Die Veneris, 8 Februarii, 1649.
AN Act for admitting Presentations, and for granting Institutions and Inductions to Rectories, Parsonages, and Vicarages, within England and Wales, was
this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the
Question, committed to Mr. Love, Mr. Reynolds, Mr.
Rows, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Bond, Mr. Salwey, Sir John
Trevor, the Lord Howard, Mr. Martyn, Major Salwey,
Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir John Danvers, Captain Skinner, Sir John Bouchier, Sir Henry Vane, Mr. Edwards,
Mr. Millington, Mr. Snelling, Sir Mich. Livesey, Mr.
Leman, Sir Wm. Masham, Colonel Fenwick, Mr. Corbett,
Mr. Thomas Challener, Colonel Purefoy; or any Five of
them: And all that will come to have Voices: And are
to meet in the Exchequer Chamber, this Afternoon, at
Two of Clock; and so de die in diem; and to bring it
And the more particular Care hereof is referred to Mr.
Reynolds and Mr. Love.
Cursing and Swearing.
An additional Act, for the more severe Punishing of
prosane Cursing and Swearing, was this Day read the
First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed unto the same Committee: And that they bring
it in This-day-sevennight.
Incest and Adultery.
An Act for suppressing the abominable Sins and Crimes
of Incest, Adultery, and Fornication, was this Day read
the First and Second time; and, upon the Question,
committed to the same Committee: And that they bring
in the same This-day-sevennight.
The Lord Commissioner Whitelock reports the Form
of a Commission in Latin, according to the Act for Provision and Maintenance of Ministers: Which was this
Resolved, That the Commissions, that issue forth by
virtue of that Act, shall be in English.
Ordered, That, in this Commission, a Clause be inserted; giving Power to the Commissioners to inquire
what Chapels are sit to be taken from Parish Churches,
and annexed to others, or made Parish Churches; and
where it is sit for other Churches to be built, and the
Parishes divided, and Part of them appropriated to those
Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners for the Great
Seal be authorized and required to prepare and issue the
The Lord Commissioner Whitelock reports from the
Council of State, That the Council hath been informed,
from several Parts of this Nation, and from Foreign
Parts, that divers Persons are come over hither, who have
been in Arms against the Parliament, and have thereby
incurred high Penalties; which Persons are employed
hither in the Nature of Spies and Incendiaries, for the
promoting of new Troubles, and the Carrying on of the
Interest of C. Stuart; to move the House, That they
would take it into their Consideration, what Course they
think sit should be taken with such Persons, if any of
them be apprehended within this Nation.
Resolved, That an Act be brought in, for the Preventing and Punishing of any Spies, Actors, Agents, Contributors, or Correspondents with the Enemies of this
Nation, in the Promoting of a new War, or Disturbance
of the publick Peace; and for erecting of some such publick Court, as shall be thought sitting for that Purpose.
Resolved, That the Time for the Continuance of this
Act shall be till the Twenty-ninth of September next, and
Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of this
House, being Members of the Council of State, to bring
in an Act accordingly.