Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Wednesday, 2d May, 1660.
Message from Lords.
A MESSAGE from the Lords by Mr. Rich and Mr. Eltonhead, Masters of Chancery;
Mr. Speaker, We are commanded by the Lords to wait upon you, and to acquaint you with a Vote of the Lords; whereby they have nominated and appointed the Earl of Manchester to be one of the Commissioners for the Great Seal of England; and their Desire is, that the House of Commons will concur with them therein.
The Messengers were again called in; and Mr. Speaker gave them this Answer;
Gentlemen, the House have considered of the Message; and have commanded me to return you this Answer; That they will return Answer to their Lordships Message by Messengers of their own.
Answer to King's Letter.
Mr. Holles reports from the Committee an Answer to the King's Majesty's Letter; which he read in his Place, and after brought the same up to the Clerk's Table, and there the same was read by the Clerk in Parts; and the first Paragraph being read, was, upon the Question, agreed unto; and the next Paragraph being read, was, upon the Question, agreed unto; and the next Paragraph being read, and the Word "Our" being omitted, was, upon the Question agreed unto; and the next Paragraph, being read, was, upon the Question, agreed unto: and the next Paragraph being read, was, upon the Question, agreed unto; and the next Paragraph being read, and instead of these Words "In the mean Time," these Words, viz. "For the present"; and in the Stead of these Words, "Your Majesty's View," these Words, viz. "Your Majesty," being inserted, was, upon the Question, agreed unto; and the next Paragraph being read, and the Word "the" instead of the Word "that" being inserted, was, upon the Question, agreed unto; and the Conclusion, being read, and the Word "All" being omitted, was agreed unto.
Resolved, &c. That this be the Superscription of the said Letter; viz.
"To the King's most Excellent Majesty."
Ordered, &c. That Sir Walter Earle, Sir Anthony Irby, Mr. Annesley, Mr. Turner, be added to the Committee appointed Yesterday to peruse the Entries in the Journal Book of this House weekly.
Address from the Army.
His Excellency the Lord General acquainted the House with an Address made to him by the Officers of the Army, which was intituled, "The humble Address of the Officers of your Excellency's Army, in the Name of themselves and their Brethren, as it was presented to his Excellency the Second Day of May, 1660, by us whose Names are subscribed;" and the same was read.
Member to go to the King.
Resolved, &c. That Dr. Clergis, a Member of this House, have the Leave of this House to go to the King with the Lord General his Letter, in Answer of that from his Majesty to his Excellency.
Sir J. Greenville thanked, &c.
Resolved, &c. That Sir John Greenville, who brought his Majesty's Letter to this House, be called into the Bar of this House to receive the Thanks of this House.
Resolved, &c. That Five hundred Pounds be bestowed by this House on Sir John Greenville, who brought so gracious a Letter from the King's Majesty to this House, to buy him a Jewel, as a Testimony of the Respects of this House to him, and a Badge of Honour, which this House thinks fit to place upon him.
Ordered, That the Council of State do take care that the Five hundred Pounds be forthwith paid to Sir John Greenville, out of the Contingencies of the Council.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords by Mr. Rich and Mr. Eltonhead, Masters of Chancery;
Mr. Speaker, We are commanded by the Lords to acquaint this House, that the Lords have appointed a Committee of Eight Lords to join with a Committee of this House, to consider of an Answer to his Majesty's gracious Letter and Declaration; and to prepare some Things, in order to what was mentioned at a Conference Yesterday.
The Messengers being again called in, Mr. Speaker gave them this Answer:
Gentlemen, This House hath considered of your Message from the Lords; and will forthwith return an Answer to the Lords by Messengers of their own.
Message to Lords.
Ordered, That Sir Henry Cholmley do go to the Lords, and communicate to the Lords the King's Letter sent to this House; and that they have given an Answer thereunto; and to desire them to return the said Letter again: And also to acquaint the Lords, that this House hath concurred with the Lords in their Vote touching the fundamental Government of this Kingdom.
King's Letter to the City.
Alderman Robinson informs the House, that he was commanded by the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of London, to acquaint this House, that they have received a Letter and Declaration from the King's Majesty, by the Hands of the Lord Viscount Mordent and Sir John Greenville; and they desire the Leave of this House to return an Answer to the said Letter.
The said Letter was read, and was directed, "To Our Trusty and Well-beloved, the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of London."
Resolved, &c. That the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of London, have the Leave of this House to send an Answer to the said Letter from his Majesty.
Message to Lords.
Sir Henry Cholmley reports, that he hath delivered the Message of this House to the Lords, according to the Command of this House.