DIE Lunæ, 24 die Octobris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
|His Royal Highness the Duke of Yorke.
Epus. St. Asaph.
|Sir Orlando Bridgman, Mil. et Bar. Ds. Custos Magni Sigilli.
Robertus Comes Lyndsey, Magnus Camerarius Angliæ.
Jacobus Comes Brecknock, Senescallus Hospitii Domini Regis.
Edwardus Comes Manchester, Camerarius Hospitii Domini Regis.
Comes St. Albans.
Viscount de Stafford.
|Ds. Arlington, One of the Principal Secretaries of State.
Ds. Arundell de Warder.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Ds. Gerrard de Brandon.
Ds. Howard de Castle Rysing.
Ld. Howard of Castle Rising introduced.
The Lord Keeper acquainting the House, "That His
Majesty hath been pleased to enoble Henry Howard,
by granting a Patent under the Great Seal of England, for creating him Baron of Castle-Rysing; and that
His Majesty hath also granted him a Writ of Summons to this Parliament:"
His Lordship attending their Lordship's Pleasure in the
Lobby, the House directed he should be brought in;
and accordingly he was introduced, between the Lord
Arlington and the Lord Arundell of Warder, the Lord
Great Chamberlain of England conducting them (all in
their Robes), Garter King at Arms going before, and
carrying the Patent and the Writ: And being come to
the Lord Keeper's Woolsack, the said Patent and Writ
being laid thereupon, the Lord Keeper delivered them
to the Clerk of the Parliaments, who brought them to
the Table, and read the Date of the Patent, which
bears Date the 27th Day of March, Anno 21° Domini
Regis Caroli Secundi; and then read the Writ of Summons, dated the 21 of October, Anno 22° Domini Regis
Caroli Secundi; and afterwards his Lordship was seated
at the lower End of the Barons Bench.
Ld. Lovelace take his Seat.
The House being informed, "That, upon the Death
of John Lord Lovelace, His Majesty hath granted a
Writ of Summons to this Parliament to his Son John
Which Writ being read, dated the 21 Day of October,
Anno 22° Domini Regis Caroli Secundi, his Lordship sat
in his due Place.
D. of Monmouth introduced.
The Lord Keeper acquainted the House, "That His
Majesty hath been pleased formerly to grant a Patent
under the Great Seal of England, for creating Sir
James Scott Knight, Baron of Tindall, Earl of Doncaster, and Duke of Monmouth; and he hath now received a Writ of Summons to this Parliament."
His Lordship being attending in the Lobby, the
House commanded he should be called in; and so he was
introduced, in the usual Manner, between the Duke of
Bucks and the Duke of Richmond.
And the Date of the Patent was read, which bears
Date the Tenth Day of February, Anno 15° Domini
Regis Caroli Secundi: And then the Writ of Summons,
dated the 21 of October, A° Domini Regis 22° Caroli
After this, he was conducted and seated in his right
Bill to explain an Act concerning Falmouth Church.
ORDERED, That the Committee for the Bill concerning the Church at Falmouth do meet on Thursday next,
at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon.
Bills of Midd. &c.
ORDERED, That the Committee formerly appointed
to consider of the late Proceedings upon Bills of Midd.
and Latitats, and Ac etiams, do meet on Thursday next,
at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, and proceed
in that Business.
His Majesty being sat in His Royal Throne, arrayed
in His Robes (the Lords being likewise in their Robes),
commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to
give Notice to the House of Commons, "That they
presently attend His Majesty, with their Speaker."
The Commons being come, His Majesty made this
short Speech following; videlicet,
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"My principal Design being the Good of the Kingdom, and believing that will be best provided for
when the Houses are fullest, I thought fit by My Proclamation to summon you all to be here.
"My Lord Keeper will open at large the Particulars
I have to recommend to you at this present; and
what you do, I would have dispatched before Christmas, that you may then have Leisure to return Home,
and that your own domestic Affairs may not suffer
by the Care you take of Me and the Public. You
have given Me so many great Testimonies of your
Zeal and Affection, that it were to do you an Injury
to suspect your Want of Kindness at a Time when
there is so much Need of it; and if you could possibly make any Question of the Value and Love I
have for you, I should think Myself unhappy, since I
have nothing more in My Heart than to give Evidences of it to the whole World."
Then the Lord Keeper spake as follows:
Ld. Keeper's Speech.
"My Lords; and you Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, of the House of Commons;
"When the Two Houses were last adjourned, this
Day (as you well know) was prefixed for your Meeting again. The Proclamation (since issued) requiring
all your Attendances at the same Time, shews, not
only His Majesty's Belief that His Business will thrive
best when the Houses are fullest, but the Importance
also of the Affairs for which you are so called; and
important they are.
"You cannot be ignorant of the great Forces, both
for Land and Sea Service, which our Neighbours of
France and The Low Countries have raised, and have
now in actual Pay; nor of the great Preparations
which they continue to make, in levying of Men,
building of Ships, filling their Magazines and Stores
with immense Quantities of all Sorts of Warlike Provisions.
"Since the Beginning of the last Dutch War, the
French have increased the Number and Greatness of
their Ships so much, that their Strength by Sea is
Thrice as much as it was before; and since the End
of it, the Dutch have been very diligent also in
augmenting their Fleets.
"In this Conjuncture, whilst our Neighbours arm
so potently, even common Prudence requires that
His Majesty should make some suitable Preparations,
that He may at least keep Pace with His Neighbours
(if not outgo them) in the Number and Strength of
His Shipping; for, this being an Island, both our
Safety and our Trade, our Being and our Well-being,
depend upon our Force at Sea.
"His Majesty, therefore, of His Princely Care for
the Good of His People, hath given Order for the fitting out of Fifty Sail of His greatest Ships against the
Spring (besides those which are to be for Security of
our Merchants in The Mediterranean); as foreseeing
that, if He should not have a considerable Fleet
whilst His Neighbours have such Forces both at Land
and Sea, Temptation might be given, even to those
who now seem not to intend it, to give us an Affront
(at least), if not to do us a Mischief.
"To which may be added, that His Majesty, by
the Leagues which He hath made for the common
Peace of Christendom and the Good of His Kingdoms,
is obliged to a certain Number of Forces, in case of
Infraction thereof, as also for the Assistance of some
of His Neighbours in case of Invasion: And His Majesty would be in a very ill Condition to perform His
Part in the Leagues, if (whilst the Clouds are gathering so thick about us) He should (in Hopes that the
Wind would disperse them) omit to provide against
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"Having named the Leagues made by His Majesty, I
think it necessary to put you in Mind, that, since the
Close of the last War, His Majesty hath made several
Leagues, to His own great Honour, and of infinite
Advantage to the Nation: One, known by the Name
of the Triple Alliance, wherein His Majesty, the
Crown of Sweden, and The States of the United Provinces, are engaged to preserve the Treaty at Aix la
Chapelle, concerning a Peace between the Two then
warring Princes; which League produced that Effect,
that it quenched the Fire which was ready to have set
all Christendom on a Flame; and (beside other great
Benefits by it which she still enjoys) gave Opportunity to transmit those Forces against the Insidels, which
would (otherwise) have been embrued in Christian
"Another, between His Majesty and the said States,
for a mutual Assistance, with a certain Number of
Men and Ships, in case of Invasion by any others.
"Another, between His Majesty and the Duke of
Savoy, establishing a free Trade for His Majesty's
Subjects at Villa Franca, a Port of his upon The
Mediterranean, and through the Dominions of that
Prince, and thereby opening a Passage towards a rich
Part of Italy and Part of Germany, which will be of
very great Advantage, for the vending of Cloth and
other our Home Commodities, and bringing back
Silk and other Materials for Manufactures here.
"Another, between His Majesty and the King of
Denmark, whereby those Impositions which were lately laid upon our Trade there are taken off, and as
great Privileges are granted to our Merchants as ever
they had in former Times, or as the Subjects of any
other Prince or State do now enjoy.
"And another League upon a Treaty of Commerce
with the Crown of Spayne, whereby there is (not only)
a Cession, and giving up to His Majesty, of all their
Pretensions to Jamaica, and other the Islands and
Countries in The West Indies, in the Possession of His
Majesty or His Subjects; but withal, free Liberty is
given for His Majesty's Subjects to enter their Ports,
for Victuals and Water, and Safety of Harbour;
and Return, if Storms or other Accidents bring them
thither: Privileges which were never before granted
by them, either to the English or any others.
"Not to mention the Leagues formerly made with
Sweden and Portugall, and the Advantages which we
enjoy thereby; nor those Treaties now depending
between His Majesty and France, or His Majesty
and The States of The United Provinces, touching Commerce, wherein His Majesty will have a singular Regard to the Honour of the Nation, and also to the
Trade of it, which was never greater than now
"In a Word, almost all the Princes of Europe do
seek His Majesty's Friendship, as acknowledging they
cannot secure, much less improve, their present Condition without it.
"His Majesty is confident, that you will not be content to see Him deprived of all the Advantages
which He might procure hereby to His own Kingdoms, nay even to all Christendom, in the Repose and
Quiet of it; that you will not be content Abroad to
see Your Neighbours strengthening themselves in
Shipping so much more than they were before, and
at Home to see the Government struggling every
Year with Difficulties, and not able to keep up our
Navies equal with theirs.
"He finds, by His Accompts, that from the Year
1660, to the late War, the ordinary Charge of the
Fleet (communibus Annis) came to about Five Hundred Thousand Pounds a Year, and it cannot be
supported with less: If that Particular alone takes up
so much, add to it the other constant Charges of the
Government, and the Revenue (although the Commissioners of the Treasury have managed it with all
imaginable Thrift) will in no Degree suffice to take off
the Debts due upon Interest, much less give Him a
Fund for the setting out this Fleet, which, by Estimate
thereof, cannot cost less than Eight Hundred Thousand Pounds.
"His Majesty, in His most Gracious Speech, hath
expressed the great Sense He hath of Your Zeal and
Affection for Him: And as He will ever retain a
grateful Memory of your former Readiness to supply
Him in all His Exigencies, so He doth with particular Thanks acknowledge your frank and cheerful
Gift of the new Duty upon Wines, at your last
Meeting: But the same is like to fall very short in
Value of what it was conceived to be worth; and
should it have answered Expectation, yet far too short
to ease or help Him upon these Occasions.
"And therefore, such a Supply as may enable Him
to take off His Debts upon Interest, and set out this
Fleet against the next Spring, is that which He desires from you, and recommends it to you as that
which concerns the Honour and Support of the Government, and the Welfare and Safety of yourselves
and the whole Kingdom.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"You may perceive, by what His Majesty hath already said, that He holds it requisite that an End be
put to this Meeting before Christmas: It is so, not
only in reference to the Preparation for His Fleet,
which must be in a Readiness in the Spring, but
also to the Season of the Year: It is a Time when
you would be willing to be in your Countries, and
your Neighbours would be glad to see you there, and
partake of your Hospitality and Charity; and you
thereby endear yourselves unto them, and keep up
that Interest and Power amongst them which is necessary for the Service of your King and Country.
And a Recess at that Time (leaving your Business
unfinished till your Return) cannot be either convenient for you, or suitable to the Condition of His Majesty's Affairs, which requires your speedy, as well as
"This is all I have in Command to say at this Time."
His Majesty, after this, withdrew.
Thanks to the King, for His and the Lord Keeper's Speeches.
ORDERED, That the humble Thanks of this House be
presented to His Majesty, for His Gracious Speech this
Day, and that of the Lord Keeper by His Appointment; and that His Majesty would be pleased to give
Order for the printing and publishing of them both.
And the Lord Chamberlain of His Majesty's Household is appointed to attend His Majesty for that Purpose.
Order to prevent Stoppages in the Streets leading to the Parliament.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the Order of this House,
made the 30th Day of October, 1669, (in the last Session
of this Parliament) for preventing Stoppages in the
Streets of Westminster, be, and is hereby, revived; and
that the Lord Chamberlain of His Majesty's Household (as he is High Steward of the City of Westminster)
be, and is hereby, desired to take special Care that the
said Order be put into due Execution.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens
Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis,
videlicet, 27um diem instantis Octobris, hora decima
Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.