House of Commons Journal Volume 6: 4 October 1649

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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 Jovis, 4 Octobris, 1649.


Officers Petition.

A LETTER from the General, from Kensington, of the First of October 1649, was this Day read.

The humble Petition of the Council of Officers of the Army, under the Command of his Excellency the Lord Fairefax, was this Day read.

Ordered, That the said Letter and Petition be referred to a Committee, upon the Debate of the House, to consider what is sit to be done therein: Viz. unto Mr. Attorney General, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Garland, Colonel Venn, Mr. James Ashe, Mr. Myles Corbett, Colonel Rich, Colonel Fleetwood, Mr. Edwards, Sir Thomas Wroth, Colonel Thompson, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Rawley, Colonel Jones, Colonel Moore, Mr. Cawley, Colonel Feilder, Mr. Holland, Sir Wm. Masham, Sir James Harrington, Lord Munson; or any Five of them: And all that come to have Voices: With Power to send for, and confer with, any Persons that they shall think sit; and to sit this Afternoon, and so de die in diem, in the Place where the Committee of the Army sit; and present their Opinions therein; and report the same to the House Tomorrow Morning.

Mr. Robinson is to take care of it.

Lord Mayor Elect.

The House being informed that the Lord Mayor Elect of the City of London was at the Door, to be presented to the House, according to the Order of this House;

He was called in; and presented by the Recorder of London, attended with divers Aldermen of the City: And Mr. Recorder made an eloquent Oration, expressing the great Providences of God to the Parliament, and this Nation, in these late Years; and the constant Affections of the City to the Parliament, and the Cause they engaged in; and declaring, That the City have chosen Mr. Alderman Thomas Foote to be Lord Mayor for the Year now next ensuing; with a large Testimonial of the Fidelity, Integrity, and Abilities of the said Alderman, and his Qualifications for that great Office and Trust; and desirring the Approbation of this House to their said Election.

And, being all withdrawn,

It was Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Election of Mr. Alderman Thomas Foote, to be Lord Mayor of the City of London, for the Year ensuing: And that he be sworn accordingly.

The Lord Mayor Elect, Recorder, and Aldermen, being again called in; and being come to the Bar, Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House, gave this Answer;

My Lord Mayor Elect,

You have been presented unto the Parliament of England, by Mr. Recorder, for their Approbation: And the Parliament of England have commanded me, in their Names, to declare unto you, That they do well approve and confirm the Choice of you to be Lord Mayor of the City of London, for the Year ensuing: And, out of their Experience of your great Service and Fidelity to this Commonwealth and Parliament, and the Confidence they have of your Abilities for the Discharge of so high a Trust, they are well pleased that such an eminent Stamp of Authority is so fitly placed; and they have ordered, That you shall be sworn accordingly.


Mr. Scott reports from the Committee for the Miners of Derbishire, the Opinion of that Committee, That Colonel Sanders be appointed to execute the Office of Barghmaster, so far as it is judicial: And that Mr. Cook do attend the Committee for the Miners of Derbishire; to shew what Title he hath, or pretendeth to have, in the said Office, either judicial or beneficial.

The Question being propounded, That this House doth agree with the Committee, That Thomas Saunders Esquire do execute the Office of Barghmaster in Derbishire, so far as it is judicial, for Six Months;

And the Question being put, That this Question be now put;

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

And the main Question being put;

It was Resolved, &c. That Thomas Sanders Esquire do execute the Office of Barghmaster in Derbishire, so far as it is judicial, for Six Months.

Publick Accompts.

An Act for taking and receiving the Accompts of the Commonwealth.


Colonel Thompson reports Amendments to the Act for Garbling: Which were twice read; and, upon the Question, agreed.

A Proviso was tendered to the said Act, That all such Spices, Drugs, and other Merchandizes garblable, which by this Act are at Liberty, or may be sold or divided, to be transported ungarbled, shall, before the Delivery thereof, be first viewed and sealed, by the Garbler, or his Deputy, with a Seal for that Purpose; he taking, for the viewing, sealing, and keeping the Accompts touching the same, for every Hogshead, Fat, Bag, Bale, or other Parcel, so sealed, the Sum of Three-pence, and not above; upon Pain of Forfeiture of the said Spices, Drugs, or other Merchandizes, so sold or divided, to be transported and not viewed and sealed as aforesaid, or the Value thereof, in as full and ample manner, to all Intents, Constructions, and Purposes, as by the said Act of Parliament, made in the First Year of King James, for Garbling of Spices, is already enacted; any thing in this Act to the contrary notwithstanding: Which was once read.

And the Question being put, That the said Proviso be read the Second time;

It passed with the Negative.

Resolved, upon the Question, That the said Bill be ingrossed; and brought in on Tuesday next.

Dover Pier.

The Lord Lisle reports from the Council of State, the Opinion of that Council, That Twelve hundred Pounds may be provided speedily for the Repair of Dover Pier; of which Four hundred Pounds, being the Moiety of Eight hundred Pounds, a Seizure due to the State, to be a Part; and the other Eight hundred Pounds to be paid out of some present Money.

Ordered, That the Four hundred, of the Eight hundred Pounds seized at Dover, for the Use of the State, be employed to the Repair of the Pier of Dover: And that the same be paid to the Commissioners of the Port of Dover, or such other Persons as they shall appoint for that Purpose: And the Acquittance of the said Commissioners, or such Person or Persons as they shall appoint to receive the same, shall be a sufficient Discharge for the same, to such Person as they shall pay the same.

Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy be required to pay unto the said Commissioners of the Port of Dover Eight hundred Pounds more, for repairing the said Pier: And that the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall be authorized and required to give Warrant to their Treasurers to repay the whole Sum of Twelve hundred Pounds unto the Committee of the Navy, out of the Sequestrations in Kent.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Navy, to examine and consider what Revenue and Means hath been assigned for the Repair of the Breaches, and for the Preservation of the Pier and Harbour of Dover; and how the same hath been expended, or employed, since the Beginning of this Parliament; and to consider of some way how the same may be maintained for the future; and report the same to the House.