Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Tuesday, the 7th of November, 1654.
ORDERED, That the Thanks of this House be given to Mr. Vines, for his great Pains taken in preaching before the Parliament, at Margarett's, Westminster, on the last Lord's Day, being the Fifth of November: And that he be desired to print his Sermon: And that he have the like Privilege in printing the same, as others in like Case have usually had.
Ordered, That the Thanks of this House be given to Mr. Manton, for his great Pains taken in preaching before the Parliament, at Margarett's, Westminster, on the last Lord's Day, being the Fifth of November: And that he be desired to print his Sermon: And that he have the like Privilege in printing the same, as others in like Cases have usually had.
Ld. Craven, &c.
Ordered, That the Council for the State do attend the Committee to whom the Petitions of the Lord Craven and Sir John Stawell are referred, on the Behalf of the Commonwealth, both in the Lord Craven's Case, and Sir John Stawell's Case.
Register of Bishops Lands.
Settling the Government.
RESOLVED, That the Supreme Legislative Authority of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the Dominions thereto belonging, is and doth reside in One Person, and the People assembled in Parliament; with this Declaration, That this Vote shall not be prejudicial to any further Debate or Resolution touching the Remainder of the Forty-two Articles.
Resolved, That Oliver Cromwell, Captain General of the Forces of England, Scotland, and Ireland, is, and shall be, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the Dominions thereunto belonging, for his Life.
While this was in Debate, Colonel Shapcott acquainted the House, that there is a printed Pamphlet scattered abroad, tending much to the Scandal of the said Colonel, to the Dishonour of the Lord Protector and of the Parliament: Which he delivered into the House; and was, by Command of the House, now read: And was intituled, The Speech of Colonel Shapcott a Knight of Devonshire.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Printing, to inquire after the Author, Printers, and Publishers of this Paper, and to suppress the same: With Power to the Committee, to send for, and secure, any Persons whom they conceive to be, or that shall appear to be, guilty of framing, contriving, printing, or publishing, the said Paper, until the same shall be examined, and reported to the House: And that the Quorum of that Committee be reduced to Five, as to the Dispatch of this Business.
Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this House do forthwith seize, or cause to be seized, all the printed Copies of the said Paper, intituled, The Speech of Colonel Shapcott Knight for Devonshire; and all such Persons as shall sell or publish the same; and to bring or cause such Persons to be brought, in safe Custody, to the Committee appointed to examine this Business.