House of Commons Journal Volume 9: 21 March 1681

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Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.

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Parliamentum inceptum & tentum apud Civitatem Oxon' Die Lunæ, Vicesimo Primo Martii, Anno Regni Domini nostri Caroli Secundi, Dei Gratia, Angliæ, Scotiæ, Franciæ, & Hiberniæ Regis, Fidei Defensoris, &c. Tricesimo Tertio, Annoque Domini 1680-1.

Parliament meets.

ON which Day, being the First Day of the Meeting of this Parliament, about Eight of the Clock in the Morning, the Right honourable John Earl of Bridgwater, Henry Earl of Clarenden, Robert Earl of Ailesbury, William Lord Maynard, and John Lord Freschivell, who were deputed by the Right honourable James Duke of Ormond, Lord Steward of his Majesty's Household, to administer the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy to all Persons returned as Members to sit in Parliament, came into the History School (being the Place appointed by them for that Purpose): And the Clerk of the Crown presenting a List of such Members as were returned to serve in this present Parliament; and the Clerk of the House of Commons attending, according to the Duty of his Place; the said Lords did, according to the Power to them given, administer the said Oaths to all the Members who then appeared.

And the Members who were sworn, having taken their Places in the House;

Message to attend the King.

A Message from the King was delivered by Thomas Duppa Esquire, Deputy Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod;

Gentlemen of the House of Commons,

The King commands this honourable House to attend Him immediately in the House of Peers.

And accordingly the House went up to attend his Majesty: Who was pleased, after having made a Speech, to command the Commons to return to their House, and proceed to the Choice of their Speaker.

Mr. Williams chosen Speaker.

And the House being returned from his Majesty, William Williams Esquire, Speaker of the last Parliament, was unanimously chosen by the House for their Speaker in this Parliament; and conducted to the Chair by Two of the Members of the House; and then accepted the said Service of the House.

The House being informed, That his Majesty had appointed To-morrow Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, for the House to present their Speaker;

The House adjourned to Two of the Clock To-morrow in the Afternoon.