On Thursday the second day of January, the
Defaulters were called, and twelve allowed by
the House to make default.
Dr Huicke sent in word from the Lord Keeper, that the Lords had Adjourned their House,
until one of the Clock in the Afternoon.
The Almes given this day by the House for
relief of the Poor, amounted to the sum of
nineteen pound ten shillings, to be paid by Mr
Henry Knolles Sen., and Mr Grimston, two Members of the said House.
In the Afternoon about three of the Clock, the
Queens Majesty sitting in the Upper House of
Parliament, the Knights, Citizens and Burgesses
of the House of Commons, with Richard Onslow
their Speaker (having had notice thereof) repaired thither; where the said Speaker made an
Excellent Oration, of above one hours length,
tending to the Expression of the great goodness
of Almighty God, shewed unto this Realm, by
the quiet Government of the Queens Majesty;
and shewed also the strength of Laws. And after
thanks to the Queens Majesty for her Gracious
Pardon, offered the Subsidy, and the Pardon.
And when the Lord Keeper had made a short
Answer to the special points of the Oration of
the Speaker, and that the Queens Majesty had
given her Royal Assent to thirty four Acts, viz.
nineteen publick Acts, and fifteen private; immediately it pleased her said Majesty to declare in
a most Excellent Phrase of Speech and Sentence,
that she seemed not Pleased with the doings of
the House of Commons, for busying themselves
in this Session, with matters which did not appertain at this time unto them (intimating doubtless thereby their too violent, and eager prosecution of those two great businesses touching her
Marriage, and Declaration of a Successor, in default of Issue of her own Body) but in the end
of her said Speech, she concluded with comfortable words, and commanded the Parliament to
Nota, That this business had many and long
Agitations in the House of Commons, who were
especially violent in that latter branch of it,
touching the Declaration of a Successor, as see
more at large on Monday the 25th day of November foregoing; and lastly, I have thought
good to give a short touch, that all the foregoing passages of this Afternoon, touching her Majesties Presence, Royal Assent, Speech and Dissolving the Parliament, were thus Orderly set
down in the Original Journal-Book of the House
of Commons, and have here received little Alterations.