Saturday, January 21st, 1659.
THE Question being propounded, That John Trevor
Esquire be, and is hereby, nominated and appointed
to execute the Office of Custos Brevium, upon Account,
during the Pleasure of the Parliament;
And the Question being put, That this Question be
The House was divided.
The Noes went forth.
Sir Peter Wentworth,
||Tellers for the Noes:
||With the Noes,|
||Tellers for the Yeas:
||With the Yeas,
So it passed with the Affirmative.
And the main Question being put; It was
Resolved, That John Trevor Esquire be, and is hereby, nominated and appointed to execute the Office of
Custos Brevium, upon Account, during the Pleasure of
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, to consider of the Office of Custos Brevium, and of all other
ministerial Offices that are, or shall be, in the Disposal of
the Commonwealth; to examine the Value thereof; and
how the same may be managed for the best Advantage of
the Commonwealth; and to report their Opinion therein,
from time to time, to the Parliament: Viz. unto Sir
Anthony Ashley Cooper, Colonel Morley, Mr. Weaver,
Colonel Birch, Mr. Millington, Mr. Lenthall, Sir Peter
Wentworth, Mr. Dormer, Mr. Pury, Mr. * Goodwin,
Mr. Nelthrope, Mr. Blagrave, Mr. Harby, Sir Tho.
Widdrington, Sir Wm. Brereton, Justice Hill, Sir Arthur
Hesilrig, Lord St. John, Lord Commissioner Lisle, Mr.
Nevill, Mr. Corbet, Colonel Dove, Mr. Ash, Colonel
White, Colonel Lister, Sir John Trecor, Mr. Ralegh,
Mr. West, Colonel Hutchinson, Earl Pembrooke, Mr.
Skynner, Mr. Say, Mr. John Goodwin, Mr. Lechmere, Sir
James Harrington, Sir Henry Mildmay, Colonel Waite,
Mr. Gurdon; or any Five of them: And are to meet on
Monday, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the
Speaker's Chamber: With Power to send for Persons,
Papers, and Witnesses.
Settling the Government.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee to bring
in a Declaration, That the Parliament intends forthwith
to proceed to the Settlement of the Government: And will
uphold a Learned and Pious Ministry of the Nation, and
their Maintenance by Tythes, and the known Laws of
the Land: And that they will proceed to fill up the House
so soon as may be; and to settle the Commonwealth without a King, Single Person, or House of Peers: And will
promote the Trade of the Nation: And will reserve due
Liberty to tender Consciences: And also encourage and
settle the Universities: And that the Parliament will not
meddle with the executive Power of the Law, but only
in Cases of Male-Administration and Appeals; and that
Proceedings shall be according to the Laws: And also,
That they will ease the Burdens of the Nation, as much as
is consistent with the pressing Necessities of the Commonwealth: Viz. unto Lord Chief-Justice St. John, Sir Arthur
Hesilrig, Mr. Attorney-General, Mr. Solicitor-General,
Mr. Say. And it is especially referred to the Lord St. John
and Sir Arthur Hesilrig, to take care, that this Declaration be brought in on Monday Morning next.
Grant to Ad. Lawson.
Resolved, That Five hundred Pounds a Year, Land of
Inheritance, be settled on Vice-Admiral Lawson, and his
Heirs, for his Fidelity and good Service done for the Parliament and Commonwealth: And that it be referred to
the Committee to whom it was referred to set out One
thousand Pounds Land a Year, to be settled on Commissioner George Monck, to set out Lands, of the Value
of Five hundred Pounds a Year, to be settled on ViceAdmiral Lawson, and his Heirs, accordingly.
The House, according to former Order, proceeded this
Day in reading the Bill of Assessment.
Resolved, That the Names of all Persons who acted in
the pretended Committee of Safety, be put out of this Bill.
The Question being put, that Captain Beake do stand,
in the Bill, as a Commissioner, in the County of Bucks;
It passed with the Negative.
The Question being put, That Major Audley do stand
a Commissioner, in this Bill, in the County of Cambridge;
It passed with the Negative.
Commitment of a Member dispensed with.
The Parliament being informed, That Major Salwey is
indisposed in his Health;
Resolved, That the Parliament doth dispense with
Major Salwey's going to the Tower: And that the Order
of the Seventeenth instant, for his going to the Tower,
be, and is hereby, remitted: And that he have Liberty to
go into the Country, where . . shall think fit.
The House adjourns itself till Monday, Eight a Clock
in the Morning.