The Diary of Thomas Burton: 10 February 1656-7

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

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Tuesday, February 10, 1656–7.

The question being propounded, that leave be given to the members of this House to speak again concerning the vote of this House passed on Saturday last, whereby it was resolved, that it be referred to the Grand Committee to consider of a clause in the preamble or other part of the Bill, (fn. 1) "for asserting the rights of the people, that no money ought to be levied without common consent in Parliament."

The Yeas went forth.

Yeas 82. Captain Mason and Mr. Hampden, Tellers.

Noes 58. Colonel Rouse and Colonel White, Tellers.

So it was resolved, that such leave be given. (fn. 2)


  • 1. For raising 400,000l. See supra, p. 371.
  • 2. On February 13, Sindercom disappointed the executioner of his expected work and wages by an act of suicide, probably by poison, for which he accounted in the following paper, found in his apartment, and 'printed to a tittle just as he wrote it himself:"— "God knoweth my heart; I do take this course, because I would not have all the open shame of the world executed upon my body. I desire all good people not to judge amiss of me; for I do not fear my life, but do trust God with my soule. I did this thing without the privity of any person in the world. I do, before God and the world, clear my keeper, my sisters, mother, or brother, or any other of my relations; but it was done alone by myself, I say by me, Miles Sindercom, 13 day, 1656."—Mercurius Politicus. No. 348. "February 17th. His body was, according to law, drawn to the open place on Tower Hill, at a horse's tail, with his head forward; and there, under the scaffold of common execution, a hole being digged, he was turned in stark naked, and a stake, spiked with iron, was driven through him into the earth. That part of the stake which remains above ground being all plated with iron, which may stand as an example of terror to all traitors for the time to come."—Ibid.