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 Mercurii, 15 die Decembris.
His Majesty, sitting in His Royal Throne, adorned with His Regal Crown and Ornaments (the Peers being likewise in their Robes), commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to signify to the House of Commons, "That they come up presently, to attend His Majesty."
At the Opening of this Parliament, I did acquaint you with the Alliances I had made with Spayne and Holland, as the best Measures that could be taken for the Safety of England, and the Repose of Christendom.
But I told you withal, That if our Friendship become unsafe to trust to, it would not be to be wondered at, if our Neighbours should begin to take new Resolutions, and perhaps such as might be fatal to us.
I must now tell you, that our Allies cannot but see how little has been done since this Meeting, to encourage their Dependence upon us; and I find by them, that unless we can be so united at Home, as to make our Alliance valuable to them, it will not be possible to hinder them from seeking some other Refuge, and making such new Friendships as will not be consistent with our Safety.
I did likewise lay the Matter plainly before you, touching the Estate and Condition of Tangier. I must now tell you again, that if that Place be thought worth the keeping, you must take such Consideration of it, that it may be speedily supplied; it being impossible for Me to preserve it, at an Expence so far above My Power.
I did promise you the fullest Satisfaction your Hearts could wish, for the Security of the Protestant Religion; and to concur with you in any Remedies which might consist with preserving the Succession of the Crown in its due and legal Course of Descent. I do again, with the same Reservations, renew the same Promises to you.
And being thus ready on My Part to do all that can reasonably be expected from Me, I should be glad to know from you, as soon as may be, how far I shall be assisted by you, and what it is you desire from Me."
The King's Answer concerning Southall.
The Lord Chamberlain of His Majesty's Household reported, "That he and the other Lords had attended His Majesty, with the Address of this House, concerning Mr. William Southall, the Coroner of Staffordshire: To which His Majesty returns this Answer, That the Money due to him for taking the Priests shall be fully complied with; and as to his further Gratification, when the Fund shall be made out upon which it is to rise, His Majesty will have a favourable Consideration of him, and remember your Lordships Recommendation of him."
E. Thanet, Privilege, Blow & al. released.
Whereas Mr. John Blow, John his Ser vant, Merricke Nicholas, Thomas Williams, Edward Evans, and John Bentley, were this Day brought to the Bar, by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House, and Sir John Hewit with them; who acknowledged their Offence, and asked Pardon of the Earl of Thannet, and of this House, for the same; the Earl of Thannet also desiring they may be discharged:
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said John Blow, John his Servant, Merricke Nicholas, Thomas Williams, Edward Evans, and John Bentley, be, and are hereby, discharged from their present Restraint, paying their Fees; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.