Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 13, 1675-1681. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Lunæ, 30 die Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
E. of Marlborough takes the Oaths.
This Day William Earl of Marlborough took the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and made and subscribed the Declaration, in Pursuance of the Act for the more effectual preserving the Person of His Majesty and His Government, by disabling of Papists from fitting in either House of Parliament.
His Majesty, sitting in His Royal Throne, adorned with His Regal Crown and Ornaments, (the Peers being in their Robes) commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to signify to the House of Commons His Majesty's Pleasure, "That they attend Him presently."
Who being come, with their Speaker; His Majesty made a Speech to this Effect, to both Houses:
His Majesty said, "That it is with great Unwillingness that He is come to tell them, that He intends to prorogue them. All of them are Witness that He hath not been used well; the Particulars of which He will acquaint them with at a more seasonable Time: In the mean Time, He will immediately enter upon the Disbanding of the Army; and so do what He can for the Good of the Kingdom, and Safety of Religion: That He will prosecute the Discovery of the Plot, to find out the Instruments of it; and He will take all the Care that is in His Power, to secure the Protestant Religion as it is now established."
He said, "He had no more to say to them; but leave it to the Lord Chancellor to prorogue them, as He had commanded him."
Then the Lord Chancellor said, "It is His Majesty's Pleasure, That this Parliament be prorogued to the Fourth Day of February next: And this Parliament is prorogued to the Fourth Day of February next."
Hitherto examined, this 7th Day of January, 1678, by us,
Anglesey, C. P. S.
North & Grey.