Diary of Thomas Burton Esq: Volume 1, July 1653 - April 1657. Originally published by H Colburn, London, 1828.
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Monday, Nov. 3. Colonel Shapcot reports from the Committee for prisoners, the case of three Portuguese, condemned for murder, being servants to the late Portuguese Ambassador's brother, who was executed for the said murder; (fn. 1) it not appearing that the said persons had a hand actually therein, but only were present.
Tuesday 4. Notice being taken, that General Montague, one of the Generals at sea, being lately returned from sea with the Spanish prizes, was come into the House, he being returned to be a member: it was
Resolved, that thanks be given from this House to General Montague, (fn. 2) for his great and good services done for this Commonwealth at sea.
Resolved, that the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal, the Chief Justice, Baron Parker, and the rest of the members of this House that are in Westminster Hall, be sent for, to attend the service of the House.
Resolved, that this House doth agree with the said Committee, that 3l. the ton excise, be also added to the 6l. already imposed upon Spanish wines now in the vintners' hands; and that the same be considered in the price of wines.
That the customs upon raisins of the sun, be raised from 2s. the hundred weight, to 5s. the hundred weight; and that the customs upon all other Spanish raisins be raised from 1s. 6d. the hundred weight to 3s. the hundred weight, provided that for so much of the said raisins as shall be exported again, all the customs be paid back, except 1s. the hundred weight for raisins of the sun, and 9d. the hundred weight for all other Spanish raisins.
That Mr. Nathaniel Bacon, and Major Aston, be added to the Committee for Nayler's business. (fn. 3)
Friday 21. Ordered, that the report from the Grand Committee for religion, touching the false printing of the Bibles, (fn. 4) be made on Saturday morning next.
A Bill for settlement of a rent-charge of 100l. per annum, to be issuing out of the manors and lands of Samuel Johnson, Esq. for maintenance of 16 scholars, in several colleges, in the University of Cambridge, in pursuance of the gift of Robert Johnson, was read the second time.
Being brought in, and examined, he saith: he is the servant (fn. 5) of Mr. Mason, a member of this House; and hath been so three weeks. And thereupon withdrew.
Thursday 27. Mr. Drake reported, that the Committee appointed for that purpose did, yesterday, attend his Highness, according to the order, to desire his Highness to appoint a time for the House to present unto him some Bills which have passed this House. And that his Highness hath ap pointed this morning, about ten of the clock, for that purpose, to be in the Painted Chamber.
Ordered, that Colonel White do take care that the Fainted Chamber, and the passage thither, be cleared; and no person to come in but the members of the House, except such as his Highness brings with him.
And, having made two obeisances to the House, when he came into the middle of the House, with his mace in his hand, he declared to Mr. Speaker, that he was commanded by his Highness the Lord Protector, to let this House know that his Highness is in the Painted Chamber, and desires to speak with this honourable House. And thereupon withdrew.
Which being done, Mr. Speaker, attended with the whole House, the Clerk with the Bills in his hand, and the Serjeant with his mace, going next and immediately before him, went up to the Painted Chamber; where his Highness, attended with the Lord President and the rest of the Council, the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal, the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, the Lord Chief Justice of the Upper Bench, the Master of the Rolls, the Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, and the rest of the Judges, were expecting.
The Speaker addressed himself to his Highness, and gave an account of the employment of the House during their sitting; and that many Bills for the public good were upon the anvil. Some were completed, whereof some public; of which he made a particular relation.
The first he styled a Bill for the Parliament's preservation. The second, a Bill for quieting the possession of the government. The third, a Bill of security to his Highness; and in him, to every person in the nation. The fourth, an Act of manumission. And the fifth an Act of *****. Other Bills there were of private concernment to particular persons.
Which Bill his Highness caused to be read; and upon reading thereof, declared to the Clerk his consent to the same, in these words, "We do consent." And, thereupon, the Clerk made an entry thereof on the Bill, in these words, "The Lord Protector doth-consent." And read the same.
Then the Clerk read the title of the next Bill: which was an Act for renouncing and disannulling the pretended title of Charles Stuart, &c. Which Bill his Highness commanded to be read. Which was done accordingly; and his Highness's consent thereunto declared, entered, and published as before.
The Sergeant at Arms attending his Highness, and likewise the Sergeant attending the Parliament, stood all this time with their maces on their shoulders. And, his Highness having made a short speech, the Speaker, with the rest of the members, departed in the like order as they came thither, to the Parliament House.
That his Highness the Lord Protector be desired to issue a warrant to the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal, for sending forth writs for proclaiming these five Acts of Parliament, in all the counties, cities, boroughs, and towns of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and town of Berwick upon Tweed.
That the Committee do, in this Bill, provide for the preventing men of scandalous lives and conversations, to be elected officers in places of trust or power in Corporations; and also, to displace such persons out of such places. (fn. 6)