Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Thursday, the 27th of November, 1656.
MR. Drake reports, That the Committee appointed for that Purpose, did, Yesterday, attend his Highness, according to the Order, to desire his Highness to appoint a Time for the House to present unto him some Bills which have passed this House: And that his Highness hath appointed this Morning, about Ten of the Clock, for that Purpose, to be in the Painted Chamber.
Ordered, That Colonel White do take care, that the Painted Chamber, and the Passage thither, be cleared; and no Person to come in but the Members of the House, except such as his Highness brings with him.
Lawrence's, &c. Nat.
An Act for Naturalizing William Lawrence, Martha Lawrence, Theodora Lawrence, Stephen Tracy, Nathaniel Tracy, Abraham Stock, John Kirk, Mary Kirk, Richard Bogan, Peter Silvester, Constant Silvester, Gidon Harvey, Jacob Lowrvan Slodt, Theodore Haak and Elizabeth his Wife, and Katherine Genne her Daughter, Francis Pardini, and John Pardini, was this Day read the Third time:
Passing Bills not to determine Session.
And the same was read the Second time; and, upon the Question, committed to Lord Commissioner Whitelock, Mr. Attorney of the Duchy, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Pedley, Colonel Mathews, Attorney-General, Mr. Bampfield, Master of the Rolls: To withdraw presently.
Mr. Solicitor-General reports, Amendments to an Act, That his Highness' Passing Bills shall not be any Determination of this Session of Parliament: Which were twice read: And, upon the Question, agreed unto.
And, having made two Obeisances to the House, when he came into the Middle of the House, with his Mace in his Hand, he declared to Mr. Speaker, That he is commanded by his Highness the Lord Protector, to let this House know, that his Highness is in the Painted Chamber; and desires to speak with this honourable House.
Which being done, Mr. Speaker attended with the whole House, the Clerk with the Bills in his Hand, and the Serjeant with his Mace going next and immediately before him, went up to the Painted Chamber: Where his Highness, attended with the Lord President and the rest of the Council, the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal, the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, the Lord Chief Justice of the Upper Bench, the Master of the Rolls, the Lord Chief Justice of the Common-Pleas, and the rest of the Judges, was expecting.
The Speaker addressed himself to his Highness, and gave an Account of the Employment of the House during their sitting: And that many Bills for the Publick Good were upon the Anvil; some were completed, whereof some Publick; of which he made a particular Relation. The First he stiled, A Bill for the Parliament's Preservation. The Second, A Bill for quieting the Possession of the Government. The Third, A Bill of Security to his Highness; and, in him, to every Person in the Nation. The Fourth, An Act of Manumission. And, the Fifth, An Act of * * * *.
After which, the Clerk read the Title of the First Bill, which was presented, being intituled, An Act, That the Passing of Bills shall not determine this present Session of Parliament: Which Bill his Highness caused to be read: And, upon reading thereof, declared to the Clerk his Consent to the same, in these Words, "We do consent." And thereupon the Clerk made an Entry thereof on the Bill, in these Words, "The Lord Protector doth consent:" And read the same.
Then the Clerk read the Title of the next Bill; which was, An Act for renouncing and disannulling the pretended Title of Charles Stuart, &c.: Which Bill his Highness commanded to be read: Which was done accordingly: And his Highness' Consent thereunto declared, entered, and published as before.
The Serjeant at Arms attending his Highness, and likewise the Serjeant attending the Parliament, stood all this time with their Maces on their Shoulders: And his Highness having made a short Speech, the Speaker, with the rest of the Members, departed, in the like Order as they came thither, to the Parliament House.
4. An Act for Naturalizing of Florentine Tanturier, Mathew Boucherett, Wm. Leonard, Robert Leonard and Mary Leonard, William Northey, Mary Russell, Peter Vashon, Thomas Whitston, Katherine Whitston, and Levina Whitston, Frederick Losse, Andrew Wanley, Valentine Wanley, David Collivaux, Philip Jego alias Jegau, Thomas Mitchell, John George Sedascue, Claudius Gilbert, Frederick Shloer, Harman Barnes, Lodowick de Bourgougne alias Lambermont, and Theodore Hoff.
5. An Act for Naturalizing of William Lawrence, Martha Lawrence, Theodora Lawrence, Stephen Tracy, Nathaniell Tracy, Abraham Stock, John Kirk, Mary Kirk, Richard Bogan, Peter Silvester, Constant Silvester, Gidon Harvey, Jacob Lowrxan Slodt, Theodore Haak and Elizabeth his Wife, and Katherine Genne her Daughter.
Resolved, That his Highness the Lord Protector be desired to issue a Warrant to the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal, for sending forth Writs for proclaiming these Five Acts of Parliament in all the Counties, Cities, Boroughs, and Towns of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and Town of Berwick upon Tweed.