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 Veneris, 22 die Octobris, post meridiem.
Epus. Cov. et Litch.
Epus. Bath & Welis.
Epus. St. David's.
Epus. St. Asaph.
Ds. Præses Concilii Domini Regis.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
L. Chamberlain of His Majesty's Household.
Comes St. Albans.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Grey de Wark.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Ds. Herbert de Chirb.
Ds. (fn. 1)Arundell de Tresise.
Lords take the Oaths.
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:
Speaker of H. C. presented, and approved of.
"His Majesty hath well considered the Election the Commons have made; and doth very much approve and allow of their Choice. He hopes there will be found the same Unanimity in all other Matters that relate to His Service, as hath been exprest in this Election.
"It is your Duty, Mr. Speaker, having received this Signification of His Majesty's Pleasure, to apply yourself chearfully to undergo this Burden; and as His Majesty will graciously accept all your Endeavours in His Service, so He doth not doubt but your Performances will answer Expectation; and give general Satisfaction."
L. Chancellor's Speech to the Speaker.
"The Freedom of yourselves and Servants from Arrests, and of your Estates from Molestation, is not only a Privilege, but an Honour and Dignity, due to those who serve in this Capacity. And if any Man presume to affront those whom the King hath called together to consult with, and whose Counsels the King intends so much to rely upon; it shall not be enough for you to right yourselves in your own House; but the King will cause it to be further prosecuted at His Suit, as a Contempt of His Royal Authority.
"The Liberty of Speech, you desire, is necessary in all public Debates: And the King doth not think a Privilege of this Kind can ever be more safely lodged, than where it is trusted to you; for He is confident, that you yourselves will take a strict Care that no Man shall exceed the decent Limits of it.
"As for Access to His Royal Person, which is seldom denied to any Man, you may be sure it shall be amply granted to you; for whatever it be which a People may expect from a Prince who hath set His Heart upon them to do them Good, all this you may safely promise yourselves from the King: And rest assured, that nothing in the World shall be able to intercept those gracious Influences which may be necessary to bring your wife and well-weighed Councils to Perfection.
"And now, Mr. Speaker, these Points being so well over, His Majesty is extremely desirous that no more Time may be lost; but that, when you return to your House, you would hasten through the rest of the Preliminaries as fast as you can, that so you may be ready to enter upon Business as soon as is possible. And God Almighty direct and prosper all your Consultations."
Earl of Berkely introduced.
His Patent, creating him Earl of Berkeley, was read; which bears Date the Eleventh Day of September, in the 31th Year of His now Majesty's Reign. And his Lordship was placed on the Earls Bench, next above the Earl of Conway.
L. Deincourt introduced.
His Writ of Summons.
"Carolus Secundus, Dei Gratia, Angliæ, Scoc. Franc. et Hiberniæ Rex, Fidei Defensor, &c. Prædilecto Nostro Roberto Deincourt de Sutton, Cheval. Salutem: Cum nuper, de Avisamento et Assensu Concilii Nostri, pro quibusdam arduis et urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum et Defensionem Regni Nostri Angl. et Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ concernentibus, Parliamentum Nostrum apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. Decimo Septimo die Octobris, Anno Regni Nostri Tricesimo Primo, teneri ordinabamus, et ibidem, cum Prelatis, Magnatibus, et Proceribus dicti Regni Nostri, Colloquium habere et Tractatum; quod quidem Parliamentum tune et ibidem inceptum fuerat, et abinde, per separales Prorogationes, usque Vicesimum Tertium diem Augusti ult. præterit. continuat. et ab eodem Vicesimo Tertio die Augusti idem Parliamentum Nostrum usque Vicesimum Primum diem instantis Octobris ulterius prorogat. fuerat, apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. prædict. ibidem tune tenend. et prosequend.; vobis, sub Fide et Ligeantia quibus Nobis tenemini, firmiter injungendo, mandamus, quod, consideratis dictorum Negotiorum Arduitate et Periculis imminentibus, cessante Excusatione quacunque, ad dictum Parliamentum Nostrum, hoc instante Vicesimo Secundo die Octobris, personaliter intersitis, Nobiscum, ac cum Prelatis, Magnatibus, et Proceribus prædict. super dictis Negotiis tractatur. vestrumque Consilium impensur. Et hoc, sicut Nos et Honorem Nostrum, ac Salvationem et Defensionem Regni et Ecclesiæ prædict. Expeditionemque dictorum Negotiorum diligitis, nullatenus omittatis.