Diary of Thomas Burton Esq: Volume 3, January - March 1659. Originally published by H Colburn, London, 1828.
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Friday, January 28, 1658–9. (fn. 1)
Mr. Peters (fn. 2) prayed, standing.
Mr. Bacon moved, that Wednesday be appointed for a fast in the House.
Mr. Knightley moved for a fast.
Mr. Gerrard moved for Dr. Reynolds (fn. 3) to preach.
Resolved, nemine contrudicente.
Mr. Knightley moved for Mr. Manton, (fn. 4) his parish minister.
Resolved, nemine contradicente.
Mr. Weaver moved for Mr. Calamy. (fn. 5)
Major-General Kelsey moved for Dr. Owen. (fn. 6)
Dr. Clarges moved for Mr. Calamy.
Sir Arthur Haslerigge moved for the same.
Lord Lambert moved for Dr. Owen.
There was a great debate about which should be of the two.
Mr. Grove. To prevent reflection, I move for both to be appointed, and that all the four carry on the work of the day, two preach and two pray; as themselves should agree of it.
Mr. Bacon seconded that motion.
Mr. Bodurda and Mr. Knightley moved to put the question for them singly. Otherwise, you include men's votes, that, haply, would be for one, and not for the other.
A great debate arose which should be put first.
Lord Lambert was for Dr. Owen.
Sir Walter Earle was for Mr. Calamy.
Sir Arthur Haslerigge was for Mr. Calamy, first, and highly commended him.
Mr. Hoskins was for the same.
Resolved, to put Dr. Owen first, because, as it was urged, the motion for him was first seconded.
A debate arose about the place.
Mr. Knightley was for Saint Margaret's church.
Major Burton and Mr. Bodurda were for the House.
Sir Arthur Haslerigge. I am for the House. The minister cannot speak so freely in public, to tell of faults and duties, for a reflection upon the Parliament there, is a reflection upon the nation. People come there with ill ears, to reproach if they can. There is a mixture of hearers. Though there be less room here, and crowding, and want of air; yet I would expose myself to any inconvenience within these walls, to hear our faults and our duties.
Mr. Jenyns. I am sorry to hear this House has so many faults, that they may not be told of them publicly. I move that St. Margaret's be the place.
Resolved, that it be on Friday next, in the House. (fn. 7)
Serjeant Dendy made a set speech for thanks to be given to Dr. Goodwin.
Nobody seconded him. They said the sermon was to the Lords, and they must thank him.
Sir Walter Earle. We must not spend time in compliment. (fn. 8)
Mr. Speaker moved to call the House.
Mr. Scawen moved, not to call it, till the House be full.
Resolved, that the Committee for Elections and Privileges (fn. 9) do, in the first place, consider of those returns, where more than ought to be are returned for one place, and make their report thereof speedily to the House.
Resolved, that all such as will question any elections now already returned, shall do the same by petition, within twenty-eight days from this day, and that those that shall question any elections, to be hereafter returned, shall likewise do the same within twenty-eight days after the return thereof.
Resolved, that the Committee for elections and privileges, do mark and read the petitions to be delivered in to them, concerning questionable elections, in order as they shall be delivered in; and that they do appoint days for hearing and proceeding upon the same, accordingly; and report the same to the House, in order as they shall be determined.
Resolved, that the Committee of elections and privileges do, in the first place, examine the mistake concerning the return of Colonel Salmon, to be one of the members of this House, and do first report the same to the House.
Resolved, that the Committee this day appointed for elections and privileges, do sit, notwithstanding the adjournment of the House. John Smythe, Clerk of the Parliament, to attend the petitions. (fn. 10)