The Diary of Thomas Burton: 19 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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Friday, June 19,1657.

I was very sick all the forenoon, and had three messengers at my chamber-door to come away to the House with the report upon the Bill of Indemnity. I was not in condition to stir; and knowing the night before that it would be my ill day, I left the papers with Mr. Vincent, and engaged Colonel Shapcott to report for me, which was done accordingly. (fn. 1)

Colonel Shapcott reported amendments to the Bill for punishing such persons as live at high rates and have no visible estates, profession, or calling, to maintain the same; which were twice read, and, upon the question, agreed to.

Resolved, that this Bill, thus amended, be ingrossed.

Colonel Shapcott reported amendments to the Bill of In demnity, which were twice read and agreed; and the Bill, so amended, ordered to be ingrossed.

A Bill, intituled an Act for the preventing of the multiplicity of Buildings in and about the suburbs of London, and within ten miles thereof, was this day read the third time.

Post Meridiem.

The ingrossed Bill for the new buildings was read, and a great many provisos were tendered, and a long debate upon every one. The House seeing so many of them, (fn. 2) almost in every member's hand, were forced to pass this overnight vote. That no more provisos should be admitted, other than those that were that night delivered in to the clerk. After a large debate upon some of them till nine o'clock, the debate and the House were adjourned till to-morrow morning.


  • 1. The remainder of this forenoon is here supplied from the Journals.
  • 2. One of these provisos was to secure " the erecting and finishing certain houses and new buildings on three sides of the fields called Lincoln's-Inn-Fields; and for the conveying and opening the rest and residue of the said fields unto the Society of Lincoln's Inn; and for laying of the same into walks for common use and benefit; whereby the great annoyances which formerly have been to the said fields, will be taken away, and passengers there, for the future, better secured." Journals.