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 Jovis, 22 Octobris.
Lords take the Oaths.
Aston to attend for the Black Rod.
The Lord Keeper, by Her Majesty's Command, acquainted the House, "That Her Majesty had Occasion for Sir David Mitchell, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, in another Place; and therefore She had appointed Mr. Aston to attend in this House, in his Stead."
"We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, do, with all dutiful Acknowledgements, return Your Majesty our most humble Thanks, for Your Gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament; and take Leave, on this Occasion, to congratulate the prosperous and glorious Success with which it has pleased GOD to bless Your Majesty's Arms, in Conjunction with Your Allies, under the Command of the Earl of Marlborough; as also for the other Successes of Your Majesty's Allies in Germany and Italy; and for the prosperous Condition the Trade of the Nation is now in, which we acknowledge is chiefly owing to Your Majesty's great Wisdom and Conduct. We humbly take Leave to assure Your Majesty, that we shall always be ready to assist You, to our utmost, in the Prosecution of this just and necessary War.
"We likewise return Your Majesty our most humble Thanks, for the Resolution You are pleased to express, to maintain and defend the Church as by Law established, and to protect us in the full Enjoyment of our Rights and Liberties: And we further presume to assure Your Majesty, that we shall be ready, on all Occasions, to support and defend Your Royal Person and Government, with all possible Zeal and Duty."