The Diary of Thomas Burton: 21 March 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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Saturday, March 21, 1656–7.

Resolved, that it be offered to his Highness, as the advice of the Parliament, that his Highness will be pleased to grant a pardon, under the Great Seal of England, unto John Cecil, who was in the late plot against his Highness's person. (fn. 1)

Mr. Bedford reported from the Committee, amendments to the Bill touching Recusants.

Resolved, that this Bill, with the amendments, be recommitted to the same Committee.

Resolved, that it be referred to the same Committee, to consider bow the people of this Commonwealth may be restrained from going to mass at the houses of the ambassadors, or other places.

Resolved, that it be referred to this Committee, that like care be taken, for suppressing Popery in Scotland, as is for England: and that they take the like care for Ireland. (fn. 2)


  • 1. See supra, p. 355.
  • 2. An Herculean labour, yet to he accomplished. Sir W. Petty, a great authority on the subject, says, in his 'Political Anatomy of Ireland,' (1672) "there be in Ireland 8 Papists for 3 others." He had just before calculated, "that the British Protestants and Church have 3–4ths of all the lands; 5–6ths of all the housing; 9–10ths of all the housing, in walled towns; and 2–3rds of the foreign trade." This enlightened political philosopher proposes the "declining all military means of settling and securing Ireland in peace and plenty." Instead of these, he recommends whatever "shall tend to the transmuting one people into the other, and the thorough union of interests upon natural and lasting principles." See Political Anatomy (1691) pp.27, 29.