DIE Mercurii, 20 die Novembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
||Ds. Capit. Justic. de Com. Placit. Speaker pro Tempore.
Epus. Bath & Wells.
Epus. St. Asaph.
Epus. St. Davids.
|Ds. Thesaurarius Angl.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
Marq. de Winton.
Marq. de Worcester.
Marq. de Dorchester.
L. Great Chamberlain of Engl.
L. Chamberlain of the Household.
Viscount de Stafford.
Ds. Howard de Charlt.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Ds. Gerard de Brand.
Ds. Berkley de Strat.
The King present.
The King's Most Excellent Majesty being present this
Day, sitting in His Throne, in His Regal Robes; the
Lords Spiritual and Temporal being likewise in their
Robes; His Majesty commanded the Gentleman Usher
of the Black Rod to signify His Pleasure to the House
of Commons, "That they presently come up and attend
him," who immediately came with their Speaker.
And then His Majesty was pleased to declare His
Mind to both Houses of Parliament, in the Speech
"My Lords, and Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
"I know the Visit I make you this Day is not necessary, is not of Course: Yet, if there were no more in
it, it would not be strange that I come to see, what
you and I have so long desired to see, the Lords
Spiritual and Temporal and the Commons of England
met together, to consult for the Peace and Safety of
Church and State, by which Parliaments are restored
to their primitive Lustre and Integrity: I do heartily
congratulate with you for this Day. But, My Lords
and Gentlemen, as My Coming hither at this Time is
somewhat extraordinary; so the Truth is, the Occasion of My Coming is more extraordinary. It is to say
something to you on My own Behalf, to ask somewhat
of you for Myself; which is more than I have done
of you, or of those who met here before you, since
My Coming into England. I needed not have done
it then; and, upon My Conscience, I need not do it
now. They did, and you do, upon all Occasions,
express so great an Affection and Care of all that concerns Me, that I may very well refer both the Matter
and Manner of your doing any Thing for Me, to
your own Wisdoms and Kindness. And indeed, if I
did think that what I am to say to you now did
alone or did most concern Myself; if the uneasy
Condition I am in, if the Streights and Necessities I
am to struggle with, did not manifestly relate to the
Public Peace and Safety, more than to My own Particular otherwise than as I am concerned in the Public, I should not give you this Trouble this Day. I
can bear My Necessities which merely relate to Myself with Patience enough.
"Mr. Speaker, and you Gentlemen of the House
"I do not now importune you to make more Haste
in the settling the constant Revenue of the Crown,
than is agreeable to the Method you propose to yourselves; to desire you seriously to consider the insupportable Weight that lies upon it; the Obligations it lies under, to provide for the Interest, Honour and Security of the Nation, in another Proportion than in any former Times it hath been obliged
to: But I come to put you in Mind of the crying
Debts which do every Day call upon Me; of some
necessary Provisions which are to be made without
Delay for the very Safety of the Kingdom; of the
great Sum of Money that should be ready to discharge the several Fleets when they come Home;
and for the necessary Preparations that are to be
made for the setting out new Fleets to Sea against
the Spring, that Revenue being already anticipated
upon as important Services which should be assigned
to those Preparations. These are the pressing Occasions which I am forced to recommend to you
with all possible Earnestness, and to conjure you to
provide for as speedily as is possible, and in such
a Manner as may give us Security at Home, and
some Reputation Abroad. I make this Discourse
to you with some Confidence, because I am very
willing and desirous that you should thoroughly examine whether these Necessities I mention be real
or imaginary, or whether they are fallen upon us
by My Fault, My own Ill-managery or Excesses,
and provide for them accordingly. I am very willing that you make a full Inspection into My Revenue, as well the Disbursements as Receipts; and
if you find it hath been ill-managed by any Corruption in the Officers I trust, or by My own Unthriftiness, I shall take the Information and Advice
you shall give Me very kindly; I say, if you find
it; for I would not have you believe any loose Discourses, how confidently soever urged, of giving
away Four Score Thousand Pounds in a Morning,
and many other Extravagancies of that Kind. I
have much more Reason to be sorry that I have
not to reward those who have ever faithfully served
the King My Father and Myself, than ashamed of
any Bounty I have exercised towards any Man.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I am sorry to find that the general Temper and
Affections of the Nation are not so well composed
as I hoped they would have been, after so signal
Blessings from GOD ALMIGHTY upon us all, and
after so great Indulgence and Condescensions from
Me towards all Interests. There are many wicked
Instruments, still as active as ever, who labour Night
and Day to disturb the Public Peace, and to make
all People jealous of each other. It will be worthy
of your Care and Vigilance, to provide proper Remedies for the Diseases of that Kind; and if you
find new Diseases, you must study new Remedies.
Let us not be discouraged: If we help one another,
we shall, with GOD's Blessing, master all our Difficulties. Those which concern Matters of Religion,
I confess to you, are too hard for Me; and therefore I do commend them to your Care and Deliberation, which can best provide for them.
"I shall not need to recommend, or put you in
Mind of, the good Correspondence that ought to
be kept between you, for the Good of yourselves
and Me, and the whole Kingdom; and I may tell
you, it is very necessary for us all. You will find,
whoever doth not love Me, doth not love you; and
they who have no Reverence for you, have little
Kindness for Me. Therefore, I pray, let us adhere
fast to each other; and then we shall, with the Help
of GOD, in a short Time, persuade or oblige all
Men to that Submission and Obedience to the Law,
as may constitute a full Measure of Happiness to
Prince and People, and persuade our Neighbours
to that Esteem and Value they have formerly had
Thanks to the King for His Speech.
His Majesty, having ended His Speech, withdrew;
and the House being cleared, it was moved, "That
some Persons might be appointed to give His Majesty humble and hearty Thanks, from this House,
for His Gracious and Excellent Speech; and to desire that He would be pleased to give Way that it
may be printed and published, for the Satisfaction
of the whole Nation."
And accordingly the House ordered the Lord Steward
and the Lord Chamberlain to attend His Majesty, from
this House, to the Intent aforesaid.
Bishops added to Committees.
ORDERED, That these Lords Spiritual are added to
the Committee for Privileges, and to the Committee
for Petitions; videlicet,
Archbp. of York.
Bp. of London.
Bp. of Durham.
Bp. of Sarum.
Bp. of Worcester.
|Bp. of Lyncolne.
Bp. of St. Davids.
Bp. of Exon.
Bp. of Norwich.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Com. Placit. declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in
diem Jovis, videlicet, 21um diem instantis Novembris,
hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.