Die Jovis, 20 Die Martii
Parliamentum inceptum & tentum apud Civitatem Westmonaster',
Die Jovis, 20 Die Martii, Anno Regni Regis & Reginæ
Gulielmi & Mariæ, Dei Gratia, Angliæ, Scotiæ, Franciæ,
& Hiberniæ, Fidei Defenforum, Secundo; Annoque Domini
ON which Day, being the First Day of the Meeting of this Parliament, about Ten of the Clock,
the Right honourable William Earl of Devonshire, Lord Steward of their Majesties Household, came into the Inner Court of Wards: And the
Clerk of the Crown presenting a List of such Members
as were returned to serve in this present Parliament; and
the Clerk of the House of Commons attending, according to the Duty of his Place; the Lord Steward did
himself, in Person, administer the Oaths appointed by
the Statute made in the First Year of their now Majesties Reign, intituled, An Act for removing and preventing all Questions and Disputes concerning the Assembling
and Sitting of this present Parliament, to several of the
Members of the House of Commons; and afterwards
made a Commission, or Deputation, under his Hand and
Seal, to several of those so sworn, to administer the
Oaths to the rest of the Members of the House of Commons: And then departed. And the Members, which
were so commissionated, divided themselves into several
Places, being attended by Mr. Joddrell, the Clerk of the
House of Commons, and Mr. Needler, the Clerk Assistant, and other Clerks assigned for that Service; and,
according to the Power given them by the said Commission, did administer the Oaths to all other Members who
then appeared: Which being done, the Members repaired to their Seats in the House of Commons: After
Message to attend the King.
A Message was delivered from the King, by Sir Tho.
Duppa, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod; viz.
Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
The King commands this honourable House to attend
His Majesty in the House of Peers, immediately.
Sir J. Trevor chosen Speaker.
And accordingly the House went up to attend his
Majesty; who, was pleased by the Right honourable Sir
Robert Atkins, Lord Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer, Speaker of the House of Lords, to command
the Commons to return to their House, and choose their
Speaker; and present him to his Majesty To-morrow
And the House being returned;
Sir John Lowther, Vice Chamberlain to his Majesty,
humbly proposed to the House, That he conceived Sir
John Trevor, both for his great Experience in Parliamentary Affairs, and Knowledge in the Laws, was every
way qualified for that Employment: And accordingly
he was, upon the Question put, allowed of, and chosen
for the Speaker; and immediately conducted to the
Chair by Sir John Lowther and Sir Henry Goodrick:
Where he acknowledged the great Honour the House
had done him; withal saying, That he feared they had
done themselves a great Prejudice in making Choice of
him; and therefore he desired their Leave to disable
himself before the Royal Throne, that they might thereby
have Opportunity of making a better Choice.
Then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Nine of the Clock.
Lord Steward's Deputation.
WILLIAM Earl of Devonshire, Baron Cavendish
of Hadwick, Great Steward of their Majesties
Houshold, One of his Majesty's most honourable Privy
Council, and Knight of the most noble Order of the
Garter, To All to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting. Know ye, That I, the said Lord Steward, by virtue
of my said Office of Lord Steward, have constituted,
named, and appointed, and by these Presents do constitute, name, and appoint, Rich. Earl of Ranelagh, Edw.
Russell, Sir Scroop How, Sir John Trevor, Sir Jo. Ernly,
Sir John Bolles, John Greenevile, John Beamont, Sir
Bourchier Wray, Tho. Done, Sir Hen. Goodrick, Rich.
Hampden, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Charles Duncomb, Sir
Edw. Windham, John Dutton Colt, Esquire, Sir Orlando
Gee, Chr. Musgrave, Sir Jo. Lowther, William Jepson,
Tho. Lewes, Sir John Cotton, Phil. Bickerstaffe, Sir Tho.
Fowle, or any Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, or One of
them, my Deputies and Deputy, in my place and stead,
to tender and minister the Oaths mentioned in the Statute made in the First Year of their now Majesties
Reign, intituled, An Act for removing and preventing
all Questions and Disputes concerning the Assembling
and Sitting of this present Parliament, according to the
Direction of the said Statute, and of all and every other
Statute and Statutes directing the taking the said Oaths
before me, to all and every Person which is or shall be
elected or appointed a Knight, Citizen, or Burgess, or
Baron of any of the Five Ports, for the Parliament summoned to begin and to be holden this Twentieth Day
of March Instant; and to take and receive the Oaths of
every of the said Person and Persons, which is or shall
be elected or appointed Knight, Citizen, Burgess or
Baron for any of the said Five Ports as aforesaid, for the
said Parliament, begun and holden on the said Twentieth
Day of March aforesaid; giving them, Six, Five, Four,
Three, Two, and One of them, full Power and Authority
to execute and perform the same; ratifying and confirming all and whatsoever my said Deputies, or any Six,
Five, Four, Three, Two, or One of them, shall do and
perform in this Behalf, in as ample, perfect, and full
Manner, as if I myself had personally been present, and
done the same. In Testimony whereof, I have hereunto
set my Hand and Seal. Given the Twentieth Day of
March, in the Second Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord and Lady William and Mary, by the Grace
of God, of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, King
and Queen, Defenders of the Faith, &c. Annoq. Dom.
Devonshire. L. S.