Tuesday, June 2, 1657.
Several reports upon private business being made,
Colonel Jones and Lord Whitlock moved that the report for
the Bill for Recusants might be made by myself. (fn. 1)
After much striving by Dr. Clarges touching a report
upon the Bill for Buildings, and by Major Morgan for the
Irish Bill of Attainder, and by Mr. Speaker and others for
the Grand Committee of Excise, it was read, and in danger
of recommitment upon the oath; but with much ado, we got
that wrestled over, and the Bill, with all the Amendments (fn. 2)
thereupon, was ordered to be ingrossed. This debate held
till past one.
Busy about my report. I had no time to take notes.
||"Mr. Barton reported farther Amendments to the Bill for Recusants, which were twice read." Journals.
||The Committee had recommended that declarations against transubstantiation, and of a belief "that salvation cannot be merited by works,
be omitted" in the oath. On "the question being put," both "passed
with the negative." The Committee and the House agreed to exact a
declaration, "that the Pope, neither of himself, nor by any authority of
the Church or See of Rome," could "depose the Chief Magistrate of
these nations, dispose of any of the territories thereto belonging," or
absolve his subjects from their allegiance.—See Journals.