Saturday, the 25th of November, 1654.
RESOLVED, That the Execution of the Ordinance
for Regulating and Limiting the Jurisdiction of
the Court of Chancery be suspended until the Five-andtwentieth Day of December next: And that Mr. Foxwist
do then make his Report of the Act for Regulating and
Limiting the Jurisdiction of the said Court.
Settling the Government.
The House resumed the Debate upon the Report
Yesterday: And the Clause upon the Twelfth Article,
then read, was now again read, and debated.
Resolved, That the Word "from" be put in this
Clause, instead of these Words; viz. "as it is settled
And the whole Clause, so amended, being put to the
Question, was agreed, as followeth; viz.
Resolved, That, at the Day and Place of Elections, the
Sheriff of each County, and the said Mayors, Sheriffs,
Bailiffs, and other Head Officer and Officers within their
Cities, Towns, Boroughs, and Places respectively, shall
take View of the said Elections, and shall make Return
into the Chancery within Twenty Days after the said
Elections, of the Persons elected by the greater Number
of Electors, under the Hands and Seals, of Twelve or
more of the said Electors, on the Behalf of himself, of the
one Part; and on the Behalf of the Electors, on the other
Part; wherein shall be contained, that the Persons elected,
shall not have Power to alter the Government, from One
single Person, and a Parliament.
The Clause upon the Thirteenth Article being read;
Resolved, That the Penalty to be imposed on the Sheriff in this Clause, shall be reduced from Two thousand
Marks to Two hundred Pounds.
Resolved, That there be a Penalty of One hundred
Pounds on every Mayor, Sheriff, Bailiff, or other Head
Officer, in like Cases.
Resolved, That the Moiety of the Fines shall be to
the Lord Protector; and the other Moiety to such Party
grieved as shall sue for the same in any of the Courts of
Record at Westminster: Which Suit shall not be commenced, until the Parliament hath adjudged the same to
be such Offence as aforesaid.
And the whole Clause being put, so amended; It was
Resolved, That the Sheriff who shall wittingly or willingly make any false Return, or wittingly or willingly
neglect his Duty in Execution of the Premises, shall
incur the Penalty of Two hundred Pounds of lawful
English Money: And that every Mayor, Sheriff, Bailiff,
or other Head Officer of any City, Town, Borough, or
Place, aforesaid, who shall wittingly or willingly make
any false Return, or wittingly or willingly neglect his
Duty in the Execution of the Premises, shall incur the
Penalty of One hundred Pounds of like lawful English
Money; the one Moiety of all and every the Penalties
aforesaid to go to the Lord Protector; and the other
Moiety to such Party grieved, as shall sue for the same
in any of the Courts of Record at Westminster: Which
Suit shall not be commenced, until the Parliament hath
adjudged the same to be such Offence, as aforesaid.