House of Commons Journal Volume 7: 1 October 1656

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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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Wednesday, the 1st of October, 1656.

Security of Protector's Person.

MAJOR General Goff reports from the Committee, to whom the Bill, intituled, An Act for Security of his Highness the Lord Protector his Person, and Continuance of the Nation in Peace and Safety, is referred, That they conceive it requisite, that not only a Commission be issued for England, as is in the Bill committed, but the like into Scotland, and the like into Ireland; but desire the Direction of the House, before they further proceed in it.

Resolved, That the said Committee be impowered to bring in an Amendment in that Bill for the like Commissions to issue into Scotland and Ireland.

Sequestered Parsonages, &c.

Bill for the quiet enjoying of sequestered Parsonages and Vicarages, by the present Incumbent, was this Day the First time read.

Resolved, That this Bill be read the Second time Tomorrow Morning.

York Writ.

Ordered, That whereas Mr. Speaker was elected and returned to serve as a Knight for the County of Northumberland, and as a Citizen for the City of York; and hath made his Choice to serve for the County of Northumberland, and waves his Election for the City of York; It is

Ordered, That a Warrant do issue, to require the Clerk of the Commonwealth in Chancery, to issue forth a Writ for Election of another Citizen for the City of York, instead of Mr. Speaker; being Sir Thomas Widdrington, Serjeant at Law.

Manner of Address, &c.

The Lord Chief Justice Glyn reports from the Committee, to whom it was referred to consider of the Manner of Address, with Bills, to his Highness, the Opinion of the Commitee, in several Resolutions of theirs: Which were read.

And the Report being put to the Question, by Parts; It was

Resolved, That a Copy shall be made of every Bill that shall pass in the House; which Copy shall be carefully examined by the Clerk of the House, with the Original, and signed by him: And that the Speaker, with the whole House, shall attend his Highness; where the Speaker, in the Name of the House, shall present the Bills to his Highness, for his Consent: And the Clerk of the Parliament shall read the Titling of the Act; and, if the Lord Protector require it, the Clerk to read the Bill: And then the Speaker shall deliver to his Highness the Copy.

Resolved, That the Place of Meeting, to pass the Bills, shall be the Painted Chamber.

Resolved, That, when the Lord Protector shall pass a Bill, the Form of Words to be used shall be these, "The Lord Protector doth consent:" Which Words shall be Entered (fn. 1) upon the Bill.

The Question being propounded, That the Lord Protector may require such Officers of State to attend him at the Time of presenting and passing Bills, as his Highness shall think fit:

And the Question being put, That these Words, "the Judges and," be inserted into that Question;

It passed in the Affirmative.

And the main Question being put; It was

Resolved, That the Lord Protector may require the Judges, and such Officers of State to attend him at the Time of presenting and passing of Bills, as his Highness shall think fit.

Ordered, That it be referred back to the same Committee, to consider what Words are fit to be used, when a Bill is first passed by this House; and to be indorsed by the Clerk thereupon: And how Notice shall be given to the House, when his Highness comes to pass Bills: And likewise what Words shall be used, when, in case the Lord Protector shall not consent in Twenty Days, a Bill is to become a Law: And how Bills may be passed, in case of the Lord Protector's Sickness, or Absence: And to report their Opinion therein to the House.

War with Spain.

The House resumed the Debate adjourned Yesterday.

Resolved, upon the Question, by the Parliament, Nemine contradicente, That the Parliament doth declare the War against the Spaniard was undertaken upon just and necessary Grounds, and for the Good of the People of this Commonwealth: And the Parliament doth approve thereof; and will, by God's Blessing, assist his Highness therein.

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to prepare a Declaration, to shew the Justice of this War, and the Necessity of carrying it on; viz. Lord Lambert, Lord Commissioner Fiennes, Sir Charles Woolsley, Mr. Secretary, Lord Commissioner Lisle, Lord Broghill, Mr. Robinson; or any Three of them.

Resolved, That Friday next be appointed to take into Consideration the Manner of carrying on the Spanish War, and the Business of Assistance therein.

Resolved, That the Lord Lambert be desired to acquaint his Highness herewith.


Resolved, That the Bill for Copyholds be read the Second time To-morrow Morning.


  • 1. The Word "Entered" was inserted, instead of the Word "indorsed;" And this Notice is written against it in the Margin: "Amended by Order, upon the Question, the 20th of November 1656."