Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 4, 1629-42. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Martis, 10 die Martii,
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum nomina subscribuntur, præsentes fuerunt :
Præsens R E X.
HIS Majesty being sat in His Royal Throne, with His Crown on His Head, and in His Robes, and the Lords in their Robes also, and divers of the Commons below the Bar, but not then Speaker, neither were they called; His Majesty spake as followeth:
"I never came here upon so unpleasant an Occasion, it being the Dissolution of a Parliament. Therefore, Men may have some Cause to wonder why I should not rather choose to do this by Commission, it being a general Maxim of Kings to leave harsh Commands to their Ministers, themselves only executing pleasing Things; yet, considering that Justice as well consists in Reward and Praise of Virtue as punishing of Vice, I thought it necessary to come here To-day, to declare to you, and all the World, that it was merely the undutiful and seditious Carriage in the Lower House that hath (fn. 1) caus'd the Dissolution of this Parliament; and you, My Lords, are so far from being any Causers of it, that I take as much Comfort in your dutiful Demeanors, as I am justly distasted with their Proceedings; yet, to avoid Mistakings, let Me tell you, that it is so far from Me to adjudge all the House alike guilty, that I know that there are many there as dutiful Subjects as any in the World; it being but some few Vipers amongst them that did cast this Mist of Undutifulness over most of their Eyes; yet, to say Truth, there was a good Number there that could not be infected with this Contagion; insomuch that some did express their Duties in speaking, which was the General Fault of the House the last Day. To conclude, as those Vipers must look for their Reward of Punishment; so you, My Lords, must justly expect from Me that Favour and Protection, that a good King oweth to his loving and faithful Nobility.
"And now, My Lord Keeper, do what I have commanded you".
Then the Lord Keeper said, "My Lords, and Gen tlemen of the House of Commons, The King's Majesty doth dissolve this Parliament".
Ipse DOMINUS REX hoc præsens Parliamentum dissolvit.