Friday, June 26,1657.
Resolved, that Sir Oliver Flemyng, Knight, Master of the
Ceremonies, do, from this House, go to the several foreign
ambassadors and public ministers of state, that are here, to
invite them to be present at the solemnity of the investiture
of his Highness the Lord Protector, this day.
A Bill, for the adjournment of this present Parliament,
from the 26th of June 1657, unto the 20th of January, next
ensuing, (at which time all such persons as have been duly
elected and returned to serve in this present Parliament, being
qualified according to the qualifications in the humble Petition and Advice, and not disabled thereby, are required to
give their attendance accordingly,) was this day read the
third time; and, upon the question, passed.
Resolved, that his Highness's consent be desired to this
Ordered, that it be referred to the Commissioners for the
Custody of the Great Seal of England, by and with the
advice of such of the judges as they shall think necessary to
call to their assistance, to prepare and frame a writ, for summoiling the members of the other House of Parliament, to
meet at such time and place as shall be appointed by his
Highness; and such writ being so agreed on, the Commissioners of the Great Seal are hereby authorized and required
to seal and issue forth such writs, unto such persons, as by
his Highness, under his sign manual, shall be directed and
The title of the Bill for discovering, convicting, and repressing of Popish Recusants, (fn. 1) and the oath therein being
The question being put, that this Bill be carried up, and
presented at this time,
The House was divided. The Noes went forth.
Yeas 88. Major Beake and Major Audley, Tellers.
Noes 43. Colonel Talbot and Colonel Clarke, Tellers.
So it was resolved, that this Bill be carried up, and presented at this time.
The Serjeant brings word, that Serjeant Middleton was
at the door, with a message from his Highness. And, thereupon, he was called in; and having made two obeisances to
the House, when he came to the middle of the House with
his mace in his hand, he declared to Mr. Speaker, that he is
commanded by his Highness, the Lord Protector, to let this
House know, that his Highness is in the Painted Chamber,
and desires to speak with this Honourable House; and thereupon withdrew.
Which being done, Mr. Speaker, attended with the whole
House, (the Clerk, with the Bills in his hand, and the Serjeant with his mace, going next and immediately before him)
went up to the Painted Chamber, where his Highness, attended with his Council, was expecting. The Serjeant carried his mace upon his shoulder, up to the table; where was
a chair set for the Speaker, and a form for the Clerk.
The first Bill that was presented was the humble additional and explanatory Petition and Advice of the Knights,
Citizens, and Burgesses, now assembled in Parliament of this
Commonwealth: which being read by the Clerk of the Parliament, his Highness gave his consent thereunto. (fn. 2)
The Speaker, with the members, being returned to the
Ordered, that it be recommended to his Highness the Lord
Protector, as the desire of the Parliament, that his Highness
will be pleased to encourage Christian endeavours for uniting the Protestant churches abroad; and that the Lord Deputy, Lord Lambert, Mr. Secretary, Major-General Disbrowe, and Colonel Jones, be desired to present this vote to
his Highness the Lord Protector. (fn. 3)
Resolved, that the Public Acts passed this Parliament, be
printed at the public charge.
Ordered, that a collection of Public Acts and Ordinances,
made in the Parliament begun and held at Westminster, the
third day of November, 1640, by Henry Scobell, Clerk of
the Parliament, be printed, together with such as have been
passed and confirmed this Parliament.
Ordered, that it be recommended to his Highness and the
Council, to take some effectual course, upon advice with the
judges, for reforming the government of the Inns of Court;
and likewise for placing of godly and able ministers there,
and providing a sufficient maintenance for their encouragement; and also for reviving the readings (fn. 4) in the several Inns
of Court, and the keeping up of exercise by the students
This House, according to the Act of Parliament in that
behalf, did adjourn itself till the 20th day of January next; (fn. 5) and Mr. Speaker pronounced the same accordingly.