DIE Lunæ, 25 die Novembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
||His Royal Highness the Duke of Yorke.||
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Butler M. P.
His Majesty, sitting in His Royal Throne, adorned with His
Regal Crown and Ornaments (the Peers also sitting in their Robes), gave Command
to the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, to let the House of Commons know, "It
is His Majesty's Pleasure, that they attend "Him presently."
Who being come, with their Speaker; His Majesty made the
His Majesty's Speech.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I told you, in the Beginning of this Session, how much I
had been obliged to keep up My Forces in Flanders; that,
without it, our Neighbours had absolutely despaired; and by this Means,
whatever had been saved of Flanders is acknowledged to be
wholly due to My Interposition. And I shewed you withal, that I had been forced
to employ that Money which had been raised for disbanding those Troops, in the
Continuance of them together; and not only so, but that I had been much more
out of Purse for that Service, a Service by which the Honour and Interest of
the Nation had been so far improved, that, as I was confident no Man would
repine at it; so I did not doubt but you would all be willing to supply
"I have now undergone this Expence so long, that I find it
absolutely impossible to support the Charge any longer; and did therefore think
of putting an End to that Charge, by recalling My Troops with all possible
Speed; who are already exposed to the utmost Extremities of Want and Misery,
being without any Prospect of further Pay, or Subsistence.
"But, whilst I was about to do this, I have been importuned by the Spanish Ministers to continue them a
little longer, until the Ratifications of the Peace be exchanged; without
which, all that hath hitherto been done, they say, will be utterly lost, and
that which hitherto hath been saved of Flanders will
inevitably fall into the Hands of their Enemies.
"And now, between their Importunity to keep up these
Troops, and My own Inability to pay them any longer, I find Myself in great
Difficulties what to resolve.
"If you do not think that the Public Safety may require
their Continuance, I do wish as heartily as any Man, that, for the Public Ease,
they may be speedily disbanded and paid off.
"I have thought fit thus to lay the Matter before you;
and, having acquitted Myself to all the World by asking your Advice and
Assistance, I desire that it may be speedy, and without any Manner of
To convict Popish Recusants, Bill.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the Discovery and
more speedy Conviction of Popish Recusants."
L. Paget takes his Seat.
This Day William Lord Pagett, Chevalier, sat first in Parliament as a Peer; his Writ
of Summons bearing Date the 23th of this Instant November, Anno Tricesimo Regni Domini Regis Caroli Secündi, upon the Decease of William Lord Pagett his Father.
Francklyn against Browne & al D. Norfolk's Servants.
This Day Joseph Francklyn and others
on his Behalf, as also Mr. Cutbert Browne Chaplain, and
Richard Revell Footman, to the Duke of Norff. being summoned to attend, were called in.
Joseph Francklyn, sworn, said, "He
did find a Letter, in Chancery Lane, on Thursday Fortnight in the Morning, directed to the Duke of
Norff. and did open it at a Coffee-house in
Holborne; and afterwards, the same Day, carried it to the
Privy Council; and that, that Night, one who said he was the Duke of
Norfolk's Servant came to him by The
Faulcon on The Banke Side; and told him, "That the
Duke of Norff' Chaplain would speak with him at
The Faulcon Taverne." But he refusing to go, the said
Person told him, "He must go;" and called for a Constable. But then Mr.
Browne the Chaplain came to his House, and asked,
"Whether he found the said Letter, and carried it to the Council?" He owned it.
Upon which, the said Browne told him, "It was ill done,
to shew it in a Coffee-house; it should be of ill Consequence to him; and that
the Devil had not befriended his Servants this Bout."
Christopher Mitchell and
Anne his Wife, sworn, averred, That they heard the said
Words uttered by Mr. Browne the Chaplain."
Then Richard Revell, being examined,
said, "He went to Joseph Francklyn, by the Duke of
Norff' Direction, to enquire about the Letter (but, by
Order of the Duke, to use him with all kind Words, and not to give any
threatening Language); and told him, "The Duke's Chaplain would speak with him
at The Faulcon." But, Francklyn
refusing to go without an Officer, he offered to call for a Constable; but,
before any came, he called Mr. Browne."
Then Cutbert Browne, being examined,
said, "That, having Occasion to go to Southwarke, the
Duke desired him to speak with Francklyn about the
Letter; but remembers not that the Duke gave him any particular Instructions:
That, coming to Francklyn, he asked him, "If he was the
Man that found the Letter directed to the Duke of Norff. and delivered it to the Council?" Francklyn owned it. Upon which, he told him, "It might be of
ill Consequence to the Duke, and not Francklyn;" and
denies the Words, "The Devil has not befriended his Servants this Bout."
Browne & al. reprimanded and dismissed.
Upon Consideration had hereof, the said Cutbert Browne and Richard Revell being
called in again, the Lord Chancellor, by Directions of the House, told them,
That the Lords are of Opinion, "That they had overacted their Parts in this
Business, and not behaved themselves with that Discretion that became them;"
and warned them to be more cautious for the future.
And so they were discharged.
King's Speech to be considered.
The Lord Chancellor moving the House, to take into
Consideration what His Majesty acquainted the House with in His Speech this
Day, "That He hath been desired by the Spanish
Ministers, that the English Troops in Flanders may be continued till the Ratifications of Peace
between Spain and France were
exchanged, concerning which His Majesty desires the Advice of this
After some Consideration had thereof, it is ORDERED, That
the Debate hereof be resumed To-morrow Morning, the First Business.
Collins, L. Tenham's Steward, Leave to look after his
This House being moved, "That John
Collins Junior, of Linsted, in the County of
Kent, Steward to the Lord Tenham
for his Lands, who, being a reputed Papist, and therefore by His Majesty's late
Proclamation (in Pursuance of the Statutes in that Behalf made) confined
within the Compass of Five Miles from his Place of Abode, may have Liberty to
look after the Lord Tenham's Estate, for Preservation of
Part thereof from the Inundation of the Sea:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the said John Collins, as
Steward to the Lord Tenham, be, and is hereby, au thorized and permitted to go and take Care of the Preservation of the Lord
Tenham's Estate in the County of Kent, so as he come not within Ten Miles of the Cities of
London and Westminster, or either
of them: And this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
L. Bellasis' Papers to be restored to him.
Upon Report made by the Marquis of Winchester, from the Lords Committees appointed to examine Persons and Papers for Discovery of the horrid Design against His Majesty's Person
and Government, "That their Lordships have perused all the Papers and Writings
of the Lord Bellasise, now Prisoner in The
Tower, which, being seized, were, by Order of this House, brought and
delivered into the Custody of the Clerk of the Parliaments; and find not
amongst them any Papers and Writings but only such as are of private
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and
Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Papers and Writings may be
delivered to the Lord Bellasise, or such Person or
Persons as his Lordship shall appoint to receive the same; and for so doing,
this shall be a sufficient Warrant.
To John Browne Esquire, Clerk of the
Prisoners in the Custody of the Serjeant at Arms to be brought to
The Serjeant at Arms gave the House an Account of what
Prisoners are in his Custody, attached by Order of this House.
It is ORDERED, That they be brought to the Bar at such
Time as William Bedloe may be then present.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamen tum continuandum esse usque in diem Martis, 26um diem
instantis Novembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.