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 Veneris, 17 Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Land Tax Bill:
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for granting an Aid to Her Majesty by a Land Tax, to be raised in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Four."
The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to H. C. that the Lords agree to it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir John Francklyn and Mr. Hiccock:
To acquaint them, that the Lords have agreed to the said Bill, without any Amendments.
State of the Revenue.
The Secretary from the Commissioners for taking, examining, and stating, the Public Accompts of the Kingdom, attending, was called in; and at the Bar delivered, "The General State of Receipts and Issues of the Public Revenue, between The Feast of St. Michael 1702, and The Feast of St. Michael 1703."
Queen's Answer to Address about Sir J. Maclean.
The Lord Chamberlain reported Her Majesty's Answer to the Address, in relation to Sir John Mackleane; (videlicet,)
That Her Majesty has given Order for the making Sir John Mackleane close Prisoner; and that he shall not have Pen, Ink, or Paper, nor any Person suffered to speak with him, without Leave from Her Majesty."
The Lord Chandos reported from the Lords Committees, the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the vesting the Manor of Michaelchurch, in the County of Radnor, and other Lands in the County of Salop, of Mary Bowdler, and William Bowdler Gentleman, in certain Trustees, for Payment of the Debts, and making Provision for the Younger Children, of the said William Bowdler," as fit to pass, with some Amendments.
Which were read Twice, and agreed to; and the Bill ordered to be engrossed, with the said Amendments.
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 immediately, in the House of Peers."
Who being come; their Speaker made a short Speech to Her Majesty, in relation to the Aid Bill to be passed.
Then the Clerk of the Parliaments took the said Bill from the Hands of the Speaker, and brought it to the Table; where the Clerk of the Crown read the Title thereof, as followeth; videlicet,
"1. An Act for granting an Aid to Her Majesty, by a Land Tax, to be raised in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Four."
To which Bill the Clerk of the Parliaments pronounced the Royal Assent, as followeth:
"La Reine remercie ses bons Subjects, accepte leur Benevolence & ainsi le veult."
Then Her Majesty was pleased to speak as followeth:
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
I think it proper, upon this Occasion, to acquaint you, that I have had unquestionable Informations of very ill Practices and Designs carried on in Scotland, by Emissaries from France; which might have proved extremely dangerous to the Peace of these Kingdoms, as you will see by the Particulars, which shall be laid before you as soon as the several Examinations relating to this Matter can be fully perfected, and made public without Prejudice: In the mean Time, I make no Doubt but, by this seasonable Discovery, I shall be able to give such Directions for our Security, as will effectually prevent any ill Consequences from these pernicious Designs.
"Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
I am very sensible of your great Readiness and Affection for the Public Service, by presenting Me so early in the Sessions with a considerable Part of your Supplies. I depend entirely upon your continuing with the same Zeal to dispatch the Remainder of them, that so we may be prepared to give the speediest Assistance to our Allies, and to defeat the malicious Designs of our Enemies; who cannot be more industrious to contrive the Ruin of this Kingdom, and of the Protestant Religion, than I shall always be vigilant and careful, both for their present Preservation, and for their future Security."
Then Her Majesty was pleased to withdraw; and the Commons went to their House.
The Lord Keeper reported Her Majesty's Speech.
Boucher and Ogleby & al. committed to Black Rod:
The House being informed, "That Boucher and Ogleby are come to Town:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod do forthwith take into his Custody Boucher and Ogleby, and the Persons who were taken with them (and now in the Custody of the Messengers), and keep them separate, and in close Custody: And this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that Behalf.
To Sir David Mitchell, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House.
Committee of Seven to be chose, by Ballot, to examine them.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Boucher and Ogleby, and the other Persons taken with them, shall be examined by a Committee of this House; which Committee shall consist of Seven Lords of this House, to be chosen by Balloting; and that each Lord brings a Paper, to be put into the Balloting Glass, with Seven Names of Lords in it, against To-morrow, at One a Clock; and the Quorum to be Four.
Witnesses to attend upon Hoare's Petition.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Henry Brown, Daniel Trenett, William Dustiss, Charles Reed, Charles Drew, Michael Bluet, Thomas Coningsby, John Brown, Thomas Motley, Abraham Bavington, Roger Burges, Richard Hetherington, Mr. Bayly, and Sandy Comins, shall and they are hereby required to attend, at the Bar of this House, to be sworn, to give their Evidence before the Lords Committees appointed to consider of the Petition of Charles James and Richard Hoare, in relation to several Abuses in the victualing of Her Majesty's Navy; and that they attend the Lords Committees on Monday next, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Sabbati, decimum octavum diem instantis Decembris, hora decima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.