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, 1 Januarii.
Lords take the Oaths.
Thomas Earl of Pembroke, Lord President.
Robert Lord Hunsdon.
Banistre Lord Maynard.
Sidney Lord Godolphin.
Address concerning the Pretender being owned in France.
"We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, did hear, with all imaginable Satisfaction, Your Majesty's most Gracious Speech to both Your Houses of Parliament; for which were turn Your Majesty our most humble and hearty Thanks: And though the several Particulars, which Your Majesty was pleased to recommend to us, are of the highest Importance, and that we will lose no Time in proceeding to the Consideration of them, with great Duty to Your Majesty; yet we cannot defer expressing our just Resentments of the Proceedings of the French King, in owning and setting up the pretended Prince of Wales for King of England and other Your Majesty's Realms and Dominions, which we take to be the highest Indignity that can be offered to Your Sacred Majesty and this Kingdom; and we do assure Your Majesty, we are so sensible thereof, that we are resolved to assist Your Majesty to the utmost of our Power, in defending Your Sacred Person and Government from all Attempts whatsoever that shall be made, either from Your open or secret Enemies: And, that no Enemies to our Religion and Country may ever hope to prosper in their Attempts against us, when, to our great Unhappiness, it shall please GOD to deprive us of Your Majesty's Protection; we do further declare our Resolution, to assist and defend, to the utmost of our Power, against the pretended Prince of Wales, and all other Pretenders whatsoever, every Person and Persons, who have Right to succeed to the Crown of these Realms, by virtue of the Two Acts of Parliament, intituled, "An Act, declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject, and settling the Succession of the Crown;" and, "An Act for the further Limitation of the Crown, and better securing the Rights and Liberties of the Subject." And we conclude, with our earnest Prayers to ALIMIGHTY GOD, for Your Majesty's long and happy Reign over us.
Carlisle, E. M.
North & Grey.
Jo. Lichfield & Cov.
Berkeley of Stratton.
Willughby De Brok.
Lindsey, G. C.
Say & Seale.
Henry De Longueville.
Lords to sign Address:
House to attend the King with it:
Address to be printed.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England do give Order, that the Address presented to His Majesty this Day, and His Majesty's most Gracious Answer thereunto, be forthwith printed and published.
King's Speech to be considered.
Yeoman Usher's Place.
The Lord President acquainted the House, "That Sir David Mitchel Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Mr. Richard Colinge had had a Trial, touching the Place of Yeoman Usher; and that a Verdict was given for Sir David; who recommended Mr. John Phillips, to attend the Service of this House in that Employment."