Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 11, 1660-1666. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Lunæ, 7 die Maii.
Message to the H. C. with the Marquis of Winton's Order.
Bill to prevent Disputes concerning the Parliament.
The House was adjourned into a Committee during Pleasure, to consider of the Bill, intituled, "An Act for removing and preventing all Questions and Disputes, concerning the Assembling and Sitting of this present Parliament."
King to be proclaimed.
Message from the H. C. for the E. of Manchester to be One of the Commissioners of the Great Seal;-and with a Declaration to prevent Riots.
1. That the House of Commons doth agree with the Lords, that the Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers, be, and is hereby nominated and appointed, One of the Commissioners for the Great Seal; and that he be added to those who have the present Custody thereof, till further Order.
Bill to prevent Disputes concerning the Parliament.
Committee of Privileges.
King's Statues to be set up.
Message to the H. C. with a Bill.
To let them know, that their Lordships have agreed to the Bill concerning the preventing the Questions about this Parliament, &c. with a Proviso and Amendment, wherein their Lordships desire their Concurrence.
Answer from thence.
Message to the H. C. for Committees to meet, about the King being proclaimed.
To let them know, that this House hath resolved, That His Majesty shall be proclaimed "King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, and all the Dominions and Territories thereunto belonging:" And that this House hath nominated a Committee of Four Lords, to meet this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings, to consider of the Manner, Time, and Form, of the same; and that the House of Commons will appoint a Committee of a proportionable Number of the House of Commons, to join with their Lordships: To which Purpose, these (fn. 1) Lords following were named. Committees:
1 E. of Northumb.
2 E. of Bedford.
4 Ds. Maynard.
3 Ds. Craven.
Ly. Jermyn and Long, about the Chancery Records.
Upon Report from the Committee for Petitions, concerning the Records of the Chancery to be taken out of Mr. Walter Long's Hands, until the Business depending between him and the Lady Jermin be decided:
It is ORDERED, That this Business between him and the said Lady shall be heard To-morrow in the Afternoon, before the Lords Committees for Petitions; and their Report thereof to be made to this House on Wednesday Morning.
Answer from the H. C.
That they do concur with their Lordships in the whole Message concerning the Proclaiming of His Majesty; and they have nominated a Committee of their House, of a proportionable Number, to meet this Afternoon, as is desired.
Answers from the H. C.
General Montague, Leave to send an Answer to the King:
A Letter from General Mountague, at Sea, was read; and ORDERED, That the Speaker of this House do write a Letter to General Mountague, to give him Thanks from this House, for his Respects to this House; and to let him know, that this House do give General Monck and him Leave to send such an Answer, either jointly or severally, as they think fit, to His Majesty.
Letter from him, desiring Leave to do so.
"This Morning I received His Majesty's most Gracious Declaration, dated 4/14; of April, 1660, and a Letter of the same Date, directed to General Monke and myself, to be communicated to the Fleet; the which I have done accordingly: And it being the Desire of all the Commanders, Officers, and Seamen of the Fleet here, that his Excellency the Lord General Monke and myself should express unto His Majesty their great Joyfulness of Heart, for His said Gracious Declaration and Purpose expressed toward them in the said Letter, as also their Loyalty and Duty to Him, I humbly entreat your Lordship's Favour to understand, whether it be your Pleasure that such an Answer be returned unto His Majesty. Remaining,
Declaration against Tumults, Riots, &c.
"The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament having received several Informations, that there hath been divers Tumults, Riots, Outrages, and Misdemeanors lately committed, in sundry Parts of this Realm, by unquiet and discontented Spirits, to the Disturbance of the Public Peace, and Fomenting of new Troubles, do hereby order and declare, That all Sheriffs, Justices of the Peace, Mayors, Constables, and other Ministers of Public Justice, that were in Office the 25th Day of April, 1660, shall be continued in their respective Offices, and shall exercise the same in the King's Majesty's Name and Style, and shall use their best Endeavours to suppress and prevent all Riots, Tumults, unlawful Assemblies, and Misdemeanors whatsoever, against the Laws and Peace of this Realm, and all treasonable and seditious Words, Reports, and Rumours, against His Majesty's Royal Person and Authority; and proceed against all Offenders therein according to Law and Justice. And all Military Officers and Soldiers, and all others, are to be aiding and assisting to them therein."
Order for staying Waste on the D. of Bucks' Lands, and for stopping the Rents in the Tenants Hands.
"That the Duke of Buckingham having had his Estate sequestered and sold, not only without the Concurrence of the House of Lords, but also against their Vote of Indemnity sent down to the House of Commons in his Behalf, and that his being in Arms was in his Minority: The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, conceiving his Case to be singular, have ordered, That there be a Stop and Stay of demolishing, or defacing of, or committing Waste in, the Houses and Lands, or any of them, whereof the Duke of Buckingham, or Katherine late Dutchess of Bucks his Mother, or either of them, was or were seised, in Possession or Reversion, the First Day of July, 1651; and that no Timber or Woods be selled, or cut down, of any of the said Lands, or any Part thereof; and that no Wood or Timber selled, and now remaining thereon, be taken away, or removed from the same Lands; and that all the Rents of the said Lands be stopped in the Tenants Hands respectively, and a Stay and Stop is hereby made accordingly; and this to continue till the Pleasure of both Houses be further signified concerning the same: And all Persons whom it may concern are hereby required to yield Obedience to this Order."
Letter from the Portuguese Ambassador, concerning Antonio Vas.
"I received an Order from your Lordships, by the Gentleman Usher of that House, upon last Friday, about one Antonio Vas, a Priest, and a Subject of His Majesty the King my Master, and a domestic Servant of my House. This being a Matter already resolved upon by this last Parliament and Council of State, who were pleased to deliver him up unto me after he hath once made his Escape from my House, considering the Reasons I then presented unto them, whereof I send your Lordships the very Copy inclosed. And acquainting His Majesty with the Parliament's and Council's Proceedings, His Majesty was graciously pleased to write a Letter of Thanks unto the Parliament of England, which was accordingly delivered and read; whereof I also send here the Copy inclosed. And from the Parliament I had this Answer, "That the Prisoner was my own, and I might remit him when I pleased;" so that I intended to carry him along with me, having made up a Treaty with the yet Council of State. But, having new Orders from His Majesty to continue here, and sending the Treaty over by One of His Majesty's Ministers, I do desire of your Honours, that it may be put in Execution what His Majesty desired of the Parliament; that is, the Security and Transportation of the said Antonio Vas to Portugall, of which the Security of Portugall depends, and consequently the Interest of England. And in Conclusion I represent unto your Lordships Three Things:
"The First, That this Petition is most false, for I am not, nor never was a Member of the Inquisition; neither this Man is guilty of any Crime besides High Treason, and to have Intelligence with the Castillians; which I affirm unto your Lordships, in the Name of the King my Master, to be so.
"Secondly, That this said Antonio Vas was with Don Fernando Telles, who betrayed the Embassage of the King in Holland, with a general Scandal to all Europe, betraying the Public Faith and Law of Nations; so that, these dangerous Times, this Man being guilty of Treason, and having once run away, it would prove very prejudicial unto me any other Resolution. And I am not to expect that my Ruin should be the Reward of what I deserve from the English Nation.
"Thirdly, That this is a Matter already resolved, and now only suggested by one Marcas Dias, who hath a Hand in this Man's Escape from my House; and is a Traitor banished out of Portugall, and daily endeavours with great Sums of Money to bribe my Servants to give Intelligence to Castile of what I act here; which is very prejudicial to both States: Which I have endured, only not to seem troublesome to your Lordships, who now are (fn. 2) employed in greater Things.
"I hope that the Clearness and Verity of this short Narrative will satisfy your Lordships, as Justice and Law of Nations do secure me; and myself in particular shall study to deserve of your Lordships, whom God Almighty protect."