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In 1641 Charles I gave his consent to a bill which declared that the Long Parliament could not be dissolved save by its own consent. After 1645 the absentees were replaced by ‘recruiters’, returned at by‐elections, and by March 1647 244 new members had been brought in. By the time of its dissolution, fewer than 100 members of the pre‐war House of Commons were in attendance.

Subjects: British History.

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