Wednesday, May 11th, 1659.
Justices of Peace, &c.
THE Bill for enabling and authorizing certain Persons to be Justices of the Peace, and Sheriffs, was
read the Third time.
Resolved, That, where it is expressed "Keepers of the
Liberties," it be made "Keepers of the Liberty;" and
that, where it is expressed "Ireland, and Scotland," in
Two Places in the said Bill, it be amended, and made
"Scotland, and Ireland," in both Places.
And the said Bill was so amended at the Table: And,
upon the Question, it passed.
Ordered, That the said Bill be forthwith printed and
Mr. Nevill presents a Petition, intituled, "The humble Petition of Thomas Papillon and Peter Lawrens, on
the Behalf of the Proprietors of the Ship Fig-tree of Amsterdam, Mr. Cornelius Claessen, and her Lading:" Which
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Tho. Challoner,
Mr. Nevill, Colonel Thompson, Mr. Nelthorp, Colonel
Purefoy, Mr. White, Colonel Downes, Mr. Lechmere, Lord
Commissioner Whitlock, Mr. Love, Mr. Hallowes, Colonel
Morley, Lord Commissioner Lisle, Sir Jam. Harrington,
Mr. Goodwin, Colonel Dove, Captain Skynner, Mr. Strickland, Mr. Holdsworth, Mr. Garland, Mr. Holland, or any
Five of them, to examine Matter of Fact: With Power to
discharge the Ship in the Petition mentioned to be under
the Embargo of the Commissioners of the Customs, if
they see Cause; or to report Matter of Fact to the Parliament: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records:
And they are to meet in the Duchy-Chamber, at Three
a Clock in the Afternoon; and so from Day to Day.
Colonel White reports from the Committee of Inspection, the Information of Major Wade: That, upon the
Third Day of this Instant Month, divers rude People, in
tumultuous Way, in the Forest of Deane, did break down
the Fences, and cut and carry away the Gates of certain
Coppices, inclosed for Preservation of Timber; turned in
their Cattle; and set divers Places of the said Forest on
Fire; to the great Destruction of the young growing
Ordered, That it be referred to the Sheriff, and Justices
of Peace, of the County of Gloucester, to take especial
care to suppress and prevent all Tumults and riotous
Meetings within the Forest of Deane: And that the publick Peace be preserved according to Law.
Ordered, That Lord Commissioner Whitlock, Colonel
White, Mr. Holland, Sir John Lenthall, Mr. Lechmere,
Mr. Strickland, Mr. John Corbet, Lord Commissioner
Lisle, Colonel Thompson, Mr. Wanton, Mr. Tho. Chaloner,
Sir Wm. Brereton, Colonel Morley, Colonel Bingham, Mr.
Love, Mr. Marten, Mr. Say, Mr. Holdsworth, Sir James
Harrington, Mr. Nevill, Colonel Rich, or any Five of
them, be a Committee, to take care of the Preservation of
the Timber and Woods of the Commonwealth in the Forest of Deane, and all other Forests of this Commonwealth:
And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records: And are to
meet, To-morrow in the Afternoon, in the Court of Words.
Committee of Safety.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of
Safety, to raise what auxiliary Forces they shall think fit
and convenient for securing the Peace of the Nation, and
to continue them for such time as the said Committee
shall think fit, not exceeding one Month: And the said
Committee have Power to issue out such Monies as they
shall see Cause, for the raising and paying the said Forces,
not exceeding Five thousand Pounds.
Upon Report from the Committee of Safety, of renewed Informations given them, of Endeavours, by
disaffected Persons, to raise Disturbance in several Parts
of the Nation;
Ordered, That the said Committee do take Care for
searching, seizing, and securing, such Persons, and their
Horses and Arms, for the present Preventing of Danger,
and securing the Peace of the Commonwealth; giving a
speedy Account thereof to the Parliament.
Ordered, That the Committee of Safety take into speedy
Consideration, How there may be a Militia constituted in
the respective Counties of this Commonwealth, and Arms
put into the Hands of such as have given Testimony of
their Faithfulness to the Parliament and Commonwealth:
And that Respect be therein had, How the same may be
raised and managed, with least Charge to the People.
Lieutenant-General Ludlow reports from the Committee of Safety, as followeth;
Wednesday, 11th May, 1659.
By the Committee of Safety.
UPON Consideration of the present State of the
Land-Forces of this Commonwealth, upon the Death of
the late Lord General, and with respect to the Granting
of Commissions for the future;
Resolved, as the Opinion of this Committee, That, for
the better Constituting and Establishment of the LandForces of this Commonwealth, Five Persons, whereof the
Commander in Chief to be one, be authorized as Commissioners; and they, or any Three or more of them, do
nominate the Commission-Officers of the said Forces, and
present the same to the Parliament, or Council of State,
for the time being, for their Approbation: And, being
approved by the Parliament or Council, that the Commander in Chief do issue out Commissions, accordingly;
and to sign the same, by Direction of the Council of State,
by Authority of Parliament.
Lord Charles Fleetwood.
Lord John Lambert.
Major-General Jo. Disbrowe.
Sir Arthur Hesilrigge.
Colonel James Berry.
Lord Charles Fleetwood to be Lieutenant-General and
Commander in Chief of the Land-Forces in England and
Ordered, That the present Debate upon the Report of
Lieutenant-General Ludlow from the Committee of
Safety, be adjourned to To-morrow Morning, at Eight
of the Clock.
Upon Report of Colonel Thompson from the Committee of Inspection;
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker sign Protections, according
to the Form now tendered, for the Protecting of Joseph
Drewe, Wm. Cash, and Robert Turner, in their Coming
and Attending on the Committee of Inspection, and Continuance, and Returning; the said Protections to endure
for One Month, and no longer.
The Form of the said Protections:
WHEREAS Mr. Wm. Cash is appointed to attend
the Committee of Parliament for inspection, &c. These
are to certify all those whom it may concern, That by
Order of Parliament, the said William Cash, in his Coming
and Attending on the said Committee, and in his Continuance here, and Returning whence he comes, is protected
from all Arrests: And all Persons whom it may concern,
are to take notice hereof, at their Perils: Provided, that
this Protection continue, and be in Force, for the Space
of One Month, and no longer. Given under my Hand
and Seal this Eleventh Day of May 1659.