House of Commons Journal Volume 7: 9 December 1654

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Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.

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Saturday, the 9th of December, 1654.

Settling the Government.

THE House this Day, according to former Order, proceeded upon the rest of the Report made by Mr. Hoskins, from the Committee of the whole House, upon the Government.

Part of the next Clause in the Report was propounded, in these Words; viz. "That, without the Consent of the Lord Protector and Parliament, no Law or Statute, made for the Restraining of such tender Consciences as shall differ in Doctrine, Worship, or Discipline, from the publick Profession held forth, and shall not abuse this Liberty to the Civil Injury of others, or the Disturbances of the publick Peace."

And the Question being put, That . . the said Clause, the Word "aforesaid" being inserted, instead of the Words "held forth," be part of the Question;

It passed in the Affirmative.

The next Clause in the said Report was propounded, in these Words; viz. "Provided, that such Bills, as shall be agreed upon by the Parliament, for the Restraining of Atheism, Blasphemy, damnable Heresies, Popery, Prelacy, Licentiousness, and Profaneness.

Resolved, That the House do rise for an Hour; and then sit again, and continue this Debate.

Post Meridiem.

Settling the Government.

THE House met, and resumed the former Debate.

The Question being put, That these Words, "damnable Heresies," do stand in this Question;

The House was divided.

The Yeas went forth.

Colonel Rous, Tellers for the Yeas: 91.
Colonel Mathewes, With the Yeas,
Colonel Jones, Tellers for the Noes: 69.
Commiss. Gen. Whaley, With the Noes,

So it passed in the Affirmative.

Resolved, That the Debate upon this Part of the Question, be adjourned until Monday Morning next.