Diary of Thomas Burton Esq: Volume 1, July 1653 - April 1657. Originally published by H Colburn, London, 1828.
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Friday, January 2,1656–7.
Mr. Fowell, Mr. Downing, Mr. Robinson, Lord Strickland, Mr. Pickering, Mr. Attorney-General, Captain Lilburn, Lord Whitlock and others, excepted against the Bill, for several clauses in it, especially against that clause which appointed a surveyor-general of the highways.
Mr. Robinson said, it was a minister that undertook the project. He doubted his skill in it; wished he would look to his own ways; we could look to ours ourselves. The office would be better than his benefice. He would be higher than Archbishop of Canterbury, at least 10,000l.; erecting such an office was generally disliked.
Mr. Bampfield affirmed a Report from a Grand Committee ought to precede all reports, much more a report from a Grand Committee of religion, of whom you had heard nothing these three or four months. He had waited above a month to report it, and desired this day the reading of it. It seemed to be conceded, what Mr. Bampfield affirmed.
Colonel Clarke. In respect of your being ill at ease, and for that upon your preservation depends much of the forwarding of our business, I desire you would now adjourn till Monday morning, that in the meantime, you may recover your health.
Lord Broghill. In respect of your health, I am not against adjourning till Monday, but I would have you appoint Tuesday to read the Bill for the Lord's-day. I hope you will not make a private business of it, and you have appointed Monday for nothing else but private business.
It had no tide, and a great many blanks for customs to be paid, so much for poor John, (fn. 1) and the like, &c.
Captain Hatsel and Mr. Fowell, urged that it was for the benefit of the nation, and advance of the fish trade, to give liberty for a time to export it, in regard it was much wanted in Spain, where our vessels could not come, and the Bill limited it to a time.
I writ nothing this day, in the House. A friend told me (Captain Lilburn) that it would be taken notice of. He heard it much talked on, at table, the day before. Colonel — (fn. 2) told me, a week since, that Lu: R: (fn. 3) had a purpose to take me down; but he wished me not to forbear, nor yet to take him off, for he was apt to forget.
This afternoon the Grand Committee for Religion should have met; but could not moke up the number. We dined in Fish-street, with Captain Atkins and Mr. Booth: cost us nothing, them 20s; coach, (fn. 4) 3s.