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 8th of September, 1659.
ORDERED, That James Naylor be forthwith discharged of, and set free from his Imprisonment in Bridewell, London: And that Mr. Speaker do grant a Warrant for discharging his Imprisonment, and setting him at Liberty, accordingly.
Earl of Nottingham's Pension.
The humble Petition of Charles Earl of Nottingham was this Day read.
Whereas a Pension of One thousand Pounds per Annum was heretofore granted and continued unto Charles Earl of Nottingham, during his Life; and formerly ordered to be paid to him out of the Customs; It is Ordered, by the Parliament, That the said Pension of One thousand Pounds per Annum be continued and paid, in Manner and Form following; that is to say, Six hundred Pounds a Year, of the said One thousand Pounds, unto the said Charles Earl of Nottingham, or his Assigns, for and during his natural Life, by quarterly Payments, out of the publick Revenue of the Exchequer; together with the Arrear thereof for One Quarter ended at Midsummer last: And that Four hundred Pounds a Year, Residue of the said Pension of One thousand Pounds a Year, be paid unto Arabella Countess of Nottingham, Wise of the said Earl of Nottingham, or her Assigns, for and during her natural Life, by quarterly Payments, out of the publick Revenue of the Exchequer; together with the Arrear of One hundred Pounds to the said Countess, for One Quarter ending at Midsummer last: And, if the said Charles Earl of Nottingham die, then the said Six hundred Pounds per Annum to cease; and, if the said Countess of Nottingham die, then the said Four hundred Pounds per Annum to cease. And, It is further
Ordered, That Mr. Solicitor-General do prepare several Patents for settling the said Six hundred Pounds per Annum, and Four hundred Pounds per Annum, upon the said Charles Earl of Nottingham, and Arabella Countess of Nottingham, during their respective Lives, accordingly: And that the Council of State do give Warrant for Payment of the said respective Pensions, accordingly: And the respective Acquittances of the said Earl, and of the said Countess, for the said Sums, respectively, shall be a sufficient Discharge in that behalf: And that Mr. Speaker do sign Dockets for passing the said Patents under the Great Seal of England: And that the Commissioners for Custody of the Great Seal do pass the same under the Great Seal of England, accordingly.
Ordered, That a Pension of Forty Shillings a Week be, and is hereby, granted unto Richard Christophilus, to be paid unto him, or his Assigns, with the Arrear of Forty Shillings a Week, due since the Seventh of May 1659, out of the publick Revenue of the Exchequer, until further Order: And that the Council of State do take care for the Payment thereof to him, or his Assigns, accordingly: And the Acquittance of the said Richard Christophilus, testifying the Receipt thereof, shall be a sufficient Discharge in that behalf.
Windsor poor Knights.
Ordered, That the Report, touching the poor Knights of Windsor, be made, and taken into Consideration, on Saturday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Petition of Captain Pechell be read on Saturday Morning next.
State of the Government.
The House, according to former Order, took into Debate the Matter of Government.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee upon the whole Debate of the House, this Day, and the Vote in 1648, to prepare something to be offered to the House, in order to the Settlement of the Government of this Commonwealth; viz. unto Sir Henry Vane, Sir Arthur Hesilrig, Lord Whitlock, Lieutenant-General Fleetwood, Colonel Martin, Mr. Nevill, Sir Wm. Strickland, Mr. Holland, Colonel Dove, Mr. Anlaby, Mr. Fagg, Mr. Love, Earl of Pembroke, Colonel Bennett, Colonel Sydenham, Colonel Rich, Mr. Blagrave, Major Salway, Colonel Downes, Lord Chief-Justice St. John, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Mr. Millington, Mr. Scott, Mr. Strickland, Alderman Atkin, Mr. Solicitor Reynolds, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Nelthorp, Mr. Trenchard: And all that come to have Voices.
And this Committee are to meet To-morrow Morning, in the Court of Wards; and so from Day to Day, as they shall see Cause; and bring it in, on or before the Tenth Day of October next: And the especial Care hereof is committed to the Lord Whitlock.