Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Thursday, May 10th, 1660, Afternoon.
Mr. Price thanked.
ORDERED, That Mr. Price have the Thanks of this House, for his great Pains taken in his Sermon preached before this House, this Day, being a Day set apart for Publick Thanksgiving; and that he be desired to print his Sermon; and that he have the like Privilege in printing thereof, as hath been given to others, in like Cases.
Committee of Privileges.
Mr. Recorder of London reports Amendments to the Bill for an Assessment of Seventy thousand Pounds by the Month, to be set upon England, for Three Months, to commence from the Twenty-fourth Day of June, 1660; which were twice read, and, upon the Question, agreed unto.
The Names of Commissioners for the Assessment being, according to former Order, delivered in by the respective Members of Parliament, were reported, and in part read: And ordered, That this House proceed in reading the same To-morrow Morning the first Business; nothing to intervene.
Instructions to Messengers to the King.
Mr. Annesley reports from the Committee, Instructions to be given to Aubery Earl of Oxford, and other the Members of both Houses of Parliament, nominated to carry the Letters to his Majesty from both Houses of Parliament; which Instructions were read, and, upon the Question, agreed unto, and ordered to be the Instructions to be observed by them.
Order as to their Return.
Mr. Annesley, Lord President of the Council of State, reports from the Committee of Lords and Commons sitting in the Queen's Guard Chamber at Whitehall, that both Houses will please to give their Directions concerning the Time of the Return of the Committee, who are to be sent to his Majesty.
Remittances to the King.
Whereas in Pursuance of the Order of this House, there is paid to Sir John Greenville, by Alderman John Robinson, towards the Fifty thousand Pounds ordered to be presented to the King's Majesty, the Sum of Four thousand Five hundred Pounds in ready Gold, for the Use of his Majesty; and also a Letter of Credit is delivered him, subscribed by John Langham, the said Alderman John Robinson, William Vincent, Thomas Riche, and Thomas Bloudworth, Esquires, for the Sum of Twentyfive thousand Pounds Sterling, to be paid at Amsterdam on Sight, being also for his Majesty's Use, and in further Part of the said Fifty thousand Pounds:
Ordered, That the said Sum of Four thousand Five hundred Pounds be, in the First Place, repaid to the said Alderman Robinson, and, next after That, the said other Sum of Twenty-five thousand Pounds, to the said John Langham, Alderman John Robinson, William Vincent, Thomas Riche, and Thomas Bloudworth, Esquires, out of the first Monies that shall be advanced by the City of London, upon the Credit of the Ordinance for Three Months Assessments.
Thanks to Advancers of it.
Ordered, That the Thanks of this House be given unto the said John Langham, Alderman John Robinson, Wm. Vincent, Thomas Rich, and Thomas Bloudworth, Esquires, Members of this House, for their great Forwardness to advance this Service.
Gentlemen, the House takes notice of your Forwardness and Readiness to engage your Credits for the Furtherance of this great Service; wherein the Welfare and Happiness of this Kingdom is so much concerned: And I am commanded to return you their very hearty Thanks for it.
Obstructions in Revenue, &c.
Mr. Annesley, Lord President of the Council of State, reports from the Council of State, That, as hath been communicated to the Council of State, the Commissioners for the Admiralty and Navy, the Committee for the Army, the Commissioners for the Revenue, the Commissioners for the Customs and Excise, and all other Officers relating to the Revenue, Army and Navy, who have acted betwixt the Fifteenth of March, and the Twenty-fifth of April last past, are obstructed in pursuing the Duties of their respective Places, through a Doubt and Dissatisfaction, whether, in this Juncture of Affairs, they may lawfully and safely act upon their former Powers; by means whereof the Publick Service is hindered; and a Disorder and Prejudice is like to ensue, in the Receipts of the Publick Revenue, if a timely remedy be not applied; and that therefore the Parliament is humbly moved to take such Course therein, as they shall in their Wisdom think fit.
He also reports, That, as the Council of State is informed, there is a great Obstruction in the Proceedings of the Mint at the Tower, to the Prejudice of his Majesty's and Kingdom's Service; in regard they have not yet received Direction, concerning the Stamp that shall be used for Coining of Money there; and that the Council are not able to answer the Parliament's Orders for Monies, through the Want of Direction, about the using of the Great Seal: Which is humbly submitted to the Parliament's Consideration for their Direction therein.
Admiralty, Navy, Army, &c.
Resolved, That a Declaration be prepared for directing the Commissioners of the Admiralty and Navy, the Committee for the Army, the Commissioners of the Customs and Excise, and all other Officers relating to the Revenue, Army, and Navy, to proceed in their several Places, as formerly, till further Order.
Ordered, That Mr. Perrepont, Mr. Annesley, Serj. Hales, Sir Wm. Lewis, Mr. Trevor, Mr. Charlton, Mr. Rainsford, Mr. Pryn, or any Two of them, be a Committee, to prepare the said Declaration; and to bring it in To-morrow.
Ordered, That the Lord President, Mr. Baynton, Mr. Finch, Mr. Pryn, and Sir Wm. Lewis, be the Committee to manage the Conference with the Lords, about the Business of the Great Seal, upon the present Debate of this House.
Resolved, That the Sum of Five thousand Pounds be sent to the Duke of Yorke; and the like Sum of Five thousand Pounds to the Duke of Gloucester; for their present Supply and Accommodation: And that the Council of State do prepare an Instruction for that Purpose accordingly.
Lord Craven's, &c. Estates.
Sir Richard Temple carries to the Lords the Order of this House of the Fifth of May instant, touching the Stopping of Wastes, and Staying of Rents on the Lord Craven's, Sir John Stowell's, and Alderman Bunce's Estates.
Resolved, That the Scots Colours, taken at Dunbar and Worcester, and now hanging up in Westminster-hall, be forthwith taken down: And that the Serjeant at Arms attending this House do see them taken down accordingly.
Lodgers, &c. in Whitehall.
Mr. Annesley reports from the Committee appointed to consider of the Manner of the King's Return and Reception, and of Preparations requisite to those Ends; that whereas divers Persons who have Lodgings in Whitehall, do keep their Chambers locked, and sometimes go out of Town, and carry the Keys with them, having divers of the King's Goods and Furniture in their Chambers, which cannot be come at, unless their Doors be broken open: Whereupon it is humbly reported to the House that they will be pleased to give Direction in this Particular; as also in Removing, out of Whitehall, all Persons whatsoever that are there, which do not necessarily attend upon the Council; to the End the Surveyor may forthwith go in hand with the Repairs.
Ordered, That where any Persons who have Lodgings in Whitehall, do keep their Chambers locked, and, going out of Town, carry the Keys with them, by means whereof the Goods and Furniture there, belonging to the King's Majesty, cannot be come at, the Doors of such Chambers be, in such Case, broke open: And that all Persons whatsoever, who have Lodgings in Whitehall, and do not necessarily attend upon the Council, be forthwith removed out of Whitehall: And that the Council of State take Order, that this be put in Execution:
Preparations for King's Return.
Mr. Annesley reports from the Committee appointed to consider of the Manner of the King's Return, and Reception, and of Preparations requisite to those Ends, Three Lists of Things necessary to be provided for his Majesty's Service; viz.
A rich Bed, to be of Velvet, either embroidered with Gold, or laced, and lined with Cloth of Silver or Sattin, as shall be best approved of; with a high Chair of State, Two high Stools, One Foot Stool, and Two Cushions; all suitable to the Bed.
And for the present, Two Beds, of the like Goodness, to be made for the Duke of Yorke, and the Duke of Gloucester; with all Particulars as the others; and Six Pair of Sheets for each of the Dukes Beds.
For the present, Twenty large Pallet Beds, with Bolsters; Twenty large Tapestry Counterpaints; Twenty Pair of good large Blankets; Forty Pair of good Holland Sheets, of Eighteen Ells in each Pair, being of Holland of Three Shillings and Six Pence per Ell, for those Beds.
For Table Linen for his Majesty, Twelve Damask Table Cloths for his Majesty's own Table; as many Towels; and Six Napkins for every Table Cloth: The like for each Duke, if they eat asunder; but if they eat together, half the Proportion.
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, that the Particulars contained in the Three Lists now presented, be forthwith provided and furnished for the Service and Accommodation of his Majesty.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State, to cause the same to be provided and furnished accordingly: And that they are impowered to charge any Part of the publick Revenue, for raising of Moneys to pay for the same.
Mr. Annesley reports, That the Committee have had a Conference with the Lords, about the Business of the Great Seal; and that they have heard the Reasons offered by the Committee, and have given Answer, that they will take them into Consideration; and send to this House thereupon, To-morrow.
Answer from Lords.
Captain Sherrards brings Answer from the Lords, "That they have considered of your Message touching the Instructions to be given to the Persons appointed to carry the Letter to the King, from this House; and will send Answer by Messengers of their own."
Lord Craven's, &c. Estates.
Instructions to Messengers to the King.
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have considered of the Instructions to be given to the Persons who are to carry Letters to the King from both Houses; and which were transmitted to them from this House; and they do agree to the said Instructions, with some Alterations.
Instructions for Aubery Earl of Oxford, Charles Earl of Warwick, Lyonell Earl of Middlesex, Lycester Viscount Hereford, George Lord Berkley, Robert Lord Brooke, the Lord Herbert, the Lord Mandevile, the Lord Bruce, the Lord Castleton, the Lord Falkland, the Lord Fairfax, Denzel Holles Esquire, Sir Horatio Townesend, Sir John Holland, Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, Sir Geo. Booth, and Sir Henry Cholmeley:
You are to begin your Journey towards his Majesty on Friday next; and make a speedy Repair to such Place where his Majesty shall be; and humbly to present the Letters wherewith you are respectively intrusted by both Houses of Parliament.
You are to acquaint his Majesty, with what great Joy and Acclamation he was proclaimed in and about the Cities of London and Westminster, upon the Eighth Day of May instant; and present the Proclamation itself unto his Majesty; and to acquaint him with the Orders of both Houses, to have the same proclaimed throughout the Kingdoms of England and Ireland, Dominion of Wales, and Town of Berwick upon Tweed: and that both Houses have ordered, that all and every the Ministers, throughout the Kingdoms of England and Ireland be enjoined, in their publick Prayers, to pray for his most Excellent Majesty, and for the most Illustrious Prince James Duke of Yorke, and the rest of the Royal Progeny; and also that they have ordered, that the assumed Arms of the late pretended Commonwealth, where-ever they are standing, be taken down; and that his Majesty's Arms be set up instead thereof. And you are to communicate to his Majesty the Resolutions of both Houses, relating to this Instruction.
You are to acquaint his Majesty with the earnest Desire of both Houses, that his Majesty will be pleased to make a speedy Return to his Parliament, and to the Exercise of his Kingly Office; and that, in order thereunto, both Houses have given Directions to General Mountague, one of the Generals at Sea, and other Officers of the Fleet, to observe such Commands as his Majesty shall please to give him or them, for Disposal of the Fleet, in order to his Majesty's Return; and you are to communicate to his Majesty the Resolutions of both Houses relating to this Instruction.
That the Committee, from both Houses, do beseech his Majesty, that they may know where he purposeth to take Shipping, and to land at his coming over; that Preparation may be made for his Reception; and which of his Majesty's Houses he intendeth to make use of at his first coming to London; and whether he will come all the Way by Land, after he comes on Shore; or whether he will please to come by Water from Gravesend to London; and that his Majesty will declare in what Manner he is pleased to be received.