89. An Act abolishing the House of Lords.
[March 19, 1649. Scobell, ii. 8. See Commonwealth and
Protectorate, i. 3.]
The Commons of England assembled in Parliament, finding by too long
experience that the House of Lords is useless and dangerous to the people of
England to be continued, have thought fit to ordain and enact, and be it
ordained and enacted by this present Parliament, and by the authority of the
same, that from henceforth the House of Lords in Parliament shall be and is
hereby wholly abolished and taken away; and that the Lords shall not from
henceforth meet or sit in the said House called the Lords' House, or in any
other house or place whatsoever, as a House of Lords; nor shall sit, vote,
advise, adjudge, or determine of any matter or thing whatsoever, as a House of
Lords in Parliament: nevertheless it is hereby declared, that neither such
Lords as have demeaned themselves with honour, courage, and fidelity to the
Commonwealth, nor their posterities who shall continue so, shall be excluded
from the public councils of the nation, but shall be admitted thereunto, and
have their free vote in Parliament, if they shall be thereunto elected, as
other persons of interest elected and qualified thereunto ought to have.
And be it further ordained and enacted by the authority aforesaid, that
no Peer of this land, not being elected, qualified and sitting in Parliament as
aforesaid, shall claim, have, or make use of any privilege of Parliament,
either in relation to his person, quality, or estate, any law, usage, or custom
to the contrary notwithstanding.
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