The Diary of Thomas Burton: 3 March 1658-9

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Diary of Thomas Burton Esq: Volume 3, January - March 1659. Originally published by H Colburn, London, 1828.

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Thursday, March 3, 1658–9.

The House was adjourned, with a. saving to the sitting of all Committees, and that the Committee of Grievances should sit till twelve in the forenoon.

They sat accordingly in the House,

Colonel Terrill in the chair.

They read the Petition of the Beer-brewers against the Excise, and appointed it a day for hearing, as also several other Petitions.

The most part of the day was spent in hearing counsel at the bar, upon Long and Edwards's business, about Long's claim to the Register's Office in Chancery; and put the further hearing of it till next meeting; as also to hear the claim of Lady Jermine, who it seems has a better title than either of the others.

The Committee of Privileges sat in the afternoon till eight at night, in hearing the business of Petersfield, which was recommitted.

Counsel being heard on both sides; it was resolved nemine contradicente, that the freeholders had a right equal with the burgagers to elect burgesses, so that it was carried for Mr. Cole.

I came late, so know not what other business passed that day. (fn. 1)


  • 1. "Captain Langley to Secretary Thurloe. Leith, March 3, 1658–9. "Here are severall bookes sent downe, one entitled the Leveller; another, the Good Ould Cause, and some other, whose names I have not. I question not, but that your Lordshipp hath hard and seene of them, soe that I shall not need to say any more, then that they are of dangerose consequence as to — and all the partie are extremely taken with them. I can tell you, when need requires, how they come handed heather, and who writes the goaud intelligence, out of the House to the A. B. when you think good to make use of it; but I am not willing to commit too much to—(it may bee the miscarryinge of a packitt.) You little think how the newes for passing the vote for recognision of his Highness troubled the A. B. and other of, &c. soe that they are freted to the very galle, and the House of Loords ads much to the sorow; yett they hope for a helpe at last, but few can desearne this; for 'tis order by the— that all bee caried plausibly as to the outward. I speak nothing but one sure knowledge; therefore believe me, the A. B. and those of the vanting crew, are your two antagonists, throughout the whole. But that might have been helped long since: pardon mee, Sir, I could tell you how 'tis sed, that one partie is for the other House to consist of the ould Lords, and another of the new; and that the third, hering the debats, smiles in silence at you boath: these they title, the ould statist, with many such like passages, which pleaseth very much; and how they will —you a — at last. I must pot inlarge in these." See "Thurloe State Papers," vii. 627.