Thursday, April 17.
The House was informed, That the Sheriffs of the City of
London attended at the Door, to present a Petition to the House (fn. 1) .
[Debate on their being called in.]
Col. Birch.] I move that they may be called in; it
is a respect that was never denied to the City of London, which has been so useful to the Government.
Sir Edward Seymour.] According to usage of Parliament, they ought not to be called in. Have they
not their Representatives here ? If it be a private business, you ought not.
Mr Sacheverell.] I am not of Opinion that there are
any such practices in the City as Gentlemen talk of
Though I like not very well the Change that has been
lately made there in the Militia, nor the Bill to vacate
the Judgment against their Charter. I will never
be for them that would not stand with them for justifying their Liberties. You do the Corporation no
good by reversal of their Judgments. Instead of relieving them, you put them into a worse state than before their Charters. I am for giving them their just
Rights, and no more.
Sir John Lowther.] The Debate is wholly irregular.
To talk of Bills not brought in—I never heard that a
Petition was delivered to the House, but was first opened, to see whether it was fit for you to receive;
for sometimes you have rejected Petitions. The last
time you refused one from the City of London, because it was not opened. This is a matter that may
create heats by dividing us, of the most dangerous
consequence. In all Companies, they talk of our Divisions, that they will ruin us. If it be as People
talk, it is a Petition for a Bill to establish their own
Rights. No Act enjoins the Mayor and Aldermen
to petition, and nobody else. Consider the consequence of such a Petition to the Nation. Who shall
you gratify by this but your Enemies ? Pray go to
the Order of the Day.
Sir Henry Capel.] A Bill has been prepared, and read,
about their Privileges, and they may take notice of it.
If the change of the Lieutenancy in the City has been
a misfortune, this is the Place for it to be heard in,
composed, and reconciled. I will not interfere in the
Order of the Day, but beg all encouragement possible to the City. We know not where to have the Money, but in the compass of the City of London; therefore, pray, put no discouragement upon them, but call
Sir Thomas Clarges.] It is proper, now the Petition is
opened, to consider whether you will receive it, or no ?
Pray let me put you in mind how you are used in this matter. The Motion is, to restore the City to its ancient
Liberties, but you order a Bill to vacate the Judgment, and it is ordered to be read a second time. When
you were at your Devotions (the Fast-Day) no Day
would serve their turn for a Common Council, but
that Day. You were told of a great Change in the
City Militia; but I think, the King could not go
with any security out of London, without that Change
of the Lieutenancy. I remember, and sadly, what
they did in Charles I's. time, and the consequences. I
am loth to give the Petition the name it deserves, and I
would not have it read.
Sir Thomas Lee.] I am one of those who were always
of Opinion, that just so much is due to London, and
no more, as to every little Corporation in England;
"That they have Right to petition, either by themselves, or their Members, at this House;" and we cannot deny them, if they come in that due measure, and
decency, as they ought. If the matter be what they
ought not to petition, they are in your hands. I know
nothing of the Alterations in London; but I take it for
very fortunate, that the Judges have their Places now
Quamdiu se bene gesserint; I should be afraid else the
old ones would come in. I hope those who are the
Advisers of the King's Change of the Officers will take
care, if this Change be not good, that it shall be
altered; if those Judges should come into their Places
that have done ill. If the County of Buckingham should
send a Petition, I hope you will receive it.
Mr Harcourt.] It seems, that this Petition is framed
rather at a Cabal, than from the City; and not only
brought in by the Sheriffs, but against the very Act of
the Members of the House.
Sir Robert Howard.] I shall not enter upon complimenting the City, nor upon particular Respects, but
your Duty in respect of yourselves. I know not how
the Common Council is become a Cabal now; it was a
good Cabal, when the King desired 100,000l, and they
sent him 200,000l. I have a respect for those put in,
and for those put out; but you must not be led on
thus: Since some of Mr Cornish's and Lord Russel's
Jury, Murderers, had the power of the Sword in their
Hands; those put out, I believe, are remote from a
Common-wealth—To refuse this Petition is one of the
sharpest things that ever was. Was not Oxford Petition, between the first and second reading of a Bill,
read ?—This would be a Favour to encourage the City
to assist; and these very people are not so inconsiderable
a Cabal, if it be one. If a Member be so affixed to a
Town, or a Place, what does he here, if he be not for
the Public ? Pray be pleased to admit the Petition;
if it be not fit for you, throw it out. Nobody knows
yet what it is; and it will be strange to receive Oxford
Petition, and throw out this.
Sir John Parsons.] I will not call it "a Cabal;" but
several Aldermen were not called to the CommonCouncil, and particularly I was one.
Col. Austen.] I tell you why I would not be too strict
in observing Days. Deeds of Charity may be done on
that Day as well as others. When you have occasion
to use those Gentlemen of the City, do not anger them.
(Some laughed.) I cast my eye upon those that carry
their pleasure of ridiculousness upon me, which I despise. Pray consider, whether you will not have occasion for Money.
Mr Coningsby.] That Question puts me upon another;
Whether those Gentlemen will lend ? I hope there are
no Murderers in the Lieutenancy of London; and I hope
those that will not qualify themselves, will be turned out.
The Petition was opened by
Sir Robert Clayton.] (But he had not the Petition in
his hand; which was against Order.) I am not versed
in the Laws, but I know none "That my Lord Mayor
and the Aldermen should bring the Petition themselves
to the Parliament." They ought to be delivered by
Members of the House. Every Member here serves
for all England.
Sir Edmund Jennings.] I know none put in nor out
of the Lieutenancy, but, I believe, on good consideration. The Gazettes were stuffed with Addresses to
King James, to stand by him in the Dispensing Power
with Lives and Fortunes: Quakers, Anabaptists,
Presbyterians, and other Sects; they either stood by
King James, or assisted him. If they did it, or did not
assist the present King, what security can the Government have from them, that either opposed this King,
or forsook King James ? They are fit to be put out
not only of Civil but Military Employment. The King
did not understand the Constitution of the Government, when he came in; but, since, he knows who
are fit to be employed, and that these Men put in
[The Question being put, That the Sheriffs of the City of
London be called in, it passed in the Negative, 215 to 166.
The House then adjourned to Monday.
April 21, Omitted.]
Tuesday, April 22.
The Bill for reversing the Judgment, in a Quo Warranto,
against the City of London, was read a second time.
Sir Robert Clayton.] I am of Opinion, with those
that think this to be of great concern to be settled, in
order to that, to lay our Hands and Heads to work.
I would obviate all scandal laid on the City of London,
by this Petition, that you have rejected, as not well
obtained. The Common-Council ordered a Bill to be
proposed to present to the House; they did this on
Tuesday in the afternoon. They summoned a Council,
by which a Committee was impowered to draw a Petition to present to the House. As to summoning the
Council, the Lord Mayor assures the House they had
due Summons. Sir John Parsons told you, "he had
no Summons:" Another, Mr Perry, tells you of a nephew of his that had no Summons. Parsons orders
all his Summonses to be left at a Goldsmith's, and his
Summons was left accordingly; and the Officer made
Oath that Persons never called for it. The Wards
were summoned by printed Tickets, and there are Witnesses at the Door, to prove a regular Summons to every
Man. I cannot discover the least in their intention of
surprize. If the House will have farther satisfaction,
the Witnesses are at the Door. The Committee
would have gone farther, if they had had Power. I
take leave to offer you my thoughts, where the Bill is
defective: There is no Provision, that the Companies
shall be restored; nor Provision to indemnify those that
acted under the New Charter; nor any for the Magistracy of the City. I hope the prudence of the House
will take care of that. If the Magistrates that were
before, take the same place as formerly, you must have
the same Sheriffs you had before. If all be restored
that were before, you may see King James here again,
if the King go into Ireland.
Mr Papillon.] I must beg pardon if I differ from
Gentlemen. I must speak freely: The Bill is so far
from the Title, that it is against the thing. There
were great endeavours to take away all the Privileges
of the City: Soldiers were drawn up in Guildhall. This
was before the Judgment upon the Quo Warranto. As
this Bill is penned, you confirm all that was done before, instead of restoring the Privileges. I move, that
you will enquire into what ancient Privileges the City
had before by the Judgment and Quo Warranto they
were taken away.
Sir John Guise.] I would know, whether you do not
confirm that Election of Sheriffs, by which they lost all
their Liberties ? Will you confirm all these actions ?
You are told, "This was a Cabal that framed the Petition;" but we do not find but that they had legal Summons. They desire one thing, and you do another:
They desire to be heard by Counsel to the Bill; and
that is made a ridiculous thing. You deny nobody
Counsel to be heard in the like case. I am not against
the Commitment of the Bill; but a great many things
are to be thought of; and I hope you will take such
consideration and steps, as wise men ought to think of,
and not lay imputations upon People of a Commonwealth. Those who spread such Reports betwixt the
King and his People, are criminal; and this is not a
time to make such difference. I would enquire from
whence this came. Affix some time for the City of
London to be heard by Counsel.
Mr Dolben.] I would commit the Bill, upon Debate
of the House. The Committee did not take upon them
to insert a Clause for the Corporation of Companies;
therefore I desire it may be Instructions to the Committee, &c.
Sir Thomas Vernon.] The Committee of CommonCouncil had not power to insert any thing in the Bill,
in order to the Companies. There is one thing to be
provided for, that all Freemen may be confirmed.
Livery-men paid, some twenty, some twenty-five
pounds for it. That that may be confirmed, I would
have part of the Instructions to the Committee.
Mr Foley.] I find a Clause in the Bill that confirms
Leases made upon valuable Consideration. I cannot
tell what "valuable Consideration" may be. I would
have it, "That what Leases are made may be redeemed as Mortgages." I suppose it is not the design of
the House to restore those to their places, who have
lost them because they would not swear to the Government: That is not for the King's interest, nor the
City's. 'Tis intimated, that this Bill will restore Sir
Dudley North and Sir Peter Rich to be Sheriffs (fn. 2) . I
know not how the House will come up to that. I think
Rich has lost his Alderman's place; and, notwithstanding disability of Places, by this Bill they are restored.
I would have them restored to the Rights they had
before the Judgment against the Charter, and that
their Counsel may be heard at the Committee, or at the
Bar of the House.
Sir Christopher Musgrave.] If the Bill be strait, 'tis
through default of the Order from the CommonCouncil to the Committee. The House thought not
fit to go into the Sea of the ancient Rights of the City,
but they were immediately before the Judgment against
the Charter. There might be ill practices, but the
Right was theirs. You are told of the restiveness of
some to take the Oaths; those are not fit to come into
Employment: But I have heard that Sir John Holt
and Sir Henry Pollexsen drew this Bill, at the great
Charge of the City: I wonder at it, if the City had a
mind to have these men restored. You are not taking
away any thing from the City; they would have you
restore them to what was their ancient Rights.
Col. Austen.] I would have it part of the Instructions to the Committee, "That those who have not
acknowleged the Government, should not be restored
by this Bill."
Col. Birch.] As to persons qualified, or unqualified,
I shall say nothing; but as to all other fears and
misunderstandings amongst us, there wants but one,
viz. a misunderstanding betwixt the City and us. To
prevent this misunderstanding is the reason of my
standing up. If the City and you are of a-piece, there
is no Fear; but, for unqualified persons to be restored !
—And, on the whole matter, there may be something
more they would have than they say. I would give
leave for Counsel to be heard, &c.
Mr Finch.] You are moved to commit the Bill, and
that they should be heard by Counsel: I agree to both;
and, I hope, to a Committee of the whole House. I
always observe that, when there is Counsel to some
one point of the Bill, the Objection is of great weight:
It is, Whether this Bill does restore the City to their
ancient Privileges ?
[Resolved, That the Bill be committed to a Committee of
the whole House; and that Counsel be heard upon the said
Bill, to such Points as the House shall direct.
April 23 (fn. 3) Omitted.]
Thursday, April 24.
[Counsel attended on the above Bill.]
Sir Edward Seymour.] I would know of them, for
whom they do appear, and to what they would be
Serjeant Thompson, one of the Counsel.] I appear on the
behalf of several Citizens of London. I have not particular
Directions from my Lord Mayor; and, without your Directions, I know not what Point to speak to. He withdrew.
Sir William Pulteney.] This Bill from London, &c.
is not a General Bill, but a Private Bill; and to it any
person may be heard by his Counsel. This is such a
reverse from Thompson, to tell you, "He has no Particulars to speak to," that you know not what to do.
The Speaker.] They that desire to be heard, must
tell you to what they would be heard.
Sir Christopher Musgrave.] If the Counsel were not
instructed from the City, without doubt they would
not be here. It was formerly opened, "That the
Citizens had some Points to be heard to;" therefore I
would know to what Points they are. Instructed,
without doubt, they are; and they must not quibble
upon your Order; though I could wish it had been
Mr Roberts.] I would have the Counsel called in,
to tell you who are their Clients.
Sir John Guise.] I am afraid this is a kind of censure on your Members, that they say nothing to what
the Counsel should be heard to. Upon occasion, the
last Parliament, a stop was put to a Petition from the
City, because it was not signed (fn. 4) . They signed it,
and you received it (fn. 5) . When I hear it is a business
so considerable, I would willingly know the Points they
are to speak to; and, I believe, if they are called in,
they will tell you.
Sir Jonathan Jennings.] I remember, last Parliament,
Sir Robert Clayton delivered you a Petition, and that
Member went out again to have it signed. (And gives
a long Narrative.)
Sir Thomas Lee.] I had thoughts, after Jennings's
long discourse, that he would have told you of a Petition now; but here is no Petition before you, as there
was then; and so you are to call in Counsel.
Sir John Thompson.] Every body values their respects
as they please, and the City may employ their Representatives as they please. (Reflecting.) This seems as
though we were trying how to get off from our
Sir Thomas Vernon.] I will give the House some account why the Common-Council had not made application to us [the Aldermen] with the Perision, If we
were to make a Motion for a Bill, they would see it.
Some days after, the Bill being brought to us, we would
read it Paragraph by Paragraph; but they would not
suffer it to be read, either in the whole, nor Paragraph
by Paragraph. 'Tis true, the Common-Council are
chosen by the Wards, but we are by the City, which
is far the better part of the City.
Mr Harcourt.] If you call in the Counsel, I would
ask them, to which Points they will speak ? If they
think that what is lost of their Privileges is not sufficiently confirmed by this Bill; if the Judgment is not
sufficiently reversed, you may hear them to that Point.
Mr Papillon.] However the Order is worded, I
believe it was the intent, to know what the City has
to move; and the House is to consider what to allow.
You are told, by Vernon, "That he is chosen by the
City of London;" but I think not so. There is his
and my Opinion.
Sir Edward Seymour.] Which of the Opinions of
these two Members you will support, I leave to you.
The Business you intend is, to settle the Peace and Security of the City, that you may settle yours the better.
Petitioning here is specious, but in Public Bills never
heard of; but, for private Bills, if you are going about
to take from them, they tell you what. I would have
them speak out, whether they aim not at more Privileges than they had before. Perhaps, in the Lieutenancy, that did not satisfy that Gentleman's Opinion,
nor that Gentleman. I would thank the King for the
Change, and desire him to go on farther in it (fn. 6) . Here
the Interest of England is met together to be determined, and if rolling in uncertainties, you will never be
safe. Every body sees through this; those that should
have been assisting to inform the King, are as useless
to the King in his Council, as those in the Lieutenancy.
I would not only thank the King for the Change, but
desire that he will please to go on to settle the Kingdom on that foundation.
Col. Birch.] I think you are gone a little out of the
way. Pray look back, and see where the Debate begins, viz. "That the Bill is inconsistent with what
would be maintained of the City-Liberties." Call the
Counsel in, and we shall understand one another.
Sir Thomas Clarges.] I think no Debate improper
for the House of Commons, for the public safety.
Sir Thomas Lee.] (Calls him to Order) He knows the
Order comes from the Chair, when there is any Controversy. No doubt what concerns safety is always
seasonable, though not regular. The Question is, calling in the Counsel.
Sir Thomas Clarges.] When in a Debate any thing
has happened acceptable to the House, and what is
necessary to be presented, I would address the King
to settle the Militia of London in the hands of Persons
affected to the Monarchy.
The Speaker.] The proper Question is for calling
in the Counsel, unless you wave that Question.
The Counsel was called in.
The Speaker.] The House has commanded me to
know of you, to what point of the Bill you object ?
Mr Serjeant Thompson.] A Quorum of the Committee of
the Common Council retained me. They acquainted me
with the Order of the House to what matter I should direct
myself. They would not alter the Bill but in one matter—
The design of the Bill is to restore the City to all the Privileges they had, either by Act of Parliament, or Prescription.
As necessary to that, some Companies cannot be restored so
effectually, unless restored by Name; and several other things
are not proper to mention, till I have your direction. I have
the Heads of several Clauses to offer, if you please.
Then he enumerated the Heads of the Bill, &c.
Sir Edward Seymour.] The Bill is before you, and
you have heard Counsel, and now they make no exceptions against it, but they present you with additions
something more than before the Quo Warranto. Upon
London depends a great deal of the security of the Nation; therefore it is not fit to be independent on the
rest of the Nation. A great many of those particulars,
that Thompson desires may be added, are very fit to be
done, but not for us to do. We must leave that where
it is proper. I would proceed upon the Bill to make
it useful to them, but leave other things to a more proper hand.
Sir Thomas Lee.] It is as just what they ask by addition, as the reversing of the Judgment. That of the
Companies is just. It was London that brought resigning of Charters in fashion all over England, and it con
sists with Justice to have those restitutions made, which
the Bill does not reach. I know not why those small
Corporations of the Companies should not be provided
for, as well as the rest.
Sir Thomas Clarges.] That point offered by Thompson, of my Lord Mayor's adjourning or dissolving the
Common Council, without their consent, puts me in
mind of sad thoughts. They had their Precedent
from the Long Parliament of 1641. I hope you will
not consent that they shall be so much as heard upon
Sir Joseph Williamson.] Counsel is fit to be heard to
points of Law. Several of these things desired by
them are perfectly new, Rights of Grace, and Favour.
I wonder that Body should offer you Heads so destructive to Trade, being men of so great experience in
Trade. If we are about new Privileges for London, I
submit it to you, whether they ought to begin here;
they ought to be granted from the King, and have
confirmation here; that would be most proper, and
you need not call in Counsel again as to that point.
Sir Edward Seymour.] I will make you a short Proposition to terminate in something. If you please, before you go upon a particular Head, come to some general Resolutions; whether you will give new Privileges to London, or restore them to their old. Come
to some easy and quick dispatch, and put a general
Sir Christopher Musgrave.] If they have their ancient Privileges, by Act of Charter, let them have
them, but these Charters are not before us, and we
know not what we do. We are not taking them away, only putting them in the condition they were
before, and pray let us have that Question. I think
they are not their Privileges, because they desire them.
As to the Preamble, I never heard that Counsel was
to be heard, for an Act may be without a Preamble.
Sir John Lowther.] I cannot agree to the Motion. It
is of dangerous consequence, that you should grant
new Privileges, which is always understood to be the
Right of the Crown; and I doubt not, but the King
will be as bountiful as his Predecestors, if the City apply to him. I hope you will not take the power from
the King, to gratify them by extraordinary ways. Let
the Question be, "That you will not grant any new
Privileges to the City of London."
Sir Thomas Lee.] When the Counsel were called in,
they proposed new Heads to the Bill, which seems to
be conditions to the Bill. Some Gentlemen say, "They
would have them Head by Head;" others, "They
would not grant new Privileges." I am not for it; it
may be dangerous. I am for the Rights of the Crown
as well as of the City, but rather I would have them from
the Crown, than from a favourite. I would not have
new Privileges neither. Some you must grant them,
of no prejudice to you, but advantage to them. Let
the Question be general, and the Committee may be
left free as to Offices. Let the Question be, "Whether you will hear Counsel any farther ?"
[The Question for hearing the Counsel passed in the Negative, as did also that for Adjourning, 214 to 144.]
On the King's Change of the Lieutenancy of London.
Sir Thomas Clarges.] By this Example of the Change
of the Lieutenancy of London, the King has a great
care of us; and I hope he will do the same all England
over; and I move you to thank him.
Mr Papillon.] I must not jest with myself, though I am
a Citizen, but I know not who these persons are that
you thank him for. I know not the Names of a
fourth, or a half of them; they may be obnoxious to
the Church of England, and the Government. Such a
Motion as this, after two o'clock, is not for your honour.
Mr Campion.] I am for the Church of England-men
to be employed in this Lieutenancy. I know not
whether it be true or no, but I have heard, that several of them would not take the Oaths to the Government. I would know what this Lieutenancy is, before
I give my consent to thank the King.
Mr Finch.] I think the Gentleman mistakes the
Motion; for the Address to the King is for those in
the Lieutenancy; and those that would not take the
Oaths, are not, by Law, of the Lieutenancy.
Sir Robert Clayton.] I should be glad to understand
the Question, and the Reason of it, (and so gives an
account of the Change of the Lieutenancy in the last Commission) But it is worth your Examination, neither the
ablest nor best men are added. I would examine, whether these persons are worth the favour of this Address
to the King. You will find, that many have had a
hand in the worst things. I am for cementing, not
dividing. Divisions and Parties never did good, nor
ever will, of any Church or Party whatsoever. If you
will give liberty to enquire farther into the Lieutenancy, I believe you will not pass this Vote.
Sir John Lowther.] I am for this, because it will
take away our Divisions. If the King remove me, I
am so conscious to my own abilities, that I shall agree
that I am justly removed; and if they have not given
satisfaction to the Government, I hope they will comply for the future. We have had talk of ill management of Addresses for removal of persons, and
catechising the King. I hope that is gone—I hope he
will have success and encouragement in the farther
methods he shall please to use, and take away all dangerous and factious People, to the full satisfaction of
the Government. If there are such men, they are fit
for removal, and I hope they will be turned out; and
that it will extend to both sides, one as well as the
other, and take away all Divisions for the future.
Mr Foley.] I am afraid we are under a mistake in
this. Some said, they were Church of England-men,
and some not. I have seen a List, and I must observe
many in the Lieutenancy that have had their Hands
in Blood several times over. 'Tis not for the Service
of the Nation to condemn a man upon one Witness.
and one that contradicted himself. Some are there,
who went to congratulate King James after his return,
and the landing of the Prince of Orange. I know
not why you will take so much notice as to give the
King Thanks for these Men. They have chosen one
for Colonel, who would not qualify himself to be
an Alderman, and has appeared, by Force, to controul Elections in the City. I believe, when you
examine, many things will be proved upon these persons; and, I hope, when the House has a full Information of these things, they will not think it for
the Interest of the King and Kingdom, that these men
should be continued.
Sir Samuel Dashwood.] I find, great stress is laid
upon one particular, of persons unqualified. The matter of fact is this: Sir James Smith happened to be
in the Country; and I have heard him aver it, and
solemnly declare, "That he never heard of that Act."
Though the Court of Aldermen did not admit him,
yet they admitted another under the same circumstances. Sir Thomas Allen omitted it solely upon ignorance of the Act. I know many, of great reputation
and honour, of the City, (if I may call it so) and their
Loyalty did manifestly appear, by the great Sums they
sent the King—Be they Churchmen, or not, this particular person is as honest to the King's Interest as any
man in the Lieutenancy.
Sir Robert Howard.] I am of his mind. I would
not shut a man out of the Government, that is willing
to come in, both Clergy and others: I am so far from
taking advantage of Omissions, that I would restore
all. To the Honour of the Privy-Council, it was said
once, "That you were beholden to the lower end of
the Table for taking away the Chimney-Money." I
had no share in that Advice; it was from the King—
But, for an Address to thank the King in general,
there I must say a word. I speak under the shelter of
an Act of Parliament—To ingross Thanks for such
men, for Actions you have marked and judged criminal !——If you go on the method of Thanks for the
Men of the Church of England, I am for that; but,
for Men that have committed Murders (the King not
knowing it;) and you thank Alderman Cornish's and
Lord Russel's Jury—King James took down Cornish's
rotten Quarters, set up there by as rotten a Power—
Pray let this be examined. Let us not ask the King
for that, but for the Church of England—For Acts, that
we ourselves have condemned, that an Act of Parliament has condemned, and all Mankind !
Mr Finch.] Most Gentlemen mean the same thing,
in this Debate: 'Tis not, that the House will thank
the King for twenty or forty People, but for those
who, by their principles and practice, are for the
Church of England. I would have a Question that will
thus take the sense of all men. I would have the King
thanked, "For the great care he has taken of the
Church of England, in the Alteration he has made in
the Militia of London."
Col. Birch.] I did never think, after the experience
I have had, ever to have heard this, and that we are all
agreed to serve the King and Kingdom. In the Parliament of 1660, none abroad durst look the King in
the Face, when the King said, "Let this be called the
healing and blessed Parliament." Not long after this,
one sort of people, who acted in a corner (I know
who they were) made men criminated in most corners
of the Kingdom; this brought us into a low condition. We were taught that Prayers and Tears would
cure us; but they brought Declarations and the Government to Tyranny. Pray let this Address alone,
till we have beaten our Enemies. I protest, if I would
give Advice from t'other side of the water, it should
be this; for Gentlemen to give Thanks for they know
not what. Let us see these Gentlemen (we thank for)
who they are first. I know what they are that stuck
to the King, from Dan to Beersheba. To put the King
into other hands, I am not for it. Examine who these
are, and do not give Thanks hand over head for these
Sir Henry Capel.] If I am not for the Church of
England, I have much forgot whom I am descended
from, that suffered for that Church in the PalaceYard
(fn. 7) . Is it a reasonable thing that the whole Body
of the Parliament should address the King, &c. without satisfaction ? Suppose you make this Address, and
you find those put in are not of the Church of England, and have been of the bloody Juries ? When you
address the King, do you not take every part of his
Speech into consideration, before you draw up your Address ? I never saw the List of this Lieutenancy, but
I have heard an ill character of some of them—I have
seen the Church of England set forwards and backwards, by Lord Clifford, who did head the Declaration;
and here we are set one against another, and all for the
Interest of the Papists. We cannot justify ourselves
to our Country, in this Declaration, if any of these
things alleged happen. Another Parliament will find
fault with this Address, as not consistent with Reason.
Unless there be some other design in it, I move, that
a Committee may make a fair Report of these Persons
in the Lieutenancy, that we may be all unanimous.
Sir Christopher Musgrave.] All unanimously agree
for Thanks to the King, for his encouragement of the
Church of England. Plainly, that is the sole bottom
of his security, to establish the Crown, to countenance
it, and shall not this House take notice of it ? It has
given great satisfaction, in the Country, that the King
has made this Alteration; and shall not the King know
of it ? I hope those of the Council will advise the King
of the sense of so considerable a part of the Nation.
What do the Dissenters terminate in, but a Commonwealth ?
Sir Thomas Littleton.] 'Tis strange to return Thanks
to the King for this Alteration, before we know whether it be an Alteration or no. We are told, "That
the Dissenters are left in the Lieutenancy." I am
one of those that would not make the King a King
of a Party. The Misunderstanding in the Nation, is
not from Church of England-men and Dissenters, but
betwixt Church-men and Church-men, that would
ingross the name of Church-men, to bring in Tyranny,
and persecute all Protestant Churches abroad. Those
that are for having the King universal King of all his
People, will support him in any Tryal; and I doubt
that Tryal is nearer than we are aware of. The
House is not yet so much satisfied as to know the
Names of this Lieutenancy of London. I am not for
the Question, till we know what we are doing.
Sir Edward Seymour.] I made you the Motion that
occasioned this Debate. I hope now I shall propose
something to all your satisfactions. I would address
the King, with Thanks "for his care of the Church of
England, expressed in the Alteration of the Lieutenancy
Col. Birch.] In all these Debates, something starts
of use to the King and Kingdom. I know not who
is for King James, or who for King William——It
grieved my heart to see a Thousand at Church last
Sunday, and not Forty at the Sacrament. He that is
unworthy of the one, I think, is unfit for the other:
'Tis a Fund of Confidence upon one another. Let us
abjure him on the other side of the water; and, instead
of this endless, sleeveless Address, draw up that Abjuration.
Sir Henry Goodrick.] I approve much what has been
moved, that the Address be in general. I hope we
shall avoid going from one extreme to another. (And
reads a Question, for an humble Address to the King, with
Thanks for his Favour to the Church of England; and
that he will please to support it.)
Col. Austen.] I believe the Church of England all
very good Men; and those Tools, or that made themselves so, who congratulated King James's return to
Whitehall, and wept for joy, will you thank the King
in general for these Men ? But, as to thanking the
King for any general kindness done to the Church of
England, I am for it.
Sir John Lowther.] I would neither take notice of
these Mens Merits nor Crimes. But the Interest is
changed; and their Morals are good, whatever their
Principles are. If you stay till all are of a mind, you
will never have Alterations; but if things are comparatively better, 'tis that which we give Thanks for.
Mr Charles Montagu.] If you commend what the
King has done in general, and not in this particular
instance, it will be much more for the King's Honour.
Sir Henry Capel.] It seems to me, that every one is
zealous for the Church of England well established for
this particular place, for London only—The executive
part is always in the Crown; to put out, and put in,
as it pleases: Therefore it will be more safe, and more
for the honour of the Church, and this House, that
there be no Negative for the whole Kingdom. For
the King's care of the Church of England, carry it as
far as you will. Let the Question be general, and
leave out "the Lieutenancy of London."
Mr Ettrick.] I think this House is more able to
advise the King than any where else. What sell from
Capel was, as if the King was about to alter this Lieutenancy—Instead of approving this, you look upon
this as one thing not done for the Church of England.
I fear an Alteration, and I doubt this House may be
thought of that Opinion.
Mr Clarke.] I am as much for the innocent Church
of England-men as any man; but not for the guilty of
innocent blood lately shed. I would therefore leave
out the words "of London," and make the Thanks
[Resolved, That the humble Thanks of this House be presented to his Majesty, for the great care he has expressed of the
Church of England, in the late Alterations he has made in the
Lieutenancy of the City of London.
The words, "in the Lieutenancy of the City of London,"
were retained, 185 to 136.
Resolved, That the whole House do attend his Majesty with
the said Address.]
Exceptions were taken at what sell from Sir William Whitlock.
Sir Thomas Clarges.] I hope we have liberty of speech
to arraign in one Parliament what was done in another.
I wonder that a Gentleman should be called to the
Bar, for what he said about repealing the Habeas Corpus
Act. I did not like the hasty Repeal of that Act, the
last Parliament. We ask Liberty of Speech, of the
King, every Parliament, in a Compliment; but it is a
Right inherent in us.
Mr Harbord.] I am willing to pass by what any
Gentleman says by inadvertency. But pray let us not
lose our Question, "That they that will not make
Renunciation of King James's Title, shall not have the
benefit of the Habeas Corpus Act, nor be capable to
bear any Office." We have been told of "Overloading the Cart;" (by Birch) but I had rather have
nothing in the Cart, than leave the main Load behind.
And I move, that the word "Ecclesiastical Offices"
may be put into the Question.
Sir John Lowther.] 'Tis absolutely necessary, that
this Motion of the Habeas Corpus be put into the Bill
of Abjuration. I know that designs are carried on, to
the destruction of the Government: Therefore I would
have it part of the Instructions to the Committee.
Sir Thomas Clarges.] The Habeas Corpus Act went
backward and forward; and we had sixteen years time to
get it; and now to make a Law to be deprived of that
Law !—Make what Penalties you will; but, in one
Act to repeal another, I know not where the consequence may rest. I value Liberty more than Life, or
Estate: That's my Passive Obedience; I cannot consent to it.
Mr Wharton.] We differ only about words. I say,
"Imprison," as Serjeant Wogan says, "without Bail
or Mainprize," or to be deprived of the Habeas Corpus
Act, is the same thing.
Sir Thomas Lee.] I am as fond of the Habeas Corpus
Act as any body. The Bill against foreign Imprisonment
was lost once, in the Lords House, by one Vote. It
was, when the Liberty of the Subject was inconsistent
with what was to be then done. But this is only Instruction to a Committee, for direction to draw a Bill.
I do it now, upon this particular occasion, now the
King goes away, for the Security of the Government.
But for those that will give no Security, till Ireland be
conquered, 'tis no hurt to your Act of Habeas Corpus.
Sir Christopher Musgrave.] I did not give my consent to repeal the Habeas Corpus Act then: But to give
Instructions to a Committee to repeal a Law, I never
knew; nor is it the usual way, nor method of Parliament. The Blank for the Oath of Allegiance was filled
up by a Committee of the whole House.
Mr Harbord.] If you give a private Member leave to
bring in a Bill to repeal a Law, you may surely trust
a Committee with it.
[Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to prepare and
draw up an Oath of Abjuration of the late King James, that
all Persons, in any Employment or Trust, Ecclesiastical, Civil,
or Military, shall be obliged to take: And that the Committee
do prepare and bring in a Bill for that purpose.
Resolved, That it be an Instruction to the said Committee,
that such Persons as will not take the said Oath, shall be committed, without Bail or Mainprize.