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 Veneris, 7 Junii, 1650.
Propagating the Gospel.
AN Act for the better Propagation of the Gospel, and Advance of Learning, in the County of York, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to Mr. Long, Mr. * Corbett, Mr. H. Darley, Mr. Rich. Darley, Mr. Bond, Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Lechmere, Colonel Venn, Sir Henry Mildmay, Colonel Morley, Colonel Harrison, Colonel Rich, Colonel Fleetwood, Mr. Christopher Martin, Mr. Gurdon, Sir Wm. Allenson, Sir John Bourchier, Mr. Carew, Mr. Burrell, Colonel Purefoy, Mr. Edwards, Major Lister, Colonel Feilder, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Hill; or any Five of them: And this Committee have Power to present a general Bill for Advancement of the Gospel in all Parts of this Commonwealth: And that the Members of the House for the respective Counties, are to present to the Committee the Names of fit Persons to be Commissioners and Approvers in the several Counties: And the Committee are to meet in Mr. Speaker's Chamber, at Two of the Clock this Afternoon; and so de die in diem: And to bring it in on This-day-sevennight.
And the special Care hereof is committed to Mr. Long, and Mr. Hill.
Swearing and Cursing.
Ordered, That the Bill against Swearing and Cursing be reported on This-day-sevennight, the first Business.
Ordered, That an Act against the Vice of Painting, and wearing black Patches, and immodest Dresses of Women, be read on Friday Morning next.
Embassy from Holland.
Mr. Speaker, by way of Report, informs the House of a Letter received from the Lord Gerard Schaeph, Commissioner from the States of Holland and West Friezland, directed thus: "A Monsieur Monsieur William Lenthall, Orateur de Parlament de Republique de, Angleterre," dated 16 Junii, Stil' Holland, 1650.
Which were this Day read, and Englished.
Ordered, That the Lord Gerard Schaeph, Commissioner from the Provincial States of Holland and West Frizland have Audience in Parliament, on Tuesday next at Eleven of Clock.
The Question being propounded, That it be referred to a Committee, to consider in what manner the said Lord Gerard Schaeph shall be received, when he shall have Audience;
And the Question being put, That that Question be now put;
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, That, at that Time, a Chair with Elbows be set in the House, for the Lord Gerard Schaeph, at the usual Place, and in such Manner as formerly hath been used.
Ordered, That the Lord Commissioners . . . . that are Members of this House, do attend the House on Tuesday Morning next with the Great Seal.
Furnishing Court of Wards, &c.
Ordered, That the Trustees and Contractors for Sale of the Goods of the late King, Queen, and Prince, are hereby authorized and required to deliver over to the Serjeant at Arms attending the Parliament, and to the Wardrobekeeper, Hangings, Chairs, and other Necessaries, Furniture for the hanging and furnishing the Court of Wards, on Tuesday Morning next; and also . . . as shall be fit to be used in the Parliament House, and for hanging, and necessary furnishing, the Speaker's Chamber: And that the Serjeant attending the Parliament do see the said Rooms hanged, and fitted with the said Furniture accordingly.
Transactions with Holland.
Sir Henry Mildmay reports from the Council of State, A Letter from Mr. Walter Stricland, from the Hague, of the Ninth of June, with Extracts of other Letters therein inclosed.
Which were this Day read.
Ordered, That the said Letter and Extracts be redelivered back to Sir Henry Mildmay, to be restored to the Council of State.
Which was forthwith done accordingly.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Bill for the Militia do meet this Afternoon; and so die in diem: And bring it in with all Speed.
Grants to Greenwich Poor, &c.
Resolved, That this House doth approve of what the Committee of the Navy have done, in distributing the particular Sums following; viz. of Twenty Pounds to the Poor of Greenwich, Ten Pounds to the Fairefax Frigate, and Twenty Nobles to the President Frigate.
Ordered, That Colonel Thompson make his Report touching the Navy, on Tuesday-come-sevennight, the first Business; nothing to intervene.
An Act for settling the Militia of the City of Westminster, and the Liberties thereof, was this Day read the First time.
Resolved, That a Proviso be added to this Act, That this Act continue for One Year.
The said Act, being put to the Question, passed.
Colonel Rich reports from the Committee of the Northern Association, The humble Petition of Constance Stringer, Widow, and the State of the Debt of One thousand Six hundred and Three Pounds Eighteen Shilings, claimed as owing to her late Husband.
Report concerning Constance Stringer.
"December 18, 1645."
"That the Committee of the Northern Association according to an Order of the House, dated the Eighteenth Day of December 1645, upon Examination of the Letters, Papers, and Certificates thereby referred unto them, did find,"
"That great Quantities of Lead, being in the City of York at the time of the Rendition thereof, in July 1644, was seized and sold by the then Commissioners of Parliament attending the Scottish Army, towards Raising of present Money for Payment of Soldiers."
"August 8, 1644."
"That an Order was made by the said Commissioners, wherein the Case touching the said Lead is stated, and Care taken, how such as were well-affected to the Parliament should be satisfied for their Proportions of the said Lead in Money or Commodities, within Eight Months."
"March 24, 1644."
"That the Case was presented in a Letter, and Certificate to the Speaker, from Mr. Pierepoint, Mr. Goodwyn, and Mr. Darley."
"That George Stringer was a well-affected Person, and to have One hundred Thirty-three Fodder, Thirteen hundred and Twenty-four Pounds of the said Lead sold, allowed him."
"That all the said Lead was sold for Twelve Pounds the Fodder, which, in Money, for the said One hundred Thirty-three Fodder, Thirteen hundred and Twenty-four Pounds, allowed to the said George Stringer, comes to Sixteen hundred Three Pounds Eighteen Shillings."
"17 Julii, 1646."
"It was Resolved, upon the Question, by the said Committee (present Mr. Baron Thorpe, the Lord Fairefax, Sir Wm. Constable, Sir Thomas Widdrington, Alderman Hoyle, Mr. Stockdale, Mr. Challoner, Mr. Tolson, Mr. Bossevile, Mr. Lassels, Sir Wm. Lister, Mr. Armyn, Mr. Scott, Sir Thomas Maleveror, Mr. James Nelthorp) That the said Money due should be reported to the House: And that Satisfaction be made out of the Excise, in Course, and Interest from the Time of that Vote."
Resolved, That this House doth allow of this Debt of Sixteen hundred Three Pounds Eighteen Shillings, as a Debt of the Commonwealth.
Ordered, That the Commissioners at Goldsmiths Hall, and for Advance of Monies, have the same Power to receive Discoveries, and to allow to Discoverers, not exceeding the Fifth Part of such Discoveries, as the Committee of Haberdashers Hall formerly had.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That the said Debt of Sixteen hundred Three Pounds Eighteen Shillings be fixed upon sueh Discoveries as the said Constance Stringer shall make to the Commissioners at Goldsmiths Hall: And the Commissioners have Power to give Warrant to the Treasurers to make Payment thereof to her out of such Discoveries accordingly: And the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Constance Stringer, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Treasurers, or to any other that shall pay the same, accordingly.
Ordered, That the Sum of Five hundred Pounds, formerly given to Catherine Needham, Widow, late Wife of Colonel Needham, slain in the Service of the Parliament, out of such Estates as she should discover at the Committee for the Advance of Money, shall be paid and satisfied unto her, out of such Discoveries as the hath already made, or shall hereafter make, to the Commissioners for Composition with Delinquents: And the said Commissioners are hereby impowered to give Warrant to the Treasurers to make Payment thereof, or so much thereof as is yet unpaid, out of such Discoveries, accordingly: And the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Catharine Needham, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said Treasurers, or to any other, that shall pay the same accordingly.
Resolved, That the Sum of Three hundred Pounds be paid and satisfied unto the Lady Francis Southcote Widow, in Consideration of her great Losses sustained: And that the said Three hundred Pounds be fixed upon such Discoveries, as the said Lady Southcote shall make to the Commissioners at Goldsmiths Hall: And the Commissioners at Goldsmiths Hall have Power to give Warrant to the Treasurers to make Payment thereof to her, out of such Discoveries accordingly: And the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Lady Southcott, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge to the Treasurers, or to any other, that shall pay the same accordingly.
Mr. Lechmere reports concerning Interest for the latter Moiety of Delinquents Fines, Arrear; viz.
"That the Time for which all Compounders are to pay Interest for their latter Moiety of their Fines, is to begin from the End of the Six Weeks after the Passing of their respective Reports, either by the Parliament, or those authorized thereunto."
"That it be reported to the House, That such Interest as hath been paid to or deposited in the Treasurers Hands by any Compounder, since the Seventh of May last, over and above the Interest payable by the former Vote, be repaid unto the respective Compounders by the said Treasurers."
Resolved, That this House doth concur with the Committee therein, That the Time for which all Compounders are to pay Interest for the latter Moiety of their Fines, is to begin from the End of the Six Weeks after the Passing of their Respective Reports, either by the Parliament, or those authorized thereunto.
Resolved, That such Interest as has been paid to, or deposited in the Treasurers Hands by, any Compounder, since the Seventh Day of May last, over and above the Interest payable by the former Vote, be repaid unto the respective Compounders, by the said Treasurers.
The House, according to former Order, adjourned itself until Tuesday Morning next, Eight of Clock.