Sabbati, 22 die Martii; 2° Gulielmi et Mariæ.
Members take Oaths.
THE House being sat, proceeded in the taking the
Oaths appointed; and making, repeating, and subscribing the Declaration: And several of the Members,
who had not already taken the Oaths, and made and
subscribed the Declaration, did now do the same.
Process of Capias.
A Bill to take away Process of Capias for Debts under
Forty Shillings, was read the First time.
Resolved, That the Bill be read a Second time.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee for Religion do
sit every Tuesday in the Afternoon, in the House.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee for Grievances
do sit every Thursday in the Afternoon, in the House.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee for Trade do
sit every Saturday in the Afternoon, in the House.
Ordered, That the Grand Committee for Courts of
Justice do sit every Friday in the Afternoon, in the House.
Committee of Privileges.
Ordered, That a Committee of Privileges and Elections
be appointed of the Persons following, Mr. Gray, Sir
John Guise, Lord Digby, Sir John Cotton, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Sir Cha. Sidley, Sir John Wyn, Sir Henry Goff,
Sir Rob. Cotton, Mr. Colmere, Sir Cha. Windham, Sir
Tho. Pope Blunt, Sir Jacob Ashley, Mr. Carew, Mr.
Trelawny, Sir Henry Goodrick, Sir John Blande, Mr. Hampden, Sir John Bancks, Mr. Done, Mr. Gwyn, Sir Tho.
Clarges, Sir Tho. Littleton, Mr. Hobby, Colonel Webb, Sir
Fra. Blake, Major Vincent, Mr. Arnold, Colonel Austen,
Sir Robert Nappier, Sir Rich. Hart, Mr. Vane, Sir Wm.
Leveson Gowre, Mr. Vincent, Mr. Pelham, Sir Christopher
Musgrave, Mr. Comptroller, Mr. Hop. Windham, Sir
Wortly, Mr. Roberts, Sir Robert Sawyer, Mr. Parkhurst,
Sir Wm. Cooke, Sir John Knight, Marquis Winchester, Mr.
Fownes, Sir Scroope Howe, Mr. Heneage Finch, Sir Robert
Dashwood, Mr. Wharton, Sir Rob. Rich, Sir Wm. Stephens,
Lord Brandon, Sir Tho. Mompesson, Mr. Brereton, Sir Wm.
Pritchard, Sir Tho. Vernon, Sir Sam. Dashwood, Sir Peter
Coryton, Mr. Cognisby, Mr. Bickerstaffe, Serjeant Trenchard, Mr. Paul Foley, Mr. Edw. Finch, Mr. Ash, Mr.
Edw. Seymour, Mr. Chadwick, Mr. Boyle, Mr. Brewer,
Lord Cornbury, Mr. Etterick, Sir Rich. Onslow, Mr.
Kirby, Mr. Windham, Sir Rich. Temple, Mr. Onslow,
Mr. Hawtry, Sir Tho. Darcye, Mr. Granville, Lord
Falkland, Sir Robert Davers, Mr. Beare, Sir James
Long, Mr. Champnyes, Mr. Solicitor General, Sir Walter Young, Mr. Traverse, Sir Rob. Howard, Mr. Brownlowe, Sir Fra. Warre, Lord Norris, Mr. Tilney, Sir John
Knatchbull, Sir Wm. Honywood, Lord Wm. Pawlett, Mr.
Fuller, Serjeant Thurborne, Colonel Strangeways, Sir
John Lowther, Mr. Buscowen, Sir Gervas Elwes, Sir
Cha. Gerrard, Sir Cha. Boys, Sir Mat. Andrews, Mr.
Bridges, Sir Ralph Dutton, Mr. Mannaton, Mr. Gilbert,
Mr. Carter, Mr. Perry, Mr. Okely, Sir John Bolles,
Mr. And. Newport, Serjeant Hutchins, Mr. Rich. Newport, Mr. Fenwicke, Sir Gilbert Clerke, Mr. Lewis, Sir
Jos. Williamson, Mr. Brockman, Sir Hen. Capell, Mr.
St. Johns, Mr. Burdett, Mr. Biddle, Mr. Waller, Mr.
Mitton, Mr. Musgrave, Mr. Clerke, Mr. Rob. Montague,
Mr. Bromly, Sir St. Andr. St. John, Mr. Evans, Mr.
Bowyer, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Chetwin, Mr. Okeden, Mr.
England, Sir Wm. Ellis, Mr. Browne, Mr. Pitts, Mr.
Dyett, Sir Geo. Willoughby, Sir Orlando Gee, Sir Vere Vane,
Sir Rob. Dashwood, Mr. How: And all that come are to
have Voices: And they are to meet on Monday next, at
Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's
Chamber; and on every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday,
at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Place
before mentioned: And to take into Consideration all such
Matters as shall or may come in question, touching Returns, Elections, and Privileges: and to proceed upon
Double Returns in the first Place; and to report their Proceedings, with their Opinions therein, to the House, from
time to time. And all Persons that will question Returns,
are to do it in Fourteen Days next, and so within Fourteen
Days after any new Return shall be brought in. And the
Committee is to have Power to send for Persons, Papers,
and Records, for their Information. And all Members,
who are returned for Two or more Places, are to make
their Elections by This-day-three-weeks for which of the
Places they will serve; provided there be no Question
upon the Return for that Place. And if any thing shall
come in question, touching the Election, Return, or
Matter of Privilege of any Member, he is to withdraw
during the Time the Matter is in Debate.
Resolved, That it be also an Instruction to the Committee, That the Committee do inquire into the Authors
and Dispersers of Libels, and scandalous Papers, upon
Persons who have served as Members in Parliament, for
what they said or did in the last Parliament.
Ordered, That all Members, returned upon Double Returns, do withdraw, till their Returns are determined.
Great Marlow Return.
The House taking Notice, That, by the Book of Returns, there is a Return for the Borough of Great Marlow
in the County of Bucks, in Manner following; viz.
James Chase, Esquire,
||By one Indenture, first brought in by the Under-Sheriff, Fourth March.
|Sir Wm. Whitlock, Knight,
James Chase, Esquire,
||By another Indenture added after by the High Sheriff, Eighteenth March.
Ralph Bucknall, Esquire,
And a Debate arising in the House, touching the said
The Question was put, That the said Return be a
And it passed in the Negative.
Ordered, That the Indenture by which Mr. Bucknall
is returned to serve as a Burgess for the said Borough of
Great Marlow, be taken off the File.
Ordered, That the Clerk of the Crown do attend this
House, upon Monday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock,
to give an Account concerning the said Return of Members to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough
of Great Marlow in the County of Bucks.
The King's Speech reported.
Then Mr. Speaker reported to the House, That, upon
their attending his Majesty Yesterday in the House of
Peers, his Majesty was pleased to make a gracious Speech
to both Houses of Parliament: And that, by reason of the
great Noise that was made, and the Length of the Speech,
he had desired and obtained a Copy thereof: Which he
read, and is as followeth; viz.
My Lords and Gentlemen,
I AM resolved to leave nothing unattempted on My
Part, which may contribute to the Peace and Prosperity
of this Nation: And, finding my Presence in Ireland will be
absolutely necessary, for the more speedy Reducing of
That Kingdom, I continue my Resolution of going thither as soon as may be: And I have now called you together for your Assistance, to enable Me to prosecute
that War with Speed and Vigour: In which I assure
Myself of your chearful Concurrence, being a Work so
necessary for your own Safeties.
In order to This, I desire you will forthwith make a
Settlement of the Revenue: and I cannot doubt but you
will therein have as much Regard for the Honour and
Dignity of the Monarchy in My Hands, as hath been lately
shewed to others: And I have so great a Confidence in
you, that if no quicker or more convenient Way can be
found for the Raising of ready Money (without which
the Service cannot be performed), I shall be very well content, for the present, to have it made such a Fund of
Credit, as may be useful to yourselves, as well as Me, in
this Conjuncture; not having the least Apprehensions,
but that you will provide for the taking off all such Anticipations as it shall happen to fall under.
It is sufficiently known, how earnestly I have endeavoured to extinguish, or at least compose, all Differences
amongst My Subjects; and, to that End, How often have
I recommended an Act of Indemnity to the last Parliament! But since that Part of it, which related to the Preventing of private Suits, is already Enacted; and because
Debates of that Nature must take up more of your Time
than can now be spared, from the Dispatch of those other
Things which are absolutely necessary for our common
Safety; I intend to send you an Act of Grace, with Exceptions of some few Persons only, but such as may be
sufficient to shew My great Dislike of their Crimes; and,
at the same Time, my Readiness to extend Protection to
all my other Subjects; who will thereby see, That they
can thereby recommend themselves to Me, by no other
Methods than what the Laws prescribe; which shall always be the only Rules of my Government.
A farther Reason, which induceth me to send you this
Act, at this Time, is, Because I am desirous to leave no
Colour of Excuse to any of My Subjects for the Raising
of Disturbances in the Government; and especially in the
Time of my Absence: And I say This, both to inform
you, and to let some ill-affected Men see, that I am not
unacquainted, how busy they are in their present Endeavours to alter it.
Amongst other Encouragements which I find they give
themselves, one of the Ways, by which they hope to
compass their Designs, is, By creating Differences and
Disagreements in your Councils; which, I hope, you will
be very careful to prevent: For, be assured, that our
greatest Enemies can have no better Instruments for their
Purposes, than those who shall any ways endeavour to
disturb or delay your speedy and unanimous Proceeding
upon these necessary Matters.
I must recommend also to your Consideration an
Union with Scotland. I do not mean it should now be
entered upon: But they having proposed this to Me some
time since, and the Parliament there having nominated
Commissioners for that Purpose, I should be glad, that
Commissioners might also be nominated here, to treat with
them, and to see if such Terms could be agreed on, as
might be for the Benefit of both Nations; so as to be
ready to be presented to you in some future Session.
My Lords and Gentlemen,
I have thought it most convenient to leave the Administration of the Government in the Hands of the
Queen, during my Absence; and, if it shall be judged
necessary, to have an Act of Parliament for the better
Confirmation of it to Her, I desire you would let such
an one be prepared, to be presented to Me.
I have this only to add, That the Season of the Year,
and My Journey into Ireland, will admit but of a very
short Session; so that I must recommend to you the
making such Dispatch, that we may not be engaged in
Debates when our Enemies shall be in the Field: For the
Success of the War, and the more thristy Management of
it, will both principally depend upon your speedy Resolutions. And I hope it will not be long before we shall
meet again, to perfect what the Time will not now allow
to be done.
Address on the King's Speech.
Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That the humble and
hearty Thanks of this House be presented to his Majesty,
for his gracious Speech Yesterday to both Houses of Parliament.
Resolutions to support the Government.
Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That the House will
assert and support the Government under their present
Majesties King William and Queen Mary, both by their
Councils, and with their Assistance, to the uttermost of
Resolved, That the whole House do attend his Majesty with the said Resolutions.
Ordered, That such Members of this House, as are of
his Majesty's most honourable Privy Council, do attend
his Majesty, to know his Pleasure, When he will be attended.
King's Speech to be considered.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Wednesday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock, take into Consideration
his Majesty's gracious Speech.
A Member ordered to attend.
Ordered, That Sir Thomas Mompesson do attend in his
Place upon Monday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock,
touching the Quarrel between him and Mr. Okenden: And
that he be enjoined not to prosecute the Quarrel, until the
same shall be examined by this House.
Printing the Votes.
A Motion being made, That the Votes of this House
Resolved, That this House will, upon Tuesday Morning
next, take into Consideration the Matter of the said
And then the House adjourned until Monday
Morning next, at Nine of the Clock.