Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 11, 1660-1666. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 15 Caroli Secundi.
DIE Mercurii, decimo octavo die Februarii, 1662, anno Regni Serenissimi Domini nostri Caroli Secundi, Dei Gratiâ, Anglia, Scociæ, Franciæ, et Hib. Regis, Fidei Defensoris, Decimo Quinto. In quem diem præsens hæc Secunda Sessio Parliamenti prorogata suit, teneri et inchoari apud Westm. die et loco prædictis, Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum nomina subsequuntur, præsentes fuerunt:
This Day is the First Day of this Session of Parliament.
L. C J. of the Common Pleas, Speaker.
The Lord Chancellor, by reason of the Want of Health, and Indisposition of Body, could not attend the House this Day: Therefore a Commission was awarded to Sir Orlando Bridgman Baronet, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, signed by the King, and under the Great Seal, to execute that Place in the Absence of the Lord Chancellor. Which Commission was delivered to the Clerk, but not read.
Gentleman Usher's Deputy.
The Lord Great Chamberlain acquainted the House, "That, in regard Sir John Ayton, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, is sick, the King hath commanded Sir Edward Carteret to attend this House in his Place, during the Time of Sir John's Sickness."
His Majesty was present this Day, sitting in His Regal Crown and Robes; the Peers being likewise in their Robes.
The King gave Order to the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to signify to the House of Commons His Pleasure, "That they presently come up, and attend His Majesty with their Speaker."
Who being present, His Majesty made this Speech following:
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I am very glad to meet you here again; having thought the Time long since we parted, and often wished you had been together, to help Me in some Occasions which have fallen out: I need not repeat them unto you ; you have all had the Noise of them in your several Countries, and (GOD be thanked!) they were but Noise, without any worse Effects.
"To cure the Distempers and compose the differing Minds that are yet among us, I set forth my Declaration of the Six and Twentieth of December, in which you may see I am willing to set Bounds to the Hopes of some, and to the Fears of others; of which when you shall have examined well the Grounds, I doubt not but I shall have your Concurrence therein: The Truth is, I am in My Nature an Enemy to all Severity for Religion and Conscience, how mistaken soever it be, when it extends to Capital and Sanguinary Punishments, which I am told were begun in Popish Times: Therefore, when I say this, I hope I shall not need to warn any here not to infer from thence, that I mean to favour Popery. I must confess to you, there are many of that Profession, who, having served My Father and Myself very well, may fairly hope for some Part in that Indulgence I would willingly afford to others, who dissent from us. But let Me explain Myself, left some mistake Me herein, as, I hear they did in My Declaration: I am far from meaning by this, a Toleration or Qualifying them thereby to hold any Offices or Places of Trust in the Government; nay, further, I desire some Laws may be made, to hinder the Growth and Progress of their Doctrine.
"I hope you have all so good an Opinion of My Zeal for the Protestant Religion, as I need not tell you, I will not yield to any therein, not to the Bishops themselves, nor in My Liking the Uniformity of it as it is now established; which, being the Standard of our Religion, must be kept pure and uncorrupted, free from all other Mixtures: And yet, if the Dissenters will demean themselves peaceably and modestly under the Government, I could heartily wish I had such a Power of Indulgence, to use upon Occasions, as might not needlessly force them out of the Kingdom, or, staying here, give them Cause to conspire against the Peace of it.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"It would look like Flattery in Me, to tell you to what Degree I am confident of your Wisdom and (fn. 1) Affection in all Things that relate to the Greatness and Prosperity of the Kingdom: If you consider well what is best for us all, I dare say, we shall not disagree. I have no more to say to you at present, but once again to bid you heartily Welcome."
Which being ended, His Majesty departed the House.
Bill to create Tithes.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for enabling Grants of Tithes, and creating Tithes where none are payable in Kind, to be made to the Parsons and Vicars of the Churches within the Precincts whereof the Lands do lie."
Thanks to the King, for His Speech.
The Lord Privy Seal and the Duke of Bucks were appointed to attend the King, and to give Him Thanks, from this House, for His Gracious Speech; and to desire His Majesty to give Order that it may be printed and published.
Committee of Privileges, &c.
Next, the Names of these Committees which were appointed in the last Session were read, and continued for this Session also; with some Addition of Names, and leaving out some Lords that died since the Prorogation.
Lords Committees appointed to take Consideration of the Customs and Orders of the House, and Privileges of the Peers of the Kingdom and Lords of Parliament; (videlicet,)
Their Lordships, or any Seven; to meet every Monday, at Three a Clock in the Afternoon.
Sub-committee for the journal, &c.
Lords Sub-committees appointed to take Consideration of the Customs and Orders of the House, and Privileges of the Peers of the Kingdom and Lords of Parliament, and to peruse and perfect the Journal Book:
Their Lordships, or any Three; to meet every Saturday in the Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, where they please to appoint, near the Parliament House.
Lord Stourton excused.
The Lord Stourton was excused for being absent, in regard of his ill Health.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Com. Placit. declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem crastinum, videlicet, diem Jovis, 19um diem instantis Februarii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.