Lunæ, 3 die Martii, 14 Car.
Relief of Loyalists.
AN ingrossed Bill for Relief and Maintenance of such
maimed Soldiers as have faithfully served his Majesty, or his Royal Father, was this Day read the Third
Resolved, upon the Question, That the said Bill do
pass: And that the Title shall be, An Act * * * *.
And Sir William Lowther is to carry up this Bill to the
A Bill for the regulating Abuses in the Packing and
Weighing of Butter, was this Day read the Second time.
And a Petition of divers Freemen and Inhabitants of
the City of London, trading in Butter and Cheese, being
Resolved, That the said Bill and Petition be committed
to Mr. Jones, Mr. Newport, Sir Lancelot Lake, Sir Tho.
Allen, Sir Wm. Lowther, Sir Solomon Swale, Sir John
Brampston, Dr. Burwell, Mr. Culleford, Mr. Chetwind,
Sir John Tirrell, Sir Rich. Everard, Mr. Morris, Mr.
Goodrick, Mr. Sandys, Sir Geo. Probert, Mr. Bullen
Reames, Sir Tho. Gowre, Sir John Robinson, Sir James
Smith, Sir Phil. Musgrave, Mr. Crouch, Mr. Henley, Sir
Wm. Doyley, Sir Fra. Clarke, Sir Edw. Moseley, Sir Cha.
Berkley, Sir Tho. Meres, Mr. Jolliff, Mr. Kent, Sir
Robert Holt, Sir Adam Browne, Colonel Robinson, Mr.
Knight, Mr. Jay, Sir Wm. Thompson, Mr. Lewes, Dr.
Ryshton, Sir Theophilus Biddulph, Sir James Langham,
Mr. Dunstar, Sir John Shaw, Mr. Seudamore, Sir Rich.
Ford, Mr. Christopher Musgrave, Sir Rich. Browne, Mr.
Coventry, Mr. Daniell, Lord Ancram, Mr. Ashburnham,
Sir Wm. Lewes, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Thompson, Sir Tho.
Bludworth, Mr. Turgis, Mr. Moore, Mr. Swinfen, and
all the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, that serve for
the Counties of Suffolke, Norfolke, and Yorke: And all
the Members of this House that are Merchants: And
they are to meet in the Speaker's Chamber To-morrow,
at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon: And to send for
Persons, Papers, and Records.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir John Covert have the Leave of this
House to go into the Country.
Ordered, That Major Cornwall have the Leave of this
House to go into the Country.
Ordered, That the Bill for settling a Maintenance on
Ministers, in Corporate and Market Towns, be read
Receivers of Prizes.
Mr. Ashburnham reports from the Committee to which
the Bill for calling Persons to an Account for Monies
received upon Prizes, was committed, That they had
perused the Bill; and found no Cause to make any
Amendment or Alteration in the Body of it, but only to
add two Provisoes: Which were opended by the Reporter;
and after, delivered in at the Clerk's Table.
And the First being twice read, some Amendments
were made therein, at the Clerk's Table.
And the said Amendments being also twice read,
the said Proviso, so amended, was, upon the Question,
The Second Proviso, being twice read, was, upon the
Question, agreed unto.
Resolved, upon the Question, That the said Bill, with
the Provisoes agreed to, be ingrossed.
The King's Speech.
Mr. Speaker did then acquaint the House, That he had
attended his Majesty: And having craved his Majesty's
Pardon for making Report of his Gracious Speech to this
House, fearing that his Memory might not serve to do
his Majesty that full Right which he desired, his Majesty
was thereupon graciously pleased to deliver his Speech to
him, written all with his own Hand.
Which being read in the House, by Mr. Speaker;
Resolved, That his Majesty's Gracious Speech be entered in the Journal of this House; and that his Majesty
be desired to give Leave, that his Speech be printed and
And Mr. Ashburnham of his Majesty's Bed Chamber,
is desired to attend his Majesty with this Address.
And his Majesty's said Gracious Speech was as
Mr. Speaker, and Gentlemen of the House of
FINDING it necessary to say somewhat to you, I
thought once of doing it by a Message, which hath been
the most usual way: But when I considered, that speaking
to you myself with that Plainness and Freedom I use to
do, hath more of Kindness in it; and with what Affection
you use to receive what I say to you; I resolved to deliver
my Message to you myself; and have therefore sent for
you hither, which hath been frequently done heretofore,
though it be the first time I have done so.
I do speak my Heart to you, when I tell you, that I
do believe, that, from the first Institutions of Parliaments
to this Hour, there was never a House of Commons fuller
of Affection and Duty to their King, than you are to me;
never any that was more desirous and solicitous to gratify
their King, than you are to oblige me; never a House
of Commons in which there were fewer Persons without a
full Measure of Zeal for the Honour and Welfare of the
King and Country, than there are in This.
The wonderful Alacrity that you shewed at your first
Coming together, in giving me so liberal a Supply, was
an unquestionable Instance of this; and I assure you,
made our Neighbours abroad look upon me, and you,
with much the more Respect and Esteem; and I am
persuaded, even broke the Heart of some desperate and
seditious Designs at home: In a Word, I know most
of your Faces and Names, and can never hope to find
better Men in your Places.
You will wonder now, after I have willingly made this
just Acknowledgment to you, that I should lament, and
even complain, that I, and you, and the Kingdom, are
yet without that present Fruit and Advantage which we
might reasonably promise ourselves from such a Harmony
of Affections, and a Unity in Resolutions, to advance the
publick Service, and to provide for the Peace and Security of the Kingdom; that you do not expedite those good
Counsels which are necessary for both. I know not how it
comes to pass, but for these many Weeks past, even since
your last Adjournment, private and particular Business
have almost thrust the Consideration of the Publick out
of Doors; and, in Truth, I do not know that you are
nearer settling my Revenue, than you were at Christmas:
I am sure I have communicated my condition to you,
without Reserve; what I have coming in, and what my
necessary Disbursements are: And I am exceedingly deceived, if whatever you give me, be any otherwise given
to me, than to be issued out for your own Use and
Trust me, it shall be so; and, if you consider it well,
you will find, that you are the richer by what you give;
since it is all to be laid out, that you may enjoy the rest
in Peace and Security.
Gentlemen, I need not put you in mind of the miserable Effects which have attended the Wants and Necessities of the Crown: I need not tell you, that there is
a Republical Party still in the Kingdom, which have the
Courage to promise themselves another Revolution: And,
methinks, I should as little need to tell you, that the only
way, with God's Blessing, to disappoint their Hopes, and
indeed to reduce them from those extravagant Hopes and
Desires, is, to let them see that you have so provided
for the Crown, that it hath wherewithal to support itself,
and to secure you; which, I am sure, is all I desire, and
desire only for your Preservation.
Therefore I do conjure you, by all the Professions of
Affection you have made to me, by all the Kindness I
know you have for me, after all your Deliberations, betake yourselves to some speedy Resolutions; and settle
such a real and substantial Revenue upon me, as may
hold some Proportion with the necessary Expences I am
at, for the Peace, and Benefit, and Honour of the Kingdom; that they who look for Troubles at home, may
despair of their Wishes; and that our Neighbours Abroad,
by seeing that all is well at Home, may have that Esteem
and Value of us, as may secure the Interest and Honour
of the Nation, and make the Happiness of this Kingdom, and of this City, once more the Admiration and
Envy of the World.
Gentlemen, I hear you are very zealous for the Church,
and very solicitous, and even jealous, that there is not
Expedition enough used in that Affair: I thank you for it,
since, I presume, it proceeds from a good Root of Piety
and Devotion: But I must tell you, I have the worst
Luck in the World, if, after all the Reproaches of being
a Papist, whilst I was abroad, I am suspected of being
a Presbyterian now I am come home.
I know you will not take it unkindly, if I tell you, that
I am as zealous for the Church of England, as any of you
can be; and am enough acquainted with the Enemies of
it, on all Sides; that I am as much in Love with the Book
of Common Prayer as you can wish, and have Prejudice
enough to those who do not love it; who, I hope, in time,
will be better informed, and change their Minds: And
you may be confident, I do as much desire to see a Uniformity settled, as any amongst you: I pray, trust me, in
that affair; I promise you to hasten the Dispatch of it,
with all convenient Speed; you may rely upon me in it.
I have transmitted the Book of Common Prayer, with
those Alterations and Additions which have been presented
to me by the Convocation, to the House of Peers, with
my Approbation, that the Act of Uniformity may relate
to it: So that I presume it will be shortly dispatched
there; and when we have done all we can, the well settling that Affair will require great Prudence and Discretion, and the Absence of all Passion and Precipitation.
I will conclude with putting you in mind, that the
Season of the Year; the Convenience of your being in
the Country, in may respects for the Good and Welfare of it (for you will find much Tares have been sowed
there, in your Absence); the Arrival of my Wife, who
I expect some time this Month; and the necessity of my
own being out of Town to meet her, and to stay some
time before she comes hither, makes it very necessary
that the Parliament be adjourned before Easter, to meet
again in the Winter: And that it may do so, I pray lay
aside private Business, that you may, in that time, dispatch the Publick: And there are few things I reckon
more publick, than your providing for the Security of the
Fen Lands, which I have so often recommended to you;
and do it now, very earnestly. I pray let no private
Animosities or Contests endanger a Work of so great a
Benefit and Honour to the Nation; but first provide
for the Support of the Work, and then let Justice be
done for Determination of particular Interests.
The Mention of my Wife's Arrival puts me in mind
to desire you to put that Compliment upon her, that her
Entrance into the Town may be with more Decency than
the Ways will now suffer it to be: And, to that Purpose,
I pray you would quickly pass such Laws as are before
you, in order to the mending those Ways; and that she
may not find Whitehall surrounded with Water.
I will detain you no longer, but do promise myself
great Fruits of this Conversation with you; and that you
will justify the Confidence I have in your Affection, by
letting the World see, that you take my Concernments to
Heart, and are ready to do whatsoever I desire for the
Peace and Welfare of the Kingdom.
A Bill for laying an Imposition upon Chimney Hearths
was this Day read the Second time.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House: And that
this House do resolve itself into a Committee of the whole
House, to consider of the said Bill.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Sir John Brampston took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker again took the Chair: And
Sir John Bramston made Report, that the Committee
of the whole House had made some Progress in the Bill:
And desired the House would again resolve itself into a
Committee of the whole House on Wednesday next, to
resume the Debate of the said Bill.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House do, on
Wednesday next, resolve itself into a Committee of the
whole House, to resume the Debate of the said Bill.
London, &c. Streets.
Ordered, That the Committee to which the Bill for
the Streets and Highways, in and near London and Westminster, is committed, have Leave to sit this Afternoon.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, at Eight of the Clock.