Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Tuesday, the 15th of June, 1652.
Embassy from Venice.
MR. Speaker, by way of Report, acquaints the Parliament, That he had received the Copies of Letters Credential from the Senate of Venice, both in Italian and English: Which were this Day read.
Ordered, That a Committee be named, to receive the Publick Minister from the Senate of Venice, according to the Rule given for Reception of Agents from foreign States and Princes, To-morrow Morning, at Eight of Clock.
Ordered, That Sir Oliver Fleming, Master of the Ceremonies, do give Notice to the said Publick Minister from the Senate of Venice, of the said Order.
A Letter from the Commissioners for managing the Affairs of Ireland, from Corke, of the 5th of June 1652, was this Day read.
A Letter from Colonel Venables, from Charliamont, of the 30th Day of May 1652, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Business touching Payment of the Surveyors, and removing of Obstructions for Sale of Lands forfeited to the Commonwealth, for Treason, be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Commissions in Ireland.
Sir Henry Vane junior reports from the Council of State, That the Council having, in pursuance of the Order of Parliament of the 8th of June 1652, taken into Consideration the Business of Ireland, upon perusing the several Commissions of the Lord General Cromwell, do find, That his Commission, whereby he is constituted Lieutenant and Governor General of Ireland, is dated the 23d of June 1649; and was to continue for Three Years from the Date thereof: That his other Commission, whereby he is made Captain General, is dated the 8th of June 1650; the Words whereof are, "Be it Enacted, That the said Oliver Cromwell be, and is hereby, constituted and appointed Captain General, and Commander in Chief, of the Armies and Forces, raised, and to be raised, by Authority of Parliament, within the Commonwealth of England, until the Parliament shall otherwise order and ordain."
That, the 19th of May 1649, by Act of Parliament, the People of England, and of all the Dominion and Territories thereunto belonging, are, and shall be, and are hereby, constituted, made, established, and confirmed, to be a Commonwealth, and free State.
And hereupon the Council do humbly offer it to the Parliament, That the Commissions in Ireland, as to the military Part, being (as the Case now stands) to determine the 23d of this Instant June, may speedily be provided for.
Ireland-Cromwell, Cap. Gen.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Parliament doth declare, That the Act of Parliament constituting Oliver Cromwell Captain General, and Commander in Chief, of the Armies and Forces, raised, and to be raised, by Authority of Parliament, within the Commonwealth of England, doth and shall extend to the Forces, raised, and to be raised, in Ireland, by the Authority of Parliament, as if Ireland had been therein particularly named.
Ordered, That the Lord General be required to appoint such Person as he shall think fit, to command in Chief the Forces in Ireland under him: And to give him a Commission, accordingly.
Ordered, That the several military Commissions only, which were granted, by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, or his Deputy, to the Commanders and Officers of the Forces in Ireland, shall continue and be in Force, from and after the 22d of June 1652, until the Lord General shall give other Order.
Ordered, That this Order be sent, by the Council of State, to the Commissioners of the Parliament now in Ireland: And that they be required to cause the same to be published there with all Speed; and see the same be observed, accordingly.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to consider what Commission and Powers are fit to be given to such as shall have the Civil Power in Ireland; and also the Names of fit Persons to be Commissioners there for that Purpose; and to present the same to the Parliament, for their Approbation.
An Act for raising 90,000 l. by the Month, for Six Months; to commence the 24th Day of June 1652, until the 25th of December next ensuing; towards the Maintenance of the Forces in England, Ireland, and Scotland, raised, by Authority of Parliament, for the Service of this Commonwealth; was this Day read the Third time.
Resolved, That "the 10th of June" be made "the 2d Day of July."
Resolved, That "the 24th Day of June" be "the 16th of July."
Resolved, That the 24th of July be appointed for the First Payment, and the 20th of October for the Second Payment.
Resolved, That Major General Harrison be a Commissioner in this Act, for the County of Midd'.
The said Act, so amended, being put to the Question, passed. And it is
Ordered, That the said Act be forthwith printed and published.