House of Commons Journal Volume 7
8 December 1654

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'House of Commons Journal Volume 7: 8 December 1654', Journal of the House of Commons: volume 7: 1651-1660 (1802), pp. 398-399. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=24415 Date accessed: 25 July 2014.


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Friday, the 8th of December, 1654.

Prayers.

Settling the Government.

THE House, this Day, according to former Order, did take into Debate the Report made Yesterday by Mr. Hoskins.

The First of the Two Votes, in that Report, being read;

Resolved, That, instead of the First Clause in that Vote, these Words, viz. "that, in case any Bill shall be tendered to the Lord Protector, by the Parliament, to compel any Person to the said publick Profession, by any Penalty; to such Bill the Lord Protector shall have a Negative;" be Part of this Question.

Resolved, That these Words be Part of the same Question; viz. Provided, that such Bills, as shall be hereafter agreed upon by the Parliament, requiring, from such Ministers and Preachers of the Gospel, as shall receive the publick Maintenance, for instructing the People, a Submission and Conformity to the Publick Profession aforesaid."

The next Clause being read, in these Words; "or enjoining Attendance unto the Preaching of the Word, and other religious Duties, on the Lord's Days, in some publick Church or Chapel, or at some other Congregational and Christian Meeting, approved of by the Magistrate, according to Law;"

And the Question being put, That these Words do stand in this Question, viz. "approved of by the Magistrate;"

The House was divided.

The Yeas went forth.

Mr. Bond, Tellers for the Yeas: 79.
Sir John Hobart, With the Yeas,
Mr. Maidston, Tellers for the Noes: 62.
Mr. Strickland, With the Noes,

So it passed with the Affirmative.

Resolved, That these Words, "according to the Law," be Part of this Question.

Resolved, That these Words be Part of this Question; viz. "shall pass into and become Laws within Twenty Days after the Presentation to the Lord Protector, although he shall not give his Consent thereunto."

And the whole Question being propounded; and it being moved, by divers Persons, That the House would give Leave to speak against these Words in the Question, viz. "approved of by the Magistrate, according to Law;"

Resolved, That Leave be given to speak concerning these Words, in this Question, "approved of by the Magistrate, according to Law," notwithstanding the former Vote.

The Question being put, That these Words, "approved of by the Magistrate, according to Law," do stand in the Question;

It passed in the Negative.

The Question being put, That a further Addition be made to this Question;

It passed in the Negative.

And the whole Question being put to the Question; It was

Resolved, by the Parliament, That, in case any Bill shall be tendered to the Lord Protector, by the Parliament, to compel any Person to the said publick Profession, by any Penalty; to such Bill the Lord Protector shall have a Negative: Provided, that such Bills, as shall be hereafter agreed upon by the Parliament, requiring, from such Ministers and Preachers of the Gospel, as shall receive the publick Maintenance for instructing the People, a Submission and Conformity to the Publick Profession aforesaid, or enjoining Attendance unto the Preaching of the Word, and other religious Duties, on the Lord's Day, in some publick Church or Chapel, or at some other Congregational and Christian Meeting, shall pass into and become Laws, within Twenty Days after the Presentation to the Lord Protector, although he shall not give his Consent thereunto.

Resolved, That the House do proceed To-morrow with the Government.

Privilege-Persons discharged.

Whereas, upon Complaint made to the Parliament, touching an Arrest made upon Sir Robert Pye Knight, a Member of this House, to the Breach of the Privilege of this House; whereby he was compelled to deposit a certain Sum of Money, which was, by the Parliament, ordered to be repaid; and for Non-payment thereof, and for Breach of the said Privilege, Thomas Crooke late UnderSheriff of Middlesex, and William Hastings his Deputy, John Higden, John Spragne, Nathaniel Browne, John Browne, and Edward Hull, were sent for in Custody, as Delinquents, and have remained in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending the Parliament; the Parliament being this Day informed, by the said Sir Robert Pye, that the Money hath been repaid unto him, in Obedience to the Order of this House: It is Ordered, by the Parliament, That the said Thomas Crooke, Wm. Hastings, John Higden, John Spragne, Nathaniel Browne, John Browne, and Edward Hull, be discharged of their Restraint in the Custody of the said Serjeant at Arms, for the Offence aforesaid, paying their Fees.