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, 18 Decembris.
Two Acts passed in Scotland, to repeal, Bill.
The House (pursuant to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for repealing and declaring the Determination of Two Acts passed in the Parliament of Scotland;" the One, intituled, "Act for the Security of the Kingdom;" the other, "Act anent Peace and War."
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for repealing and declaring the Determination of Two Acts passed in the Parliament of Scotland; the One, intituled, "Act for the Security of the Kingdom;" the other, "Act anent Peace and War."
Land Tax Bill.
The House (pursuant to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for granting an Aid to Her Majesty, to be raised by a Land Tax in Great Britain, for the Service of the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eight."
Message to H. C. that the Lords have agreed to it,
Return of English Prisoners.
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
Woollen Cloth, Exportation, Bill.
Commodore Kerr to answer Accusation:
This Day Captain Kerr, attending as ordered, was called in: And the Lord Chancellor, by Order of the House, acquainted him with the Substance of what was objected to him; and "that he was to have a Copy of the Accusation, to which he was to answer in reasonable Time."
To have Copies of Informations against him:
It was Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Captain Kerr shall have Copies of the Informations against him; and shall put in his Answer thereunto, in Writing, on the Eighth Day of January next, at Eleven a Clock.
Wood to attend.
Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That To-morrow, at Twelve a Clock, Mr. Thomas Wood do attend this House, to acquaint the House, "Whether he has any other Papers, relating to the Accusation of Captain Kerr, to be laid before the House."
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."
The Clerk of the Parliaments received the Land Tax Bill from the Hands of the Speaker, and brought it to the Table; where the Clerk of the Crown read the Title of that and the other Bills to be passed, as followeth; (videlicet,)
"2. An Act for repealing and declaring the Determination of Two Acts passed in the Parliament of Scotland; the One, intituled, "Act for the Security of the Kingdom;" the other, "Act anent Peace and War."
"I am very well pleased with the Occasion of My coming hither at this Time, and desirous to take this Opportunity of expressing to you the Satisfaction I have in seeing so good a Progress made in the Public Business.
"I am extremely sensible of the Readiness and Affection with which you have provided so considerable a Part of the Supplies. As I am fully persuaded it must needs give the greatest Satisfaction to all our Allies; so I look upon it as a sure Pledge of your being disposed to make good those hearty Assurances which you gave Me in the Beginning of the Session.
"I told you, at the Opening of this Parliament, that I did hope you would look upon the Services relating to Spain, Portugal, and the Army under the Command of the Duke of Savoy, to be of so much Importance in the Prosecution of this War, that they might deserve an Augmentation; which I cannot but think will be of the greatest Use to the Common Cause, both with regard to those particular Services, and to the putting ourselves in a Condition to improve such favourable Opportunities as may arise in the ensuing Year.
"I shall only add, that, as nothing is more essential to My own Quiet, and the Happiness of all My good Subjects, than the bringing this War to a safe and honourable Conclusion; so I must think Myself obliged to look upon all those who are willing and desirous to support Me in it, for attaining that End, as the most proper Objects of My Favour and Encouragement.
"I cannot conclude, without once more recommending to you, to confirm and improve the Advantages of our happy Union; not doubting but, at the same Time, you will have a due Regard to what shall be found necessary for preserving the Public Peace throughout the whole Island of Great Britain."
Address, Committee to prepare.
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That an humble Address of Thanks shall be presented to Her Majesty, for Her most Gracious Speech made this Day to both Houses of Parliament.
Dux Devonshire, Senescallus.