Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Sabbati, 9 die Novembris, 1678.
MR. Secretary Coventry informs the House, That his Majesty having been made acquainted, that there is an Address depending before the House of Lords, to be presented to his Majesty, for the Printing of Mr. Coleman's Letter of the Twenty-ninth of September 1675, to Mons. Le Cheze's; and another Letter of Mr. Coleman's owning the Sending the same; and Mons. Le Cheze's Answer, acknowledging the Receipt thereof; and that those Letters have not, as yet, been read in the House of Lords; and that it was his Majesty's Pleasure, if this House had done with the Letters, that the same should be returned; to the end they may be communicated to the Lords;
Message to attend the King.
The King's Speech respecting the Succession.
Mr. Speaker reports, That he had attended his Majesty: And that his Majesty was pleased to make use of his Paper; and that it was so full of Grace, and such Expressions of Favour in it, that he was unwilling One Syllable of it should be lost; and he had therefore procured a Copy of it: Which he read to the House; and is as followeth;
I AM so very sensible of the great and extraordinary Care you have already taken, and still continue to shew, for the Safety and Preservation of My Person in these Times of Danger, that I could not satisfy Myself without coming hither, on Purpose, to give All, my most hearty Thanks for it: Nor do I think it enough to give you my Thanks only, but I hold Myself obliged to let you see, withal, that I do as much study your Preservation too, as I can possibly; and that I am as ready to join with you in all the Ways and Means that may establish a firm Security of the Protestant Religion, as your own Hearts can wish: And This not only during My Time (of which I am sure you have no Fear), but in all future Ages, even to the End of the World.
And therefore I am come to assure you, That whatsoever reasonable Bills you shall present to be passed into Laws, to make you safe in the Reign of my Successor, so as they tend not to impeach the Right of Succession, nor the Descent of the Crown in the true Line; and so as they restrain not my Power; nor the just Rights of any Protestant Successor; shall find from Me a ready Concurrence.
And I desire you, withal, to think of some more effectual Means for the Conviction of Popish Recusants; and to expedite your Counsels as fast as you can; that the World may see our Unanimity; and that I may have the Opportunity of shewing you, how ready I am to do any thing that may give Comfort and Satisfaction to such Dutiful and Loyal Subjects.
Thanks for Speech.
Speech to be considered.
And it is referred to Sir Rich. Everard, Sir Tho. Stringer, Mr. Wright, Mr. Powle, Sir Tho. Meeres, Sir Wm. Hickman, Col. Titus, Sir Tho. Clerges, Sir Trevor Williams, Sir Geo. Downing, Col. Birch, Serjeant Gregory, Sir John Knight, Sir Fr. Russel; or any Three of them.
Commissions for administering Oaths.
King appoints to be attended.
Mr. Secretary Williamson acquaints the House, That, in pursuance of the Order of the House, he had attended his Majesty; to know his Pleasure when this House may attend him with their Thanks: And that his Majesty had appointed Three of the Clock this Afternoon, for this House to attend him in the Banqueting House.
Address for apprehending Conyers, &c.
Bedlow to attend.
Answer to Address.
Answer to Address for Prayer.
Mr. Secretary Williamson acquaints the House, That, in pursuance of the Order of the House, his Majesty had been attended with the Address of this House for a particular Prayer, to be composed for the Cities of London and Westminster, relating to the Plot and Conspiracy, contrived and carried on by the Popish Recusants, against his Majesty's Person and Government: That his Majesty was pleased to signify his Pleasure, That the same should be done: And that Orders were given to the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury accordingly.
Commissions for administering Oaths.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Sachaverell, Mr. Powle, Sir Tho. Meeres, Sir John Trevor, Colonel Titus, Colonel Birch, Sir Hen. Capell, Sir Char. Harbord, Sir Tho. Lee, Sir Fr. Russell, or any Three of them, to prepare and draw up the Matter to be offered at the said Conference.