Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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ON the 3d Day of September 1654, being the Day whereon the Parliament was, by Writ, summoned to meet, the same being the Lord's Day; divers Members met at the Abbey Church in Westminster, at the Sermons there:
And, after a while, a Message was brought, That his Highness the Lord Protector was come to the Painted Chamber, and desired the Presence of the Members: Who thereupon went from the House to the Painted Chamber:
That this being the Lord's Day, which was not to be taken up in Ceremonies, his Highness desired them to meet at the Abbey To-morrow at Nine of the Clock, at the Sermon; and from thence to come again unto the Painted Chamber, where he would communicate unto them some things, which he held necessary for the Good of the Commonwealth.