Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 6, 1648-1651. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Tuesday, the 29th of April, 1651.
Room to be cleared, &c.
RESOLVED, That the outer Room be cleared; and the Door be shut till Twelve of Clock.
Sir Henry Vane reports from the Council of State, A Letter from Colonel Blake, from aboard the Phenix, off New Grimsby, of the Twentieth of April 1651.
Which was this Day read.
Transactions with Holland.
Mr. Scott reports from the Council of State, Three several Letters, sent by the Council of State to the Lords Ambassadors Extraordinary to the States General of the United Provinces: With a Letter from the said Lords Ambassadors to the Council of State; with several Transactions between the Lords Ambassadors and the Lords the States General of the United Provinces: With another Letter from the Lords Ambassadors, of the Three-and-twentieth of April 1651, to the Council of State.
Which were all this Day read.
He also reports, a Paper, delivered in from Mynheer Schape, the publick Minister from the Provinces of Holland and Frizland to the Council of State.
Which was this Day read.
Resolved, That these several Papers and Transactions be delivered back again to Mr. Scott.
The House being informed, That Mr. Thurlow, Secretary to the Lords Ambassadors Extraordinary to the States General of the United Provinces, was at the Door;
He was called in: And, being come to the Bar, he made a Relation of the State of Affairs there; and of the Proceedings of the said Lords Ambassadors; and of their Safety.
Resolved, That the Parliament doth approve of the Orders and Directions the Council of State have given to the Ambassadors Extraordinary to the States General of the United Provinces, in pursuance of the Reference to the said Council from the Parliament; and also of what the Ambassadors have done, in pursuance of the Directions of the said Council.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State, to give Order to the Ambassadors Extraordinary to the States General, to continue there for such a limited Time as they shall think sit, for the Expediting of the Treaty: And that they do proceed, according to their former Powers, to give them further private and particular Instructions, as they shall judge most conducing to the Good of the Commonwealth, and according to the Debates and Informations now given unto, and had by, the Parliament.
Resolved, That it be likewise referred to the Council of State, to consider, in Answer to the Paper delivered unto them by the Commissioner from the States of Holland, what just Satisfaction is fit to be demanded concerning the Affronts and Indignities offered to the Ambassadors and their Retinue, by Edward Prince Palatine, and Apsley and others.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to take into their Consideration the Business now in Debate in the House concerning Langar Fort; and to examine the same; and to do therein as they shall think fit.
Resolutions to be secret.
Resolved, That the Resolutions of the Parliament this Day, touching the Lords Ambassadors Extraordinary sent to the Lords the States General of the United Provinces; and the Directions of the Council of State, sent on Saturday last, to the said Lords Ambassadors, be under Secrecy for Twenty Days: And that they be forborn to be entered in the Day Book by the Clerk in the mean time.