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Address of the Commons to be presented to
His Majesty upon the Mel age touching the
28th of March, 1685. WE
'E Your Majesty's most Loyal and Dutiful
Subjects, the Commons of England now alsembled in Parliament, being filled with Joy and Gratitude, by Your most Gracious Meflage, re. commending to Us the Consideration of an Act of Free and General Pardon, Indemnity and Oblivion, humbly assure Your Majesty, That we now directly see what we always believed, that Justice and Mercy are to be equally extended and distributed to ali the People, in Your Administration of the Govern, ment. This doth confirm Our intire Confidence in Your Sacred Majesty, and cannot but make us believe, and heartily hope, it will conduce much to a perfect Union amongst Your Subjects. If any thing happen amiss, it must proceed from our Selves, and not from Your Majesty: Since You are pleased to set no other Bounds to Your Grace and Clemency, than such as to the Parliament should seem necessary, it is our Duty, and shall ever be our principal Care to provide for Your Majesty's Safety, as well in this as in all other Proceedings, with Exceptions agreeable with Your most merciful purposes only, that we may manifest to the World we desire to comply intirely with Your Majesty's Mercy, as far as is consistent with the Security of Your Royal Person, and the Government. As Your Majesty has been pleased to accept the Imperial Crown of this Realm, so You are resolved all Your good Subjects shall partake of the Blessings of Your Coronation, which must oblige and dispose all good Men to join and unite, in all Acts that may Secure and Support Your Majesty's Crown and Government, under our present Constitution and Establisament, and never ro depart from the fame.
Me Jage in favour of the IRISH.
Die 9 Aprilis, 1589.
R. Wharton, one of His Majesty's most Ho
nourable Privy Council, acquaints the blouse from His Majesty, That he is commanded by the King to acquaint the House, that there are a great many poor Protestants come out of Ireland, who are now in several Towns and Corporations upon the Coasts of Chester, Bristol, and several other places, and that several of them are Tradesmen, and Artificers, and that they have made Application to the King to this Effeét.
That they hope they shall not stand in need of the Afliftance and Relief of the Protestants here, in Cafe they may have liberty to Work in the Corporations where they come, and that they are very desirous so to do ; but if this be denied them, they shall fall into Distress, and at last be a Charge to the Publick. And therefore the King thinks what they defire is reasonable, and is willing to give them all the Countenance he can by Law: But then on the other side he is tender of breaking in upon any Liberties and Rights of the Corporations, and therefore delires to know what this House would advise him in this matter, whether to issue out a Proclamation, or to pass any Temporal Act for their being at Liberty to Exercise Trades in Corporations ?
Ordered, That a Bill be brought in to enable the Irisa Protestants to Exercise Trades in Corporations for a certain time.
E Your Majesty's most Loyal and Obedient
and Commons in Parliament assembled, do with utmost Duty and Aifcetion render to Your Majesty our most humble and hearty Thanks for Your Gracious Declaration, and repeated Affurances that you will maintain the Church of England Established by Law, which
Your Majesty has been pleased to rescue from the dangerous Conspiracy that was laid for its Destruction, with the hazard of Your Royal Person. The Doctrine and Practice of the Church of England have evinced their Loyalty beyond the Contradi&tion of the most malicious Enemies, and the Misfortune of former Princes can be attributed to nothing more than their Endeavours to Subvert and Disable the Members thereof for contributing to their Support and Defence.
We therefore humbly pray Your Majesty will be graciously pleased to continue Your Care in the Preservation of the same, whereby you will effectually Establish your Throne, by securing the Hearts of Your Majesty's Subjects within this Your Realm, who can no better shew their Zeal for Your Service, than by a firm adherence to that Church, whose Constitution is best suited to the Support of this Monarchy. We likewise humbly pray, that according to the Ancient Practice and usage of the Kingdom in time of Parliament, Your Majesty will be graciously pleased to Issue forth Your Writs for calling a Convocation of the Clergy of this Kingdom, and to be advised with in Matters Ecclesiaftical; affúring Your Majesty, that it is our intention forthwith to proceed to the Consideration of giving ease to Protestant Dissenters.
After some Amendments made, it was greed to, and sent to the Lords for their Concurrence,
Die Veneris 19 Aprilis 1689. Mr. Hamden Reported the following Ada
dress to be presented to the King , da bout entering into W AR with FRANCE.
WE Your Majesty's most Loyal Subjects the
Commons of England in Parliament afsembled, having taken into our most Serious Conderation, the Condition and State of this Nation in respect of France and Foreign Alliances, in order to which we have examined the mischiefs brought upon Christendom in late Years by the French King, who without any respect to Justice, has by fraud and force endeavoured to subject it to an Arbitrary and Universal Monarchy.
In Prosecution of this Design, so pernicious to the Repose and Safety of Europe, he has neglected none of those means, 'how indirect foever, which his Ambition or Avarice could suggest to him. The Faith of Treaties among all Princes, especially Christian Princes, ever held most inviolable, has néver been able to restrain him, nor the folemneft Oaths to bind him, when any occasion presented it self for extending the Limits of his Kingdom, or oppressing those whom his Interest inclind him to qualify by the Name of his Enemies; witness his Haughty and Groundless Declaration of War against the States General of the United Provinces in the Year 1672, in which he afligned no other Reason for disturbing that profound Peace (which by God's mercy all Europe enjoyed at that time) but his own Glory, and bis Resolution to punish the Dutch for some imaginary Slights and Disrespects which he would have made the World believe they had put upon him: Whereas the truc occasion was nothing else but a form'd design laid down and agreed upon by that King, and his Accomplices for the Subversion of the Liberty of Europe, and for Abo.
fishing the Commonwealth of Holland, as being too dangerous an Example of Liberty to the Subjects of the Neighbouring Monarchs. The Zeal of the Catholick Religion, which was pretended by him in this, and the following War, did afterwards fufficiently appear to the World to be no other than a Cloak for his unreasonable Ambition; For at the Tame time when the Persecution grew hottest against the Protestants of France, Letters were intercepted (and published) from him to Count Teckely, to give him the greatest Encouragement, and promise him the utmost Allistance in the War, which, in Conjunction with the Turks, he then managed against the first and greatest of all the Roman Catholick Princes.
Witness also the many open Infractions of the Treaties both of Aix la Chapelle, and Nimeguer, (whereof Your Majesty is the strongest Guarrantee) upon the most frivolous pretence imaginable, of which the most usual was that of Dependencies; aa Invention set on foot on purpose to serve for a pretext of Rupture with all his Neighbours, unless they chose rather to satisfy his endless demands by abandoning one place after another to his insatiate Appetite of Empire; and for maintaining whereof, the two Chambers of Metz and Brisack were Erected to find out, and forge Titles, and to invent equivocable Constructions for eluding the plain meaning of Treaties, concluded and Sworn with the greatelt Solemnity, and, than which, nothing can be more Sacred to Mankind.
From hence it was also, That Strasburgh was so infamously surpriz'd by the French King in a time of full Peace; and tho' Conditions were agreed and promised to the Inhabitants of that City, yet no Tooner was he in poffetlion of it, but all Stipulati. ons were forgotten, and that ancient City dotha groan under the fame Yoke with the rest of that King's Subjects.
The Building of the Fort at Hunningen, contrary to so many folemn Assurances given to the Swiffers, and the Affair of Luxemburgh, are too well known to need a particular Deduction. In a Word, the