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, 5 die Junii.
Both Houses to wait on the King.
The Lord Treasurer reported, "That His Majesty intends to give their Lordships an Answer to their Address about removing the Lieutenant of The Tower Himself: Therefore it is His Majesty's Pleasure, that this House do wait upon Him, in the Banqueting House at Whitehall, at Four of the Clock this Afternoon; and His Majesty desires their Lordships would adjourn to that Time."
Then the Lord Keeper reported, "That the Lords and Commons attended the King, in the Banqueting House at Whitehall, this Afternoon; where His Majesty told them, He had something to say wherein He desired He might not be mistaken, and therefore had put it in Writing."
King's Speech to both Houses, at the Banqueting House.
"You may remember that, at the Meeting of this Session, I told you, no Endeavours would be wanting to make the Continuance of this Parliament unpracticable. I am sorry that Experience hath so quickly shewed you the Truth of what I then said: But I hope you are all convinced that the Intent of all this, in the Contrivers, is to procure a Dissolution. I confess, I look upon it as a most malicious Design of those who are Enemies to Me and to the Church of England; and were the Contrivers known, I should not doubt but the Dislike of their Practices would alone be a Means of bringing the Houses to a good Understanding. But, since I cannot prescribe any Way how to arrive at the Discovery of it, I must tell you plainly My Opinion, that the Means of coming to any Composure betwixt yourselves cannot be without admitting of such full Conferences as either convince one another by the Reasons then offered, or enable Me to judge rightly of the Differences, when all hath been said upon both Sides which the Matter will afford: For I am not to suffer these Differences to grow to Disorders in the whole Kingdom, if I can prevent it; and I am sure My Judgement shall always be impartial between My Two Houses of Parliament: But I must let you know, that whilst you are in Debate about your Privileges, I will not suffer My own to be invaded.
After this, His Majesty said to the Lords, "That He would give them an Answer to their Address concerning the Removal of the Lieutenant of The Tower, so soon as their Lordships should return to their House; thinking it not fit to do it before the House of Commons."
King's Answer to the Address, about removing the Lieut. of The Tower.
Then the Lord Treasurer reported, "That His Majesty's Answer to the Lords Address, for the removing Sir John Robinson from being Lieutenant of The Tower, is, That His Majesty hath considered the Circumstances of that Matter, and is not satisfied how with Justice he can remove him."
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, septimum (fn. 1) diem instantis Junii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.