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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Anno 31 Caroli Secundi.
DIE Sabbati, 15° die Martii, 1678/79, Anno Regni Screnissimi Domini nostri Caroli Secundi, Dei Gratia, Angliæ, Scociæ, Franc. et Hib. Regis, Fidei Defensoris, & c. Tricesimo Primo; in quem diem hæc Secunda, Sessio Parliamenti prorogata suit, teneri et inchoari apud Westmonasterium, Die & Loco prædict. Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum Nomina subsequuntur, præsentes fuerunt:
Ld. Lucas takestheOaths.
This Day Charles Lord Lucas took the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and made and subscribed the Declaration, in Pursuance of the Act for the more effectual preserving of the King's Person and Government, by disabling Papists from sitting in either House of Parliament.
His Majesty, being arrayed in His Regal Robes, ascended His Royal Throne, and commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to signify to the House of Commons His Majesty's Pleasure, "That they come up presently."
The Commons being come; His Majesty made a short Speech, to this Effect:
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"Though this hath been a very short Recess, yet there are some Doubts, whether you can take Notice of what I said at the Opening of this Parliament in Point of Form: Therefore it is necessary that I recommend to you now, what I and the Chancellor said the other Day, as if we said it now. The rest I refer to the Chancellor."
Then the Lord Chancellor spake as follows:
Lord Chancellor's Speech.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
Since it hath pleased the King to refer you all to what He lately said at the Opening of this Parliament, it will concern us all to take it into our most serious Thoughts, and to enter upon the Matters therein recommended to us, that so we may proceed effectually in that great Work for which we are called, without being diverted by any Consideration whatsoever.
"For, if this Parliament succeed not well, if it do not quiet and compose the Minds of all the People, it will be thought an unaccountable Thing in the World; considering the great Preparations the King hath made for it, and those excellent Dispositions of Mind He brings toward it.
Commons directed to choose a Speaker.
"Wherefore, that no Time may be lost, His Majesty commands the Gentlemen of the House of Commons, That they proceed immediately to the Choice of a Speaker; and His Majesty will expect that he be presented to Him here, upon Monday Morning, at Ten a Clock."
Then His Majesty withdrew Himself; and the Com mons went to their House.
E. Rochester, Privilege: Clerke his Servant released.
Upon Complaint made this Day to this House, "That William Clerke, owned by the Earl of Rochester, a Peer of this Realm, to be his Menial Servant, is ar rested, and detained a Prisoner in the Prison of The Marshalsea, at the Suit of John Ireton Esquire, now sitting the Parliament, contrary to the Privilege of Parliament:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Keeper of the Prison of The Marshalsea be, and is hereby, required forthwith to discharge the said William Clerke from his said Imprisonment, as he will answer the con trary to this House; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To the Keeper of the Prison of The Marshalsea, his Deputies and Turnkeys, and every of them.
Ireton and Hemmings sent for.
Upon Complaint made this Day to this House, "That William Clerke, owned by the Earl of Rochester, a Peer of this Realm, to be his menial Servant, is arrested, by Thomas Hemings, at the Suit of John Ireton Esquire, now sitting the Parliament, contrary to the Privilege of Parliament, and is detained in Prison upon the said Suit:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said John Ireton and Thomas Hemings be, and are hereby, required to appear at the Bar of this House, to answer to the said Complaint, on Tuesday the 18th Day of this Instant March, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon: And hereof they may not fail.
Last Prorogation to be considered.
The House was moved, "To consider, whether the last Prorogation made a Session."
And, after Debate, it is ORDERED, That the further Consideration be resumed on Monday Morning next; and the Judges to be heard what they can say therein.
ORDERED, That, on Tuesday Morning next, this House will take into Consideration His Majesty's and the Lord Chancellor's Speeches.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, 17um diem instantis Martii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Hitherto examined, this 25th of March, 1679, by us,
P. Bath & Wells.