Diary of Thomas Burton Esq: Volume 2, April 1657 - February 1658. Originally published by H Colburn, London, 1828.
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Wednesday, January 27, 1657.
The House, according to former order, met to keep a day of public humiliation. The exercises began at ten o'clock, and held till half an hour past five. (fn. 1)
Mr. Calamy's (fn. 2) text was Isaiah ix. 12.
Mr. Griffith's (fn. 3) text was 2 Chronicles xx.
Both were very good sermons. The first smelled Presbyterian; the other was for church government, but against imposing spirits; and it tasted a little of Court holy water.
The first professed himself never to have been a Court flatterer.
The exercises being done, it was moved that the ministers have the thanks of the House, and that they print their sermons, &c.
Mr. Scot and Major-General Haines were against their being printed, because preached within ourselves.
It was then moved for a collection for the poor, and agreed without putting any question.
Mr. Speaker said, he hoped he need not put a question upon it. (fn. 4)
Major Audley, and Alderman Gibbes and others, moved that speedy course be taken for ministers' maintenance, especially in Wales and the northern parts, which Mr. Griffith complained of much in his sermon, especially for poor Wales.