Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 17, 1701-1705. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Mercurii, 21 Octobris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Lords take the Oaths.
The Lords following took the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and the Oath of Abjuration, and made and subscribed the Declaration, pursuant to the Statutes; (videlicet,)
Charles Earl of Manchester.
John Earl of Anglesey.
Charles Earl of Burlington.
Lewis Earl of Feversham.
Charles Earl of Radnor.
Lawrence Earl of Rochester.
Francis Earl of Bradford.
Henry Lord Viscount de Longueville.
Peter Lord Bishop of Winchester.
Jonathan Lord Bishop of Exeter.
John Lord Bishop of Lich'd and Coventry.
John Lord Bishop of Norwich.
William Lord Berkeley of Stratton.
Christopher Lord Bernard. 2.
William Lord Stawell. 1.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, to robe.
The House was resumed.
Her Majesty, being seated on Her Royal Throne, adorned with Her Crown and Regal Ornaments, attended with Her Officers of State (the Peers being also in their Robes, commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, "It is Her Majesty's Pleasure, that they attend Her presently, in the House of Peers."
Mr. Harley Speaker of H. C. presented:
Who being come; they presented Robert Harley Esquire, whom they had chosen to be their Speaker, for Her Majesty's Royal Approbation.
And, after a short Speech made by him to Her Majesty, desiring Her Majesty to excuse him from that Service, the Lord Keeper, by Her Majesty's Command, acquainted the House of Commons, "That Her Majesty was pleased to approve of the Choice they had made, and did allow of Mr Harley to be their Speaker."
Then Mr. Speaker returned Her Majesty Thanks, for Her gracious Approbation of the Choice and Acceptance of his Service; and humbly prayed, in the Name of the Commons, "That Her 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 Her Royal Person, as Occasion shall require.
"That Her Majesty would have a gracious Opinion of all their Actions; and that, if himself at any Time should mistake, he might have Her Majesty's favourable Interpretation, and gracious Pardon."
Then the Lord Keeper, by Her Majesty's further Command, said,
"Her Majesty is pleased to say, That She is fully assured of the Prudence and Discretion, as well as of the Affections, of Her House of Commons; and as to the Suit which you have made in their Name, Her Majesty does most willingly grant to them all their Privileges, in as full a Manner as they were ever granted by any of Her Royal Predecessors: As to what you have prayed in relation to yourself, Her Majesty will put the best and most favourable Construction upon your Endeavours; being satisfied, that you have a Heart, full of Loyalty to Her, and of Zeal for the Good of your Country."
Then Her Majesty was pleased to say as follows;
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"It is with great Satisfaction I meet this Parliament, which I have summoned to assist Me in carrying on the just and necessary War, in which we are engaged. I have called you together as early as was consistent with your Convenience in coming out of your several Countries; and I assure Myself of such Evidences of your Affection to Me, and of your Zeal for our common Cause, as will not only give Spirit and Forwardness to our own Preparations, but such Example and Encouragement to our Allies, as, by GOD's Blessing, cannot fail of a good Effect, for the Advantage of the whole Consederacy.
"I have met with so many Expressions of Joy and Satisfaction in all the Countries through which I have lately had Occasion to pass, that I cannot but look upon them as true Measures of the Duty and Affection of the rest of My Subjects.
"Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
"I must desire you to grant Me such Supplies, as will enable Me to comply both with our particular Treaties and Engagements, already made, and such others as may be necessary for the Encouragement of our Allies, and the prosecuting the War, where it shall most sensibly affect our Enemies, and be most effectual for disappointing the boundless Ambition of France.
"And, that My Subjects may the more cheerfully bear the necessary Taxes, I desire you to inspect the Accounts of all the public Receipts and Payments; and, if there have been any Abuses or Misinanagements, I hope you will detect them; that the Offenders may be punished, and others be deterred by such Examples from the like Practices.
"I must observe to you, with some Concern, that the Funds given by the last Parliament have, in some Measure, fallen short of the Sums proposed to be raised by them; and though I have already paid, and applied to the public Service, the Hundred Thousand Pounds which I promised to the last Parliament, yet it has not supplied that Deficiency.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I cannot, without much Trouble, take Notice to you of the Disappointment we have had at Cadiz: I have not yet had a particular Account of that Enterprize, nor of all the Difficulties our Forces may have met with there; but I have had such a Representation of Disorders and Abuses committed at Port St. Marie's, as hath obliged Me to give Directions for the strictest Examination of that Matter.
"I am earnestly desirous, for all our Sakes, that this may prove a short Session: However, I hope you will find Time to consider of some better and more effectual Method to prevent the Exportation of Wool, and to improve that Manufacture, which is of great Consequence to the whole Kingdom; on My Part, nothing shall be omitted for its Encouragement.
"I am firmly persuaded, that the Love and good Affection of My Subjects is the surest Pledge of their Duty and Obedience, and the truest and justest Support of the Throne: And as I am resolved to defend and maintain the Church as by Law established, and to protect you in the full Enjoyment of all your Rights and Liberties; so I rely upon your Care of Me. My Interests and yours are inseparable; and My Endeavours shall never be wanting, to make you all safe and happy."
Then Her Majesty was pleased to withdraw; and the Commons went to their House.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the preventing of the Poor's being defrauded, and Redress of several other Abuses."
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 Privileges of the Peers of this Kingdom, and Lords of Parliament; and to peruse and perfect the Journal of the last Parliament, and also the Journal of this Parliament.
Lords added per Order 11 Novemb. 1702.
Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to meet when, where, and as often as, they please.
Order to prevent Stop pages, &c. 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 Palace Yard in Westm'r, 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 Whitehal and The Old Palace Yard in Westminster, from Eleven a 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.
Then Her Majesty's Speech was read; by the Lord Keeper, to the House.
Committee to draw Address of Thanks for Speech.
Whereupon, Lords Committees were appointed, to draw an Address of Thanks, to be presented to Her Majesty, for Her most Gracious Speech made this Day to both Houses of Parliament; and report to the House; (videlicet,)
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet To-morrow, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers.
Bp. Bangor to preach 5th Nov.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Bishop of Bangor be, and he is hereby, desired to preach before this House, in the Abbey Church at Westminster, on the Fifth Day of November next.
E. Orford et al. versus Daston et al.
Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of the Right Honourable Edward Earl of Orford, the Right Honourable Robert Lord Russell and the Lady Letitia his Wife, William Bridges Esquire, and William Thornburgh, Executors of the last Will and Testament of the Honourable Francis Russell Esquire, who intermarried with Katherine Lady North & Grey also deceased, who was the Widow and Executrix of the Right Honourable Charles Lord North & Grey deceased, from a Decree and Orders, made in the Court of Chancery, the Seventeenth Day of December One Thousand Seven Hundred and One, and the Second Day of June last past, on the Behalf of Richard Daston and Henry Alnut; and praying, "That the said Decree and Orders may be discharged and set aside; and that it may be referred back to a Master, to make the Petitioners an Allowance and Deduction of the several Sums of Seven Hundred and Two Pounds, Ten Shillings, paid to Mrs. Hatton; as also the Sum of One Thousand Three Hundred Eighty-nine Pounds, Eleven Shillings, and Nine Pence, paid by the said Lady North, out of the Personal Estate of the said Lord North, before her Intermarriage with the Petitioner's Testator Francis Russell; and that the said Richard Daston and Henry Alnut may answer the said Appeal; and that the Service of the said Daston's Clerk in Court with your Lordships Order may be good Service:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Richard Daston and Henry Alnut may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and shall and they are hereby required to put in their Answer thereunto, in Writing, on Wednesday the Fourth Day of November next, at Eleven a Clock in the Forenoon; and that the Service of this Order on the said Daston's Clerk in Court shall be good Service.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis, vicesimum secundum diem instantis Octobris, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.