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 II Gulielmi Tertii.
DIE Jovis, Decimo Sexto die Novembris, Anno Regni Serenissimi Domini Gulielmi Tertii, Dei Gratia, Angl. Scotiæ, Franciæ, et Hib'niæ Regis, Fidei Defensoris, &c. Undecimo; in quem diem prædicta hæc Secunda Sessio Parliamenti prorogata fuit, in Superiori Parliamenti Domo apud Westmonaster. convenire Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum Nomina subscribuntur, præsentes fuerunt:
The House was adjourned during Pleasure; and the Peers withdrew, to robe themselves.
The House was resumed.
His Majesty, being seated on His Royal Throne, adorned with His Crown and Regal Ornaments (the Peers being also in their Robes), commanded the Deputy 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."
Who being come, with their Speaker; His Majesty was pleased to say as follows; (videlicet,)
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I hope you will not think I have called you out of your Countries too soon, if you consider that our common Security requires a further Provision should be made for the Safety of the Kingdom by Sea and Land, before we are at the End of what was granted for that Purpose the last Session: And, when you enter upon this Business, I believe you will think it necessary to take Care of the Repairs of the Ships, and of the Fortifications; without which, our Fleet cannot be safe when it is in Harbour.
"I cannot omit to put you in Mind of another Matter, in which so great a Number of My Subjects is concerned, and wherein the Honour of the Kingdom, and the Faith of Parliaments, is so far engaged, that our future Security seems to depend upon it; I mean, the making good the Deficiencies of the Funds, and the discharging the Debts contracted by reason of the War: And, till we may be so happy to see the public Debts paid, I shall hope that no Session will end, without something done towards lessening them. While I am speaking to you on this Head, I think Myself obliged to mention, with a very particular Concern, a Debt which is owing to the Prince of Denmark; the State whereof I have ordered to be laid before you.
"Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
"These Things are of such Importance, that I must earnestly recommend them to your Consideration, and desire you to provide the necessary Supplies.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"There is nothing I should more rejoice in, than that I were not under the Necessity of so often asking Aids of My People: But as the Reason of it is evident, because the Funds, formerly applied to defray the public Expence, are now anticipated for Payment of the Debts of the Kingdom; so it is My Satisfaction, that you all see that nothing of what is demanded is for any personal Use of Mine: And I do faithfully assure you, that no Part of what is given shall be diverted from any Purpose for which it is designed.
"I believe the Nation is already sensible of the good Effects of Peace, by the manifest Increase of Trade; which I shall make it My Business to encourage by all Means in My Power: Probably it might receive an Advantage, if some good Bill were prepared for the more effectual preventing and punishing unlawful and clandestine Trading; which does not only tend to defraud the Public, but prejudices the fair Merchant, and discourages our own Manufactures.
"The Increase of the Poor is become a Burthen to the Kingdom; and their loose and idle Life does, in some Measure, contribute to that Depravation of Manners, which is complained of (I fear, with too much Reason): Whether the Ground of this Evil be from Defects in the Laws already made, or in the Execution of them, deserves your Consideration.
"As it is an indispensable Duty, that the Poor, who are not able to help themselves, should be maintained; so I cannot but think it extremely desirable, that such as are able and willing, should not want Employment; and such as are obstinate and unwilling, should be compelled to labour.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I have a full Assurance of the good Affections of My People; which I shall endeavour to preserve, by a constant Care of their just Rights and Liberties; by maintaining the established Religion; by seeing the Course of Justice kept steady and equal; by countenancing Virtue, and discouraging Vice; and by declining no Difficulties or Dangers, where their Welfare and Prosperity may be concerned.
"These are My Resolutions; and I am persuaded, that you are come together with Purposes on your Part suitable to these on Mine. Since then our Aims are only for the general Good, let us act with Confidence in one another; which will not fail, by God's Blessing, to make Me a happy King, and you a great and flourishing People."
This being ended, His Majesty was pleased to withdraw; and the Commons went to their House.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, to unrobe.
The House was resumed.
D. Bolton takes his Seat.
This Day Charles Duke of Bolton sat first in Parliament, upon the Death of his Father Charles Duke of Bolton; and took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, pursuant to the Statutes; and accordingly took his Place on the Earls Bench.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the preventing of the Poor's being defrauded, and Redress of several other Abuses."
L. Wharton, Privilege:
The House being informed, upon Oath, "That Thomas Longstafe, of Fremington, in the County of Yorke, Gentleman, John Hutchinson, Humphry Jaques, Thomas Hall, Absolon Petty, Richard Plant, Abraham Sheldon, Benjamin Halland, Robert Granger, Thomas Longstafe, John Colling, William Slack, Lancelot Atkinson, Joseph Eyre, George Alderson, Leonard Pratt, Christopher Metcalfe, Mathew Pratt, Mathew Barningham, Thomas Taylor, and Thomas Alderson, all of Arkengarthdale, in the County of Yorke, Miners, have disturbed Thomas Lord Wharton, a Peer of this Realm, in the Possession of his Lordship or Manor of Swaledale, in the County of Yorke, within the Time of Privilege of Parliament, contrary to the Privilege of Parliament:"
Langstafe & al. to be attached, for disturbing his Possession of Swaledale,
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, his Deputy or Deputies, do forthwith attach the Bodies of the said Thomas Longstafe, John Hutchinson, Humphry Jaques, Thomas Hall, Absolon Petty, Richard Plant, Abraham Sheldon, Benjamin Halland, Robert Granger, Thomas Longstafe, John Colling, William Slack, Lancelot Atkinson, Joseph Eyre, George Alderson, Leonard Pratt, Christopher Metcalfe, Mathew Pratt, Mathew Barningham, Thomas Taylor, and Thomas Alderson, and bring them in safe Custody to the Bar of this House, to answer their Offence; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To Peter Persehouse Esquire, Serjeant at Arms attending this House, his Deputy or Deputies, and every of them; and to all Mayors, Sheriffs, Bailiffs, Constables, and other Officers, to be aiding and assisting in the Execution hereof.
Jackson versus Warren.
Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Samuel Jackson, Executor of John Warren Esquire deceased, from an Order made in the Court of Chancery in Ireland, the Eleventh of February One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-eight (on the Behalf of Hugh Warren); over-ruling a Plea put in by the Appellant to a Bill exhibited by the said Hugh Warren; humbly praying, "That the Matter of the said Plea may be heard by this House, and such Order made therein as shall be thought just by the Lords:"
It is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Hugh Warren may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and shall and he is hereby required to put in his Answer thereunto, in Writing, on Saturday the Thirtieth Day of December next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon; and that, in the mean Time, all Proceedings in the Court of Chancery in Ireland in this Cause be stayed.
Committee & 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; (videlicet,)
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 Privileges of the Peers of this Kingdom and Lords of Parliament; and to peruse and perfect the Journal of the last Session, and also the Journal of this Session of Parliament.
Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to meet when, where, and as often as, they please.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis (videlicet,) vicesimum tertium diem instantis Novembris, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.