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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DIE Jovis, 5 Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Thanks of the House given to the Duke of Marlborough.
The Duke of Marlborough being this Day present, and in his Place; the Lord Keeper, as ordered Yesterday, gave him the Thanks of this House, as follows; (videlicet,)
"My Lord Duke of Marlborough,
"I am commanded by this House to give your Grace their Acknowledgement and Thanks, for the eminent Services you have done, since the last Session of Parliament, to Her Majesty and your Country, together with their Confederates, in this Just and necessary War.
"Though your former Successes against the Power of France, while it remained unbroken, gave most reasonable Expectations, that you would not fail to improve them; yet what your Grace hath performed this last Campaign, has far exceeded all Hopes, even of such as were the most assectionate and partial to their Country's Interest and your Glory.
"The Advantages (I use the lowest Expressions for every Thing), which you have gained against the Enemy, are of such a Nature, so conspicuous in themselves, and so undoubtedly owing to your Courage and Conduct, so sensibly and universally beneficial in their Consequences to the whole Consederacy, that to attempt to adorn them with the Colouring of Words, would be vain and inexcusable; and therefore I decline it, the rather because I should certainly offend that great Modesty, which alone can, and does, add a Lustre to your Actions, and which, in your Grace's Example, has successfully withstood as great Trials, as that Virtue has met with in any Instance whatsoever.
"Only I beg Leave to say, that if any Thing could move your Grace to reflect with much Satisfaction on your own Merit, it would be this, that so August an Assembly does with One Voice praise and thank you; an Honour, which a Judgement, so sure as that of your Grace's, to think rightly of every Thing, cannot but prefer to the Ostentation of a Public Triumph."
To which his Grace replied, as follows; (videlicet,)
His Grace's Reply.
"I esteem this as a very particular Honour, which your Lordships are pleased to do me: Nobody in the World can be more sensible of it than I am, nor more desirous to deserve the Continuance of your Fayour and good Opinion."
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, sextum diem instantis Decembris, hora duodecima, Dominis sic decernentibus.