In turning over the Journals of the House of Coms in the time of Oliver Cromwell, it was with very singular satisfaction, that I found, that the first Idea that ever existed in this Country of encouraging the growth of Corn by allowing & encouraging the Importation of it, originated from my Great-Grandfather, as appears from the appointment of the Commee on 6th Octr 1654, & from the report on the 27th Octr. – This gentleman, who is here & in several other parts of the Journal, call'd Captn. Hatsell, was a Country-Gentleman, who liv'd at Saltram, at the House which is now Mr Parker's; His Father, as I have heard, was a considerable Clothier in Devonshire; Captn. Hatsell enter'd eagerly into Cromwell's Party, & in this Parliament which met on the 3d Septr 1654, was one of eleven Knights of the Shire elected from the County of Devon; In the Parliament, which met on 17th Septr. 1656, he was again return'd for the County, & in Richard's Parlt. which met on 27th Jany 1658, he was return'd for Tavistock & Plympton, & on 11th March made his election for Plympton. His name appears very frequently in the Journals, as taking a very active part in all the transactions of that time, But in none, that do him so much honour, as the proposal abovemention'd, & which was the cause of my introducing his name here.