Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Monday, December 26th, 1659.
ORDERED, That Colonel Alexander Popham, Colonel Thompson, Mr. Thomas Scot, Colonel John Okey, Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, Colonel Mathew Allured, and Colonel Henry Markham, or any Three of them, be and are hereby authorized and impowered to order, direct, and conduct the Forces of the Army, and all other Forces, and to command the same, for the Safety of the Parliament and this Commonwealth; and to suppress all Tumults, Insurrections, and Rebellions, and all such Forces, which shall oppose or resist the Commands of the Parliament; and to observe such Orders and Directions, as they shall receive from time to time, from the Parliament, or the Commissioners appointed by Authority of Parliament: And that this Power continue until the said Commissioners, appointed by Act of Parliament to command the Army, or any Three of them, shall come to London or Westminster: or until the Parliament shall take further Order.
Issue from Customs.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Customs do forthwith pay the Sum of One thousand Pounds unto Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, Mr. Weaver, Mr. Scot, and Mr. Josiah Barners, upon Accompt, for the Service of the Commonwealth.
Ordered, That the Care of the Government of the Tower be committed unto Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, Mr. Weaver, Mr. Scot, and Mr. Josiah Barners, until the Parliament take further Order: And that they, or any Two of them, be and are hereby impowered and authorized to give Order therein accordingly.