Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Sabbati, 24 die Januarii, 1673.
A BILL for Continuance of Two former Acts, to prevent Thefts and Rapine upon the Northern Borders of England, was read the Second time.
Resolved, &c. That this Bill be committed to Sir John Otway, Colonel Kirkby, Sir Trevor Williams, Mr. Stockdale, Lord Ogle, Sir George Reeve, Mr. Hobby, Sir Robert Carre, Sir John Knight, Sir Will. Doyley, Mr. Newport, Sir Edm. Jenings, Lord Morpeth, Colonel Birch, Mr. Collingwood, Sir Charles Harbord, and all that serve for the Counties of Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmerland, and Durham: And they are to meet on Tuesday next, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber: And to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
A Bill against Moor-burning in several of the Northern Counties, was read the First time.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be read the Second time.
Duty on Law Proceedings.
Mr. Sacheverell reports from the Committee appointed to peruse the Act for imposing a Duty upon Proceedings at Law, That the Committee had met, and agreed upon a Bill for the better Explaining a Clause in that Act, ascertaining the Duty: Which he opened; and delivered in at the Clerk's Table.
Message to attend the King.
A Message from his Majesty, by Sir Edward Carteret, Usher of the Black Rod.
His Majesty 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 King's Speech reported.
Mr. Speaker reports, That, because he would not trust his Memory, His Majesty had been pleased to deliver to him His Speech in Writing: Which he read to the House; which is as followeth; viz.
My Lords and Gentlemen,
AT the Beginning of this Session I told you (as I thought I had Reason to do), That the States General had not yet made Me any Proposals which could be imagined with Intent to conclude, but only to amuse.
To avoid this Imputation, they have now sent me a Letter by the Spanish Ambassador, offering Me some Terms of Peace, upon Conditions formerly drawn up, and in a more decent Style than before.
It is upon this that I desire your speedy Advice: For, if you shall find the Terms such as may be embraced, your Advice will have great Weight with Me: And if you find them defective, I hope you will give Me your Advice and Assistance, how to get better Terms.
Upon the whole Matter, I doubt not but you will have a Care of My Honour, and the Honour and Safety of the Nation, which are now so deeply concerned.
His Majesty's Speech, relating to the Letter and Articles prepared on the Behalf of the Dutch, in order to a Peace: And
Mr. Secretary Coventry having acquainted the House, that he had Command from his Majesty to communicate and deliver in Copies thereof, translated, to the House; which Mr. Speaker having read to the House; and Mr. Secretary having afterwards delivered in Copies of Memorials from the Spanish Ambassador, and his Majesty's Answer; which were also read by Mr. Speaker;
Entry of Papers suspended.
Ordered, That the Entrance of these Papers, delivered in by Mr. Secretary Coventry in the Journal, be suspended till the House give further Direction.
Resolved, &c. That the Consideration of his Majesty's Speech be adjourned till Monday Morning, Ten of the Clock.
And then the House adjourned till Monday Morning, Nine of the Clock.