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 Martis, 15 Februarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Gresham College, &c. Bill.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the better enabling the Mayor and Commonalty and Citizens of the City of London, and the Wardens and Commonalty of the Mystery of the Mercers of the said City, to pay the Charities given by the last Will and Testament of Sir Thomas Gresham."
The Question was put, "Whether this Bill, with the Amendments, shall pass?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to H. C. with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Robert Legard and Dr. Edisbury:
To carry down the said Bill, and desire their Concurrence thereunto.
Inhabitants of Staincliff versus Willan.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the Errors argued, on the Writ of Error now depending in this House, wherein the Inhabitants of the Hundred of Staincliffe are Plaintiffs, and Thomas Willan Defendant, on Saturday the Fourth Day of March next, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon.
Bassel & al. versus Sir T. Knatchbull.
Whereas this Day was appointed, for hearing of the Cause wherein Anne Hassell and others are Appellants, and Sir Thomas Knatchbull Respondent:
It is ORDERED, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Wednesday next, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon; and that all the other Causes and Businesses be removed, to come on in Course.
Address for Sir C. Shover's Instructions.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Great Chamberlain do humbly move Her Majesty, from this House, "That Her Majesty will be graciously pleased to give Order, that Her Majesty's Instructions given to Sir Cloudesley Shovell, upon his last Summer's Expedition into The Mediterranean, be laid before this House."
Supply Bill, Annuities, &c.
Whereas this Day was appointed for the Second Reading of the Bill, intituled, "An Act for granting an Aid to Her Majesty, for carrying on the War, and other Her Majesty's Occasions, by selling Annuities, at several Rates, and for such respective Terms or Estates as are therein mentioned:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Bill shall be read a Second Time on Saturday next, at Eleven a Clock.
Answers delivered to Observations of the Commissioners of Accompts.
Mr. Bridges, at the Bar, delivered his Answer to the Observations of the Commissioners of Accompts; and then withdrew.
Mr. Bartholomew Bunton, at the Bar, delivered his Answer to the Observations of the Commissioners of Accompts; and then withdrew.
Mr. Auditor Bridges, at the Bar, delivered his Answer to the Observations of the Commissioners of Accompts; and then withdrew.
The Lord Wharton brought into the House, Mr. Simon Mayne's Answer to the Observations made by the Commissioners of Accompts.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to subject the Estate of Robert Coke, of Trusley, in the County of Derby Esquire, and William Coke his Son and Heir Apparent, to the Payment of the said Robert Cook's Debts, and to make Provision for the Wife and Younger Children of the said William Coke."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of the said Bill be committed to the Lords following; (videlicet,)
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Tuesday the Nine and Twentieth Day of this Instant February, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Address for Papers relating to the Scotch Conspiracy.
The Duke of Bolton reported from the Lords Committees, the Address, drawn by them.
Which was read, Paragraph by Paragraph; and, with some Amendments, was agreed to by the House, as followeth; (videlicet,)
"We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, humbly beg Leave to acquaint Your Majesty, That having (according to our Duty, and Your Majesty's Royal Intention) taken into our most serious Consideration the Papers laid before us by the Earl of Nottingham, relating to the very ill Practices and Designs carried on in Scotland, by Emissaries from France; we find Mention made therein of several other Papers, not yet brought to the House, which we have Reason to believe are very material, as well for setting those wicked and dangerous Conspiracies in a due Light, as for our forming a right Judgement upon the whole Matter. In particular,
"The Account of Designs of an Insurrection in Scotland, which, by Your Majesty's Command, the Earl of Nottingham communicated to the Duke of Queensbborough.
"Mr. Stanhop's Letter, or Memorial, giving an Account of Money to be remitted into Scotland and Ireland, with the Persons Names to whom the same was to be paid.
"The Letter wrote by an Officer of the Garrison of Inverlochy, to the Governor, of a Design to draw great Numbers together, under Pretence of Hunting.
"The Letters intercepted going from France to Scotland, written in a Gibberish Language, wherein the Conspiracy is said to be contained.
"One Letter going from Scotland to France, to the late Queen at St. German's, written in the same Sort of Language.
"A Letter written by the proper Hand of the late Queen, at St. German's, to some Person in Scotland.
"The Letters or Accounts transmitted from the Duke of Queensborough, as far as they relate to the Transactions with Frazier, or any Conspiracy in Scotland.
"The Original Examinations of Sir John Mackleane, Campbel, Clark, Ferguson, Lindsey, Keith, and Mrs. Fox.
"The Commission and Credentials from the pretended Prince of Wales to Frazier.
"With all possible Respect to Your Majesty, and Deference to Your Royal Judgement, we desire these Papers may be communicated to the House; as also an Affidavit concerning the Lord Belhaven, which, we are informed, is lodged in One of the Secretaries Offices; together with such other Papers relating to any treasonable Designs, which have been on Foot in Scotland since Your Majesty's happy Accession to the Throne, as Your Majesty, in Your Wisdom, shall think fit.
"It is not our Meaning by this Address, nor was it ever the Intention of the House, to desire that the Matter which, Your Majesty was pleased to signify by the Earl of Nottingham, could not be then properly communicated without Prejudice to the public Service, should be brought before the House, till such Time as Your Majesty should judge it convenient: And therefore we take this Opportunity to say, that, if a fair Representation had been made to Your Majesty, of what was universally professed and declared to be the Sense of the House throughout the whole Debate upon which our Address of the Nine and Twentieth Day of January was formed, it could not have been interpreted as pressing Your Majesty to lay that Matter before us, sooner than consisted with Your Majesty's Pleasure.
"We remain still in Hopes, that, according to Your Majesty's gracious Intimation, there may be a proper Time, before the End of this Session, to communicate that Matter to us, without Inconvenience to the Public.
"We are deeply sensible, that Your Majesty and Your People cannot be safe, while the Designs of the Emissaries of France, and the Abettors of the pretended Prince of Wales, in any Part of Your Dominions, are not thoroughly searched into and discovered; and that an imperfect and partial Inquiry into them, will rather encourage than prevent them.
"It is upon this Account that, with so much dutiful Zeal (which we are sure will be always acceptable to Your Majesty), we desire to have all the Informations we can, before we proceed to offer to Your Majesty our humble Advice of what may best contribute in the present Juncture, to the Honour and Safety of Your Majesty, and the Security and Tranquillity of Your Dominions.
"And, upon this Occasion, we presume to renew to Your Majesty the Promise made in our Address of the Sixteenth of January last, That no Dangers nor Reproaches, nor any Artifices whatsoever, shall deter or divert us from using our utmost Endeavours, from Time to Time, in discovering and opposing all Contrivances and Attempts against Your Royal Person and Government, and the Protestant Succession, as established by Law."
Two Lords of each Degree to attend the Queen with it.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Duke of Bolton, the Duke of Newcastle, the Earl Rivers, the Earl of Kingston, the Lord Viscount Say & Seale, the Lord Viscount Townshend, the Lord Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, the Lord Bishop of Oxford, the Lord Ferrers, and the Lord Harvey, do attend Her Majesty, with the Address agreed to this Day, relating to the Scotch Conspiracy.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, decimum sextum diem instantis Februarii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.