Thursday, 7th of June, 1660.
Rights of Parliament.
MR. Pryn reports from the Committee for Bills,
Amendments to the Bill for preserving the Privileges of Parliament, and confirming the fundamental
Laws; which he first read in his Place; and they were
after read the First and Second time by the Clerk.
Ordered, That the said Bill, with the Amendments,
be re-committed to the former Committee; who are to
meet at Two of the Clock this Afternoon, in the
Speaker's Chamber: And the Gentlemen of the Long
Robe are enjoined to attend at the said Committee.
Pardon and Oblivion.
The House this Day resumed the Debate upon the
Act of general Pardon and Oblivion.
Resolved, That this House doth declare, That, in the
Name of themselves, and of all the Commons of England,
they do lay hold of his Majesty's free and general Pardon, tendered in his gracious Declaration, given under
his Majesty's Sign Manuel and Privy Signet, at his Court
at Breda, 4/14 April, 1660; with Reservation, to except
such Persons as shall be excepted by this present Parliament, in the Act of general Pardon and Oblivion.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee to withdraw, and pen a Declaration to this Effect, and forthwith to report it to the House; and that Sir Heneage
Finch, Serj. Hales, Mr. Annesley, Serj. Maynard, be the
Proceedings against the Regicides.
The Examination of John Coke Esquire, taken before
John Bysse, Recorder of Dublyn, the Eighth of May,
1660, was read.
Resolved, That John Coke Esquire be excepted out of
this Act of general Pardon and Oblivion, for Life and
Resolved, That Andrew Broughton be excepted out of
this Act of general Pardon and Oblivion, for Life and
Resolved, That Edward Dendy be excepted out of this
Act of general Pardon and Oblivion, for Life and
Mr. Annesley reports the Examination of Leonard
Watson, touching the Person who executed the late
King; which was read.
Resolved, That those Two Persons who were upon
the Scaffold in a Disguise, when the detestable and traiterous Sentence upon the late King was executed, be
excepted out of the Act of general Pardon and Oblivion,
for Life and Estate.
Resolved, That Mr. Hugh Peters, and Cornet Joyce,
be forthwith sent for, in Custody, by the Serjeant at Arms
attending this House.
Sir Henage Finch reports from the Committee appointed to withdraw, and pen a Declaration touching
laying hold of his Majesty's free and general Pardon,
two several Votes; which were read: And the first Vote,
being put to the Question, was, with some Amendments,
agreed unto; and was in these Words; viz.
Resolved and Declared by the Commons in Parliament
assembled, That they do by this their publick Act, for,
and in behalf of, themselves, and every of them, and of
all the Commons of England, of what Quality or Degree soever they be, excepting only, as is, or shall hereafter be, excepted by this Parliament, in an Act of free
and general Pardon, Indemnity and Oblivion, now under
Consideration, lay hold upon his Majesty's free and general Pardon, in his late gracious Letters and Declaration granted, tendered, or expressed; the same bearing
Date at his Majesty's Court at Breda, the 4/14 of April,
and communicated to this House the First of May last
The other Vote, being put to the Question, was agreed
unto, and was as followeth; viz.
The King to be attended.
Resolved, That this House, with their Speaker, do
attend his Majesty, and present this their Vote and Declaration to him; with their humble Desire that it may
be as effectual to all his Subjects in particular, (except as
before excepted) as if every of them had at any time,
since the First of May last, personally laid hold upon his
Majesty's Grace and Pardon; and by publick Act declared their doing so; and that his Majesty would be
graciously pleased to declare his Acceptance hereof accordingly; and by his Royal Proclamation, to assure the
Hearts of his Subjects of the same.
Resolved, That the Members of this House, who are
of his Majesty's Privy Council, or some of them, do
give Intimation to his Majesty of these Votes; and desire
his Majesty to be pleased to appoint, when, and where,
this House shall wait on his Majesty.
Conference with Lords.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to manage
the Conference with the Lords Yesterday, do make
Report of the said Conference, had with the Lords, Tomorrow Morning.
Letter from Duke of Gloucester.
A Letter from his Highness Henry Duke of Gloucester,
superscribed, "For Sir Harbottle Grimston, Speaker of
the House of Commons in Parliament assembled," and
subscribed, "Henry," being dated the Fifth of June,
1660, was this Day read.
Ordered, That the humble and hearty Thanks of this
House be returned to his Highness the Duke of Gloucester, for the great Respect he hath been pleased to
express to this House in his said Letter.
Ordered, That the said Letter be entered in the
Journal of this House, as a Testimony of his Highness'
Affection, and high Respects, to this House, and of
their humble and hearty Acceptance thereof.
The Tenor of which Letter is as followeth; viz.
I am so sensible of the good Affections expressed to
me by the House of Commons, in the late Supply of
Money, which they sent me into Holland, that I think
myself obliged hereby to intreat you to give them
Thanks for it in my Name; and to assure them, that,
though my Condition abroad was such as made that
Assistance very seasonable, yet it was not so welcome to
me out of that Consideration, as because it was a Testimony of their Kindness; which I value at a much
higher Rate; and whereof my Actions shall evidence
how much I desire the Continuance. I am,
Your very affectionate Friend,
Ordered, That the Committees for the Bill of Sales,
the Bill touching the Continuance of Ministers in their
Livings, and the Bill for making void of Grants of
Titles of Honour, Offices, Lands, &c. passed under the
several Great Seals, since * May 1642, be revived; and
that they do sit de die in diem; and make Report therein
to the House with what Speed may be.