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The Clarke Papers. Selections from the Papers of William Clarke, Secretary to the Council of the Army, 1647-1649, and to General Monck and the Commanders of the Army in Scotland, 1651-1660, ed. C.H. Firth (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1899). 4 vols.
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April 4, 1657.—
f. 36b.Yesterday his Highnesse sent a lettre to the House desiring them to send a Committee to him in the afternoone, which accordingly was done. His Highnes’ speech to the Comittee I have sent inclosed, which made many joyfull, and others sad. Wee have bin this day debating whether to adhere to our former vote, that his Highnes should accept of all or nothing, and about one of the cloke this day wee came to a question, which was wether the Parliament would adheare to there former votes in the Petition and Advice, and it was carryed in the afermative; upon which it was moved that a Committee might bee appointed to draw out the reasons which moved the House to such resolutions as was contayned in the petition and advise delivered to his Highnes, the debate whereof is adjorned to Munday morning. Its enough my Lord to set before you our turnes, straytes, dificulties, for I am not able to give a judgement therein, onely should thinke if wee acted soberly, wee might be contented to have the good things his Highnes likes soe well setled, although he cannot accept of the title, which many thinks would propogate a good interest, but surely that is not a matter of such consequence as ought to be insisted one.
April 4, 1657.—
f. 37.The inclosed paper containes the substance of his Highnesse’ speech delivered yesterday to a Comittee of Parliament, who by order of the House attended at Whitehall (upon a letter his Highnes writ all with his owne hand, and sent to the Parliament for that purpose). The thing will speake it selfe, though there are various coments put upon it suetable to the severall affections of respective persons, some declaring it possitive, others inferre roome for a farther adresse. However the Parliament after much debate this day passed a vote to adhere to their former votes, and appointed Munday morning to consider of a Comittee to draw up reasons to cleare theire proceedings, and (if it may bee yet) to endeavour his Highnes’ acceptation, at least (as they call it) a more Parliamentary answer. Some eminent ones that have bin very instrumentall in framing this great worke appeared not in the House this day, and ’tis questionable when they will, though they have bin otherwayes sollicited by frinds. This dayes vote was carried by 9 or 10 voyces, and some moved that the House would adjorne for some time.
April 9, 1657.—
Yesterday the whole House mett his Highnesse in the Banquetting House with the votes for adheering to their Petition and Advice. His answer is heerin inclosed. This morning the House appointed a Committee to conferre with him accordingly, and to endeavour his satisfaction, and have adjourned the House till Saturday.