Diary of Thomas Burton Esq: Volume 1, July 1653 - April 1657. Originally published by H Colburn, London, 1828.
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Wednesday, February 18, 1656–7.
Resolved, that the Lord Whitlock have the thanks of this House, for his great and faithful service in the business of this House, as Speaker, during the absence of the present Speaker.
Resolved, that the sum of 500l., expended by the Lord Commissioner Whitlock, in his embassy into Sweden, over and above what he hath received, shall be forthwith paid unto him.
Resolved, that the sum of 2000l. be paid unto the said Lord Commissioner Whitlock, over and above the said 500l., in respect of his great and faithful service to the public in that embassy.
Ordered, that the Commissioners for the Treasury be required to pay the said several sums accordingly.
Ordered, that the Lord Commissioner Whitlock have the thanks of this House, for his great service in that embassy.
The Speaker, by command of the House, did give to the Lord Commissioner Whitlock, standing in his place, the thanks of this House, for his great and faithful service in that hazardous voyage undertaken by him as Ambassador to Sweden; and likewise for his readiness and faithfulness in the service of this House, as Speaker, in the absence of the present Speaker. (fn. 1)
A Bill, enjoining ministers and others to perform the duty of catechising, was this day read the second time; and upon the question, committed unto the same Committee that the Bill concerning the Sabbath is referred to. And all that come, shall have voices as to this business.
A Catechism was tendered to the House, to be the Catechism to be publicly taught, and to be made part of the Bill.
Resolved, that the title of this Book shall be read.
The title of the said Book was read accordingly, in these words, viz. "The Humble Advice of the Assembly of Divines, now, by the Authority of Parliament, sitting at Westminster, concerning a short Catechism." (fn. 2)
Resolved, that this Catechism be referred to this Committee.
Mr. Speaker acquainted the House, that his Highness hath invited all the Members of this House to dine with his Highness on Friday next, being the day of public thanksgiving, in the Banquetting House at Whitehall (fn. 3)