Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Friday, 25th May, 1660.
ORDERED, That the Declaration for bringing in the Duty of Excise, and the Arrears thereof, be forthwith printed and published.
Advance to the Public.
Alderman Fredericke reports, that he, and the other Gentlemen, Members of this House, appointed to go into the City of London, to procure the Advancement of Two thousand Pounds for his Majesty's present Service, did accordingly go into the City; but, finding Difficulty therein, they have determined themselves to advance the said Sum of Two thousand Pounds, for the Use aforesaid; and are ready to pay it in, upon the Security appointed by the Order of this House of Yesterday.
Ordered, That the Sum of Two thousand Pounds, advanced by Alderman Frederick, Mr. Thomas Rich, Col. Samuell Jones, Mr. Peter Middleton, and Mr. Joseph Brand, be repaid to them, or their Assigns, with Interest, out of the first Money to come in of the Twenty thousand Pounds, Part of the Thirty thousand Pounds appointed towards making necessary Preparations for the King's Majesty's Reception, next after the Sum of One thousand Pounds advanced by Alderman Robinson for that Service.
Ordered, That the Thanks of this House be given unto Alderman Frederick, Mr. Thomas Rich, Col. Samuell Jones, Mr. Peter Middleton, and Mr. Joseph Brand, for their Forwardness in advancing the said Two thousand Pounds for this present Service.
Mr. Speaker gave unto them the Thanks of this House accordingly.
Debts owing to the Public.
Ordered, That Mr. John Knight, Mr. Shaw, Mr. Streete, Col. King, Mr. Swale, Col. Jones, Serj. Halles, Mr. Wm. Philips, Mr. Middleton, Mr. Devereux, Sir Wm. Doyly, Mr. Wingfeild, Col. West, Mr. Trelawney, be added to the Committee, to whom the examining of Discoveries, offered to this House, is referred.
Ordered, That Sir Walter Earle do go to the Lords, and quicken them in passing the Bill of Assessment.
The King's Landing.
Ordered, That Sir William Lewis, Mr. Finch, Mr. Perrepoint, and Mr. Turner, do presently withdraw, and prepare the Draught of a Letter to his Majesty from this House, for congratulating of his Majesty's safe Landing; to be delivered by the Commissioners attending his Majesty, from this House, at the Time of his Landing.
Wards and Liveries.
A Bill for taking away the Court of Wards and Liveries, and all Tenures in Capite, or by Knight Service, was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to a Committee of the whole House.
The Question being propounded, That the Sum of One hundred thousand Pounds a Year, to be settled on the King's Majesty, his Heirs, and Successors, in lieu of taking away the Court of Wards, and Liveries, and Tenures in Capite, and by Knights Service, be generally charged upon all Lands;
And the Question being put, That this Question be now put;
It passed with the Affirmative:
And the main Question being put; it was
Resolved, That the Sum of One hundred thousand Pounds a Year, to be settled on the King's Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, in lieu of taking away the Court of Wards and Liveries, and Tenures in Capite, and by Knight Service, be generally charged upon all Lands.
The humble Petition of the Officers of the late Court of Wards, and Liveries, was read.
Ordered, That this Petition be referred to the Committee, to whom the Bill for taking away the Court of Wards and Liveries is referred; to take the same into Consideration; and how the Petitioners may have Satisfaction for Loss of their Offices, by the taking away of the Court of Wards; and report their Opinion therein to this House.
A Letter from General Edward Mountague, dated aboard the Nazeby, the Three-and-twentieth of May 1660, about Ten Leagues off the Bay of Skeveling, was read.
The House being informed, that Mr. Pickering, who brought the said Letter, was at the Door; he was called in; and, being at the Bar, he gave an Account to the House of the King's near Arrival for England.
The King's Arrival.
Mr. Finch reports a congratulatory Letter, for his Majesty's safe Arrival in his Kingdom of England, to be sent to his Majesty from this House; which Mr. Finch read in his Place; and the said Letter was after read by the Clerk; and, after some Amendments, being put to the Question, was agreed upon; and ordered to be fair written over, and subscribed by Mr. Speaker; and inclosed in another Letter, to be written to the Commissioners from this House, and by them to be delivered to the King's Majesty.
Letter to Members attending the King.
Mr. Turner reports a Letter to the Committee of this House, attending his Majesty; which was read by Mr. Turner in his Place, and after was read by the Clerk at the Table; and, being put to the Question, was agreed upon; and ordered to be fair written, and subscribed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the Commissioners of this House attending his Majesty.
Sir Walter Earle reports, that he had attended the Lords with the Message from this House, to quicken them in passing the Ordinance for Three Months Assessment, and had enforced it with such Reasons as occurred; and received this Answer, that they were now upon the said Ordinance, and will send a speedy Answer to this House by Messengers of their own.
Sir John Temple reports from the Committee, a Declaration concerning Irish Rebels; which was read; and, after some Amendments made at the Table, the said Declaration, so amended, was agreed.
Resolved, That the Lords Concurrence be desired to the said Declaration: And that the Lord Aungier do carry it to the Lords.