Veneris, 12 die Junii, 15 Car.
ORDERED, That Leave be given for the bringing
in a Bill for the settling a charitable Use for erecting
a Workhouse in the County of Devon.
King appoints to be attended.
Mr. Secretary Bennett did acquaint the House, from
the King's Majesty, That it was his Majesty's Pleasure,
that the House should attend his Majesty in the Banqueting House, this Morning at Ten of the Clock.
Jacob's, &c. Nat.
A Bill for the Naturalization of Dame Elizabeth Jacob,
and others, was this Day read the Second time.
Resolved, &c. That the said Bill be committed to the
Committee to which the former Bill for Naturalization
of George Willoughby, and others, was formerly committed: And the said Committee are for that Purpose
revived: 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.
Ordered, That the Children of Sir Thomas Orby, and
Sir Thomas Bond, and * Tarteran, and Mrs. Anne Lloyd,
Daughter of Sir Richard Lloyd, be inserted into the Bill
An additional Bill for the Explanation and Supply of
an Act for distributing Sixty thousand Pounds, and
assessing Offices, for the Use of the indigent loyal
Officers, was read the First time.
Ordered, That this Bill be read the Second time
A Bill for explaining and supplying one other Act
for the better Relief of the Poor of this Kingdom, was
read the First time.
Ordered, That this Bill be read again the Second time
on Monday next.
Ordered, That the Committee to which the Bill to
confirm a Sale of Land, made by Sir Robert Howard, is
committed, be revived; and do meet this Afternoon at
Two of the Clock, in the Place formerly appointed.
Fowler's, &c. Letters Pat.
Ordered, That the Committee to which the Bill to
make void Two Letters Patents, granted to Walter Fowler
and Sir Garrett Kempe, by his Majesty, is committed,
be revived; and do meet this Afternoon at Two of the
Clock, in the Place formerly appointed.
Ordered, That all Committees, which are discontinued,
be revived; and do meet this Afternoon at Two of the
Clock, in the Places appointed.
The King attended.
Mr. Speaker, with the whole House, went to attend
his Majesty, in the Banqueting House at Whitehall.
And Mr. Speaker, with the House, returning;
Mr. Speaker reports, from his Majesty, That his Majesty had been pleased to deliver unto him the Speech,
which he made to the House at Whitehall, all of his own
Which being twice read, very distinctly, by Mr.
Speaker, to the House;
Ordered, That his Majesty's Gracious Speech be
entered in the Journal of this House:
Which was as followeth; viz.
The King's Speech.
Mr. Speaker, and you Gentlemen of the House of
I HAVE sent for you, this Day, to communicate with
you, as good Friends ought to do, when they discover
the least Jealousy growing, which may lessen their Confidence in each other. It is a Freedom very necessary to
be used between Me and you; and you may all remember, that when there was lately a little Jealousy amongst
you, upon somewhat I had said or done, I made all the
Haste I could to give you Satisfaction: For which you
all returned Me your hearty Thanks; and were, I think,
It is in no Man's Power, no not in your own Power,
to make me suspect, or in the least Degree imagine it
possible, that your Affection or Kindness is lessened or
diminished towards me. I know, very well, that the People did never, in any Age, use that Vigilance and Circumspection in their Election of Persons of known and tried
Affection to the Crown, of your good Principles and
unquestionable Inclinations to the Peace of Church and
State, for their Representatives in Parliament, as they did,
when they chose you. You are the very same Men who,
at your first coming together, gave such signal Testimonies of your Affection and Friendship to My Person, of
your Zeal for the Honour and Dignity of the Crown,
and liberal Support of the Government, and of your Horror and Detestation of those Men whose Principles, you
discerned, keeps them awake, to take all Occasions to
disturb the Peace of the Kingdom, and to embroil us all
in a new Civil War: Which is as much their Endeavour
now as ever; and it may be not enough abhorred by
others whose Principles and Ends are very different from
them. You are the same Men who, at your first Meeting, by a wonderful and cheerful Harmony and Concurrence in whatsoever I could wish, gave Me Reputation
Abroad, and Security at Home; made our Neighbours
solicitous for our Friendship; and set a just Value upon
it: And, trust Me, such a Reputation is of a vast Importance; and made my evil Subjects even despair of bringing their wicked Purposes to pass. And is it possible, that
the same Persons can continue together, without the same
Affection for me, or Prudence for the publick Peace and
Prosperity? I am sure it is impossible: And yet I must
tell you, the Reputation I had from your Concurrence
and Tenderness towards Me, is not at all improved since
the Beginning of this Session; indeed it is much lessened:
And I am sure I never stood more in need of That Reputation than at present, to carry me through many Difficulties, in which the Publick is, at least, as much concerned as Myself: Let Me and you think never so well of
Ourselves, if all the World knows, or believes, that we are
poor, that we are in Extremity of Want, if our Friends
think We can do them no Good, and our Enemies believe we can do them no Harm, our Condition is far
from being prosperous. You cannot take it a miss (you
shall use as much Freedom with Me, when you please),
that I tell you, there hath not appeared that Warmth in
you of late, in the Consideration of My Revenue, as I
expected, as well from some of your Messages, as from
My own Confidence in your Care and Kindness. It hath
been said to Myself, that it is usual for Parliaments to
give the Crown extraordinary Supplies upon emergent
Occasions, but not to improve the constant Revenue of
the Crown. I wish, and so do you, that nothing had been
lately done in and by Parliaments, but what was usual.
But, if ill Parliaments contrive the Ruin and Disinherison
of the Crown, God forbid but good Parliaments should
repair it, how unusual soever it is. If you yourselves had
not, in an extraordinary manner, improved My Revenue,
the Government could not have been supported: And if
it be not yet improved in the Proportion you have designed, I cannot doubt but you will proceed in it with your
old Alacrity. I am very well contented, that you proceed
in your Inspection: I know it will be to my Advantage;
and that you will neither find My Receipts so great, nor
My Expences so exorbitant, as you imagine. And, for an
Evidence of the last, I will give you presently an Account
of the Issues of the Twelve hundred thousand Pounds, you
so liberally gave Me; not One Peny whereof was disposed,
but upon full Deliberation with Myself, and by my own
Order; and I think you will all say, for the publick Service. But, Gentlemen, this Inquisition cannot be finished
in the short time, we can now conveniently stay together:
And yet, if you do not provide, before we part, for the
better Paying and Collecting what you have already given
Me, you can hardly presume what it will amount to: And
if you do not support even what you have already given
Me, by some Addition, you will quickly see lawful Ways
found out to lessen the Revenue, more than you imagine:
And therefore I cannot but expect, that your Wisdom
will seasonably and speedily provide a Remedy for that
growing Mischief. Believe me, Gentlemen, the most
disaffected Subjects in England are not more unwilling
to pay any Tax or Imposition you lay upon them, than I
am to receive it: God knows I do not long more for any
Blessing in this World, than that I may live to call a Parliament, and not ask, or receive, any Money from them:
I will do all I can to see that happy Day. I know the
vast Burdens the Kingdom hath born these last Twenty
Years, and more; that it is exceedingly impoverished:
But, alas! what will that which is left do them good, if
the Government cannot be supported; if I am not able
to defray the Charge that is necessary for their Peace and
Security. I must deal plainly with you; and I do but
discharge my Conscience in that Plainness: If you do not,
besides the improving my Revenue, in the manner I have
recommended to you, give Me some present Supply of
Money, to enable Me to struggle with those Difficulties
I am pressed with, I shall have a very melancholick Summer, and shall much apprehend the publick Quiet. You
have heard, I presume, of the late Design in Ireland,
for the Surprize of the Castle of Dublyn; which was
spread over all that Kingdom; and many Parliament Men
there engaged in it: There is an absolute Necessity, that I
forthwith send over a good Sum of Money thither, for
the Payment of that Army, and putting the Garisons
there in good Order. You will not doubt but that those
seditious Persons had a Correspondence with their Friends
here; and, I pray, let us not be too careless of them.
I assure you, I have so great Occasion of Money here,
which My Revenue cannot supply Me with, that I every
Day omit the doing somewhat that is very necessary for
the Publick Benefit. These, sure, are just Motives, to
persuade you to give Me a Supply, as have ever moved a
House of Commons; and therefore I conjure you to go
chearfully about it, and let Me not be disappointed in My
Confidence of your Affections. And, I pray, remember
the Season of the Year, and how necessary it is, that we
make a Recess in or about Midsummer. I have enlarged
much more to you upon this Occasion, than I have used
to do; and you may perceive it hath not been very easy
to Me: But I was willing you should understand, from
Myself, what I desire and expect from you; and the
rather, because I hear some Men have confidently undertaken to know My Mind, who have had no Authority
from Me; and to drive on Designs very contrary to My
Desires. I do pray you heartily, that the Effect of this
Day's Conversation may be the renewing our Confidence
in each other, and raising our joint Reputation; which
will be our strongest Security, with God's Blessing, the
Kingdom can have for its Peace, Plenty, and full Prosperity; and, upon My Word, you will all have great
Comfort in what you shall do for Me, upon this My very
earnest and hearty Recommendation.
The House taking that Part of his Majesty's Speech,
which concerns a present Supply for his Majesty, into
The Question being propounded, That the King's
Majesty shall have a present Supply granted him;
The Question was put, Whether that Question be
The House was divided.
The Noes went out.
Sir Allen Apsley,
||Tellers for the Yeas:
||With the Yeas,
|Sir Rich. Temple,
||Tellers for the Noes:
|Sir Charles Hussey,
||With the Noes,
And so it was resolved in the Affirmative.
The main Question being put, That the King's Majesty
shall have a present Supply granted him;
It was resolved in the Affirmative, Nemine contradicente.
Resolved, &c. That this House will, on Monday
Morning next, at Ten of the Clock, resolve itself into
a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the
Manner of the King's Majesty's present Supplies.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight a Clock.