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make their owa Fortunes :' Bue from his Parliament he need not want very plentiful fupplies to preserve the Honour of himself and the Kingdom Would he maintain: his Dominions and Righes, sihat can his Creatures dog but when he coles with this Parliament, he can neither want the Heads, Hearts, and Purses of his. People ro fepve him : so that whatever His Majesty would have, it is only to be had by his Parliament: For his Favourites cannot in the least contribute to make him Safe or Honourable; or whatever else a King may want or defire: All the Ulle a King can have from His Favourites, is to have Stories and Lies to fet him at variance with his people. I hope when the Case is laid before His Majesty, that he will close with us; but if his Judgment is to prepossessed that it will not convince him of his literelt, then we must conclude that it is with him as it was with Rehoboam, who forfook the Council of the Old Men, and inclmed to that of the Young Men, who councelled him to tell the People that his little Fin. ger should be thicker than his Fathers Loynes : And I pray what was the effect of that huffing Speech? Why Ten Tribes were taken from him, and it was not his Young Men that could recover them for him again; neither was it without a Parliament that his Majesty was brought into Enga land, I hope his Majesty has not forgot it.
Let them advise what they will, but I am confident they will think on't a good while before they wili adventure to put those Arbitrary Councils into Execution ; it will prove a hot matter to handle: For though I hope no Man here will lift up his hand againli His Majesty, yet we may oppose
any Man that does seek to invade our Properties : And for my own part I will Pistol any Subject, be he the greatest in England that shall in deavour to deprive me of my juft Right : Let us do what we can to effect an Únion between the King and his People, and leave that Success to God Almighty, and his will be done,
On the Occasion of some
Being put out of
Was in hopes that some Gentlemen would
have prevented me in what I have to say, for I fear the House is under a great mistake as to those Gentlemen of the House who are put out of the Commission of the Peace : For it is to speak to that chiefly I stand up : I acknowledge that it is an unanswerable thing that other Gentlemen were put out, but no doubt it was upon very weighty and warrantable grounds that the Gentlemen of the House were put out.
For without doubt His Majesty, or who lie be that advised him to it, did think it reasonable, and were sensible that we who attend the service of our Country in this place, do spend our Time and Money, and neglect our own Affairs, and therefore when we come home, its fit that we have a time of rest, and that we be eased both in our bodies and Purses, and be at leasure to settle our own con
cerns, and not that we should be tossed from one chargeable and troublesome Imployment to ano. ther: So that we have great cause to be thankful for the care that is taken of us.
Besides, there is a further regard had to us; for this is a dangerous time to put the Laws in Execution against the Papists, because there are Examples where Magistrates fome have been murdered, others attempted to be affassinated for putting the Liws in Execution against the Papists, and because we appeard to be zealous in it, therefore this care is taken off us ; I suppose that might be the chief reason why I was put out, because I have help't to convict above Five Thousand Papists in Lancashire.
And furthermore it was necessary to know how we stand in the thoughts of our Countrymen, whether they have a good opinion of us now we are turn'd out of Office, because it look't like a design d disgrace: For my part it has gai'd me ground, and I believe every Gentleman elfe finds his Countreymen not to ésteem the worse of hin, I rather think better, therefore seeing our Countreys believe us to be honest Men, there's no great question but we shall be in great esteem at Whitehall
, now they have had this Tryal of us : For White-ball is very apt to incline to the opinion of the Country: And that Cart is not well upon the Wheels, when it is otherwise.
Therefore for my part I am very thankful that I am put out. l'le affure you I find my Purse the fuller for it, and I find my Countrey to pay me
altogether as much respect, if not more than formerly : There is but one thing that I grudged to part with, and that was the Office of Custos Rotis
Justices being put out of Commission. 131 lorum which had been in my Family for several Generations, and for that I hop'd a particular reason might have been assign'd why they took it from me, but from that day to this I cannot learn what was the cause : It's gone, and farewel it : Andi that's all the loss I had by being put out of the Commission of the Peace : I have done with our felves, and now give me leave to speak a little concerning other Gentlemen who are put out, and no reason given for it.
When any Gentleman is made a Justice of Peace, it is out of respect to him, and for the good of the Country, because he is supposed to be honest and able, and without dispute no Man ought to be put out; but either that he is unfaithful, unwilling to do his part, or else he does not understand it : And it's a great injustice to any Gentleman to put him out without hearing him; for to judge a man unheard is not allowed by the Law. And what is it, but to judge a Mans Reputation a thing most dear to every honest Man: For in any age but this it would be a great reflection upon a Gentleman to be turn'd out of the Commission of the Peace: But God be thank't the Nation fees very plainly who and what fort of Persons rule the Rost: 'By all the inquiry I can make I do not find that any Man is put out, but such as were very ac!ive against the Papists, such as are against Arbitrary Power , and such as approved of the Bill against 'the Duke: I wish they would give the reason why one Gentleman was put out in my County, for besides my self there are but two put out, the one was newly put in, and had not acted, the other is an Ancient Justice of Peace, and a Man that cannot be reprehended in relation to the discharge of his trust; K 2