THE SPEECH OF Sr. Edw. Turnor, Kt. SPEAKER of the Honourable House of COMMONS, TO THE KINGS most Excellent MAJESTY.

Delivered on Friday the Eighteenth day of January 1666.


LONDON, Printed by Tho. Ratcliffe, for Robert Pawlet, at the sign of the Bible in Chancery-Lane. 1666.

I I Do appoint Robert Pawlet to print this Speech, and that no other presume to print the same.

Edw. Turnor.

THE SPEECH OF Sr EDW. TURNOR, Kt Speaker of the Honourable House of Commons, TO THE KINGS most Excellent MAJESTY.
Delivered on Friday the Eighteenth day of January 1666.

May it please Your Most Excellent Majesty,

SInce the Two Houses of Parliament, by Your Majesties Command, were last Convened, they have with great care in­spected the State of the Kingdome: They finde Your Majesty engaged in a [Page 2]sharp and costly Warre, opposed by mighty Princes, and States, that are in conjunction against us, they see with sorrow, the greatest part of your Me­tropolitan City buried in ashes. These are Ardua Regni, indeed, and fit only for the advise of a Loyal Parliament. But, SIR, looking more narrowly in­to things, we found our Body Politick entring into a Consumption, our Trea­sures, that are the sinews of War, and the bond of Peace, are much exhausted; the great aydes which are given to your Majesty for the maintenance of the War, are but like the blood in its circulation, which will return again, and nourish all the parts; but a great deal is yearly transported in specie into France to bring home Apes and Peacocks, and the best returns are but superfluities and vanities: We have therefore una­nimously besought Your Majesty to stop this issue of blood, and We hope Your Majesties most seasonable and [Page 3]gracious Proclamation, will pre­vent the future exspiration of these Spirits.

We have likewise been allarum'd from all parts of the Kingdome by the insolencies of Popish Priests and Jesuits, who by their great numbers and bold writings declare to all the World, they are in expectation of a plentifull harvest here in England: But Your Majesty by Your gracious answer to the desire of Both Your Houses, Your command for all Officers and Souldiers in Your Majesties pay to take the Oathes of Allegiance and Supremacy, and Your Proclamation for the departure of Priests and Jesuites out of this Nation, have in a great measure secured us a­gainst those Fears.

When Your Majesty was pleased at the opening of this Session of Parlia­ment to speak to us, You commanded. [Page 4]Us to finde out the best Expedients we could, for carrying on the War with as little burthen to the people as was possible. The Knights, Citizens and Burgesses of the Commons House of Parliament have industriously applyed themselves to the consideration of this matter. They quickly resolved of a Supply for Your Majesty suitable to your occasions of 1800000 l. but it hath taken up much of their time, so to lay this Ayd, that it may not seem a bur­then. A little weight lying alwayes upon one shoulder will at length become uneasie, but being shifted sometimes to the other shoulder, there will be some refreshment.

The greatest part of the Taxes that have been raised these Six and Twenty years, were laid upon our Lands, which made us desire to give them some rest; We have therfore prepared a Poll bill, whereby we have brought in all sorts of [Page 5]persons, prosessions, and personal estates to give their assistance to Your Maje­sty, and to ease the Land Tax; Mul­torum manibus grande levatur onus: This Bill we hope will speedily bring in a considerable Sum of ready money for Your Majesties present use. Wee have likewise taken care for supplying the remainder of the 1800000 l. by a­nother Bill remaining with us, which in a short time will be ready to be pre­sented to your Majesty.

The better to enable your Majesties good Subjects to pay these several Aydes, and with chearfulness to sup­ply your Majesties future occasions, We thought it necessary to remove a Nusance out of their way, the infinite number of Forreign Cattel that were daily imported, did glutt our markets, and bring down the prizes both of our home-bred Cattel, and our Lands; therefore we have prepared a Bill for [Page 6]the prohibiting the importation of any Forreign Cattel for 7. years.

We finde your Majesties Mint is not so well imployed as formerly, and the reason is, because the sees and wa­ges of the Officers and Workmen is in part payd out of the Bullion that is brought thither to be coyned, and what is wanting is made up by your Maje­sty: We have therefore for the ease of your Majesty and those that shall bring in any Plate or Bullion to be coyned there, made another provision by an Imposition upon Wines, Brandy, or Syder imported from any Forreign Nations.

Having given your Majesty this short Account at present; We shall with Your leave return to perfect those Bills that still remain with Us; and we hope so to finish them to Your Majesties satisfaction, that all Your [Page 7]Majesties Enemies both at home and abroad may see, and feel the effects of this blessed Correspondence between Our Gracious King and his Loyal Parliament.


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