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 8 Gulielmi Tertii.
DIE Martis, Vicesimo die Octobris, 1696, Anno Regni Serenissimi Domini Gulielmi Tertii, Dei Gratia, Angl. Scotiæ, Franciæ, et Hib'niæ Regis, Fidei Defensoris, &c. Octavo, in quem Diem præsens hoc Parliamentum prorogatum suit, in Superiori Domo Parliamenti apud Westmonaster. convenire Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum Nomina subscribuntur, (fn. 1) præsentes fuerunt:
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 Commons, "That it is His Majesty's Pleasure, they attend Him presently."
Who being come, with their Speaker; His Majesty spake as followeth; (videlicet,)
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I have called you together as soon as was possible; and I think it a great Happiness that this Year has passed without any Disadvantage Abroad, or Disorder at Home; considering our great Disappointment in the Funds given at your last Meeting, and the Difficulties which have arisen upon the Re-coining of the Money.
"This is so convincing a Proof of the good Disposition of My Army, and of the steady Affections of My People, that I cannot but take Notice of it with great Satisfaction.
"Our Enemies have not been without Hopes, that such a Conjuncture might have proved fatal to us: But, as they have failed in those Expectations; so I am fully persuaded, that your unanimous Proceedings, in this Session, will make them for ever despair of an Advantage from any Disagreement among ourselves.
"It must be confessed, that the Business which you have before you will be very great; because of the Necessity of supplying former Deficiencies, as well as making Provisions for the next Year's Service.
"And, upon this Occasion, it is fit for Me to acquaint you, that some Overtures have been made, in order to the entering upon a Negociation for a general Peace: But I am sure we shall all agree in Opinion, that the only Way of treating with France is, with our Swords in our Hands; and that we can have no Reason to expect a safe and honourable Peace, but by shewing ourselves prepared to make a vigorous and effectual War:
"In order to which, I do very earnestly recommend to you, Gentlemen of the House of Commons, that you would consider of raising the necessary Snpplies, as well for maintaining the Honour of Parliaments, in making good the Funds already granted, as for carrying on the War the next Year; which I think ought not to be less than what was intended to be raised for that Purpose the last Session:
"I must also put you in Mind of the Civil List; which cannot be supported without your Help: And the miserable Condition of the French Protestants does oblige Me to mention them to you again.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"It may deserve your Consideration, whether there do not still remain some Inconveniencies relating to the Coin, which ought to be remedied: And I hope you will find out the best Expedients for the Recovery of Credit; which is absolutely necessary, not only with respect to the War, but for carrying on of Trade.
"I am of Opinion, that there is not One good Englishman who is not entirely convinced, how much does depend upon this Session: And therefore I cannot but hope for Unanimity and Dispatch in your Resolutions; which at this Time are more necessary than ever for the Safety and Honour of England."
Then His Majesty was pleased to withdraw; and the Commons went to their House.
V. Hereford takes his Seat.
This Day Edward Lord Viscount Hereford sat first in Parliament, upon the Death of his Father Leicester Devereux Viscount Hereford; and took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, pursuant to the Statutes.
L. Haversham introduced.
This Day John Lord Haversham was introduced, between the Lord Raby and the Lord Lucas; the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and King at Arms going before, carrying his Patent; delivered it to the Lord Haversham, who gave it to the Lord Keeper on his Knee; which was read at the Table, and dated 8° Maii, 8° Gul. Tertii. His Writ was also read, and is dated the 20th October Instant.
And then his Lordship came to the Table; and took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, pursuant to the Statutes; and took his Place at the lower End of the Barons Bench.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the more easy obtaining Partitions."
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 the last Parliament and this Session of Parliament.
Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to meet when, where, and as often as, they please.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ, (videlicet,) vicesimum sextum diem instantis Octobris, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.