The Diary of Thomas Burton: 19 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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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 clock.

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)


  • 1. See vol. i. p. 37, note.
  • 2. See vol. i. p. 5, note.
  • 3. The following article of intelligence may serve to show the public interest which, at this time, the growing sect of the Quakers continued to excite:— "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.