Diary of Thomas Burton Esq: Volume 2, April 1657 - February 1658. Originally published by H Colburn, London, 1828.
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Monday, May 25, 1657.
Mr. Downing moved, that in regard the noble lord was not there who was to report from his Highness, that short ingrossed Bill for changing the market day at Carlisle, might be read; which was done accordingly.
Mr.— (fn. 1) offered a Bill for the better maintenance of the ministers of Portsmouth, which was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Saturday next.
Lord Chief-Justice Glynn. (fn. 2) I stand up only to acquaint you that the Committee did attend his Highness, who returned this answer: That her would meet this House this day, in the Fainted Chamber at ten o'clock.
Mr. Fowell. I move that you present all the Bills that you have ready; for this Bill (fn. 3) is a changing of the government. It is worthy your consideration whether, if this Bill pass, you lose not all your business of this Parliament; should every Bill be required to pass the other House, before it be a law.
Mr. Bampfield. I move to have all the Bills carried up, for it is very clear that no law can pass after this Petition and Advice, but by consent of the three estates. Another House may be set up to-morrow, and yet this House stand too. I should be sorry to surprise his Highness, but when he passed Bills before, his Highness had no particular notice of what was to pass, yet he gave his consent upon the knowledge he had had before.
Colonel Jones. I move that you would carry up no more Bills. It may be the way to lose your Bill; for it is probable he will have time to deliberate. I desire rather it may be two or three days hence, and would only carry this Bill at this time; also the Resolves touching the Commissioners and other matters. These indeed I would have carried up.
Mr. Bodurda. There is no need to carry up the Resolves now; for the vote for 600,000l. per annum is security sufficient for all the rest. (fn. 4) Again, you must, if you carry up other Bills, make an Act to preserve the Sessions, as you did before.
Mr. Godfrey. I move that you present the Bills that you have ready; for it is clear that the passing this Bill determines the power of making laws by this Parliament, without the other House. I move that his Highness may have notice that you are not ready.
Mr. Lechmere. I move that a Bill may be drawn up to preserve your Sessions, and that will be sufficient; for I cannot give my verdict upon what was moved before, that no laws can pass without the consent of the other estates.
Amidst this debate his Highness's carriages passed by, and Mr. Downing espied them, and said his Highness was passed by. Some called out" Scout, scout !" (fn. 5) and altum risum. The former debates fell all asleep.
Mr. Speaker desired direction what to say or do; whether the clerk or he should read the Petition and Advice, or any part of it, and what he should say; and if his Highness did not consent, what should be entered. And he offered a question, that it should be read by the clerk and his Highness's consent desired thereunto.
The Bill for Captain Arthur (fn. 6) was read and opened, and the debate adjourned till to-morrow morn.
The House being acquainted that a serjeant from his Highness was at the door, he was called in. It was Serjeant Middleton, who acquainted the House that his Highness was in the Lord's House, and commanded him to acquaint the House with it.
This misnomer of the place caused altum silentium, and it was excused thus, and so entered in the book that his Highness was in the Painted Chamber. (fn. 7)
The message being delivered, there was no time for further debate; but it was presently moved that Lord Tweedale and Lord Eure should lead the Speaker to the Painted Chamber, which was done accordingly.
Mr. Speaker acquainted his Highness that the Parliament had commanded him to acquaint his Highness with the alterations in the Petition and Advice, and to desire his consent to the whole, mutato nomine tantum, and his Highness presently gave his consent, and then made a short speech, as see hereafter, as also Mr. Speaker's speech; and the House returned again.