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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 
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