Tuesday, January 27, 1656–7.
Mr. Speaker being come to the House, and the House
taking notice of his weakness of body, it was
Resolved, that, in respect of Mr. Speaker's present indisposition of body, the Lord Commissioner Whitlock be desired to take the chair, to supply the Speaker's place during
his absence occasioned thereby.
The Lord Commissioner Whitlock was brought to the
chair by Colonel Sydenham and Major-general Howard,
and, being there set, desired, since the House was pleased to
command his service in that place on this occasion, that the
House would be pleased to construe, with all candour, his
words and actions therein; and that they will give him a
freedom of minding them, and keeping them to the Orders of
the House, for the service and honour of the House.
Resolved, that those ceremonies and respects that were used
to the former Speaker, shall be used to the present Speaker,
and that he have the profits due to the Speaker. (fn. 1)
||Inserted verbatim, by Whitlock, in his Memorials. (1732) p. 564.