Diary of Ralph Josselin (Private Collection)

29.7.1647 (Thursday 29 July 1647)

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29. Met at Mr Tompsons , agreed to keep a solemn fast at Coggeshall August:5: to entreat god for this poor nation

This day the most of the Lords and members being withdrawn the members that continued met chose a new speaker one Pelham , voted themselves a parliament(,) Massey was chosen to command the City forces, Skippon refusing.

the army marching up towards London to redress tumults, the City makes great preparations to defend themselves, and impute the combustions to the army, meddling with their militia which they told them would raise the foundations and cause tumults,