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, 11 Novembris.
Survevor General to propose Remedies for keeping off the Crowd when the Queen is present:
Sir Christopher Wren, attending pursuant to Order, was called in, and asked, "What Way he could propose to prevent the great Inconvenience by Crowds, when Her Majesty is present in this House, and for the Reception of those that shall be admitted to see the Queen upon the Throne."
Committee to consider of it.
Comes Pembroke, Præses.
Dux Devonshire, Senescallus.
Comes Jersey, Camerarius.
"We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, do offer up our hearty Acknowledgements to ALMIGHTY GOD, for the Preservation of Your Royal Person, so essential to the Happiness of Your People, and the Safety of Europe.
"We see, with the greatest Satisfaction, the Zeal with which Your Majesty espouses the Public Interest; which carries You even beyond the Obligations of Your Treaties, in Defence of the House of Austria, against the Usurpations of the House of Bourbon; and the glorious Restitution of that Family to the Monarchy of Spain, which we have great Reason to expect, from the late Alliance with the King of Portugal, will be chiefly owing to Your Majesty's Arms and Assistance.
"Your Majesty may depend upon Security at Home, in the Love of Your People. Our Persons and Fortunes shall ever be ready to defend You upon all Occasions; and Your Majesty may therefore, with the greater Safety and Glory, send Your Fleets and Armies Abroad, in the Defence of Your Allies.
"The happy Declaration of the Duke of Savoy, for the common Interest, gives Your Majesty a seasonable Opportunity to shew Your Compassion and Concern for those Protestants in the South of France, who lie under the heaviest Persecution and Oppression.
"We lament, for ourselves and others, the unavoidable Expences of War; but have Reason to thank God, and Your Majesty, that we are free from all the other Calamities of it, having almost nothing else to with for (being secured of a Protestant Succession) but Your long and happy Reign over us: And we shall most willingly pay our Proportion of Taxes, encouraged by Your Royal Generosity for the Ease of Your People, and by the frugal Management of what is given; being sensible there is no better Way to save the Wealth of the Nation, than by carrying on the War at this Time with the utmost Vigour.
"Your Majesty may expect from us a most ready Compliance with all Your Desires, so justly merited by Your Care of the general Welfare and Happiness of Your People, extended even to the poorest and meanest of Your Subjects.
"This appears yet more eminently, in that earnest and pressing Recommendation to Your Parliament, of Union and Peace amongst themselves; and we, in the most solemn Manner, assure Your Majesty, that we will not only avoid, but oppose, whatsoever may tend to create any Disquiet or Disunion amongst Your Subjects.
"We shall never be wanting in any Part of our Duty, towards the supporting Your Majesty's Honour and Your Allies; not doubting but Almighty God will prosper Your Majesty's Arms, so gloriously employed to protect all those whom the Ambition of the French King would oppress."