Die Veneris, 23 Martii, 1648.
London Poor, &c.
AN Act for constituting Aldermen, that have been
Sheriffs of London, Justices of Peace within the
said City of London, for Relief and Employment of the
Poor, and for Punishment of Vagrants, within the said City
of London, and Liberties thereof, was this Day read the
First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to Mr. Garland, Colonel Venn, Mr. Martyn, Alderman Penington, Alderman Atkins, Alderman Wilson,
Sir James Harrington, Mr. Boone, Mr. Dove, Mr. Prydeaux, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Love, Colonel Fenwick, Mr.
Lister, Mr. Gurdon, Mr. Weaver, Mr. Scott, Mr. Whittacre, Sir Gregory Norton, Sir John Hippisley, Colonel
Thompson, Sir William Armyn, Mr. Hallowes, Mr. Cawley,
Lord Munson; or any Five of them: And all that come
to have Voices: And they are to meet in the Exchequer
Chamber, To-morrow at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon: And the more particular Care hereof is committed
to Mr. Garland.
Proclaiming Abolition of Monarchy.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor and Sheriff of the City
of London be required forthwith to proclaim the Act for
abolishing the Kingly Office in England, Ireland, and the
Dominions thereunto belonging, in Cheapeside, and the Old
Exchange, and in all other Places where Proclamations are
usually made; and at the usual Times: And that the
said Lord Mayor and Sheriff be required to be present
in Person at the said Proclamations; and to give an Account to this House of their Proceedings herein: And
the Citizens and Burgesses of the said City are to give
notice hereof to the said Lord Mayor and the Sheriff.
Incest and Adultery.
Ordered, That Mr. Salloway do give this House an
Account of the Bill touching Incest and Adultery, on
Naval Martial Law.
Colonel Wawton reports from the Council of State,
That an Act be passed for Martial Law at Sea.
Ordered, That Colonel Wawton do bring in an Act,
giving Power to the Judges of the Admiralty to proceed
in the Tryal of such Person or Persons as have been taken
at Sea, according to Law Martial.
Form of Writs.
The Form of a Writ, directed to the Clerk of the
Parliament, to certify an Act of Parliament into Chancery; and of a Writ for proclaiming such Act of Parliament by the Mayor, &c. of Cities or Towns, and by
the Sheriffs of Counties, mutatis mutandis; were this Day
read; and, upon the Question, agreed unto; and were in
hæc verba, viz.
CUSTODES Libertatis Anglie, Auctoritate Parliamenti, J. B. Armigero, Clerico Parliament, Salutem.
Volentes certis de Causis certiorari super Tenore cujusdam Actus in instanti Parliamento apud Westmonasterium
facti et ordinati, intitulati, "An Act for the, &c." Vobis
mandamus, quod tenore Actus predicti, cum omnibus
illis tangentibus, in Cancellariam, sub Sigillo vestro clauso,
distincte et aperte fine Dilatione mittatis: Et hoc Breve.
The Form of a Writ to the Mayor, &c. of a City or
Borough, and to the Sheriffs of Counties, mutatis
mutandis, for proclaiming an Act of Parliament.
CUSTODES Libertatis Anglie, Auctoritate Parliamenti, Majoribus et Ballivis Civitates, Salutem. Vobis
precipimus, quod statim, visis Presentibus, in singulis Locis
infra Civitatem predictum, tam infra Libertates, quam
extra, ubi magis expedire videritis, publice et solemniter
proclamari faciatis quendam Actum instantis Parliamenti
conceptum et factum, quem in quibusdam Schedulis huic
Brevi annexis Vobis mittimus; mandantes preterea,
quod, immediate post Proclamationem, sic, ut premittitur,
per vos factam, omnes et singulas hujusmodi Schedulas
inseparatas distincte, et publicis Locis, ut plenius apparere poterit, in Tabulis et Postibus assigi et poni similiter
faciatis: Et hoc, sub Periculo incumbenti, nullatenus
omittatis. Testibus Nobis ipsis, &c.
Proclaiming Abolition of Monarchy.
Ordered, That Mr. Lysle, one of the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal, be authorized and required to
give Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown in the Chancery, to prepare Writs, according to these Forms, to be
issued to all Sheriffs, Mayors, &c. in England and Wales,
for proclaiming the Act intituled, An Act for Abolishing
the Kingly Office in England, Ireland, and the Dominions
belonging thereunto; and also the Act for abolishing the
House of Peers: And that Mr. Lysle, in the Absence of
the other the Lords Commissioners for the Great Seal, to
seal the said Writs under the Great Seal of England; and
to cause the same to be sent abroad accordingly.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to take Satisfaction from absent Members of this House, do sit at
Darbey House, between Two and Three a Clock, every
Day whereon the House doth not fit; to whom the Members may resort from time to time, if they please.
Sir Henry Vane junior reports from the Council of State,
a List of the Fleet to be appointed for this Summer's
Expedition; with an Account, Where they now are, and
when they will be ready to put to Sea.
He likewise reports an Estimate of the Charge of the
whole Fleet, for this Summer's Expedition.
He likewise reports the Resolution of the Council of
State, in these Words following; viz.
"It is Resolved, That Four of the great Ships mentioned
in the Estimate, and formerly appointed by this Council
to be set to Sea, manned with the Number of One thousand Men, shall be forborn to be set out; and shall only
be in a Readiness to be employed, when this Council shall
give Order for the same."
"Secondly, That, whereas Demand is made in the
Estimate for Twenty-three Merchants Ships, manned
with 1650. . . . . in the Place whereof some of the State's
Ships are employed in this Expedition; It is therefore
Ordered, That so many of them as One thousand
Men were intended to man, shall be forborn to be set
out; and only so many shall be provided, and set to
Sea, as shall bear the Proportion of Six hundred and
"Thirdly, That, in Consideration of the Two thousand
Men abated, as aforesaid, the whole Fleet, which before
was to be set out but for Six Months, shall now be continued out for Eight Months; which the Estimate, as
now drawn, with the Alterations, as aforesaid, will bear."
"Fourthly, That the Four great Ships, which are appointed to be forborn to be set out, shall nevertheless be
proceeded in, in the Hull, Carpenters-work and Rigging,
to be in Readiness to set out to Sea, as this Council shall
He likewise reports an Estimate of the Debts and Credits of the Navy, per Estimation.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the
Settling of the Summer's Fleet, as it is presented in the
Report from the Council of State.
Resolved, &c. That this House, in their present
ordering and settling Money, and the Receipt thereof,
will take effectual Course for the certain Supply of the
Sums demanded, in the Estimate, for this Year's Service
of the Naval Affairs, and at the Times propounded.
Ordered, That the Commissioners for the Excise be
required forthwith to pay, to the Use of the Navy, the
Sum of Ten thousand Pounds, in Part of the Monies
charged on the Excise, for the Three hundred Pounds
per Week, on the Arrears of the Isle of Ely and Croyland.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Navy, to see this done accordingly.
Ordered, That the Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall be
required and injoined forthwith to pay, to the Use of the
Navy, the Eight thousand Pounds, Residue of the Forty
thousand Pounds, formerly ordered for the Service of the
Navy, out of Fifty thousand Pounds to the Scotts.
And if, upon the Report of that Business now in Mr.
Allen's Hands, it shall appear to this House, that the said
Eight thousand Pounds ought not to have been paid by
that Treasury; then the same shall be repaid to the said
Treasurers, out of the Monies belonging to the Navy:
And the Committee of the Navy is hereby required to see
the same done accordingly.
Late King's &c. personal Estate.
Resolved, &c. That the personal Estate of the late King,
Queen, and Prince, shall be inventoried, appraised, and
sold: except such Parcels of them as shall be thought fit
to be reserved for the Use of State.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State to
consider and direct, What Parcels of the Goods and personal Estates aforesaid are fit to be reserved for the Use of
Resolved, &c. That certain Commissioners, being no
Members of this House, shall be elected and chosen to
inventory, secure, and appraise the said Goods, and personal Estate, of the said late King, Queen, and Prince:
And that other Commissioners, being no Members of this
House, be appointed to make Sale of the said personal
Estate, to the best Value.
Resolved, &c. That the Money to be raised by such Sale
shall be employed towards the Payment of such Debts of
the said late King, Queen, and Prince, for Houshold
Expences, as were contracted before this War, and to
Persons not Delinquents; and for publick Uses of this
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for the
Act for inventorying and preserving the Goods of the said
late King, or any Three of them, to bring in an Act to the
Purpose of these Resolutions, on Monday Morning: And
Mr. Holland, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Commissary General
Ireton, and Mr. Robinson, be added to that Committee:
And the Care hereof is especially recommended to Mr.
Holland, and Mr. Allen.
Ordered, That the First Thirty thousand Pounds to be
raised by such Sale of the Goods and personal Estate of
the late King, Queen, and Prince, shall be paid to the
Treasurer of the Navy, to the Use of the Navy; and
shall be repaid, by the Treasurer of the Navy, to such
Persons as the same shall be ordered, for the Uses before
The Question being propounded, That it be referred to
the Council of State, to consider, What decayed Trees in
the Several Forests and Parks belonging to the Crown,
are sit to be sold, for the Use of the Publick; and to give
Directions for the Sale thereof accordingly;
And the Question being put, That that Question be
It passed with the Affirmative.
And the main Question being put; It was
Resolved, &c. That it be referred to the Council of
State, to consider, what decayed Trees, in the several Forests and Parks belonging to the Crown, are sit to be sold,
for the Use of the Publick; and to give Directions for the
Sale thereof accordingly.
Ordered, That the Quorum of the Committee for
Sale of Parks and Forests be reduced to the Number of
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for advancing the Revenue, to consider of some way, How the
Parks may be forthwith lett for one Year, for the Benefit
of the State; and Report the same on Monday next.
Deans and Chapters Lands.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Act for Deans
and Chapters Lands do bring in the said Act on Friday.
Ordered, That, upon bringing in the Act touching
Deans and Chapters Lands, the House will resume the
Debate touching the Navy.
Seals of Courts.
An Act for altering the former Seal of the Court lately
called the King's Bench, and now the Upper Bench, was
this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed.
An Act for altering the Seal of the Court of Exchequer was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed.
An Act for altering the Seal of the Court of Common
Pleas was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed.
Declarations of Parliament.
Ordered, That Two thousand of the Declarations
touching the late Proceedings of this House, be printed
for the Service of the State: And that the Members of
this House do cause them to be sent down and dispersed
into the respective Counties.
Mr. Pury reports from the Committee of the Army,
the Rates and Propositions for each County, in the Assessment of Ninety thousand Pounds per mensem, for
Payment of the Forces in England and Ireland.
The Question being propounded, That it be referred
to a Grand Committee of the House, to consider of the
Proportions now brought in from the Committee, for
the last Three Months in the said Act; and Report it to
The Question was put, Whether this Question should
be now put;
It passed in the Affirmative.
And so the main Question being put;
It was Resolved, That it be referred to a Grand Committee of the House, to consider of the Proportions now
brought in from the Committee, for the last Three
Months in the said Act; and report it to the House.
Resolved, &c. That the House, notwithstanding the
former Order, be adjourned till To-morrow, Eight of the
Clock: And that Mr. Speaker do forbear to take the
Chair; but that the House be resolved into a Grand
Committee, upon this Bill.