[20 March, 1653/4.]
Custodies of Idiots and lunatics not to pass under Great Seal till signed by Lord Protector.
Whereas by an Act of the late Parlament on the behalf of
Idiots and Lunaticks, it was, among other things enacted, That
the Bils for passing of the Custodies of the said Idiots and
Lunaticks, should bee signed by the Council of State before the
Commissioners of the Great Seal of England should pass the
same under the said Seal; And whereas that Council is since
dissolved, Bee it ordained by His Highness the Lord Protector,
by and with the advice and consent of his Council, That the
Chancellor, Keeper, or Commissioners of the Great Seal for the
time being, do not pass the said Custodies under the Great Seal,
before the same bee signed by His Highness the Lord Protector,
and that the same so signed by His Highness, shall be a sufficient Warrant for passing the same under the said Great Seal,
Any Law, Statute, Act, Ordinance, or custom to the contrary
thereof in any wise notwithstanding.