Guibon Goddard's Journal: September 1656

Diary of Thomas Burton Esq: Volume 1, July 1653 - April 1657. Originally published by H Colburn, London, 1828.

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'Guibon Goddard's Journal: September 1656', in Diary of Thomas Burton Esq: Volume 1, July 1653 - April 1657, (London, 1828) pp. cxlvi-cxlviii. British History Online [accessed 13 April 2024]

September 1656

Wednesday, Sept. 17,1656. His Highness the Lord Protector, attended by the Lord President and the rest of his Highness's Council, and other officers of state, came to the Abbey Church in Westminster; where, also, the members of Parliament met, and heard a sermon preached by Dr. Owen, dean of Christ Church, and Vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford; (fn. 1) and from thence his Highness came to the Painted Chamber, where most of the members of Parliament were present: to whom his Highness communicated the occasion of calling this present Parliament. (fn. 2)


  • 1. From Isaiah, xiv. 32. Parl. Hist. xxi. 23.
  • 2. Journals. This Speech is now printed, most probably, for the first time. I have copied it from the MS. collection described infra, p. 370, ad fin. The following is the result of an earlier enquiry. "Upon the strictest search, we have, not been able to meet with Cromwell's speech, at the opening of this Parliament; nor is there the least sketch of it in the Journals of the House, the diaries, or the contemporary writers. From hence, we are inclined to think that, for reasons of state, it was never printed." Parl. Hist. (1760,) xxi. 24.