Monday, Nov. 3. Colonel Shapcot reports from the Committee for prisoners, the case of three Portuguese, condemned
for murder, being servants to the late Portuguese Ambassador's brother, who was executed for the said murder; (fn. 1) it not
appearing that the said persons had a hand actually therein,
but only were present.
Ordered, that the said Committee do bring in a Bill for the
pardon of the three Portuguese.
That the Committee for Recusants do sit this afternoon;
and the members of this House, who are of that Committee,
are enjoined to attend the said business.
Tuesday 4. Notice being taken, that General Montague,
one of the Generals at sea, being lately returned from sea
with the Spanish prizes, was come into the House, he being
returned to be a member: it was
Resolved, that thanks be given from this House to General
Montague, (fn. 2) for his great and good services done for this
Commonwealth at sea.
Mr. Speaker did give him thanks accordingly.
Resolved, that the Lords Commissioners of the Great
Seal, the Chief Justice, Baron Parker, and the rest of the
members of this House that are in Westminster Hall, be
sent for, to attend the service of the House.
The Serjeant was sent, with the mace, accordingly.
Friday 14. Captain Baynes reported from the Committee
for excise and customs, the opinion of the said Committee.
Resolved, that the House doth agree with the Committee,
that the custom of Spanish wines be raised from 4l. 10s. to 6l.
the ton; the excise from 6l. to 9l. the ton.
Ordered, that the further debate on this report be adjourned tilt to-morrow morning.
Saturday 15. The House resumed the debate upon the
report from the Committee.
Resolved, that this House doth agree with the said Committee, that 3l. the ton excise, be also added to the 6l.
already imposed upon Spanish wines now in the vintners'
hands; and that the same be considered in the price of
That the customs upon raisins of the sun, be raised from
2s. the hundred weight, to 5s. the hundred weight; and that
the customs upon all other Spanish raisins be raised from
1s. 6d. the hundred weight to 3s. the hundred weight, provided that for so much of the said raisins as shall be exported again, all the customs be paid back, except 1s. the
hundred weight for raisins of the sun, and 9d. the hundred
weight for all other Spanish raisins.
That the excise of all tobacco of the English plantations,
be reduced from 3d. to 1d. the pound; and that thereupon,
no view or allowance be made for, or in respect of the said
That upon all Spanish wines, in the out-ports, 30s. more
shall be added to the custom formerly paid for such wines.
Ordered, that the Bill for restraining unnecessary suits
upon bonds or bills, be read on Friday morning next.
That Mr. Nathaniel Bacon, and Major Aston, be added to
the Committee for Nayler's business. (fn. 3)
Tuesday 18. Mr. Downing reported from the Committee
of Trade, amendments to the Bill for the exportation of
several commodities of the breed, growth, and manufactures
of this Commonwealth.
Resolved, that the House doth agree with this amendment,
that every gelding, that is transported by the natives, shall
pay 20s.; that every foreigner shall pay for every gelding, 30s.
Friday 21. Ordered, that the report from the Grand
Committee for religion, touching the false printing of the
Bibles, (fn. 4) be made on Saturday morning next.
Resolved, that no member of the House do remain in
the Committee Chambers, during the time of prayers.
Mr. Downing reported from the Committee for Trade, a
Bill giving liberty for transporting fish.
Saturday 22. An Act for settling the Cathedral, or College Church of Gloucester, upon the Mayor and Burgesses
of the City of Gloucester, and their successors, was this day
read a second time.
A Bill for settlement of a rent-charge of 100l. per annum,
to be issuing out of the manors and lands of Samuel Johnson,
Esq. for maintenance of 16 scholars, in several colleges, in
the University of Cambridge, in pursuance of the gift of
Robert Johnson, was read the second time.
The humble petition of the Doctors of the Civil. Law, on
behalf of themselves and their profession; was read and committed.
A Bill, entituled "An Act for taking away the Court of
Wards and Liveries," was this day read the third time, and
passed nemine contradicente.
Ordered; that this Bill be offered to his Highness the
Lord Protector, for his consent.
The House being informed, that Edward Ruddock, who
was arrested at the suit of William Pease, was at the door;
Being brought in, and examined, he saith: he is the servant (fn. 5) of Mr. Mason, a member of this House; and hath
been so three weeks. And thereupon withdrew.
Resolved, that Edward Ruddock, have his privilege, and
be discharged of the arrest.
Thursday 27. Mr. Drake reported, that the Committee
appointed for that purpose did, yesterday, attend his Highness, according to the order, to desire his Highness to appoint
a time for the House to present unto him some Bills which
have passed this House. And that his Highness hath ap
pointed this morning, about ten of the clock, for that purpose, to be in the Painted Chamber.
Ordered, that Colonel White do take care that the Fainted
Chamber, and the passage thither, be cleared; and no person
to come in but the members of the House, except such as
his Highness brings with him.
The Serjeant brings word, that Serjeant Dendy was at the
door with a message from his Highness. And, thereupon,
he was called in.
And, having made two obeisances to the House, when he
came into the middle of the House, with his mace in his
hand, he declared to Mr. Speaker, that he was commanded
by his Highness the Lord Protector, to let this House
know that his Highness is in the Painted Chamber, and
desires to speak with this honourable House. And thereupon
Which being done, Mr. Speaker, attended with the whole
House, the Clerk with the Bills in his hand, and the Serjeant
with his mace, going next and immediately before him, went
up to the Painted Chamber; where his Highness, attended
with the Lord President and the rest of the Council, the
Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal, the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, the Lord Chief Justice of the Upper
Bench, the Master of the Rolls, the Lord Chief Justice of
the Common Pleas, and the rest of the Judges, were expecting.
The Serjeant carried his mace upon his shoulder up to the
table; where was a chair set for the Speaker, and a form for
The Speaker addressed himself to his Highness, and gave
an account of the employment of the House during their
sitting; and that many Bills for the public good were upon
the anvil. Some were completed, whereof some public; of
which he made a particular relation.
The first he styled a Bill for the Parliament's preservation.
The second, a Bill for quieting the possession of the government. The third, a Bill of security to his Highness; and in
him, to every person in the nation. The fourth, an Act of
manumission. And the fifth an Act of *****. Other
Bills there were of private concernment to particular persons.
After which, the Clerk read the title of the first Bill,
which was presented, being intituled an Act that the passing
of Bills shall not determine this present session of Parliament.
Which Bill his Highness caused to be read; and upon
reading thereof, declared to the Clerk his consent to the
same, in these words, "We do consent." And, thereupon,
the Clerk made an entry thereof on the Bill, in these words,
"The Lord Protector doth-consent." And read the same.
Then the Clerk read the title of the next Bill: which was
an Act for renouncing and disannulling the pretended title of
Charles Stuart, &c. Which Bill his Highness commanded
to be read. Which was done accordingly; and his Highness's consent thereunto declared, entered, and published as
The titles of the rest of the public Bills, first, and then
the private Bills, were read. And to each of them his
Highness's consent thereunto declared, entered, and published
The Sergeant at Arms attending his Highness, and likewise the Sergeant attending the Parliament, stood all this
time with their maces on their shoulders. And, his Highness having made a short speech, the Speaker, with the rest
of the members, departed in the like order as they came
thither, to the Parliament House.
The Speaker made report to the House of the substance of
his Highness's speech, upon the passing of the Bills now presented.
Resolved that these public Bills be forthwith printed and
That his Highness the Lord Protector be desired to issue
a warrant to the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal, for
sending forth writs for proclaiming these five Acts of Parliament, in all the counties, cities, boroughs, and towns of
England, Scotland, and Ireland, and town of Berwick upon
Friday 28. Ordered, that a Committee be appointed to
prepare and bring in a Bill to prevent the election of delinquents, and ill-affected persons, to places of trust and power
That the Committee do, in this Bill, provide for the preventing men of scandalous lives and conversations, to be
elected officers in places of trust or power in Corporations;
and also, to displace such persons out of such places. (fn. 6)