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 20th of December, 1654.
Settling the Government.
The Question being propounded, That any Lord Protector, dying in the Intervals of Parliament, and full Six Weeks before any Summons shall be issued forth for the Calling of the next Parliament, the Council, or the major Part of them assembled, shall, immediately, and before they shall proceed to the Election of a Lord Protector, issue their Warrant to the Commissioners or Keep . . . of the Great Seal for the Time being, requiring them forthwith, to send Writs for Summons for the Calling of a Parliament; which Writ shall be in the Name of the former Lord Protector; and shall bear Teste in the Name of such former Lord Protector: And such Parliament shall meet at such convenient Place, as shall be appointed by the said Council in such their Warrant; and shall end before the Sitting of the succeeding Triennial Parliament; any thing to the contrary therein contained notwithstanding.
Resolved, That no Writs of Summons to any Parliament, nor any other Writs, Process, Patents, Commissions, nor any Proceedings in Law or Justice, shall be discontinued, or made void, by the Death of any Lord Protector.
Resolved, That all Writs, Process, Patents, Commissions, and Proceedings in Law or Justice, issuing forth, or being after any succeeding Lord Protector shall be elected and sworn, shall issue forth, and be in the Name of such Lord Protector; and are hereby declared to be of full Force in Law, to all Intents and Purposes: And that all former Writs, Process, Patents, Commissions, Offices, and Officers, shall continue and be in as full Force, as they should have been, if the said former Protector had been still living.
The Question being propounded, That, after the Death of any Lord Protector, and until the next Lord Protector shall be elected and sworn, the Council shall take Care of the Government, and administer in all things as fully as the Lord Protector, or the Lord Protector and Council, are enabled to do;
Resolved, That, after the Death of any Lord Protector, and until the next Lord Protector shall be elected and sworn, the Council shall take Care of the Government, and administer in all things as fully as the Lord Protector, or the Lord Protector and Council are enabled to do.
Ordered, That it be referred to the same Committee who brought in this Report, to consider and prepare a Clause to be inserted in the Bill, for Repealing of all Laws contrary to this Government: And Mr. Long, Mr. Attorney-General, and all the Gentlemen of the Long Robe, being Members of this House, are added to this Committee.
AN Act for an Assessment for Three Months, at the Rate of Sixty thousand Pounds by the Month, to commence the Five-and-twentieth Day of December One thousand Six hundred Fifty-and-four, and ending the Fiveand-twentieth Day of March One thousand Six hundred Fifty-and-five, was this Day read the Third time.
A Clause was offered in Parchment, to be added, in these Words; viz. "For the City of Bath, the Mayor for the Time being, John Bigg, John Parker, Walter Chapman, John Pierce, Richard Drucy, Matthew Clift, Alderman:" Which were twice read; and, upon the Question, agreed to be Part of the Bill.
Another was tendered, with these Words; "Charles Howard Esquire, Sir John Fenwick, Sir Wm. Selby, George Fenwick Esquire, Sir Thomas Widdrington one of the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal, Sir Arthur Hesilrig Baronet, Robert Delavall, to be added to the County of Northumberland:" Which was twice read: and, upon the Question, agreed to be Part of the Bill.
Resolved, That Wm. Cook, Wm. Selwin, Edward Nurse, Wm. Hinson Esquires; Wm. Caple, John Maddox, Henry Cugly, Aldermen; John Gise, Francis Wheeler, Anthony Freeman, Richard Guinett, Robert Theyre, Gentlemen; be inserted into this Bill, for Commissioners for the City and County of the City of Gloucester.