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 Martis, 18 die Februarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
His Majesty sitting in His Royal Throne; adorned with His Regal Ornaments, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod was commanded to give Notice to the House of Commons, "That they attend His Majesty presently."
Mr. Seymour, Speaker of H. C. presented.
The House of Commons being come, presented Edward Seymour Esquire to be their Speaker, in the Room of Sir Job Charlton, who was disabled by Sickness to discharge any longer the Service of that Place.
And having made a low Obeisance to His Majesty, the said Mr. Seymour made a short Speech, to this Effect:
"That the House of Commons, upon the Disability of their former Speaker, have made Choice of him to be their Speaker; which Choice he feared might prejudice His Majesty's Affairs, in regard of his Unfitness for a Place of that great Trust, especially in such a Conjuncture of Time, wherein, it is probable, Matters of great Concernment will be agitated: Therefore he humbly besought His Majesty, that He would command the House of Commons to make a new Choice, of a Person of greater Abilities and Experience."
Whereupon the Lord Chancellor, by Direction of His Majesty, spake as followeth:
"You have spoken so very well in this short Excuse of yourself from the Place of a Speaker, that, if His Majesty had not so well known you before, this had sufficiently proved your Ability for that Place. I have therefore in Command from His Majesty to say, He accepts not of your Excuse; but is extremely satisfied with the Choice of the House of Commons; and therefore the King doth allow of their Election, and admits you for Speaker."
Then Mr. Speaker humbly submitted to His Majesty's Royal Pleasure, and desired to be a Suitor to His Majesty in the Behalf of the House of Commons; and, after another short Speech, presented these Petitions following:
"1. That their Persons, Servants, and Estates, may be free from Arrests and Troubles, according to their ancient Usages and Privileges.
"2. That, for the carrying on the Debates of the House, they may be permitted Freedom and Liberty of Speech.
"3. That, as often as Occasion shall require, they may have Admittance into His Royal Presence.
"4. That the Proceedings of the House may be graciously received by His Majesty, and freed from Misconstruction.
"Lastly, for himself, that His Majesty would be pleased to pardon those Errors which his Weakness shall commit in this Service."
Ld. Chancellor's Answer.
Upon this, the Lord Chancellor, by Direction from His Majesty, spake again, as followeth:
"His Majesty is much pleased with your chearful Submission to His Royal Pleasure, and thinks Himself repaired for the Loss of so good a Servant as the late Speaker Sir Job Charlton, whose Sickness hath disabled him from that Place; for all that His Majesty expected from so worthy and able a Man, he is certain to find in you. His Majesty graciously accepts that loyal and just Character you have given of His Reign; and hath commanded me to assure you, and His Parliament, that He not only ever hath, but ever shall inviolably maintain, the Properties, Rights, and Liberties of His People, and every individual Person of them, and hath and will take Care that Justice have its free Course.
"His Majesty hath further commanded me to answer Your Four Petitions; whereof, the First being for the Freedom of you and your Servants in your Persons and Estates without Arrest or other Disturbance; the Second, for Liberty and Freedom of Speech; the Third, for Access to His Royal Person; and the Fourth, that your Proceedings may receive a favourable Construction; are all freely and fully granted by His Majesty."
Ld. Asteley takes his Seat.
This Day Jacob Lord Asteley sat first in Parliament as a Peer, upon Descent.
His Writ of Summons bears Date the 14th Day of February, Anno Regni Domini Regis Caroli Secundi 25to.
Sir T. Leigh's Petition against E. of Salisbury's Bill.
Upon reading the Petition of Sir Thomas Leigh Knight, claiming some Title to certain Tenements mentioned in a Bill now depending in this House, intituled, "An Act to enable James Earl of Salisbury to let Leases of certain Tenements, for any Term not exceeding Forty Years:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Consideration of the said Petition is hereby referred to the Lords Committees to whom the said Bill stands committed; whose Lordships, having heard the said Sir Thomas Leigh thereupon, or his Counsel, are afterwards to make Report thereof, together with the said Bill, unto this House.
Count. of Northumb. Complaint against Percy a Trunkmaker, who takes upon him the Title of E of Northumb.
Upon reading the Petition of Elizabeth the Elder Countess Dowager of Northumberland, on the Part and Behalf of herself and the Lady Elizabeth Percy; shewing, "That one who calls himself James Percy (by Profession a Trunk-maker in Dublin in Ireland) assumes to himself the Title of Earl of Northumberland and Lord Percy, to the Dishonour of that Family:"
It is this Day ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Examination of the Matter complained of in the said Petition is hereby referred to the Lords Committees for Privileges; whose Lordships, having heard all such Persons as are concerned therein, are afterwards to make Report thereof unto the House.
Seats in the House, about altering.
Resolved, upon the Question, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That it is referred to the Lords Committees appointed to consider of the Customs and Orders of this House, and Privileges of Parliament, &c. to consider whether or no the Seats of this House may be put into any other Posture, for the better Conveniency of the Lords Hearing and Seeing; whose Lordships have hereby Power to advise with the Lord Great Chamberlain, and to send for His Majesty's Surveyor General of His Works, to have his Assistance therein; and make Report what their Lordships think fit to be done thereupon to the House.
Ld. Berkley and Ld. Delawar, Precedency.
This Day being appointed to consider of the Claim of Precedency made by the Lord Berkeley of Berkeley to the Lord Delawar, and neither the Lord Delawar nor any Person on his Behalf appearing for him:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will proceed to give Judgement therein on Monday the Third Day of March next peremptorily; whereof the Lord Berkeley is to cause the said Lord Delawar to have Personal Notice by this Order; or that Two Copies thereof be left at the Lord Delawar's Two Houses, at Hampsteed and Horwell, some Time this Week.
The Earl of Bath, Bishop of Rochester, and the Lord Lovelace, are added to the Committee for the Bill concerning Sir Ralph Bankes.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis, 20um diem instantis Februarii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.