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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Anno 9 Guilielmi Tertii.
DIE Veneris, tertio die Decembris, 1697°, Anno Regni Serenissimi Domini Gulielmi Tertii, Dei Gratia, Angl. Scociæ, Franciæ, et Hib'niæ Regis, Fidei Defensoris, &c. Nono; in quem diem præsens hoc Parliamentum prorogatum suit, in Superiori Domo Parliamenti apud Westmonaster. convenire, Domini tam Spirituale quam Temporales, quorum Nomina fubscribuntur, præsentes fuerunt:
The Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas sat Speaker, by virtue of a former Commission.
L. Viscount Townshend takes his Seat.
This Day Charles Lord Viscount Townshend sat first in Parliament, upon the Death of his Father Horatio Lord Viscount Townshend; and took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, pursuant to the Statutes.
E. of Coventry introduced.
Thomas Lord Coventry, being by Letters Patents, dated Vicesimo Sexto April. Nono Gul. Tertii, created Earl of Coventry, was, in his Robes, introduced, between the Earl of Montagu and Earl of Bradford, also in their Robes, and preceded by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, Garter King at Arms, and the Lord Great Chamberlain: His Lordship presented his Patent to the Speaker, on his Knee, at the Woolsack; who delivered it to the Clerk; and being read at the Table, his Lordship was accordingly placed on the Earls Bench.
E. of Jersey introduced.
In like Manner, Edward Viscount Villiers, being, by Letters Patents, dated Vicesimo Quarto Die Septembris, Nono Gul. Tertii, created Earl of Jersey, was, in his Robes, introduced, between the Earl of Suffolke and Earl of Northampton; the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, Garter King at Arms, the Lord Great Chamberlain, and Earl Marshal of England preceding: His Lordship presented his Patent to the Speaker, on his Knee, at the Woolsack; who delivered it to the Clerk, and being read at the Table; as also his Writ of Summons, bearing Date Primo Die Decembris, Nono Gul'mi Tertii.
His Lordship took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, pursuant to the Statutes; and was accordingly placed on the Earls Bench.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, to robe.
The House was resumed.
His Majesty, being arrayed in His Regal Robes and Crown, attended with His Officers of State, ascended His Royal Throne (the Peers being also in their Robes); commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to signify to the House of Commons, "It is His Majesty's Pleasure, they attend Him presently."
Who being come, with their Speaker; His Majesty was pleased to say as follows; (videlicet,)
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"The War, which I entered into by the Advice of My People, is, by the Blessing of GOD, and their zealous and affectionate Assistance, brought to the End we all proposed, an honourable Peace; which I was willing to conclude, not so much to ease Myself from any Trouble or Hazard, as to free the Kingdom from the continuing Burthen of an expenfive War.
"I am heartily sorry My Subjects will not at first find all that Relief from the Peace, which I could wish, and they may expect: But the Funds, intended for the last Year's Service, have fallen short of answering the Sums for which they were given; so that there remain considerable Deficiencies to be provided for.
"There is a Debt upon the Account of the Fleet and the Army.
"The Revenues of the Crown have been anticipated, by My Consent, for Public Uses; so that I am wholly destitute of Means to support the Civil List: And I can never distrust you will suffer this to turn to My Disadvantage; but will provide for Me, during My Life, in such a Manner as may be for My Honour, and for the Honour of the Government.
"Our Naval Force being increased to near Double what it was at My Accession to the Crown, the Charge of maintaining it will be proportionably augmented: And it is certainly necessary, for the Inrerest and Reputation of England, to have always a great Strength at Sea.
"The Circumstances of Affairs Abroad are such, that I think Myself obliged to tell you My Opinion, that, for the present, England cannot be safe without a Land Force; and I hope we shall not give those who mean us ill the Opportunity of effecting that, under the Notion of a Peace, which they could not bring to pass by a War.
"I doubt not but you, Gentlemen of the House of Commons, will take these Particulars into your Consideration, in such a Manner as to provide the necessary Supplies; which I do very earnestly recommend to you.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"That which I most delight to think of, and am best pleased to own, is, that I have all the Proofs of My People's Affection that a Prince can desire: And I take this Occasion to give them the most solemn Assurance, that as I never had, so I never will, nor can, have any Interest separate from theirs.
"I esteem it one of the great Advantages of the Peace, that I shall now have Leisure to rectify such Corruptions or Abuses as may have crept into any Part of the Administration during the War, and effectually to discourage Profaneness and Immorality: And I shall employ My Thoughts in promoting Trade, and advancing the Happiness and flourishing Estate of the Kingdom.
"I shall conclude with telling you, that as I have, with the Hazard of every Thing, rescued your Religion, Laws, and Liberties, when they were in the extremest Danger; so I shall place the Glory of My Reign in preserving them entire, and leaving them so to Posterity."
Then His Majesty was pleased to withdraw; and the Commons went to their House.
Undue Marriages of Infants, to prevent, Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to prevent undue Marriages of Infants, and for better securing the Guardianship of them."
Committee for Privileges.
Lords Committees appointed to consider of the Customs and Orders of the 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; 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 this and the last Session of Parliament.
Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to meet when, where, and as often as, they please.
Committee to draw an Address.
Lords Committees appointed to draw an humble Address, to be presented to His Majesty (after reading His Majesty's Speech), upon the Debate of this House.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet To-morrow, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Georgius Treby Miles, Capitalis Justic. Com. Placitor. declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ, (videlicet,) sextum diem instantis Decembris, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.