Veneris, 22 die Maii, 1685. 1Jac. IIdi.
Message to attend the King.
A MESSAGE from the King was delivered by Sir
Thomas Duppa, Gentleman Usher of the Black
The King commands this honourable House to attend
Him, immediately, in the House of Peers.
And accordingly Mr. Speaker, with the House, went
up to attend his Majesty.
The House being returned;
The King's Speech reported.
Mr. Speaker acquaints the House, That, having attended his Majesty in the House of Peers, his Majesty
was pleased to make a Speech to both Houses: And that,
to prevent Mistakes, Mr. Speaker had obtained a Copy
thereof; Which, being by him read to the House, is as
My Lords and Gentlemen,
AFTER it pleased Almighty God to take to his Mercy
the late King, My dearest Brother; and to bring Me to
the peaceable Possession of the Throne of My Ancestors;
I immediately resolved to call a Parliament, as the best
Means to settle every thing upon those Foundations that
may make My Reign both easy and happy to you: Towards which I am disposed to contribute all that is fit
for Me to do. What I said to My Privy Council at My
first coming there, I am desirous to renew to you; wherein
I fully declare My Opinion concerning the Principles of
the Church of England, whose Members have shewed
themselves so eminently loyal in the worst of Times, in
Defence of My Father, and Support of My Brother, of
Blessed Memory; that I will always take care to defend
and support it: I will make it My Endeavour to preserve
this Government, both in Church and State, as it is now
by Law established. And, as I will never depart from the
just Rights and Prerogative of the Crown, so I will never
invade any Man's Property: And you may be sure, that,
having hitherto ventured my Life in the Defence of this
Nation, I shall still go as far as any Man, in preserving
it in all its just Rights and Liberties.
And, having given you this Assurance concerning the
Care I will have of your Religion and Property, which I
have chosen to do in the same Words I used at My first
coming to the Crown, the better to Evidence to you, that
I spoke them not by Chance, and consequently that you
may the more firmly rely on a Promise so solemnly made;
I cannot doubt, that I shall fail of suitable Returns from
you, with all imaginable Duty and Kindness on your Part;
and particularly in what relates to the Settling of My
Revenue, and continuing it during My Life, as it was in
the Time of the King my Brother.
I might use many Arguments to enforce this Demand,
from the Benefit of Trade, the Support of the Navy, the
Necessity of the Crown, and the Well-being of the Government itself, which I must not suffer to be precarious:
But I am confident, your own Consideration of what is
just and reasonable will suggest to you whatever might
be inlarged upon this Occasion. There is one popular
Argument, which I foresee may be used against what I
ask of you, from the Inclination Men may have to frequent Parliaments; which some may think would be the
best secured, by feeding Me from time to time by such
proportions as they shall think convenient: And this Argument (it being the First time I speak to you from the
Throne) I will answer once for all; That this would be a
very improper Method to take with Me; and that the
best Way to engage Me to meet you often, is always to
use Me well. I expect therefore that you will comply
with Me in what I have desired; and that you will do it
speedily, that this may be a short Session; and that we
may meet again to all our Satisfactions.
My Lords and Gentlemen,
I must acquaint you, That I have had News this Morning from Scotland, that Argile is landed in the Western
Islands, with the Men he brought with him from Holland; and that there are Two Declarations published, One
in the Name of those in Arms there, the Other in his own:
It would be too long for Me to repeat the Substance of
them: It is sufficient to tell you, that in both of them I
am charged with Usurpation and Tyranny. The shorter of
them I have directed to be forthwith communicated to
you. I shall take the best Care I can, that this Declaration of their own Treason and Rebellion may meet with
the Reward it deserves: And I will not doubt, but that
you will be more zealous to support the Government; and
give Me My Revenue, as I have desired it, without Delay.
Thanks for Speech.
Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That the most humble
and hearty Thanks of this House be given to his Majesty;
for his most gracious Speech and Declaration.
Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That the Concurrence
of the Lords be desired to this Vote.
Ordered, That Sir John Talbott do immediately go up
to the Lords, to desire their Concurrence.
Brewers not to be Justices.
A Bill to prevent Brewers from being Justices of the
Peace, was read the First time.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be read a Second time.
The King's Speech considered.
Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That the House do
immediately resolve into a Committee of the whole House,
to consider of his Majesty's most gracious Speech; and
particularly of that Part thereof which relates to the
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
The Solicitor General being called upon in the Committee, to take the Chair of the said Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Resolved, &c. That Mr. Solicitor General do take the
Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Mr. Solicitor took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Mr. Solicitor reports from the Committee of the
whole House, That the said Committee, having taken the
Matters to them referred into Consideration, had agreed
upon a Vote: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table: Where
the same being again read, is as follows;
Resolved, That the Revenue which was settled on his
late Majesty for his Life, be settled on his present Majesty
for his Life.
Resolved, Nemine condradicente, That this House doth
agree with the Committee, That the Revenue which was
settled on his late Majesty for his Life, be settled on his
present Majesty for his Life.
Ordered, That Mr. Solicitor General do draw up and
prepare a Bill or Bills for that Purpose; and present the
same to the House.
Thanks for Speech.
Sir John Talbott acquaints the House, That, having, in
Obedience to the Order of the House, attended the Lords
with the Vote of this House, whereby they resolved to
present their most humble and hearty Thanks to his Majesty for his gracious Speech, That their Lordships did
agree with this House in the said Vote; and that they had
acquainted his Majesty with the humble Desires of both
King appoints to be attended.
And the House being informed, That his Majesty was
graciously pleased to appoint both Houses to attend him
at Four of the Clock this Afternoon, in the Banqueting
House at Whitehall . . . . .
Ordered, That the Grand Committee for Religion do
sit every Tuesday in the Afternoon, in the House.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee for Grievances
do sit in every Thursday in the Afternoon, in the House.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee for Trade do sit
every Saturday in the Afternoon, in the House.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee for Courts of Justice do sit every Friday in the Afternoon, in the House.
Committee of Privileges.
Ordered, That a Committee of Privileges and Elections
be appointed of the Persons following;
Sir Christo. Musgrave, Mr. Bonithon, Mr. Chetwin, Col.
Windham, Serjeant Millington, Colonel Webb, Mr. Wharton, Sir Marma. Gresham, Sir Tho. Chichley, Mr. Herbert,
Mr. Hewer, Mr. Fanshaw, Mr. John Beaumont, Mr.
Stone, Sir Will. Portman, Mr. Gwyn, Mr. Coryton, Sir
John Moreton, Sir Rob. Atkins, Sir Tho. Meres, Sir Wm.
Clifton, Mr. Fitzwilliams, Sir John Lowther of Lowther,
Sir Roger Norwich, Mr. Done, Col. Strangeways, Mr.
Walden, Sir Henry Goring, Mr. Smith, Lord Landsdowne,
Serjeant Wynn, Mr. Parker, Sir John Hoskins, Mr. Hen.
Bertie, Lord Willoughby, Sir Edw. Ascough, Sir John
Brampston, Sir Fra. Russell, Sir Peter Rich, Mr. Oliver
Montague, Mr. Cha. Bertie, Sir John Packington, Lord
Preston, Sir Lewis Palmer, Sir John Conway, Lord Brackley, Mr. Arundell, Mr. Mellish, Mr. Guy, Sir Roger Bradshaw, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Price, Mr. Bridgman, Sir Edw.
Mansell, Lord Falkland, Mr. Alderman Duncomb, Sir
Lionel Walden, Mr. Coventry, Sir Cha. Holt, Lord Bruce,
Mr. Bear, Sir Wm. Twisden, Mr. Cha. Windham, Sir John
Banks, Sir Henry Beaumont, Sir Rich. Temple, Mr. Barlow, Sir Tho. Grosvenor, Mr. Edw. Nevill, Sir Robert
Brookes, Mr. Garway, Lord Middleton, Mr. Edw. Montague, Mr. Ambrose Browne, Sir John Mathews, Mr.
Grahme, Sir Fra. Clark, Mr. Ryves, Mr. Ethrick, Sir
Richard Midleton, Mr. Solicitor General, Mr. Jones, Sir
Hugh Chomley, Sir John Stonehouse, Mr. Noell, Sir John
Talbott, Sir Thomas Maleverer, Sir John Werden, Sir
Wm. Gulston, Mr. Freeman, Mr. Hanses, Mr. Goring,
Mr. Williams, Sir Cha. Keymish, Sir Hen. Goodrick, Sir
John Ernle, Lord Bodmin, Sir John Reresby, Mr. Seymour,
Sir Wm. Bassett, Colonel Werden, Sir Anthony Deane,
Mr. Rich. Bertie, Mr. Parker, Lord Digby, Marquis of
Worcester, Sir Adam Browne, Sir Roger Lestrange, Sir
John Chichley, Mr. Hollaway, Mr. Pepys, Mr. Cha. Bertie,
Sir Edward Seymour, Sir Ralph Wharton, Mr. Ashburnham, Mr. Essex Strowde, Mr. Robert Cornwall, Sir Will.
Wren, Mr. Porter: And all that come are to have
Voices: And they are to meet this Afternoon at Two
of the Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber: and on every
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at Two of the Clock in
the Afternoon, in the Place before mentioned: And to
take into their Consideration all such Matters as shall or
may come in Question, touching Returns, Elections, and
Privileges; and to proceed upon Double Returns, in the
first Place; and to report their Proceedings, with their
Opinions therein, to the House, from time to time. And
all Persons that will question Returns, are to do it in
Fourteen Days next, and so within Fourteen Days after
any new Return shall be brought in. And the said Committee is to have Power to send for Witnesses, Persons,
Papers, and Records, for their Information, And all
Members who are returned for Two or more Places, are
to make their Elections by this Day Three Weeks, for
which of the Places they will serve; provided there be no
Question upon the Return for that Place. And, if any
thing shall come in Question, touching the Return, Election, or Matter of Privilege of any Member, he is to
withdraw, during the Time the Matter is in Debate.
Ordered, That all Members, returned upon Double
Returns, do withdraw, till their Returns be determind.
And then the House adjourned to Three of the
Clock in the Afternoon.
THE House being met, went to wait on his Majesty
at the Banqueting House, to present their humble and
hearty Thanks to his Majesty, for his gracious Speech
and Declaration. And being returned;
Mr. Speaker acquainted the House, That his Majesty
was pleased to return his Answer by the Lord Keeper, to
the Effect following; viz.
Answer to Thanks.
That his Majesty was well pleased with the Thanks of
this House: And that he could repeat no more than what
he had done: but that he would be as good as his Word:
And that he did not doubt, but, with the Assistance of
both Houses, to maintain the Government against all
Rebels and Traitors.