Die Mercurii, 7 Februarii, 1648.
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ORDERED, That Mr. Marshall be desired to
preach at Margaret's, Westminster, before this House,
the next Day appointed for Publick Humiliation.
Mr. Gurdon is to give him notice thereof.
Ordered, That Mr. Cardicott be desired to preach at
Margaret's, Westminster, before this House, the next
Day appointed for Publick Humiliation.
Mr. Weaver is to give him notice hereof.
A Letter from Bristoll, of the Fifth of February 1648,
from William Cunn, Mayor of Bristoll, and Richard Aldworth; and another Letter from Bristoll, from the said
Wm. Cunne, Richard Aldworth, and Roger Pyke, of the
Fifth of February 1648, touching a Peace concluded
between the Irish Rebels and the Englishe in Ireland; with
the Examination of John Pyne therein inclosed, of the
Fifth of February 1648; were all this Day read.
Sheriff of Suffolk.
Ordered, That Mr. * Wright * be nominated and approved of to be High Sheriff of the County of Suffolk:
And that the Commissioners of the Great Seal of England
do issue a Commission to him to be Sheriff of the said
Trying Earl Cambridge, &c.
Ordered, That all such Papers, Examinations, Letters,
and Writings, which may concern the Process and Tryal.
before the High Court of Justice, of James Earl of
Cambridge, Earl of Holland, Lord Goring, Lord Capell,
and Sir John Owen, or any of them, be brought with all
Speed into the said Court of Justice, and delivered to the
Clerk of the said High Court, by those Persons in whose
Custody the said Papers and Writings be now remaining.
According to former Order, the House this Day took
into Debate the Business of Kingship.
And the Question being propounded, That the House
be turned into a Grand Committee, to debate the said
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, &c. That it hath been found by Experience,
and this House doth declare, That the Office of a King
in this Nation, and to have the Power thereof in any
Single Person, is unnecessary, burdensome, and dangerous
to the Liberty, Safety, and publick Interest of the People
of this Nation; and therefore ought to be abolished:
And that an Act be brought in, to that Purpose.
Ordered, That it be referred to the same Committee
that is to bring in an Act for abolishing the House of
Lords, to bring in this Act: And the Lord Grey and
Mr. Challener are added to that Committee: And the
especial Care hereof is commended to Mr. Lysle.
Seals of Courts.
Ordered, That the several Persons in whose Custody
the Seals of the Exchequer, King's Bench, Common
Pleas, Duchy, and the Seals for Statutes, . . . be required
to deliver up the said several Seals unto the Committee
appointed to consider for the Alteration of the Seals.
Ordered, That Sir Nathanael Brent be required to alter
the Seal of the Prerogative Court, after the Form of the
Committee of Safety, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee of Safety, and the Committee at Derby House, and the Powers to them, and either of them, given, by any Order or Ordinance of
Parliament, be absolutely dissolved, and taken away.
Council of State.
Ordered, That there be a Council of State erected, to
act and proceed according to such Instructions as shall be
given to them by this House: Mr. Lysle, Mr. Holland,
Mr. Scott, Colonel Ludlow, Mr. Robinson, are to present
to this House Instructions to be given to the Council of
Estates; and likewise the Names of such Persons as they
conceive fit to be of the Council of Estates, not exceeding the Number of Forty; with Power to send for Papers
and Writings from Darbey House, or elsewhere.
Ordered, That the Clerk of the Crown be required to
prepare Commissions for the several Justices of the several Benches, and Barons of the Exchequer, with Blanks
for the Names to be inserted into the several Commissions: And that the Commissions be drawn according to
the Act for Alteration of Writs.
Ordered, That the new Great Seal be brought to the
House To-morrow Morning.
Mr. Whitlock, Mr. Say, Mr. Love, Sir Thomas Widdrington, are to present to the House the Form of an
Oath to be taken by the Judges, with such Alterations
as they find convenient; and to bring it in To-morrow
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Widdrington and Mr. Whitelock, Members of this House, and Two of the Commissioners for the Great Seal, be required to bring the Great
Seal into this House To-morrow Morning.
Master of the Rolls.
Ordered, That the Clerk of the Crown be required to
prepare a Commission for Mr. Speaker, as Master of the
Rolls, to hear and determine Causes in the Chancery.
Ordered, That the Lords Chief Justices and other
Justices of the several Benches, the Lord Chief Baron and
Barons of the Exchequer, be required to meet, with Mr.
Speaker, Mr. Love, Mr. Say, and Mr. Hill, To-morrow
Morning at Seven of the Clock, at the Rolls.
Sequestrations in Wales.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Army, to confer with the Commissioners for Compositions in Wales; and thereupon to consider of taking off
the Sequestrations of the poorer Sort in Wales; and report to this House.
Trial of Earl Cambridge, &c.
Ordered, That the Earl of Cambridge, Earl of Holland,
Lord Goring, Lord Capell, and Sir John Owen, be brought
to such Place, as the High Court of Justice, for the
Trial of these Persons, shall appoint, to be under the
Jurisdiction and Command of that Court.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, to bring
in an Act for Discharging of all such Persons whose real
and personal Estate is not of the Value of Two hundred
Pounds, and who did not engage in the last War, from
all Penalty of Composition or Sequestration; and pardoning
their Delinquency: And Mr. Allen, Colonel Harvey, and
Sir Wm. Brereton, are to bring in an Act to that Purpose.
Ordered, That Mr. Love do bring in an Act to enable
the new Commissioners of the Great Seal, and such as
shall act upon it; and for nominating Sir Thomas Widdrington, and Mr. Whitelock, Two of the Persons in the
said Act, for acting as Commissioners upon the said Great