Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 6, 1648-1651. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Mercurii, 20 Februarii, 1649.
Representation and Elections.
Council of State.
And these Four Members opened each Paper; and caused the Clerk to read each Name distinctly, and to write down each Name in a several Column; and as often as any Name was repeated, the Clerk did write down a Figure under that Name: And, all the Names being read, the Earl of Salisbury reports from the said Four Members, That there are, in the said Papers, these Five Persons, who have the greatest Number of Subscriptions; viz.
|Mr. Thomas Challener||60|
|Mr. John Gurdon||59|
|Mr. Herbert Morley||37|
|Sir Henry Vane senior||35|
|Earl of Pembroke||31|
|Sir Peter Wentworth||27|
|The Lord Howard||25|
|Colonel Ludlow,||Tellers for the Noes:||54.|
|Colonel Marten,||With the Noes,|
|Sir Wm. Armyn,||Tellers for the Yeas:||44.|
|Sir John Trevor,||With the Yeas,|
Ordered, That the Five Persons, now nominated of the Council of State for the Year ensuing, do take one or both of the Tests formerly taken by the Council of State, before they sit as Members of the Council of State.
Resolved, upon the Question, by the Parliament, That the Parliament doth declare, That Thomas Lord Fairefax, General of the Parliament Forces, having taken and subscribed the Engagement appointed for the Members of the Council of State; viz. "I A. B. being nominated a Member of the Council of State by this present Parliament, do testify, That I do adhere to this present Parliament, in the Maintenance and Defence of the publick Liberty and Freedom of this Nation, as it is now declared by this Parliament, by whose Authority I am constituted a Member of the said Council; and in the Maintenance and Defence of their Resolutions, concerning the Settling of the Government of this Nation for . . . future, in the Way of a Republick, without King, or House of Peers: And I do promise, in the Sight of God, that, through his Grace, I will be faithful in Performance of the Trust committed to me, as aforesaid, and therein faithfully pursue the Instructions given to the said Council by this present Parliament: In Confirmation of the Premises, I have hereunto subscribed my Name;" his said Taking and Subscribing is a Taking of the Engagement within the Act of Parliament, intituled, An Act for taking the Engagement.
Resolved, That Mr. Speaker do send this Vote to the General, in a Letter; and return unto him the hearty Thanks of this House, for his great Care, in causing the Orders to be put in Execution, touching the taking the Engagement by the Army and Garisons, and Returns of these Subscriptions.