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 Martis, 8 die Maii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Hodges.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
ORDERED, That the Cause between Walter Longe and the Lady Jermin shall be heard, To-morrow in the Afternoon, before the Committees for Privileges.
Message from H. C. about the King being proclaimed.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Edward Turnour Esquire; who brought up the Form of a Proclamation to proclaim the King, which was agreed upon Yesterday at the Committee of Lords and Commons: (Here enter it.) And to which the House of Commons have agreed, with the Alteration of One Word, to which the House of Commons desire their Lordships Concurrence; and that the same may be signed by the Speakers of both Houses, and sent to the Lord Mayor of London, to proclaim His Majesty in the City.
They had a further Report by their Committee, "That their Lordships do intend that His Majesty be proclaimed this Day in the Palace of Westm. by both Houses of Parliament; and then both Houses to go in their Coaches and proclaim His Majesty at Whitehall, and from thence to go to Temple Barr, there to meet the Lord Mayor and Aldermen, and to proclaim His Majesty at Temple Barr, as also at Fleet Conduit, Cheapeside, and The Royall Exchange."
The said Proclamation was read, and Agreed to, and signed by the Speaker.
The Answer returned:
Answer from H. C.
That this House agrees with them in the Proclamation, as it is now brought up.
Order to the L. Mayor, to proclaim the King.
It is ORDERED, That the Lord Mayor of the City of London, the Sheriffs, Aldermen, and such other Magistrates, Officers, and Commons of the City, as have caused Proclamation to be made for the Kings in former Times, be, and are hereby, authorized and required to see, and to take Care after Sight hereof, that His Majesty be forthwith proclaimed, within the said City and Liberties thereof, "King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, &c. and of all the Kingdoms and Rights thereunto belonging:" And this to be a sufficient Warrant in that Behalf.
Paper from the Commissioners of Ireland.
A Paper was delivered in, from some Gentlemen of Ireland; and read, and approved of, and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons, for their Concurrence therein, as is desired. (Here enter it.)
Portug. Ambassad. Letter.
ORDERED, That the Letter and Papers from the Portugall Ambassador, concerning Antonio Vas, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Privileges, to consider thereof, and report their Opinion to this House.
Cockayne, a Pass.
ORDERED, That Bryan Cockayne shall have a Pass, for himself, with Three Servants and Four Horses, to go into Holland.
Sir J. Greenvill, D.
ORDERED, That Sir John Greenvile shall have a Pass, to return to His Majesty, with his Company.
Adm. Mountague to provide Shipping for the Lords, &c. going to the King.
ORDERED, That General Mountagu be desired that Care may be taken to accommodate with Shipping the Lords and Members of the House of Commons that are to go to His Majesty, with their Company; and that this Order be sent to the General, inclosed in a Letter from the Speaker.
Committee to consider of the King's Reception.
ORDERED, That the Lords that are to go to His Majesty be empowered with Instructions, to desire that His Majesty would please to hasten His coming into England; and that a Committee of both Houses be appointed, to consider of all Things for the Reception of the King in such a Manner as may be most for His Honour, and Expedition of His coming:
1 D. of Bucks.
3 Comes Lyncolne.
2 Comes Pembrook.
4 Comes Dorsett.
2 Ds. Willoughby.
3 Ds. Chandos.
1 Ds. Sandys.
4 Ds. Maynard.
To meet To-morrow Afternoon, in the Prince's Lodgings.
Message to H. C. to appoint a Committee to meet with them.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by the Lord Chief Baron and Serjeant Malet:
To let them know, that the Lords have nominated Eight Lords, to join with a proportionable Number of the House of Commons, to meet, and consider of all Things for the speedy Reception of His Majesty in England, and in such a Manner as may be most for His Majesty's Honour.
Ministers to attend the King.
It was moved, "That a Pass may be granted to divers Ministers in the City of London, to go to attend the King."
Which was granted, to Doctor Reynolds, Doctor Spurstowe, Mr. Calamy, Mr. Hall, Mr. Manton, Mr. Case.
And the Speaker was to let the Ministers of London know, "That this House takes in good Part the Respects from them, in acquainting them with the Address that they are to make to His Majesty."
Answer from the H. C.
The Messengers sent to the House of Commons return with this Answer:
That they will return an Answer, by Messengers of their own, to the Message concerning the Reception of the King.
Message from thence, with Votes to expedite Justice.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Arthur Annesley Esquire; who brought up divers Votes, tending to the expediting the Justice of the Kingdom, wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
The Votes were read; and ordered to be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will take their Message into Consideration, and will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Proclamation of the King to be printed.
ORDERED, That as soon as His Majesty is proclaimed, that the said Proclamation be printed and published by the Printers of this House.
Tower Guns to be fired.
ORDERED, That the Lieutenant of The Tower, or his Deputy, are hereby required to shoot off all the Guns at The Tower, in the usual Manner, at the Time when His Majesty shall be proclaimed at The Old Exchange in London this Day.
Paper from the Commissioners of Ireland, that the King may be reminded of the distracted State of that Kingdom.
"The humble Address of the Commissioners employed for the Kingdom of Ireland, to the Right Honourable the Lords assembled in Parliament.
"That, in regard His Majesty's late Letters and Declarations to both Houses of Parliament do not at all mention Ireland, or any the Concernments of that Kingdom, which, by reason of the sad Consequences of the late bloody Rebellion there, hath been cast into great Disorder and Confusion, and so doth necessarily require speedy and healing Provisions and Remedies:
"That therefore your Lordships may be pleased favourably to afford your Assistance and Concurrence in their Addresses to His Majesty, by Commissioners from Ireland, for the calling and holding a Parliament there, as formerly, for Remedy of the unsettled Condition of that Kingdom."
Proclamation for proclaiming the King.
"A Proclamation of both Houses of Parliament for proclaiming of His Majesty King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c.
"Although it can no Way be doubted but that His Majesty's Right and Title to His Crowns and Kingdoms is, and was, every Way compleated, by the Death of His most Royal Father of Glorious Memory, without the Ceremony or Solemnity of a Proclamation: Yet, since Proclamations in such Cases have been always used, to the End that all good Subjects might upon this Occasion testify their Duty and Respects; and since the armed Violence and other the Calamities of these many Years last past have hitherto deprived us of any such Opportunity, wherein we might express our Loyalty and Allegiance to His Majesty: We, therefore, the Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, together with the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London, and other Freemen of this Kingdom now present, do, according to our Duty and Allegiance, heartily, joyfully, and unanimously, acknowledge and proclaim, That, immediately upon the Decease of our late Sovereign Lord King Charles, the Imperial Crown of the Realm of England, and of all the Kingdoms, Dominions, and Rights belonging to the same, did, by Inheritance, Birthright, and lawful and undoubted Succession, descend and come to His most Excellent Majesty Charles the Second, as being lineally, justly, and lawfully, next Heir of the Blood Royal of this Realm; and that, by the Goodness and Providence of Almighty God, He is of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, the most Potent, Mighty, and Undoubted King, Defender of the Faith, &c. And thereunto we most humbly and faithfully do submit, and oblige ourselves, our Heirs and Posterities for ever.
"Dated the 8th Day of May, 1660."
House adjourned till 9 cras.