Die Veneris, 15 Februarii, 1649.
A COMMISSION, in pursuance of the Act for
providing Maintenance for preaching Ministers, and
other pious Uses, was this Day read; and, with some
Amendments at the Table, was, upon the Question,
Resolved, That the Lords Commissioners for the Great
Seal of England be authorized and required to issue several
Commissions in this Form, under the said Great Seal,
into the several Counties within England and Wales.
Ordered, That the Members of this House be required
to present, unto the Lords Commissioners for the Great
Seal, the Names of Persons to be Commissioners in this
Commission for the respective Counties for which they
serve: And that they do the same by This-day-sevennight: And, in case that Names be not presented for any
County, that then the Commissions be issued to those
Persons who are named Commissioners for that County in
the last Act for the last monthly Assessment.
Propagating the Gospel.
Mr. Say reports from the Committee, Amendments
to the Bill for the better Propagation and Preaching of
the Gospel, together with the Names of Commissioners
and Ministers to be inserted into the Act: Which were
Ordered, That Colonel Harrison, Colonel Philip Jones,
Colonel John Jones, Sir John Trevor, and Mr. Henry
Herbert, be added to the Commissioners in the said Act.
And the Amendments, being put to the Question,
passed; and the Bill ordered to be ingrossed, and brought
Ordered, That the Committee to whom the Petition
for the County of Wiltes was referred, do bring in the
like Bill for Advancement of the Gospel in the County
of Wiltes, This-day-sevennight.
Bill for the Preaching of the Gospel in the City of
Bristoll, and Maintenance of Ministers there, was this Day
read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question,
committed to Sir Wm. Allenson, Mr. Aldworth, Mr.
Dove, Colonel Ven, Alderman Allen, Mr. Hodges, Sir
John Bourchier, Colonel Harrison, Colonel Jones, Mr.
Leman, Colonel Purefoy, Mr. Snelling, Mr. Robert Goodwyn, Colonel Fielder, Sir Arthur Hesilrige, Mr. Lister,
Mr. Trenchard, Colonel Bossevile, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Richard Darley, Mr. Scott; or any Five of them: And
this Committee is to meet in the Exchequer Chamber, at
Two of the Clock this Afternoon.
Resolved, That Sir Arthur Hesilrige do bring in a Bill
for settling Ministers in the Northern Counties, This-day
sevennight, the first Business.
Resolved, That Mr. Snelling do bring in a Bill for the
Preaching of the Gospel, and the Maintenance of preaching Ministers, in Southwark, on This-day-sevennight.
Invalid Soldiers, &c.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Three thousand
maimed Soldiers, and Widows whose Husbands were slain
in the Parliament's Service, and the Certificate annexed,
be referred to the Committee of the Army; to consider
thereof; and, upon the whole Business, report their Opinion to the House.
Payment into Weavers Hall.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Goldsmiths Hall, to consider of the Payment of the Five thousand Pounds, Residue of the Eleven thousand Pounds,
which was to be paid in to Weavers Hall, directed by an
Order of the Twenty-fifth of January instant to be paid,
in Course, from the Time the said Eleven thousand Pounds
was ordered to be paid in to Weavers Hall; and to state
the Matter of Fact to the House.
Incest and Adultery.
Colonel Fielder reports Amendments to the Act for
suppressing Incest, Adultery, and Fornication: Which
were this Day read the First time.
Resolved, That the Amendment, in these Words, in
the First Page, in the One-and-twentieth Line, after the
Word "Felony;" viz. "without Benefit of Clergy;"
be added in the said Act.
Ordered, That the said Act be recommitted to the
same Committee: And that they meet To-morrow in the
Afternoon; and report the same on Friday, next after the
Bill for settling Ministers in the Northern Counties.
Sir Henry Mildmay reports from the Council of State,
That there hath been Two of the Officers of this Council
slain, while they were about the Execution of a Warrant
of this Council, for the Apprehension of a Malefactor,
and one other wounded; and all these by a Dagger: And
that the Council, making Inquiry thereinto, do find the
Use of Daggers and Pocket Pistols to grow very common, and the Danger thereby too great:- To desire the
House to consider of a Way for to prevent that Mischief,
by forbidding the Making, or the Use, of Daggers, Stillettoes, or Pocket Pistols: That the Parliament be desired, in order to their own Safety, to take into their Consideration the Passing of the Two Bills about putting Malignants out of this Town, and confining Malignants;
and That also for the Relief of oppressed Tenants against
Ordered, That an Act be brought in, for suppressing
the Making or Wearing of Pocket Daggers or Pistols,
Stillettoes, or other Weapons of that Nature.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Mildmay and Mr. Love do
bring in an Act accordingly.