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 21st of February, 1659.
Votes of 1648-9 vacated.-Secluded Members, &c.
RESOLVED, &c. That the Resolution of this House, of the 18th of December 1648, That Liberty be given to the Members of this House, to declare their Dissent to the Vote of the 5th of December 1648, That the King's Answer to the Propositions of both Houses, was a Ground for this House to proceed upon, for Settlement of the Peace of the Kingdom, be vacated, and made null and void, and obliterated.
Resolved, &c. That the Resolution of this House, of the 20th of December 1648, touching Members declaring their Dissent or Disapproval of the said Vote, of the 5th of December 1648, to a Committee therein named; and every Clause of the said Order; be vacated, and made null and void, and obliterated.
Resolved, That the Order of the 23th of February 1648, That no Member that hath not sitten in this House since the 31th of January then last, should sit in any Committee, until this House take further Order, be vacated, and made null and void, and obliterated.
Resolved, That the several Votes, of the 20th of December 1648, touching the Manner and Entry of the Disapproving of the several Members to the Vote of the 5th of December 1648, be made null and void, and obliterated out of the Journal-Book.
Resolved, That the Vote of the 9th of June 1649, touching the suspending the Sitting of such Members as should not enter their Dissent or Disapproval of the said Vote of the 5th of December 1648, and should not, before the 30th of the said Month of June, give Satisfaction to the said Committee; and that the House would proceed to the Election of new Members, in their room; be vacated, and made null and void, and obliterated.
Resolved, That all Orders of this House made upon a Paper, intituled, "A solemn Protestation of the Imprisoned and Secluded Members of the Commons House, against the horrid Force and Violence of the Officers and Soldiers of the Army, on Wednesday and Thursday last, being the 6th and 7th of December 1648," be, and are hereby, vacated, and made null and void, and obliterated: And that the said Paper be taken off the File.
Resolved, That all Votes of this House, touching new Elections of Members to sit and serve in this Parliament, be, and are hereby, vacated: And that Mr. Speaker be and is required not to sign any such Orders.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, to expunge and obliterate the Votes and Resolutions of this House, this Day vacated; and also consider, What other Votes there are of this Nature; and report their Opinion to the Parliament, Which of them they conceive fit to be vacated: Viz. unto Mr. Raleigh, Colonel Pury, Mr. Weaver, Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, Mr. Ansley, Mr. Prynn; or any Three of them: And are to meet, in the Speaker's Chamber, at Two of Clock this Afternoon. And that Mr. Weaver be desired to take care hereof.
Gen. Monck, Commander in Chief.
Resolved, That all the Powers granted to General George Monck, Sir Arthur Hesilrig, Colonel Valentine Walton, Colonel Herbert Morley, and Colonel Matthew Alured, by the said Act appointing Commissioners for Government of the Army, do cease: And that the said Commissioners be required to forbear to proceed to act any further thereupon: And that Colonel Morley do give Notice of this Vote to the rest of the said Commissioners.
Resolved, That an Act of Repeal of the said Act, appointing Commissioners for Government of the Army, be brought in by the said Committee: And that Mr. Scawen and Mr. Serjeant Maynard be added to that Committee.
Prisoners in the Tower discharged.
Ordered, That all such Orders as have been made since Saturday last, by the Council of State, or Commissioners of the Army, concerning the Forces and Garisons, be communicated to General George Monck: And that there be no Proceedings upon any of the said Orders, without the Approbation of the said General George Monck.
Council of State.
Resolved, That all Powers given to the Council of State be, and are hereby suspended, until the Parliament take further Order: And that an Act be brought in, for constituting a new Council of State, this Afternoon: And that Mr. Weaver do give Notice of this Order to the Council of State; and leave the Order with the Clerk of the Council.
Tuesday, February 21st, 1659; Afternoon.
London Com. Council.
RESOLVED, That the Order of Parliament, of the 9th of this instant February, "That the present Common-Council for the City of London, elected for this Year, be discontinued, declared null and void," shall be, and is hereby, vacated, and made null and void.
City Gates, &c. restored.
Council of State.
Mr. Weaver acquaints the House, That he had given Notice, to the Council of State, of the Order of this House for suspending the Council of State, according to the Command of the Parliament: And that ready Obedience will be yielded thereunto.
Mr. Serjeant Maynard reports, A Bill, constituting a Council of State: Which was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, committed: Viz. unto Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, Colonel Lassells, Sir Wm. Lewis, Sir John Evelyn, Mr. Weaver, Sir John Holland, Serjeant Maynard, Mr. Francis Bacon, Sir Wm. Brereton, Sir Richard Onslow, Sir Wm. Waller, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Colonel Mountague, Mr. Ralegh, Mr. Knightley, Colonel Birch, Mr. Ansley, Mr. Pryn, Sir John Temple, Colonel Ingoldsby, Colonel Harvey, Colonel Norton, Mr. Jennings, Colonel Rossiter, Mr. Trevor, Colonel White, Lord St. John, Mr. Nelthorpe, Colonel Popham, Mr. Solicitor Ellys; or any Five: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: With Power to consider of these Instructions, and of former Instructions given to the Council of State: And to present such Instructions, to . . given to the Council of State, to the Parliament, for their Consideration, as they shall think fit.
Council of State.
Resolved, That the respective Members of Parliament do, To-morrow Morning, prepare their Papers, to make up the Thirty Persons more, to be of the Council of State: And that the Council of State be chosen by the Glasses, as formerly was accustomed, To-morrow Morning.
Person to attend.
Attendance of Members.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do write Letters to the Sheriffs of the respective Counties, to summon the respective Members of Parliament to attend the Service of the Parliament: And that the same be signed by Mr. Speaker.
Persons discharged from Imprisonment, &c.
Ordered, That the Keeper of the Castle of Windse do forthwith certify to the Parliament the Causes of the Imprisonment of the Earls of Crawford and Lauderdale, and the Lord Saintclare, now in Prison there.