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, 5 die Aprilis.
Message to H. C. that the King is coming to the House.
Message from thence, with the Writs of Error Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by William Pryn Esquire and others; who returned the Bill for preventing Abatement of Writs of Errors upon Judgements in the Exchequer, which was sent down to them; to which Bill they do agree, with a small Alteration, and desire the Lords Concurrence therein.
Message to them, that the Lords agree to it.
His Majesty was present this Day; and, sitting in His Throne, adorned with His Regal Robes and Ornaments, gave Command to the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, to signify His Pleasure to the House of Commons, That they attend His Majesty forthwith."
"1. An Act for the assembling and holding of Parliaments Once in Three Years at the least; and for the Repeal of an Act, intituled, An Act for the preventing of Inconveniencies happening by the long Intermission of Parliaments."
"You will easily believe, that I have come very willingly to give My Assent to this Bill. I do thank you very heartily for your so unanimous Concurrence in it, and for desiring Me speedily to finish it; and, if I understand any Thing that concerns the Peace and Security of the Kingdom, and the Welfare of My Subjects (all which I study more than My Prerogative, indeed I consider My Prerogative only in order to preserving the other), every good Englishman will thank you for it: For the Act you have repealed could only serve to discredit Parliaments, to make the Crown jealous of Parliaments, and Parliaments of the Crown, and persuade Neighbour Princes that England was not governed under a Monarch: It could never have been the Occasion of frequent Parliaments. I do promise you, I will not be One Hour the less without a Parliament for this Act of Repeal; nor, I am sure, will you be the less kind to Me in Parliament. I do again thank you for your excellent Temper and Respect to Me; and desire you so to proceed, that the Session may be within the Time I proposed to you last. And I do assure you upon My Word, and I pray believe Me, that I have no other Thoughts or Designs in My Heart, but to make you all happy in the Support of the Religion and Laws established. And if My own Wants and Necessities are at any Time grievous to Me, it is only as I apprehend I may not be able sufficiently to provide for those, and for the Peace and Security of the Kingdom; and therefore I am confident you and I, who agree in the End, shall never differ in the Way."
Thanks to the King for His Speech.
ORDERED, That the Lord Privy Seal, the Lord Chamberlain, and the Lord Pagett, are appointed to wait upon the King, and to present unto Him the humble Thanks of this House, for His Gracious Speech this Day; and to desire that His Majesty will please to give Way that it may be printed and published.
Joyce released upon Bail.
Upon the Petition of William Joyce, now in the Custody of the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, for arresting of Dame Elizabeth Petre, Wife of the Lord Petre, contrary to the Privilege of the Peerage of this Realm:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said William Joyce shall have his Liberty, giving good Security to the Gentleman Usher attending this House, and paying now his Fees, to render himself on Monday the Eighteenth Day of April Instant, in the Condition that now he is in, and so to continue until the Pleasure of this House be further signified: And this to be a sufficient Warrant to the Gentleman Usher in that Behalf.
Report concerning the Act for Money for Officers who served the King during the late Troubles.
Upon Report from the Lords Committees appointed to consider of the Act for distributing Sixty Thousand Pounds among the truly loyal and indigent Commission Officers, and assessing of Offices, &c.; and the Case of the Lord Berkley of Berkley relating thereunto:
L. Berkley to account for Monies received by him.
It is ORDERED, That the said Lord Berkley do pay, or cause to be paid, all such Sums as he hath already received of any of the Peers of this Realm, for or in respect of their Offices; as also such Monies as he shall in the future receive upon the same Accompt, unto such Person as is appointed Treasurer by the Commissioners settled by the said Act.
Bargemen upon the River of Wye, Petition.
It is ORDERED, That the said Petition and Contents thereof are to be taken into Consideration on the 28th Day of April Instant, at Ten of the Clock in the Morning, at this Bar; when the Matter of the Bill concerning the said River of Wye is to be heard by Counsel and Witnesses, according to a former Order of this House already appointed.
E. of Carnarvon, Leave to be absent.
ORDERED, That the Earl of Carnarvon hath the Leave of this House to go into the (fn. 1) Country.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Com. Placit. declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, videlicet, 18um diem instantis Aprilis, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.