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, 31 Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Queen to be attended with the Address.
The Duke of Somerset reported, "That he had attended Her Majesty, to know what Time Her Majesty will be pleased to appoint, for this House to attend Her, with their Resolution, relating to Justices of Peace; and that Her Majesty hath appointed this Day, at One a Clock, to be attended, at St. James's."
ORDERED; That the Lords present do withdraw, and prepare an Address to Her Majesty, upon the Resolution of this House Yesterday, relating to Justices of Peace.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure.
After some Time, the House was resumed.
And the Duke of Somerset reported the Address drawn by them.
Which was read, and agreed to, as followeth; (videlicet,)
Address for the Commissions of the Peace to be reviewed.
"We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, having taken into our Consideration the great Alterations that have been of late made in the Commissions of the Peace, do most humbly beg Leave to lay before Your Majesty, that it is our Opinion, That no Person that refused to take the Oaths to the late King is fit to be in the Commission of the Peace under Your Majesty: And we do further humbly beseech Your Majesty, That You will be graciously pleased to order the Commissions of the Peace to be reviewed; and to give Direction, that no Person or Persons be continued, or put into the Commission of the Peace, but Men of Quality and Estates, and of known Affection to Your Majesty's Title and Government, and the Protestant Succession and the Church of England, as they are both established by Law; and that Your Majesty will be pleased to order, that such be restored who are so qualified, and have been turned out without just Cause."
The House was adjourned during Pleasure.
And the Lords attended Her Majesty at St. James's, according to Her Majesty's Appointment.
After some Time, the Lords being returned, the House was resumed.
And the Lord Keeper reported Her Majesty's several Answers to the Representations, Addresses, and other Proceedings of this House, by them presented to Her Majesty, as follows; (videlicet,)
Queen's Answers to the Representation in Consequence of the One from the H. C. about the Scotch Conspiracy:
"1. I hope, none of My Subjects have any Desire to lessen My Prerogative; since I have no Thought of making Use of it but for their Protection and Advantage.
"I look upon it as a great Misfortune, when any Misunderstandings happen between the Two Houses of Parliament; which cannot be, without so much Prejudice to the Public, that I shall never omit any Thing in My Power to prevent the Occasions of them."
To the Address about Abuses in the Victualing, Vice Admiral Greydon's Expedition, Sir Cl. Shovel's Expedition, and Exchange of Prisoners.
"2. This Address consists of so many Parts, that I cannot take Notice of them now but in general.
"I will consider the several Particulars, and give such Directions as shall be proper for the Safety and Welfare of the Nation."
To the Address relating to Scotland:
"3. I have some Time since declared My Intentions of endeavouring the Settlement of the Protestant Succession in Scotland, to My Servants of that Kingdom, as the most effectual Means for securing their Quiet and our own, and the readiest Way to an entire Union betwixt both Kingdoms; in the perfecting of which, it is very desireable, no Time should be lost."
And to the One about Justices of Peace:
"4. I have always thought it reasonable, that the Commissions of the Peace should be filled with Gentlemen of the best Quality and Estates in their Country.
"And it is as fit they should be of known Loyalty and Affection to the Government, to the Protestant Succession, and the Church of England as established by Law. And I shall give Directions according to this Rule."
Addresses, &c. to be printed.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That all the Representations and Addresses, laid before and presented to Her Majesty this Day, shall be forthwith printed and published; and that the Lords Committees, who are appointed to consider and give Directions for the printing the Papers and Matters relating to the Scotch Conspiracy, do give Directions in the printing the Representations and Addresses, with Her Majesty's most Gracious Answers to them.
Clerks Care and Pains to be represented to Her Majesty;
Consideration being this Day had of the diligent Attendance, Care, and Pains, of John Walker and John Relfe, Clerks attending in this House, and at all Committees appointed by this House:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That His Grace the Duke of Somerset be, and he is hereby, desired to represent the same to Her Majesty; and humbly to desire Her Majesty, from this House, "That She will be graciously pleased to give Direction to the Lord High Treasurer of England, to give them such Reward as Her Majesty, in Her Royal Bounty, shall think fit."
the Yeoman Usher's;
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That his Grace the Duke of Somerset be, and he is hereby, desired to move Her Majesty, "That She would be pleased to take into Consideration the great Trouble that Captain John Phillips, Yeoman Usher attending this House, hath had, in relation to the late Scottish Conspiracy; and that Her Majesty will be pleased to give Directions to the Lord High Treasurer of England, that he may be rewarded, as Her Majesty, in Her Royal Bounty, shall think fit."
and the Doorkeepers.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That his Grace the Duke of Somerset be, and he is hereby, desired to move Her Majesty, "That She would be pleased to take into Consideration the Trouble and Charge that the Eight Door-keepers attending this House have been at, in relation to the late Conspiracy in Scotland; and that Her Majesty will be pleased to give Directions to the Lord High Treasurer of England, that they may be rewarded, as Her Majesty, in Her Bounty, shall think fit."
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ, (videlicet,) tertium diem Aprilis jam prox. futur. hora decima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.