Saturday, the 16th of April, 1659.
Leave of Absence.
RESOLVED, &c. That Mr. William Lisle, one of
the Members of this House, shall have Leave to go
into the Country for a Fortnight.
A Paper, written on the Outside thereof with these
Words; namely, "For the Speaker of the Commons,
assembled in Parliament: These are for him to read to
the House of Commons;" was this Day read: And, upon
the Reading thereof, the same, amongst other things, referred to another Paper, intituled, "A Declaration to the
Parliament, &c. delivered the Sixth Day of the Second
Month called April1659, to the then Speaker of the
said House." The said Papers were presented by certain
Persons, who are commonly called Quakers.
Resolved, &c. That the Answer to be given to the Paper now read, and the Paper thereby referred to, be as
followeth; viz. That this House hath read their Paper;
and doth declare their Dislike of the Scandals thereby
cast upon Magistracy and Ministry; and doth therefore
order, that they do forthwith resort to their respective
Habitations, and there apply themselves to their Callings; and submit themselves to the Laws of the Nation,
and the Magistracy they live under.
The Question being put, That the Serjeant at Arms, attending this House, do return the aforesaid Answer to the
Persons that presented the aforesaid Papers to the House;
It passed with the Negative.
The Serjeant by the Command of the House, was directed to call in Thomas Moore, John Crook, and Edward
Byllyng, Three of the Persons that signed the Paper mentioned to be delivered the Sixth of this instant April, to
receive the said Answer at the Bar of the House; and to
take off their Hats, before they come within the Door of
the House: And, Thomas Moore being absent, the said
John Crook and Edward Byllyng were brought in to the
Bar, with their Hats off: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, declared to them, standing at the
Bar, the aforesaid Answer, accordingly.
Resolved, &c. That the Clerk do take care, that the
Answer given by the House this Day to the Papers presented to the House by the Persons commonly called
Quakers, be forthwith printed.
Mr. Scawen reports from the Committee for inspecting into the Accompts and Revenues of the Commonwealth, the Accompt formerly brought in, and by Order
delivered back to the said Committee; in some Parts
thereof altered and explained.
The said Alterations in the said Accompt were read:
And the Accompt, as the same was now brought in, and
altered, was as followeth; viz.
|The annual Income of England is
|The annual Issues and Expences of England
|The Balance is
|The annual Income of Scotland is
|The annual Issues and Expences of Scotland
|The Balance is
|The annual Income of Ireland is
|The annual Issues and Expences of Ireland
|The Balance is
|The annual Income of England, Scotland and Ireland, is
|The annual Issues and Expences of England, Scotland, and Ireland
Out of which, the 11,400 £. to be paid by England for
the Army in Scotland; and which, in the Year, comes
to 148,200 £.; and 8,000 £. paid monthly by England
for the Army in Ireland; which, by the Year, comes
to 104,000 £.; in all, 252,200 £. as before in the
Issues of England doth appear; being deducted,
The Balance is
A further Alteration, read, was as followeth; viz.
|And further, Whereas the Issues and Expences of England, Scotland, and Ireland, exceed the Income 80,623£. 6 s. 4d. as by the Balance of the Three Nations is before declared: That Sum is a Debt on the Commonwealth, and will be due before the end of the Year
|The whole Debt of the Publick, at present, and before the Year End, is, and will be
|That is to say, In the present Debt before mentioned
|In the growing Debt of the Navy for this present Year
|In the Issues this Year, more than the Income
Besides what may be due to the Forces in Flanders.
The last Alteration was read; and was an Addition,
under the Title of the Income of Scotland; and was in
these Words; viz. "Memorandum, Since this Accompt
was reported to the House, it doth appear to this Committee, That, by an Order of Eleventh of September
1656, by the Lord Protector and his Council, the Marquis of Arguile is to receive the Moiety of the Excise of
Wines and Strong Water in Scotland, not exceeding
Three thousand Pounds a Year, until he shall receive
Twelve thousand One hundred and Sixteen Pounds
Thirteen Shillings and Four-pence, in full of One
hundred and Forty-five thousand Four hundred Pounds
Scotch, with Interest; and, by the Auditors Certificate of
Scotland, it appears, That the Marquis hath received, by
a particular Order of the Lord Protector and Council,
One thousand Pounds, Part thereof; and that there remains Eleven thousand One hundred and Sixteen Pounds
Thirteen Shillings and Four-pence, upon which the
Council of Scotland hath given no further Order for the
Resolved, &c. That the Consideration of this Accompt,
with the Papers and Vouchers to maintain the same, be
referred to a Grand Committee of the whole House; and
they to report their Opinion thereupon to the House.
Resolved, &c. That it be likewise referred to the same
Committee to consider, How the Charge of the Commonwealth may be retrenched; and how the Publick Revenue
may be managed to the best Advantage.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the same Committee, to consider of the just Debts and Charges of the
Armies and Navies of this Commonwealth; and how
the same may be satisfied.
Resolved, &c. That Monday be the Day for the Grand
Committee to sit for these Businesses.
Resolved, &c. That this House be resolved into a
Grand Committee on Monday Morning next, for this
Business: And that Mr. Speaker do then leave the Chair,
accordingly, and that no other Business do then intervene.
Resolved, &c. That a new Writ be issued, for the
Election of a Citizen to serve in this present Parliament
for the City of Wells in the County of Somerset, in the
Place of Sir Lislebone Long Knight, lately deceased:
And that Mr. Speaker do issue his Warrant to the Clerk
of the Commonwealth in Chancery, for the Awarding of
a new Writ, for the Election of a Citizen for the said
Leave of Absence.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Meredith, one of the Members
of this House, shall have Leave to go into the Country
for a Fortnight.
This House adjourns itself to Monday Morning,
at Eight of the Clock.