DIE Jovis, 2 die Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
||His Royal Highness the Duke of Yorke.
Epus. St. Asaph.
Epus. Cov. et Lich.
Ds. Thesaurarius Angl.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
(fn. *) Dux Albemarle.
Marq. of Worcester.
L. Great Chamberlain.
Comes St. Albans.
Viscount Say et Seale.
Viscount de Stafford.
Ds. Berkley de Berk.
Ds. Howard de Ch.
Ds. Howard de Esc.
Ds. Berkley de Strat.
The Lord Chancellor reported, "That his Lordship
had presented the Petition of both Houses of Parliament to the King, concerning Jesuits and Priests."
Whereupon His Majesty gave this Answer under His
Majesty's own Hand; which his Lordship read, as follows:
King's Answer to the Petition against Priests and Jesuits.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,"
"You do not expect that I should give you an Answer
presently to your Petition. Yet I will tell you, that
I will speedily send you an Answer; which, I am
confident, will be to your Satisfaction. It may be,
the general Jealousy of the Nation hath made this
Address necessary; and indeed I believe nothing hath
contributed more to that Jealousy, than My own
Confidence that it was impossible there should be any
such Jealousy, and the Effects of that Confidence.
But I shall give you Satisfaction; and then I am sure
you will easily satisfy and compose the Minds of the
"I confess (My Lords and Gentlemen) I have heard
of One Jealousy, which I will never forgive the
Authors of: That I had a Jealousy of your Affections; that I was offended with the Parliament to
that Degree, that I intended to dissolve it."
"They say, Men are naturally most angry with
those Reproaches which reflect upon their Understandings, which makes them thought weak Men."
"Truly I should appear a very weak Man, if I should
have any such Passion, any such Purpose. No, My
Lords and Gentlemen, I will not part with you upon
those Terms. Never King was so much beholding
to a Parliament as I am to you; and if My Kindness
to you, and My Confidence in you, be not proportionable, I am behind-hand with you; which, GOD
willing, I will not be."
"Mr. Speaker, and you Gentlemen of the House
"I am willing to take this Occasion to give you My
particular Thanks, for your great Kindness, in taking
Hold upon an easy Intimation, rather than an Invitation, from Me, to enter upon the Consideration of
My Revenue: It was kindly done, and I shall never
forget it. I have given Order that you be fully informed of the true State of it; and then I know you
will do that which is good for Me and you. And I
pray pursue your good Resolution, in putting the
Kingdom into such a Posture, that we may prevent,
at least not fear, any desperate Insurrection."
His Lordship further reported the King's Answer to
the Petition of both Houses concerning Jesuits and
Priests; which was read, as follows:
His further Answer to it.
"His Majesty, having seriously considered and weighed the humble Representation and Petition of His
Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, and the
great Affection and Duty with which the same was
presented to Him, and after having made some Reflections upon Himself and His own Actions, is not
a little troubled, that His Lenity and Condescensions
towards many of the Popish Persuasion (which were
but natural Effects of His Generosity and Goodnature, after having lived so many Years in the Dominions of Roman Catholic Princes, and out of a just
Memory of what many of them had done and suffered in the Service of His Royal Father of Blessed
Memory, and of some eminent Services performed
by others of them towards His Majesty Himself in
the Time of His greatest Affliction), have been made
so ill Use of, and so ill deserved, that the Resort of
Jesuits and Priests into this Kingdom hath been
thereby increased; with which His Majesty is, and
hath long been, highly offended: And therefore His
Majesty readily concurs with the Advice of His Two
Houses of Parliament, and hath given Order for the
preparing and issuing out such a Proclamation as is
desired, with the same Clause, referring to the
Treaty of Marriage, as was in the Proclamation
which, upon the like Occasion, issued out, by the
Advice of both Houses of Parliament, in the Year
1640. And His Majesty will take further Care that
the same shall be effectual, at least to a greater
Degree than any Proclamation of this Kind hath
"And His Majesty further declares and assures both
His Houses of Parliament, and all His loving Subjects of all His Dominions, That, as His Affection
and Zeal for the Protestant Religion and the Church
of England hath not been concealed, or untaken
Notice of in the World; so He is not, nor ever will
be, so solicitous for the settling His own Revenue,
or providing any other Expedients for the Peace and
Tranquillity of the Kingdom, as for the Advancement
and Improvement of the Religion established, and
for the using and applying all proper and effectual
Remedies to hinder the Growth of Popery, both
which He doth in Truth look upon as the best Expedient to establish the Peace and Prosperity of all
"Given at Our Court at Whitehall, the First Day
of April, 1663, in the Fifteenth Year of Our
To be communicated to H. C.
ORDERED, That this Answer of His Majesty be
communicated to the House of Commons at a Conference.
Message to them, for a Conference about it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Thomas Bennet and Sir Justinian Lewyn Knights:
To desire a present Conference, in the Painted Chamber, touching a Message received from the King.
The Lord Chancellor is appointed to manage this
Conference with the House of Commons.
E. of Portlaud's and Whitlock's Bill.
vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for the settling
of Lands, and Satisfaction of Monies disbursed for
the Benefit of Infants, and to compose Suits in Law
Glass Bottles Bill.
ORDERED, That the Committee for the Bill concerning the Manufacture of Glass Bottles do meet this
The Messengers return Answer:
Answer from H. C.
That they have delivered their Message to the House
of Commons, who will give a present Conference, as is
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and
the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended,
the House was resumed.
Message to H. C. with a Bill.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Thomas Bennett and Sir Justinian Lewyn Knights:
To deliver to them the Bill for the Water-commanding Engine, and desire their Concurrence therein.
Thanks to the King, for His Answer to the Petition concerning Jesuits and Priests.
ORDERED, That the Lord Privy Seal and the Duke
of Albemarle do attend the King, and present unto His
Majesty the humble Thanks of this House, for His
Gracious Message and Answer received this Day; and
to desire His Majesty, that He would please to give
Order the said Message and Answer may be printed
and published, together with the Petition against Jesuits
ORDERED, That such Committees as cannot fit this
Afternoon are to be adjourned till To-morrow in the
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Sabbati, videlicet,
4um diem instantis Aprilis, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.
Hitherto examined by us,