Diary of Thomas Burton Esq: Volume 1, July 1653 - April 1657. Originally published by H Colburn, London, 1828.
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Tuesday, November 1. Resolved, that Friday, in every week, be set apart for business of the law.
That it be referred to the Committee of the Law, to bring in a Bill for taking away holidays, and the observation of those days which are not juridical.
That two hours be spent, on Saturday next, in prayer and hearing; and the House adjourned from Friday to Monday.
That Mr. Marshall be desired to preach at Margaret's, Westminster, on Saturday, the 5th of November.
The House proceeded to the election of members for the Council of State, to continue for six months.
Monday 14. A letter from the Burgomasters and Senators of the Free Imperial City of Lubeck, was read.
Another letter, from the Senate of Hamburgh, was read.
Ordered, that these letters be referred to the Council of State, to prepare such answer to be given to them, as they shall think fit.
Thursday 17. Resolved, that the power of patrons to present to benefices, shall, from henceforth, be taken away; and that a Bill be brought in for that purpose.
Monday 28. Ordered, that it be referred to the Committee for the Poor, to consider of the business, where inclosures have been, or shall be made; how there may be a prevention of depopulations and decay of tillage; and offer to the House what they shall think fit to be done therein.