Die Martis, 25 Februarii, 1650.
ORDERED, That Mr. Say do take care of the
Bill for the Militia.
Major Salwey reports, A Letter from the Deputy General of Ireland, from Waterford in Ireland, of the Sevenand-twentieth Day of December 1650; with Propositions
approved of, and granted, by the Deputy General of Ireland, to Colonel Richard Lawrence, for the raising in
England, and transporting into Ireland, a Regiment of
Twelve hundred Foot Men, for the planting and guarding the City of Waterford, and Towns of Rosse and
Carwick, with other Places adjacent.
Which were this Day read, as followeth;
Propositions approved of, and granted, by the Deputy
General of Ireland, to Colonel Richard Lawrence,
for the raising in England, and transporting into
Ireland, a Regiment of Twelve hundred Foot Men,
for the planting and guarding the City of Waterford,
and Towns of Ross and Carwick, with other Places
I. Imprimis. That all Persons engaging, as aforesaid,
shall have appointed them, and be put into Possession of,
convenient Dwelling-houses, suitable to their Conditions, Families, and Callings, within the Walls and
Guards of the aforesaid Places; for which they shall
stand Tenants to the State, at reasonable Rents, not exceeding One Moiety of the Rent they were set for, before the Reducing of them; and shall hold the same by
Lease for Three Years or more: And, in case the State
should find Cause to put the said Houses to Sale, the said
Tenants shall have the first Resusal of them; and shall
be admitted Purchasers at Twelve-pence per Pound
cheaper than any other, with due Consideration for what
they shall disburse in the needful Repairing, or in Improving of them, to be either allowed them in their Purchase,
if they do purchase them; or repaid to them, if they do
not, from them that do: And, in such Cases, where the
Tenants are poor, and not able to purchase their Habitations, as aforesaid, they shall then have Liberty to sell
their Interest to any Friend, and with him to condition
for their own Continuance, or otherwise to their best Advantage, as they shall see good; provided they sell not
their Interest to any Enemy to the State, or Persons not
licensed to purchase Houses in such Places.
II. The said Persons shall have granted unto them the
Benefit and Privilege of a Corporation, together with
other English Protestants that are, or shall be, admitted
to inhabit in each of the said Places, respectively, with
all the Immunities, Privileges, and Liberties, usually belonging to such Corporation Towns, and not prejudicial
to the Commonwealth, or common Good of others.
III. All the Lands formerly belonging to the Inhabitants of the said Towns, and appurtenant to the Houses,
or lying within the Liberties thereof, or within Two
English Miles of the same, now in the State's Possession,
or liable to Sequestration, shall be assigned, and set apart,
for the Use and Occupation of the aforesaid Persons, and
others, that shall be admitted to dwell in them, as aforesaid, or of such of them as shall desire to employ their
Stock in Husbandry: Which Lands they shall hold and
enjoy from the State, upon the same Conditions they do
their Houses aforesaid, except in point of Rent; which
shall be according to what any Person permitted to inhabit, as aforesaid, will give; and to be free from other
Contribution, and Country Charges, except common
Charges for the Corporation; which shall be imposed and
taxed by and amongst themselves only.
IV. The said Persons shall not be put upon any Military
Service or Employment, without their voluntary Consent,
further than in Defence of themselves, and the Garisons
in which they shall live; for which Service they shall be
freed from Taxes and Contribution, as aforesaid, other
than the Rents to the State, for what they have within
the respective Towns and Liberties where they serve, and
other than the Customs and Excise (which no Member
of the Army is freed from): And for such of them as shall
do common Duty, in keeping Guards, and being upon
the Watch, when their Turn cometh (besides those forementioned Encouragements, as Inhabitants) they shall receive Pay, and other Encouragement, equal to any other
Soldiers undertaking the Service for Garrisons only: And
such as will engage as Soldiers, for all Services, shall have
equal Pay with any other Soldiers.
V. For such as are Persons of competent Estates, and
able to transport themselves at their own Charge, and to
employ and settle themselves in prositable Trades and
Callings, when they are landed, they must depend upon
their future Profits and Advantages, to answer their
Charge and Expences in the Removing and Transportation. But, for such others, who have little or nothing to
depend upon, more than their own Industry and Hand
Labour, after their Landing, and shall be willing to do
such Duty, as shall be necessary for the guarding and securing the Places in which they shall settle; they, or their
Officers, who shall be at Charge of their Conduct to the
Waterside, and Transportation into Ireland, as aforesaid,
shall receive the same Allowance at their Landing, towards
the same, which hath been, and now is, allowed to others,
for that Purpose, by the aforesaid Colonel Richard Lawrence, or his Assigns, not exceeding Twenty Shillings per
VI. That Care shall be taken to procure, or move the
Council of State, for their effectual Order to all Mayors,
Sheriffs, Constables, Justices of Peace, or Officers belonging to the Customhouses, in every Port Town in England,
to be aiding and assisting to the said Persons in the Pressing of Boats and Ships for the Transportation of Themselves, Families, and Goods, into Ireland; they paying
for the same the usual Rates: And that the said Persons
may be admitted to bring over their Houshold stuff,
Cloaths, Provisions, and other Necessaries, for their own
particular Use, and not for Merchandize, free from Customs and Excise, both in England and Ireland.
VII. That, if any Person shall bring over with them a
Servant or Servants, for the better Accommodation of
themselves, and Enabling of them to follow their Calling,
that no Officer, or other Person, be admitted to entertain
any such Person in the State's Service, or their own, for
such time as the Contract shall last betwixt the Master
and Servants: And the said Servants to be liable to the
same Punishments the Law of England doth inflict, in case
they shall leave or forsake their said Masters, without their
Consent and Licence, before the End of such Time as they
shall contract with them for.
These things I do agree to, and grant, so far as is or
shall be within my Power; and shall earnestly recommend them to the Parliament, or Council of
State, that, if they be approved of, the Parliament
would be pleased to confirm them.
Given at Kilkenny, December the Twelsth, 1650.
Resolved, That this House doth agree to the Substance
of the said Propositions.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That it be referred to the
Lord Deputy General of Ireland, and the Commissioners
of Parliament there, to take Care that the said Propositions be put in Execution; and that Care be had, that it
be with such Circumstances, and in such Manner, as may
be most for the Security, Service, and Advantage, of the
Commonwealth, and without Prejudice to the publick
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to
consider of these Propositions, how far the same are fit to
be made publick.
Ordered, That these Propositions, together with the
Votes of the Parliament thereupon, be printed and
Ordered, That the Commissioners for Compounding with
Delinquents be, and are hereby, impowered and required
forthwith to pay and satisfy unto Captain Lieutenant John
Mansell, or his Assigns, the Remainder of the Sum of
Six hundred and Twenty Pounds, due to him upon his
Debentures for his Arrears; as also, the Sum of Seventy
Pounds, due to him for attending of Duke Hamilton during his Imprisonment, and was ordered unto him out of
the Sequestrations of the County of Leicester: And the
Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Captain Lieutenant Maunsell, or his Assigns, shall be their sufficient
Discharge for the same.
The humble Petition of Colonel Ralph Harrison, Citizen
and Merchant of London, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the said Petition be recommended to
the Lords Ambassadors, now going to the Lords the States
General of the United Provinces, to take Care of it; and
to endeavour, that Justice may be done to the Petitioner
Mr. Say reports from the Committee of Obstructions,
The Draught of a Letter to be sent into the several Counties
of this Commonwealth, touching Liberty given to such as
have Debts owing upon the Publick Faith to double upon
Which was this Day read; viz.
"That it be reported to the House, as the Opinion of
this Committee, That Letters be sent to the several Sheriffs
of the several Counties of England and Wales, for the
Publishing of the late Act for Sale of Fee-farm Rents."
"That the Trustees and Contractors for Sale of the
said Fee-farm Rents be desired to prepare a Form of such
Letters; and present the same to this Committee: And
Mr. Menheire to acquaint the said Trustees and Contractors
with this Desire."
"The Parliament, intending to satisfy their just Debts,
as also to be supplied with a considerable Sum of Money
for the Carrying on of the publick Service, have resolved,
That Two hundred and Fifty thousand Pounds shall be
raised by doubling Publick Faith Monies, and other Monies admitted by the Parliament to be doubled, on the
Sale of the Fee-farm Rents. It is desired, that you give
publick Notice, in all the Market Towns within your
County, that the People which have Debts owing them
by the State, may, by Doubling, in ready Money, in convenient time, their said Debts, have due Satisfaction of the
whole Sum, by their Purchasing of Fee-farm Rents; which
by the Parliament are set to Sale, for the satisfying the
Ordered, by the Parliament, That the Trustees for the
Sale of Fee-farm Rents be authorized and required to write
Letters into the several Counties, thereby giving them
Notice, that such Persons as have Debts owing to them
upon the Publick Faith, are admitted to double the same,
upon Sale of the said Fee-farm Rents: And that the Sheriffs of the respective Counties do publish the said Letters,
in their respective Counties.
Major Salwey reports from the Council of State,
"That the Council, in pursuance of the Order of Parliament concerning their taking care to prevent Free Quarter,
by the Recruits and Forces marching into Ireland, have ordered, That, in all the Warrants whereby they are authorized to beat Drums for the raising those Recruits, and
for their March to the Place of their Transportation, there
is inserted this Clause; 'That they shall march directly
towards their Port, without any unnecessary Delay; and
that, in their March, they shall quarter in Inns and Alehouses only, and not in private Mens Houses, unless in Case
of Necessity, where there are not Inns or Alehouses upon
their March to quarter in; and, in case of such unavoidable Necessity, that they do agree with People where they
come to quarter, and duly pay for what they have:' And
Major Salwey is desired to make this Report with the first
Opportunity he can have: And that the Parliament, if
they think sit, will give Order, That the same may be
made publick for the better Satisfaction of the People."
Ordered, by the Parliament, That this Report be committed to Sir Henry Vane, Major Salwey, Sir Thomas
Wroth, Sir James Harrington, Colonel Rich, Mr. Pury,
Mr. Dove, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Ralegh, Sir John Bourcher,
Mr. Edwards, Major General Skippon, Mr. Aldworth; or
any Three of them: And all that come to have Voices:
And this Committee is to meet this Afternoon at Two of
the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber; and to report it to
the House To-morrow Morning: And Major Salwey is to
take care of it.
Embassy to Spaine.
Sir Arthur Hesilrig reports from the Council of State,
The Opinion of that Council, That One or more Ambassadors be sent into Spaine.
Resolved, by the Parliament, That One or more
Ambassadors be sent into Spaine.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Council of State,
to consider of fit Persons to be employed in this Ambassy;
and the Time; and to present their Opinion therein to
Embassy to Holland.
The House being informed, That the Lords appointed
to go from the Parliament Ambassadors to the States
General were at the Door, according to the Order of this
House, attending the Pleasure of the House;
They were called in; and came to the Clerk's Table,
being attended by the Serjeant at Arms, with his
And Mr. Speaker did there, by Command of the Parliament, deliver unto the said Lords Ambassadors their
Commission to be Ambassadors Extraordinary into the
Netherlands, their Instructions, and Letters of Credence
to the General Assembly of the High and Mighty Lords
the States General of the United Provinces, and also several
Letters of Credence to each of the Seven Provinces.
Which being received by the Lords Ambassadors;