House of Commons Journal Volume 7: 13 January 1655

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Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.

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Saturday, the 13th of January, 1654.


Settling the Government.

MR. Lechmere reports from the Committee to whom the Clause was referred Yesterday, upon the whole Debate of the House, several Clauses, to be added to the Bill for Declaring and Settling the Government: Which several Clauses were read the First and Second time.

The first Clause was taken into Debate: To which several Amendments being made; It was

Resolved, in these Words: "Provided that no Pardon extend to exempt any Counsellor of State, Judge, Officer, or other Minister of State, from being questioned or sentenced in Parliament, for Male Administration or Corruption in his Office or Employment, or from any Sentence or Judgment thereupon, or Execution thereof; nor shall extend to pardon any Person for Breach of Privilege of Parliament, or any other Sentence or Judgment in Parliament, or any Execution thereupon;" Which was ordered to be inserted in the Sixteenth Chapter in the Bill.

The other Clause, reported to be the last Article in the Bill, was taken into Debate.

Eodem Die, post Merid.

Settling the Government.

THE Question being put, That the Word "suspended" be put into this Clause, after the Word "repealed;"

The House was divided.

The Yeas went forth.

Colonel Jones, Tellers for the Yeas: 82.
Colonel Fitz-James, With the Yeas,
Sir Ralph Hare, Tellers for the Noes: 73.
Colonel Mathewes, With the Noes.

So it passed in the Affirmative.

And the main Question, so amended, being put; It was

Resolved, That the Articles herein contained, or any of them, shall not be altered, repealed, or suspended, without Consent of the Lord Protector, and the Parliament.

Resolved, That the House doth agree with the Committee, That this Clause, so amended, be put in the last Place in the Act.

The Question being put, That it be now referred to a Committee to consider of a Revenue, by the Customs, or otherwise, to be settled in this Act of Government: And to bring in their Report on Monday Morning;

The House was divided.

The Yeas went forth.

Sir Wm. Boteler, Tellers for the Noes: 65.
Sir Ralph Hare, With the Noes,
Lieut. Colonel Worsley, Tellers for the Yeas: 82.
Colonel Goff, With the Yeas,

So it was Resolved, That it be now referred to a Committee, to consider of a Revenue, by the Customs, or otherwise, to be settled in this Act of Government: and to bring in their Report on Monday Morning: Viz. to Mr. Lechmerc, Colonel Birch, Colonel Jones, Mr. Secretary, Mr. Strickland, Mr. Downing, Colonel Morley, Mr. Bainton, Mr. Attorney-General, Mr. Long, Mr. Bulkley, Mr. Beale; Lord Henry Cromwell, Mr. Holman, Lord Broghill, Major Beake, Major Hatsell, Mr. Grove, Colonel Montagu, Colonel Fines, Mr. Godfrey, Sir Charles Wolsley, Sir John Witterong, Sir Richard Onslow, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Hobart, Sir Wm. Boteler, Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, Mr. Gibbes, Lieutenant-Colonel Raines, Mr. Nicholl, Mr. Stevens, General Disbrow, CommissaryGeneral Whaley, Colonel Whetton, Colonel Mathewes, Mr. York, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Colonel Ireland, Mr. Alexander Thistlethwait, Colonel Rous, Colonel Clerk: And are to meet presently in the Speaker's Chamber.