Mercurii, 19 Martii
Message to attend the King.
ABOUT Two of the Clock this Afternoon, his Majesty came by Water, and landed at the Parliament Stairs; and about One Hour after Word was brought by Mr. Crane, unto the Serjeant at Arms attending the Commons House, that his Majesty was ready, and expected the Speaker, and the House.
Exception to Messenger.
It was very ill taken, that Mr. Maxwell, Knight of the Black Rod, did not come himself to bring this Message, as had formerly been used; insomuch as sundry Members of the House advised, that Mr. Speaker elect should not stir, till they had received the Message by Mr. Maxwell himself; but others (howsoever they acknowleged this to have been a great Neglect in Mr. Maxwell, and Wrong to the House) because his Majesty stayed for them, advised, that they should not now further insist upon it, but go up : And so they did.
The Speaker, returning from his Majesty, with the Mace carried before him, and being settled in the Chair, there was read (as of Form in other Parliaments hath been usual) One Bill, which had been preferred the last Session, intituled,
L. 1a. An Act to restrain the Passing or sending of any to be Popishly bred beyond the Seas.
Member makes election.
This being done, and the Speaker ready to rise; Sir. Ro. Carre stood up, and, howsoever it were unusual to have any Motion made that Day, or other Thing done, except only the Reading of a Bill, as aforesaid, yet, because he was to go out of the Town next Day, he desired Leave, that he might [now] make his Election to serve for Preston, and wave * : Which was granted. - Warrant, for a new Writ.