Bill recognising Richard Cromwell as Lord Protector introduced in the House of Commons

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Historical Context Note

Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector, had died at Whitehall on 3 September 1658, after a resurgence of the malarial fever from which he had suffered intermittently since 1630s. According to the terms of the current constitutional arrangement, the Humble Petition and Advice

, he could nominate his own successor, so his eldest surviving son, Richard, was quickly proclaimed Lord Protector. On 1 February 1659, a bill was brought before Parliament to confirm this de facto arrangement.

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