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. Gerrard moved for Dr. Reynolds (fn. 3) to preach.
Mr. Knightley moved for Mr. Manton, (fn. 4) his parish minister.
Mr. Weaver moved for Mr. Calamy. (fn. 5)
Major-General Kelsey moved for Dr. Owen. (fn. 6)
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.
Resolved, that it be on Friday next, in the House. (fn. 7)
Sir Walter Earle. We must not spend time in compliment. (fn. 8)
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)