Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 18, 1705-1709. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 5° Annæ Reginæ.
DIE Martis, Tertio Die Decembris, Anno Regni Serenissimæ Annæ, Dei Gratia, Angl. Scot. Franciæ, et Hib'niæ Reginæ, Fidci Defensoris, &c. Quinto, in quem Diem præsens hæc Secunda Sessio Parliamenti prorogat. fuerat, in Superiori Parliamenti Domo apud Westmonaster. convenere Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum Nomina subscribuntur, et præsentes fuerunt:
Lords take the Oaths.
This Day George Lord Bishop of St. David's, John Lord Bishop of Landaffe, and Foulke Lord Brooke, took the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, to robe.
The House was resumed.
Her Majesty, being seated on Her Royal Throne, adorned with Her Crown and Regal Ornaments, attended with Her Officers of State (the Peers being in their Robes), commanded the Deputy Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, "It is Her Majesty's Pleasure, that they attend Her presently, in the House of Peers."
Who being come, with their Speaker;
Her Majesty was pleased to say as follows:
Her Majesty's Speech.
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"I hope, we are all met together at this Time with Hearts truly thankful to Almighty God, for the glorious Successes, with which He has blessed our Arms, and those of our Allies, through the whole Course of this Year; and with serious and steady Resolutions to prosecute the Advantages we have gained, till we reap the desired Fruit of them, in an honourable and durable Peace.
"The Goodness of God has brought this happy Prospect so much nearer to us, that, if we be not wanting to ourselves, we may, upon good Grounds, hope to see such a Balance of Power established in Europe, that it shall no longer be at the Pleasure of One Prince, to disturb the Repose, and endanger the Liberties, of this Part of the World.
"A Just Consideration of the present Posture of Affairs, of the Circumstances of our Enemies, and the good Disposition of our Allies, must needs excite an uncommon Zeal, and animate us to exert our utmost Endeavours, at this critical Conjuncture.
"Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
"As I am fully persuaded, you are all of this Mind; so I must earnestly desire you to grant Me Supplies, sufficient for carrying on the War next Year in so effectual a Manner, that we may be able to improve every where the Advantages of this successful Campaign: And, I assure you, I shall make it My Business to see all you give, applied to those Ends, with the greatest Care and Management.
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"In Pursuance of the Powers, vested in Me by Act of Parliament, both in England and Scotland, I have appointed Commissioners, to treat of an Union between the Two Kingdoms: And though this be a Work of such a Nature, as could not but be attended with great Difficulties; yet such has been the Application of the Commissioners, that they have concluded a Treaty, which is at this Time before the Parliament of Scotland; and, I hope, the mutual Advantages of an entire Union of the Two Kingdoms will be found so apparent, that it will not be long, before I shall have an Opportunity of acquainting you with the Success which it has met with there.
"Your Meeting at this Time being later than usual, I cannot conclude, without earnestly recommending to you to give as much Dispatch to the Public Affairs as the Nature of them will admit; it being of the greatest Consequence, that both our Friends and our Enemies should be fully convinced of your Firmness, and the Vigour of Your Proceedings."
Then Her Majesty was pleased to withdraw; and the Commons went to their House.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for preventing the Poor's being defrauded, and Redress of several other Abuses."
The Lord Keeper reported Her Majesty's Speech; which was afterwards read by the Clerk.
Then, the House being moved, "To congratulate Her Majesty in the great and glorious Successes of the Arms of Her Majesty and Her Allies, the last Campaign; and humbly to thank Her Majesty, for Her great Care of the Public Affairs both at Home and Abroad, and for Her Majesty's having encouraged Her Allies to continue the War against France:"
Committee to draw an Address.
Lords Committees were appointed, to draw an Address, to be presented to Her Majesty, to congratulate Her Majesty in the great and glorious Successes of the Arms of Her Majesty and Her Allies the last Campaign; and humbly to thank Her Majesty, for Her great Care of the Public Affairs both at Home and Abroad, and for Her Majesty's having encouraged Her Allies to continue the War against France; and report to the House.
Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to meet presently, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, quartum diem instantis Decembris, hora duodecima, Dominis sic decernentibus.