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, 12 Junii, 1649.
Turner's, &c. Claims.
THE humble Petition of Richard Turner, Maurice Gethinge, Tempest Milner, and Hannah Wollaston Widow, in the Behalf of themselves, and others, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee for Obstructions in Sale of Deans and Chapters Lands; to consider thereof; and state the Matter of Fact; and report their Opinions to this House, How the Moiety of the Sum of Nineteen thousand Two hundred Fifty Pounds Two Shillings and Three-pence, due to the Petitioners, formerly charged upon Goldsmiths Hall, and since transferred upon Sale of Deans and Chapters Lands, may be paid with the least Damage to the Commonwealth; and for the speediest Satisfaction of the Petitioners.
Ordered, That it be referred to the same Committee, to consider of the Sum of Money, heretofore secured, to be paid unto the Lord Grey of Warke, out of the Compositions at Goldsmiths Hall, and since transferred upon the Sale of Deans and Chapters Lands; and to examine how much of the said Money hath been already paid, and to report the State of the Business to the House.
Grant to Broughton.
Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal of England be authorized and required to issue a Warrant to the Attorney General for the Commonwealth, to prepare a Grant unto Andrew Broughton Esquire, of the Offices of Coroner and Attorney of the Keepers of the Liberties of England, by Authority of Parliament, in the Upper Bench, before the said Keepers; with all and singular Liberties, Privileges, Pre-eminences, Rights, Profits, Commodities, and all other Appurtenances whatsoever, to the Offices, or either of them, of Right belonging, and anciently due and accustomed, to hold and enjoy the same, by himself, or his sufficient Deputy or Deputies, quam diu se bene gesserit, in as large and ample manner as Richard Aske Esquire, or any others, formerly held and enjoyed the same.
Capt. Smyth, &c.
Mr. Garland reports from the Committee of Indemnity, the State of the Business between Captain Francis Smyth and Mr. Richard Alford.
The humble Petition of Richard Alford, of Lyme in the County of Dorsett, Merchant, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the said Business be referred back again to the Committee of Indemnity, or any Seven of them; to hear and determine the same: And that the Execution be said from being executed in the mean time.
Late King's Children.
Ordered, That the Letter from the Countess of Leicester, touching the late King's Children, of the Fourth of June 1649, together with a Letter from the Earl of Northumberland, be referred to the Committee of the Revenue; to consider of the Particulars in the said Letters, What is fit to be done therein; and to do therein as they shall find Cause; or, if they shall think fit, to report it to this House.
Ordered, That the Clerk that usually signeth the Orders in the Absence of the Clerk of this House, do sign the Orders touching the new Judges.
Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal of England be required to give Order for Patents to be prepared, and to pass, under the Great Seal of England, to Mr. Serjeant Aske, to be one of the Judges of the Upper Bench; and to Mr. Serjeant Warburton, to be one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas; and to Mr. Serjeant Rigby to be one of the Barons of the Court of Exchequer: And the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal be, and are hereby, authorized and required to administer the Oath, appointed by Parliament, unto them respectively; and to pass the said several Patents, under the Great Seal of England, accordingly.
Sir Henry Vane junior reports the State of the Business touching the Excise.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee where Mr. John Crobett has the Chair, upon the Debate now had in this House, to prepare, and present an Act to this House thereupon; having regard to the Honour and Justice of the Parliament, and to the Security and Satisfaction of the Lenders.
Ordered, That Mr. White, Major Salwey, Sir Henry Vane junior, Mr. Reynolds, Alderman Wilson, Dr. Palmer, Mr. Love, Sir Wm. Allanson, Colonel Lassells, be added to that Committee.
Whereas Information is given, That Alderman Chambers, and some other Person or Persons, do detain, in their Hands, the Seals of the Custom-house; and refuse to deliver them, according to the Order of this House, to the Committee for the Navy and Customs: It is Ordered, That the said Committee do send for the said Alderman Chambers, and such other Person or Persons as aforesaid: And that they do restrain and commit them, in case of Contempt, until the Pleasure of the House be further known.
Sir Henry Vane junior reports the Business touching Colonel Popham; and an Estimate of the Charge of the Summer's and Winter's Guard, and the Number of Men for the Summer's and Winter's Guard, as followeth:
6 Junii 1649.
An Estimate of the whole Charge and Expence of the Navy, for one whole Year, and so from Year to Year, for every Year, so long as the Service shall necessarily require so great Fleets for the Summer and Winter's Guards.
John Holland, Thomas Smyth, Wm. Willoughby, Robt. Thompson.
9 Junii 1649.
An Estimate of the Charge in setting forth to Sea, in warlike manner, for Six Months Service, so many of the State's Ships and Pinaces as shall be manned with 3,000 Men, for this ensuing Winter Guard.
John Holland, Thomas Smyth, Robert Thomson, Wm. Willoughby.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Numbers of Men now proposed for the Summer and Winter's Guard yearly; and of the estimate that is drawn in pursuance thereof. And
It is Ordered, That a speedy Settlement be made of One hundred Twenty thousand Pounds, upon the Excise; so that it may be a certain Revenue to supply what shall be wanting in the Customs of the said Two hundred Eighty-three thousand Pounds per Annum, in the Estimate mentioned.
Ordered, That an Act be brought in to that Purpose.
Mr. Myles Corbett is to bring in the Act.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy do give all Furtherance, for so much as in them lieth, for the setting forth of the Winter's Guard, according to the said Estimate.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to present a List of the Ships, and the Names of the Captains, and other Officers, for this Winter's Guard, for the Approbation of this House to be had therein.
Ordered, That the Judges of the Admiralty be required, for Dispatching of the publick Business now depending before them, to sit at the least Three times every Week.
Ordered, That Dr. Walker be one of the Judges of the Admiralty, in the Place of Dr. Dorislaus; with the same Allowance the other Judges have.
Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal do give Warrant to Mr. Attorney General, to prepare a Patent for him to that Purpose: And that the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal of England do pass the same, under the Great Seal, accordingly.
Ordered, That the Lord Bradshawe's Merits be taken into Consideration on Friday next, the first Business; nothing to intervene.
Excise on Salt.
Be it Enacted and Declared, by this present Parliament, and it is Enacted and Declared, by Authority of the same, That all Salt, not made within this Commonwealth of England, or the Dominions thereof, is taken and adjudged to be foreign Salt, and shall pay One Peny upon every Gallon, for Excise, as foreign Salt doth, from this Instant Twelfth of June 1649; the same to be paid by the first Buyer: And that the Commissioners of Excise, and their Officers, do take care to receive the same accordingly; any Law, Statute, or Order, to the contrary notwithstanding.
This Act was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, passed.
Ordered, That this Act be forthwith printed and published.
Ordered, That Mr. Stephens do make his Report from the Committee for Merchant Strangers To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Army do confer with the Council of State, about the Number of Forces, and the Paying of them; and of the incident Pay to the Soldiery.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Accompt of Major Wm. Robinson, amounting to the Sum of One thousand Eight Pounds and Nineteen Shillings.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to consider, Whether Major William Robinson be one of the Supernumeraries, who have their Arears already secured; and if he be not; then to consider how the said Sum of One thousand and Eight Pounds and Nineteen Shillings may be secured to him; and to report their Opinions therein to this House.