DIE Jovis, 18 Februarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. Dunelm. & Ds. Crew.
Epus. Lich. & Cov.
|Ds. Harcourt, Cancellarius.
Comes Oxon. & Mortimer, Thesaurarius.
Comes Dartmouth, Custos Privati Sigilli.
March. Lindsey, Magnus Camerarius.
Comes Poulet, Senescallus.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Howard Escr.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure.
The House was resumed.
Lords take the Oaths.
The Lords following took the Oaths, and made and
subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the
William Earl of Dartmouth, Lord Privy Seal.
Robert Earl Ferrers.
Nathaniel Lord Bishop of Durham.
John Lord Bishop of Litchfield & Coventry.
John Lord Bishop of Landaff.
Thomas Lord Bishop of Chichester.
Charles Lord Bruce.
Henry Lord Herbert.
Charles Lord Halifax.
George Lord Lansdowne.
Then Five of the Lords Commissioners (in their
Robes) being seated on a Form placed between the
Throne and the Woolsack; the Lord Chancellor in the
Middle; with the Lord Treasurer and Lord Steward on
his Right Hand; and the Lord Privy Seal and Earl of
Mar on his Left; commanded the Deputy Gentleman
Usher of the Black Rod to go to the House of Commons, and desire their Attendance in the House of
Who being come;
Sir Thomas Hanmer said:
Sir T. Hanmer, Speaker of H. C. presented, and approved of.
"The Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, of Great
Britain, assembled in Parliament by virtue of Her
Majesty's Writ, and directed by Her Royal Command to proceed to the Choice of a Speaker, have
cast their First hasty Nomination upon One of the
most unworthy of their Number; commanding me to
present myself to Her Majesty, as the Person they
have hitherto thought of calling to that Service.
"It is an Honour and a Duty which no good Subject
ought to decline, who could hope so to acquit himself
in that Station as to be instrumental to the public
Service, and to the great Ends of Her Majesty's Government: But the Trust is so important, and the
Task so difficult, that none should presume to undertake it without Abilities sufficient for the due Discharge of it.
"The many Imperfections I am conscious of in Myself, make me justly apprehend the great Prejudice
which the Business of Parliament would receive from
my weak Performances, in a Station upon which the
good Dispatch of it does very much depend. And
therefore, from this unadvised Step of the House of
Commons (which I hope is the only One they will be
guilty of), I must make my humble Appeal to the
Throne, the last Resort of Justice, where the Errors
of all inferior Judgements are reversed; and I desire,
with all Duty, to offer my Petition to Her Majesty,
that, for Her own Service and Satisfaction, for the
better Success of those arduous and urgent Affairs
which have induced Her to call this Parliament, and
for the Honour of the House of Commons, She will
be pleased to order them to re-consider this their Resolution; and to come again, prepared to present some
other Person to Her Majesty, more worthy of their
Choice, and of Her Royal Acceptance and Approbation."
Then the Lord Chancellor said:
"Sir Thomas Hanmer,
"The Queen could expect no less, from an House of
Commons composed of so many dutiful and affectionate Subjects, whose Interest in their Country is an
unquestionable Pledge of their true Concern for it,
than the Choice of a Person for their Speaker equally
qualified for that important Trust, by a just Regard
for Her Prerogative, and an hearty Zeal for the Welfare of Her People: She commands us, Sir, to tell
you, that, on both these Accounts, their Choice of
you to be their Speaker is acceptable to Her; and
therefore that She approves and confirms it."
Then Mr. Speaker said,
"Whatever other Failings belong to me, there shall
be no Defect in my Obedience to Her Majesty: And
since She is graciously pleased to think me worthy of
these Commands, it is my Duty to endeavour to make
myself as little unworthy of them as I can.
"The Sincerity of my Intention, and my Zeal for
Her Majesty's and the Public Service, will be sure to
guard me from all wilful Errors; and as I rely upon
Her Majesty's great Goodness for the pardoning my
involuntary Mistakes, so I will comfort myself yet
farther with this Hope, that the Wants and Impersections of One of the meanest of Her Subjects can
never be of Moment enough to interrupt the signal
Prosperity of Her Reign, or do any considerable Prejudice to the Public Affairs, whilst Her great Wisdom
presides and watches over them.
"Under these Encouragements, I will, with all Diligence, and according to the best of my Abilities,
apply myself to the Discharge of this great Trust;
and I shall account myself happy, if, in so public
a Post, I may be able to give any more open and apparent Proofs of that Loyalty and Fidelity to Her
Majesty's Person and Government, and that Love and
Value for the Constitution and Liberties of this Kingdom, which, in my private Station, as a Subject and
an Englishman, I have always proposed to myself as
the Rule of my Actions.
"In Pursuance therefore of my Duty, and as the
First Act of that Trust which I am commanded to undertake, I beg Leave, by Way of humble Petition to
Her Majesty, in the Name of the Commons of Great
Britain, to lay Claim to all their ancient and accustomed Rights, Privileges, and Immunities; particularly,
"That, for the better Attendance upon the public
Service, they and their necessary Servants may
be free, in their Persons and Estates, from all
Arrests, Suits, and Molestations.
"That they may be allowed Freedom of Speech
in their Debates.
"That, upon all Occurrences of Moment, and at
Times convenient to Her Majesty, She will be
pleased to vouchsafe them Access to Her Royal
"And that all their Proceedings may be free from
Misconstruction, and receive the most favourable Interpretation."
Then the Lord Chancellor said,
"We are commanded by Her Majesty, to assure you
of Her Support in the Discharge of your Duty; and
to let you know, that Her Majesty is graciously
pleased to grant to the House of Commons all the
Privileges you ask in their Name, as fully as they have
been at any Time granted by Her Majesty, or any of
Her Royal Predecessors."
Then the Commons withdrew.
And the House adjourned during Pleasure, to unrobe.
The House was resumed.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Martis, vicesimum tertium diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima
Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.