Friday, the 12th of August, 1653.
THE Question being put, That Mr. Blanchford shall be Clerk Assistant to the Clerk of the
The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.
Sir Wm. Roberts,
||Tellers for the Yeas:
||With the Yeas,
||Tellers for the Noes:
|Mr. St. Nicholas,
||With the Noes,
So it passed with the Negative.
Resolved, That Mr. Robert Davey be Clerk Assistant
to the Clerk of this House.
Memorandum, That Mr. Sweet, a Member of this
House, did undertake for the Sufficiency and Integrity of Mr. Davy.
Mr. Sadler reports from the Committee for publick
Debts, That, for the better Stating, and more clear Ascertaining of publick Debts, in order to their Payment by
the Commonwealth, and for discovering of Fraud for the
Time past, and preventing it for Time to come, the said
Committee do humbly propose, That it may be Declared
and Enacted, That all Persons whatsoever, that have
taken or received any Money, Plate, Horses, Arms, or
any thing else, from any Person of this Commonwealth,
upon any Receipt or Bill given for the Publick Faith,
thereby to charge the Commonwealth as Debtor on the
Publick Faith, do and shall, before the 25th Day of
December next following, deliver in, to
here in Westminster, an alphabetical List or Register of
all the Persons to whom, and Things for which they have
given such Receipts or Bills, with the Times therein, and
Date of Order, Ordinance, or Act of Parliament, impowering them to give such Publick Faith: And that all
Committees, Commissioners, Auditors, or other Persons,
who have been intrusted to audite, state, or allow any
Soldier's, or other Accounts; or to give Debentures,
thereby making the Commonwealth Debtor on the Publick Faith, or otherwise, do likewise, before the said 25th
Day of December, deliver in, to
such a List or Register of all the Persons and Sums,
so by them stated, audited, or accompted, with the
Times thereof; and by what Power and Authority
they did the same: And that all Commissioners, and
other Persons, that have been intrusted in paying or
allowing any Bill of Publick Faith, Debenture, or any
publick Debt by ready Money, or by Doubling in any
Purchase, or any other way, do and shall before the
said 25th of December next, deliver in to the same Persons, such a List or Register of all such Bills, Debentures, Sum or Sums of Money, paid, doubled or allowed,
with the Persons to whom, and the Times when, and
the Powers by which, they were allowed: And that all
Persons claiming any publick Debt from the Commonwealth upon the Publick Faith, or upon such Debentures,
or Bills of Arrears for Wages, or any Service, or other
Account, as Soldiers, or any Officer belonging or relating
to the Militia of this Commonwealth, do and shall
before the 25th Day of March next following, bring or
send to all
and every such Claim in Writing, with the Name, Surname, and Place of Abode, affixed to the Sum or Sums
so claimed, and the Times thereof, and Manner how the
same came due: And that all and every Claim or Pretence to any such public Debt or Debts, that shall not be
delivered in within the Time, and in the Manner aforesaid, shall at all times after the same 25th Day of March,
be held and judged void and counterfeit, and never be
allowed as a Debt from the Commonwealth, or from any
Persons or Persons in the same: And that all and every
Person, that, by Fraud, doth or shall claim any such Debt,
which shall not be found and adjudged good (as a true
Debt charging the Commonwealth) shall forfeit Treble
to the Sum or Sums claimed; and to be sequestered,
till the said Forfeiture be paid to the Commonwealth:
And that all and every Person, neglecting or offending in
any of the Premises by this Act required, shall be liable
to any Action at Law to be brought by, and to full
Satisfaction of, any Persons damnified by such Neglect
or Offence; besides all other Fines or Penalties, that may
and shall be adjudged upon Indictment, Presentment,
Information, or other lawful Complaint, on Behalf of the
Resolved, by the Parliament, That it be referred back
to the same Committee, to prepare a Bill according to
the Matter of this Report; and report the same to the
A Letter from the Queen of Sweden, dated at Stockholme the 18th of May 1653, on the Behalf of the Lord
Hieronimus Radseiowice Senator and Pro-Chancellor of
Poland, was this Day read.-
Colonel Castles doth likewise report from the Committee for publick Debts, The Desire of that Committee
for some Directions of the House, concerning what Allowance shall be made for the Encouragement of such as
shall make Discoveries of any Monies justly due to the
Commonwealth, or of any Frauds or Breach of publick
Trust; and do intimate, that the Discoveries are greatly
different in Proportions, and probably to be very different
in their Nature, as to Facility and Difficulty or Discovery;
and concerning Encouragement to such as shall make any
Discoveries, that such of them as have Debts owing them,
may be reimbursed out of their Discoveries.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That it be referred to this
Committee, to prepare a Clause for this Purpose; and
insert the same into the Bill appointed to be brought in
by them, upon the former Report made from that
Colonel Sidenham reports, A Declaration for a solemn
Thanksgiving on the Five-and-twentieth Day of August
instant: Which was twice read.
Ordered, That Colonel Sidenham, Sir Charles Wolseley,
and Colonel Clerk, do withdraw; and amend this Declaration, upon the Debate of the House.
Committee for Petitions.
Resolved, That, Monday next, Reports be made from
the Committee for Petitions: And, in the first Place, the
Cases of those who have suffered Loss by Fire.
Resolved, That Thursday next be likewise set apart for
Resolved, That the Report be brought in To-morrow
Morning, from the Council of State, touching the Treasuries, and Charges of the Commonwealth.
Com rs of Assessment.
Colonel Barton reports from the Committee for Justices
of Place, That John Vaughan, Richard Herbert, Thomas
Evans, and Erasmus Lloyd Esquires, and Walter Vaughan,
and James Lewis Gentlemen, be added to the Commissioners for the Monthly Assessment: And that they be
indemnified for so acting.
Resolved, That John Vaughan, Richard Herbert, Thomas Evans, and Erasmus Lloyd Esquires, WalterVaughan
and James Lewes Gentlemen, be added to the Commissioners for the Monthly Assessment for the County of
The House resumed the Debate upon the Bill touching
Marriages, and the Registering of them; and touching
Births and Burials; and adjourned till To-morrow
Sir Charles Wolseley reports from the Committee
appointed to withdraw, Some Amendments to the
Declaration for a publick Thanksgiving: Which were
agreed: And the Delaration, so amended, was, upon the
Question, passed; and ordered to be printed and
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State,
to cause this Declaration to be published, in the several
Leave of Absence.
Resolved, That Capain Philips have Leave to go into