DIE Veneris, 20 die Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
||His Royal Highness the Duke of Yorke.
Epus. St. Asaph.
Epus. St. Davids.
Ds. Thesaurarius Angliæ.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
L. Great Chamberlain.
Viscount de Stafford.
Ds. Berkeley de Berk.
Ds. Howard de Charlt.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Ds. Berkeley de Strat.
Message from H. C. to return a Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
[ (fn. *) by Mr. Solicitor General and others;] who returned
a Bill sent down to the Commons, intituled, "An Act
for Prevention of Vexations and Oppressions by Arrests and Delays in Suits of Law;" to which the Commons have agreed, without any Alterations.
The King present.
His Majesty sitting in His Throne, arrayed in His Regal Robes, the Lords being likewise in their Robes;
the Commons, being sent for, came with their Speaker;
who made this Speech following:
Speaker of H. C. Speech.
"May it please Your Most Excellent Majesty,
The last Time the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses
of the Commons House of Parliament, had the Honour to wait upon You in this Place, Your Majesty
was graciously pleased to congratulate with them, for
the glorious Meeting of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons of England, in this Your full,
free, and legal Parliament.
Great Sir, It is our present Comfort, and will be
our future Glory, that God hath made us instrumental for the Repairs of those Breaches which the worst
of Times had made upon the best of Governments:
The late great Eclipse in our Horizon, occasioned by
the Interposition of the Earth, is now vanished; the
Stars in our Firmament are now full of Light; the
Light of our Moon is become like the Light of the
Sun; and the Light of our Sun is Sevenfold.
A Man that sees the River of Thames at a high
Water, and observes how much it sinks in a few
Hours, would think it running quite away; but, by
the secret Providence of GOD, we see that when the
Ebb is at the lowest, the Tide of a rising Water is
nearest the Return.
Your Majesty was likewise graciously pleased to
speak something to us on Your own Behalf; and did
vouchsase to say, You would ask something for Yourself; withal declaring some Uneasiness in Your Condition, by reason of some crying Debts which daily
called for Satisfaction.
Great Sir, I am not able to express, at the Hearing
of those Words, with what a Sympathy the whole
Body of the Parliament was presently affected. The
Circulation of the Blood, of which our Naturalists do
tell us, was never so sensibly demonstrated as by this
Experiment. Before Your Majesty's Words were all
fallen from Your Lips, You might have seen us blush:
All our Blood came into our Faces; from thence it
hasted down without Obstruction to every Part of the
Body; and, after a due Consulting of the several
Parts, it was found necessary to breathe a Vein.
We cannot forget how much our Treasure hath
been exhausted; but we remember also, 'twas by
usurping and tyrannical Powers; and therefore we
are easily persuaded to be at some more Expence to
keep them out.
The Merchant tells us, 'tis good Policy, in a troubled Sea, to lose some Part of our Cargo, thereby
to save the rest.
With Your Majesty's Leave, we have been bold to
look into the present State of Affairs; and find those
great Sums that have been heretofore advanced upon
us were raised most of them in bad Times, and for ill
Purposes, to keep Your Majesty out of this Your
Native Kingdom; and when Your Majesty returned
Home from Your long Banishment, You found the
Naval Storehouse unfurnished, which will not easily
be supplied. The unsettled Humours, and unquiet
Spirits, that are amongst us, do necessitate a costly
Guard for Your Royal Person: The Honourable Accessions of Dunkirk, Tangier, and Jamaica, do at present require a great Supply; but, we have Reason to
believe, in Time to come, will repay this Nation their
Principal with good Interest.
Your Majesty hath sent a Royal Fleet upon a happy Errand, to bring Your Royal Confort hither: And
is there any Englishman will stick to pay the Wages
of those Mariners, whose Ships do bring so good a
Upon all these Considerations, Your loyal Commons were in Pain, until, like prudent and good Husbands, they had redeemed the Nation from all its Public Debts. And that Your Majesty may at once have a
full Measure of their Duty and Affection to Yourself,
and that Your Neighbours Abroad, as well as the discontented Commonwealth's Men with all their complicated Interests here at Home, may see the happy
Correspondence that is between our Head and all the
Members of this Body Politic; we have chearfully
and unanimously given Your Majesty Twelve Hundred and Three Score Thousand Pounds; which
Sum we desire may be levied in Eighteen Months,
by Six Quarterly Payments, after the Rate of Seventy Thousand Pounds per Mensem, to begin the
Five and Twentieth of this present December; in
order whereunto, we humbly pray Your Majesty's
Royal Assent unto this Bill."
Then the Clerk of the Parliaments went to the Speaker, and received the Bill of Assessments of him, and
brought it to the Table.
And the Clerk of the Crown read the Title of
these Bills following:
"1. An Act for the well-governing and regulating
"2. An Act for Prevention of Vexations and Oppressions by Arrests, and Delays in Suits of Law."
The Royal Assent to these Bills severally was
pronounced, by the Clerk of the Parliaments,
in these Words,
"Le Roy le veult."
"3. An Act for granting to the King's Majesty Twelve Hundred and Threescore Thousand
Pounds, to be assessed and levied by an Assessment of
Seventy Thousand Pounds by the Month, for Eighteen Months."
The Royal Assent to this Bill was pronounced in
"Le Roy, remerciant Ses bons Subjects, accepte
leur Benevolence, et ainsi le veult."
"4. An Act for confirming of an Act for restoring of the Marquis of Hertford to the Dukedom
"5. An Act confirming an Act for Restitution of
Thomas Earl of Arundell, Surrey, and Norfolke, to
the Dignity and Title of Duke of Norfolke."
"6. An Act to enable the King's Majesty to make
Leases, Grants, and Copies of Offices, Lands, Tenements, and Hereditaments, Parcel of his Highness' Dutchy of Cornwall, or annexed to the same;
and for Confirmation of Leases and Grants already
"7. An Act for confirming Private Acts."
"8. An Act for dividing Trynity Church, in Kingston upon Hull, from Hassle."
"9. An Act for enabling Algernon Peyton, Doctor of
Divinity, to make Sale of Part of his Lands, for
Payment of Debts."
To every one of these Bills severally the Royal
Assent was pronounced, in these Words,
"Soit fait come il est desiré."
After this, His Majesty was pleased to make this
short Speech following:
The King's Speech.
"Mr. Speaker, and you Gentlemen of the House
You have made Me this Day a very great and a
very noble Present; a Present that I have received
Benefit from already, before you presented it: For,
trust Me, the Benefit is not small, which I and you
both have already, from the Reputation of this Present, from the Alacrity and Affection you have so
unanimously expressed in this Affair.
My Lords and Gentlemen,
I do thank you with all My Heart for it; and I will
not enlarge those Thanks further, than by telling
you, That I do not come more willingly this Day to
pass this Bill, than I will do to pass any other Bills
which you shall provide for the Ease, Benefit, and
Security of My People; and I do verily believe that
you and I shall never be deceived or disappointed
in the Expectation we have of each other."
After this, His Majesty withdrew, and the Commons
went to their House.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum adjournandum esse usque in diem Martis, videlicet,
7um diem Januarii proximi, 1661, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Hitherto examined by us,