Diary of Thomas Burton Esq: Volume 1, July 1653 - April 1657. Originally published by H Colburn, London, 1828.
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Wednesday, January 21, 1656–7.
Mr. Speaker acquainted the House, that he had received (as sent from the Council) copies of the examinations of John Cecil and John Toope, read in this House the 19th of January, instant; (fn. 1) and also a printed book, intituled "A True Account of the late bloody and inhuman Conspiracy, against his Highness, the Lord Protector, and this Common wealth." (fn. 2)
Ordered, that the said copies of the said examinations do remain on record in Parliament; and that the said book do remain in this House.
The Lord Commissioner Whitlock reported, that the Committee appointed to wait upon his Highness, the Lord Protector, to appoint a time when this House may attend on his Highness, to congratulate with him for the great mercy and deliverance, that his Highness is pleased to give the Parlia merit a meeting on Friday next, at eleven o'clock in the morning, at Whitehall.
The House, according to former Order, resumed the debate adjourned yesterday, upon the Bill for continuing and assessing of a tax for maintaining of the militia forces.
During this debate, exceptions were taken against words spoken by Mr. Cromwell, (fn. 3) as charging some Major-generals to have acted unjustly, and against law. It was desired, that they might be named; but it was put off until the main debate ended, that it might not interrupt the same.