Anno Primo Annæ Reginæ.
DIE Dominico, 8° die Martii.
Ds. Custos Magni Sigilli.
Dux Somerset, Præses.
Dux Devon, Senescallus.
Dux St. Albans.
Comes Lindsey, Magnus Camerarius.
Comes Carlisle, Marescallus.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Ds. Berkeley Str.
King's Death, the House acquainted with; and proclaiming the Queen:
The Earl of Manchester, One of the Principal Secretaries of State, by Her Majesty's Command, informed
the House, "That the Queen's Majesty in Council had
commanded him to acquaint their Lordships, That it
hath pleased GOD, at Eight a Clock this Morning, to
take away our late Sovereign; and that Orders are
issued, in the usual Form, to proclaim Her Majesty at
Three a Clock this Afternoon."
Message to H. C. for a Conference about it.
Then a Message was sent to the House of Commons,
by Sir Richard Holford and Mr. Pitt:
To desire a present Conference, in the Painted
Chamber, upon an extraordinary Occasion, that hath
happened this Morning.
ORDERED, That all the Lords present be a Committee, and Managers, to draw what shall be offered at the
And then the Lords withdrew.
The Messengers sent to the House of Commons return
That the Commons agree to a present Conference, as
The Lord Steward reported what the Committee had
drawn up to be offered at the Conference.
Which was read, and agreed to, as follows; (videlicet,)
Heads for the Conference.
Whereas it hath pleased ALMIGHTY GOD to take
to Himself the late King William the Third, of Glorious Memory; the Princess Anne being the only rightful and lawful Queen of these Realms; the Lords
have thought fit to acquaint the Commons, That Orders are given, in the usual Form, for proclaiming Her
Majesty at Three a Clock this Afternoon."
ORDERED, That this be communicated to the Commons, at a Conference.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure; and
the Lords went to the Conference.
Which being ended, the House was resumed.
And the Lord Steward reported, "That they had
delivered the Paper, as ordered."
After which, the House was adjourned during Pleasure; and the Lords withdrew presently, to draw an
Address to Her Majesty.
After some Time, the House was resumed.
And the Earl of Peterborow reported the Address, as
drawn by the Committee.
Which, with some Alterations, was read, and agreed
to by the House, and is as followeth; (videlicet,)
Address to the Queen.
"We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament
assembled, though deeply sensible of the unspeakable
Loss this Nation hath sustained by the Decease of His
late Majesty, of Glorious Memory, do, at the same
Time, most heartily congratulate Your Majesty's
happy Accession to the Throne, and with all Loyalty
and Duty assure Your Majesty of our zealous and firm
Resolutions to support Your undoubted Right and
Title, and the Succession of the Protestant Line, as
by Law established, against all Your Enemies whatsoever; being sensible our great Loss is no otherwise
to be repaired, to ourselves or our Confederates, but
by a most sincere and vigorous Adherence to Your
Majesty and Your Allies, in the Prosecution of those
Measures already entered into, to reduce the exorbitant Power of France: And we will ever make it appear to Your Majesty and the World, that our
Zeal and Affection for Your Majesty's Service, and
the Care we have of the public Safety, engage us to
exert ourselves with the utmost Vigour and Union, for
obtaining, under Your Majesty's Reign, such a Balance of Power and Interest, as may effectually secure
the Liberties of Europe.
"And we further humbly desire, that, for the Encouragement of Your Majesty's Allies, no Time may
be lost in communicating to them Your Majesty's Resolutions of adhering firmly to the Alliances already
made: And we shall never be wanting, to the utmost
of our Power, to enable Your Majesty to maintain
Lords with White Staves to attend Her Majesty.
ORDERED, That the Lords with White Staves do
attend Her Majesty, humbly to know what Time Her
Majesty will please to appoint, for this House to attend
Her with the Address.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ,
nonum diem instantis Martii, hora undecima Auroræ,
Dominis sic decernentibus.