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Noblemen ) it is most lawful for them to intermeddle in Secular Affairs, so as they be not entangled (as the Apostle calls it) with this intermeddling, as to flight and neglect the Office of their Calling; which no Minister, Noble or Ignoble, can do without grievously finning against God, and his own Conscience. It is lawful for Persons in Holy Orders to intermeddle : It is without Question; or else they could not make provision of Meat and Drink, as Bexa interprets the Place, it is not lawful for them to be thus entangled and bound up with Secular Affairs : Wliich 'I humbly beseech your Lordships to consider, not as a Distinétion invented by me, but clearly express’d by the Apostle himself.

And thus, my Noble Lords, I shall without any further Molestation, and with hùmble Thanks for this great Patience, leave this great Cause of the Church to your Lordships wise and igrácious Consideration. Here is my Maris Hili, and farther I shall never appeal for Justice, fome Affurance I have from the late solemn Vow and Protestation of both Houses for the maintaining and defending the Power and Privileges of Parlựament, that if this Bill were now to be framed in the one House, it would never be offered without much Qualification, and, I perswade my self

, it will not be approved in the other, Parliaments are indeed Omnipotent, but no more

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Qmnipotent than God himself, who for all that, cannot do every thing: God cannot but perform what he hath promised : A Parliament, under Favour, cannot unswear what it hath already vowed : This is an old Maxim whích 'I have of the Sages of the Law; A Parliament cannot be Felo de se, it cannot destroy or undo it self; An A&t of Parliament (as that in the Eleventh, and another in the One and Twentieth, of Richard the second ) made to be unrepealable in any subsequent Parliament, was, ipso facto, void in the Constitution ; Why? Because it took away the Power and Privileges ; that is, not the Plumes and Feathers, the remote Accidents, but the very specifical Form, Essence, and Being of a Parliment: So if an Act should be made to take away the Votes of all the Commons, or all the Lords, it were absolutely a void Act. I will conclude with the First Epistle to the Corinthians, Chap. 12. Ver. 15. If the Foot shall say, because I am not the Hand, I am not of the Body; is it therefore not of the Body? Ver. 20. But now are they many Members, yet but one 'Body. Ver, 21. And the Eye cannot say unto the Hand, I have no need of thee ; nor again, the Header to the Feet, I have no need of you.

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The Lord Pinch's Speech in the House of

Commons, the 2ift of December 1641, he
being then Lord Keeper,
Mr. Speaker,
Do first present my most humble Thanks

to this Honourable Assemby, for this Favour vouchsafed me, in granting me Admittance to their Presence; and do humbly beseech them to believe, it is no desire to preserve my self, or my Fortune, but to de serve the good Opinion of those that have drawn me hither. I do profess, in the Presence of him that knoweth all Hearts, I had rather go from Door to Door, and crave Da obolum Bellizario, with the Good Will of this Assembly, then enjoy all the Honours and Fortunes I am capable of.

I do not come hither with an Intention to justifie my Words, my Adions or Opinions, but to make a plain and clear Narration of my self, and then humbly to submit to the Wisdom and Justice of this House, my self, and all that concerns me.

But this Houfe will not take Words, but with clear and ingenuous Dealing.

And therefore I shall beseech them to think, that I come not hither with a fet or studied Speech ; I come to speak my. Heart, and to

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speak it clearly and plainly, and then to leave it to your Clemency and Justice: And, I hope, ifany thing shall slip from me (to work contrary to my Meaning and Intention, diforderly or ill placed) you will be pleased to make a favourable Construction, and leave me the Liberty of Explanation (if there shall be any) but I hope there shall be no Cause for it,

I hope, for my Affection in Religion, no Man doubreth me: What my Education was, and under whom I lived for many Years, is well known, 1 lived near Thirty Years in the Society of Grays-Inn, and if one (that was a Reverend Preacher there in my Time, Doctor Sibbs) were now living, he were able to give Testimony to this House, That when a Party ill affected in Religion fought to tire and weary him out, he had his chiefest Encouragement and Help from me. I have, Mr. Speaker, been now Fifteen Years of the King's Council ; from the First Hour to this Minute, no Man is able to fay, that ever I was the Author, Deviser, or Confenter to any Project.

It pleafed the King, my Gracious Mafter, after I bad served him divers Years, 'to prefer me to TwoPlaces; first to be Chief Justice of the Common-Pleas, and then Lord Keeper of his Great Seal: I fay it in the Presence of God, I was so far from the Thought of the one, and the ambition of the other, that if

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my Mafter, the King, his Grace and Goodness had not been, I had never enjoyed those Honours. . In all that Time, I may speak it with Conscience, these Hands never touched Bribe or Reward, these Eyes were never blinded with Guilt, I took heed to these Affections common to Man, which are apteft to mislead a Judge, Friendship and Hatred, neither in the one nor the other have I adhéred to.

Those that know me, know me far from a vindicative Nature.

I cannot know, Mr. Speaker, what Par. ticulars there are by which you have an ill Opinion of me, and therefore I shall come very weakly armed ; Yet to these, that either in my own Knowledge, or fuch Knowledge as is given me, and not from any of this House, I shall speak somewhat, that, I hope, being Truth, and accompanied with Clearness and Ingenuity, will at the laft pro duce fome Allay in that ill Opinion which may, perhaps, be conceived of me.

Mr. Speaker, I had once the Honour to fit in that Place; from the first time I came hither, to the unfortunate Hour I went out, I do appeal to all that were then, ifI served not you with Candor.

Ill Office I never did to either of the Houses, but did ever wish the Good of both.

For that last unliappy Day, I had my Sliare of Grief in it; and I hope there are

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