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Message to the House of Commons, for Conference touching the King's Declaration.
MESSAGE sent to the Commons, by Mr. Serjeant
Crewe and Mr. Attorney General: That the Lords desire a present Conference, in the Painted Chamber, between the former Committees of each House, for the
perfecting of the King's Declaration made on Tuesday
last, before it be reported to either House.
Answered: That they will meet instantly.
Before their Lordships went to this Conference, they
Agreed, That the Access to the Parliament shall be on
Thursday in Easter Week, videlicet, the First Day of
April next, if the Commons shall like of it; and this to
be intimated unto them at the Conference.
And also, That their Lordships have thought fit to
name a Committee, to assist the King's Secretaries this
Vacancy, in drawing a Manifesto of this great Business;
and they have appointed for the Purpose, the Lord
Chamberlain and the Earl of South'ton, which they also
agreed to be signified unto the Commons.
Report from the Conference.
The Lords Committees being returned from the
Conference, the Lord President read the Declaration
made by His Majesty on Tuesday last unto the Committees of both Houses, in hæc verba:
The King's Declaration to both Houses of Parliament.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"The last Time I spake to you anent this great Business, I told you what, in Mine Opinion, was necessarily
required for the Beginning of it; the Reasons whereof
you have truly set down out of My last Speech, wherein
I shewed you what Good it would do, and what Harm
it might free us from, to express particular Aids at this
Time, as well as general Promises: It is true, I must
confess, that how far you yet declare yourselves is sufficient for the present Entrance into the Business,
though a great deal short of that I told you it would
require; but, as God bears Me Record, and I think
the Hearts of all My loving Subjects will testify for
Me, I never stuck for Money, but only desired you
to clear yourselves by Particulars, that I might see
how I may be able to go through so great a Matter,
at least to make a good Beginning of the War; for
when the End will be, God knows.
"So, on the other Part, I gave you Thanks for your
general Offers, by which you did engage yourselves
in your Lives and States, which is more than Forty
Subsidies if you had named them, and more worth
than a Kingdom; for the Strength of a King stands
(next under the Protection of God) in the Hearts of
His People; and I must needs say in this Particular,
it is without Example, that ever any Parliament, for
a Beginning, gave to a King so great a Supply, to be
levied in so short a Time. This may well serve for
a Preparation; and, for My Part, first considering
your general Offer (which is Ten Times more to Me
than all Subsidies), and next considering that these
Particulars, coming from you, be as much as the
People are able to pay in so short a Time, being
within a Year, and as much as may be well expended; therefore, with as much Love and as great
Thanks as a loving and kind King can give to so
loving and dutiful a People, I thank you for your
Offer, and do accept it; I told you before, that I
never would have craved your Advice to reject it,
and so to put a Scorn upon you; think Me not that
"It is true, that I think no wife King can undertake
so great a Bargain, but He must well bethink Himself
before-hand; and I hold it better that a King advise
well before He take a Resolution, than advise rashly,
and after repent; therefore, My Lords and Gentlemen, I declare unto you, that, as I am willing to
follow your Advice in the Annulling and Breach of
those Two Treaties, both of the Match and of the
Palatinate; so, on the other Part, I assure Myself,
that ye will make Good what ye have said, that, in
what you advise Me unto, you will assist Me, with
your Wisdom and Counsel, and Forces if Need require.
"I pray you, have a charitable Opinion of Me, as
you (fn. *) ought to have of a King who hath so long ruled
and governed over you (and I may vaunt Myself thus
far to have done it with Justice and Peace), that, as I
told you before, all My Forbearance hath been for
sparing the Effusion of Christian Blood, and as the
most easy and probable Way for recovering the Palatinate for My Children. It is true, I have been so
long delayed and paid with generals, that I dare not
trust longer unto them, which made Me enjoin Buckingham to make a particular Relation unto you of all
that Business (and I am sure such an Account was never
before given in Parliament), that thereby you may
know what to trust to. I could in this Case have resolved Myself; but I thought it could not but he a
Strength and Honour both, unto Me, to have the Advice of My People.
"My Lords, in the latter Parliament, I then declared
unto you, that I was resolved, without respect of
Friendship or Match, or whatsoever, to have the Palatinate one Way or other; and I hope you all remember it.
"God is My Judge and Saviour, I never had any
other End; and it is Pity I should live to have any
other End; and, for My Part, except by such Means
as God may put into My Hands I may recover the
Palatinate, I could wish never to have been born. I
am old, but My only Son is young; and I will promise, for Myself and him both, that no Means shall be
unused for the Recovery of it; and this I dare say, as
old as I am, if it might do Good to the Business, I
would go in My own Person, and think My Travel
and Labour well bestowed, though I should end My
Days there; for, if I should spare any Means possibly
for the Recovery of it, then let Me not be thought
worthy to reign over you; and, in good Faith, I never resolved to live with other Mind. Nay, I will say
more; there was never any Enemy of My Son-in-Law,
with whom I talked of that Business, or any that I
ever spake with of that Side, which did not say and
confess that I had Reason to have the Palatinate one
way or other; and when they say so, that is a good
Reason which they themselves allow, and it was a good
Spur to Me to think on it.
"My Lords and Gentlemen, thus far assure yourselves, that I will go chearfully about it, to prepare
all Things possibly for it; and, as you have given the
Means, so will I employ them towards it.
"And in the next Degree, I hope you will think of
Me; but that I leave to your own Counsels and
Consideration. But I protest to God, a Penny of this
Money shall not be bestowed, but upon this Work,
and by your own Committees. And I assure Myself
you will think on Me, for a double Reason: My Customs are like to fall by Occasion of the War, and My
Charges will increase; but, undertaking the War, I
must go through with it one way or other, though I
should sell Jewels and all.
"In the next Session, you will consider how this hath
been husbanded; and, according to that, think what
is next to be done; and it will spur you the more to
enable Me for the rest, whereof I spake to you before." (Here, for the clearing of some Things which
His Majesty spake the last Time, His Majesty called for
the Notes of that Speech; but, the same not being readily to be had, His Majesty said, "I will tell it you by
Tongue"). And then He said, "I will clear you in
some Things; for I will not deal with you in any
Thing but freely and clearly as a King; and, though I
have broken the Neck of Three Parliaments, one after another, I hope that, in this Parliament, you shall
be so resovlved of the Sincerity of My Heart, and I of
your Duties and Affections, that this shall be a happy
Parliament, and make Me greater and happier than
any King of England ever was.
"In My last Speech, I promised, that, if I accepted
your Offer, I would follow your Advice, and would
not after hearken to any Treaty of Peace, without
first acquainting you, and requiring your Advice;
and I likewise promised, nothing should be spent of
these Moneys, but by your own Committees; but I
desire you to understand, I must have a faithful and
secret Council of War, that must not be ordered by
a Multitude, for so My Designs might be discovered
before-hand. A Penny of this Money shall not be
bestowed, but in the Sight of your own Committees.
But whether I shall send Twenty Thousand or Ten
Thousand, whether by Sea or by Land, East or West,
by Diversion or otherwise, by Invasion upon the Bavarian or the Emperor, you must leave that to the
"Assure yourselves, My Delay hitherto was upon
Hope to have gotten it without a War. I held it by
a Hair, hoping to have gotten it by Treaty. But,
since I see no Certainty by that Way, I hope that
God, who hath put it into your Hearts thus to advise Me, and into My Heart to follow your Advice,
will so bless it, that I shall clear My Reputation from
Obloquy, and, in Despight of the Devil and all his
Instruments, shew that I never had but an honest
Heart; and I desire that God would bless our Labours for the happy Restitution of My Children; and
whosoever did the Wrong, I deserved better at their
Mr. Attorney read the same also.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens
Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis,
videlicet, 1m diem Aprilis proximum, hora nona, Dominis