Wednesday, the 13th of April, 1659.
THE sad and lamentable Petition of the sole Son
and Surety alive, general Assignee and Executor
of the deceased Sir William Dick, in Scotland, and of his
numerous, distressed, and dispersed poor Families, for the
Publick, was this Day read; and was, to have Satisfaction of several Sums of Money, claimed to be owing by
the Nations of England and Scotland to Sir William Dick
his late Father, deceased; and to have a Protection to
prosecute the said Petition, in the Parliament.
Colonel Gorge, Mr. Buckland, Mr. John Thompson,
Colonel Whetham, Mr. Trevor, Mr. Serjeant Seys,
Colonel Kenwrick, Captain Hatsell, Sir William Wheeler,
Mr. Povey, Mr. Francis Gerard, Mr. Juxon, Mr. Crew,
Mr. Cheeke, Mr. Annesley, Sir Walter Earle, Colonel
Alured, Mr. James Dewy, Mr. Trenchard, Mr. Ralph
Bankes, Mr. Nathaniel Whetham, Mr. Nathaniel Bacon,
Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Rushworth, Mr. Wharton, Captain
Lilborne, Mr. Clayton, Colonel Stanley, Mr. Minors,
Mr. Jonathan Jennings, Mr. Attorney of the Duchy,
Lord Lambert, Marquis of Arguile, Mr. Terrill,
This Committee are to examine the Matter of Fact,
in the aforesaid Petition of Sir Andrew Dick; and to
report the same to the House: And they have Power to
send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, and Records: And
are to meet about the same in the Star-Chamber, Tomorrow in the Afternoon, at Two of the Clock.
Resolved, &c. That Sir Andrew Dick shall have a
Protection for Two Months, to follow his Petition in
Parliament: And that Mr. Speaker do sign a Protection
for him, accordingly.
The humble Petition of Part of the supernumerary
Forces, disbanded in the County of Lancaster, was this
Day read; and was, To have their Accompts stated,
and put into Bonds.
Colonel Ireland, Lord Fairfax, Colonel Freeman, Sir
George Booth, Colonel Standish, Colonel White, Colonel
West, Mr. Povey, Mr. Liegh, Captain Lilborne, Colonel Rigby, Captain Hatsell, Mr. John Thompson, Mr.
Margetts, Mr. Rushworth, Colonel Okey, Mr. Jonathan
Jennings, Mr. Ralph Bankes, Mr. Collins, Mr. Anthony
Buller, Colonel Cox, Major-General Browne, Captain
Baynes, Colonel Walters, Dr. Mills, Colonel Parsons,
Mr. Bodwrda, Colonel Alured, Colonel Fitz-James,
Colonel Twisleton, Mr. Raliegh, Mr. St. Awbyn, Mr.
Marvell, Mr. James Dewey, Mr. Clayton, Colonel
Gorges, Dr. Stane, Mr. Thomas Bayles;
This Committee are to examine the Matter of Fact
in the aforesaid Petition of the supernumerary disbanded
Forces in the County of Lancaster; and to report the
same to the House: And they have Power to send for
Parties, Witnesses, Papers, and Records: And are to
meet about the same in the Duchy Court, To-morrow
in the Afternoon, at Two of the Clock.
The humble Petition of Adam Eyre, on Behalf of
divers reduced Officers, late under Command of Ferdinando Lord Fairfax, deceased, was this Day read;
and was, to have a Debt of Three-and-twenty thousand
Five hundred Sixty-six Pounds One Shilling One Peny
and One Half-peny, owing to them for their Pay and
Service, put into Bills or Bonds, and allowed in Purchase
on any Part of the Four Forests or Chaces, as other Bills
and Debts are. And it is
Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the
Committee this Day named and appointed to consider
of the Petition of Part of the supernumerary disbanded
Forces in the County of Lancaster: And that the same
Committee do examine the Matter of Fact in this
Petition of the said Adam Eyre; and report the same
to the House.
The House being informed, That, upon the new
Writ lately issued for the Election of a Burgess for the
Borough of Tavestock in the County of Devon, by reason
of the Double Election of Captain Hatsell for the Borough
of Plympton, as well as for the said Borough of Tavestock,
there had been some Miscarriages; and that the Sheriff
of the said County of Devon had returned the Writ, and
an Indenture thereto affixed, but not signed or sealed by
the Port-reve of the said Borough; and that, sithence the
said Return, the Port-reve had sent up another Indenture,
signed and sealed by him, of another Person, and not of
the Person named in the Indenture affixed to the Writ,
and returned by the Sheriff to serve as Burgess in this
present Parliament for the said Borough;
Resolved, &c. That the Clerk of the Commonwealth
in Chancery be and is hereby required to receive the
Indenture signed by the Port-reve of Tavestock in the
County of Devon, upon the last Election of a Burgess
for the said Borough, in the Place of Captain Hatsell
elected for the Borough of Plympton, as well as for the
said Borough of Tavestock.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Committee of
Privileges and Elections, to examine the Matter concerning the last Election for the Borough of Tavestock; and
why the Indenture signed by the Port-reve of the said
Borough was not returned, and filed, to the Writ delivered in to the Office of the Clerk of the Commonwealth in Chancery, by the Sheriff; and to report the
same to the House.
Countess of Worcester's Claims.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Terrill do make the Report
from the Grand Committee for Grievances, now offered
by him, concerning the Countess of Worcester, Tomorrow Morning.
Resolved, &c. That the Committee appointed, on
Thursday the Seventh of this instant April, to consider of
the Petition of the sick and maimed Soldiers belonging
to Ely-House and the Savoy Hospital, shall have Power
to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, and Records.
Leave of Abseuce.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Gell shall have Leave to go
into the Country for a Fortnight; notwithstanding the
Order for Calling over of the House.
Resolved, &c. That the Orders and Resolutions of
this House shall not be printed by any Person or Persons
whatsoever, without the special Leave of this House.
The House resumed the Debate adjourned Yesterday,
concerning the Farmers of the Excise of Beer and Ale,
and other Inland Commodities.
A Paper delivered in Yesterday, at the Bar, by Mr.
Morris, one of the said Farmers, was this Day read; and
was, concerning the Proceedings of one Mr. Challoner,
and Mr. Spence, Justices of the Peace for the County of
Sussex, upon a Warrant granted by them, at the Instance
of the Officers belonging to the Farmers of the said
Excise, for distraining the Goods of several Persons, in
the said Paper named, for not paying to them the Duty
of Excise demanded on the Behalf of the said Farmers.
The humble Petition of the Sub-Commissioners and
Farmers of the Excise of Beer, Ale, and other Inland
Commodities in England and Wales, delivered in also
at the Bar Yesterday, was this Day read; and was, to
have a timely Consideration taken of the Difficulties in
levying the Excise, and the Doubts concerning the Laws
of Excise; and to have Relief as concerning the Payment of their Rents; and that their Sureties might not
Mr. Martin Noell, one of the Members of this House,
who is Farmer of the Excise for certain Inland Commodities of England, and of the native and foreign Salt of
Scotland; and is charged with an Arrear of Twenty-five
thousand Two hundred and Seven Pounds Four Shillings
and Eight-pence, due and owing by him upon the said
Farm; gave the House an Account, Why the said
Arrear is not paid.
Resolved, &c. That the respective Farmers of the Excise of Beer and Ale, and other Inland Commodities
within this Commonwealth, be required to pay in to the
Publick Exchequer, on or before the First Day of the
next Term, all the respective Debts and Sums of Money
due, and in Arrear, and owing by them, or any of them,
to the Commonwealth.
The Farmers of the Excise of Beer and Ale, and other
Inland Commodities, that, in pursuance of the Order of
the House made Yesterday, attended again this Day;
were called in to the Bar; and Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, informed them, That the House had
considered of their several Cases; and of what hath been
offered by them, respectively, Why they have not paid
in the several Debts, owing by them to the Commonwealth for their Farms; and that the House is not satisfied
with any of their Answers: That for all such Monies as
are due or owing to any of them for Excise, they have
a Remedy against their respective Debtors: And that the
House doth expect that they pay their Rents, according
to their several Contracts: And that the House hath
Ordered, That, on or before the First Day of the next
Term, the said Farmers do respectively pay in to the
Receipt of the Exchequer the Debts and Arrears due
and owing by every of them, respectively, to the Commonwealth.
And thereupon they were commanded to withdraw:
And withdrew accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to a Committee to
prepare and bring in a Declaration, upon the Debate
concerning the Excise, now had in the House.
Mr. Annesley, Mr. Bodwrda, Mr. Swinfen, Mr. Scawen,
Captain Stone, Mr. Attorney of the Duchy, Lord Lambert,
Colonel White, Lord Marquis of Arguile, Mr. Sherwyn,
Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Challenor, Mr. James Danby, Mr.
Hungerford, Mr. Scott, Mr. Hobarte, Sir Wm. Doyley,
Mr. Desbrow, Captain Hatsell, Mr. Greenvile, Dr. Mills,
Mr. Jenkinson, Major General Browne, Mr. Serjeant
Seys, Captain Baynes, Colonel Mathewes;
This Committee are to prepare and bring in the said
Declaration: And they, or any Five of them, are to meet
about the same this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber, at Two of the Clock: And the Care hereof is more
especially referred to Mr. Attorney of the Duchy.
Resolved, &c. That the Report be made from the
Committee for Inspection into the Accompts and Revenue of this Commonwealth, To-morrow Morning.