Saturday, the 9th of April, 1659.
Leave of Absence.
RESOLVED, &c. That Mr. John Sadler, one of the
Members of this House, have Leave to go into the
Country for a Month; notwithstanding the Order, and
the Day appointed, for the Calling over of the House.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Gough, one of the Members
of this House, have Leave to go into the Country, for
a Month; notwithstanding the Order, and the Day
appointed, for Calling over of the House.
The House being informed, That, in Obedience to the
Order of this House, Mr. Dyke the Keeper of Newgate
did attend, with Mr. Joseph Drew, sent Prisoner to his
Custody, upon an Arrest, by Warrant from the Sheriff
of Middlesex, upon a Bill of Middlesex, in an Action of
Trespass at the Suit of one Josiah Ricroft; and that they
were without at the Door;
They were called in.
Mr. Drew was brought in by the Serjeant at Arms, to
the Bar; and Mr. Dyke the Keeper of Newgate came in
with him: And Mr. Dyke, being required to give the
House an Account concerning Mr. Drew's Imprisonment,
acquainted the House, that Mr. Joseph Drew was his
Prisoner, and was sent to him by the Sheriff of Middlesex,
by virtue of a Warrant, whereof he produced the Copy;
and that the Sheriff keeps the original Warrant himself.
The Copy of the Warrant, produced by the Keeper of
Newgate, was, by the Command of the House, brought to
the Chair: And Mr. Drew informed the House, that the
Protection granted to him was shewed to one of the Under-keepers at Newgate, on Monday: And the said Mr.
Dyke the Keeper did acknowledge, that the Protection
was so shewed to one of his Servants; but that himself
knew nothing of it, till he received the Order of the House,
to attend with Mr. Drew at the Bar of this House.
Whereupon they were commanded to withdraw: And
did withdraw accordingly.
The Copy of the Warrant for the Imprisonment of
Joseph Drew, containing in it the Causes of his Detainer,
was read; and was in these Words; viz.
Joseph Drew, brought to Newgate the Sixth of
April 1659, by Thomas Boulron, one of the Bailiffs of
Middlesex, by virtue of a Bill of Middlesex, returnable on
Saturday next, after Fifteen Days of Easter, to answer
unto Josiah Ricroft in a Plea of Trespass. Dated the
Fourteenth of March 1658. Richard Dike, Keeper of
It was further certified, and underwritten upon the said
Copy of the Warrant, produced and delivered in by the
Keeper of Newgate, that there is also in the Sheriff's
Office of Middlesex, before the Day of the Taking of the
said Joseph Drew, another Bill of Middlesex, at the Suit
of John Smith, returnable on Wednesday next, after Fifteen Days of Easter: Also another Bill of Middlesex,
against the said Joseph, at the Suit of John Sparrow, returnable on Wednesday next, after Fifteen Days of Easter.
Resolved, &c. That the Under Sheriff of the County
of Middlesex be sent for in safe Custody, by the Serjeant
at Arms attending this House: And that Mr. Speaker
do sign a Warrant for the apprehending and taking the
said Under Sheriff into Custody, accordingly.
The House being further informed, that Josiah Ricroft,
at whose Suit the said Joseph Drew was a Prisoner, was
without at the Door; by the Command of the House, he
was brought in to the Bar: And being examined concerning his Knowledge of the Protection granted to Mr.
Drew, and the Cause of his Action at Law against him,
in the Presence of Mr. Drew, standing at the Bar by him,
he the said Josiah Ricroft affirmed, that he had Knowlege of the Protection Yesterday: That he did release
the Action last Night; and that he knows not where the
Bailiff is that arrested Mr. Drew. That the Cause of the
Action was Part for a Debt owing; and partly for Accompts between them: Whereupon they withdrew.
Resolved, &c. That the Sheriff of the County of Middlesex do bring in Thomas Boulron, his Bailiff, who
arrested Mr. Joseph Drew at the Suit of Josiah Ricroft,
in Contempt of the Protection granted to the said Mr.
Drew from this House; and deliver the said Boulron to
the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House.
The House being further informed, that another Person, who was present, and a Witness at the Time when
the said Mr. Drew was arrested by the said Bailiff, was
also without at the Door; and could testify as well the
Contempt of the said Bailiff to the said Protection, as of
very uncivil and scandalous Words spoken by him in
Scorn of the Parliament, and their Authority; the said
Mr. Drew, and the said other Person, were by the Command of the House called in to the Bar: And being examined concerning the said Contempt and scandalous
Words; William Cash, the Witness, affirmed, that he
was present after the Arresting of the said Joseph Drew,
when the Protection was shewed to Thomas Boulron the
Bailiff: That upon the shewing the said Protection to
him, he the said Bailiff said, he had a better Authority
than that Protection, in his Pocket, from the Sheriff of
Middlesex: That one Smith, who was also present, and
Under Sheriff last year, upon Notice of the Protection,
did advise the Bailiff to beware what he did.
The said Joseph Drew further affirmed, That the said
Boulron the Bailiff spoke the uncivil and abusive Words
following; namely, That he the said Bailiff cared not
the Value of a Fart for the Protection.
The said William Cash further informed the House,
That it was reported, that there were Actions against
him, to Ten thousand Pounds: That he was heretofore
a Servant to one Mr. Oxenbridge the Comptroller of the
Prize Goods, before he did absent himself, and went out
of England into the Parts beyond the Seas, to avoid the
Danger of so great Actions. Whereupon, by the Command of the House, they withdrew.
Resolved, &c. That a Committee be appointed, to
examine the Deceits and Abuses done to the Commonwealth, by false and fraudulent Bills and Debentures, and
Bills and Bonds for the Publick Faith; and how to prevent such Deceits and Abuses for the future: And to
report their Opinions thereupon to the House.
Resolved, &c. That the Number of the Committee to
be appointed for this Service, shall be Seven.
Colonel Gorge, Sir William Doyley, Mr. Swinfen, Mr.
Jenkinson, Mr. Minors, Mr. Foly, Mr. Sedgewick, are
appointed to be the said Committee, to examine the Deceits and Abuses done to the Commonwealth, by false
and fraudulent Bills and Debentures, and Bills and Bonds
for the Publick Faith; and how to prevent such Deceits
and Abuses for the future: And they, or any Four of
them, are to meet about this Business in the Inner Court
of Wards, this Afternoon, at Two of the Clock: And
have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, and
Records: And are further to inform themselves herein
by all good Ways and Means; and to report their
Opinions thereupon from time to time to the House.
Resolved, &c. That no Purchaser of any of the Lands
from the Commonwealth, nor any other Person concerned in this Business, shall be of this Committee.
The Names of the Seven several Persons appointed
to be the said Committee were read; and every one of
them, except Mr. Sedgewick, who was absent, stood up
in his Place, and gave Satisfaction to the House, that
they were none of them Purchasers, or otherwise concerned in the Matters referred to the said Committee.
Resolved, &c. That the said Committee, for the better
Carrying on of this Service, be attended by the Auditors
and other Officers and Accomptants who have Salaries
granted to them from the Commonwealth: And that
they do observe such Directions from time to time, as
they shall receive from the said Committee.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Speaker do sign such Protections, and for such Persons as shall be desired by this
Committee, for the safe Coming unto, Attending on,
and Returning from the said Committee; and for the
safe Continuance here of such Persons, for such time as
the said Committee shall desire.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee of Accompts, and
Trustees, at Worcester-house, do forbear to give any
Bonds or Bills for Debentures, till further Order from
Mr. Scawen reports from the Committee for inspecting
into the Accounts and Revenue of the Commonwealth;
That in the Accompt reported, and delivered in to the
House, and read on Thursday last, some Particulars might
be further cleared and stated, for the Service and Satisfaction of the House.
Resolved, &c. That the Accompt brought in and reported by Mr. Scawen on Thursday last, be delivered by
the Clerk to the Committee, by whom the same was
stated, to review and clear the Particulars doubted of;
and then to return the same back again to the House.
Mr. Scawen further reported, a State of an Accompt, for
Three Months Pay, to be forthwith paid to the Army,
for their present Supply, out of the Monthly Assessments
and Excise: The which was read; and was as followeth:
April the 9th, 1659.
The Army of England are due for so much they are to
receive for Three Months Pay, from the 29th of
March to the 21th of June inclusive, at Eight-andtwenty Days to a Month, being Eight-four Days;
|Out of the monthly Assessments 13,766£. 16s. 7½d. a Month of Eight-and-twenty Days to a Month; the Three Months comes to
|Out of the Excise, each Eight-and-twenty Days 12,902£. 13s. 5d. being One Month, for Three Months, comes to
|The Balance of the Three Months due to the Army is
April the 9th, 1659.
The Army are Debtors for One half Part of 150,704£. owing by the Farmers of Beer and Ale, due the 25th of March 1659
|More there is due in the Treasurer's Hands
April 9th, 1659.
The Army of England are due to have for Three Months Pay from the 29th of March to the 21th of June inclusive, being Eighty-four Days, at 29,301£. 18s. 10d.; and for 636£. 9s. 2d. for Contingencies, each Twenty-eight Days comes to
April the 9th, 1659.
The Army of England are due to have for the Balance of the Three Months Pay, ending the 21th of June 1659 inclusive, as may appear above
|Rests due to balance the Accompt £.
Resolved, &c. That the Farmers of the Excise of Beer
and Ale, and other Inland Commodities, that live or are
in London, or within Five Miles thereof, do attend this
House on Monday Morning next: And that they do then
shew Cause, why they have not paid in the Arrears in
their Hands, and due by them respectively to the Commonwealth on the Five-and-twentieth Day of March last:
And that it be referred to Captain Stone, and the rest
of the Commissioners for Appeals for Excise, to give the
respective Farmers Notice of this Order.
Resolved, &c. That this Debate be adjourned till
Monday Morning next.
The House adjourns itself to Monday Morning