Die Mercurii, 18 Aprilis, 1649.
ORDERED, That the Petition of the Lady Eliz.
Capell be referred to the Committee of Complaints;
to take Consideration of it; and to state the Business;
and report it to the House on Saturday next: And in the
mean time, the Cutting down of any the Woods, either
upon the Lands of Inheritance of the said Lady, or the
Lands wherein she hath a Jointure, be staid.
Attorney General's Oath.
The Form of the Oath to be administered to the Attorney General of the Commonwealth was this Day read;
and was in these Words; viz.
YOU shall well and truly serve the Commonwealth in
the Office of Attorney General for the State, according
to the best of your Skill and Knowledge. So help you
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of this to
be the Form of the Oath to be taken by the Attorney
It is Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners for the
Great Seal be, and are hereby, required and authorized
to administer the said Oath to the Attorney General
Ordered, That the Earl of Pembroke be added to the
Committee of Oxford.
Ordered, That Saturday next be appointed to take into
Consideration the Business touching the Case of such Persons as are in Arrear for their Compositions, and have
Right to some Mitigation, and such as are denied the
Benefit of Articles by the Committee of Goldsmiths Hall.
Complaint against Vaughan.
Ordered, That the Committee of Habardashers Hall be
impowered to send for Mr. Edward Vaughan, one of the
Members of this House; and to examine the Complaint
made against him; and take his Accompts for the Money
by him received for the Service of the Publick; and to
state the Accompts; and the same, so stated, to transmit
to the Committee of Sequestrators for the County of
Commissioners of Assessment.
Ordered, That John Hooke, William Collyns, John
Browne, William Tey, Ralph Hall, George Crompton, and
John Honour, be added to the Commissioners for Westminster, and the Liberties, for the Assessment of the
Ninety thousand Pounds per Mensem.
Deans and Chapters Lands, &c.
Colonel Harvey reports from the Committee for Deans
and Chapters Lands, divers Resolutions of that Committee, touching Twenty thousand Pounds per Annum, for
Maintenance of the Ministry, in these Words; viz.
"Resolved, by the Committee, That Twenty thousand
Pounds per Annum be charged upon, and paid out of the
Revenue, for the Maintenance of Ministers, Scholars, and
Increase of the Maintenance of Masterships of Colleges,
in both the Universities of this Nation."
"Resolved, &c. That Eighteen thousand Pounds per
Annum, of the said Twenty thousand Pounds, be paid for
the Maintenance of Ministers, Scholars, and others, in
England and Wales, in lieu of such Augmentation or
Maintenance as have been, by Authority of Parliament,
settled upon, or given to the Maintenance of them out of
the Lands of the Deans and Chapters; until the Sum of
Eighteen thousand Pounds per Annum be raised out of
the Improvement of the Impropriations belonging to the
said Deans and Chapters, or by such other Ways or
Means as shall be hereafter appointed and directed by
Authority of Parliament."
"Resolved, &c. That Two thousand Pounds per Annum, of the said Twenty thousand Pounds, be paid for
the Increase of the Maintenance of the Masterships of
Colleges in both the Universities of the Nation, where
Maintenance is not sufficient."
"Resolved, &c. That it be reported to the House, as the
Opinion of this Committee, That all the Tenths, payable
into the Exchequer, be charged with, and paid towards
the Satisfaction of the said Twenty thousand Pounds:
And that if they shall not be sufficient to make up the
full Sum of Twenty thousand Pounds, that then some
other Part of the Revenue be charged to supply the
"Resolved, &c. That it be reported to the House, as
the Opinion of this Committee, That an Act be brought
in, for the vesting and settling of the said Revenues, so as it
may be certainly paid for the Ends and Purposes aforesaid."
The Question being propounded, That these Resolutions shall be the Matter of a Bill to be passed; and that
a Bill be brought in for that Purpose;
And the Question being put, That that Question be
It was also resolved in the Affirmative.
And so the main Question being put;
It was Resolved, &c. That these Resolutions shall be
the Matter of a Bill to be passed: And that a Bill be
brought in for that Purpose.
Ordered, That Mr. Pury do prepare and bring in a
Bill, according to the former Vote, on Friday Morning.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Three hundred thousand Pounds shall be borrowed upon the Security of Deans
and Chapters Lands, by way of Doubling of the like
Sum due upon the Publick Faith, for Monies, Plate,
Horses, Arms, and Furniture, heretofore lent or advanced
for the Service of the Parliament voluntarily: Which
Sum of Three hundred thousand Pounds, together with
the like Sum of such Monies, due upon Publick Faith,
as aforesaid, shall be secured out of Deans and Chapters
Lands, to be repaid and satisfied upon the Sale thereof,
together with the Debts transferred upon the same Security, from the Receipts of Excise and Goldsmiths Hall.
Resolved, &c. That the Register Accomptant shall accept of no Bill of Publick Faith, but such as shall be
allowed by the Trustees named in the Bill for the Sale of
Dean and Chapters Lands: Who are to observe such Orders, Directions, and Instructions, as they shall receive
from the Parliament concerning the Premises.
Resolved, &c. That the Six hundred thousand Pounds,
charged upon the Excise, and other Securities, for the
Arrears of Soldiers, shall remain charged upon the same
Securities, until the Parliament shall have fully settled
other Security for the same.
Resolved, &c. That the Sum of Six hundred thousand
Pounds, heretofore charged upon the Excise, &c. towards
the Arrears of Soldiers, together with such further Sum
as shall be requisite, fully to make good the Arrears due
to those for whom that Six hundred thousand Pounds was
assigned, shall be charged, for Security upon the Parks
and Houses, and upon the Manors, Lands, and Farms,
late belonging to the Crown: And that an Act be forthwith brought in, for the settling of the said Parks, Houses,
Manors, Lands, and Farms, upon Trustees: With Power
for the speedy Setting forth and Selling of such, and so
many of them, as shall be requisite and sufficient for the
full Satisfaction of the said Arrears: And that it be referred to the same Committee, speedily to prepare and
bring in an Act for the Purposes aforesaid.
Resolved, &c. That it shall be left to the Lord General,
and Council of War, to propound to the Committee before appointed, the Names of fit and able Persons, not
exceeding Six in Number, to be approved of by the Parliament, and to be joined with such others as the Parliament shall think fit, to be Trustees for the Managing and
Disposing of the said Parks, Manors, and Premises, for
the Purposes afore-mentioned.
Ordered, That Mr. Attorney General be added to the
Committee for bringing in a Bill for the Vesting of
Parks, &c. in Trustees: And that the same Committee
do provide, either by a Clause in that Bill, or some other
distinct Bill to be brought in by the same Committee,
some effectual Way, whereby the Arrears of the Soldiery,
for Service before, or out of the new Model, may be
speedily audited and ascertained; and for the enabling of
the Field Officers in each respective Regiment to expedite that Service.
Ordered, That the Act touching Prisoners be reported
Petition from London, &c.
The House being informed, that there were some Petitioners at the Door;
They were ordered, upon the Question, to be called
in: And, being come to the Bar, one of them presented
a Petition: Which, after the Petitioners were withdrawn,
was read; being intituled, The humble Petition of divers
well-affected Persons of the Cities of London and Westminster, the Borough of Southwark, and Hamlets and Parts
adjacent, in the Behalf of Lieutenant Colonel John Lilborne, Mr. William Walwyn, Mr. Thomas Prince, and
Mr. Richard Overton, now Prisoners in the Tower."
Resolved, &c. That the Petitioners have a sharp Reprehension.
Ordered, That Mr. Lysle, Commissary General Ireton,
Mr. Martyn, do withdraw; and pen an Answer to the
Petition, upon the Debate had thereupon.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Tower be revived;
and do see to the Regulation of the Tower.
Ordered, That a Declaration be drawn to discover the
Designs of the Contrivers and Publishers of divers scandalous and seditious Books, and Promoters of divers Petitions; and the dangerous Consequences of it; and to be
brought in, on Friday Morning, by Mr. Scott, Commissary General Ireton, and Mr. James Challener.
Mr. Allen reports from the Committee, the Form for
divers Stamps for Coin.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State,
to consider of these several Forms for the Stamps of Coin:
And that they do advise with the same Committee that
brought them in; and thereupon report their Opinions to
Petition from London, &c.
The former Committee reports an Answer to be returned to the Petitioners in these Words;
That the Four Persons in your Petition, principally
concerned, are, upon just and mature Consideration, appointed to be brought unto a legal Tryal, for Crimes against
Laws preceding the Fact, and not as is suggested; at which
Tryal they will have free Liberty to offer whatsoever they
shall have to say in their own Defence: And to such proceedings the Parliament doth expect that all Persons in
England should submit, and in the Judgment of Parliament acquiesce.
That the Contrivers of the Petition have therein taken
a Liberty of scandalous and seditious Suggestions, not
allowable nor justisiable in any Persons whatsoever, under
Pretence of Petitioning; and do so far countenance the
Persons imprisoned in the Offences for which they are
questioned, as might render them justly suspected of the
like Crimes: The Parliament will yet exercise Patience
towards you, conceiving, that divers well-meaning Men
may, by false, yet specious Pretences, be deluded into the
Miscarriage; and hoping, that, by this Forbearance, such
may come to see their own Errors.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Speaker do deliver this Answer to the Petitioners.
The Petitioners being again called in; Mr. Speaker
returned them this Answer;
Gentlemen, The House has read your Petition; and,
left I should mistake, as you have done, have commanded
me to give you this Answer; That the Four Persons,
&c. as aforesaid.
Ordered, That this Answer be printed and published.
Admission of a Member.
Mr. Scott reports from the Committee the Satisfaction
given unto them by Mr. Aldworth.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Aldworth be admitted to sit
in the House.