Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 3, 1620-1628. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Lunæ, videlicet, 2 die Junii,
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum nomina subscribuntur, præsentes fuerunt:
HIS Majesty, being seated on His Royal Throne, delivered unto the Clerk of the Parliament His Answer unto the Petition of Right, exhibited by the Lords and Commons this Parliament.
The Commons, with their Speaker, came.
His Majesty made a short Speech unto the Lords and Commons.
Ld. Keeper's Speech, touching the Petition of Right.
The Lord Keeper then conferred with His Majesty, and declared unto the Lords and Commons, "That His Majesty commanded him to let them know, That His Majesty takes in good Part that, in Consideration how to settle their own Liberties, they have in both Houses generally professed, That they had no Intention to lessen or diminish His Prerogative; wherein as they have cleared their Intentions, so His Majesty comes to clear His, and to strike a League with His People, which is then likely to be most constant and perpetual when the Conditions are equal, and known to be so, and which cannot be in a more happy Estate than when their Liberties are an Ornament and Strengthening of His Majesty's Prerogative, and His Prerogative the Defence of their Liberties; wherein His Majesty doubts not but they shall hereafter take a mutual Comfort; and for His Part, He will give the Example, and so use His Power, that hereafter they shall have no Cause to complain."
Petition of Right read.
The Lord Keeper having ended his Speech, the Clerk of the Crown read the Petition of Right exhibited this Parliament by the Lords and Commons; and the Clerk of the Parliament the King's Answer, in hæc verba: videlicet,
The King's Answer to it read.
"The King willeth, That Right be done, according to the Laws and Customs of the Realm. And that the Statutes be put in due Execution, that His Subjects may have no Cause to complain of any Wrongs or Oppressions contrary to their just Rights and Liberties; to the Preservation whereof he holds Himself in Conscience as well obliged as of His Prerogative."
All Committees are adjourned till Wednesday next, post meridiem.
E. of Essex's Privilege. Smyth released.
John Smith, who was committed to The Fleet, for serving a Subpæna upon William Sherbourne, Chaplain in House to the Earl of Essex, exhibited his humble Petition, to be released of his Imprisonment; which was granted, and Ordered accordingly.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem crastinum, videlicet, diem Martis, 3m diem instantis Junii, hora nona, Dominis sic decernentibus.