Tuesday, the Second of August, 1653.
MR. Rous having continued Speaker by the Space
of a Month, came this Day into the House, and
took his Place as a Member; and thereupon was, by
the general Voice of the House, called to the Chair,
to be Speaker for One Month, from this Day: And did
thereupon take the Chair accordingly.
A Bill to compel the last Farmers of the Customs, and
their Under-Sharers, to pay their proportionable Shares
and Parts of the Composition of Fifteen thousand Pounds,
formerly paid to the Use of the Commonwealth, was this
Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the
Question, committed to the Committee for Trade; with
Power to hear all Parties that are concerned; and to cause
Notice to be given to such as have Purchased any the
Lands of the said late Farmers, that they may be heard
therein: And the Committee are also to present Names
for Commissioners to be inserted into this Bill.
Fines on Bills, &c.
An Act for taking away Fines upon Bills, Declarations, and original Writs, was this Day read the Third
Resolved, That these Words be inserted into this Act;
viz. "the Fifth Day of August One thousand Six
hundred Fifty and Three:" And the Act so amended,
was, upon the Question, passed.
E. of Clanrickard's Claims.
Colonel Hewson reports from the Council of State,
The State of the Case of the Earl of Clanrickard, reported unto them from the Committee for Irish and
Scottish Affairs; with the humble Motion from the
Council, That such Things may be made good to the said
Earl, as the Officers to whom, upon Treaty, he rendered
his Forces and Strengths in Ireland, undertook to mediate
with the Parliament to obtain for him; which are particularized in the said Case, in these Words:
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Ordered, That this be referred to the Committee for
Irish Affairs, to look upon the Articles, and confer with
Commissary-General Reynolds touching the Point of the
Two thousand Pounds; and to report to the House
Ordered, That the Commissioners for removing Obstructions in the Sale of Fee-farm Rents (the Lands of
the late Bishops, Deans and Chapter Lands, GlebeLands; the Lands of the late King, Queen, and Prince;
and of the Lands and Estates forfeited to the Commonwealth for Treason, exposed to Sale by any Ordinance or
Act of Parliament) be authorized and impowered to summon all and every the Purchasers of any the Premises, who
shall be certified by the Treasurers of those Lands and Premises to be in Arrear for their First or Second Moieties,
or any Part thereof: Which Certificate the said Treasurers
are hereby required forthwith to send to the said Commissioners; and to compel the Payment in of all such
Monies as are or shall be in Arrear, as aforesaid: And,
in Default of Payment thereof, with Interest for the same,
from the Time the same should have been paid, to sequester all the Lands and Estates of such Purchasers, until
such Purchaser, his Heirs or Assigns, shall make Payment,
to the said Treasurers, of all the Monies so in Arrear for
the First or Second Moieties, or any Part thereof, with
Interest for the same, as aforesaid; the Money to be
received or raised by the Sequestration aforesaid, being
not to be accounted as any Part of the Money so to be
paid, nor to go towards the Satisfaction thereof; and,
upon Payment of the Monies so in Arrear, with Interest,
as aforesaid, to discharge such Sequestration.
Petition from London.
The House being informed, That there were divers
Petitioners at the Door, out of the City of London; Mr.
Barbone and Captain Stone were sent forth.
Ordered, That Mr. Thompson and Mr. Barrington be
added to the Committee for the Poor, and Justices of
Petition on behalf of Lilborne.
Mr. Barebone acquaints the House, That the Petition
was on the Behalf of Lieutenant Colonel John Lilborne.
Resolved, That the Petitioners be called in.
And they were called in accordingly.
And, being come to the Bar, Six in Number, one of
them presented a Petition: Which, after they were withdrawn, was read; and was intituled, The humble Petition
of divers well-affected and constant Adherers to the Interests of Parliaments, and their own native fundamental
Rights and Freedoms therein concerned, young Men and
Apprentices of the Cities of London and Westminster,
Borough of Southwark, and the Parts adjacent.
Resolved, That the Petitioners be called in.
And the Six Persons, which presented the Petition,
were again called in;
And, being come to the Bar, Mr. Speaker, by Command of the House, demanded of the First of them his
Name: He answered, Their Names were in the Papers
to the Petition:
He knew of the Making of the Petition:
He was commanded, by the rest of his Friends and
Fellow-Apprentices, Not to answer any Demands; but
to demand an Answer to this Petition:
And thereupon were commanded to withdraw.
Resolved, That this Petition is a most high Breach of
the Privilege of Parliament.
Resolved, That this Petition is scandalous and seditious.
Resolved, That these Six Persons, who brought in this
Petition, be forthwith committed into safe Custody: And
that the Serjeant at Arms, attending the House, do forthwith take them into Custody; and keep them apart.
Resolved, That these Six Persons be again called in.
And they were again called in:
And Mr. Speaker declared unto them, The House had
adjudged the Petition to be scandalous and seditious; and
had committed the Petitioners.
Resolved, That this Petition, and this whole Business,
be referred to the Council of State, to examine the
Authors, Subscribers, Abettors, and Printers, of this
Petition: And that Mr. Strickland do acquaint the
Council of State with this Business.
Resolved, That Lieutenant-Colonel John Lilborne be
kept close Prisoner: And that the Keeper of Newgate
do take care the same be done accordingly.