DIE Lunæ, 30 die Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
|His Royal Highness the Duke of Yorke.|
Epus. Bath & Wells.
Ds. Thesaurarius Angl.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
L. Great Chamberlain.
Comes St. Albans.
Ds. De Grey.
Ds. Grey de Wark.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Ds. Gerard B.
Ds. Arundell T.
Ds. Butler M. P.
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.