The Diary of Thomas Burton: 13 April 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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Monday, April 13,1657.

Lord Whitlock acquaints the House that the Committee (fn. 1) attended his Highness on Saturday last, and his Highness was pleased to appoint them to meet his Highness again this morning, at eight of the clock.

Resolved, that the debate upon the Report made by Mr. Secretary on Saturday last, (fn. 2) be adjourned till Wednesday morning. (fn. 3)


  • 1. This Committee consisted of ninety-nine members; the Speaker, probably, being added to complete a hundred. They were chosen April 9th, in consequence of the following resolutions;— "That a Committee be appointed to wait upon his Highness, in reference to what his Highness did yesterday propose in his speech, now reported to the House. "That this Committee have power to receive from his Highness his doubts and scruples, touching any of the particulars contained in the humble Petition and Advice formerly presented; and in answer thereunto, to offer to his Highness reasons for his satisfaction, and for the maintenance of the resolutions of this House: and such particulars as they cannot satisfy his Highness in, that they report the same to the Parliament."— Journals. Resolved, that this House, after the rising thereof, be adjourned till to-morrow morning, eight of the clock. See also, " Monarchy Asserted to be the Most Ancient and Legal Form of Government, in a conference had at Whitehall, with Oliver, late Lord Protector, and a Committee of Parliament." 1660. p. 1. The managers in this Committee were nine, Lord Chief-Justices, St. John and Glynn; Lords Commissioners, Whitlock, Lisle, and Fiennes;Lord Broghill, the Master of the Rolls, (Lenthall) Sir Charles Wolseley, Sir Richard Onslow, and Colonel Jones. Their speeches, at length, with the Protector's replies and rejoinders, are preserved in the volume just quoted. See also Parl. Hist. xxi. 66–126.
  • 2. With this Report, giving "some account of a design lately discovered," Mr. Secretary " produced a book printed, called,' a Standard'; and likewise the painted standard, which was taken, being a red lion couchant, with this motto, 'Who shall rouse him up?' " —Journals.
  • 3. The entry, for this day, is verbatim, as in the Journals.