The Diary of Thomas Burton: 23 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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Monday, February 23, 1656–7.

Sir Christopher Pack presented a paper to the House, declaring it was somewhat come to his hand tending to the settlement of the nation, and of liberty, and of property; and prayed it might be received and read: and it being much controverted, whether the same should be read without further opening thereof,

And the question being put,

The House was divided.

The Noes went forth.

Noes 54. Colonel Sydenham and Mr. Robinson, Tellers.

Yeas 144. Sir Charles Wolseley and Colonel Fitzjames, Tellers.

So it passed in the affirmative, and it was

Resolved, that this paper, offered by Sir Christopher Pack, be now read.

The said paper was read accordingly, and was intituled "The bumble Address and Remonstrance of the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, now assembled in the Parliament of this Commonwealth. (fn. 1)

Resolved, that a candle be brought in.

Resolved, that the debate upon this paper be resumed tomorrow morning.


  • 1. Afterwards called the humble Petition and Advice. See it in the form in which it passed, May 26, 1657, Parl. Hist. xxi. 129–142. Whitlock says, "I declined the first delivery of the Petition and Adrice to the Parliament, not liking several things in it; but Sir Christopher Pack, to gain honour, presented it first to the House; and then the Lord Broghill, Glyn, and others, put it forward." Memorials, p. 656. Ludlow describes this paper, as "a shoe fitted to the foot of a monarch, though at present a blank was left for the title of the single person," He adds, "Those who still retained some affection to the Commonwealth, fell so furiously upon Pack for his great presumption, that they bore him down from the Speaker's chair to the bar of the House." Memoirs, ii. 583, 584.