Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Friday, July 27th, 1660.
Settling Ministers in Livings.
Bills for Royal Assent.
Message to the King.-Act of Grace.
Resolved, That this House doth declare (and that it be humbly represented to his Majesty, by the Members of this House, who are to attend his Majesty with the former Message) that, though, by the constant Course of Parliaments, the House of Commons have used to receive Acts of Grace, and such Bills as concern the Redress of Grievances, and the Confirmation of the Subjects Liberties, before they present Bills of Aid or Supply to the King's Majesty; yet now, from the entire Confidence they have in his Majesty's Goodness, and relying upon his Royal Word, to pass the same afterwards, they have prepared these Bills to be presented to him.
Wards and Liveries.
Lords reminded of Bills.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee to consider of encouraging and regulating the Manufacture, both of new and old Wool, and Navigations in English Bottoms; viz. unto Sir George Downing, Mr. Streete, Col. Birch, Sir Walter Earle, Mr. Knight, Sir Henage Finch, Sir Wm. Wheeler, Sir Tho. Clergis, Mr. Shaw, Mr. Middleton, Col. Jones, Sir Tho. Meeres, Mr. Jolliffe, Mr. Boscawen, Sir John Bowyer, Mr. Spry, Sir Tho. Bludworth, Sir John Robinson, Mr. Dennys, Mr. Delves, Sir Wm. Doyley, Sir Wm. Vincent, Sir Solomon Swale, Sir Edward Turner, Sir Tho. Rich, Sir John Frederick, Mr. Hall, Sir Wm. Morris, Mr. Allen, Mr. Yong, Mr. Chafe, Mr. Henley, Sir John Lowther, Major Tolhurst, Sir Geo. Savile, Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, Mr. Culliford, Mr. Proby, Alderman Barnham, Sir Edward Deering, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Armstrong, Mr. Foly; and all the Merchants; and all that serve for . . . . . . Ports, have Voices: And are to meet To-morrow in the Afternoon, in the Exchequer Chamber, at Two of the Clock; and so de die in diem: With Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Witnesses, and what else may conduce to the Business: And the Petition for Colchester is referred to this Committee.
Answer to Message.
"That the House of Commons had sent us, to let his Majesty know, that they had some Bills to present unto him, for his Royal Assent; which were Bills that charged the People for his Aid and Assistance: And though it were not the Use of Parliaments, for the House of Commons to pass such Bills, before they had received Acts of Grace, and that other Bills were passed, that were of publick Concernment, for the Redress of Grievances, and the Confirmation of the Liberties of the Subject; yet they now had such an intire Confidence in his Majesty's Goodness, that they had passed these Bills, and were ready to present them unto him for his Assent; and would rely upon his Majesty's Royal Word and Goodness for the passing of these, and others, when they should likewise be presented unto him:
And that his Majesty returned this Answer; That, if he knew his own Heart, he took it so kindly, this Kindness of the House, that he knew not how to be revenged of it; and, for the Confidence they had in him, he only desired this, that they would retain it, until he deceived them: And appointed the next Day, at Eleven of the Clock.
Message to Lords.
Book of Rates.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning the House do take into Consideration such Matters as are defective in the Book of Rates; and that the Committee do prepare the Amendments fit for the Consideration of this House.