Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Lunæ, 18 die Februarii;
Answer to Address.
MR. Hamden acquaints the House, That, according to their Order, his Majesty, having been attended by such Members of the House as are of the Privy Council, with the Thanks of the House for their Majesty's gracious Answer, upon presenting the Declaration of both Houses in the Banqueting House, His Majesty was pleased to say, "That he was very glad that what he had done had given Satisfaction to the House; and did assure them, that he should be always ready to do what was for the good of the Kingdom."
Message to attend the King.
The King's Speech reported.
I think it necessary to acquaint you, That the Condition of our Allies abroad, and particularly that of Holland, is such, that, unless some speedy Care be taken of them, they will run a greater Hazard than you would have them exposed to.
You yourselves must be sensible, That the Posture of Affairs here require your serious Consideration; and that a good Settlement at Home is necessary, not only for our own Peace, but for the Support of the Protestant Interest both Here and Abroad:
I must leave it to you to consider of the most effectual Ways of preventing the Inconveniencies which may arise by Delays; and to judge what Forms may be most proper to bring those things to pass, for the Good of the Nation, which I am confident are in all your Minds; and which I, on My Part, shall always be ready to promote.
Thanks for Speech.
Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That the humble Thanks of this House be returned to his Majesty, by such Members thereof, as are of his Majesty's most Honourable Privy Council, for his gracious Speech this Day made to both Houses.
King's Speech to be considered.
Resolved, That this House will To-morrow Morning, at Ten of the Clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to take into Consideration his Majesty's gracious Speech this Day made to both Houses.