Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
This free content was digitised by double rekeying. All rights reserved.
Thursday, the 28th of December, 1654.
Settling the Government.
THE Amendments, reported Yesterday, by Mr. Hoskins, from the Grand Committee of the whole House, upon the Bill touching the Government, were twice read.
The First Amendment, in these Words; viz. "in manner following, that is to say;" being put to the Question, was agreed unto.
The Second Amendment, in these Words, viz. "except in such Matters wherein the single Person is hereby declared to have a Negative;" being put to the Question, was agreed unto.
The Third Amendment, in these Word, viz. "is hereby declared;" being put to the Question, was assented unto.
The Question being put, That instead of these Words in the Fourth Amendment; viz. "as it is hereby settled in;" the Clause stand as it is in the Bill, with the Addition of these Words, next after the Word "Parliament," viz. "as aforesaid;"
It passed in the Affirmative.
The next Amendment, in these Words "is and," being put to the Question, was agreed unto.
The House proceeded upon the several Chapters of the Bill in Order, beginning with the Sixth Chapter: Which Chapter was read; and, upon the Question, was agreed.
The Seventh Chapter being read; the first Clause was, upon the Question, agreed.
The Second Clause was, upon the Question, agreed.
The Oath to be administered to the Lord Protector, was read.
Settling the Government.
MR. Bacon informing, That, in transcribing, these Words are omitted out of the Oath, which were resolved in the House; viz. "and will seek their Peace and Welfare, according to those Laws, Customs and Liberties:" Which, upon the Question, were ordered to be inserted.
The First Clause of the Oath unto these Words, "and Professors of the same," was now read.
Resolved, That these Words, "Reformed Protestant," do stand in the Question.
And the whole Clause being put to the Question, was agreed.
The next Clause was read.
Resolved, That the Word "willingly" be inserted into this Clause, between the Words, "not," and "violate."
And the Clause, being put to the Question, was agreed.
Resolved, That these Words be added in the FirstClause, next after the Words, "Professors of the same;" viz. "and will duly cause Parliaments to be summoned and called."
Resolved, That Candles be brought in.
Resolved, That in the Second Clause, next after the Word "willingly," these Words be added; viz. "or wittingly."
Resolved, That in the same Clause, next after the Word "infringe," these Words be inserted; viz. "the Rights or Privileges of Parliament."
The last Clause was read; and these Words, "Parliament and," being omitted, the Clause was, upon the Question, agreed.