THE ACCESSION OF CHARLES I TO THE MEETING OF THE THIRD PARLIAMENT OF HIS
1. Speech of Sir Nathaniel Rich, proposing terms on which the House
of Commons may be prepared to grant Supply.
[Aug. 6, 1625. Debates in the House of Commons in 1615 (Camden Soc.),
Appendix, p. 139. See Hist. of Engl. v. 414.]
Some moved to give, and give presently, and some would not give at all,
and some would give sub modo; and a fourth, to which he inclineth,
(1) That we should first move the King for his answer to our petition
[l], for we can have no hope of a blessing so long as the execrable
thing remaineth amongst us, and to have His Majesty s answer in Parliament, and
after a parliamentary way.
(2) And there is a necessity that His Majesty should declare the enemy
to give us satisfaction, and every one may contribute his reasons, which may do
much good; but the proper design no man holdeth fit should be disclosed to
(3) And he wisheth that when His Majesty doth make a war, it may be
debated and advised by his grave Council.
(4) And there is a necessity to look into the King's estate, how it may
subsist of itself, which is an old parliamentary course, and hath always been
used when as any great aid hath been required of the Commons.
(5) And also to crave His Majesty's answer to the impositions; and, as
for that objection that the time is not now fitting, and that it will require a
longer time than we may sit here, he thinketh not so, for a committee might be
named to digest into heads, which might be presented unto His Majesty, and at
this time to capitulate with the King, being that never had the
subject more cause to do it than we have now.
And is this without precedent? No, and that in the best time, even of
that most renowned King, Edward III; for he pretending to make a war, as now
our King doth, he did desire subsidies from his subjects, and they, before they
would grant it, did capitulate with him, and you shall find by the very Act
itself, which was in the twenty-second year of his reign, that they did grant
him a subsidy, and but one; and that upon condition, too, that if he did not go
on with his war, the grant should cease, and the same not to be levied.
 On religion.
 I.e. considering.
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