Die Jovis, 27 Decembris, 1649.
Army Committee, &c.
AN Act for Continuance of the Committee of the
Army, and Treasurers at War, was this Day read;
and, upon the Question, passed.
East India Company.
Colonel Thompson reports from the Committee of the
Navy, the State of the Business upon the Petition of the
Governor and Company of Merchants of London trading
to the East Indies; and the Resolution of that Committee
That the said Committee, upon Examination, do find,
that, by an Act made 1° Jac. all Spices and Drugs
garblable, imported into this Nation, were to be garbled
and searched, before Sale and Delivery, upon Pain of
Forfeiture thereof; the one Moiety to the King, the other
to the Informer: Nevertheless it is thereby provided, that
such as should bring in Spices and Drugs, had Liberty
to transport the same, within Eight Months, without
This Committee also find, That the said Company
have, ever since the said Act, without Lett, sold to Transport their Drugs and Spices, by virtue of Letters Patents
under the Great Seal, until the Twentieth Year of the
late King: And that there doth not appear unto this
Committee, that any Informations have been exhibited
before that Time (Two only excepted) against the said
Company, or any other Persons, for Buying or Selling
of Spices to Transport, ungarbled; but that very many
Informations have, since that Time, been exhibited, and
divers Compositions made thereupon; but no Benefit
thereby hath accrued or come to the State.
Resolved, by the said Committee, That all Proceedings
upon Information, exhibited against the East India Company, and all other Persons, now depending in the Publick Exchequer, touching their Buying or Selling of Drugs,
not garbled, to have been transported, be forthwith stayed,
and surcease, without any further Prosecution therein:
And that no other Informations shall hereafter be exhibited against any Person or Persons, for Buying or Selling
of any Spices or Drugs, which were to have been transported, not being garbled; any thing in the Statute of 1°
Jacobi, concerning Garbling of Spices, contained to the
contrary in any wise notwithstanding.
The humble Petition of William Cutler, Deputy Garbler of the City of London (the Mayor and Commonalty
being Garblers), was this Day read.
Ordered, That the said Business, upon the Petition of
the Governor and Company of Merchants of London
trading to the East Indies, and the said Report and Resolution of the Committee of the Navy, be re-committed: And all that come to have Voices: And this
Committee have Power to hear all Parties concerned; and
consider what is sit to be further done in this Business; and
present their Opinions to the House.
The Earl of Pembroke reports from the Council of
State, an Act, injoining all Papists, Officers, and Soldiers of Fortune, and other Delinquents, to remove from
the Cities of London and Westminster, and late Lines of
Communication, and Twenty Miles thereof.
Which was this Day read the First time.
And the Question being put, That the said Bill be
now read the Second time;
It passed with the Assirmative.
And the said Bill was accordingly read the Second
And the Question being put, That the Blanks in the
said Bill be filled up;
It passed with the Assirmative.
And the said Bill, being so amended, was, upon the
Question, committed to the Members of this House that
are of the Council of State; or any Three of them: And
that the same be brought in To-morrow Morning, the
And the special Care hereof is committed to the Earl
of Pembroke and Colonel Puresoy.