DIE Veneris, 21 die Septembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
|His Royal Highness the Duke of Yorke.
|Ds. Cancellarius Angl.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
Ds. Magnus Camerarius Angl.
Ds. Camerarius Hospitii.
Ds. Berkley de Berk.
Ds. Grey de Wark.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Ds. Gerard de Brand.
Ds. Berkley de Strat.
E. of Aylesbury introduced.
This Day Robert Earl of (fn. *)
Aylisbury was introducted
in his Robes, between the Earl of Bedford and the
Earl of Essex, being likewise in their Robes; the Lord
Great Chamberlain of England and Garter King of
Arms going before.
His Lordship having presented upon his Knee his
Patent of Creation and his Writ of Summons to the
Lord Chancellor, they were delivered to the Clerk of
the Parliaments, who read some of the Preamble of the
Patent; and then the Writ, dated at Westm. the
17th of September, A° 18° Regni Sereniffimi Domini
nostri Caroli Secundi, Dei Gratiâ, Angliæ, Scociæ,
Franc. et Hib. Regis.
Which being done, his Lordship was brought and
placed the lowest upon the Earls Bench.
His Majesty sitting in His Throne, arrayed in His
Regal Robes, the Peers being likewise in their Robes;
the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod was commanded by the King to repair to the House of Commons,
and signify His Majesty's Pleasure, "That they presently attend Him, with their Speaker."
Who being come up, His Majesty made this short
The King's Speech.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I am very glad to meet so many of you together
again; and GOD be thanked for our Meeting together in this Place! Little Time hath passed, since we
were almost in Despair of having this Place left us
to meet in: You see the dismal Ruins the Fire hath
made; and nothing but a Miracle of GOD'S Mercy
could have preserved what is left from the same Destruction. I need make no Excuse to you for dispensing with your Attendance in April. I am confident
you all thanked Me for it. The Truth is, I desire to
put you to as little Trouble as I can; and I can tell
you truly, I desire to put you to as little Cost as is
possible. I wish with all My Heart, that I could
bear the whole Charge of this War Myself, and that
My Subjects should reap the Benefit of it to themselves. But we have Two very great and powerful
Enemies, who use all the Means they can, fair and
foul, to make all the World to concur with them;
and the War is more chargeable (by that Conjunction) than any Body thought it would have been. I
need not tell you the Success of this Summer, in
which GOD hath given us great Success, and no
Question the Enemy hath undergone great Losses.
And if it had pleased GOD to have withheld His late
Judgement by Fire, we had been in no ill Condition.
"You have given Me very large Supplies for the
carrying on the War. And yet I must tell you, if I
had not, by anticipating My own Revenue, raised a
very great Sum of Money, I had not been able to
have set out the Fleet this last Spring: And I have
some Hopes, upon the same Credit, to be able to pay
off the great Ships as they come in. You will consider what is to be done next, when you are wellinformed of the Expence. And I must leave it to
your Wisdoms, to find out the best Expedients for
the carrying on this War with as little Burden to
the People as is possible. I shall add no more, than
to put you in Mind that our Enemies are very insolent; and if they were able this last Year to persuade their miserable People, whom they mislead,
that the Contagion had so wasted the Nation, and
impoverished us, that we would not be able to set out
any Fleet, how will they be exalted with this last Impoverishment of this City, and contemn all reasonable Conditions of Peace! And therefore I cannot
doubt but you will provide accordingly."
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, videlicet,
24um diem instantis Septembris, hora decima Aurora,
Dominis sic decernentibus.