Tuesday, the 7th of November, 1654.
ORDERED, That the Thanks of this House be
given to Mr. Vines, for his great Pains taken in
preaching before the Parliament, at Margarett's, Westminster, on the last Lord's Day, being the Fifth of
November: And that he be desired to print his Sermon:
And that he have the like Privilege in printing the same,
as others in like Case have usually had.
Ordered, That Colonel John Birch do give Mr. Vines
the Thanks of this House, accordingly.
Ordered, That the Thanks of this House be given to
Mr. Manton, for his great Pains taken in preaching
before the Parliament, at Margarett's, Westminster, on
the last Lord's Day, being the Fifth of November: And
that he be desired to print his Sermon: And that he have
the like Privilege in printing the same, as others in like
Cases have usually had.
Ordered, That Sir William Strickland do give Mr.
Manton the Thanks of this House, accordingly.
Ld. Craven, &c.
Ordered, That the Council for the State do attend the
Committee to whom the Petitions of the Lord Craven
and Sir John Stawell are referred, on the Behalf of the
Commonwealth, both in the Lord Craven's Case, and
Sir John Stawell's Case.
Register of Bishops Lands.
Ordered, That John Brewer Gentleman be, and is hereby,
nominated and appointed Register for Sale of Bishops
Lands, in the Place of Henry Elsynge Esquire, deceased.
Settling the Government.
Mr. Hoskins, according to the Order of the House,
made Report of the Proceedings of the Committee of
the whole House upon the Government: Which was
At the Committee of the whole House upon the
19 Sept. 1654.
RESOLVED, That the Supreme Legislative Authority of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and
Ireland, and the Dominions thereto belonging, is and
doth reside in One Person, and the People assembled in
Parliament; with this Declaration, That this Vote shall
not be prejudicial to any further Debate or Resolution
touching the Remainder of the Forty-two Articles.
Resolved, That the Stile of such Person, shall be, Lord
Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland,
20 Sept. 1654.
Resolved, That Oliver Cromwell, Captain General of
the Forces of England, Scotland, and Ireland, is, and shall
be, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England,
Scotland, and Ireland, and the Dominions thereunto belonging, for his Life.
Resolved, That a Parliament shall be summoned once
in every Third Year, to be accounted from the Dissolution of the next preceding Parliament.
While this was in Debate, Colonel Shapcott acquainted
the House, that there is a printed Pamphlet scattered
abroad, tending much to the Scandal of the said Colonel,
to the Dishonour of the Lord Protector and of the Parliament: Which he delivered into the House; and was,
by Command of the House, now read: And was intituled, The Speech of Colonel Shapcott a Knight of
Resolved, by the Parliament, That this printed Paper,
now read, is treacherous, false, scandalous, and seditious.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for
Printing, to inquire after the Author, Printers, and Publishers of this Paper, and to suppress the same: With
Power to the Committee, to send for, and secure, any
Persons whom they conceive to be, or that shall appear
to be, guilty of framing, contriving, printing, or publishing, the said Paper, until the same shall be examined, and
reported to the House: And that the Quorum of that
Committee be reduced to Five, as to the Dispatch of
These Votes being read; It was
Resolved, That the Word "treacherous," in the former Vote, shall be omitted; and the Word "treasonable," inserted instead thereof.
And so it was Resolved, That this Paper is treasonable,
false, scandalous, and seditious.
Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this
House do forthwith seize, or cause to be seized, all the
printed Copies of the said Paper, intituled, The Speech
of Colonel Shapcott Knight for Devonshire; and all such
Persons as shall sell or publish the same; and to bring or
cause such Persons to be brought, in safe Custody, to the
Committee appointed to examine this Business.
Resolved, That, on Saturday next, the House do take
into Consideration the Necessity of the Charge of a Tax
to be laid upon the People.
Resolved, That the Committee for Abatement of the
Charges of the Commonwealth do meet this Afternoon,
and prepare themselves to make their Report, in that
Business, on Saturday next.
Settling the Government.
Resolved, That the Committee of the whole House do
take into Consideration the 24th Article of the Government To-morrow Morning.
Resolved, That the Debate upon the Report from the
Committee of the whole House upon the Government,
be taken up on Thursday Morning next.