Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 12, 1666-1675. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Lunæ, 29 die Julii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
His Majesty sitting in His Royal Throne, arrayed in His Regal Robes and Ornaments, (the Peers being likewise in their Robes); the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod was commanded by His Majesty to let the House of Commons know, "That it was His Pleasure, that they should attend Him presently, with their Speaker."
Who being come, His Majesty made a Speech, to this Effect:
"He conceived, He could not give His Houses of Parliament a greater Testimony of His Affections to them, than by sending for them when He was in such Straits as were superior to any other Counsels; which now being over, He was confident, He could not better please them, than to dismiss them again to their several Countries at such a Time as this is. His Majesty said, The Peace being now concluded, the Articles would be made public within a few Days, which He supposed would seem reasonable to them, and all Christendom as much rejoice at the Peace as they were disturbed by the War. His Majesty further told His Houses, That their own Affairs now require their Presence elsewhere; and He did hope they would use all Industry and Severity (for both were necessary) to reduce the People to a better Temper than they have been in of late. His Majesty further said, He wondered what One Thing He had done since His coming into England, to persuade any sober Person that He did intend to govern by a Standing Army; He said He was more an Englishman than so. He desired, for as much as concerned Him, to preserve the Laws; and if others will pay that due Respect they owe to the Laws, there would be no Fear of any such Thing. His Majesty said, The last Year He raised some Troops, which He disbanded as soon as the Season would permit; and He was certain, He deferred raising Forces long enough this Year, in that He gave not One Commission till the Enemy was landed; and He was sure, that the Persons now in Commission are such as will be as desirous to be out of the Employment as to continue in it. He further said, He would say no more, but that He hoped His Two Houses of Parliament should meet here in October next, and that they would then come with such Inclinations as may restore the Kingdom to as good a Condition as it was ever in; and He did assure them, He should not be wanting on His Part."
After this, His Majesty bid the Lord Chancellor do as He had commanded.
Whereupon the Lord Chancellor said,
"My Lords; and you the Knights, Citizens and Burgesses of the House of Commons;
"It is His Majesty's Pleasure, that this Parliament be prorogued to the Tenth Day of October next. And accordingly this Parliament is prorogued to the Tenth Day of October next."