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 Veneris, 9 Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Lords take the Oaths.
The Lords following took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, pursuant to the Statutes:
His Majesty, being seated on His Royal Throne, adorned with His Crown and Regal Ornaments (the Peers being also in their Robes) commanded the Usher of the Black Rod to go to the House of Commons, and let them know, "It is His Majesty's Pleasure, that they attend Him presently."
Sir T. Littleton, Speaker of H. C. presented, and approved of.
Who being come; they presented Sir Thomas Littleton, whom they had chosen to be their Speaker, for His Majesty's Royal Approbation.
And, after a short Speech made by him to His Majesty, desiring His Majesty to excuse him from that Service:
The Lord Chancellor, by His Majesty's Command, acquainted the House of Commons, "That His Majesty was pleased to approve of the Choice they had made; and did allow of Sir Thomas Littleton to be their Speaker."
Then Mr. Speaker returned His Majesty Thanks, for His Gracious Approbation of the Choice and Acceptance of His Service; and humbly prayed, in the Name of the Commons, "That His Majesty would be graciously pleased to allow and confirm all their ancient Rights and Privileges; particularly,
"That they might have Liberty and Freedom of Speech in all their Debates.
"That their Persons, Estates, and Servants, be free from Arrests and Troubles.
"That they may have Access to His Royal Person, as Occasion shall require.
"That His Majesty would have a gracious Opinion of all their Actions.
"And that, if himself at any Time should mistake, he might have His Majesty's favourable Interpretation and gracious Pardon."
Then the Lord Chancellor, by His Majesty's further Command, said,
"His Majesty is pleased to say, That He is fully assured of the Prudence and Discretion, as well as of the Affections, of His House of Commons: And, as to the Suit which you have made in their Name, His Majesty does most willingly grant to them all their Privileges, in as full a Manner as they were ever granted by any of His Royal Predecessors: As to what you have prayed in relation to yourself, the King will put the best and most favourable Construction upon your Endeavours; being satisfied, that you have a Heart, full of Loyalty to Him, and of Zeal for the Good of your Country."
Then His Majesty spake as followeth; (videlicet,)
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I have no Doubt but you are met together with Hearts fully disposed to do what is necessary for the Safety, Honour, and Happiness, of the Kingdom; and that is all I have to ask of you.
"In order to this, Two Things seem principally to require your Consideration:
"The one is, what Strength ought to be maintained at Sea, and what Force kept up at Land, for this Year: All I shall observe to you upon this Head is, That the flourishing of Trade, the supporting of Credit, and the Quiet of Peoples Minds, at Home, will depend upon the Opinion they have of their Security; and to preserve to England the Weight and Influence it has at present on the Councils and Affairs Abroad, it will be requisite Europe should see you will not be wanting to yourselves.
"The Second Thing I shall mention to you, as of great Consequence, is, the making some further Progress towards discharging the Debts which the Nation has contracted by reason of the long and expensive War: In this the public Interest, as well as Justice, is concerned; and, I think, an English Parliament can never make such a Mistake, as not to hold sacred all Parliamentary Engagements.
"Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
"I do earnestly recommend these Things to you, that you may provide such Supplies as you shall judge necessary for these several Occasions.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I think it would be happy, if some effectual Expedient could be found for employing the Poor; which might tend to the great Increase of our Manufactures, as well as remove a heavy Burden from the People.
"I hope also, you will employ your Thoughts about some good Bills for the Advancement of Trade; and for the further discouraging of Vice and Prosaneness.
"The Things I have mentioned to you being of common Concern, I cannot but hope for Unanimity and Dispatch."
Then His Majesty was pleased to withdraw; and the Commons went to their House.
Poor, to prevent being defrauded, &c. Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to prevent the Poor from being defrauded, and Redress of several other Abuses."
Committee of 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 Book.
Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to meet when, where, and as often as, they please.
Order to prevent Stoppages in the Streets.
Upon Complaint made to this House, "That there is such an Interruption, by Hackney Coaches, Carts, and Drays in King Street, and the Passages in the Old Pallace Yard in Westminster, that the Lords and others are frequently hindered from coming to this House, to the great Inconveniency of the Members of both Houses:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the High Steward of the City of Westminster, or his Deputy, together with the Justices of the Peace for the said City, shall, by their Care and Directions to the Constables and other Officers within the said Limits, take special Order, that no empty Hackney Coaches be suffered to make any Stay between Whitehall and The Old Pallace Yard in Westminster, from Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon, until Three of the Clock in the Afternoon of the same Day, during the Sitting of this Parliament; and that no Carriages, Drays, or Carts, be permitted to pass through the said Streets and Passages, between the Hours aforesaid, during the Sitting of this Parliament; and herein special Care is to be taken, by the said Deputy Steward, Justices of the Peace, Constables, and all other Officers herein concerned, as the contrary will be answered to this House.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Martis, (videlicet,) decimum tertium diem instantis Decembris, hora undecima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.