DIE Sabbati, 19 die Octobris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. St. Asaph.
Epus. St. David's.
|Marq. de Carmarden, Ds. President.
Dux Norff. et Comes Marescallus.
Comes Dorset, L. Chamberlain.
Ds. Grey de Ruth.
Ds. Howard de Effing.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Arrundell de T.
Sir R. Atkins Chief Baron, Speaker.
The Earl of Shrewsbury, Principal Secretary of
State, acquainted the House, from His Majesty, "That
His Majesty hath granted a Commission under the
Great Seal of Engl'd, to Sir Robert Atkins Chief
Baron of the Court of Exchequer, to supply the
Place of Lord Chancellor or Lord Keeper, as Speaker
of this House."
Hereupon the Commission was read, the Tenor
"William and Mary, by the Grace of GOD,
King and Queen of Engl'd, Scotland, France, and
Ireland, Defenders of the Faith, &c. To our Trusty
and Well-beloved Sir Robert Atkins Knight of the
Order of the Bath, and Chief Baron of Our Court of
Exchequer, Greeting: Know ye, that We, trusting
in your approved Fidelity, Wisdom, and Discretion, and to the End such Matters and Business
as to the Place and Room usually supplied by
the Lord Chancellor or Lord Keeper of the
Great Seal of Engl'd, in Our Upper House of
Parliament, may be in all Things executed as appertaineth, in the said House of this present Parliament,
now holden at Westm. amongst the Lords Spiritual and
Temporal there assembled, as by the said Lord Chancellor or Lord Keeper hath been accustomed; We
have named and appointed, and by these Prsents do
constitute, name, and authorize you, from Day to
Day, and from Time to Time hereafter, during Our
Pleasure, to use, occupy, and supply the said Room
and Place of the said Lord Chancellor or Lord
Keeper, in Our said House of Parliament, amongst
the said Lords Spiritual and Temporal there assembled, and then and there to do and execute all such
Things as the said Lord Chancellor or Lord Keeper
of the Great Seal should or might in that Behalf do
if he were there personally present, using and supplying the same Room: Wherefore We will and command you the said Sir Robert Atkins, to attend and
execute the Premises with Effect; and these Our Letters Patents shall be your sufficient Warrant and Discharge for the same in every Behalf. In Witness
whereof, We have cause these Our Letters to be
"Witness Ourselves, at Westminster, the Nineteenth
Day of October, in the First Year of Our
"Per ipsum Regem, propria Manu signat.
Sir Robert Atkins was called up by the House, to take
his Place upon the Woolsack; and the House appointed
the Mace should be laid upon the Woolsack, and carried before him.
Then His Majesty, adorned with His Regal Robes
and others Ornaments, ascended the Royal Throne, the
Peers being also in their Robes, commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to signify His Majesty's
Pleasure to the House of Commons, "That they attend
Him presently, with their Speaker."
Who being come, His Majesty made the Speech
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"Though the last Sitting continued so long, that
perhaps it might have been more agreeable to you,
in relation to your Private Concerns, not to have
met again so soon; yet the Interest of the Public lays
an indispensable Obligation upon Me to call you
together at this Time.
"In your last Meeting, you gave Me so many Testimonies of your Affection, as well as Confidence in
Me, that I do not at all question but in this I shall
receive fresh Supplies of both.
"I esteem it One of the greatest Misfortunes can
befal Me, that, in the Beginning of My Reign, I
am forced to ask such large Supplies; though I have
this Satisfaction, that they are desired for no other
Purposes but the carrying on those Wars in which I
entered with your Advice and Assurance of your
Assistance; nor can I doubt of the Blessing of GOD
upon all Undertakings, wherein I did not engage out
of a vain Ambition, but from the Necessity of opposing those who have so visibly discovered their Designs of destroying our Religion and Liberties.
"It is well known how far I have exposed Myself
to rescue this Nation from the Dangers that threaten
it; not only your Liberty, but the Protestant Religion in general, of which the Church of England is
One of the greatest Supports, and for the Defence
whereof I am ready again to venture My Life.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"That which I have to ask of you at present is, that
what you think fit to give towards the Charges of
the War, for this next Year, may be done without
Delay; and there is One Reason which more particularly obliges Me to press you to a speedy Determination in this Matter, because this next Month there
is appointed, at The Hague, a general Meeting of the
Ministers of all the Princes and States concerned in
this War against France, in order to concert the
Measures for the next Campaign: And till I know
your Intentions, I shall not only be uncertain of
Myself what Resolutions to take; but our Allies
will be under the same Doubts, unless they seem supported by your Assistance. Besides, if I know not
in Time what you will do, I cannot make such Provisions as will be requisite; but shall be exposed to
the same Inconveniencies the next Year, which were
the Cause that the Preparations for this were neither
so effectual or expeditions as were necessary. The
Charge will also be considerably lessened, by giving
Time to provide Things in their proper Season and
"I have no other Aim in this, but to be in a Condition to attack our Enemies in so vigorous a Manner,
as, by the Help of GOD, in a little Time, may bring
us to a lasting and honourable Peace, by which My
Subjects may be freed from the extraordinary Expence of a lingering War; and that I can have no
greater Satisfaction than in contributing to their Ease,
I hope I have already given Proof.
"That you may be satisfied how the Money has been
laid out which you have already given, I have directed the Accompts to be laid before you, whenever
you think fit to call for them.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I have One Thing more to recommend to you;
which is, the Dispatch of a Bill of Indemnity, that,
the Minds of My good Subjects being quieted, we
may all unanimously concur to promote the Welfare and Honour of the Kingdom."
Which being ended, His Majesty retired; and the
Commons went to their House.
Bishops take the Oaths.
This Day Nathaniell Lord Bishop of Durham, and
Symon Lord Bishop of Chichester took the Oaths, and
made and subscribed the Declaration, in Pursuance of
L. Griffin surrenders himself.
The Speaker acquainted the House, "That the Lord
Griffin had rendered himself to One of the Secretaries of State, and attended at the Door."
The House directed he should be called in.
And his Lordship appearing, the Earl of Nottingham, One of the Secretaries of State, acquainted the
House, "That the Lord Griffin taking Notice of the
Proclamation issued out against him by His Majesty,
upon the Address of this House, commanding him to
render himself to One of the Secretaries of State;
his Lordship hath rendered himself to him, and hath
given Security to him for his Appearance before this
House this Day."
Which he having done, the Security he entered into
was delivered up to him.
And the Lord Griffin being told by the Speaker,
"That he knew what he had to do, before his Sitting
in this House."
desires Time to consider of the Oaths.
His Lordship desired Time to consider of taking the
Oaths, for he was not prepared for it.
Thanks to the King, for His Speech.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White
Staves do attend His Majesty, with the humble Thanks
of this House, for His most Gracious Speech made this
Day to both Houses of Parliament; and to desire His
Majesty to give Order for the Printing and Publishing
House to be called.
ORDERED, That this House be called on Monday the
28th of October Instant, at Ten of the Clock in the
Lords invited to dine in the City.
The House being informed, "That Mr. Recorder
and the Sheriffs of the City of London and Midd.
were at the Door," they were called in.
And Mr. Recorder said, "That the Lord Mayor
and Aldermen of the City of London did pray their
Lordships to do the City the Honour to dine with
them the 29th Day of this Instant October."
And then withdrew.
Then, being called in again, the Speaker, by Directions of the House, told them, "That the Lords do
accept of the Invitation; and will be there at the
Tunstal versus Smith, in Error.
ORDERED, That the Writ of Error between Barnaby Tunstall Plaintiff, and Thomas Smith Defendant,
shall be argued on Monday next, the 21th of October
Robertus Atkins, Miles de Balneo, Capitalis Baro de
Scaccario, Orator Procerum, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, videlicet,
21um diem instantis Octobris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.