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 Mercurii, 30 die Maii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Hodges.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
King's Answer to the Lords.
The Earl of Manchester reported to the House, what Gracious Answer the King was pleased to return Yesterday to the Lords, when they waited upon Him.
(Here enter it.)
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Hennage Fynch Esquire:
To acquaint their Lordships, that they had passed an Act, intituled, "An Act for the Continuance of Process and Judicial Proceedings;" wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships will take this Act into speedy Consideration, and will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Act to continue Judicial Proceedings, &c.
Ho 1a et 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the Continuance of Process and Judicial Proceedings."
Lords Committees appointed to consider of the aforesaid Act, and to report to the House:
1 Comes Pembrooke.
6 Comes Portland.
5 Comes Clare.
2 Comes Dorsett.
3 Comes North'ton.
4 Comes Denbigh.
7 Viscount Say & Seale.
6 Ds. Robertes.
7 Ds. Craven.
3 Ds. Arrundell.
2 Ds. Pagett.
5 Ds. Grey.
4 Ds. Mountagu.
8 Ds. Howard.
1 Ds. Wharton.
Any Five; to meet presently, in the Prince's Lodgings; and to meet as often as they please.
E. Manchester to report his Speech to the King.
ORDERED, That the Earl of Manchester, Speaker, be desired to recollect what he said Yesterday to the King, that so that and His Majesty's Answer be printed and published.
Thanks given him.
The House gave the Earl of Manchester Thanks, for his delivering so faithfully the Sense of this House to His Majesty.
D. of York and D. of Gloucester's Places in the House:
The Earl of Manchester acquainted the House, That the Duke of Yorke and the Duke of Gloucester commanded him to return Thanks to this House, for their Lordships Civility Yesterday to them; and to signify their Desires to come and sit in this House as Members, and that Places may be provided for them."
Hereupon the House named these Lords following, to attend His Majesty, and acquaint Him, "That, there being no Precedent that shews where their proper Places are, they desire His Majesty will please to consult with what Persons He pleases herein, and then to determine the Place Himself." And afterwards their Lordships are to acquaint the Duke of Yorke and the Duke of Gloucester with His Majesty's Answer:
Committee to attend the King about them.
To go presently.
Henbury committed to Newgate.
Upon hearing the Business of Captain Henbury, for speaking treasonable Words against His Majesty:
It is ORDERED, That the said Captain Henbury, being charged for speaking treasonable Words against His Majesty, shall stand committed to the Prison of Newgate, until the Pleasure of this House be further signified; and that Mr. Simpson, Minister of Tottenham, shall be summoned to attend this House on Friday Morning next, to give his Information concerning this Business.
Message to H. C. to sit P. M.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Rich and Doctor Lewin:
To let them know, That this House intends to sit this Afternoon, about the Bill concerning Continuance of Process, &c. and desire that they will sit likewise.
Wollaston's Wood to be preserved.
Entered afterwards, as it was read in the House.
ORDERED, That the Preservation of Wollaston's Wood, in the County of Gloucester, lately belonging to Oliver Cromwell, and adjoining to the Forest of Deane, be committed to the Care of the Commissioners lately appointed by this House for the Preservation of the said Forest; and that they stop the Cutting any more Wood already felled there, or of Coals and Iron at the Iron Works in or adjoining to the said Wood, belonging to Captain John Brayne, till the further Pleasure of this House; and that all such Persons who have lately done any Thing in the said Particulars for His Majesty's Service have the Approbation and Indemnity of this House for their Actings therein, they being responsible for what they have done as to His Majesty's Interest therein: And it is also ORDERED, That there be a present Stop made of the Felling any more Wood or Timber on any Part of the Lands belonging to the Earl of Worcester, and lately in the Possession of Oliver Cromwell, till the further Pleasure of this House.
Message from H. C. with a Proclamation against Priests and Jesuits.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Colonel King, &c.; who brought up a Proclamation against Priests and Jesuits, wherein they desire their Lordships Concurrence.
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships will take their Message into Consideration, and return an Answer by Messengers of their own.
D. of York and D. of Gloucester placed.
The Earl of Northumb. reported, "That the Lords Committees have waited on His Majesty, concerning the Seats where the Duke of Yorke and the Duke of Glocester are to sit in Parliament; and His Majesty said, "He conceived that the Seat on the Right Hand of the State, where the King of Scotts anciently was wont to sit, will be of no more Use now, seeing that Title is involved in His Majesty." And His Majesty said, "At the Parliament at Oxford, He Himself sat in that Seat, as Prince of Wales: Therefore desired that Place may be reserved for the Prince of Wales; and that the Seat on the Left Hand of the State may be sitted speedily for His Brothers the Duke of Yorke and Duke of Glocester."
And accordingly the House gave Directions to have it done.
"The Earl of Manchester's Speech to His Majesty, in the Name of the Peers, on the 29th of May, 1660, at Whitehall.
E. Manchester's Speech to the King, at Whitehall.
That this Day may prove happy to Your Majesty, is the Hope, the Expectation, and the earnest Desire, of my Lords the Peers; whose Command is upon me, to make this humble Tender to Your Majesty of their loyal Joy, for Your Majesty's safe Return to Your native Kingdom, and for this happy Restoration of Your Majesty to Your Crown and Dignity, after so long and so severe a Suppression of Your just Right and Title.
I shall not reflect upon Your Majesty's Sufferings, which have been Your People's Miseries. Yet I cannot omit to say, that, as the Nation in general, so the Peers with a more personal and particular Sense, have felt the Stroke that cut the Gordian Knot which fastened Your Majesty to Your Kingdom, and Your Kingdom to Your Majesty.
For, since those strange and various Fluctuations and Discomposures in Government, since those horrid and unparalleled Violations of all Order and Justice, Strangers have ruled over us, even with a Rod of Iron. But now, with Satisfaction of Heart, we own and see Your Majesty, our native King, a Son of the wise, a Son of the ancient Kings, whose Hand holds forth a Golden Sceptre.
Great King, Give me Leave to speak the Confidence as well as the Desires of the Peers of England. Be You the powerful Defender of the true Protestant Faith, the just Asserter and Maintainer of the Laws and Liberties of Your Subjects; so shall Judgement run down like a River, and Justice like a mighty Stream. And God, the God of Your Mercy, who has so miraculously preserved You, will stablish Your Throne in Righteousness and in Peace.
"Dread Sovereign, I offer no flattering Titles; but speak the Words of Truth. You are the Desire of Three Kingdoms, the Strength and the Stay of the Tribes of the People, for the moderating of Extremities, the reconciling of Differences, the satisfying of all Interests, and for the restoring of the collapsed Honour of these Nations; their Eyes are towards Your Majesty; their Tongues, with loud Acclamations of Joy, speak the Thoughts and loyal Intentions of their Hearts; their Hands are lift up to Heaven with Prayers and Praises. And what Oval Triumph can equal this Your Pomp and Glory?
Long may Your Majesty live and reign; a Support to Your Friends, a Terror to Your Enemies, an Honour to Your Nation, and an Example to Kings, of Piety, Justice, Prudence, and Power; that this prophetic Expression may be verified in Your Majesty, "King Charles the Second shall be greater than ever was the greatest of that Name!"
"His Majesty's Gracious Answer to the Earl of Manchester's Speech, made in the Name of the House of Peers, on the 29th of May, 1660, in His Majesty's Drawing Room at Whitehall.
The King's Answer.
I am so disordered by My Journey, and with the Noise still sounding in My Ears (which I confess was pleasing to Me, because it expressed the Affections of My People), as I am unfit at the present to make such a Reply as I desire. Yet thus much I shall say unto you, That I take no greater Satisfaction to Myself in this My Change, than that I find My Heart really set to endeavour by all Means for the restoring of this Nation to their Freedom and Happiness; and I hope, by the Advice of My Parliament, to effect it. Of this also you may be confident, that, next to the Honour of God, from whom principally I shall ever own this Restoration to My Crown, I shall study the Welfare of My People; and shall not only be a true Defender of the Faith, but a just Assertor of the Laws and Liberties of My Subjects."
Order for Preservation of Wollaston's Wood, as it was read in the House.
ORDERED, That the Preservation of Wollaston's Wood, in the County of Glou'ester, lately belonging to Oliver Cromwell, and adjoining to the Forest of Deane, may be committed to the Care of the Commissioners lately appointed by this House for the Preservation of the aforesaid Forest; and that the Stop of cutting any more Wood there, or the carrying away any Wood already felled there, or any Coals, or Iron, at the Iron Works in or adjoining to the said Wood, belonging to Captain John Braine, be forthwith made, till the farther Pleasure of this House be known; and that all such Persons, who have lately done any Thing in the said Particulars for His Majesty's real Service, may have, and shall have, the Approbation and Indemnity of this House, for their acting therein, they being responsible for what they have done, as Agents for His Majesty's sole Interest there, or shall do: And it is further ORDERED, That there be a present Stop made of the felling any more Woods upon any the Lands of the Earl of Worcester, lately in the Possession of the aforesaid Oliver Cromwell, until the Pleasure of His Majesty, or this House, be further signified.
DIE Mercurii, 30; die Maii, post meridiem.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Hodges.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
1 Dux Bucks.
2 Marq. Winton.
4 Comes Derby.
10 Comes Suffolke.
6 Comes Bedford.
5 Comes Rutland.
8 Comes (fn. 2) Lyncolne.
14 Comes Denbigh.
13 Comes North'ton.
21 Comes Strafford.
16 Comes Westm.
20 Comes Portland.
11 Comes Sarum.
18 Comes Berks.
9 Comes Nottingham.
7 Comes Pembrooke.
24 Viscount Say.
22 Viscount Hereford.
25 Viscount Conway.
12 Comes Bridgwater.
3 Comes Shrewsberry.
15 Comes Midd.
26 Viscount Stafford.
23 Viscount Mountagu.
19 Comes Rivers.
17 Comes Manchester, Speaker.
3 Ds. Berkley.
6 Ds. Darcy.
10 Ds. Hunsdon.
21 Ds. Howard.
16 Ds. Robertes.
15 Ds. Grey.
14 Ds. Tenham.
5 Ds. Sandys.
9 Ds. Pagett.
17 Ds. Craven.
2 Ds. De la Warr.
1 Ds. Aberg'enny.
13 Ds. Arrundell.
7 Ds. Wharton.
18 Ds. Lovelace.
12 Ds. Gerrard.
11 Ds. Petre.
20 Ds. Coventrye.
4 Ds. Morley.
22 Ds. Herbert.
19 Ds. Maynard.
23 Ds. Bruce.
8 Ds. Willoughby.
Judicial Proceedings Bill:
The Act for the Continuance of Process, &c. was reported by the Committee, as fit to pass, with some Alterations:
Which being read, and Agreed to;
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the Continuance of Process and Judicial Proceedings."
And the Question being put, "Whether this Act shall pass as a Law, with the Alterations and Additions now read?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to H. C. with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Dr. Lewin and Mr. Rich:
To deliver to them the Act for Continuance of Process, &c.; and desire their Concurrence in the Alterations therein.
Weaver to attend, about Millet's Cause.
ORDERED, That the Keeper of The Compter in Woodstreet do bring Thomas Weaver before the Lords Committees for Petitions on Friday Morning next, at Nine of the Clock in the Morning, to give his Testimony concerning Millett.
Answer from H. C.
Dr. Lewin and Mr. Rich return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they will speedily send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Beesely & al. to be proceeded against, for ill-treating Ford, Minister of Chipping-Norton.
Upon Information given this Day to the House, "That one Beesley and other insolent Persons came into the Church of Chipping-Norton, in the County of Oxon; and when Mr. Stephen Ford, the Minister of the said Parish, was going to exercise the Duty of his Place by Prayer and Preaching, they sell violently upon him, pulled him by the Neck and Throat, and by the Hair of the Head, and wounded him, and pulled him out of the Church, calling him "Rogue and Rascal," and other opprobrious and odious Words, without any Cause or Provocation of the said Mr. Ford; and afterwards proudly and insolently said, "Let the Justices of the Peace relieve him, or do any Thing herein for him, at their Peril":"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, That Sir Francis Norris, Thomas Cobb Esquire, Mr. Draper, and Mr. Jenkinson, Justices of the Peace of the said County, are hereby required, together with the Bailiffs of the Corporation of Chipping-Norton aforesaid, to call such Persons together as can testify any Thing in this Matter; and, having examined the Cause, shall, upon the whole Matter, proceed therein according to the Laws of this Land, for the punishing of what shall appear unto them in this Matter to be done contrary to Law, and to prevent the like Insolencies and Riots hereafter.
Message from H. C. about the Judicial Proceedings Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Ric. Knightly Esquire:
To let their Lordships know, that they agree to all the Alterations and Amendments made in the Bill for Continuance of Proceedings at Law, &c.
The Question being put, "Whether to have the House now adjourned?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
House adjourned till 9a cras.