The Diary of Thomas Burton: 2 June 1657

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Diary of Thomas Burton Esq: Volume 2, April 1657 - February 1658. Originally published by H Colburn, London, 1828.

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Tuesday, June 2, 1657.

Several reports upon private business being made,

Colonel Jones and Lord Whitlock moved that the report for the Bill for Recusants might be made by myself. (fn. 1)

After much striving by Dr. Clarges touching a report upon the Bill for Buildings, and by Major Morgan for the Irish Bill of Attainder, and by Mr. Speaker and others for the Grand Committee of Excise, it was read, and in danger of recommitment upon the oath; but with much ado, we got that wrestled over, and the Bill, with all the Amendments (fn. 2) thereupon, was ordered to be ingrossed. This debate held till past one.

Busy about my report. I had no time to take notes.


  • 1. "Mr. Barton reported farther Amendments to the Bill for Recusants, which were twice read." Journals.
  • 2. The Committee had recommended that declarations against transubstantiation, and of a belief "that salvation cannot be merited by works, be omitted" in the oath. On "the question being put," both "passed with the negative." The Committee and the House agreed to exact a declaration, "that the Pope, neither of himself, nor by any authority of the Church or See of Rome," could "depose the Chief Magistrate of these nations, dispose of any of the territories thereto belonging," or absolve his subjects from their allegiance.—See Journals.