Tuesday, May 8th, 1660.
Proclaiming the King.
MR. Turner reports from the Committee appointed
to meet with a Committee of the Lords, concerning the Proclaiming of the King, the Form of a Proclamation; which was first read by him, standing in his Place:
Being after brought up by the Reporter to the Table,
it was read by the Clerk; and after the inserting of the
Words "many Years," instead of these Words "these
Twelve Years," the same was agreed; and resolved,
upon the Question, to be the Form to be used for Proclaiming his Majesty; the same being as followeth:
Although it can no way be doubted, but that his Majesty's Right and Title to his Crowns and Kingdoms, is
and was every way completed, by the Death of his most
Royal Father, of glorious Memory, without the Ceremony
or Solemnity of a Proclamation; yet, since Proclamations
in such Cases have been always used, to the end that all
good Subjects might, upon this Occasion, testify their
Duty and respect; and since the armed Violence, and
other the Calamities, of many Years last past, have hitherto deprived us of any such Opportunity, wherein we
might express our Loyalty and Allegiance to his Majesty:
We, therefore, the Lords and Commons now assembled
in Parliament, together with the Lord Mayor, Aldermen,
and Commons of the City of London, and other Freemen
of this Kingdom, now present, do, according to our
Duty and Allegiance, heartily, joyfully, and unanimously
acknowledge and proclaim; that, immediately upon the
Decease of our late Sovereign Lord King Charles, the
Imperial Crown of the Realm of England, and of all the
Kingdoms, Dominions and Rights belonging to the same,
did, by inherent Birthright, and lawful and undoubted
Succession, descend and come to His Most Excellent
Majesty Charles the Second, as being lineally, justly and
lawfully next Heir of the Blood Royal of this Realm;
and that, by the Goodness and Providence of Almighty
God, he is, of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland,
the most potent, mighty and undoubted King: And thereunto we do most humbly and faithfully submit, and oblige
ourselves, our Heirs and Posterities for ever.
Resolved, That these Words, viz. "God save the King,"
be inserted in the End of the Proclamation.
Resolved, That the Lords Concurrence be desired herein; and that Mr. Turner go with it to the Lords.
Mr. Turner further reports from the said Committee,
the Ceremonies agreed upon, to be used in Proclaiming
the King's Majesty.
Resolved, That a Copy of this Proclamation, to be
signed by the Speakers of both Houses, be forthwith sent
to the Lord Mayor of the City of London.
The King's Return invited, &c.
Resolved, &c. Nemine contradicente, That the King's
Majesty be desired to make his speedy Return to his Parliament, and to the Exercise of his Kingly Office.
Ordered, That it be referred to a Committee, to consider of the Manner of the King's Majesty's Return and
Reception; and of all Preparations requisite for those
Ends; and of settling a Revenue for his Majesty; and of the
Recovery of the Jewels and Goods belonging to his Majesty;
with Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Witnesses.
Resolved, That the Members of the Council of State,
who are also Members of this House, be the Committee,
to whom the Consideration of this Business shall be referred; and are to fit, in the Queen's Guard Chamber in
Whitehall, To-morrow, at Two of the Clock in the
Mr. Turner reports, that the Lords do concur with the
Proclamation, as it was amended by this House; and
that the Speaker of the Lords House hath signed it; and
that the Lords have sent it to this House; and desire, that
the Speaker of this House do also sign the same.
Resolved, That this Proclamation be forthwith printed
Resolved, That the Members of this House, who serve
for the several Counties, Cities, and Boroughs, do take
care, forthwith, to send to the Sheriffs, Mayors, Bailiffs,
and other Head Officers of the Counties, Cities, and Boroughs, of England and Wales, and the Town of Berwick
upon Tweed, for which they serve, the Proclamation for
proclaiming of the King's Majesty; to the Intent the same
may be proclaimed in the respective Counties, Cities, and
Boroughs; which the several Sheriffs, Mayors, Bailiffs,
and other Head Officers, are required to do with Speed
Great Seal-Proceedings in King's Name.
Mr. Goodrick reports from the Committee, appointed
to consider, from what time Proceedings shall pass under
the Great Seal in the King's Majesty's Name, the Opinion of that Committee, that all Proceedings be in his
Majesty's Name, from the Fifth of May, inclusive;
being the Day of the Resolve of this House, "that
in all Cases, where the Great Seal should be necessary
to be used, all Proceedings should go in the King's
That, they knowing of no other Great Seal for the
present, than That, which the House hath lately voted
should remain in the Hands of the Earl of Manchester,
and the Commissioners; it is humbly submitted to the
House, by the Committee; Whether, for the carrying on,
and present Expediting of the Justice of the Kingdom,
the House shall think fit That Great Seal be made use of,
until further Order:-And the Lords Concurrence to
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, that all Proceedings be in the King's Majesty's
Name, from the Fifth of May instant, inclusive; and that
in all Cases, where the Great Seal shall be necessary to
be used, all Proceedings do pass accordingly.
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, that, for the carrying on and expediting the Justice
of the Kingdom, the Great Seal remaining in the Hands
of the Earl of Manchester, and the rest of the Commissioners for Custody of the Great Seal, be made use of
until further Orders.
Resolved, That use be made, in like manner, of all
Seals belonging to any other Courts, till further Order;
and that all Process and Proceedings in all other Courts
be in the King's Majesty's Name.
Resolved, That the Lords Concurrence be desired to
these Votes; and that the Lord President of the Council
of State do carry these Votes to the Lords.
Great Seal, &c. of Ireland.
Resolved, That in all Cases, where the Great Seal of
Ireland shall be necessary to be used, all Proceedings shall
go in the King's Name, from the Fifth of May instant,
inclusive; and that, for the carrying on and expediting the
Justice of that Kingdom, the Great Seal of Ireland, remaining in the Hands of the present Commissioners for
Custody of the Great Seal of Ireland, be made use of
there, until further Order; and that Use be made, in like
manner, of all Seals belonging to any other Courts in
Ireland, till further Order; and that all Process and Proceedings, in all other Courts there, be in the King's Majesty's Name.
Resolved, &c. That the Proclamation agreed on, for
proclaiming of the King's Majesty, be sent to Ireland, to
be there proclaimed: And the Commissioners, for managing the Affairs of Ireland, are required to cause the same
to be proclaimed accordingly.
Ordered, That the Council of State do take care for
sending over the said Proclamation to Ireland, to the
Intent it may be there proclaimed accordingly:
That the Lords Concurrence be desired to these
Votes; and that Mr. Annesley do carry them to the
Ordered, That Serj. Browne, Mr. Perrepont, Serj.
Hales, Ld. Commissioner Widdrington, Mr. Finch, Serj.
Glyn, Mr. Pryn, Mr. Serj. Twisden, do forthwith withdraw, and prepare a Declaration, upon the Debate of
Records of the House.
Resolved, That Mr. Scobell, Mr. St. Nicholas, and
all others, who have in their Hands or Custody, any
Records, Books, Papers, or Proceedings, belonging to the
House, do forthwith deliver the same to Mr. Jessop the
Clerk of this House; that they may be ready upon all
Occasions for the Service of this House.
Reception of the King.
A Message from the Lords, by the Lord Chief Baron
Wild, and Mr. Justice Mallet;
Mr. Speaker, We are commanded by the Lords, to
deliver unto you this Message: The Lords have appointed
a Committee of the Number of Eight Lords, to meet
with a proportionable Number of this House, To-morrow
in the Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, in the Prince's
Chamber; to consider of the Manner of Reception of the
King's Majesty, in the best Way that may be for his
Honour; and to hasten his coming.
Resolved, That this House will send Answer to the
Lords Message, by Messengers of their own.
The Messengers being again called in, Mr. Speaker
gave them this Answer;
The House have considered of the Message you
brought from the Lords; and they will return Answer
by Messengers of their own.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. Henry Cromwell, a Member of this
House, have the Leave of this House to go into the
Country for Seven Days.
King's Arms restored.
Resolved, That the Arms of the Commonwealth, which
are now placed over the Speaker's Chair, be forthwith
taken down; and that the King's Majesty's Arms be set
up there, instead thereof; and where-ever the Arms of the
Commonwealth are set up, that they be taken down, and
the King's Majesty's Arms set up instead thereof: And
Mr. Pryn is to take care to see this Order put in
Leave to attend the King.
Resolved, That Sir Robert Pye, a Member of this House,
have the Leave of this House to go over to the King's
Resolved, That Mr. Thomas Widdrington, a Member
of this House, have the Leave of this House to go to
the King's Majesty with the Lord Fairfax.
Committee of Privileges.
Resolved, That the Sitting of the Committee for Privileges and Elections be adjourned, from this Day, to sit
To-morrow in the Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, in
the Exchequer Chamber.
Declaration of Proceedings.
Mr. Finch reports from the Committee appointed to
withdraw, to prepare a Declaration, upon the Debate of
the House, a Declaration touching Acts now in Preparation to be passed; which he First read, standing up in
his Place; and afterwards was read by the Clerk.
Resolved, That these Words, viz. "with due Care of
tender Consciences" be added, next after the Word
"thereunto," in the Fifth Line:
And the said Declaration, so amended, was, upon the
Question, agreed unto, and passed.
Ordered, That this Declaration be forthwith printed
and published; and sent down, by the respective Members
of this House, together with the Proclamation for proclaiming the King's Majesty.
Proclaiming the King.
Ordered, That the Lords Commissioners of the Great
Seal, Members of this House, do go in their Gowns, and
with the Purse, and their Mace carried before them, at
the Proclaiming of the King's Majesty.
Ordered, That the Lord President of the Council of
State do attend the Proclaiming of the King's Majesty;
and that his Mace be carried before him; and that he go
next to the Speaker of the House of Commons.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Rich and Dr.
Hobart, Masters of the Chancery;
Mr. Speaker, We are commanded by the Lords to
wait upon you, and to let you know, that they are ready
to perform the Solemnity to proclaim the King; and desire to know, whether you be ready to accompany them:
The Messengers were again called in; and Mr. Speaker
gave them this Answer:
Gentlemen, The House hath considered of your Message; and their Answer is, that they are ready likewise.
Resolved, That the Members of this House do go,
Three and Three in a Rank, in performing the Solemnity
of proclaiming the King.
The usual Subscription, upon agreeing to the Amendments, sent from the Lords, to the Bill, intituled, An Act
for removing and preventing all Questions and Disputes
concerning the Assembling and Sitting of this present
Parliament, being written by the Clerk; the same was
Ordered, That Mr. Pryn do carry this Bill to the Lords,
for their Assent.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Mr. John Rolls, a Member of this
House, have the Leave of this House to go into Holland,
upon his own Occasions.
Ordered, That the Lieutenant of the Tower, and Mr.
Baldwin, two Members of this House, have the Leave
of this House to be absent from the Solemnity of proclaiming the King: And that they repair to the Tower,
and there take Order, that the highest Expression of Joy,
that can be made, be made, by shooting off the great
Proclaiming the King.
Ordered, That Mr. Pryn and Mr. Turner do go to the
Lords, and acquaint them that the House is ready to attend the Solemnity of proclaiming the King.