Cromwell summoned a second Parliament in 1656, although the hundred members who had resigned over the "Recognition" were excluded from elections. When the new members of Parliament arrived in Westminster in September, Cromwell greeted them with a stern speech full of anti-Royalist and anti-Catholic rhetoric. Cromwell warned the new members of the "enemy within," urged them to fight for the Reformation, and spoke of the threat of an imminent Spanish invasion. Despite Cromwell's pessimism, however, his second Parliament as Lord Protector proved very cooperative. Few of the members objected to the exclusion of the hundred members who had resigned earlier, and the House passed an act nullifying Charles Stuart's right to the crown. Parliament showed strong support for war with Spain, and even voted in favor of subsidies to prepare the army and navy in case of an invasion. The House was also more willing to support
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