Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 14, 1685-1691. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Sabbati, 19 die Octobris.
Sir R. Atkins Chief Baron, Speaker.
The Earl of Shrewsbury, Principal Secretary of State, acquainted the House, from His Majesty, "That His Majesty hath granted a Commission under the Great Seal of Engl'd, to Sir Robert Atkins Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer, to supply the Place of Lord Chancellor or Lord Keeper, as Speaker of this House."
"William and Mary, by the Grace of GOD, King and Queen of Engl'd, Scotland, France, and Ireland, Defenders of the Faith, &c. To our Trusty and Well-beloved Sir Robert Atkins Knight of the Order of the Bath, and Chief Baron of Our Court of Exchequer, Greeting: Know ye, that We, trusting in your approved Fidelity, Wisdom, and Discretion, and to the End such Matters and Business as to the Place and Room usually supplied by the Lord Chancellor or Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of Engl'd, in Our Upper House of Parliament, may be in all Things executed as appertaineth, in the said House of this present Parliament, now holden at Westm. amongst the Lords Spiritual and Temporal there assembled, as by the said Lord Chancellor or Lord Keeper hath been accustomed; We have named and appointed, and by these Prsents do constitute, name, and authorize you, from Day to Day, and from Time to Time hereafter, during Our Pleasure, to use, occupy, and supply the said Room and Place of the said Lord Chancellor or Lord Keeper, in Our said House of Parliament, amongst the said Lords Spiritual and Temporal there assembled, and then and there to do and execute all such Things as the said Lord Chancellor or Lord Keeper of the Great Seal should or might in that Behalf do if he were there personally present, using and supplying the same Room: Wherefore We will and command you the said Sir Robert Atkins, to attend and execute the Premises with Effect; and these Our Letters Patents shall be your sufficient Warrant and Discharge for the same in every Behalf. In Witness whereof, We have cause these Our Letters to be made Patents.
Then His Majesty, adorned with His Regal Robes and others Ornaments, ascended the Royal Throne, the Peers being also in their Robes, commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to signify His Majesty's Pleasure to the House of Commons, "That they attend Him presently, with their Speaker."
"Though the last Sitting continued so long, that perhaps it might have been more agreeable to you, in relation to your Private Concerns, not to have met again so soon; yet the Interest of the Public lays an indispensable Obligation upon Me to call you together at this Time.
"I esteem it One of the greatest Misfortunes can befal Me, that, in the Beginning of My Reign, I am forced to ask such large Supplies; though I have this Satisfaction, that they are desired for no other Purposes but the carrying on those Wars in which I entered with your Advice and Assurance of your Assistance; nor can I doubt of the Blessing of GOD upon all Undertakings, wherein I did not engage out of a vain Ambition, but from the Necessity of opposing those who have so visibly discovered their Designs of destroying our Religion and Liberties.
"It is well known how far I have exposed Myself to rescue this Nation from the Dangers that threaten it; not only your Liberty, but the Protestant Religion in general, of which the Church of England is One of the greatest Supports, and for the Defence whereof I am ready again to venture My Life.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"That which I have to ask of you at present is, that what you think fit to give towards the Charges of the War, for this next Year, may be done without Delay; and there is One Reason which more particularly obliges Me to press you to a speedy Determination in this Matter, because this next Month there is appointed, at The Hague, a general Meeting of the Ministers of all the Princes and States concerned in this War against France, in order to concert the Measures for the next Campaign: And till I know your Intentions, I shall not only be uncertain of Myself what Resolutions to take; but our Allies will be under the same Doubts, unless they seem supported by your Assistance. Besides, if I know not in Time what you will do, I cannot make such Provisions as will be requisite; but shall be exposed to the same Inconveniencies the next Year, which were the Cause that the Preparations for this were neither so effectual or expeditions as were necessary. The Charge will also be considerably lessened, by giving Time to provide Things in their proper Season and without Confusion.
"I have no other Aim in this, but to be in a Condition to attack our Enemies in so vigorous a Manner, as, by the Help of GOD, in a little Time, may bring us to a lasting and honourable Peace, by which My Subjects may be freed from the extraordinary Expence of a lingering War; and that I can have no greater Satisfaction than in contributing to their Ease, I hope I have already given Proof.
"I have One Thing more to recommend to you; which is, the Dispatch of a Bill of Indemnity, that, the Minds of My good Subjects being quieted, we may all unanimously concur to promote the Welfare and Honour of the Kingdom."
Bishops take the Oaths.
L. Griffin surrenders himself.
And his Lordship appearing, the Earl of Nottingham, One of the Secretaries of State, acquainted the House, "That the Lord Griffin taking Notice of the Proclamation issued out against him by His Majesty, upon the Address of this House, commanding him to render himself to One of the Secretaries of State; his Lordship hath rendered himself to him, and hath given Security to him for his Appearance before this House this Day."
desires Time to consider of the Oaths.
Thanks to the King, for His Speech.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do attend His Majesty, with the humble Thanks of this House, for His most Gracious Speech made this Day to both Houses of Parliament; and to desire His Majesty to give Order for the Printing and Publishing thereof.
House to be called.
Lords invited to dine in the City.
Tunstal versus Smith, in Error.
Robertus Atkins, Miles de Balneo, Capitalis Baro de Scaccario, Orator Procerum, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, videlicet, 21um diem instantis Octobris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.