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Journal of the House of Commons: volume 7: 1651-1660
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'House of Commons Journal Volume 7: 12 December 1653', Journal of the House of Commons: volume 7: 1651-1660 (1802), pp. 363. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=24334 Date accessed: 26 November 2014.
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Monday, the 12th of December, 1653.
Parliament resign their Powers.
IT being moved in the House this Day, That the Sitting
of this Parliament any longer, as now constituted, will
not be for the Good of the Commonwealth; and that
therefore it was requisite to deliver up unto the Lord
General Cromwell the Powers which they received from
him; and that Motion being seconded by several other
Members; the House rose: And the Speaker, with many
of the Members of the House, departed out of the House
to Whitehall; where they, being the greater Number of
the Members sitting in Parliament, did, by a Writing
under their Hands, resign unto his Excellency their said
Powers: And Mr. Speaker, attended with the Members,
did present the same to his Excellency, accordingly.
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