Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 13, 1675-1681. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Lunæ, 15 die Julii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
His Majesty, sitting in His Royal Throne, adorned with His Regal Crown and Ornaments, commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House to let the House of Commons know, "His Majesty's Pleasure is, That they attend Him presently."
Who being come; they, by their Speaker (who made a short Speech), presented His Majesty with Two Bills of Supply; which were received by the Clerk of the Parliaments, and brought to the Table.
The Titles were severally and distinctly read, by the Clerk of the Crown, as followeth:
"An Act for granting a Supply to His Majesty, of Six Hundred Nineteen Thousand Three Hundred Eighty-eight Pounds, Eleven Shillings, and Nine Pence, for disbanding the Army, and other Uses therein mentioned."
"An Act for granting an additional Duty to His Majesty upon Wines, for Three Years."
To both which Bills the Royal Assent was severally and respectively pronounced, by the Clerk of the Parliaments, in these Words;
"Le Roy, remerciant Ses bons Subjects, accepte leur Benevolence, et ainsi le veult."
Next, the Royal Assent was given to these Public Bills; videlicet,
"An Act to enable Creditors to recover their Debts of the Executors and Administrators of Executors in their own Wrong."
"An Act for burying in Woollen."
"An Act for the Admeasurement of Keels and Boats carrying Coals."
"An Act for reviving a former Act, intituled, An Act for avoiding unnecessary Suits and Delays; and for Continuance of One other Act, for the better settling of Intestates Estates."
"An Act for the further Relief and Discharge of poor distressed Prisoners for Debt."
"An Act for repealing certain Words in a Clause in a former Act, intituled, An Act for enlarging and repairing of common Highways."
"An Act for Preservation of Fishing in the River of Seaverne."
To every which Act the Royal Assent was pronounced in these Words,
"Le Roy le vealt."
Next, these Bills of Private Concernment pass'd the Royal Assent; videlicet,
"An Act to supply an Omission in the Settlement of the Estate of Sir Trevor Williams Baroner, made upon the Marriage of his Eldest Son; and to enable his Eldest Son to make a Jointure to a Second Wife."
"An Act for increasing the Revenue of the Dean of St. Paul's, and assuring the Estates of his Tenants in Shadwell, in the County of Midd."
"An Act for vesting the Rectory of Westerham, in the County of Kent, in Trustees, to be sold, for Payment of the Debts of Edward Gresham Esquire."
"An Act for the better enabling Trustees of Sir Thomas Cave Knight and Baronet, deceased, for the selling of Lands for the Performance of the Will of the said Sir Thomas Cave, and likewise for the vesting and settling of other Lands."
"An Act for uniting and consolidating the Churches of Beaumont and Mose, in the County of Essex."
"An Act on the Behalf of John Fortescue, for the executing certain Trusts devolved upon Infants."
"An Act for making Part of the Parish of St. Martin's in the Feilds a new Parish, to be called The Parish of St. Anne within the Liberty of Westminster."
"An Act to enable Trustees to sell the Lands of Tanfeild Mulso Esquire, late deceased, for Payment of his Debts, and making Provision for his Children."
"An Act for naturalizing of John Schoppens and others."
"An Act to make good a Mortgage made by John Forth, deceased, to Thomas Cooke and Nicholas Carey; and for making Provision for Henry Forth, Son of the said John Forth."
"An Act for making navigable the River Fale alias Valc, in the County of Cornwall."
"An Act to enable Thomas Plater Gentleman to sell Lands, for Payment of Debts charged upon the same, and reimbursing him such Sums of Money as he hath or shall lay out, in repairing the Breaches made by the Inundation of the Sea, and keeping the Waters out."
To which Private Bills the Royal Assent was severally pronounced, in these Words,
"Soit sait come il est desiré."
Then the Lord Chancellor, by His Majesty's Directions, concluded with this short Speech following:
L. Chancellor's Speech.
"My Lords; and you the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the House of Commons;
"His Majesty doth very graciously accept the Service you have done Him this Session; and is as well pleased with your worthy and dutiful Carriage towards Him, as with the noble and liberal Present you have made Him.
"He doth now consider, that some Recess is necessary for your Health and Refreshment after all your Labours; and He would be glad it might be for some longer Time than His Affairs at present will admit: For His Majesty doth not know how soon He may be engaged in a War; and when He shall be so, He is sure that He can by no Means want the Counsel and Assistance of His Parliament; and therefore he Hath resolved, never to put off this Parliament too far from him.
"For this Cause, His Majesty hath resolved to keep His Parliament always in View, by making several, but very short, Prorogations of it; but with an Intention, however, that the Parliament shall not sit till towards Winter, unless His Majesty's pressing and important Occasions shall call for your Advice sooner; and if they do so, His Majesty will be sure to give timely Notice thereof by His Proclamation, to the End there may be a full Appearance.
"At this present, His Majesty's Pleasure is, to prorogue this Parliament no further than till the First of August next; and this Parliament is prorogued until the First Day of August now next ensuing."
E. Oxford takes the Oaths.
Memorandum, That after Prayers this Day, and before that His Majesty gave His Royal Assent to the Bills, Awbrey Earl of Oxford took the Oaths of Allegiance and of Supremacy, and subscribed the Declaration against Transubstantiation; and brought a Certificate of his receiving the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper; his Witnesses being sworn, and examined by the Lord Chancellor, as to the Truth of the said Certificate.
Hitherto examined, this 16th Day of July, 1678, by us,