90. An Act declaring England to be a Commonwealth.
[May 19, 1649. Scobell, ii. 30. See Commonwealth and
Protectorate, i. 57.]
Be it declared and enacted by this present Parliament, and by the
authority of the same, that the people of England, and of all the dominions and
territories thereunto belonging, are and shall be, and are hereby constituted,
made, established, and confirmed, to be a Commonwealth and Free State, and
shall from henceforth be governed as a Commonwealth and Free State by the
supreme authority of this nation, the representatives of the people in
Parliament, and by such as they shall appoint and constitute as officers and
ministers under them for the good of the people, and that without any King or
House of Lords.
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