Die Martis, 20 Februarii, 1648.
London Common Council.
AN Act for removing Obstructions in the Proceedings
of the Court of Common Council of the City of
London was this Day read the Third Time: And, upon
the Question, the Debate thereupon was adjourned till
The Title to be prefixed to the Declaration, read on
Saturday last, was this Day read in these Words, "A
Declaration of the Parliament of England, in Answer to
the late Letters, sent to them from the Commissioners of
Scotland:" and, upon the Question, agreed unto; and ordered to be the Title to the said Declaration.
Commissary General Ireton reports some Amendments
to an Act for impresting of Seamen and Mariners for the
next Summer's Fleet: Which were twice read; and, upon the Question, committed unto Commissary General
Ireton, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Calloner, Colonel
Wauton; or any Three of them: Who are presently to
withdraw; and report the same to the House forthwith.
Mr. Miles Corbett reports from the Committee of the
Navy, That the Committee of Merchants have contracted
for Four Merchant Ships to serve in the next Summer's
Fleet; viz. with Thomas Cheney, for the Ship called the
Exchange, of London, whereof he is Master; with William Copping, for the Elizabeth, of London; with Richard
Wilsheire, for the Jonas of London; and with John Hosier, for the Ship Magdalen, of London, whereof he is
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the
said Four Ships to go with the said Four Masters to serve
in the next Summer's Fleet.
The Lord Grey reports from the Council of State,
their Opinion for repeal of the Ordinance constituting
the Earl of Warwick Lord High Admiral: And that the
Commission under the Great Seal, making the Earl of
Warwick Lord High Admiral of England, be called in.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the
Council of State herein: And that an Act be brought in,
for repealing the said Ordinance, and making void the said
Commission: And that it be referred to the Committee
of the Navy to prepare the said Act: And Mr. Miles
Corbett is to take the especial Care thereof; and to bring
it in To-morrow Morning: And the same Committee is
also to bring in an Act to empower the Commissioners
that are to go to Sea, to Command the Fleet, with such
other fitting Powers for the Service of the Commonwealth,
as they shall think fit: And Mr. Miles Corbett is likewise
to take care hereof.
Ordered, That it be recommended to the Council of
State, to take care that, by the repealing of the Power
of the Lord Admiral, no Prejudice may come to the
Ordered, That the Council of State shall have and exercise all such Power and Authority, as any Lord Admiral, or Commissioners of the Admiralty, have had, or
ought to have had and exercised.
Invalid Soldiers, &c.
Mr. Allen reports from the Committee appointed to
treat with the Treasurers at Goldsmiths and Weavers Hall,
for raising Money for the maimed and sick Soldiers, That
the remaining Part of the Fifty thousand Pounds formerly payable to the Scotts, being to be paid to the Navy;
the Committee propose, that the last Three thousand
Pounds of that Fifty thousand Pounds be paid to the
Relief of the said maimed and sick Soldiers; or that an
Act may be made for Three thousand Pounds to be raised,
next after the Fifty thousand Pounds, before any other
Sums charged upon that Treasury at Goldsmiths Hall be
Ordered, That the last Three thousand Pounds of the
Remainder of the First Fifty thousand Pounds, which
was payable to the Scotts, and is now transferred to the
Use of the Navy, shall be a Credit for raising Three
thousand Pounds for the maimed Soldiers.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy have Power
to give the like Allowance, for Advance, to godly and
pious Ministers, that are to go in the Navy now to go
forth, as was done the last Year.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Navy, to raise Money by Sale of the Crown Jewels, Hangings, and other Goods of the late King: And that the
first Three thousand Pounds that shall be raised thereby,
shall be paid unto the Treasurer of Goldsmiths Hall, in
Satisfaction of the last Three thousand Pounds of the Remainder of the first Fifty thousand Pounds, formerly payable to the Scotts, which is assigned for the Use of the
Navy; and which is appointed to be a Credit for raising
Three thousand Pounds for the sick and maimed Soldiers:
And the Residue of the Money to be raised by such Sale,
shall be accompted for to the Use of the Commonwealth, as
this House shall appoint: And that the Committee that
had the Charge of the Crown and Jewels, &c. be joined
to the Committee of the Navy as to this Purpose.
House of Lords and Monarchy.
Ordered, That the Acts for taking away the House of
Lords, and for taking away Kingship, be brought in Tomorrow Morning.
Abolishing Deans and Chapters.
An Act for the Abolishing of Deans and Chapters, &c.
within the Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales,
was this Day read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto Commissary General Ireton, Lieutenant General Cromwell, Sir Wm. Massam, Mr. Blakiston,
Colonel Harrison, Mr. Martyn, Mr. Rowse, Sir Wm.
Brewerton, Mr. Scott, Mr. Allen, Dr. Palmer, Colonel
Jones, Mr. Heveningham, Sir Michael Livesey, Mr. Feilder,
Mr. Anlaby, Mr. Smith, Mr. Lechmere, Mr. Dixwell, Mr.
Hill, Mr. John Corbett, Mr. Pury, Mr. Reynolds, Mr.
James Challenor, Colonel Harrison; and to the former
Committee appointed to raise Three hundred thousand
Pounds out of the Dean and Chapters Lands: To meet Tomorrow at Two of the Clock, in the Queen's Court: And
the Care of it is recommended to Mr. John Corbett and
Mr. Pury: And that the same Committee do bring in
the Names of Trustees, and Contractors, and other
Officers, for Sale of the Lands; and present the same to
Ordered, That the General be desired to grant Commissions to Colonel Reynolds, and other Commission
Officers of his Regiment.
Ordered, That, the Act for Encouragement of Officers
and Mariners, and impresting Seamen, be read the first
Business, To-morrow Morning.