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The King tells you he hath caused a Bill or two to be prepared for the Confirmation of all that was Enacted in the last Parliament, and commends the Dispatch of those to you with some Earnestnefs. The Truth is, it is a great part of the Business of this Parliament to celebrate the Memory of the last, by confirming or re-enacting all that was done by that Parliament; whịch tho it was not called by the King's Writ, may be reasonably. thought to have been called by God himself, upon the Supplication and Prayer of the King and the whole Nation, as the only Means to restore the Nation to its Happiness, to its Self, to its Honour, and even to its Innocences How glad the King was of it appears by what he writ to them from Breda, when he referred more to them than ever was referred to Parliainent : He referred in truth (upon the Matter) all that concerned himself, and that concerned Religion, all that concerned the Peace and Happiness of the Kingdom to them: And to their Honour be it spoken, and to their Honour be it ever remembred, That the King, Religion, and the Kingdom, have no reason to be sorry that so much was intrusted to them; nor they to be ashamed of the Discharge of their Truft. It would have been
ry unfeasonable Scruple in any Man, who would have refused to bear his Part in the excellent Transactions of that Parliament, be cause he was not called thither by the King's
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Writ, and it would be a more unreasonable Scruple now, in any Man, after we have all received the Fruit and Benefit of their Counfels and Conclusions, when in truth we owe our orderly and regular meeting at this time to
their extraordinary meeting then, to their Wisdom in laying hold upon the King's Promise, and to the King's Justice in performing all he promised, and to the Kingdom's Submission and Acquiescence in those Promises. I say it would be very unfeasonable and unreasonable now to endeavour to shake that Foundation, which, if you will take the King's Judgment, supports the whole Fabrick of our Peace and Security. He tells you what he shall think of any who goes about to undermine that Foundation; which is a Zeal no Prince could be transported with but himfelf; it might have seemed enough for a King who had received fo
many Injuries so hardly to be forgotten, undergone so many Losses so impoflible to be repair'd, to have been willing to confirm and to re-enact the A&t of Oblivion and Indempnity, when you Thould present it to him; but to prepare fuch an Act for you, to conjure you by all that is Precious,' by your Friendihip to him, to dispatch those Ads with Expedition, is such à Piece of Fatherly Tenderness and Piety, as could proceed from no Heart, but such a one, in which God hath treasured up a Stock of Mercy, and Justice, and Wisdom, to Redeem a Nation. And truly, my Lords and
Gentlemen, for ourselves, if we'll consider how much we owe to those, who with all the Faculties of their Souls contributed to, and contrived the Blessed Change, the restoring the King to his people, and his People to the King; and then how much we owe to those who gave no Opposition to the virtuous Adivity of the other, (and God knows a little Opposition might have done much harm;) whether we look upon the publick, or upon our own private Provocations, there will remain so few who do not deserve to be forgiven by us, that we may very well submit to the King's Advice, and his Example; of whom we may very juftly fay, as a very good Historian said of a very great Emperor, and I am sure it could never be fo. truly said of any Emperor as of ours, Facere rečte Cives fuos, Princeps optimus fasiendo docet; cumq; fit Imperio maximus, exemplo major eft.' Nor indeed hath he yet given us, or have we felt a
other Instances of his Greatness, and Power, and Superiority, and Dominion over us, nisi
as he laid) aut levatione periculi, aut acceffione dignitatis, by giving us Peace, Honour, and Security, which we could not have without him, by desiring nothing himself; and therefore I hope we shall make no scruple of obeying him in this Particular.
My Lords and Gentlemen, Though the last Parliament did great and wonderful things indeed, as much as in that time they could, .
yet they have left very great things for you to do. You are to finish the Struđure, of which they but laid the Foundation, indeed they Jeft some things undone, which it may be they thought they finished. You will find the Revenue they intended to raise for the King very much short of what they promised: You will find the Publick Debts for the discharge of the Army and the Navy, which they thought they had provided for sufficiently, to be still in arrear and unpaid. . And here I am, by the King's special Command, to commend the poor Seamen to you, who, by the Rules which were prescribed for their Payment, are in a much worse Condition than without Question was foreseen they would be; for by appointing them to be paid but from 1658, (which was a safe Rule to the Army,) very many are still in arrear for Two, Three, or Four Years Service ; and so his Majesty's promise to them from Breda remains unperformed. Some other Losses, which resulted from other Rules given for their Payment, have been supplied to them by the King's own Bounty: They are a People very worthy of your particular Care and Cherishing, upon whose Courage and Fidelity very inuch of the Happiness, and Honour, and Security of the Nation depends; and therefore his Majesty doubts not you will see Justice done towards them with favour.
My Lords and Gentlemen, You are now the great Physicians of the Kingdom, and God. knows have many wayward, and froward and distempered Patients; Patients who are in truth very Sick, and Patients who think themselves ficker than they are; and some who think themselves in health, and are most fick of all. You must therefore use all the Diligence, and Patience, and Compassion, which good Physicians have for their Patients; all the Cheerfulness, and Complacency, and Indulgence, their several Habits and Constitutions, and Distempers of Body and Mind may require: Be not too Melancholick with your Patients, nor fuffer them to be too Melancholick, by believing that every little Distemper will presently turn to a violent Fever, "and that Fever will presently turn to the Plague ;
little Trespass, every little swerving from the known Rule, must insensibly grow to a neglect of the Law, and that neglect as infensibly introduce an absolute Confusion; that every little diffe- . rence in Opinion or Practice, in Conscience and Religion, must presently destroy Conscience and Religion. Be not too fevereand rough towards your Patients, in prescribing Remedies, how well compounded foever, too nauseous and offensive to their Stomachs and Appetite, or to their very Fancy; allay and correct those Huinours which corrupt their Stomachs and their Appetites: If the good