Die Veneris, 4 Octobris, 1650.
ORDERED, That the Door be shut till Twelve of
Letter read, &c.
Mr. Bond reports from the Council of State, a Letter
from the Lord General, from Edinburgh, of the Twentyfifth Day of September 1650.
Which was this Day read.
Ordered, That the said Letter, except the Clause touching Monies, be referred to the Committee of Obstructions; to take the same into Consideration, and present
their Opinions thereupon to the House.
Sir William Armyn reports from the Council of State,
Instructions for the Commissioners of the Parliament of
the Commonwealth of England, for the Ordering and
Settling of the Affairs of Ireland: Which Instructions the
said Commissioners, or the major Part of them present, are
to put in Execution; with the Advice and Approbation
of Oliver Cromwell, Lieutenant General and General
Governor of Ireland, and Henry Ireton, Deputy Governor
of Ireland, or of one of them;
Which was this Day read first at large, and afterwards
by Parts: And every Part being severally put to the
Question, were, with some Omissions and Amendments,
Instructions for Edmond Ludlow Esquire, Lieutenant
General of the Horse in Ireland, Miles Corbet Esquire
John Jones Esquire, and John Weaver Esquire,
Commissioners of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of England, for the Ordering and Settling of
the Affairs of Ireland: Which Instructions the said
Commissioners, or the major Part of them present,
are to put in Execution, with the Advice and Approbation of Oliver Cromwell, Lieutenant General
and General Governor of Ireland, and Henry Ireton,
Deputy General of Ireland, or of one of them.
I. FIRST, The said Commissioners are, as aforesaid, to
improve the Interest of the Commonwealth of England, in
the Dominion of Ireland, for the Advancement of Religion, and Propagation of the Gospel, in that Country;
and for Suppression of Idolatry, Popery, Superstition, and
Profaneness in that Land.
II. Secondly, The said Commissioners are, as aforesaid,
to give all due Encouragement to, and appoint competent
Maintenance for, all such Persons of pious Life and Conversation, as they shall find qualified with Gifts for the
Preaching of the Gospel, and Instructing of the People
there, in all Godliness and Honesty, by way of Stipend,
out of the publick Revenue.
III. Thirdly, the said Commissioners are, as aforesaid,
to cause to be put in effectual Execution all Laws, now in
Force, made against Papists, and Popish Recusants.
IV. Fourthly, the said Commissioners are, as aforesaid,
to consider of all due Ways and Means for the Advancement of Learning, and Training up of Youth in Piety and
Literature; and to promote the same, by Settling of
Maintenance upon fit Persons to be employed therein; so
far as they shall find the present State and Condition of
the Affairs of Ireland to admit.
V. Fifthly, The said Commissioners are, as aforesaid,
to cause the Acts, Ordinances, and Orders of Parliament,
now in Force, in this Commonwealth, against Delinquent
Malignant Pluralists, and scandalous Ministers, to be put
in Execution in Ireland.
VI. Sixthly, The said Commissioners are, as aforesaid,
to inform themselves what Course is held (for present) in
the Administration of Justice in Ireland; to consider
what is further to be done, for the Settling and Establishment thereof in the several Provinces there, that the
People may enjoy their Properties, Planters may be encouraged, and the Inhabitants governed according to the
Laws and Constitutions of England; so far as the present
Constitution of the Country will admit; and to certify
their Opinions herein to the Parliament, with all convenient Speed; and, in the mean time to take care that
Justice be administred.
VII. Seventhly, The said Commissioners are, as aforesaid, to take care that no Popish, Malignant, or other
Delinquent Persons, be intrusted with, or employed in,
the Administration of the Laws, or Execution of Justice;
nor be permitted directly, or indirectly, by themselves,
or others, to practice as Counsellors at Law, Attornies or
Solicitors, nor to keep Schools for the training up of
Youth, or be continued or employed in the Execution of
any Place or Office of Trust.
VIII. Eighthly, The said Commissioners are, as aforesaid, to inform themselves of the State of the ancient
Revenue, and all the Profits of forfeited Lands; and to
cause all Forfeitures and Escheats to be improved for the
best Advantage of the Commonwealth of England; and
to cause all Acts, Ordinances, and Orders of Parliament,
now in Force, in this Commonwealth, for Sequestring of
Delinquents and Papists Estates, and of the Estates of
Archbishops, Bishops, Deans, and Chapters, &c. to be
put in Execution in Ireland.
IX. Ninthly, That, in order to the Improving and
Settling of a competent Revenue there, for the Ends and
Uses aforesaid, the said Commissioners are, as aforesaid,
impowered to set and let all such Lands, Houses, and
other Hereditaments whatsoever, in Ireland, as are in the
Disposal of the Parliament of England; as also the Rents,
Issues, and Profits, of all Ecclesiastical Benefices of such
Ministers as shall be ejected; and of all such other Ecclesiastical Promotions and Benefices, as are, or shall become
vacant, and not otherwise disposed of by Act or Order of
Parliament; for such Time, or Terms of Years, not exceeding Seven Years, and at and under such Rents, or other
Conditions, as they shall conceive to be most for the publick
X. Tenthly, the said Commissioners are, as aforesaid,
to settle the Excise and Customs in all Places in Ireland,
according to the Rates now settled in this Commonwealth;
and to advance the said Rates, or set new Rates upon
such Commodities in Ireland, as they shall conceive may
bear Advancement or Imposition, without Prejudice to
XI. Eleventhly, The said Commissioners are, as aforesaid, to inform themselves in what manner the Treasury
of that Dominion hath been managed, as to its Receipts
and Issues; and of the Persons intrusted concerning the
same; to consider how for the future there may be
established one Grand Treasurer in Ireland; what Person
or Persons are fitting to be employed to supply the Place
of Treasurer of all such Monies as are or shall be received; and also of fit Persons to supply all other Offices
incident to the said Treasury; and what Salaries or Allowance are fit to be settled upon them respectively; and
to certify the same to the Parliament; and in the mean
time to take care that the same may be managed for the
best Advantage of the State.
XII. Twelfthly, the said Commissioners are, as aforesaid, to take care that the publick Stores in Ireland be not
imbezelled, or unnecessarily wasted: And that due Accounts be kept thereof, and from time to time returned to
the Grand Treasury; there to remain, and be placed to
the respective proper Accounts.
XIII. Thirteenthly, That the said Commissioners are,
as aforesaid, impowered to sit and vote at Councils of
War, as often as they shall conceive it fit, in order to the
equal Distribution and Regulation of Quarters for the
Standing Forces in Ireland, and for the better Settlement
of the Affairs there, relating to the said Forces, for publick
XIV. Fourteenthly, That the said Commissioners are, as
aforesaid, to consider of all due Ways and Means for the
Lessening of the publick Charge of the Commonwealth,
and reducing of the same, as well by disbanding of such
forces in Ireland, as they shall find to be supernumerary
or needless, or demolishing of Castles and Garisons, as
by Moderating and Regulating the present Establishment
of the Pay for the said Forces; and likewise by taking
away all other superfluous Charge, of what kind soever,
wherewith the publick Revenue is charged; and to put
the same in Execution, so far as they shall find it may stand
with publick Safety and Advantage.
XV. Fifteenthly, the said Commissioners are, as aforesaid, to appoint and commissionate Officers, and such
other Persons as they shall conceive necessary, for the putting in Execution of all and every of these Instructions;
and to allow them sitting Salaries for the same; and, from
time to time, to displace such of the said Persons, or any
other Persons employed in the Civil Affairs in Ireland, as
they shall find useless, or not faithful in the Discharge of
XVI. Sixteenthly, That all Warrants, that relate to
the Payment of the Army, either in Money or Provisions,
or for other incident Charges, concerning the War; and
likewise all Warrants, for the issuing Ammunition out of
the Publick Stores; issue by Warrant from the Lieutenant
of Ireland, or the Deputy, for the Time being, upon the
Place, as formerly: And that all other Warrants for Issuing
of Moneys, relating to Affairs committed by these Instructions to the said Commissioners Care and Management,
issue from the said Commissioners or the major Part of
XVII. Seventeenthly, That the said Commissioners
have Power and Authority to exercise, and put in Execution, in Ireland, all and every the Powers and Authorities given or committed unto the Committee of Parliament, for Indemnity, by an Ordinance or Act of Parliament.
XVIII. Eighteenthly, The said Commissioners are,
upon all Occasions, to certify their Proceedings, and
what Obstructions they meet with in the Execution of
the Premises, to the Parliament, or Council of State; to
the end fitting Means may be used, for Removing of
Impediments, and Supply of Power, as there shall be
Resolved, That, at the Rising of the House, the House
do adjourn to Wednesday next, at Eight of Clock.
Ordered, That the Door be shut till One of Clock.
Sir Wm. Armyn also reports from the Council of State;
Mr. Salwey, and Mr. Weaver, to go into Ireland: That
the Parliament will take into their Consideration, what
Allowance is fit to be made unto those, who are employed
as Commissioners into Ireland: And that they will appoint,
a certain Place, where such Allowance, as they shall appoint,
may be paid.
Resolved, That Richard Salwey Esquire, a Member of
this House, be one of the Commissioners to be sent into
Resolved, That John Weaver Esquire be one other of
the Commissioners to be sent into Ireland.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State,
to consider what fit Allowance shall be made to the Commissioners to go into Ireland, and out of what the said
Allowance shall be made; and report their Opinions
therein to the House.
The House adjourned itself until Wednesday Morning
next, Eight of Clock, according to the former