Thursday, the 13th
of May, 1652.
THE House being informed that the Lord Chief
Baron, and Mr. Baron Thorpe, having appointed a
Meeting at Serjeants-Inn Yesterday, to consult with the
Council for the Commonwealth touching Publick Business, in relation to the Court of Exchequer, and the late
Court of Wards; and commanded the Officers of that
Court, and, amongst others, Sir Benjamin Rudyard
Knight, to attend them in that Service; and having accordingly met; immediately after, as the said Sir Benjamin
Rudyard was departing thence, he was arrested upon
Mesne Process, and is still detained in Custody.
Resolved, That the Parliament doth declare, That, as
this Case hath been represented to the Parliament touching the Arrest of Sir Benjamin Rudyard, the Barons of
the Court of the Publick Exchequer ought to grant the
Benefit of Privilege to the said Sir Benjamin Rudyard,
as if his Attendance had been upon the Court sitting;
and to discharge the said Sir Benjamin Rudyard from
the said Arrest, accordingly.
Resolved, That it be referred to a Committee of this
House, upon Conference with the Commissioners for
Compounding, to state the Matter of fact touching the
Debts of Mr. Pyme; and the Lands appointed by the
House to go towards the Payment of his Debts; and
what hath been received out of those Lands; and how
much of the Debts have been paid; and what Debts are
yet unsatisfied, which those Lands were appointed to
satisfy; and what is fit to be done for the more speedy
Payment of those Debts, and clearing the said Lands;
and report their Opinion therein to the House: viz. to
Colonel Fielder, Alderman Allein, Mr. Robinson, Mr.
Strickland, Mr. Carew, Mr. Nevill, Mr. Hay, Colonel
Morley, Mr. Gratwick, Colonel Downes; or any Three
of them: And this Committee are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of the Clock, in the Court of Wards; and
so de die in diem.
Fines on Estates.
The Question being put, That the Act for ascertaining
of arbitrary Fines upon Descent and Alienation of
Copyholds of Inheritance, be now read;
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, That the Act for ascertaining of arbitrary
Fines upon Descent and Alienation of Copyholds of Inheritance, be read on Thursday Morning next, the First
Business; nothing to intervene.
Challenges and Duels.
Mr. Garland reports, from the Committee touching
the Law, an Act against Challenges, Duels, and all
Provocations thereunto: Which was this Day read the
First and Second Time; and, upon the Question, committed to the same Committee; and all that come to
have Voices: And they are to meet this Afternoon in
Mr. Speaker's Chamber; and so de die in diem.