Saturday 4 January 1667/68

Up, and there to the office, where we sat all the morning; at noon home to dinner, where my clerks and Mr. Clerke the sollicitor with me, and dinner being done I to the office again, where all the afternoon till late busy, and then home with my mind pleased at the pleasure of despatching my business, and so to supper and to bed, my thoughts full, how to order our design of having some dancing at our house on Monday next, being Twelfth-day. It seems worth remembering that this day I did hear my Lord Anglesey at the table, speaking touching this new Act for Accounts, say that the House of Lords did pass it because it was a senseless, impracticable, ineffectual, and foolish Act; and that my Lord Ashly having shown this that it was so to the House of Lords, the Duke of Buckingham did stand up and told the Lords that they were beholden to my Lord Ashly, that having first commended them for a most grave and honourable assembly, he thought it fit for the House to pass this Act for Accounts because it was a foolish and simple Act: and it seems it was passed with but a few in the House, when it was intended to have met in a grand Committee upon it. And it seems that in itself it is not to be practiced till after this session of Parliament, by the very words of the Act, which nobody regarded, and therefore cannot come in force yet, unless the next meeting they do make a new Act for the bringing it into force sooner; which is a strange omission. But I perceive my Lord Anglesey do make a mere laughing-stock of this Act, as a thing that can do nothing considerable, for all its great noise.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

Ossory to Ormond
Written from: [London]
Date: 4 January 1668

The King appears to bestow great favour and trust upon the Duke of Buckingham, who takes part in all the secret Councils, and treats with all the foreign Ministers. Sir William Coventry's credit appears to be diminished, as well by his non-attendance at one of the Chief debates for prosecuting Clarendon as by the great addresses he makes to the Duke of York, which give offence to "the violent party, now most prevalent, and looked upon as meritorious for pursuing Clarendon".

Notices various matters of personal talk at Court, and in town.…

A. Fagin  •  Link

Wow, what an incredible description of the discussion of this Act. Fast forward to 2011 and we might be reading the same about today's American congress. Perhaps all politicians.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

On the twelfth day of Christmas my husband gave to me...A roomful of dancers, groping guests to avoid, rival ladies to frown at, his jealousy to fend off, angry servants to deal with, invitations to send, a feast to prepare, shopping to do, an old gown to dress up, a house to cleanup, his worries about Parliament to comfort, and no diamond locket to replace Will Hew-er's

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"it seems it was passed with but a few in the House, when it was intended to have met in a grand Committee upon it."

On 18 December 1667 it had been remitted to a select committee instead of to a Committee of the Whole: LJ, XII. 175-6. (L&M note)

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