Saturday, the 31st of January, 1656.
ORDERED, That the Petition concerning the
Poor of Westminster, and the Suburbs, be read on
Monday Morning next.
Gresham's, &c. Petition.
The humble Petition and Appeal of Marmaduke
Gresham, and John Holmden, was this Day read.
The humble Petition of Jane Gresham, an Infant, sole
Daughter and Heir of Thomas Gresham, Esquire, deceased; who was eldest Son and Heir of Sir Edward
Gresham, Knight, deceased; was this Day read.
Ordered, That these Petitions be referred to a Committee, to examine the Matter, and report it to this
House, with their Opinion: Viz. Sir Wm. Strickland,
Mr. Bodurda, Sir Richard Onsloe, Sir Thomas Wroth,
Mr. Robinson, Mr. Drake, Colonel Wood, Mr. Brisco,
Colonel Wilton, Mr. Sheild, Mr. Aldworth, Colonel
Clerk, Mr. Bancks, Mr. Atkins, Sir Edward Rhodes,
Captain Blackwell, Sir Theophilus Jones, Mr. Pedley,
Lord Lambert, Mr. Noell, Colonel Hewson, Major Aston,
Mr. Bedford, Colonel Mathewes, Mr. Timbes, Colonel
Fitz-James, Mr. Bisse, Colonel Grosvenor, Mr. Ashe,
Major-General Kelsey, Mr. Downing, Major-General
Goff, Captain Hatsell, Mr. Bampfeild, Mr. Fowell, Major Audley, Colonel White, Colonel Carter, Mr. Jenkins,
Colonel Zanchy, Mr. Burton, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Mr.
Clark, Mr. Pury, Major Morgan, Colonel Weldon, Colonel Beamount, Mr. Moody, Colonel Shapcott, Mr.
Margetts, Mr. Thomas Gorges, Colonel Ingoldsby, Mr.
Sherley: To meet on Monday, at Two of the Clock, in
the Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber.
Resolved, That this Committee have Power to examine Witnesses on Oath: With Power also to send for
Persons, Papers, and Witnesses.
The Question being propounded, That Proceedings
in this Case be stayed in the mean time;
And the Question being put; That that Question be
It passed with the Negative.
Grant to Gen. Monke.
Ordered, That the Report of the Amendments to
General Monke's Bill shall be made the first Business
on Monday Morning next; nothing to intervene.
Ordered, That the Bill touching the Rectory appropriate of Preston, in the County of Suffolk, be read the
Second time on Monday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Petition of Mr. Robinson, and Sir
Cornelius Vermuden Knight, be read on Monday Morning next.
A Declaration, setting forth the Grounds and Reasons
for setting apart Friday, the Twentieth Day of February,
for a Day of publick Thanksgiving, was this Day read
the First time at large, and after read by Parts.
Resolved, That these Words, "and such as are," be
omitted in the First Page.
Resolved, That these Words, "and horrid," be inserted next after the Word "base," Page *, Line *.
Resolved, That these Words, "employed in Foreign
Parts have," be inserted in the * Page, Line *, next
after the Word "Ministers:" And that these Words;
viz. "both in Spaine and Flaunders;" in the next Line,
Resolved, That instead of these Words, viz. "Thursday last;" in the * Page, Line the *, these Words be
inserted, viz. "the Eighth Day of January Instant.
Resolved, That the Day of Thanksgiving be on Friday
the Twentieth of February next.
Resolved, That this Clause be inserted; viz. "That
all Ministers, in their respective Congregations, be required to publish this Narrative on the Lord's Day
before the Day of public Thanksgiving."
The Question being propounded, That there be a
Clause added in this Narrative, to exhort the Ministers,
in their publick Congregations, to pray for the Lord
And the Question being put, That that Question be
It passed in the Affirmative.
And the main Question being put; It was
Resolved, That there be a Clause added in this Narrative, to exhort the Ministers, in their publick Congregations, to pray for the Lord Protector.
The Clause being penned, and read in these Words;
viz. "And that they be exhorted, on all Occasions, in
their Prayers in the publick Congregation, to pray for
the Lord Protector, and all that are in Authority in this
Commonwealth:" And the said Declaration being so
amended; was, upon the Question, agreed unto.
Ordered, That the former Committee appointed to
prepare this Declaration, do desire his Highness the Lord
Protector's Consent to this Declaration: And that
Sir John Hobart, Mr. Drake, Lord Cockram, Colonel
Blake, Colonel Rous, Mr. Grove, Mr. Downing, Colonel
Thisselthwaite, Major General Kelsey, Colonel Beamont,
Mr. Bond, Mr. Bedford, Lord Broghill, Sir John Reynolds, Lord Strickland, Major General Whaley, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Reynell, Alderman Foote, Mr. Bampfeild,
Lord Evers, Sir Christofer Pack, Colonel Sidenham,
Colonel Jephson, be added to this Committee: And are
to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber, at
Two of Clock.
Petition from London.
Ordered, That the Petition of the Aldermen of London
be received this Day Sevennight.
War with Spaine.
According to former Order, the House was this Day
resolved into a Committee of the whole House, to consider how the Four hundred Thousand Pounds, for carrying on the War with Spaine, may be most speedily and
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Downing was called to the Chair.
Mr. Downing resumed the Chair.
Ordered, That the House be resolved into a Committee of the whole House on Monday Morning next, to
consider how the said Four hundred thousand Pounds,
for carrying on the Spanish War, may be most speedily
and effectually raised.
Ordered, That the Report upon the Petition of the
Cheshire Officers, recommended to the House by his
Highness, be read on Tuesday Morning next.