Thursday, the 21st of April, 1659.
Leave of Absence.
RESOLVED, &c. That Sir William Doyley, one
of the Members of this House, shall have Leave to
go into the Country for a Month, notwithstanding the
Calling of the House.
Articles against Petty.
Dr. William Petty, one of the Members of this House,
against whom certain Articles of Misdemeanor, and
Breach of Trust, were exhibited into this House, and
read the Four-and-twentieth Day of March last, by Sir
Hierome Sankey, another of the Members of this House,
and had this Day then assigned him, to give in his Answer
thereunto; standing up in his Place, did first in general
deny all the said Articles; and then particularly made
Answer to every one of the said Articles; denying the
Charges in every of them severally; and desired that he
might have a Charge brought in against him in Particulars,
that he might be thereby enabled to vindicate himself
Sir Hierome Sankey, being present in the House, stood
up in his Place; and instanced in certain Particulars,
which he supposed would make good the First, Second,
and Third Articles of the Charge brought in by him
against Dr. Petty.
The House was further informed by Sir Hierome
Sankey, That whereas Dr. Petty ought to have returned
all original Maps, Field-Plots, and Field-Books, relating
to the Lands in Ireland, into the Office of the Surveyor
General in the Exchequer at Dublin, according to the
Act of Parliament in this behalf; he had only returned
Transcripts of them; and keeps the Originals himself, in
his own Hands.
Dr. Petty informed the House, That the Particulars
in his Hands were foul Books and Papers, out of which
those he had returned were extracted; but that he should
be ready to deliver them, as the House should give
Resolved, &c. That this Business, concerning Dr.
Petty, be resumed, and be further heard on this Day
Resolved, &c. That on this Day Sevennight Sir
Hierome Sankey do bring in a particular Charge, in
Writing, against Dr. William Petty.
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and the Council there, to take care,
that all the original Plots, Field-Books, and Books of
Reference, relating to the Lands in Ireland, in the
Hands or Custody of Dr. William Petty, be secured,
according to Law.
The Question being propounded, That this Debate be
adjourned till To-morrow Morning;
The Question was put, That this Question be now put:
The House was divided.
The Noes went forth.
Sir Charles Coote,
||Tellers for the Noe:
||With the Noe,
|Sir Arthure Hesilrige,
||Tellers for the Yea:
||With the Yea,
So the Question passed with the Negative.
Resolved, &c. That the Matters now in Debate be
adjourned for an Hour.
This House adjourns itself until Two of the Clock,
Thursday, the 21st of April, 1659; In the Afternoon.
Declaration for Security of Protector, &c.
THE Declaration for securing his Highness, and the
Parliament, and Commonwealth, (passed on Tuesday
last, in Parts; and amended in several Places, upon the
Passing thereof; and then assented unto;) being writ out
fair in Paper, according to the Amendments then agreed
to, was this Day again read.
A Title, to be prefixed to the same Declaration, was
offered, in these Words; viz. "A Declaration of his
Highness the Lord Protector, and both Houses of Parliament, for the Security of his said Highness, and the
Parliament, and of this Commonwealth:" The which,
being read, was, upon the Question, assented unto.
Resolved, &c. That this Declaration be ingrossed.
Charges against Petty.
The House resumed the Debate, upon the Matters under
their Consideration at the Time of the Adjournment.
Resolved, &c. That this Debate be adjourned till
To-morrow Morning, at Eight of the Clock; and that
the same be then resumed; and that nothing else do