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 Martis, 22 die Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
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:
Richard Lord Butler of Weston.
Charles Lord Cornwallis.
Thomas Lord Leigh.
Henry Lord Herbert de Chirbury.
Ford Lord Grey of Warke.
William Lord Bishop of Peterborowe.
Charles Lord Viscount Mordant.
Charles Earl of Maclesfeld.
Thomas Earl of Sussex.
William Earl of Craven.
John Earl of Bath.
Robert Earl of Scarsdale.
Charles Earl of Dorset & Midd.
James Duke of Monmouth.
This Day John Earl of Bridgewater and Robert Earl of Aylsebury took the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and made and subscribed the Declaration against Transubstantiation, in Pursuance of the Act in the 25th Year of His now Majesty's Reign, for preventing the Dangers which may happen from Popish Recusants; their Witnesses being first sworn at the Bar, to prove the Truth of their Certificates concerning their receiving the Sacrament of the LORD'S Supper.
Repeal of 35 Eliz. Clerks not presenting it for the Royal Assent to be examined into.
ORDERED, That the House be put into a Committee To-morrow Morning, to examine the Business of the Clerks not presenting (at the late Prorogation) to His Majesty, for His Royal Assent, the Bill for Repeal of a Statute made in the 35th Year of Queen Elizabeth; and that Report thereof be made this Day Sevennight to the House.
Repeal of 35 Eliz. Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the Repeal of a Statute made in the Thirty-fifth Year of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of this Bill is committed to a Committee of the whole House; To-morrow Morning.
Southwell Sir Thomas, Information against him to answer.
Upon reading the Petition of Sir Thomas Southwell, of Castle Matress, in the County of Limericke, in the Kingdom of Ireland, Baronet; shewing, "That Mr. David Fitzgerald had informed against him and others, for conspiring against His Majesty and the Government; and praying a short Day to be heard, and that he may put in his Answer to the Information against him:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Sir Thomas Southwell may have a Copy of the Information of David Fitzgerald against him; and is hereby required to put in his Answer to the said Information, in Writing, on Thursday the 24th of this Instant March: And further, That (fn. 1) House will hear Counsel upon the said Petition and Answer on Monday the 28th of March Instant, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; whereof timely Notice is to be given to the said David Fitzgerald for that Purpose.
Blackborough versus Blake.
Upon reading the Petition of Francis Blake Respondent to the Petition and Appeal of Peter Blackborowe Appellant; praying a short Day for hearing Counsel upon the said Appeal and the Answer put in thereunto:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear Counsel, upon the said Appeal and Answer, on Saturday the 26th Day of this Instant March, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; whereof the said Francis Blake is to cause Notice to be given to the said Appellant for that Purpose.
Green versus Coker.
Upon reading the Petition of John Strickland, and Thomas Greene and Mary his Wife; shewing, "That, by Order of this House, Robert Coker was to put in his Answer to their Appeal depending in this House; and that Robert Coker then prayed longer Time to answer till the 27th of January last, but then did not answer, neither yet has; and praying he may peremptorily answer at a Day certain:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Robert Coker be, and is hereby, required peremptorily to put in his Answer to the said Appeal on Tuesday the 29th of this Instant March, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; whereof the said John Strickland and Thomas Greene are to cause timely Notice to be given to the said Robert Coker for that Purpose.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in post meridiem hujus instantis diei, hora tertia, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Williams, Speaker of H.C. presented.
His Majesty being sat in His Royal Throne; the Commons presented to Him William Williams Esquire for their Speaker, being unanimously chosen by them; who made a short Speech; (videlicet,)
"May it please Your Majesty,
"The Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses in Parliament assembled, with Duty and Loyalty agreeable to themselves and the Persons whom they represent, have, in Obedience to Your Royal Pleasure, for the disposing of themselves in that great Assembly for Your Majesty's Service, considered of a Speaker.
"And, to manifest to Your Majesty and the World they are not inclinable to Changes, have with One Voice elected me their Speaker; having had the Honour to serve Your Majesty and the Commons in that Trust in the last Parliament.
"In all Humility, I presume again, by their Command, to stand before Your Majesty in this Circumstance, to receive Your Pleasure, with an Head and Heart full of Loyalty to Your Sacred Person; armed with a settled Resolution, never to depart from Your well-constituted and established Government."
The Lord Chancellor, by Direction from His Majesty, said as followeth:
King's Allowance of him.
"Mr. Speaker; for so I am commanded to call you; His Majesty hath well considered the Choice the Commons have made: And He doth approve thereof; and accept and allow you for Speaker."
Then Mr. Speaker said,
"Most Gracious Sovereign,
"Natural Allegiance commands Loyalty to Your Majesty from every Subject: Your singular Grace and Favour to me in the last Parliament, confirmed by the Honour I have in this, adds more than Dutifulness and Obedience to my Loyalty.
"I am set in the First Station of Your Commons for Trust and Quality (an high and slippery Place): It requires a steady Head, and a well-poized Body, in him that will stand firm then in this Conjuncture. Uprightness is the safe Posture and best Policy (and shall be mine) in this Place; guarded and seconded with this Opinion, That Your Majesty's Service in this Trust, is one and the same with the Service of Your Commons; and that they are no more to be divided than Your Crown and Scepter.
"They truly and best serve the Crown and Country (which shall be my Care and Industry), who make the Safety of Your Sacred Person, the Defence and Security of the Protestant Religion, the Support of Your Majesty's Government, the Maintenance of the Laws, and Preservation of the ancient Constitutions of Parliament, one and the same undivided Interest, one and the same Safety, one and the same inseparable Security for Yourself and People.
"These are the Desires of all good Men; but must be the Effects of good Counsel. For the making of Your Majesty's Great Council now in Parliament assembled to compleat this Blessed Establishment, with all Humility I address to Your Majesty, in the Name and on the Behalf of the Commons in Parliament:
"First, That we and our Servants may be free in our Persons and Estates from Arrests and other Disturbances.
"Secondly, That, in our Debates, Liberty and Freedom of Speech be allowed us.
"Thirdly, That, as Occasion shall require, Your Majesty will vouchsafe us Access to Your Royal Person.
"I ask Leave to join this humble Petition for myself, That nothing by me in Weakness, or through Inadvertency, said or done, may turn to the Prejudice of the Commons; and that my Behaviour and Proceedings may receive a benign and favourable Interpretation with Your Gracious Majesty."
Then the Lord Chancellor, by His Majesty's Command, spake to this Effect:
Lord Chancellor to the Speaker.
"All your Petitions are fully and freely granted by His Majesty, and in as large and ample Manner as ever any House of Commons had them. Your own particular Petition is likewise granted: And now, this being over, His Majesty desires you to hasten in your Preliminaries; and His Majesty hopes, this Parliament will have a happy Conclusion. And, that it may do so, God Almighty prosper all your Consultations!"
After this, His Majesty withdrew; and the Commons went to their House.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii, 23um diem instantis Martii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.