Guibon Goddard's Journal: September 1653

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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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September 1653

Friday, September 2. Mr. Speaker acquainted the House he hath received copies of letters from the Duke of Guelders and Juliers, Count of Egmont and Zutphen, dated at Saint Cloud, near Paris, 26th of August, 1653, being credentials to Monsieur Lodowick de Grand, Lord of Brachey.

Resolved, that these letters be referred to the Council of State, to consider what is fit to be done herein.

Saturday 3. The humble petition of the young men and apprentices, who are in the prison of Bridewell by an order of Parliament, was this day read.

Monday 5. That for ten days, to begin on Thursday next, the House do take into consideration the business of money; and no other business to intervene.

Tuesday 6. A letter from the Great Duke of Tuscany, dated at Florence, the 2d of August, 1653, was read.

Ordered, that this letter be referred to the Council of State, to take notice thereof, as there shall be occasion, upon any transactions between this Commonwealth and the said Grand Duke of Tuscany.

Friday 9. Colonel Matthews reported from the Committee for Petitions, the humble petition of divers inhabitants of the parish of Barking, in the forest of Waltham, in Essex; together with the humble opinion of the Committee.

Ordered, that one acre of ground, in some convenient place, near the petitioners' dwellings, be assigned within the said forest, whereon to build a house for a meeting-place; and that twenty timber trees be also set out of the said forest, towards the building thereof; and that Colonel Matthews and Mr. Brewster do see the said ground and trees assigned, and set out accordingly; and that a Bill be brought in to this purpose.

Monday 26. Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper reported, that he had acquainted the Lord General with the offer of this House, touching the exchange of Hampton Court for New Hall, (fn. 1) according to the order; who returns his humble acknowledgment for the great respects of the House towards him therein; and his desires that the House would proceed to dispose thereof, according to their former resolution.

Ordered, that the house called Hampton Court, with the out-houses and gardens thereunto belonging, and the little park wherein it stands, be stayed from sale, until the Parliament take further order.


  • 1. Thirty-two miles from London, on the Harwich Road. Scarcely any place has been more variously occupied; from the Monks of Waltham to General Monk, who purchased it out of the royal reward of his treachery to the Commonwealth. See vol. iii. p. 323, note. Morant's Essex, ii. 13–15; Monthly Repository, (1808,) ii. 536, note .