Saturday, January 31, 1656–7.
Ordered, that the Petition concerning the poor of Westminster, and the suburbs, be read on Monday morning next.
A declaration, setting forth the grounds and reasons for
setting apart Friday, the 20th day of February, for a day of
public thanksgiving, was this day read.
Resolved, that the day of thanksgiving be on Friday the
20th of February next.
Resolved, that this clause be inserted; viz. that all ministers in their respective congregations be required to
publish this narrative on the Lord's Day before the day of
Resolved, that they be exhorted on all occasions, in their
prayers in the public congregations, to pray for the Lord
Protector and all that are in authority in this Commonwealth.