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 32 Caroli Secundi.
DIE Jovis, Vicesimo Primo die Octobris, 1680, Anno Regni Serenissimi Domini nostri Caroli Secundi, Dei Gratia, Angliæ, Scotiæ, Franciæ, & Hibern. Regis, Fidei Defensoris, &c. Tricesimo Secundo; in quem diem prorogatum fuerat præsens Parliamentum, tenendum apud Civitatm Westmonaster. in Superiori Parliamenti Domo, convenerunt Rex, et Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum Nomina subscribuntur:
Epus. Cov. et Litch.
Epus. Bath et Wells.
Epus. St. Asaph.
Heneage Ds. Finch, Ds. Cancellarius.
Joh'n Comes Radnor, Præses Concilii.
Arthur Comes Anglesey, Custos Privati Sigilli.
Henry Comes Arlington, Lord Chamberlain of the Household.
Comes Dorset and Midd.
Ds. Willoughby de Parham.
Ds. North & Grey de Rolston.
Ds. Grey de W.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Ds. Herbert de Chirbury.
Ds. Arundell de (fn. 1) Tresise.
His Majesty, sitting in His Royal Throne, adorned with His Crown and other Regal Ornaments (the Peers sitting in their Robes), commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to signify to the Commons His Majesty's Pleasure, "That they attend Him presently."
His Majesty's Speech.
The several Prorogations I have made have been very advantageous to our Neighbours, and very useful to Me; for I have employed that Time in making and perfecting an Alliance with the Crown of Spayn, suitable to that which I had before with The States of The United Provinces, and they also had with that of Spayn, consisting of mutual Obligations of Succour and Defence.
I have all the Reason in the World to believe, that what was so much desired by former Parliaments must needs be very grateful to you now; for, though some perhaps may with these Measures had been taken sooner, yet no Man can with Reason think that it is now too late; for they who desire to make these Alliances, and they who desire to break them, shew themselves to be of another Opinion.
And as these are the best Measures that could be taken for the Safety of England, and the Repose of Christendom; so they cannot fail to attain their End, and to spread and improve themselves farther, if our Divisions at Home do not render our Friendship less considerable Abroad.
To prevent these as much as may be; I think fit to renew to you all the Assurances which can be desired, that nothing shall be wanting on My Part, to give you the fullest Satisfaction your Hearts can wish, for the Security of the Protestant Religion; which I am fully resolved to maintain, against all the Conspiracies of our Enemies; and to concur with you in any new Remedies which shall be proposed, that may consist with preserving the Succession of the Crown in its due and legal Course of Descent.
And, in order to this, I do recommend to you, to pursue the further Examination of the Plot, with a strict and an impartial Enquiry. I do not think Myself safe, nor you neither, till that Matter be gone through with; and therefore it will be necessary that the Lords in The Tower be brought to their speedy Trial, that Justice may be done.
I need not tell you what Danger the City of Tanger is in, nor of what Importance it is to us to preserve it: I have, with a mighty Charge and Expence, sent a very considerable Relief thither: But constantly to maintain so great a Force as that War will require, and to make those new Works and Fortifications without which the Place will not long be tenable, amounts to so vast a Sum, that without your Support it will be impossible for Me to undergo it. Therefore I lay the Matter plainly before you, and desire your Advice and Assistance.
"But that which I value above all the Treasure in the World, and which I am sure will give Me greater Strength and Reputation both at Home and Abroad than any Treasure can do, is, a perfect Union amongst ourselves.
"If we should be so unhappy as to fall into such a Misunderstanding amongst ourselves as would render our Friendship unsafe to trust to; it will not be wondered at, if our Neighbours should begin to take new Resolutions, and perhaps such as may be fatal to us.
"But from so great Prudence, and so good Affections, as yours, I can fear nothing of this Kind; but do rely upon you all, that you will use your best Endeavours to bring this Parliament to a good and happy Conclusion."
Commons directed to choose a Speaker.
"That it is His Majesty's Pleasure, that you proceed immediately to the Choice of a Speaker; and that you be ready to present him to His Majesty here To-morrow in the Afternoon, at Three of the Clock."
Lords take the Oaths.
Then these Lords following took the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and made and subscribed the Declaration, in Pursuance of the Act for the more effectual preserving the King's Person and Government, by disabling Papists from sitting in either House of Parliament:
Richard Lord Arundell of (fn. 2)Tresise.
E. of Hallifax introduced.
Then George Earl of Hallyfax was introduced, in his Robes, by the Lord Maynard, doing the Office of the Lord Great Chamberlain in his Absence; and the Earl of Alesbury supplying the Place of the Earl Marshal; and the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod carrying the Patent, in the Absence of Garter King at Arms. After several Obeisances made, he was presented, between the Earl of Salisbury and the Earl of Essex, to the Lord Chancellor.
And his Lordship's Patent being laid upon the Woolsack, the Lord Chancellor delivered the same to the Clerk, who read the same; which bears Date the Sixteenth Day of July, in the One and Thirtieth Year of His Majesty's Reign that now is. And afterward his Lordship was placed at the lower End of the Earls Bench.