Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 6, 1648-1651. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Mercurii, 9 Maii, 1649.
ORDERED, That the Lieutenant of the Tower be required, until further Order from the Parliament, to restrain all Persons, who are not Inhabitants within the Tower of London, from coming into the Tower on the Lord's Day; to take care that no other Persons be admitted into the Tower on that or any other Day, but such as can give a good Account of their necessary Business there.
Ordered, That the Lieutenant of the Tower, and the Commander of the Forces which are in the Tower, be required to take care to prevent all Confluence of People into the Tower of London.
Ordered, That there be a Restraint upon all Persons from coming to Lieutenant Colonel John Lilborne, Mr. Thomas Prince, Mr. William Walwyn, and Mr. * Overton, except their Wives, Children, and necessary Servants.
Acts to be passed.
Sir Arthur Heslerigg reports from the Council of State, the Opinion of the said Council, That the Act for the Field Officers to state the Accompts of their respective Regiments; the Act for the Lands and Parks, for securing the Soldiers Arrears; the Act declaring Crimes and Treason; the Act for the Militia, for Major General Skippon, for the City and Suburbs; a Declaration for putting a Period to this Parliament; be past between this and Saturday next.
Ordered, That the Act touching Prisoners be reported on Monday next.
An Act for charging Six hundred thousand Pounds, charged upon the Excise, and other Securities, for the Arrears of Soldiers, upon the Manors, Lands, and Farms, late belonging to the Crown, and for Sale of the said Manors, &c. was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Colonel Rigby, Mr. Attorney General, Sir Henry Vane senior, Mr. Holland, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Whittacre, Colonel Venn, Mr. Say, Mr. Reynolds, Sir Hen. Myldmay, Mr. Gurdon, Sir John Bourchier, Mr. Corbett, Commissary General Ireton, Mr. Martyn, Mr. Pierpointe, Colonel Rich, Mr. Scott, Mr. Hill, Mr. Carey, Colonel Harvey, Mr. Goodwyn, Mr. Gould, Mr. Leman, Serjeant Thorpe; or any Five of them: and the Committee are to meet in the Speaker's Chamber, To-morrow in the Afternoon at Two of the Clock.
Solicitor General, &c.
Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal be required to consider of fit Persons to be Solicitor General and Serjeants for the Commonwealth; and to present their Names to the House, when they bring in the Names for Judges.
Tonage and Poundage.
An Act to transmit into the Chancery and Exchequer certain Orders and Instructions of Parliament, concerning Tonage and Poundage of Goods and Merchandizes, with the Book of Rates of the same, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed.
An Act impowering the Barons of the Exchequer, as Commissioners for Appeals touching Delinquents, to administer an Oath: Which was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed.
Claims on Publick Faith.
Mr. Corbett, Mr. Allen, Colonel Harvey, Sir Henry Myldmay, Commissary General Ireton, Mr. Reynolds, Colonel Wauton;
This Committee, or any Four of them, are to bring in Instructions, touching the Disposing of the Twenty-seven thousand Four hundred Pounds, according to the Order made Yesterday: And are to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, in the Exchequer Chamber: And have further Power to take into Consideration the Petition touching Monies lent upon Publick Faith; and to take into Consideration, what those Petitioners shall tender for their Satisfaction, and for the Benefit of the Publick.
Sir J. Packington's Fine.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Goldsmiths Hall, to take into Consideration the Mitigation of the Fine of Sir John Packington, for his Delinquency; as also to consider of the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Garison of Aylesbury, touching their Right of Common in a Pasture Ground called Heydon Hill, within the Parish of Aylesbury, and their Charter of Incorporation; and how the same, together with the Royalty and Waste, and what else the said Sir John Packington claims as Lord of the Manor, may be settled and confirmed to the Inhabitants of the said Borough of Aylesbury; and to report their Opinions therein to the House.
Officers in Customs.
Ordered, That the new Commissioners for the Customs have, and be hereby authorized to exercise, all and every the Powers which the Committee of Merchants, sitting in Mincing Lane, now have, or formerly had, for the Regulating the Officers of the Customs within the Port of London, and the Out Ports.
Army Pay, &c.
Commissary General Ireton reports certain Rules for taking off Free Quarter, Billet, &c. and likewise an Act for the more certain and constant Supply of the Soldiery with Pay, and the preventing of any further Oppression or Damage to the People, by Free Quarter or Billet: Which was read the First time.
And the Question being put, That the said Act be now read the Second time;
It passed with the Affirmative.
Resolved, &c. That the Members of this House do not go out of the House without Leave.
The said Act was accordingly read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed, together with the Rules, to the Committee of the Army: And all the Members that come to have Voices.