Wednesday, the 10th of August, 1653.
THE Case of Cardiganshire, as to the Magistracy,
was this Day read.
Ordered, That this Business be referred to the Committee for Justices of the Peace: And that they be
required to make Report therein, with all Speed.
Ordered, That the Vote of this House of the 2d of
August instant, for the close Imprisonment of Lieutenant
Colonel John Lilborne, be taken off, in order to his
High Court of Justice.
Mr. Moyer reports from the Council of State, That
the Council, having daily Intelligence of many Designs
that are on Foot in this Commonwealth, on the Behalf
of Charles Stewart; and that very many considerable
Persons are engaged therein, some whereof are ordered
to be apprehended; do think it necessary for the Safety
of the Commonwealth, that a High Court of Justice be
Ordered, by the Parliament, That there be a High
Court of Justice erected for Trial of Offenders against
the Commonwealth: And that the Council of State do
bring in an Act To-morrow Morning, with the Names of
Commissioners to be inserted therein.
Colonel Blunt reports from the Grand Committee,
That the Committee sat upon the Bill for Marriages, and
Registering thereof; and touching Birth and Burials;
and did pass one Amendment; and desire the Pleasure
of the House, when the Committee shall sit again.
Resolved, That the House do resume the Bill for Marriages, and the Registering thereof.
Colonel Blunt reports, An Amendment to the Bill
touching Marriages, and the Registering thereof; and
also touching Births and Burials: Which was this Day
read twice: And, upon the Question, agreed.
The House proceeded upon the said Bill.
Resolved, That these Words "City, or Town Corporate," be inserted in the Bill in the Eighteenth Line,
next after the Word "County."
The Question being put, That there be an Addition
to the First Clause in the Second Folio, after the Word
It passed in the Negative.
Ordered, That this Debate be adjourned till To-morrow Morning.
Sir Gilbert Pickering reports from the Council of State,
A Paper intituled, A Breviate of the Proposals made to
the honourable Council of State by the Commissioners
from Scotland: Which was now read: Viz. 1. That the
Cess of Scotland, which now exceeds the Fourth Part of
the Rent, may be abated, and brought to a constant and
competent Proportion with England.
2. That Commissions for Courts of Justice might be
issued to Men of Conscience and Abilities, to judge
according to the Law and Practice of the Nation; and
that the Judicatories might be of that same Number as
formerly, to be nominate by Advice and Consent of the
Nation, conform to Acts of Parliament.
3. That Sequestrations and Confiscations might be
taken off: And that the Interest of Scottish Men in England and Ireland might be preserved, as was intended by
the Bill of Oblivion: And that Course might be taken
for the Creditors and Cautionars of sequestrat Persons,
who otherwise will presently be ruined inevitably.
4. That these, who had formerly Rights from Kings,
may be continued in their Possessions, till their Right be
discussed before the Judge Ordinar: And that Course
may be taken for Payment of Debts contracted by the
King, before these late Troubles.
5. That those who had obtained Conveyances and Possession from Persons who thereafter fell in Delinquency,
may enjoy their Rights.
6. That Prisoners be released.
7. That the Mint in Scotland may be set up, as the only
present Remedy against the extreme Scarcity of Money
8. That those who are engaged for Money, expended
upon the publick Account of the Nation, or hath paid
the same, may be relieved and indemnified.
9. That Customs and Impositions between England
and Scotland may be taken off all Goods imported and
exported betwixt the Nations.
It was also humbly desired, That some effective Course
might be taken for Payment to the said Commissioners of
Commissioners from Scotland.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That the Council of State
do give Order for the Payment of the Salaries of the
Commissioners from Scotland, in order to their Dismission.
Resolved, That the Debate upon this Paper be adjourned
till Friday next.