Diary of Thomas Burton Esq: Volume 1, July 1653 - April 1657. Originally published by H Colburn, London, 1828.
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Saturday, January 31, 1656–7.
Ordered, that the Petition concerning the poor of Westminster, and the suburbs, be read on Monday morning next.
A declaration, setting forth the grounds and reasons for setting apart Friday, the 20th day of February, for a day of public thanksgiving, was this day read.
Resolved, that the day of thanksgiving be on Friday the 20th of February next.
Resolved, that this clause be inserted; viz. that all ministers in their respective congregations be required to publish this narrative on the Lord's Day before the day of public thanksgiving.
Resolved, that they be exhorted on all occasions, in their prayers in the public congregations, to pray for the Lord Protector and all that are in authority in this Commonwealth.