Anno 31 Caroli Secundi.
DIE Lunæ, Vicesimo Sexto die Januarii, 1679,
Anno Regni Serenissimi Domini Nostri Caroli Secundi, Dei Gratia, Angliæ, Scotiæ, Franciæ, et Hiberniæ
Regis, Fidei Defensoris, &c. Tricesimo Primo; in quem
diem prorogatum fuerat præsens Parliamentum, tenendum apud Civitatem Westmonasterii, in Superiori Parliamenti Domo, convenerunt Rex, et Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum Nomina subseribuntur:
|His Highness the Duke of Cumberland.|
Epus. Bath & Wells.
|Ds. Cancellarius Angliæ.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
|Ds. De La Warr.|
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Ds. Arundel de Trer.
Ds. Butler de Mo. Parke.
HIS Majesty, being seated in His Royal Throne,
in His Robes (the Lords being in their Robes also),
commanded Thomas Duppa Esquire, Deputy Gentleman
Usher of the Black Rod, to go to the House of Commons, and command their immediate Attendance on His
Majesty in this House.
Who soon after being come below the Bar, His Majesty spake to both Houses as followeth:
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"When I declared in Council My Intention of
putting off the Parliament to a Time so remote as
November, it was not without having very well
weighed and considered the Grounds and Reasons that
induced Me to it; nor can I be prevailed upon by
any Thing that has happened since (in Reference to
Affairs within the Kingdom) to alter or repent of that
Resolution; but am rather confirmed and settled in
it. When I have said this, I must tell you at the
same Time, that, considering the present Danger
which threatens some of our Neighbours and Allies,
in whose Interests and Safety we are so nearly concerned, it may be of very ill Consequence to make a
Prorogation for so long a Time as should in the least
dishearten our Friends that rely upon us. For this
single Reason, therefore, I think fit to appoint a Day
for your meeting again in April; and having thus let
you see My Care of you in relation to Affairs Abroad,
I must observe to you, that the Distractions and Jealousies at Home are of such a Nature, and so heightened and improved by the Malice and Industry of
ill Men, that I am unalterably of Opinion, that a
longer Interval of Parliament will be absolutely necessary for composing and quieting of Men's Minds;
in order to which, I am afraid, the most proper Remedies would prove ineffectual, without the Assistance of some farther Time. I do therefore resolve,
that, from the Day whereon you are to meet in
April, there shall be a farther Prorogation, unless
the Condition of our Allies Abroad do then require
Our immediate Assistance.
"And now, my Lord Chancellor, do as I have directed you."
Whereupon his Lordship said,
"My Lords; and you the Knights, Citizens, and
Burgesses of the House of Commons;
"His Majesty's Royal Will and Pleasure is, That
this Parliament be prorogued to Thursday the Fifteenth Day of April next ensuing. And accordingly
this Parliament is prorogued to the Fifteenth Day of
Hitherto examined, this 28th Day of October, 1680, by us,
Anglesey, C. P. S.
P. Bath & Wells.