Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
This free content was digitised by double rekeying. All rights reserved.
Monday, 4th June, 1660.
Members take Oaths.
THIS Day the Right honourable James, Marquis and Earl of Ormond, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and Lord Steward of the King's Majesty's Houshold, came into the Lobby, at the Door of the House of Commons; where a Table being set, and a Chair prepared, his Lordship being attended by the Clerk of the Crown, and Wm. Jessop, Esquire, Clerk of the Commons House of Parliament, with the Rolls of such Names of the Commons, as were returned to serve in this present Parliament; his Lordship gave the Oaths of Supremacy and Allegiance to several Members of the House, (now called by a Cryer) whom he had by his Commission, or Warrant, bearing Date this Day, deputed to administer the same to other Members in his Absence; the Clerk of the Commons House writing down the Names of those to whom the Oaths were so administered; and each Person, so written down, answering to his Name as he was called; the Clerk of the Commons also reading, in the first Place, publickly, the Oath of Supremacy, and, afterwards, the Oath of Allegiance by Parts; and each Member repeating the same.
The Names of the Commissioners deputed by his Lordship, and sworn as aforesaid, are as followeth; viz. Arthur Annesley, Esq; Denzill Hollis, Esq; Sir Anth. Ashley Cooper, Bart. Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Bart. Sir Wm. Waller, Knight, Sir Anth. Irby, Knight, Sir Richard Browne, Knight, Sir Wm. Morris, Knight, Principal Secretary of State, Sir John Holland, Bart. Sir Wm. Lewis, Knight, Sir Walter Earle, Knight, Sir Dudly North, Knight of the Bath, Henage Finch, Esq; Wm. Pryn, Esq; Richard Knightley, Esq; Thomas Hatcher, Esq; Job Charleton, Esq; Edward Turner, Esq; Edward King, Esq; Samuell Jones, Esq;
Besides whom, his Lordship, before his Departure, administered the same Oaths to several other Members of the House. And afterwards divers of the Commissioners, deputed as aforesaid, divided themselves into several Places, and administered the same Oaths of Supremacy and Allegiance to other Members of the House: So that the whole Number, who took the said Oaths this Day, amounted unto Four hundred Twenty-eight.
The Form of the Deputation, granted by the Lord Steward, is as followeth; viz.
Lord Steward's Deputation.
JAMES BUTLER, Marquis and Earl of Ormond, Earl of Ossory, Viscount Thurles, Baron of Arclo, Ld. Lieutenant of Ireland, Lord Steward of his Majesty's Houshold, Chancellor of the University of Dublyn, Knight of the Most honourable Order of the Garter, and one of his Majesty's Privy Council of England and Ireland, To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting. Know ye that I the said Lord Steward, by virtue of my said Office of Lord Steward, have constituted, named, and appointed, and by these Presents do constitute, name, and appoint, the Right honourable Arthur Annesley, Esquire, Sir Wm. Morris, Knight, Principal Secretary of State, Denzill Hollis, Esquire, Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, Sir John Holland, Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Baronets, Sir Wm. Lewis, Sir Wm. Waller, Sir Walter Earle, Sir Anthony Irby, Sir Dudly North, Sir Richard Browne, Sir John Robinson, Sir Henage Finch, Knights, John Crew, Wm. Pryn, Richard Knightly, Tho. Hatcher, Edward Turner, Edward King, Samuell Jones, Job Charleton, Esquires, or any Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, or One of them, my Deputies, and Deputy, in my Place and Stead, to tender and minister the Oath of Supremacy, according to the Form and Effect prescribed and set down in the Statute in that Behalf made, in the First Year of the Reign of the late renowned Queen Elizabeth; and also the Oath of Allegiance, according to the Form and Effect prescribed and set down in the Statute in that Behalf made in the Third Year of the Reign of the late renowned King James; to all and every Person which is, or shall be, elected, or appointed a Knight, Citizen, or Burgess, or Baron for any of the Five Ports, for the Parliament summoned to beigin, and to be holden, the Twenty-fifth Day of April last past; and to take and receive the Oaths of every the said Person and Persons which is, or shall be, elected or appointed Knight, Citizen, Burgess, or Baron for any of the said Five Ports as aforesaid, for the same Parliament, begun and holden on the said Twenty-fifth Day of April last past; giving them, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, and One of them, full Power and Authority to execute and perform the same; ratifying, confirming, and allowing, all and whatsoever my said Deputies, or any Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, or One of them shall do and perform in this Behalf, in as ample, perfect, and full Manner, as if I myself had personally been present, and done the same: In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal.
Oath of Supremacy.
I A. B. do utterly testify and declare in my Conscience, that our Sovereign Lord King Charles the Second is the only supreme Governor of this Realm, and of all other his Majesty's Dominions and Countries, as well in all Spiritual or Ecclesiastical Things or Causes, as Temporal; and that no foreign Prince, Person, Prelate, State, or Potentate, hath, or ought to have, any Jurisdiction, Power, Superiority, Pre-eminence, or Authority, Ecclesiastical or Spiritual, within this Realm: And therefore I do utterly renounce and forsake all foreign Jurisdictions, Powers, Superiorities, and Authorities; and do promise, that from henceforth I shall bear Faith, and true Allegiance, to the King's Majesty, his Heirs, and lawful Successors; and, to my Power, shall assist and defend all Jurisdictions, Privileges, Pre-eminences, and Authorities granted or belonging to the King's Majesty, his Heirs and Successors; or united and annexed to the Imperial Crown of this Realm: So help me God, and by the Contents of this Book.
Oath of Allegiance.
I A. B. do truly and sincerely acknowledge, profess, testify, and declare, in my Conscience, before God and the World, that our Sovereign Lord King Charles the Second is lawful and rightful King of this Realm, and of all other his Majesty's Dominions and Countries; and that the Pope, neither of himself, nor by any Authority of the Church or See of Rome, or by any other Means, with any other, hath any Power or Authority to depose the King, or to dispose any of his Majesty's Kingdoms or Dominions, or to authorize any foreign Prince to invade or annoy him, or his Countries; or to discharge any of his Majesty's Subjects of their Allegiance and Obedience to his Majesty; or to give Licence or Leave to any of them to bear Arms, raise Tumult, or to offer any Violence or Hurt to his Majesty's Royal Person, State, or Government, or to any of his Majesty's Subjects, within his Majesty's Dominions.
Also I do swear from my Heart, that, notwithstanding any Declaration or Sentence of Excommunication, or Deprivation, made or granted, or to be made or granted, by the Pope, or his Successors, or by any Authority derived, or pretended to be derived, from him, or his See, against the said King, his Heirs or Successors, or any Absolution of the said Subjects from their Obedience, I will bear Faith, and true Allegiance, to his Majesty, his Heirs and Successors; and him and them will defend, to the uttermost of my Power, against all Conspiracies and Attempts whatsoever, which shall be made against his or their Persons, their Crown and Dignity, by Reason or Colour of any such Sentence or Declaration, or otherwise; and will do my best Endeavour to disclose and make known unto his Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, all Treasons, and traiterous Conspiracies, which I shall know, or hear of, to be against him, or any of them.
And I do further swear, that I do, from my Heart, abhor, detest, and abjure, as impious and heretical, this damnable Doctrine and Position, "That Princes, which be excommunicated or deprived by the Pope, may be deposed or murdered by their Subjects, or any other whatsoever." And I do believe, and in Conscience am resolved, that neither the Pope, nor any Person whatsoever, hath Power to absolve me of this Oath, or any Part thereof; which I acknowledge, by good and full Authority, to be lawfully ministered unto me; and do renounce all Pardons and Dispensations to the contrary: And all these Things I do plainly and sincerely acknowledge and swear, according to these express Words by me spoken, and according to the plain and common Sense and Understanding of the same Words, without any Equivocation, or mental Evasion, or secret Reservation whatsoever: And I do make this Recognition and Acknowledgment heartily, willingly, and truly, upon the true Faith of a Christian: So help me God.
Mr. Turner reports from the Committee of Privileges and Elections, on the double Return for the City of Exeter; that, upon Examination of the Fact, it appeared, that there was a Tumult at the Time of the Election; and that Three Questions were in the Case; viz. Whether there was such a Force as made the Election void; Whether the Sheriff did duly take the Poll; and, Whether the Freemen of the Place, alone, or the Freemen and Freeholders, together, had Right to elect: And that the Committee resolved therein, that, although there was a Tumult, yet there was no such Force as to make the Election void: and that the Poll was duly taken by the Sheriff; and that the Right of Election belongs to the Freemen; and were therefore of Opinion, that Serjeant John Maynard, who had a greater Number of the Freemens Votes than Mr. Richard Ford, and Thomas Bampfeild, Esquire, who is returned by both the Indentures, are duly elected, and ought to sit.
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, that Mr. Bampfeild, and Mr. Serjeant Maynard, were duly elected Burgesses to serve in this present Parliament for the City of Exeter; and that they do sit in this House.
He also reports from the said Committee, on the double Return for the Borough of Loswithell in the County of Cornwall; that, upon Examination of the Fact, it appeared that the double Indenture, whereby Henry Foord Esquire was returned, was so returned by the Mayor, upon a Promise to him made, that, if it were adjudged a false Return, he should be saved harmless therein; and that the Committee were of Opinion, that John Clayton and Walter Moyle Esquires were duly elected, and ought to sit.
He also reports from the same Committee, on the double Return for the Borough of Rippon in the County of Yorke; that, upon Examination of the Fact, it appeared, that the double Indenture, whereby Jo. Lambert Esquire was returned, was so returned by the Mayor, to satisfy the said Col. Lambert only; he confessing, that Henry Arthington and Edmond Jennings Esquires, who are returned by the other Indenture, had the greater Number of Voices; and that the Committee were of Opinion, the said Mr. Arthington and Mr. Jennings were duly elected, and ought to sit.
The Clerk of the Crown in Chancery did accordingly come to the Clerk's Table; and took off Mr. Ford's Indenture for the Borough of Loswithiell; and Col. Lambert's Indenture for Rippon; and did also withdraw the Indenture whereby Mr. Bampfeild and Mr. Ford were returned for Exeter; and the other Indenture, whereby Mr. Bampfeild and Mr. Serj. Maynard were returned, did stand.
Proceedings against Regicides.
Mr. Pryn reports, that, according to the Commands of this House, he carried to the Lords the Proclamation against the Persons who sat in Judgment against the late King, when Sentence of Death was given against him; and brings Answer, that the Lords do agree thereunto.
Money due to Massey.
Whereas, by an Order of this House, of the Tenth of July 1647, to which the Lords gave their Concurrence the Fourteenth of the said July 1647, there was ordered to be advanced unto Lieutenant General Massey, upon the Moiety at Goldsmiths Hall, in course not then given, for Security of the Two hundred thousand Pounds therein mentioned, the Sum of One thousand Pounds; of which Sum of One thousand Pounds no Part was paid; and the same, with Interest, was afterwards transferred for Payment on Dean and Chapters Lands; as is certified by John Bateman, Clerk and Accomptant to the late Treasurers at Goldsmiths Hall: It is now Ordered, by the Commons assembled in Parliament, that the said Sum of One thousand Pounds, together with Interest after the Rate of Six Pounds per Cent. from the said Fourteenth of July 1647, to the Time it shall be paid in, be charged on the Receipt of Excise; and that the said One thousand Pounds be paid to the said Lieutenant General Edward Massey, or his Assigns, by the Commissioners of Excise, in Course; and that the Interest, which is accrued for the said One thousand Pounds, from the said Fourteenth of July 1647, to the Date hereof, be forthwith paid and satisfied by the Commissioners of Excise, out of the Receipt of Excise, after the Rate of Six Pounds per Cent. to the said Lieutenant General Edward Massey, or his Assigns: And the Acquittance or Acquittances of the said Lieutenant General Edward Massey, or his Assigns, testifying the Receipt of the said One thousand Pounds, and the Interest thereof respectively, shall be, to the said Commissioners, a sufficient Discharge in that Behalf.
Pardon and Oblivion.
Mr. Finch, in pursuance of the Order of the Second of June instant, reports from the Committee to whom the Bill for General Pardon, Oblivion, and Indemnity, is referred, several Clauses, and some Amendments, to be added to the said Bill; which Clauses he read in his Place; and the same were after twice read by the Clerk; and, upon the Question, after some Amendments at the Table, agreed unto.
General Mountague, being elected to serve as a Burgess for the Borough of Weymouth, and also for the Borough of Dover, elects to serve for the Borough of Dover, and waveth his Election for the Borough of Weymouth.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do grant his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, to issue forth a new Writ for Election of a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough of Weymouth in the County of Dorsett: And that the Lord Chancellor of England do pass the same under the Great Seal of England accordingly.