes
or Imprisonments of any person in persuance of
your Instructions shall bee signed by the hands of
Nine or more of you.
You have alsoe power and are hereby authorized to give all
incouragement to the exercise of the Fishing trade by the people
of the Commonwealth vpon the Coastes of England Scotland and
Ireland new found lands and other partes belonging to this
Commonwealth, and to promote the same to the best advantage
of this Commonwealth by all such wayes and meanes as you shall
thinke fitt, And you are hereby impowred to have use and exercise all powers and authorityes heretofore used or exercised by
any Lord Wardens or Commissioners of the Cinque ports, ancient
townes and their Members, or by the Constable of Dover Castle
or any of them, to all intents and purposes in as full and ample
manner as any of the said Lord Wardens Commissioners of the
Cinque ports or Constable of Dover Castle lawfully did or might
heretofore use or exercise, And to appoynt officers in the said
severall places respectively for the executeing and returning of
all writts and legall processe as the said Lord Wardens Commissioners, Constable or any of them might have done.
21 Feb.—You are alsoe authorized and impoured to disband
any Militia Volunteir Forces raised by the authority of the
former Councell of State or that have been raised since the
twelueth of October 1659 by any order or pretended authority
You are hereby authorized and required to settle the Civill
Government and publique Judicatoryes in Scotland and in
Ireland, and to nominate and appoynt Commissioners and other
officers for the Civill Governement and Judges and other
officers for the Administration of Justice there under the great
seales of England Scotland or Ireland respectively in legall
forme, to cause great seales and other seales to bee made as shalbee necessary, And to doe any other Act or acts thing or things
which you shall judge needfull for those ends from tyme to tyme
the powers that shall bee granted by you to continue till the
Parliament take further order.
You are hereby authorized and impoured to take care that
the Lawes against Popish Recusants Seminary Preists and
Jesuitts Moncks and Fryers bee put in execution.
You are to take care that Publique Revenue bee managed to
the best advantage to the Commonwealth and to ease the people
of all vnnecessary charges and burdens, And that all Accomptants and other persons who have any of the Publique treasure
in their hands may bee brought to a due and speedy accompt, and
that all fraudes and abuses touching the Publique treasure may
bee duly examined and reformed.
And it is lastly Enacted and declared that the act with Instructions for the Councell of State passed the Second of January one
thousand six hundred Fifty Nine with all the powers Clauses
Articles and Instructions therein conteyned bee and are hereby
repealed made null and voyd.
An Additionall Direction for the Councell of State
Munday 27th of February 1659.
Mr. Annesly Reports from the Councell of State, an oath to
bee taken by the officers, attending the Councell of State in
these words, (Viz. I A. B. doe promise in the sight of God
that I will bee true and Faithfull in the trust comitted to mee
in my Imployment vnder the Councell of State, And that I will
not reveale or disclose any thing in whole or in part directly or
indirectly that shalbee debated or resolved vpon in the Councell
and ordered to bee kept secrett by the said Councell, without the
Command direction or allowance of the Parliament or Councell)
which was read.
That the Parliament doth approve of the said oath, and that
the Councell of State or any three of them bee and are hereby
Impowred and authorized to Administer the said oath, to the
respective officers and Ministers appoynted to attend the
Councell of State accordingly, And that this Instruction
bee added to the Instructions given to the Councell of
Munday 27th of February 1659.
Resolved by the Parliament.
That this house doth agree with the Councell of State, That
liberty bee given to the Councell of State in case of Speciall
Exigencyes for the Publique safety to seize and secure
any person or persons that they shall have just ground
to suspect to carry on any designe of Publique
danger Though such person or persons bee for the present Members
Thursday March the 1st 1659.
That this bee a further Instruction to the Councell of State,
That the Councell of State have the trust of ordering the houses
Forrests Chases and Parkes belonging to the Commonwealth, and
of disposeing the care and Custody thereof, and of the places and
services relateing thereunto, and of the timber and wood growing
and being in any of the Forrests Chaces and Parkes, as shal bee
from tyme to tyme necessary for the best advantage of the
Tuesday March 6th 1659.
Resolved by the Parliament.
That the Councell of State bee Injoyned to take Speciall care
of the safety and peace of the Nation and to proceed vigorously
in secureing such persons as they shall thinke dangerous to the
peace and safety of the Nation.