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 Sabbati, 8 die Martii.
His Majesty, sitting in His Royal Throne, adorned with His Crown and Regal Ornaments, commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to give Notice to the House of Commons, that they attend His Majesty presently.
His Majesty's Speech.
"Yesterday you presented Me an Address, as the best Means for the satisfying and composing the Minds of My Subjects; to which I freely and readily agreed: And I shall take Care to see it performed accordingly.
"I hope, on the other Side, you, Gentlemen of the House of Commons, will do your Part; for I must put you in Mind, it is near Five Weeks since I demanded a Supply; and what you voted unanimously upon it, did both give Life to My Affairs at Home, and disheartened My Enemies Abroad: But the seeming Delay it hath (fn. 1) met withal since, hath made them take new Courage; and they are now preparing for this next Summer a greater Fleet (as they say) than ever they had yet; so that, if the Supply be not very speedily dispatched, it will be altogether ineffectual; and the Safety, Honour, and Interest of England, must of Necessity be exposed. Pray lay this to Heart; and let not the Fears and Jealousies of some draw an inevitable Ruin upon us all.
"If there be any Scruple remain with you concerning the Suspension of Penal Laws, I here faithfully promise you, that what hath been done in that Particular shall not for the future be drawn either into Consequence or Example; and as I daily expect from you a Bill for My Supply, so, I assure you, I shall as willingly receive and pass any other you shall offer Me, that may tend to the giving you Satisfaction in all your just Grievances."
Answer to the Address against the Increase of Popery.
Next, the Lord Chancellor reported, "That both Houses waited upon the King Yesterday, and presented Him with the Address against the Growth of Popery; and His Majesty hath been pleased to return this Answer:
"I do heartily agree with you in your Address, and shall give speedy Order to have it put in Execution: There is One Part to which I believe it is not your Intention that it should extend; for I can scarce say those are in My Pay that are presently to be employed Abroad; but as for all the other Parts, I shall take Care it shall be done as you desire."
After which, the Lord Chancellor said, "He had somewhat more to impart to the House, by the King's Command; which was, That His Majesty last Night having spoken with several Members of both Houses, found some Dissatisfaction remained concerning His Answer to their Address, in the Particular of the Officers to be employed Abroad; of which Number he had Five or Six that were of the best Officers of France or Flanders; and, being His own Subjects, He hath been very solicitous to get: But if that breed any Umbrage, the King commanded him to let them know, that He resolves to give both His Houses full Satisfaction to their Desires.
The King has cancel'd His Declaration for the Suspension of Penal Laws.
"There was another Particular," the Lord Chancellor said, "he thought fit to acquaint them with; "which, though it was by His Majesty's Leave, yet it was not by His Command: However, he thought it his Duty to acquaint the House with it (Mr. Secretary Coventry intending to acquaint the House of Commons with the same): That His Majesty had the last Night, in Pursuance of what He then intended, and declared this Morning, concerning the Suspension of Penal Laws not being for the future drawn either into Consequence or Example, caused the original Declaration under the Great Seal to be canceled in His Presence; whereof himself and several other Lords of the Council were Witnesses."
Address of Thanks for King's Speech.
ORDERED, That the Lord Treasurer, the Lord Great Chamberlain, the Lord Steward, the Earl of Bedford, the Earl of Dover, the Lord Bishop of London, the Lord Bishop of Rochester, the Lord Maynard, and the Lord Newport, are appointed by this House, to present the most humble and hearty Thanks of this House to His Majesty, for the full and satisfactory Answer in all Points, which He hath given to both Houses in His Speech this Day; and to desire His Majesty would be pleased to give Order the same may be printed and published.
Message from H. C. with one.
That the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the House of Commons, have resolved to attend His Majesty, to return Him their most humble and hearty Thanks, for His most gracious, full, and satisfactory Answer this Day given to their humble Petitions and Addresses; and they desire their Lordships Concurrence therein.
The Lord Treasurer and the Lord Great Chamberlain immediately reported, "That His Majesty hath appointed this Afternoon, at Four of the Clock, in the Banqueting House at Whitehall, for both Houses to wait upon Him."
King to be attended by both Houses.
That their Lordships have agreed to their Message now brought up; and having sent to know His Majesty's Pleasure, He hath appointed both Houses to wait upon Him this Afternoon, in the Banqueting House at Whitehall, at Four of the Clock, to receive their Thanks.