DIE Mercurii, 30 die Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. Bath & Wells.
Epus. St. David's.
Comes Shaftesbury, Præses Concilii Domini Regis.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
Comes Dorset & Midd.
Comes St. Alban.
Ds. De Grey.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Grey de Wark.
Ds. Herbert de Cherb.
Ds. Gerard de Brand.
Ds. Arundell de T.
Ds. Butler de M. Park.
This Day His Majesty, sitting in His Royal Throne,
adorned with His Crown and Regal Robes and Ornaments, the Peers being also in their Robes, commanded
the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to give Notice to
the House of Commons, "That they presently attend
The Commons being come, with their Speaker; His
Majesty was pleased to make the short Speech following:
His Majesty's Speech.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"The Season of the Year advancing so fast, I
thought it necessary to put you in Mind of Three Particulars:
"1. Prosecution of the Plot.
"2. Disbanding of the Army.
"3. Providing a Fleet, for our common Security.
"And to shew you, that, whilst you are doing your
Parts, My Thoughts have not been misemployed; but
that it is My constant Care to do every Thing that
may preserve your Religion, and secure it for the
future in all Events; I have commanded my Lord
Chancellor to mention several Particulars, which I hope
will be an Evidence that in all Things that (fn. *) concerns the Public Security I shall not follow your Zeal,
but lead it."
Then the Lord Chancellor spake as followeth:
L. Chancellor's Speech.
"My Lords; and you the Knights, Citizens, and
Burgesses of the House of Commons;
"That Royal Care which His Majesty hath taken,
for the general Quiet and Satisfaction of all His Subjects, is now more evident, by these new and fresh
Instances of it which I have in Command to open to
"His Majesty hath considered with Himself, that 'tis
not enough that your Religion and Liberty is secure
during His own Reign; but He thinks, He owes it to
His People, to do all that in Him lies, that these
Blessings may be transmitted to your Posterity, and
so well secured to them, that no Succession in Afterages may be able to work the least Alteration.
"And therefore His Majesty, who hath often said in
this Place, "That He is ready to consent to any Laws
of this Kind, so as the same extend not to alter the
Descent of the Crown in the right Line, nor to defeat the Succession," hath now commanded this to be
"And, to the End it may never be in the Power of
any Papist, if the Crown descend upon him, to make
any Change either in Church or State, I am commanded to tell you, that His Majesty is willing that
Provision may be made; First, to distinguish a Popish
from a Protestant Successor; then, so to limit and to
circumscribe the Authority of a Popish Successor, in
these Cases following, that he may be disabled to do
"First, in Reference to the Church, His Majesty is
content, that Care be taken, that all Ecclesiastical
and Spiritual Benefices and Promotions, in the Gift
of the Crown, may be conferred in such a Manner,
that we may be sure the Incumbents shall always be
of the most pious and learned Protestants; and that
no Popish Successor, while he continues so, may have
any Power to controul such Presentments.
"In Reference to the State, and Civil Part of the
Government; as it is already provided, that no Papist can sit in either House of Parliament; so the King
is pleased, that it be provided too, That there may
never want a Parliament, when the King shall happen to die; but that the Parliament then in Being
may continue indissoluble for a competent Time; or
if there be no Parliament in Being, then the last Parliament which was in Being before that Time may reassemble, and sit a competent Time, without any new
Summons or Elections.
"And as no Papist can by Law hold any Place of
Trust; so the King is content, that it may be further
provided, That no Lords or others of the Privy
Council, no Judges of the Common Law or in Chancery, shall, at any Time during the Reign of any
Popish Successor, be put in, or displaced, but by the
Authority of Parliament; and that Care also be taken,
that none but sincere Protestants may be Justices of
"In Reference to the Military Part, the King is
willing, that no Lord Lieutenant, or Deputy Lieutenant, nor no Officer in the Navy, during the Reign
of any Popish Successor, be put in or removed, but
either by Authority of Parliament, or of such Persons as the Parliament shall entrust with such Authority.
" 'Tis hard to invent another Restraint to be put
upon a Popish Successor, considering how much the
Revenue of the Successor will depend upon Consent
of Parliament, and how impossible it is to raise Money without such Consent: But yet, if any Thing
else can occur to the Wisdom of the Parliament, which
may further secure Religion and Liberty against a
Popish Successor, without defeating the Right of Succession itself, His Majesty will most readily consent
"Thus watchful is the King for all your Safeties:
And if He could think of any Thing else, that you do
either want or wish, to make you happy; He would
make it His Business to effect it for you.
"God Almighty long continue this blessed Union
between the King and His Parliament and People!"
Address of Thanks for the Speeches.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the Lord Privy Seal, the
Lord Chamberlain of His Majesty's Household, the Earl
of Bedford, the Earl of North'ton, and the Earl of Bristol, do attend His Majesty with the humble Thanks of
this House, for the gracious Speech made by His Majesty this Day, and the Lord Chancellor's Speech made
by His Majesty's Command to both Houses of Parliament; and to desire that His Majesty will be pleased
to give Order that they may be printed and published.
Killigrew, Groom of the Chamber, versus Price, Privilege.
Upon reading the Petition of Thomas Price, Milliner,
now in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending
this House, for arresting Henry Killigrewe, One of the
Grooms of His Majesty's Bedchamber, contrary to Privilege, as was suggested; which Petition setteth forth
the Case, as the Petitioner states it, between him and
the said Henry Killigrewe:
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual
and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House
will hear the said Case opened on both Parts, at the Bar,
on Monday next, being the Fifth Day of May, at Ten of
the Clock in the Forenoon: And it is further ORDERED, That the Party whom this House shall thereupon
judge faulty shall bear and pay the whole Charge that
hath been occasioned thereby.
The Lord Archbishop of Cant. is added to the Committee for Examinations.
ORDERED, That this House be adjourned till Friday next.
Coulster & al. to be brought to the Bar.
It is this Day ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and
Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Keeper of
the Prison of The Gatehouse at Westminster be, and is
hereby, required to bring to the Bar of this House,
those Three Persons who are committed to his Custody,
by the Names of Daniell Coulster, John Sanders, and
Christopher Sanders, on Friday the Second Day of May
next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Oates to attend.
ORDERED, That Mr. Titus Otes be, and is hereby,
required to attend this House, on Friday the Second Day
of May next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; at
which Time Three Persons now Prisoners in The Gatehouse at Westm. by the Names of Daniell Coulster, John
Sanders, and Christopher Sanders, are to be brought to
the Bar by the Keeper of the said Prison.
Trial of Peers, Bill.
ORDERED, That on Saturday Morning next this
House be put into a Committee, to proceed in Consideration of the Bill for the better regulating the Trial
of the Peers of England.
The House was adjourned into a Committee during
Pleasure, to consider of the Amendments in the Bill for
the better securing the Liberty of the Subject.
The House was resumed.
Liberty of the Subject, Habeas Corpus Bill.
And the Earl of Bridgewater reported, "That the
Committee of the House have been in Consideration
of the Bill concerning the Liberty of the Subject,
wherein they have made several Amendments; and
the Opinion of the Committee is, That the Bill is fit
to pass, with these Amendments."
The said Amendments were read Twice, and Agreed
to; and the last Reading of this Bill to be on Friday
Sir E. Turner and Gardiner versus Turner.
Whereas this Day was appointed to hear Counsel
upon the Petition and Appeal of Sir Edward Turner and
Anne Gardner Widow and the Answer of Dame Mary
Turner, depending in this House:
It is this Day ORDERED, That this House will hear
Counsel, at the Bar, on both Parts, upon the said Appeal and Answer, on Wednesday the Seventh Day of May
next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, 2um
diem Maii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Hitherto examined, this 7th Day of May, 1679, by us,
Anglesey, C. P. S.