Thursday, January 15, 1656–7.
The Grand Committee upon the Excise Bill sat, and dispatched all till they came to the polling clause. (fn. 1) Some cried
for the question, to throw it out, but there it sticks. Colonel
Briscoe told me, that Mr. Godfrey and others thought that
the clause debated upon in the Scotch Bill, viz. that no taxes
nor public impositions should be laid upon the people of this
commonwealth, but by common consent in Parliament, would
do better in this Bill than in any other, for this must have an
affirmative from his Highness. Others might be more likely
to receive a negative. I wrote in the office.
I know not what Committees sat this afternoon, for I was
upon visits to Mr. Speaker, who was loth to be seen, and
with Cousin Hilton till past eight, and came home in the
||See supra, pp. 292, 293.