House of Lords Journal Volume 18: 30 October 1707

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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, 30 Octobris.


Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Arch. Cantuar.
Epus. London.
Epus. Sarum.
Epus. Lich. & Cov.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Cicestr.
Epus. Bangor.
Ds. Cancellarius
Mag. Britanniæ.
Dux Somerset.
Dux Richmond.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Ormonde.
Dux St. Albans.
Dux Schonburg.
Dux de Com. Buckingham & Normanby.
Dux Montrosse.
Dux Roxburghe.
March. Lindsey, Magnus Camerarius.
March. Lothian.
Comes Derby.
Comes Peterborow.
Comes Stamford.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scasdale.
Comes Essex.
Comes Feversham.
Comes Berkeley.
Comes Nottingham.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Portland.
Comes Bradford.
Comes Grantham.
Comes Greenwich.
Comes Wharton.
Comes Poulett.
Comes Bindon.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Wemyss.
Comes Seafield.
Comes Glasgow.
Comes Play.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. Lawarr.
Ds. Berkeley.
Ds. Chandos.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Ds. Mohun.
Ds. Byron.
Ds. Rockingham.
Ds. Berkeley Str.
Ds. Dartmouth.
Ds. Lempster.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Haversham.
Ds. Barnard.
Ds. Halifax.


Lords take the Oaths.

The Lords following took the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and the Oath of Abjuration, and also made and subscribed the Declaration, pursuant to the Statutes; (videlicet,)

Charles Duke of Grafton.
Charles Duke of St. Albans.
Mainherdt Duke of Schonburg.
John Duke of Buckingham and Normanby.
James Earl of Derby.
Thomas Earl of Stamford.
Algernon Earl of Essex.
Lewis Earl of Feversham.
Charles Earl of Berkeley.
Lawrence Earl of Rochester.
William Earl of Portland.
John Earl of Greenwich.
Thomas Earl of Wharton.
John Earl of Sutherland.
Henry Lord Bishop of London.
Gilbert Lord Bishop of Sarum.
John Lord Bishop of Lichfield & Coventrie.
John Lord Bishop of Bangor.
James Lord d' Berkeley.
Charles Lord Mohun.
William Lord Byron.
William Lord Dartmouth.
William Lord Lempster.
John Lord Haversham.

Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, to robe.

The House was resumed.

Queen present.

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."

Smith, Speaker of H. C. presented, and approved of.

Who being come; they presented the Right Honourable John Smith Esquire, whom they had chosen to be their Speaker, for Her Majesty's Royal Approbation.

And, after a short Speech made by him to Her Majesty, desiring Her Majesty to excuse him from that Service:

The Lord Chancellor, by Her Majesty's Command, acquainted the House of Commons, "That Her Majesty was pleased to approve of the Choice they had made, and did allow of, and confirm, Mr. Smith to be their Speaker."

Then Mr. Speaker returned Her Majesty Thanks, for Her gracious Approbation of the Choice and Acceptance of his Service; and humbly prayed, in the Name of the Commons, "That Her Majesty would be graciously pleased to allow and confirm all their ancient Rights and Privileges; particularly,

"That they might have Liberty and Freedom of Speech in all their Debates.

"That their Persons, Estates, and Servants, be free from Arrests and Troubles.

"That they may have Access to Her Royal Person, as Occasion shall require.

"That Her Majesty would have a gracious Opinion of all their Actions.

"And that, if himself at any Time should mistake, be might have Her Majesty's favourable Interpretation, and gracious Pardon."

Then the Lord Chancellor, by Her Majesty's further Command, said,

"Mr. Speaker,

"Her Majesty is pleased to say, That She is fully assured of the Discretion and Temper, as well as of the good Affections, of Her House of Commons: And as to the Suit which you have made in their Name; Her Majesty does most willingly grant to them all their Privileges, in as full a Manner as they were at any Time granted or allowed by any of Her Royal Predecessors: And as to what you have prayed in Relation to yourself; Her Majesty will put the best and most favourable Construction upon your Words and Actions, in the Execution of your Duty of Speaker of the House of Commons; being satisfied of your Integrity, of your Zeal for Her Service, of your firm Adherence to the true Interest of your Country, and of your faithful Performance of the Public Trusts which have been committed to your Care."

After which, the Lord Chancellor, by Her Majesty's Command, said,

Houses directed to adjourn.

"My Lords, and Gentlemen,

Her Majesty has commanded me to acquaint you, That Her Majesty, upon mature Consideration, has thought it convenient to defer declaring Her Reasons for calling this Parliament till Thursday the Sixth Day of November next: And therefore it is Her Majesty's Pleasure, that both Houses should adjourn themselves to Thursday next."

Then Her Majesty was pleased to withdraw; and the Commons returned to their House.


Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis, sextum diem Novembris jam. prox. futur. hora decima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.