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Unformatted text preview: Parliament's opposition to Cromwell's push for religious tolerance and to the maintenance of a standing army did not subside, however. Furthermore, the conservatives continued to push for a constitutional settlement that would put some sort of hereditary office at the head of the government. For a time, Cromwell refused even to consider providing for a successor to his title, but in February 1657 he finally gave his approval to having the issue debated in the House of Commons. At the end of March, the members of Parliament presented Cromwell with what was called the Humble Petition, which contained Parliament's proposals for the settlement. The Humble Petition contained a number of provisions, among them an outline for a limited, hereditary monarchy. The petition also endorsed the principle that Parliament should approve all the great officers of state as well as all new taxes, and called for a recreation of the...
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