DIE Martis, 17 die Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
||His Royal Highness the Duke of Yorke.
Epus. St. Asaph.
Epus. Cov. et Litch.
Ds. Thesaurarius Angl.
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
L. Great Chamberlain.
Viscount Say et Seale.
Viscount de Stafford.
Ds. De la War.
Ds. Berkley de Berk.
Ds. Gerard de Bromley.
Ds. Howard Ch.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Ds. Gerard de Brand.
Ds. Berkley Strat.
Message from H. C. for a Conference on the Bill against Conventicles.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by the Lord Cornbury and others:
To desire a Free Conference, touching the Matter of
the last Conference.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will give a present Free Conference,
in the Painted Chamber, as is desired.
The same Lords who managed the Conference Yesterday are appointed to report this Free Conference.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Free Conference with the House of
Commons; which being ended, the House was resumed.
Report of the Conference.
Then the Earl of Anglesey reported the Effect of the
Free Conference; and said, "That the House of Commons had considered of the Proviso delivered to them
Yesterday concerning Quakers, to supply that which
was missing. They have read it, and allowed of it to
be a true Engrossment of the same; and they have
perfected it with those Papers which they have, and
have fixed the same in their right Places; and so have
passed the whole Proviso, nemine contradicente."
Bill against seditious Conventicles.
Then this House read those Alterations which the
House of Commons have inserted out of their Papers,
and do approve of them to be the same as were before;
and agree to the said Proviso as now it is; and orders,
That it be added and made Part of the Bill to prevent
and suppress seditious Conventicles, nemine contradicente.
The King sitting in His Royal Throne, adorned with
His Regal Ornaments and Robes, the Lords being likewise in their Robes, sitting uncovered, His Majesty
commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to
let the House of Commons know, "That it was His
Pleasure that House should presently attend His
Majesty, with their Speaker."
Who being come, and after a low Obeisance made,
he made this following Speech:
Speaker of H. C. Speech.
"May it please Your Most Excellent Majesty,
"At the Opening this Session, Your Majesty was
pleased to recommend several Things to the Care
of Your Two Houses of Parliament; the which we
have deliberately considered, and unanimously presented our humble Advice thereupon."
"The First Thing we took into Consideration was,
the Act made in the Sixteenth Year of the late King
of Glorious Memory, for Triennial Parliaments:
When we had given it a Reading, we found it derogatory to the essential Prerogative of the Crown, of
calling, holding, and dissolving, Parliaments; we
found it unpracticable, and only useful to learn the
People how to rebel: Therefore we melted it down,
extracted the pure Metal from counterfeit and drossy
Alloys, and then presented it to Your Majesty, to be
new stamped, and made current Coin, for the Use of
the Nation. We do return our most humble Thanks
to Your Majesty, that You were pleased to accept
our Advice, and to pass our Bill; but more especially
for those gracious Expressions Your Majesty was
pleased to use at that Solemnity, whereby we are
assured, not only of Your Personal Affection to Parliaments, but of Your Judgement also, that the Happiness of the Crown consists in the Frequency of
"In the next Place, we reviewed the Act for Chimney-money, which we intended a great Branch of Your
Majesty's Revenue, although by some Mistakes it is
fallen short: And, in Hopes Your Majesty may improve that Receipt, we have prepared a Bill for the
collecting that Duty by such Officers as Your Majesty
and Your Successors shall from Time to Time think
fit to appoint."
"Whilst we were intent upon these weighty Affairs,
we were often interrupted by Petitions, and Letters,
and Motions, representing the unsettled Condition of
some Countries, by reason of Fanatics, Sectaries, and
Non-conformists. They differ in their Shapes and
Species, and accordingly are more or less dangerous:
But in this they all agree; they are no Friends to the
established Government either in Church or State;
and if the old Rule hold true, Qui Ecclesia contradicit non est pacificus, we have great Reason to prevent their Growth, and to punish their Practice. To
this Purpose, we have prepared a Bill against their
frequenting of Conventicles, the Seed-plots and Nurseries of their Opinions, under Pretence of Religious
Worship. The First Offence we have made punishable only with a small Fine of Five Pounds, or
Three Months Imprisonment, and Ten Pounds for a
Peer. The Second Offence with Ten Pounds, or Six
Months Imprisonment, and Twenty Pounds for a
Peer. But for the Third Offence, after a Trial by a
Jury at the General Quarter Sessions or Assizes, and
the Trial of a Peer by his Peers, the Party convicted
shall be transported to some of Your Majesty's Foreign Plantations, unless he redeem himself by laying
down One Hundred Pounds: Immedicabile Vulnus
Ense rescindendum, ne Pars sincera trabatur."
"We have had much Thought how to improve the
Industry of the Nation, and prevent that Idleness and
Licentiousness which too fast grows upon us, especially by excessive and disorderly Gaming. Men are
not contented to sport away their precious Time, and
play away their ready Money; but to lose or pawn
their Houses and Lands, their Manors, and their Honours also. For the Prevention of the Growth of
this Disease, we have prepared a Bill, to make all
Securities for Money won at Play, whether Real or
Personal, to be void."
"We have examined also the Reasons of the Decay
of Trade. In the First Place, we found our Merchants are undermined by Fraud and Practice, and
sometimes beaten out, in the East and West Indies, in
Turkey, and in Affrica, by our Neighbours the Dutch,
who, besides the unsufferable Indignities offered to
Your Royal Majesty, have in a few Years spoiled
Your Subjects to the Value of Seven or Eight Hundred Thousand Pounds; for Remedy whereof, we
have made our humble Address to Your Majesty, and
received a Gracious Answer; and have no Cause to
fear but a short Time will produce a just and honourable Satisfaction."
"The next Obstruction to our Trade hath been, a
base and dangerous Practice of some Seamen, who
are willing to be robbed by Pirates, that they may
share in the Prize. We have therefore prepared a
Bill for the Punishment of such treacherous Actions,
and for the just Reward of those honest Seamen that
shall preserve their Owners Goods, and manfully
maintain the Honour of our English Nation."
"Some other Discoveries we have made, which may
be the Subject Matter of future Bills; but, in respect
of Your Majesty's Intimation of a short Session, we
were not willing to attempt more than we could reasonably dispatch."
And now, Great Sir, give me Leave with Joy to
remember that unparalleled Unanimity that hath this
Session attended our Counsels. Our Constancy and
Resolution hath been tried beyond the Precedent of
former Parliaments, or any other Session of this Parliament.
The Heathens were wont to observe, and envy the
Christians, for their Unity and Love of one another:
Ecce ut invicem se diligunt Christiani! And may this
happy Correspondence between Your Royal Majesty
and Your Two Houses of Parliament increase, and
grow to be the Envy of the World, till all Your
Majesty's Enemies are forced to cry, Ecce ut invicem se
This Speech being ended, the Clerk of the Crown
read the Titles of these Acts following; videlicet,
"An Act to prevent the Disturbances of Seamen and
others; and to preserve the Stores belonging to His
Majesty's Navy Royal."
"An Act for collecting the Duty arising by Hearthmoney by Officers to be appointed by His Majesty."
"An Act to prevent the Delivering up of Merchants
"An Act for Continuance of a former Act for regulating the Press."
"An Act against deceitful, disorderly, and excessive
"An Act to prevent and suppress seditious Conventicles."
To these Public Bills the Clerk of the Parliaments
pronounced the Royal Assent in these Words,
"Le Roy le veult."
"An Act for vacating certain Conveyances, made by
Sir John Pakington Baronet, to Christopher Henne and
"An Act for the Sale of the Manor of Ingoldsby,
and divers Lands in Ingoldsby, in the County of Lyncolne, for raising Portions for the Two Daughters and
Coheirs of Sir William Armin the Younger, Baronet,
"An Act for the Sale of certain Lands, for Payment
of the Debts of Sir Sackvile Glemham."
"An Act to enable Trustees for Sir William Keyte to
sell Lands, for the Payment of Debts."
"An Act for Confirmation of the Enclosure and Improvement of Malverne Chace."
"An Act for settling the Charitable Gift of Abraham
Colfe Clerk, for erecting and endowing Two Freeschools, and an Alms-house, at Lewisham, in Kent."
"An Act for naturalizing of Dame Katherine Sayer
"An Act to enable Francis Cottington, or Charles Cottington, to settle and dispose of Lands in Jointure, for
any Wife or Wives they shall take in Marriage."
"An Act to enable Charles Cotton Esquire to make
Leases of Lands, for Payment of Debts."
"An Act for the making of the Church erected at
Falmouth a Parish Church, and no Part of the Parish
of Gluvias, or Chapelry of St. Budock."
To which Private Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced severally in these Words.
"Soit fait come il est desiré."
After this, His Majesty made the Speech following:
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I did desire and conjure you, at the Opening of
this Session, that you would keep a very good Correspondence together, that it might not be in the
Power of any seditious or factious Spirits to make
you jealous of each other, or either of you jealous
of Me; and I desired you to be ready for a Session
within Two Months or thereabouts."
"I must confess to you, you have complied very
fully with Me, for which I can never thank you
enough: You have performed those good Respects
towards Me, and kept so very good Correspondence
towards each other, that you have exceedingly disappointed those ill Men, who both at Home and
Abroad had raised great Hopes and Expectation of
new Troubles and Confusions; you have gratified Me
in all I desired, and are now ready for a Session within
the Time proposed. This Harmony will (with GOD's
Blessing) make us all esteemed Abroad, and secure at
Home; and these Obligations cannot but make Me
think the Time long till we meet again. The Season
of the Year and your own Affairs will invite you into
the Country; and your Presence there is of great
Importance to My Service, and to the Public Peace.
You will watch those unquiet Spirits, which are still
lurking and ready to embrace all Opportunities to involve the Nation in new Distractions, under what
specious Pretences soever; and you will carefully inform the People, how much it is in their own Power
to be as happy as they can wish to be: Indeed, if
they are truly sensible of their present Happiness, it
will quickly be improved. I will add no more, but
that I thank you all and every one of you; and if
GOD bless us till November, we will meet here again:
I name November to you, because, if nothing extraordinary fall out, I resolve not to meet till then:
But, because somewhat extraordinary may fall out,
you shall be at present prorogued but till August; and
before that Day you shall have seasonable Notice, by
Proclamation, not to give your Attendance, except
there be Occasion; and then November will be the
Time. And accordingly I have commanded the Chancellor to prorogue you."
Then the Lord Chancellor declared, "That the King
doth prorogue this Parliament until the Twentieth
Day of August next. And accordingly this Parliament
is prorogued until the Twentieth Day of August
Hitherto examined by us,
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