August 1647: Ordinance for the new Speakers to be Commissioners of the Great Seal.

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Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.

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August, 1647

[3 August, 1647.]

It is this Day Ordered and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That John Lord Hunsdon Speaker of the House of Peers (pro Tempore), and Henry Pelham Esquire Speaker of the House of Commons, shall be, and are hereby appointed, Commissioners for the Custody of the Great Seal of England; and shall have and exercise the same Power and Authority that any Lord Chancellor, Lord Keeper, or Commissioners of the Great Seal, have usually had, or ought to have; this Ordinance, and the Power hereby given, to continue for the space of Ten days next ensuing the Date hereof: And that the Ordinance heretofore made, for putting the Great Seal of England into the Custody of Edward Earl of Manchester late Speaker of the House of Peers, and William Lenthall Esquire late Speaker of the House of Commons, be from henceforth hereby made void.