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, 5 die Maii,
Bp of Oxford excused.
His Majesty came this Day in Person to the House, appareled in His Regal Robes; and, having ascended His Royal Throne, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal sitting in their Robes, uncovered, the House of Commons were called in, with their Speaker; and, being all present, His Majesty was pleased to express His Pleasure to them, in these Words following, or to this Effect: videlicet,
"There can be no Occasion of My coming to the House so unpleasing to Me, as this at this Time. The Fear of doing that which I am to do To-day, made Me not long ago to come into this House; where I expressed My Fear, and the Remedies which I thought necessary for the eschewing of it. I must needs confess and acknowledge, that ye, My Lords of the Higher House, did give Me so willing an Ear, and such an Affection, that you did shew yourselves accordingly thereafter; so that certainly I may say, if there had been any Means to have given a happy End to this Parliament, it was not your Lordships Fault that it was not so. Therefore, My Lords, in the first Place, I must thank you for your good Endeavours.
"For My own Part, I hope you remember what the First Day of the Parliament the Lord Keeper said to you in My Name; what he said again at the Banqueting House at Whitehall, and what I said the last Day Myself. I named it to you, not in any Doubt that you do not remember; but to shew you that I never said any Thing that Way, in Favour to My People, but, by the Grace of God, I will punctually and really perform it.
"I know that they have insisted very much on Grievances, I will not say that they be altogether free, though, it may be, not so many as the Public Voice would make them. Yet I desire you for to know, and now especially in this Time, that, out of Parliament, I shall be as ready (if not more willing) to hear any just Grievance, as in Parliament.
"There is one Thing that I have heard is much spoken of, though not so much insisted on as others, and that is Religion; I have expressed Myself the last Day; and I doubt not but you do remember it; certainly I shall be most careful, as I am most concerned, in the Preservation of that Purity of Religion, which, I thank God, is established in the Church of England; and I shall be as careful out of Parliament, as in Parliament, to do it.
"I shall not trouble you long with Words; it is My Fashion. What I offered the last Day to the House of Commons, I think, My Lords, it is very well known to you all; how they accepted it, I think it is as well known.
"You know, at the first, I expressed myself by My Lord Keeper, that Delay was worse Danger than refusing. I would not put this Fault on all the whole House; I will not judge so uncharitably; but it hath been some few cunning and some ill-affectioned Men, that have been the Cause of this Misunderstanding. I shall only end as I began, giving your Lordships Thanks for the Care you have had of My Honour and Affairs; desiring you to go on, and assist Me for the maintaining of Government, and the Liberties of the People, that they so much start at; for, My Lords, no King in the World shall be more careful to maintain the Propriety of their Goods, the Liberties of their Persons, and True Religion, than I shall be.