Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 16, 1696-1701. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Martis, 27 Octobris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Address to the King.
The Lord Clifforde reported from the Committee (appointed to draw an Address to be presented to His Majesty, upon the Subject-matter of His Speech) an Address.
Which was read, as followeth; (videlicet,)
"May it please Your most Excellent Majesty,
"We, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, do conceive we cannot enter upon the Business of this Session any Way so well, as by an Address to Your Majesty, testifying our Zeal to Your Service, and our Forwardness to apply ourselves to what Your Majesty has lately proposed from the Throne.
"And being entirely satisfied that the Liberty of Europe is concerned in the Resolutions of this Parliament; and that the Welfare of Your Majesty's Subjects does depend upon Your Safety, and the Success of Your Arms; we beg Leave to assure Your Majesty, we do, and ever shall, consider all the Disappointments You meet with, and the Obstructions laid in Your Way, as our greatest Misfortunes; and those that create and promote them, as Enemies to the Public.
"And as with the utmost Sincerity we give Your Majesty these Assurances; so we think it becomes us to deal as plainly with Your Enemies: And therefore, that they may not believe Your Majesty's loyal Subjects can ever wish for Peace, or think of it, but upon those safe and honourable Terms which may make it lasting and secure; we farther assure Your Majesty, we shall endeavour to overcome all Difficulties to support You at the Head of so just and glorious a Cause, and shall never be wanting or backward, on our Part, in what may be necessary to Your Majesty's Honour, the Good of these Kingdoms, and the Quiet of Christendom."
ORDERED, That the Lords now present, who are of His Majesty's most Honourable Privy Council, do attend His Majesty, humbly to know what Time He will please to appoint, for this House to attend Him with their Address.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, (videlicet,) vicesimum octavum diem instantis Octobris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.