Tuesday, the 8th of March, 1652.
ORDERED, That Colonel Downes do report the
Act concerning the Northern Officers, on Thursday
next come Sevennight, the first Business.
Commissioners for Articles.
Ordered, That, on Thursday Morning next, the Letter
from the Commissioners for Articles be read; and the Businesses therein mentioned be taken into Consideration.
Prizes of War.
Mr. Say reports from the Council of State, The Report
which was in Mr. Corbett's Hands, concerning the settling
a Way for the Sale of Dutch Prize-Goods: Which Report
was as followeth:
THE Council having taken into Consideration the
Order of Parliament, of the 9th of July last, authorizing
and impowering them to dispose of the Goods and Ships
taken from the Dutch; and, in pursuance thereof nominated Richard Hill, Samuell Wilson, and Robert Turpin,
Commissioners for the Sale and Dispose of them, to the
End the Proceed thereof may be kept upon a distinct
Account, and come clear to the State, without being
intermixed with other Prize-Goods: And, for the more
orderly Proceeding, in reference to the Act of Parliament,
of the 17th of April 1649, for Sale of Prizes, having
ordered the said Richard Hill, Samuell Wilson, and Robert
Turpin, to give Acquittances to the Collectors of PrizeGoods, mentioned in the said Act of Parliament, for all
such Goods as they should make Sale of, and given them
Instructions for regulating themselves in the Execution of
their Trust, and to be subject unto the same Cheque, that
the said Collectors for Prize-Goods are; It is ordered,
That the Proceedings of the Council, upon this Occasion,
be humbly represented to the Parliament; and also that
the Parliament be humbly moved, that the said Commissioners may be put under such Rules, in executing
their Trust, as are appointed and directed by the said
Act of Parliament; and likewise that an Oath be given
them for the faithful Discharge of the aforesaid Trust:
And also reports the Order of the Council, appointing
Richard Hill, Samuell Wilson, and Robert Turpin, Commissioners for the Sale of Dutch Prizes; And the Instructions given to the Commissioners for Sale of Dutch
Prizes: The Order of the Council of State for the Commissioners for Sale of Dutch Prizes to enter into Recognizance; Orders from the Council of State, concerning
Sale of Dutch Prizes; Instructions to Mr. Oxenbridge for
being Cheque to the Commissioners for Dutch Prizes;
And some particular Orders of the Council touching the
said Cheque: Which were read.
The humble Petition of John Sparrow, Richard Blackwell, and Humfrey Blake, Treasurers and Collectors of
Prize-Goods, by Act of Parliament of the 17th of April
1649, was this Day read.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That John Sparrow,
Richard Blackwell, and Humfrey Blake, appointed by Act
of Parliament, published the 17th of April 1649, to be
Treasurers and Collectors of Prize Goods; and Richard
Hill, Samuell Wilson, and Robert Turpin, appointed, by
Order of the Council of State, to be Commissioners for
the Sale and disposing of the Goods and Ships taken
from the Dutch; be joined together, as joint Commissioners for Prize-Goods, for the Time to come: And that
they be authorized and required to act therein jointly,
according to the several Powers given by that Act of Parliament, until the Parliament give further Order.
Resolved, That, for the Time past, the first Treasurers
and Collectors do accompt distinctly: And the Commissioners appointed by the Council, do also make a distinct
Accompt, until this Time, for the Prizes and Goods by
them respectively seized.
Resolved, That the Salary which they shall receive from
henceforth, shall be not above Two-pence in the Pound,
until the Parliament take further Order.
Ordered, That an Act be brought in upon these Votes,
and the Debate of the House, in reference to the PrizeGoods already taken, To-morrow Morning: And that
the Lord Commissioner Whitelock do bring it in, the first
Probate of Wills, &c.
Ordered, That the House do proceed in the Debate of
the Amendments to the Act for Probate of Wills, on
Thursday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom the Act touching Ireland is referred, be enjoined to meet this Afternoon, and so de die in diem: And report the same to the
House, with all convenient Speed.
Sir R: Gurney.
Ordered, That the Business touching Sir Richard
Gurney, be reported on Tuesday Morning next, the first
E. of Shrewsbury.
Ordered, That the Petition of John Earl of Shrewsbury,
be read on Tuesday next.
Correspondence with Switzerland.
The Lord General Cromwell reports from the Council
of State, The Draught of a Letter to be sent to the Switzers, in Answer to their Letter sent to the Parliament:
Which was this Day read.
Transactions with Holland.
The Question being propounded, That the further
Debate of the Business, what is further fit to be done in
reference to the Affairs between this Commonwealth and
the United Provinces, be adjourned till Thursday next;
And the Question being put, That that Question be
It passed in the Affirmative.
And the main Question being put; it was
Resolved, by the Parliament, That the further Debate
of the Business, what is further fit to be done, in reference
to the Affairs between this Commonwealth and the
United Provinces, be adjourned till Thursday next.
Sir Henry Vane junior reports, unto the House, the
particular State of the Navy, and the Care taken of the
wounded Persons, and of Eleven hundred Prisoners of
the Dutch, besides about Two thousand slain and sunk.
Resolved, That an Act be brought in for impressing
Seamen, with such Clauses as shall be necessary, with all
convenient Speed: And that the Members of the House,
who are Commissioners of the Admiralty, do bring in
an Act accordingly.
Resolved, That there be a Master of Attendant allowed
at Portesmouth, distinct from the Commissioners of the
Navy: And that he have the same Salary as other Masters of Attendants have.
Resolved, That when any Master Attendant shall be
called forth to Sea, according to the Duty of his Place,
his Salary at Land nevertheless shall be continued.
Resolved, That Arkinstall shall have the same
Allowance of his Pay at Land, for the last Year, notwithstanding he was in Service at Sea.
Resolved, That the Report touching the Lady Blany
be made on Tuesday Morning next.