Anno 19 Caroli Regis.
DIE Jovis, Decimo die Octobris, 1667, Anno Regni
Serenissimi Domini nostri Caroli Secundi, Dei Gratiâ Angliæ, Scotiæ, Franciæ, et Hib. Regis, Fidei Defensoris, &c. Decimo Nono, quo die præsens hæc Septima Parliamenti Sessio tenenda est apud Civitatem
Westm. ibi tam Spirituales quam Temporales Domini,
quorum Nomina subscribuntur, præsentes fuerunt:
|His Royal Highness the Duke of Yorke.
SirOrlando Bridgman, Mil. et Bar. Custos Magni Sigilli.
JohannesDs. Robertes, Custos Privati Sigilli.
RobertusComes de Lyndsey, Magnus Camerarius Angl.
EdwardusComes de Manchester, Camerarius Hospitii.
|Ds.Berkley de Berkley.
Ds.Arundell de Warder.
Ds.Howard de Charlt.
Ds.Howard de Esc.
Ds.Berkley de Stratton.
Ds.Arundell de Trerice.
His Majesty being present this Day, and sitting in His
Royal Throne, adorned with His Regal Crown and
Robes (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 Majesty's Pleasure that they come presently, with their Speaker, to attend."
Who being come, His Majesty made this short Speech
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"When we last met here, about Eleven Weeks ago,
I thought fit to prorogue the Parliament till this Day,
resolving that there should be a Session now, and to
give Myself Time to do some Things I have since
done, which I hope will not be unwelcome to you,
but a Foundation for a greater Confidence between
us for the future. The other Reasons of that Prorogation, and some other Matters with which I would
acquaint you, I have commanded my Lord Keeper to
declare unto you."
Then the Lord Keeper spake as followeth:
Ld. Keeper's Speech.
"My Lords; and you Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the House of Commons;
"This Parliament (after many good and wholesome
Laws made with your Advice in several Sessions,
many great Supplies and Aids given to His Majesty,
and for the Maintenance of the Wars, and many other
signal Testimonies of your Affection and Duty to Him,
for which He again and again renews unto you His
most hearty Thanks) was, as you very well know,
prorogued from February last, till this Tenth Day of
October; His Majesty having then Reason to believe
that there would be no Cause of your re-assembling
in the mean Time.
"But in this Interval, the Dutch (who, since the
War begun, were strengthened by the Union of
France and Denmark, having a great Fleet) actually
invaded the Land; and the French at the same Time
had a Royal Army in the Field, not far from the Sea
Coast, the Conjunction of which with the others, in
some Design against England, or some other of His
Majesty's Dominions, we had then Cause to suspect.
"In this Strait, His Majesty (who in lesser Difficulties had frequent Recourse unto His Parliament,
as His great and faithful Council, and therefore hath
every Year Once, often Twice, re-assembled you)
thought it necessary to anticipate the Time, and issued
out Proclamations for your Meeting on the Five and
Twentieth Day of July last past.
"This (though unusual) was done by the Advice of
His Privy Council; public Necessity and Exigencies
allowing; or at least dispensing with, many Things,
which (except in such Cases) were not to be allowed,
or dispensed withal.
"Before that Five and Twentieth Day of July, there
was a Prospect and daily Expectation, and (within
Three Days following) an Assurance of a Peace,
concluded with, and ratified by, our Three potent
"The Storm which threatened us being thus blown
over, and succeeded by so great a Serenity, it was raised
as a Doubt by grave and wise Men, whether or no,
the Necessities and Difficulties which caused so early a
Summons being removed, you could sit or act as a
Parliament before the Tenth of October, being the
fixed Time to which you were formerly prorogued.
"For this Cause, together with those others mentioned by His Majesty, He, in His Princely Wisdom,
held it necessary, in a Matter of so great Consequence, again to fix upon this Day for your Meeting
in Parliament, about which there can be no Dispute;
which being thus Twice prefixed, and you meeting
here upon a double Call, His Majesty hopes it is a
happy Omen, that this Session of Parliament (which
in Law is but One Day, all Acts of this Session referring to it unless otherwise specially provided) will
be happy and prosperous, to His Majesty, to you,
and to the whole Kingdom.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"His Majesty supposes that no Man would expect,
that during your Recess He should have refused Overtures of Peace; the Vicinity, as well as Potency, of
His united Enemies, the great Expences of the War,
carried on with much Disadvantage, by reason of
the Plague and dismal Fire in London, the Consideration of the Posture of Affairs Abroad (besides many
other Motives obvious unto you), induced Him to
embrace the Opportunity of concluding a Peace.
"But you well know, that though the War be at an
End, all the Effects thereof are not yet ended: It will
require Time, and your good Advice, to remove those
Obstructions which hinders the Current of Trade,
both at Home and Abroad; and in this Particular,
His Majesty thinks fit to recommend it to your Wisdom, to settle such a Balance of Trade between His
Subjects of this Kingdom and those of Scotland, as
that we may not be prejudiced, by the Import of
their Commodities hither, nor yet they so discouraged as to leave off trading here, and find out another Vent Abroad, more dangerous to us. This He
finds too hard for Him without your Assistance, though
(upon your recommending it to Him) He hath used
some Endeavours therein.
"His Majesty formerly promised that you should
have an Accompt of the Monies given towards the
War, which His Majesty hath commanded His Officers to make ready; and since that Way of Commission (wherein He had put the Examination of them)
hath been ineffectual, He is willing you should follow your own Method, examine them in what Way
and as strictly as you please. He doth assure you, He
will leave every one concerned to stand or fall, according to his own Innocence or Guilt.
"His Majesty hath Reason to believe, that some disaffected Persons (taking Advantage of the public Necessities) have spread abroad Discourses and Rumours
reflecting upon the Government, intending thereby to
beget a Dissatisfaction in His good Subjects. And it
is an easy Thing to take Exceptions, cum neque Culpam humana Infirmitas, neque Calumniam Regnandi
Difficultas, evitet. But His Majesty promises Himself,
from your good Affections, that every one of you, in
your several Places, will endeavour to preserve a
good Understanding between Him and His People;
and if any just Grievances shall have happened, His
Majesty will be as willing and ready to redress them
for the future, as you to have them represented unto
"And His Majesty doubts not but you will give
healing and moderate Counsels, and imprint that
known Truth into the Hearts of His Subjects, That
there is no distinct Interest between the King and His
People; but the Good of the One is the Good of
"This is all I have in Command to say at this
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris,
11um diem instantis Octobris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.