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 Veneris, 25 die Maii.
Answer from H. C.
Letter to the King;
and to the Commissioners with Him.
Ordinance for a Monthly Assessment.
Letters from General Mountague and the Earl of Oxford.
Message from H. C. to expedite the Ordinance for a Monthly Assessment.
To let their Lordships know, that, by reason of the not passing an Ordinance depending in this House, for raising an Assessment of Seventy Thousand Pounds per Mensem, there was a Stop of bringing in of Monies, which was to be advanced upon the Credit of that Ordinance for the present Use of His Majesty; therefore desired their Lordships would please to give a speedy Passage to the same.
Declaration for paying the Arrears of Excise and Customs.
"The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, taking into their Consideration the urgent Occasions for the present Payment of the Duty of Excise and Customs, do hereby declare, That the Commissioners for Appeals and Regulation of Excise and Customs, Commissioners of the Excise and Customs respectively, and their Sub-commissioners and Collectors, and other Officers, in the several Counties and Places of this Kingdom, shall proceed effectually, not only in collecting of the growing Duties, but in the getting in of all Arrears, both of Excise and Customs, continued by an Act or Ordinance beginning the 25th Day of February last, and ending the 24th Day of June next, according to the several Powers to them respectively given thereby, and during the Time aforesaid: And it is further declared, That all Brewers of Beer and Ale, and other Persons concerned, do from Time to Time make Payment of what they and every of them are charged with, or liable to, as they will answer their Neglect, in a Time when His Majesty's and the Kingdom's Service and Occasions require the most punctual Satisfaction of what is respectively due from them."
Letter to the King, to congratulate Him on His safe Arrival:
"The Sense Your faithful Subjects the Peers now assembled have of Your Majesty's safe Arrival into this Your Realm of England is so great, as obligeth them with all dutiful Acknowledgements to express the same by these Lines, before they have the Honour and Happiness to do it personally to Your Majesty; which they intend to perform so soon as they shall receive Signification of Your Majesty's Pleasure, when, where, and in what Manner, they shall wait upon You. And, as Your faithful Council, do humbly offer to Your Majesty's Deliberation, so to consult the Safety of Your Royal Person (wherein they are highly concerned), that, in Your Return to London, the Security thereof be preferred to all external Considerations. Which, out of our Zeal to Your Majesty, is humbly offered, by
Letter to the Commissioners with Him.
"I am commanded, by the House of Peers now assembled, to inclose this Letter in your Lordships, to His Majesty from them, which they desire your Lordships would present to His Majesty so soon as with Conveniency you may. This is all that I am commanded, who am
Ordinance for a Monthly Assessment.
Message to H. C. with it.
Gifford and Sheafe.
Weaver to attend, about the Cause between the Town of Les and Millet.
ORDERED, That the Keeper of The Compter in Woodstreat, or his Deputy, do bring Thomas Weaver, a Prisoner there, before this House, To-morrow Morning, at Nine a Clock, to be sworn at this Bar, in order to his attending the Lords Committees for Petitions, to give Evidence of his Knowledge in the Cause between George Millet and the Officers of the Town of Lee in Essex, on Monday next, at Three of the Clock; at which Time the said Keeper, or his Deputy, is hereby required to bring the said Thomas Weaver before the said Lords Committees, in the (fn. 1) Painted Chamber.
Letter from General Mountague, that the King and the Dukes of York and Gloucester have embarked at Scheveling, for Dover.
"Having appointed a Rendezvous of as many Ships as could be got together in the Bay of Scheveling, that I might the better receive His Majesty's Commands in order to His happy Return for England, it pleased His Most Gracious Majesty this Day, about Noon, to embark Himself in The Nazeby, riding before Schevelinge. Their Royal Highnesses the Dukes of York and Gloucester, the Princess Royal, Queen of Bohemia, and Prince of Orange, accompanied His Majesty on board; and about Three Hours after, the Duke of Yorke embarking in The London, the Duke of Glocester in The Swiftshure, the Princess Royal, Queen of Bohemia, and Prince of Orange, returned to Schevelinge; and the Fleet set Sail, by His Majesty's Command, bound for the Port of Dover, whither, I trust, God will give us a speedy and prosperous Passage. I apprehended it my Duty to give your Lordship the soonest Advertisement thereof I could; and so remain