The Diary of Thomas Burton: 20 April 1659

Pages 468-469

Diary of Thomas Burton Esq: Volume 4, March - April 1659. Originally published by H Colburn, London, 1828.

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Wednesday, April 20, 1659.

The term began. I was to see Captain Lister, and Cousin Ja: in Fleet Street, Mr. H. not come thither, was expected last night. I visited the Countess of Hatton, and Justice Lowther's widow.

This morning the House was in a Grand Committee.

Mr. Reynolds was in the chair.

Query, what was done. (fn. 1)

The other House sat till six at night upon debate of the two votes sent up yesterday, (fn. 2) and adjourned till tomorrow.

It seems they were yesterday divided, whether it should be debated or no, and it was carried in the affirmative, but by one vote, and that, as it is said, mistaken.

The officers met at Wallingford House, (fn. 3) but presently adjourned. No members of this House there. Query.

The Committee of Grievances sat.

Colonel Terrill was in the chair.

The Committee for maimed soldiers (fn. 4) sat in the Inner Court of Wards.

T. B. was in the chair till six.

Committee of Lord Arundel (fn. 5) in the Star Chamber.

Committee of reduced officers in the Speaker's Chamber.


  • 1. "Upon the report of Mr. Reynolds, from the Grand Committee, concerning the revenue and debts of the Commonwealth, "Resolved, that it he referred to the Committee for Inspecting the Accompts and the Revenue of the Commonwealth, to consider how the several debts mentioned in the accompt, stated March 30, 1659, amounting to 41,761l. 19s. 2d. due and owing by the Sub-Commissioners and Farmers of the Excise, may be forthwith brought in, and paid into the receipt of the Exchequer. "Resolved, that the House be resolved into a Grand Committee, on Friday morning next, to take into further consideration the matters referred to a Grand Committee, concerning the revenue and debts of the Commonwealth." MS. and Journals. Westminster, April 20. The House spent most part of the day in a Grand Committee; about the raising of monies for the public occasions of the Commonwealth." Mercurius Politicus, No. 563, p. 383.
  • 2. See supra, p. 465.
  • 3. See supra, p. 453, note ‡.
  • 4. See supra, p. 463.
  • 5. See supra, p. 389.