The Triennial Act, 1640
Whereas by the laws and statutes of this realm the Parliament ought to be holden at least once every year for the redress of grievances, but the appointment of the time and place for the holding thereof hath always belonged, as it ought, to His Majesty and his royal progenitors: and whereas it is by experience found that the not holding of Parliaments accordingly hath produced sundry and great mischiefs and inconveniences to the King's Majesty, the Church and Commonwealth; for the prevention of the like mischiefs and inconveniences in time to come.
"The Triennial Act." The Constitutional Documents of the Puritan Revolution. Ed. Samuel Rawson Gardiner. Oxford: Clarendon, 1906. 1625-660. The Online Library of Liberty. Liberty Fund, Inc., 13 Apr. 2016. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.
The Triennial Act is a reflection of the