Sabbati, 5 die Junii, 1675.
Message from the King about Adjournment.
MR. Secretary Coventry acquaints the House, That
he had Command from His Majesty, to let the
House know, that it was His Majesty's Desire, that the
House would adjourn till Four of the Clock in the
Afternoon; and had sent a Message to the Lords, to
adjourn to that Time: And that His Majesty had
commanded both Houses to attend Him then at the
Banqueting House in Whitehall.
Serjeant at Arms.
A Debate arising, touching the Removing John
Topham Esquire, Serjeant at Arms in Ordinary, who
attended the House Yesterday;
Resolved, &c. That the further Debate of the Matter,
touching Mr. Topham Serjeant at Arms, who attended
the House Yesterday, be adjourned till Five of the
Clock this Afternoon.
And then the House adjourned till Four of the
Clock in the Afternoon.
The King attended.
THE House being met, Mr. Speaker and the House
went to attend His Majesty at Whitehall.
Mr. Speaker, with the House, returned from Whitehall.
Mr. Speaker reports, That in Obedience to his
Majesty's Commands, he had attended his Majesty; and
that His Majesty, to prevent Mistakes, had delivered in
Writing what he did declare to both Houses: Which Mr.
Speaker read twice: And the same is as followeth, viz.
My Lords and Gentlemen,
The King's Speech.
YOU may remember, that at the Meeting of this
Sessions I told you, no Endeavours would be wanting
to make the Continuance of this Parliament unpracticable:
I am sorry that Experience hath so quickly shewed you
the Truth of what I then said: But I hope you are all
convinced, that the Intent of all this, in the Contrivers,
is to procure a Dissolution. I confess, I look upon it
as a most malicious Design of those who are Enemies
to Me and the Church of England; and, were the
Contrivers known, I should not doubt but the Dislike of
their Practices would alone be a Means of bringing the
Houses to a good Understanding: But since I cannot
prescribe any Way how to arrive at the Discovery of it,
I must tell you plainly My Opinion, That the Means of
coming to any Composure betwixt yourselves, cannot be
without admitting of such full Conferences as either
convince one another by the Reasons then offered; or
enable Me to judge rightly of the Differences, when all
hath been said upon both Sides, which the Matter will
afford: For I am not to suffer these Differences to grow
to Disorders in the whole Kingdom, if I can prevent it;
and I am sure, My Judgment shall always be impartial
between My Two Houses of Parliament.
But I must let you know, that whilst you are in
Debate about your Privileges, I will not suffer My own
to be invaded.
I have nothing more to say at this Time, but to desire,
as I did, when we met first, that you would yet consider,
and not suffer ill Mens Designs to hinder this Sessions
from a happy Conclusion.
Thanks for Speech.
Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That the humble
Thanks of this House be returned to his Majesty, for the
gracious Expressions in his Speech, this Day made to both
the Houses of Parliament: And such Members of this
House as are of His Majesty's Privy Council, are desired to
present the humble Thanks of this House to His Majesty.
Resolution that no Member has contrived the Disputes between the two Houses.
The Question being propounded, That it doth not
appear to this House, that any Member thereof hath
either contrived or promoted the Difference between the
Two Houses of Parliament; or, in asserting the Rights
of the Commons of England, and the Privilege of this
House, to have done any thing inconsistent with his
Duty, or the Trust reposed in him.
The Question being put, That the Word "appear" do
stand in the Question;
The House divided.
The Yeas go out.
||Sir John Cotton,
||For the Yeas,
||For the Noes,
|Sir Richard Temple,
And so it was resolved in the Affirmative.
Resolved, &c. That it doth not appear to this House,
that any Member thereof hath either contrived or
promoted the Difference between the Two Houses of
Parliament; or, in asserting the Rights of the Commons
of England, and the Privilege of this House, to have
done any thing inconsistent with his Duty, or the Trust
reposed in him.
Serjeant at Arms.
Resolved, That the adjourned Debate, touching Mr.
Topham Serjeant at Arms, who attended the House
Yesterday, be taken up on Monday Morning next, at
Ten of the Clock.
And then the House adjourned till Monday
Morning, Eight of the Clock.