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al Hopes of this much desired Establishment buried in Disorder; which the Lord in his Great Mercy I hope will prevent. And fo God speed you well together, and unite your Hearts for the Preservation of Peace and Settlement of these Nations, to His Glory, and Yours, and all our Comforts:
A Speech of King CHARLES II. to his Parliament in 1660, wherein he news bis Good Disposition for an Aft of Indempnity:
My Lords and Gentlement
, will not entertain you with a long Dif
course; the Sum of all I have to say tơ you being but to give you Thanks, very Hearty Thanks'; and I assure you I find it a very difficult Work to satisfie my self in my own Expressions of those Thanks, Perfunctory Thanks, Ordinary Thanks for Ordinary Civilities are easily given; but when the Heart is as full as mine is, it is a Labour tơ thank you. You have taken great Pains to oblige me, and therefore it cannot be easie for me to express the Sense I have of it.
I wist enlarge no further to you upon this Occalion, than to tell you, That when God brought me hither, I brought with me an Extraordinary Affection and Esteem for Parliaments. I need not tell you how much it is improved by your Carriage towards nye. You have out-done all the good and obliging Acts of your Predecessors towards the Crown; and therefore you cannot but believe my Heart is exceedingly enlarged with the Acknowledgment.
Many former Parliaments have had particular Denominations from what they have done; they have been stiled, Learned and Unlearned, and sometimes have had worse Epithites; I pray let us all Resolve that this be for ever called, The Healing and the Blesed Parliament.
As I thank you, though not enough, for what
you have done, fo I have not the least doubt by the Blessing of God, but when I Shall call the next Parliament, which I shall do as soon as reasonably you can expect or defire, I shall receive your Thanks for what I have done since I parted with you:. For I deal truly with you, I shall not more propose any one Rule to my self, in my Actions, and my Counsels, than this, What is a Parliament like to think of this Action, or this Council? And it shall be Want of Understanding in me, if it will not bear that Test.
I shall conclude with this, which I cannot fay too often, nor you too often, where you go, that next to the Miraculous Blessing of God Almighty, and indeed, as an immediate Effect of that Blessing, I do impute the good Disposition and Security we are all in, to the happy Act of Indempnity and Oblivion, that is the Principal Corner-stone which supports this Excellent Building, that creates Kindness in us to each other; and Confidence is our Joint and Common Security. You may be sure I will not only observe it Religiously and Inviolably my felf
, but also .exact the Observation of it from others: And if
any Person should ever have the Boldness to attempt to perswade me to the contrary, he will find such an Acceptation from me as he would have, who should perswad me to burn Magna Charta, Cancel all the Old Laws, and to ereat a New Government after
my own Invention and Appetite,
There are many other Particulars whichi I will not trust my own Memory with, but will require the Chancellors to say the rest
The Earl of CLARENDON'S
Speech to the Parliament in 1661, wherein he reflects on the Tyranny, Confusion, and Disorders of the late Rebellion; and proposes a Match betwixt the King and Infanta of Portugal.
My Lords, and you the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the House of Commons. SHE King hath called
hither ALE by his Writ, to aflift him with T
your Information and Advice in the greatest and weightieft Af
fairs of the Kingdom: By his Writ, which is the only good and lawful Way to the Meeting of a Parliament ; and the pursuing that Writ, the remembring how and why they came together, is the only Way
to bring a happy End to Parliaments; there was no such Writ as this, no such Presence as this in the Year. 1649, when this unhappy Kingdom was dishonoured and exposed to the Mirth and Reproach of their Neighbours in the Government of a Commonwealth; there was no such Writ as this, no such Presence as this, in December 1653, when that InfantCommonwealth, when the Three Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the Dominions thereunto belonging, were delivered up into the Bloody and Merciless Hands of a devouring Protector, and facrificed to his Luft and Appetite: There was no such Writ as this, no such Presence as this in the Year 1656, when that Protector was more folemnly invested and installed, and the Liberty of the Three Nations submitted to his Absolute Tyranny by the bumble Petition and Advice. When People came together by such exorbitant Means, it is no wonder that their Confultations and Conclusions were fo difproportioned from any Rules of Justice or Sobriety. God be thank'd, that he hath referv'd us to this Day, a Day that many Good Men have died praying for, that after all those Prodigies in Church and State, we have lived to see the King at the Opening of the Parliament. That we have lived to fee our King Anointed and Crowned by the Hands of an Archbishop, as his Predecessors have been, and that we are come hither this Day in Obedience to his Writ.