Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 15, 1691-1696. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 4 Gulielmi et Mariæ.
DIE Veneris, 4 die Novembris, 1692, Anno Regni Serenissimi Domini et Dominæ Guliel. et Mariæ, Dei Gratia, Angl. Scotiæ, Franciæ, et Hib'niæ Regis et Reginæ, Fidei Defensorum, &c. Quarto, in quem Diem prædict. (fn. 1) hæc Quarta Sessio Parliamenti prorogata suit, in Superiori Parliamenti Domo apud Westmonaster. convenere (fn. 1) Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum Nomina subscribuntur, præsentes fuerunt:
His Majesty ascended His Throne, being adorned with His Royal Crown and Robes (the Peers being likewise in their Robes), commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to give Notice to the House of Commons, "That they attend His Majesty presently, with their Speaker."
Who being come, His Majesty made the Speech following:
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I am very glad to meet you again in Parliament, where I have an Opportunity of thanking you for the great Supplies you have given Me for the Prosecution of this War: And I hope, by your Advice and Assistance, which has never failed Me, to take such Measures as may be most proper for supporting our common Interest, against the excessive Power of France.
"We have great Reason to rejoice in the happy Victory, which, by the Blessing of God, we obtained at Sea: And I wish I could tell you that the Success at Land had been answerable to it. I am sure, My own Subjects had so remarkable a Part in both, that their Bravery and Courage must ever be remembered to their Honour.
"The French are repairing their Losses at Sea with great Diligence, and do design to augment their Land Forces considerably against the next Campaign; which makes it absolutely necessary for our Safety, that at least as great a Force be maintained at Sea and Land as we had the last Year: And therefore I must ask of you, Gentlemen of the House of Commons, a Supply suitable to so great an Occasion.
"I am very sensible how heavy this Charge is upon My People; and it extremely afflicts Me, that it is not possible to be avoided without exposing ourselves to inevitable Ruin and Destruction: The Inconvenience of sending out of the Kingdom great Sums of Money for the Payment of the Troops Abroad is indeed very considerable; and I so much wish it could be remedied, that, if you can suggest to Me any Methods for the Support of them, which may lessen this Inconvenience, I shall be ready to receive them with all the Satisfaction imaginable.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"None can desire more than I do that a Descent should be made into France; and therefore, notwithstanding the Disappointment of that Design this last Summer, I intend to attempt it the next Year with a much more considerable Force; and, so soon as I shall be enabled, all possible Care and Application shall be used towards it.
"And, upon this Occasion, I cannot omit taking Notice of that signal Deliverance, which, by the good Providence of God, we received the last Spring, to the Disappointment and Confusion of our Enemies Designs and Expectations. This has sufficiently shewn us, how much we are exposed to the Attempts of France, while that King is in a Condition to make them. Let us, therefore, improve the Advantage we have at this Time, of being joined with most of the Princes and States of Europe against so dangerous an Enemy. In this, surely, all Men will agree, who have any Love for their Country, or any Zeal for our Religion. I cannot therefore doubt but you will continue to support Me in this War against the declared Enemy of this Nation; and that you will give as speedy Dispatch to the Affairs before you as the Nature and Importance of them will admit, that our Preparations may be timely and effectual for the Preservation of all that is dear and valuable to us.
"I am sure, I can have no Interest but what is yours. We have the same Religion to defend; and you cannot be more concerned for the Preservation of your Liberties and Properties than I am that you should always remain in the full Possession and Enjoyment of them; for I have no Aim but to make you a happy People.
"Hitherto I have never spared to expose My own Person for the Good and Welfare of this Nation; and I am so sensible of your good Affections to Me, that I shall continue to do so with great Chearfulness upon all Occasions, wherein I may contribute to the Honour and Advantage of England."
Which being ended, His Majesty withdrew, and the Commons went to their House.
Frauds by clandestine Mortgages to prevent, Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for preventing Frauds by clandestine Mortgages."
Committee for Privileges.
Lords Committees appointed to consider of the Customs and Orders of this House, and the Privileges of Parliament, and of the Peers of this Kingdom and Lords of Parliament.
Their Lordships, or any Seven of them; to meet on Monday next, at Four of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the House of Peers, and every Monday after at the same Time; and to adjourn as they please.
Committee for the Journal.
Lords Sub-committees appointed to consider of the Orders and Customs of the House, and the Privileges of the Peers of this Kingdom, and Lords of Parliament; and to peruse and perfect the Journal of the last Session and this Session of Parliament.
Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to meet on Monday next, at Four of the Clock in the Afternoon, in, or any where near, the House of Peers; and afterwards when, where, and as often as, they please.
Committee for Petitions.
Lords Committees appointed by the House to receive and consider of Petitions, and afterwards to make Report thereof to the House.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Tuesday next, at Four of the Clock in the Afternoon, in the Painted Chamber near the House of Peers; and every Tuesday after at the same Time; and to adjourn as they please.
Sedgwick versus Hitchcock.
Upon reading the humble Petition of Obadiah Sedgwick Merchant; praying, amongst other Things, the reviewing and establishing of an Order made in this House, the Twentieth of December, One Thousand Six Hundred and Ninety, upon hearing his Cause depending in this House, to which George Hitchcock and others were Respondents:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said George Hitchcock and others, Respondents, may have a Copy of the said Petition; and be, and they are hereby, required to put in their Answer or respective Answers thereunto, in Writing, on Wednesday the Ninth Day of November Instant, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Rob'tus Atkins, Miles de Balneo, Capitalis Baro de Scaccario, Orator Procerum, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, (videlicct,) septimum diem instantis Novembris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.