Saturday, the 7th of May, 1659.
Serjeant at Arms.
ORDERED, That Henry Middleton Esquire, Serjeant
at Arms, be, and he is hereby, appointed Serjeant
at Arms to attend the Parliament, for such Time as the
Parliament shall think fit, not exceeding one Week.
Clerk of Parliament.
Ordered, That John Phelpes Esquire be and he is
hereby appointed Clerk of the Parliament, for such
Time as the Parliament shall think fit, not exceeding one
Declaration of Officers of the Army.
Mr. Speaker acquaints the Parliament, That the Lord
Lambert, with divers of the Officers of the Army, in the
Name of the Lord Fleetwood, and Council of Officers
of the Army, upon the Sixth of May 1659, came unto
him, many of the Members of Parliament being then
present; and delivered to him a Declaration; which was
then read in the Presence of the said Members: The
said Declaration Mr. Speaker now tendereth: Which
was read; and is as followeth;
May 6, 1659.
A Declaration of the Officers of the Army, inviting the
Members of the Long Parliament, who continued
Sitting till the Twentieth of April 1653, to return
to the Exercise and Discharge of their Trust.
THE publick Concernments of this Commonwealth
being, through a Vicissitude of Dangers, Deliverance,
and Backslidings of many, brought into that State and
Posture, wherein now they stand; and ourselves also
contributing thereunto, by wandering divers Ways from
righteous and equal Paths; and, although there have
been many Essays to obviate the Dangers, and to settle
these Nations in Peace and Prosperity, yet all have
proved ineffectual: the Only wise God, in the Course
of His Providence, disappointing all Endeavours therein;
And also observing, to our great Grief, That the good
Spirit, which formerly appeared amongst us, in the Carrying on of this Great Work, did daily decline, so as the
good Old Cause itself became a Reproach; we have been
led to look back, and examine the Cause of the Lord's
withdrawing His wonted Presence from us, and where we
turned out of the Way; that, through Mercy, we might
return, and give Him the Glory:
And, amongst other Things, calling to mind, That the
Long Parliament, consisting of the Members which continued there sitting until the Twentieth of April 1653,
were eminent Assertors of that Cause; and had a special
Presence of God with them; and were signally blessed
in that Work (the Desires of many good People concurring with ours therein); we judge it our Duty to invite
the aforesaid Members to return to the Exercise and
Discharge of their Trusts, as before the said Twentieth
of April 1653.
And, therefore, we do hereby most earnestly desire
the Parliament, consisting of those Members who continued to sit since the Year 1648, until the Twentieth of
April 1653, to return to the Exercise and Discharge of
their Trust: And we shall be ready, in our Places, to
yield them, as becomes us, our utmost Assistance to sit
in Safety, for the improving the present Opportunity for
settling and securing the Peace and Freedom of this Commonwealth; praying for the Presence and Blessing of
God upon their Endeavours.
Signed, by Direction of the Lord Fleetwood, and the
Council of Officers of the Army,
Tho. Sandforde, Secretary.
Major Salwey, the Lord Commissioner Whitelock, Sir
Henry Vane, Mr. Scot, Mr. Martyn, Sir Arthur Hesilrigg, or any Three of them, are a Committee to prepare
a Declaration, according to the Substance of the present
Debate, upon the Declaration of the Officers of the Army
Mr. Scot, Sir Arthur Hesilrigg, Lord Commissioner
Lisle, Colonel Ludlow, Mr. Lechmere, Mr. Holland, Sir
Henry Vane, Mr. Martyn, Mr. Attorney-General, Sir
James Harrington, Mr. Weston, and Colonel John Jones,
or any Three of them, are a Committee to peruse the
Books, and other Records of Parliament, concerning the
Members of this House who sat in this present Parliament since the Thirtieth of January in the Year 1648,
till the Twentieth of April 1653, and were not excluded
within that Time by Judgment of Parliament; and to
give the Parliament an Account of the said Members:
And are to withdraw forthwith into the Speaker's Chamber, for that Purpose.
Ordered, That John Smith Esquire do forthwith bring
unto the Parliament the Parliament-Roll of this present
Parliament; and all Books and Records of Parliament,
since the Thirtieth of January 1648, to the Twentieth
of April 1653.
The Speaker left the Chair.
The Speaker resumed the Chair.
Letter to absent Members.
Mr. Marten reports the Form of a Letter, to be signed
by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the several Members of
Parliament that are absent: Which was read; and, with
Resolved, That Letters be signed by Mr. Speaker, according to the Form now reported; and sent to the
several Members of this present Parliament, now out of
Town, who have subscribed their Names to the Parliament-Roll of Subscriptions to the Engagement, and are
not disabled to sit by Judgment of this Parliament.
The Form of the said Letter followeth:
THE Parliament of this Commonwealth being, by
God's Blessing, now again restored to the Freedom
and Right of Sitting where they were interrupted on the
Twentieth of April 1653, have commanded me to give
you speedy Notice thereof; and to require your personal
Attendance forthwith, for the carrying on the great
Work expected from them, in the settling and securing
the Peace and Freedom of this Commonwealth, according
to your Duty in that Behalf.
Your loving Friend.
Declaration of Parliament.
Major Salwey reports, The Draught of a Declaration,
concerning the wonderful Providence of God, in restoring
this present Parliament to the Exercise and Discharge of
their Trust: Which was read.
The said Declaration was again read in Parts, and debated; and several Amendments were made thereunto,
at the Table; and, upon the Question, passed; and is
A Declaration of the Parliament assembled at
WHEREAS the Parliament of this Commonwealth
having, through the eminent Favour and Mercy of
God, sat many Years, in the Performance of the Trusts
reposed in them by the People whose Representatives
they are; and being, in the Prosecution of that Duty,
assembled in Parliament, at Westminster, upon the
Twentieth Day of April 1653, were then interrupted,
and forced out of the House from that Time until this
And whereas the Officers of the Army, raised by this
Parliament (calling to mind, that the same Parliament,
consisting of the Members which continued to sit until
the Twentieth of April 1653, were Assertors of the good
Old Cause, and had a special Presence of God with
them; and were signally blessed in that Work) did adjudge it their Duty (the Desires of many good People
concurring with them therein) to invite the aforesaid
Members to return to the Exercise and Discharge of
their Trust, as before the said Twentieth of April 1653:
And, for the Effecting thereof, the Lord Lambert,
with divers other Officers of the Army, in the Name of
the Lord Fleetwood, and Council of Officers of the Army,
did, upon the Sixth Day of May 1659, resort unto the
Speaker of the said Parliament; and, in the Presence of
many of the said Members of Parliament, presented a
Declaration; containing their earnest Desire, that the
Parliament, consisting of those Members who continued
to sit since the Year 1648, until the Twentieth of April
1653, would return to the Exercise and Discharge of
their Trust; promising their Readiness, in their Places,
as became them, to yield their utmost Assistance to them,
to sit in Safety, for improving the present Opportunity
for settling and securing the Peace and Freedom of this
Commonwealth; praying for the Presence and Blessing
of God upon their Endeavours:
Whereupon the Speaker, with the aforesaid Members
of Parliament, resolved to meet at Westminster the next
Morning, giving notice, to others of their Fellow-Members, of such their Intention.
And accordingly, the Speaker, with the said Members,
being assembled at Westminster the Seventh of May
1659, found it a Duty incumbent on them, not to neglect
this Opportunity, which the wonderful, and (as they hope)
the gracious Providence of God hath held forth unto
them, for the Prosecution of what yet remains of their
All which the Parliament taking into their Consideration, do declare, That they are resolved (through
the gracious Assistance of Almighty God) to apply
themselves to the faithful Discharge of the Trust reposed
in them; and to endeavour the Settlement of this
Commonwealth upon such a Foundation, as may assert,
establish, and secure the Property and the Liberties of the
People, in reference unto all, both as Men, and as
Christians; and that without a single Person, Kingship,
or House of Peers: And shall vigorously endeavour the
Carrying on of Reformation so much desired, and so
often declared for; to the end there may be a godly and
faithful Magistracy and Ministry upheld and maintained
in these Nations, to the Glory and Praise of our Lord
Jesus Christ, and to the reviving and making glad the
Hearts of the Upright in the Land.
Answer to Officers Declaration.
Ordered, That this Declaration be forthwith printed
Sir Arthur Hesilrigg, Sir Henry Vane, Lieutenant General Ludlow, Colonel Sydenham, Major Salwey, Colonel
John Jones, or any Four of them, are to repair to the Lord
Fleetwood; and acquaint him of the Parliament's good
Acceptance of the Affections of the Officers of the
Army to the Parliament, and this Commonwealth, manifested in their Declaration, delivered to the Speaker, and
by him communicated to the Parliament: Who have
expressed their Intentions thereupon, in the Declaration
now passed; which the Parliament have appointed to be
forthwith printed, and thereupon published by the Sheriffs
of the several Counties throughout the Nation: and the
said Committee are to deliver to his Lordship a Copy
thereof; and desire him to give Order for the publishing
the same likewise in Scotland and Ireland.
Committee of Safety.
The Lord Fleetwood, Sir Arthur Hesilrigge, Sir Henry
Vane, Lieutenant-General Ludlow, Colonel Sydenham,
Major Salwey, and Colonel John Jones, or any Four or
more of them, are hereby made a Committee of Safety,
with full Power to take especial and effectual Care of the
Preservation of the Peace and Safety of this Commonwealth; and that all Officers, Soldiers, and Ministers of
Justice, give due Obedience to the Orders of the said
Committee: And the said Committee are to sit at such
Times and Places as they, in their Discretion, shall think
fit: And are to continue for the Space of Eight Days,
and no longer.
House to seek the Lord.
Ordered, That the Parliament meet To-morrow Morning, in this Place, to seek the Lord for his Guidance and
Blessing on the Parliament, and their Proceedings: And
And that Dr. Owen be desired to be assistant in carrying
on the Duty of the Day, in this Place, To morrow
Morning; and that Colonel John Jones be desired to
acquaint him therewith.
Declaration to be sent to Lord Mayor.
Ordered, That a true Copy of the Declaration, concerning the Parliament's being restored to the Exercise
of their Trust, be sent to the Lord Mayor of the City of
London, to be by him published within the City, and
Liberties thereof; and that Alderman Atkin do deliver
the same, accordingly, unto him.
Peace of the City.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Lord Mayor of the
City of London, to take especial Care of the Preservation
of the Peace and Safety of the said City, and the
Liberties thereof: And that Alderman Atkin do acquaint
Administration of Justice.
Ordered, That the Lord Whitlock, Mr. AttorneyGeneral, Mr. Lechmere, Mr. John Corbet, Mr. Say, the
Lord Commissioner Lisle, Lord Chief Baron Wild, and
Mr. Marten, or any Three of them, be a Committee, to
consider, How the Administration of Justice may be, for
the present, carried on in this Commonwealth, by
Authority of Parliament; and to present a Bill for that
Purpose, on Monday next, if they think fit.
The Parliament adjourns to To-morrow Morning,
Eight a Clock.