Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Thursday, the 6th of November, 1651.
Sitting of this Parliament.
THE House, according to former Order, was this Day resolved into a Grand Committee, upon the Bill for setting a certain Time for the Sitting of this Parliament, and for Calling of a new Parliament.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Serjeant Earle took the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Mr. Serjeant Earl reports, from the said Grand Committee, that the said Grand Committee desire Leave of this House, that they may sit To-morrow upon the said Bill.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That the House be resolved into a Grand Committee To-morrow Morning, upon the said Bill for setting a certain Time for the Sitting of this Parliament, and for the Calling of a new Parliament; and that Mr. Speaker do then forbear to take the Chair.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That Sir Gilbert Pickering do give their hearty Thanks to Mr. Steery, for the great Pains he took in his Sermon, preached before them in Margarett's, Westminster, Yesterday, being the Fifth of November; and desire him to print his Sermon: Wherein he is to have the like Privilege in printing thereof, as others usually have had.
Sir Henry Vane reports, from the Council of State, a Letter from the Parliament's Commissioners in Ireland, dated at Dublin 1 Novembris 1651: Which was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Monies which hath, or shall come into the Treasury at Goldsmiths Hall, or Haberdashers Hall, upon the Composition of Sir George Strode, and, likewise, upon the Composition of the Trustees and Creditors of the late Lord Capell, shall be paid unto the Council of State, to be by them employed only towards the present Supplies for Ireland: And that the Commissioners for Compounding be required to issue their Warrants to the Treasurers of those Receipts, or either of them, for Payment of the said Money to such Person and Persons as the Council of State shall appoint; whose Acquittance and Acquittances shall be a sufficient Discharge to the Treasurers for the same.
A Copy of a Letter from Colonel Sankey to Colonel Pretty, was this Day read.-
Ordered, That it be referred back to the Council of State, to take especial Care for sending to Ireland Supplies of Men, Monies, and other Things, desired in the Commissioners Letter, with all convenient Speed.
Ordered, That the Council of State, do bring in the Names of the Persons to be excepted in the Propositions touching Ireland, To-morrow Sevennight.
Isle of Man.
A Letter from Colonel Duckenfield and Colonel Thomas Birch, from Rainsway in the Isle of Man, of the Second Day of November 1651, touching the Rendition of Castle Rushin and Peter Castle, and the Articles touching the Rendition of the said Castles, were this Day read.
The House being informed, that Mr. Slater, the Messenger, who brought the said Letter from Colonel Duckenfield and Colonel Thomas Birch, was at the Door; he was called in, and, at the Bar, made a Relation of the Proceedings in taking of the said Castles.
Ordered, That One hundred Pounds be given, as a Gratuity, to Mr. Slater; and that the Council of State do take Care to see the same paid to him, accordingly.
Thanks to Officers, &c.
Ordered, That a Letter of Thanks, from the Parliament, be sent to Colonel Duckenfield and Colonel Thomas Birch, and the Officers and Soldiers, for their good and faithful Service in the taking of the Isle of Man. Colonel Martin is to write the said Letter, and Mr. Speaker is to sign it.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to consider what is fit to be done for the preserving of this Island, for the Benefit of the Commonwealth.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, to examine the Truth of the Suggestion, touching a Thousand Pounds lent by Colonel Duckenfield to the Use of the Commonwealth in the Year 1642; which is still unsatisfied: And if they find the same to be true, to consider how the same may be satisfied; and report their Opinion therein to the Parliament.
Persons to be tried.
Mr. Carew reports, from the Council of State, That the Earl of Cleveland, the Lord Grandison, Colonel Thomas Blague, Major Edward Broughton, and Colonel John Buller, formerly at Sillies, are fit Persons to be made Examples of Justice, and to be tried by the High Court of Justice.
Earl of Cleveland's Petition.
The humble Petition of Thomas Earl of Cleveland, was this Day read.
The Question being propounded, That Thomas Earl of Cleveland, be now turned over to be tried by the High Court of Justice:
And the Question being put, that That Question be now put;
It passed with the Negative.
Fire at Swamborne.
Resolved, That a Brief be granted, under the Great Seal of England, for a Collection for the repairing of the Losses of the Inhabitants of Swamborne, in the County of Bucks, by the Firing of that Town by the Forces raised against the Parliament: And that the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal be authorized and required to pass Letters Patents under the great Seal, for that Purpose.