Tuesday, May 10th, 1659.
Courts of Law, &c.
THE House resume the Debate upon the Bill Yesterday brought in, concerning Proceedings in
Courts of Law and Equity.
The Question being propounded, That the said Bill
be read the Second time;
It passed with the Negative.
The Question being put, That the said Bill be rejected;
It passed with the Affirmative.
Justices of Peace, &c.
Major Salwey offers a Bill for enabling and authorizing
certain Persons to be Justices of the Peace, and Sheriffs:
Which was this Day read the First and Second time;
and committed to the Lord Whitlock, Mr. Say, Lord
Chief-Justice St. John, Mr. Lechmere, Sir Wm. Ellis,
Colonel Morley, or any Three of them: Who are therefore forthwith to withdraw into the Speaker's Chamber.
Colonel Downes reports from the Committee for Inspection of the Treasuries, A Vote concerning the
Excise, Impost, and monthly Taxes and Revenue of this
Commonwealth: Which was read; and amended at the
Table, and passed; viz.
"The Parliament doth resolve and declare, That all
Persons whatsoever shall pay, and hereby are required to
pay in all Arrears and growing Duties for Customs, Excise, and New Impost, monthly Taxes, and all other
Monies due and payable to the Commonwealth: And all
Persons, employed for the receiving and collecting the
same, are hereby impowered and required to act in their
several Places, for receiving and collecting the same,
until the Parliament shall take further Order.
Ordered, That this Vote be forthwith printed and published.
That Sir Henry Vane be added to the Committee of
Inspection of the Treasury.
Petition from Southwark.
The House being informed, that several Gentlemen
of the Borough of Southwark were waiting at the Door;
They were called in: And Mr. Cornelius Cooke did, in
the Name of them all, express himself after this Manner;
"Here are some of your old Servants of Southwark,
that have persevered to you unto this Hour, who desire
to present their Duties and Services unto you; and to admire God, in the Dispensation of his Providence, in setting
you there, where you ought to be: We shall not intrench
upon your precious Time: We have a short Paper here,
which expresseth our Desires: We pray it may be read."
And thereupon presented a Petition; Which, after the
Petitioners were withdrawn, was read; being intituled,
"The humble Address and Petition of the well-affected
Inhabitants to the good Old Cause, in and about the
Borough of Southwark."
Ordered, That Mr. Holland, Earl of Pembrooke, Sir
Henry Vane, Mr. Blagrave, Sir Arthur Heselrigge, Mr.
Nevill, Major Salwey, Lieutenant-General Ludlow, Mr.
Weston, Sir Tho. Wroth, Mr. Love, Mr. Wallop, Sir John
Lenthall, Mr. Reynolds, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Challoner, Mr. Marten, Colonel Downes, Lord Chief-Baron
Wild, Colonel Dove, Mr. Scot, Colonel John Jones, Mr.
Brewster, or any Five of them, be a Committee to consider of the Imprisonment of such Persons who continue
committed for Conscience-sake; and how and in what
Manner they are and continue committed; together with
the whole Cause thereof; and how they may be discharged; and to report the same to the Parliament: And
are to send for Persons, Papers, and Records: And are
to meet To-morrow, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.
The Petitioners were called in: And Mr. Speaker, by
Order of the House, returned them this Answer;
"The House hath read your Petition; and hath commanded me to tell you, That, Yesterday, that Particular,
concerning the Militia of your Borough, they took into
Consideration; and there is already some Provision for
it; and shall speed it with all Convenience: For other
Parts of the Petition, they have had That likewise in
Consideration; and do not doubt but you will see the
Fruit of it: And, for your good Affections, they have
commanded me to give you Thanks: And, in their
Name, I do heartily thank you."
Justices of Peace, &c.
Mr. Say reports, Amendments to the Bill for enabling
and authorizing certain Persons to be Justices of Peace,
and Sheriffs: Which were twice read.
Resolved, That the House agree to the said Amendments: And that the said Bill be ingrossed, and brought
in To-morrow Morning.
Mr. Love reports, That the Great Seal will be ready,
on Saturday Morning, to be presented to the Parliament.
Ordered, That such of the Committee of Safety, as are
Members of Parliament, do bring in the Names of such
Persons, on Saturday next, as they shall conceive fit to be
Commissioners of the Great Seal, Judges of the several
Benches in Westminster-Hall, Barons of the Exchequer,
Judges of the Admiralty, and for Probate of Wills.