Friday, 2d of December, 1653.
Committee for Trade.
ORDERED, That the Committee for Trade have
Power, and are hereby authorized, to send for Persons,
Papers, and Records; and to examine upon Oath.
The Question being propounded, That it be referred to
the Council of State, to bring in, To-morrow Morning,
a Bill for constituting Commissioners for the Admiralty
and Navy, with the Names of Persons and the Powers;
And the Question being put, That this Question be
It passed in the Affirmative.
And the main Question being now put; It was
Resolved, by the Parliament, That it be referred to the
Council of State, to bring-in, To-morrow Morning, a
Bill for constituting Commissioners for the Admiralty and
Navy, with the Names of Persons, and the Powers.
Resolved, That General Robert Blake be continued one
of the Generals at Sea.
Resolved, That General George Monck be continued
one of the Generals at Sea.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State,
to take Consideration of the present Debate touching
another General at Sea; and of the Time of their Continuance.
Correspondence with Dantzick.
Mr. Speaker, by way of Report, acquaints the House,
That he hath received a Letter from the Proconsul and
Consuls of the City of Dantzick, of the 10th November
1653: Which was read.
Ordered, That this Letter be referred to the Council
of State, to consider thereof; and to give such Directions therein as they shall think fit.
Ejecting Scandalous Ministers.
Mr. Sadler reports from the Committee for Tythes.
THAT it be presented to the Parliament as the best
way for ejecting ignorant, profane, and scandalous Ministers, that Commissioners be sent from hence into all
Counties, divided into Six Circuits, besides London and
Middlesex; Three Commissioners into each Circuit, to join
with Four or Six in every County, and each Riding in
Yorkshire to be as a County: And that in every County
the said Persons, or Five of them, Two of the Commissioners sent from hence being always present, be impowered to eject all Ministers of that County, that are not of
good Behaviour, and Holy in Conversation, or that are
not apt and able to teach, or, in Teaching, hold not fast
the Faithful Word, or be not diligent, or labour not in
the Word and Doctrine, or be greedy of filthy Lucre;
and be also impowered to settle Godly and able Persons to
preach the Gospel in all void Places; and to unite Two
or Three Parishes together, so that none be above Three
Miles from the Publick Meeting-Place.
That it be presented to the Parliament, That Doctor
Arrowsmith, Colonel Goff, Major Haines, Mr. John
Owen, Mr. Tho. Goodwyn, Mr. Ben of Dorchester, Mr.
Tomes, Mr. Martin Holbeck, Mr. Cradock, Mr. Jessey,
Mr. Arthur Barnadiston, Mr. Fairecloth the elder, Mr.
Lockier, Mr. Carill, Mr. Stephen Marshall, Mr. Worthington, Mr. Turner, Mr. Wm. Greenhill, Colonel Campfield, Mr. Dyke, Mr. Stallam, may be sent Commissioners,
by Three in a Circuit, for ejecting and settling Ministers,
according to the Rules prescribed.
Resolved, That it be presented to the Parliament,
That all such as are or shall be approved for publick
Preachers of the Gospel in the public Meeting-Places,
shall have and enjoy the Maintenance already settled by
Law; and such other Encouragement as the Parliament
already hath appointed, or hereafter shall appoint:
And that where any scruple Payment of Tythes, the
Three next Justices of the Peace, or Two of them, shall,
upon Complaint, call the Parties concerned before them;
and, by the Oaths of lawful Witnesses, shall duly apportion the Value of the said Tythes, to be paid either in
Money, or Land by them to be set out according to the
said Value, to be held and enjoyed by him that was to
have the said Tythes: And, in case such apportioned Value be not duly paid, or enjoyed, according to the Order
of the said Justices, the Tythes shall be paid in Kind, and
shall be recovered in any Court of Record.
Upon hearing and considering what hath been offered
to this Committee touching Propriety in Tythes of Incumbents, Rectors, Possessors of Donatives, or Propriate
Tythes, it is the Opinion of this Committee, and Resolved to be so reported to the Parliament, that the said
Persons have a legal Propriety in Tythes.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Nicholas Greene have Leave to be
absent in the Country for a Month.