Thursday, the 24th of March, 1652.
Correspondence with Holland.
COLONEL Sidney reports from the Committee
appointed to speak with the Messenger who
brought the Letter from the States of Holland and WestFrizland, That they have spoken with the said Messenger; who affirms, That he received the Letter the
21th of March, N. S. from Mynheer Newport, with Directions to come over hither to deliver it to the Parliament; and to stay here, and receive what Answer shall
be given to it, and return with it: He saith, He came
over with the Pacquet-Boat; he was Three Days and
Nights at Sea, and landed on the Lord's Day last: He
was Mynheer Paw's Secretary for his Private Business.
Colonel Marten informs, That the Messenger, being
asked, What Pass he had, saith, He had none.
The Translate, in English, of the Letter from the
States of Holland and West-Frizland, of the 18th of
March 1653, was this Day read.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State,
to prepare an Answer to be given to this Letter, as they
shall think fit; and present the same to the Parliament
on Tuesday Morning next.
The Question being propounded, That it be referred
to the Council of State, upon Occasion of this Letter sent
from the States of Holland and West-Frizland, to prepare
a Letter to be sent from the Parliament to the StatesGeneral; and to report the same to the Parliament, for
their further Consideration;
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 it be referred to
the Council of State, upon Occasion of this Letter sent
from the States of Holland and West-Frizeland, to prepare a Letter to be sent from the Parliament to the
States-General; and to report the same to the Parliament, for their further Consideration.
Resolved, That the Council of State do report this
Letter also on Tuesday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Bill for Ireland be reported on
Thursday Morning next.
Sheriffs of Cumberland.
Resolved, That Sir Wilfrid Lawson be Sheriff for the
County of Cumberland, for this Year: And that the Lords
Commissioners for the Great Seal of England do issue
out a Commission to him, to be Sheriff, accordingly.
Ordered, That Mr. Bowles be excused from preaching
before the Parliament on the 12th Day of April next,
being a Day set apart for Publick Thanksgiving.
Ordered, That Mr. Cradock be desired to preach before the Parliament, at Margarett's, Westminster, on
Tuesday the 12th of April 1653, being a Day set apart
for a Day of Publick Thanksgiving, for the great and
seasonable Victory vouchsafed to the Navy of this Commonwealth, upon the late Engagement with the Dutch
Fleet: And that Sir Gilbert Pickering do give him notice
Ordered, That Mr. Love and Mr. Scott do prepare the
Declaration, setting forth the Grounds and Reasons of
setting apart the 12th Day of April a Day for Publick
Thanksgiving; and report it To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Act touching Ejectione firme, be
brought in on Tuesday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Reports for raising Monies for the
Use of the Navy, be made on Thursday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Order of the 25th of January last,
impowering the Committee of the Navy to give Warrant to the Treasurer of the Navy for Payment of all
such Monies as are or shall be due for Stores and Ammunition belonging to the Navy, then contracted for by
the Officers of the Ordnance, or that should be contracted
for before the First Day of April next; be continued
until the First of August next: And that the Committee
of the Navy have Power to give Warrants for Payment
of all such Monies as are or shall be due upon such
Contracts already made, or which shall be made, till the
said First Day of August next.