Thursday, February 19, 1656–7.
Ordered, that this House do meet and sit at eight of the
clock every morning. (fn. 1)
Ordered, that at ten of the clock every day, the House will
take the business of money into consideration.
Resolved, that every morning, after a private Bill read, the
House do receive reports from the Committees till ten of the
Ordered, that the Bill for Prisoners and Creditors (fn. 2) be read
the second time on Monday next.
Ordered, that Mr. Speaker do grant his warrant, to seize
upon such seditious and popish books as the Committee shall
appoint, under the hand of the chairman.
A Bill for an assessment upon England, at the rate of
60,000l. by the month, for three months, was read the first
time. (fn. 3)
||See vol. i. p. 37, note.
||See vol. i. p. 5, note.
||The following article of intelligence may serve to show the public
interest which, at this time, the growing sect of the Quakers continued
"Westminster, February 22. This day, being the Lord's Day, the
persons called Quakers, which were brought from Bristol with James
Nayler,—viz. John Stranger, and Hannah his wife, Martha Summons and
Dorcas Erbury,—remaining yet undischarged under the custody of the
serjeant-at-arms, but now somewhat altered in their carriage, went to
the Abbey, morning and afternoon, where they gave ear civilly and attentively to the sermons of Mr. John Rowe, an eminent preacher, whose
spiritual doctrine so far wrought upon them, that they intend to hear him again, which gives hopes that they may be rectified in their judgment."
Mercurius Politicus, No. 350.
Mr. Rowe was an independent minister of some eminence. To his
congregation had been allotted a part of the Abbey-church, as a meetinghouse.