Die Jovis, 2 Aprilis, Car. IIdl Regis.
MRS. Abigall Holland, Daughter of Sir John Holland Baronet, did, this Day, take the Oaths of
Supremacy and Allegiance at the Clerk's Table, in order
to her being naturalized.
Ordered, That Mr. Knight, Mr. Aldworth, Mr. Trelawney, Sir Tho. Meres, Mr. Rashleigh, Mr. Specot, be
added to the Committee to which the Bill concerning
Mr. Wadeson is committed.
A Bill for Confirming of Two Decrees made in the
Exchequer, was this Day read the First time.
Resolved, &c. That this Bill be read the Second time,
on Saturday Morning next.
A Petition of divers Inhabitants in Enfeild Chace, was
this Day read.
Ordered, That this Petition be committed to the same
Committee to which the Bill concerning the Poor of
Enfeild Chace is committed.
Sir John Birkinhead reports from the Committee to
which the Bill for the Impowering of Sir John Drake
Knight and Baronet, and others, to make Sale of the
Manor of Limington in the County of Somerset, for
Payment of the Portion of Ellen Briscoe Widow, one of
the Daughters of Sir John Drake Knight, deceased, was
committed, several Amendments to the said Bill: Which
he read, with the Coherence, in his Place; and, after,
delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: And the
Amendments, being twice read, were, upon the Question,
severally agreed to.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill, with the Amendments
agreed to, be ingrossed.
Huntington, &c. Roads.
A Petition of the Inhabitants of the Towns of
Huntington, Goodmanchester, and other Towns in
Huntingtonshire, was read.
Resolved, &c. That this Petition be referred to the same
Committee to which the Bill for Repair of the Highways
of Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, is committed; to
consider, whether they can conveniently make Provision,
in that Bill, for the Repairing of Highways, mentioned
in the Petition; or, whether it be not fit to have a new
Bill brought in for that Purpose.
London Streets, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to review
the Act for repairing the Highways and Sewers, and for
paving and keeping clean the Cities of London and Westminster, and for the Regulating and Licensing of Hackney
Coachmen, do take an Account, from the Commissioners, what they have done in that Work; and what Money
is received, and disbursed therein; and do hasten their
Report upon that Act.
Sir John Birkinghead reports from the Committee to
whom the Two Bills concerning the Draining of Lyndsey
Level are committed, the Opinion of the Committee,
That the House be desired to appoint a Day for the
Hearing of the whole Matter at the Bar of their House;
thereby to determine by whom the said Fens shall be
Resolved, &c. That the Matter upon the Two Bills depending in this House, for the Draining of Lyndsey Level,
be heard at the Bar of this House, on this Day Month.
The House then resolved itself into a Committee of
the whole House, to proceed on the Bill for the Increase
of the Maintenance of Ministers in Cities, Towns
Corporate, and Market Towns.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Sir Thomas Meres took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker re-assumed the Chair.
Sir Thomas Meres reports, That the Committee had
made some further Progress in the said Bill; and the
Opinion of the Committee, That the House would, on
Saturday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Morning,
resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to
take the said Bill into further Consideration.
Resolved, &c. That the House, on Saturday next, at
Ten of the Clock in the Morning, will resolve itself into
a Committee of the whole House, to take into further
Consideration the Bill for Increase of the Maintenance of
Ministers in Cities, Towns Corporate, and Market
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Thomas Bennett
and Sir Justinian Lewen;
Lords desire a Conference.
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have sent us to acquaint you,
That they desire a present Conference in the Painted
Chamber, touching a Message newly received from his
The Messengers being called in; Mr. Speaker does
acquaint them, That the House had agreed to a present
Conference with the Lords in the Painted Chamber.
Ordered, That Mr. Solicitor General, Sir Job Charlton,
Sir Robert Atkyns, Mr. Mountague, Mr. Vaughan, Serjeant
Keeling, and Sir John Holland, do attend this Conference
with the Lords; and report the same to the House.
Sir Heneage Finch reports from the Conference had
with the Lords, That the Effect of it was, to communicate a Message to this House, which the Lords had
received from his Majesty (with Directions to impart it to
the House of Commons), in Answer to the Petition of
both Houses, presented to his Majesty: Which Answer
being in Writing, was read; and after, delivered in at
the Clerk's Table; and then read again: Which is as
Answer to Representation.
HIS Majesty having seriously considered and weighed
the humble Representation and Petition of his Lords
and Commons assembled in Parliament, and the great
Affection and Duty with which the same was presented
unto him; and after having made some Reflections upon
Himself, and His own Actions; is not a little troubled,
that his Lenity and Condescensions towards many of the
Popish Persuasion, which were but natural Effects of
His Generosity and Good-nature, and after having lived
so many Years in the Dominions of Roman Catholick
Princes, and out of a just Memory of what many of
them had done and suffered in the Service of his
Royal Father, of blessed Memory, and of some eminent
Services performed by others of them towards His
Majesty Himself, in the Time of His greatest Affliction,
have been made so ill Use of, and so ill deserved, that
the Resort of Jesuits and Priests, into this Kingdom,
hath been thereby increased; with which his Majesty is,
and hath long been, highly offended: And, therefore,
His Majesty readily concurs with the Advice of His Two
Houses of Parliament; and hath given Order for the
Preparing and Issuing out such a Proclamation as is
desired; with the same Clause, referring to the Treaty of
Marriage, as was in the Proclamation, which, upon the
like Occasion, issued out, upon the Advice of both Houses
of Parliament, in the Year 1640: And His Majesty will
take further care, that the same shall be effectual, at least
to a greater Degree than any Proclamation of this Kind
hath ever been: And his Majesty further declares, and
assures both His Houses of Parliament, and all His loving
Subjects of all His Dominions, That, as His Affection and
Zeal for the Protestant Religion, and the Church of
England, hath not been concealed, or untaken Notice
of in the World; so He is not, nor ever will be, so solicitous for the settling His own Revenue, or providing any
other Expedients for the Peace and Tranquillity of the
Kingdom, as for the Advancement and Improvement of
the Religion established; and for the using and applying
all proper and effectual Remedies, to hinder the Growth
of Popery: Both which He doth, in Truth, look upon as
the best Expedient to establish the Peace and Prosperity
of all His Kingdoms.
Given at Our Court at Whitehall, the First Day of
April 1663, in the Fifteenth Year of Our Reign.
Thanks for Message.
Resolved, &c. That the humble Thanks of this House
be returned to the King's Majesty, for his gracious
Resolved, &c. That the Concurrence of the Lords be
desired to this Vote: And that Mr. Solicitor General do
go to the Lords, to desire their Concurrence.
Marq. of Worcester's Water Engine.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Thomas Bennet
and Sir Justinian Lewen;
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have sent you down a Bill
to enable Edward Marquis of Worcester to receive the
Benefit and Profit of a Water-commanding Engine, by
him invented; One Tenth Part whereof is appropriated
for the Benefit of the King's Majesty, his Heirs and
Successors: To which they desire the Concurrence of
Ordered, That this Bill be read To-morrow Morning.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight of the Clock.