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 Martis, 22 Maii, 1649.
Newcastle, &c. Garisons.
WHEREAS it was formerly referred to the Council of State, to examine what is necessary for the Supply and Fortification of the Garisons of Newcastle, Tynmouth, Barwick, and Carlisle: It is now Ordered, by the Commons, assembled in Parliament, That the said Council of State do also take care, that the sequestred Timber at Morpeth, cut out for Building of Ships, be disposed of to that Use.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Haberdashers Hall, to send for Mr. Faunt; to examine the Business touching the Fifteen hundred Pounds by him discovered; and to give Order, That so much of it as belongs to the State, be paid to the Use of the Garison of Carlisle, to such Persons as Sir Arthur Heslerigg shall appoint: And the Acquittance of such Person to be a sufficient Discharge to the Treasurers for the same.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Haberdashers Hall to examine the Debt due to the State, from Mr. Cordell, Executor to his Brother; and to give Order, that so much of it as shall appear to be due to the State, be paid to the Use of the Garison of Carlisle, to such Person or Persons as Sir Arthur Heslerigg shall direct: And the Acquittance of such Person or Persons shall be a sufficient Discharge to the Treasurers for the same.
Sir Arthur Heslerigg reports, An Act for pardoning the Delinquency of Ralph Cole, of Gateshead in the County of Durham: Which was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed.
Sir T. Hampson.
Mr. Henry Darley reports from the Committee at Haberdashers Hall, the Case of Sir Thomas Hampson, upon the Examinations of Witnesses: Which was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Case of Sir Thomas Hampson be referred back to the Committee at Haberdashers Hall; to hear and determine according to the Ordinances for Sequestration.
Committee to examine on Oath.
Ordered, That the Committee of Haberdashers Hall have Power to examine Witnesses, upon Oath, in all Cases wherein they have Power, by Order or Ordinance of Parliament, to hear and determine: And that the Quorum of that Committee shall be reduced to the Number of Five.
Ordered, That Mr. John Dove be added to that Committee.
Earl of Lanerick, &c.
Sir Arthur Heslerigg reports the State of the Case of the Earl of Dirlton, concerning the Sum of Sixteen hundred Pounds, the Remainder of a Debt owing by the Earl of Salisbury, upon Bond, by him, with others, to the Earl of Lanerick, as it stands proved for the Fact before the Committee.
Ordered, That the Case of the Lord Lanerick, as to the said Debt, be likewise referred Back to the Committee of Haberdashers Hall: to hear and determine the same, according to the Ordinances for Sequestration.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to prepare a competent Number of the Acts touching Free Quarter, to be sent down to the several Regiments of the Army; together with a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, to be sent to the General, to give Order for the publishing of the said Act and Rules in all Places, where the Army, or any part thereof, now is, or shall come; to the End it may be made know, both to the Soldiers and People, for the better and more due observation thereof: And Commissary General Ireton is to withdraw, and prepare a Letter accordingly.
Turner's &c. Petition.
Ordered, That the House do, This-day-sevennight, take into Consideration the Petition of Richard Turner, Maurice Gethin, and Tempest Milner, touching the Sum of Nineteen thousand Two hundred Fifty Pounds Two Shillings and Three pence, the one Moiety thereof heretofore charged on the Receipts of Goldsmiths Hall, and the other Moiety on the Receipts of the Grand Excise (the said Moiety, charged on the Receipts of Goldsmiths Hall, being since, by Act, transferred upon Sale of Deans and Chapters Lands), the first Business: And Mr. Speaker is to put the House in mind thereof.
Admission of Members.
Ordered, That Sir William Strickland be admitted into this House.
Colonel Ludlowe reports from the Committee touching absent Members, That the said Committee have received Satisfaction touching Mr. Crompton.
Ordered, That Mr. Crompton be admitted into the House.
Ordered, That Mr. Snelling be admitted into the House.
Oaths by Committees.
Ordered, That an Act be brought in, to give Power to all Committees to give Oaths.
Mr. Millington is to bring in the said Act.
Sir Henry Myldmay reports from the Council of State, touching the Printing of dangerous Books and Pamphlets.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Mabbott be discharged from licensing any Books or Pamphlets: And that it be referred to the Council of State, to prepare, and bring in, an Act for preventing the Printing of Scandalous Books and Pamphlets.
Sir Henry Vane junior reports from the Council of State, a Draught of a Letter, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the President of the Parliament of Scotland: Which was read the First time at large; and afterwards read by Parts: And every Part being severally put to the Question, was assented unto; and ordered to be signed by Mr. Speaker.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to see this Letter sent away by a Messenger forthwith.
Castles in Kent.
Ordered, That the Report touching the Three Castles in Kent be made To-morrow Morning.