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 Sabbati, 10 Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
E. Montagu takes the Oaths.
This Day Ralph Earl of Montagu took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, pursuant to the Statute.
Farewell versus E. of Montagu.
Whereas there is a Petition of Arthur Farewell Esquire, now depending in this House, relating to the Earl of Montagu:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Earl of Montagu may have a Copy of the said Petition; and do put in his Answer thereunto in Fifteen Days.
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Sir Rowland Gwynne and others:
Who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable William Vaughan and Frances Vaughan his intended Wife (being both under the Age of One and Twenty Years) to perform Articles made for their Marriage;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
King's Bench and Fleet Prisons, Bill for regulating.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for regulating the Prisons of The King's Bench and Fleet."
A Rider was offered, to be added to the Bill.
Which was read Twice, and agreed to; and ordered to be Part of the Bill.
Then this Question was put, "Whether this Bill, with the Amendment, shall pass?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
ORDERED, That the Committee to whom the Bill was referred do meet on Monday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, to draw up Reasons for their Lordships Amendments to the said Bill, to be offered at a Conference with the Commons, upon returning thereof.
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Sir Robert Davers and others:
Who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act for furnishing the Town of New Deale with fresh Water;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
This Day William Wadley, in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House, for a Breach of Privilege committed against the Earl of Sandwich, a Peer of this Realm, was brought to the Bar; where he, upon his Knees, acknowledged his Fault, and asked Pardon for the same of the House and the Earl of Sandwich:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said William Wadley shall be, and he is hereby, discharged, paying his Fees; and this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House, his Deputy or Deputies, and every of them.
Bagneol & al. Nat. Bill.
Upon reading the Petition of Lieutenant Peter Bagneol and others; praying Leave to bring in a Bill for their Naturalization:
It is ORDERED, That the Petitioners have Leave to bring in a Bill, as desired.
Committee to draw an Address concerning the Letter from The States General.
The House taking into Consideration the Translation of The States Generall's Letter to His Majesty, the 13th May 1701:
The Lords following were named a Committee, to draw an Address, to be presented to His Majesty, upon the Debate this Day in the House; (videlicet,)
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet presently.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Committee.
After some Time, the House was resumed.
And the Earl of Peterborow reported, "That the Committee had drawn an Address, as ordered."
Which was read Twice, and agreed to, as followeth; (videlicet,)
"We, Your Majesty's most loyal and dutiful Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, return Your Majesty our most humble Thanks, for communicating to us the Letter from The States Generall to Your Majesty: It gives us Opportunity (with great Satisfaction) to repeat to Your Majesty the Assurances of our Duty and Zeal for Your Service; and we take this Occasion further to assure Your Majesty, we are very sensible of the great and imminent Danger, to which The States Generall are at present exposed; and we do perfectly agree with them, in believing that their Safety and ours are so inseparably united, that whatsoever is Ruin to the one, must be fatal to the other.
"And we humbly desire Your Majesty will be pleased not only to make good all the Articles of any former Treaty to The States Generall; but that You will enter into a strict League Offensive and Defensive with them, for our common Preservation; and that You will invite into it all Princes and States who are concerned in the present visible Danger arising from the Union of France and Spain.
"And we further desire Your Majesty, that You will be pleased to enter into such Alliances with the Emperor as Your Majesty shall think fit, pursuant to the Ends of the Treaty of One Thousand Six Hundred Eighty-nine; towards all which, we assure Your Majesty of our hearty and sincere Assistance; not doubting but, whenever Your Majesty shall be obliged to engage for the Defence of Your Allies, and for securing the Liberty and Quiet of Europe, Almighty God will protect Your Sacred Person in so righteous a Cause; and that the Unanimity, Wealth, and Courage of Your Subjects, will carry Your Majesty with Honour and Success through all the Difficulties of a just War.
"And, in the last Place, with great Grief we take Leave humbly to represent to Your Majesty, that the Dangers to which Your Kingdoms and Your Allies have been exposed are chiefly owing to the fatal Counsels that prevented Your Majesty's sooner Meeting Your People in Parliament."
House to attend the King with it.
ORDERED, That the whole House do attend His Majesty, with the Address.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do attend His Majesty, humbly to know what Time His Majesty will be pleased to appoint, for this House to attend Him with the Address.
Parliament's Meeting, Motion for His Majesty's Letters concerning.
The House being moved, "That an Address be made to His Majesty, That He will be pleased to communicate to this House such Letters as His Majesty sent to the Lords Justices, relating to the Meeting of the Parliament:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Debate on this Business shall be adjourned to Monday next.
Letters and Papers from Plantations.
Papers received from the Admiralty, concerning Mr. Penn; (videlicet,)
1. "A Letter from Mr. Penn, dated at Pensilvania, 10th December 1700."
2. "A Letter from Colonel Quary, dated from the same Place, 10th March 1699/1700."
Received from the Commissioners of the Customs:
"A Letter from Colonel Quary, from Philadelphia, 6th March 1699/1700."
A List of Papers and Letters in the Custody of the Commissioners of Trade, were brought into this House, relating to Pensilvania.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ, (videlicet,) duodecimum diem instantis Maii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.