DIE Lunæ, 29 die Julii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
|His Royal Highness the Duke of Yorke.
EdwardusComes Clarendon,Cancellarius Angliæ.
JohannesDs.Robertes, Custos Privati Sigilli.
RobertusComes LyndseyMagnus Camerarius Angl.
EdwardusComes Manchester, Camerarius Hospitii Regis.
Vicecomes Say et Seale.
|Ds.Arlington, One of His Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State.
Ds.Berkley de Berkley.
Ds. Arundell de Warder.
Ds. Grey de Wark.
Ds.Howard de Esc.
His Majesty sitting in His Royal Throne, arrayed in
His Regal Robes and Ornaments, (the Peers being likewise in their Robes); the Gentleman Usher of the Black
Rod was commanded by His Majesty to let the House of
Commons know, "That it was His Pleasure, that they
should attend Him presently, with their Speaker."
Who being come, His Majesty made a Speech, to
"He conceived, He could not give His Houses of
Parliament a greater Testimony of His Affections to
them, than by sending for them when He was in
such Straits as were superior to any other Counsels;
which now being over, He was confident, He could
not better please them, than to dismiss them again to
their several Countries at such a Time as this is. His
Majesty said, The Peace being now concluded, the
Articles would be made public within a few Days,
which He supposed would seem reasonable to them,
and all Christendom as much rejoice at the Peace as
they were disturbed by the War. His Majesty further told His Houses, That their own Affairs now require their Presence elsewhere; and He did hope
they would use all Industry and Severity (for both
were necessary) to reduce the People to a better
Temper than they have been in of late. His Majesty
further said, He wondered what One Thing He had
done since His coming into England, to persuade any
sober Person that He did intend to govern by a Standing Army; He said He was more an Englishman than
so. He desired, for as much as concerned Him, to
preserve the Laws; and if others will pay that due
Respect they owe to the Laws, there would be no
Fear of any such Thing. His Majesty said, The last
Year He raised some Troops, which He disbanded as
soon as the Season would permit; and He was certain,
He deferred raising Forces long enough this Year, in
that He gave not One Commission till the Enemy was
landed; and He was sure, that the Persons now in
Commission are such as will be as desirous to be out
of the Employment as to continue in it. He further
said, He would say no more, but that He hoped His
Two Houses of Parliament should meet here in
October next, and that they would then come with
such Inclinations as may restore the Kingdom to as
good a Condition as it was ever in; and He did assure
them, He should not be wanting on His Part."
After this, His Majesty bid the Lord Chancellor do
as He had commanded.
Whereupon the Lord Chancellor said,
"My Lords; and you the Knights, Citizens and
Burgesses of the House of Commons;
"It is His Majesty's Pleasure, that this Parliament be
prorogued to the Tenth Day of October next. And
accordingly this Parliament is prorogued to the Tenth
Day of October next."