Die Veneris, 21 Februarii, 1650.
Embassy to Holland.
ORDERED, That the Ambassadors do attend the
Parliament, on Tuesday next, at Eleven of Clock,
to receive their Commission, Letters of Credence, and
Instructions, in the House.
Stores and Magazines.
Mr. Holland reports from the Council of State, the
Resolution of the Committee touching the Stores and
Resolved, That the Stores and Magazines of all Military Provisions, both for Sea and Land Service, shall be
provided, ordered, and disposed, by the Council of State
according to the former Powers to them given, as they
shall from time to time direct, until the Parliament shall
take further Order.
Oaths for Persons under Council.
Mr. Say reports from the Council of State, the Form
of Two Oaths, . . . to be administered to Mr. Frost the
Secretary of that Council; and the other to be administered to such as the Council shall employ under them;
viz. as followeth:
"That the Draught of the Oath, here read, be reported
to the House; to be given to Mr. Frost, the Secretary of
the Council, if the Parliament think fit; viz.
"I Gualter Frost, being by Order of Parliament appointed Secretary to the Council of State for the Year
ensuing, do promise, in the Sight of God, through his
Grace, I will be faithful in the Trust committed to me;
and not reveal or disclose any thing, in Whole or in Part,
directly or indirectly, that shall be debated or resolved
upon in the Council, and ordered to be kept secret by
the said Council, without the Command, Directions, or
Allowance of the Parliament, or Council."
"That the other Draught of an Oath, to be tendered to
such as the Council shall employ under them, be reported
also to the Parliament, for their Approbation and Order,
to tender it, if the Parliament shall so think sit; viz."
"I A. B. do promise, in the Sight of God, that I will
be true and faithful in the Trust committed to me, in
my Employment under the Council of State: And that
I will not reveal or disclose any thing, in Whole or in
Part, directly or indirectly, that shall be debated or resolved upon in the Council, and ordered to be kept secret
by the said Council, without the Command, Directions, or
Allowance, of the Parliament or Council."
Resolved, That the Parliament doth approve of the
said Oaths to be administered to the Secretary of the Council of State, and to such other Officers belonging to the
said Council of State, as the said Council shall think sit.
Resolved, That the said Council, or any Three of them,
shall be, and are hereby, impowered and authorized to
administer the said Oath to the Persons accordingly.
A Pardon for pardoning Wm. Fletcher, and Edward
Fletcher, convicted in the County of Northumberland, for
Stealing of Cattle; and for Pardoning of Edward Hall,
convicted in the County of York, for stealing a Gelding;
and of Thomas Clark, convicted for stealing a Horse, in
the County of York, was this Day read; and, upon the
Question, assented unto: And
It is Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners of the
Great Seal of England be, and are hereby, impowered
and authorized to pass the same under the Great Seal of
A Pardon for Pardoning of Wm. Joice, convicted for
stealing a Gelding, in the County of Northampton; and
of Anthony Cooper Clerk, convicted for stealing a Gelding;
and of Ann Gill, convicted in the County of Nottingham,
for having Two Husbands; and of Alice Dorbaggs, convicted in the County of Lincoln, for Burglary; was this
Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto: And
It is Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners for the
Great Seal of England be, and are hereby impowered and
authorized to pass the same under the said Great Seal,
A Pardon for Pardoning of Robert Ridgway, Wm.
Ireland, Henry Wilmore, Wm. Spicer, John Baldwin,
Robert Tayler, and Wm. Windham, was this Day read;
and, upon the Question, assented unto: And
It is Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners for the
Great Seal of England be, and are hereby, impowered and
authorized to pass the same, under the said Great Seal
Generals at Sea.
Ordered, That an Act be brought in for continuing
Colonel Popham, Colonel Deane, and Colonel Blake, Generals of the Forces at Sea, for another Year, from the
Determination of their former Commissions: And that
Mr. Lechmere do prepare and bring in the same forthwith.
A Pardon for Pardoning of John Genoa and Richard
Bradocks, was this Day read.
The Question being put, That this House doth agree
to the Pardon unto Richard Braddocks, and John Genoa,
for the Murder of Watkin Prees, of Glasbury, &c.;
The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.
||Tellers for the Yeas:
||With the Yeas,
Major General Harrison,
||Tellers for the Noes:
||With the Noes,
So it was Resolved, That this House doth agree to the
Pardon unto Richard Braddocks, and John Genoa, for
the Murder of Watkin Prees, of Glasbury: whereof they
were indicted and convicted at Presteyn in the County
of Radnor: And that the Lords Commissioners for the
Great Seal of England be authorized and required to
pass the same under the said Great Seal accordingly.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the Adjutants
General be taken into Consideration on Wednesday next.
The House resumed the Debate upon the Amendments
to the Act for Sale of the Lands of several Delinquents.
Mr. Garland reports from the Committee, a Proviso
to the said Act, in these Words; "Provided always, and
be it further Enacted, That all and every Person or Persons, that shall make it appear unto the Committee in
this Act named, That their Contract and Conveyance
in pursuance thereof, were bona fide made and executed
before any open Fact of Treason, by any of the Traitors
in this Act named; the said Contract and Conveyance
thereupon shall be allowed good and effectual to such
Person or Persons, their Heirs and Assigns, to all Intents
and Purposes, according to the Tenor thereof; any thing
in this Act to the contrary in anywise notwithstanding."
Which was twice read.
Ordered, That this Proviso be re-committed to Sir
Henry Vane, Mr. Garland, Mr. Martyn, Sir James Harrington, Mr. Robinson: Who are forthwith to withdraw;
and to bring it in forthwith.
The humble Petition of Sir James Stonehowse Baronet,
was this Day read.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom the said Proviso was committed, do meet this Afternoon, in the
Speaker's Chamber; and so de die in diem: And that
they bring in the same on Tuesday Morning next: And
that Major Salwey be added to that Committee.
A Proviso was tendered to the said Act, "That nothing
in this Act contained shall extend to take away the Benefit of any Mortgage, Statute, Recognizance, Judgment,
or other legal Incumbrance, to which any the Honours,
Manors, Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments, in this
Act contained, were subject or liable before the Day
of 1640; but that all Person and Persons claiming,
or to claim, by or under any such Mortgage, Statute,
Recognizance, Judgment, or other legal Incumbrance
or Incumbrances, shall, before the Committee of Obstructions for Sale of Dean and Chapters Lands, or any
Five or more of them, within Days after the passing
this Act, make such legal Incumbrance or Incumbrances
to appear: Which said Committee, or any Five or more
of them, are hereby authorized to examine Witnesses
upon Oath; and, by all other good Ways and Means to
discover what the Truth of such legal Incumbrances are,
and what is due upon every such Incumbrance or Incumbrances in Law and Equity; and to set out of every
such Delinquent's Estate, liable to such Incumbrance or
Incumbrances, a sit and just Proportion for Satisfaction
of the said true Debt, without Penalty or Forfeiture:
Which Proportion so set out shall be enjoyed by the
Party or Parties to whom the same shall be so set out of
such Estate and Estates, as by Five or more of the said
Committee shall be thought fit, so as the same be entered
before the Trustees for the Sale of the said Delinquents
Estates, or enrolled in Chancery, before the Day of
next ensuing the Passing of this Act."
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee to whom
the said Proviso is referred, to consider also of Judgments, Statutes, and Recognizances, amongst other Conveyances and Assurances.
Ordered, That this Debate be adjourned until Tuesday
Morning next, Eight of Clock.
Ordered, That the Reports from Goldsmiths Hall be
made on Tuesday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Bill for making Iron be reported on
Thursday Morning next.
Ordered, That the Bill for making the River of Wye
navigable, be read on Wednesday Morning next.
Mr. John Corbett reports from the Committee of Obstructions, The Resolutions of the said Committee, touching Obstructions in allowing of Debentures; viz.
"That the Trustees allow of no Debentures, but such
only as are chargeable upon the Security of the Lands of
the late King, Queen, and Prince."
That in all such Debentures, as the Auditors at
Worcester House do certify to the Trustees for Sale of
the Honours, &c. of the late King, Queen, and Prince,
that the said Auditors do observe such Form in their said
Debentures, as the Committee for the Army used to do;
viz. to charge the said Debentures upon such Security as
is already given by Parliament."
"That such Debentures as shall be given out by the said
Auditors, not being chargeable upon the Security of the
said Lands, that the said Debentures be not charged by
the said Auditors upon any Security till the Parliament
give further Order."
And also reports an Expedient to remove the said
Which were this Day read; viz.
By the Trustees for Sale of the late King's Lands, &c.
and the Auditors for the Accompts of the Soldiery.
WHEREAS the said Trustees do not apprehend
themselves sufficiently authorized to give Debentures,
in Nature of Bonds, charged upon the Security of the
said Lands, upon such Debentures as are assigned by the
said Auditors, in pursuance of the Acts of Parliament
28 Maii and 23 Novembris 1649, unless the said
Auditors do certify (with such Debentures), that the
Arrears therein mentioned are chargeable upon the said
Security; which the said Trustees do apprehend the said
Auditors ought to do: And the said Auditors conceive
they are not impowered, by either of the said Acts, to
determine of the Security; but only to state Accompts,
and give Debentures; but that the Power of determining
who are to have the Security, is vested only in the said
Trustees; by means of which different Understandings
of the said Acts, the said Trustees allowing of the said
Debentures signed by the said Auditors, and giving Security thereupon, is wholly obstructed: Yet, forasinuch
as it is verily believed, both by the said Trustees and
Auditors, that the Arrears of all such Officers and Soldiers
as are certified by their Superior Officers (under their
Hands and Seals) to the said Auditors to be within the
First and Second Lists mentioned in the said Act of
28 Maii 1649, and also the Arrears of all Officers and
Soldiers engaged for Ireland, in the late Expedition, are
intended by the Parliament to be within the said Security;
but not so clearly expressed, as to warrant the Applying
of the Security:
In Obedience to the Direction of this honourable
Committee, the said Trustees and Auditors do humbly
propose, as an Expedient for Removal of the said Obstruction,
That the Parliament would declare, That the said Trustees may give the said Security upon all such Debentures
of the said Officers and Soldiers, as shall be signed by the
said Auditors, or any Three or more of them, in pursuance of the said Act, and marked as well in the Margents of the said Debentures, as in the Duplicates thereof,
to be transmitted by the said Auditors, to the said Trustees
with "L. 1," and "L. 2," signifying, List First, and List
Second, or the Word "Ireland," signifying, that such are
the Debentures of those who are certified by their superior Officers, in Lists under their Hands and Seals, according to the said Act of Parliament of 28 Maii 1649,
to have been in the Parliament's Service at the Time of
disbanding Supernumeraries 1647; or engaged for the
Service of Ireland: And that all such Persons, and their
Assigns, be likewise declared to have the said Security
All which they humbly submit to the grave Consideration of the said honourable Committee.
Ordered, That it be recommended to the said Committee, to present their Opinion therein to the Parliament:
and to bring in an Act accordingly, to be presented to