Die Mercurii, 20 Februarii, 1649.
Representation and Elections.
THE House this Day, according to former Order,
was resolved into a Grand Committee upon the
Heads of a Bill for an equal Representative, and the
regulating their Elections.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Say took the Chair.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Mr. Say reports from the Grand Committee, That the
said Committee hath adjourned till This-day-sevennight;
and desires the Leave of the House to sit then accordingly.
Resolved, That the House doth resolve itself into a Grand
Committee on This-day-sevennight, upon the Heads of
the said Bill, &c.: And that Mr. Speaker do forbear to
take the Chair.
Council of State.
The House, according to former Order, proceeded to
the Election of Five Persons to be of this Council of
State, according to the Manner resolved on.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the Door be shut.
Mr. Speaker appointed Colonel Harrison, Colonel
Rich, Mr. John Ash and Sir John Danvers, to tell the
Number of the House.
Which is by them reported to Mr. Speaker, and by
him published to the House to the Number of One
hundred and Five.
While the Clerk was receiving the Papers, Three
other Members came in.
Resolved, That the Record be amended; and that the
Number of the Members, now in the House, be made
One hundred and Eight.
The Clerk, having received a Paper from each Member, brought them up, and set them upon the Table.
Mr. Speaker appoints Sir Henry Vane junior, Sir
Arthur Hesilrige, Sir Wm. Armyn, and Earl of Salisbury,
to count the Papers.
Which being done, they report the Number of the
Papers to be One hundred and Eight.
And these Four Members opened each Paper; and
caused the Clerk to read each Name distinctly, and to
write down each Name in a several Column; and as often as any Name was repeated, the Clerk did write down
a Figure under that Name: And, all the Names being
read, the Earl of Salisbury reports from the said Four
Members, That there are, in the said Papers, these Five
Persons, who have the greatest Number of Subscriptions; viz.
Mr. Thomas Challener
|Mr. John Gurdon
|Mr. Herbert Morley
|Sir Henry Vane senior
|Earl of Pembroke
|Sir Peter Wentworth
|The Lord Howard
Resolved, by the Parliament, That Mr. Thomas Challenor be one of the Council of State for the Year ensuing.
Resolved, That Mr. John Gurdon be one of the Council of State for the Year ensuing.
Resolved, That Colonel Herbert Morley be one of the
Council of State for the Year ensuing.
The Question being propounded, That Sir Henry Vane
senior be one of the Council of State for the Year ensuing;
The Question being put, That that Question be now
The House was divided.
The Noes went forth.
||Tellers for the Noes:
||With the Noes,
Sir Wm. Armyn,
||Tellers for the Yeas:
|Sir John Trevor,
||With the Yeas,
So it passed with the Negative.
The Question being propounded, That Philip Earl of
Pembroke be one of the Council of State for the Year
And the Question being put, That that Question be
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, That Sir Peter Wentworth be one of the
Council of State for the Year ensuing.
Resolved, That the Lord Howard be one of the Council of State for the Year ensuing.
Resolved, That the Papers delivered in by the Members, and the Notes written by the Clerk thereupon, to
find out the Numbers, be burnt.
Ordered, That the Five Persons, now nominated of
the Council of State for the Year ensuing, do take one
or both of the Tests formerly taken by the Council of
State, before they sit as Members of the Council
Ordered, That Sir Henry Vane do bring in the Form
of the Oath of Secrecy, to be taken by the Council of State,
A Letter from the General, of the Nineteenth of February 1649, touching the Officers and Soldiers of the
Army having taken the Engagement, was this Day read.
Resolved, upon the Question, by the Parliament,
That the Parliament doth declare, That Thomas Lord
Fairefax, General of the Parliament Forces, having
taken and subscribed the Engagement appointed for
the Members of the Council of State; viz. "I A. B.
being nominated a Member of the Council of State by
this present Parliament, do testify, That I do adhere to
this present Parliament, in the Maintenance and Defence
of the publick Liberty and Freedom of this Nation, as
it is now declared by this Parliament, by whose Authority I am constituted a Member of the said Council;
and in the Maintenance and Defence of their Resolutions,
concerning the Settling of the Government of this Nation for . . . future, in the Way of a Republick, without
King, or House of Peers: And I do promise, in the
Sight of God, that, through his Grace, I will be faithful
in Performance of the Trust committed to me, as aforesaid, and therein faithfully pursue the Instructions given
to the said Council by this present Parliament: In Confirmation of the Premises, I have hereunto subscribed my
Name;" his said Taking and Subscribing is a Taking of
the Engagement within the Act of Parliament, intituled,
An Act for taking the Engagement.
Resolved, That Mr. Speaker do send this Vote to the
General, in a Letter; and return unto him the hearty
Thanks of this House, for his great Care, in causing the
Orders to be put in Execution, touching the taking the
Engagement by the Army and Garisons, and Returns of
Resolved, That these Votes be forthwith printed and