Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Lunæ, 25 die Martii; 1° Willielmi et Mariæ.
Westminster &c. Courts of Conscience.
Leave of Absence.
Message from the King.
Mr. Hamden, One of his Majesty's most honourable Privy Council, acquaints the House, That he had a Message from his Majesty in Writing, and signed by him; And he delivered the same to Mr. Speaker; who read the same to the House; being as followeth:
HIS Majesty, out of an earnest Desire to deliver His People from the Guilt, Reproach, and Penalties, which many of them may be liable to; and to put an End to all Controversies arising between his Subjects, by reason of any Disorders in the late Times; and to take away all Distinctions and Occasions of Discord among them, to the End that they, having an entire Confidence in His Majesty, and perfect Union amongst themselves, may be encouraged in their Duty to His Government, and more fully and securely enjoy the Benefit of it; and His Majesty, judging, that the best Way to render this His Gracious Purpose most extensive and effectual, is to pass an Act of Free and General Pardon, Indemnity, and Oblivion: His Majesty doth earnestly recommend the Consideration thereof to both Houses of Parliament, that, with all the Expedition a Matter of that Kind will admit, they may prepare a Bill for that Purpose, for the Royal Assent; with such Exceptions only, as to them shall seem necessary for the Vindication of publick Justice, the Safety of Their Majesties, and the Settlement and Welfare of the Nation for the future.
Address of Thanks.
And it is referred to Sir Christopher Musgrave, Sir Tho. Clarges, Mr. Finch, Mr. Hamden, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Mr. Sommers, Sir Hen. Goodrick, Mr. Dalben, Mr. Buscowen, Mr. Attorney General, Sir Wm. Williams, Sir Rob. Nappier, Lord Wiltshire, Mr. Howe, Sir Thom. Lee, Sir Hen. Capell, Mr. Eyres, Sir Robert Danvers: And they are to meet this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber; and to make their Report to the House with all convenient Speed.
Oaths of Supremacy and Allegiance.
Journals to be examined of 1660.
And it is referred to Sir Hen. Goodrick, Sir Christopher Musgrave, Mr. Hamden, Mr. Garway, Sir Tho. Clarges, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Sir Tho. Littleton, Sir Rob. Cotton, Mr. Attorney General, Mr. Dalben, Sir Wm. Williams, Mr. Grey, Mr. Finch, Mr. Capell, Mr. Harbord, Sir John Guise, Sir Hen. Capell, Mr. Russell, Major Wildman, Sir Trevor William, Mr. Eyres; or any Three of them: And they are to meet this Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber; and to make their Report to the House with all convenient Speed.
Leave of Absence.
Rooms kept from the Service of the House.
Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this House do make Enquiry, why the Rooms called the Star Chamber, Duchy Chamber, Exchequer Chamber, Court of Wards, and Queen's Court, are not reserved and admitted to be for the Service of the Parliament.
Privilege-a Person committed for untrue information.
And they being come in; and Mr. Bowtell being asked, Who was present besides himself; and he saying, that Mrs. Bromfeild, the Woman of the House, and one Mr. Butler, and Mr. Chomly, who were now present;
They, being examined touching the same, denied they heard so much as the late or the now King named, or any thing against the Government spoken of: But said, Mr. Bowtell was in Drink; and that Captain Motley and he were discoursing about Ships; and that he gave the Captain ill Words.
Answer respecting Navy and Army.
Mr. Hamden acquaints the House, That he, and other of the Members who were of his Majesty's most honourable Privy Council, had, according to the Order of Saturday last, attended his Majesty with the humble Desires of the House, touching an Estimate of what Fleet will be necessary for the Summer's Service; and what the mutual Obligations of Assistance are, by any Treaties, between this Crown and the States of Holland: And that his Majesty had given Orders to have the same prepared; and to have the same sent as soon as they could be got ready.
Punishing Mutiny and Desertion.
The House being informed, That the Committee to whom it was referred to inspect the Coronation Oath, and consider what Alterations or Amendments are fit to make therein; and to report the same to the House; had sat several times; and could not come to a Determination of what was so referred to them;
Mr. Dalben reports from the Committee of the whole House, That, they having inspected the former Coronation Oaths, and considered what Alteration or Amendments are fit to be made therein, they had agreed upon a Form of a Coronation Oath: Which he read in his Place: and afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same was read; and agreed unto by the House; and is as followeth:
"Archbishop.-Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the People of this Kingdom of England, and the Dominions thereto belonging, according to the Statutes in Parliament agreed on, and the Laws and Customs of the same.
Archbishop.-Will you, to the utmost of your Power, maintain the Laws of God, the true Profession of the Gospel, and the Protestant Reformed Religion established by Law; and will you preserve unto the Bishops and Clergy of this Realm, and the Churches committed to their Charge, all such Rights and Privileges, as by Law do or shall appertain unto them, or any of them.
And it is referred to Mr. Finch, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Sir Tho. Clarges, Sir Christopher Musgrave, Lord Falkland, Mr. Godolphin, Lord Ranelagh, Mr. Hamden, Mr. Eyres, Mr. Dolben, Sir Wm. Williams, Mr. Grey, Mr. P. Foley, Mr. Parker, Mr. Somers, Mr. Wogan, Mr. Etterick, Mr. Brewer, Sir Fra. Russell, Major Wildman; or any Three of them.