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 Sabbati, 27 Octobris.
Lords take the Oaths.
Daniel Earl of Nottingham.
Lawrence Earl of Rochester.
Francis Earl of Bradford.
William Lord Bishop of Carlisle.
Charles Lord Howard of Escrick.
Peregrine Lord Osborne.
Francis Lord Guilford.
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.
The Lord Keeper, 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,
"Her Majesty is pleased to say, That, She being fully assured of the Discretion and Temper, as well as of the good Affections, of Her House of Commons; 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."
"And it is with much Satisfaction I observe so full an Appearance at the Opening of the Parliament; because it is a Ground for Me to conclude, you are all convinced of the Necessity of prosecuting the just War, in which we are engaged; and therefore are truly sensible, that'tis of the greatest Importance to us to be timely in our Preparations.
"Nothing can be more evident, than that, if the French King continues Master of the Spanish Monarchy, the Balance of Power in Europe is utterly destroyed; and He will be able in a short Time to engross the Trade, and the Wealth, of the World.
"No good Englishman could at any Time be content to sit still, and acquiesce in such a Prospect; and at this Time we have great Grounds to hope, that, by the Blessing of God upon our Arms, and those of our Allies, a good Foundation is laid for restoring the Monarchy of Spain to the House of Austria; the Consequences of which will not only be safe and advantageous, but glorious, for England.
"All our Allies must needs be so sensible this is the true State of the Case, that I make no doubt but Measures will soon be so concerted, as that, if we be not wanting to ourselves, we shall see the next Campaign begin offensively on all Sides against our Enemies, in a most vigorous Manner.
"I must therefore desire you, Gentlemen of the House of Commons, to grant Me the Supplies, which will be requisite for carrying on the next Year's Service both by Sea and Land; and at the same Time to consider, that the giving all possible Dispatch will make the Supply itself much more effectual.
"I ought to take Notice to you, that the King of Prussia's Troops have been very useful to this End. Your Approbation of that Treaty last Sessions, and the Encouragement you gave upon it, leave Me no Doubt of being able to renew it for another Year.
"I take this Occasion to assure you, that not only whatever shall be granted by Parliament, for bearing the Charge of the War, shall be laid out for that Purpose, with the greatest Faithfulness and Management; but that I will continue to add, out of My own Revenue, all I can reasonably spare beyond the necessary Expences for the Honour of the Government.
"By an Act of Parliament, passed the last Winter, I was enabled to appoint Commissioners for this Kingdom, to treat with Commissioners, to be empowered by Authority of Parliament in Scotland, concerning a nearer and more complete Union between the Two Kingdoms, as soon as an Act shall be made there for that Purpose: I think it proper for Me to acquaint you, that such an Act is lately passed there; and I intend, in a short Time, to cause Commissions to be made out, in order to put the Treaty on Foot; which I heartily desire may prove successful; because I am persuaded that an Union of the Two Kingdoms will not only prevent many Inconveniencies, which may otherwise happen, but must conduce to the Peace and Happiness of both Nations; and therefore, I hope, I shall have your Assistance in bringing this great Work to a good Conclusion.
"There is another Union I think Myself obliged to recommend to you in the most earnest and affectionate Manner; I mean, an Union of Minds and Affections amongst ourselves: It is that, which would, above all Things, disappoint and defeat the Hopes and Designs of our Enemies.
"I cannot but with Grief observe, there are some amongst us, who endeavour to foment Animosities; but, I persuade Myself, they will be found to be very few, when you appear to assist Me in discountenancing and defeating such Practices.
"I mention this with a little more Warmth, because there have not been wanting some, so very malicious, as even in Print to suggest, the Church of England, as by Law established, to be in Danger at this Time.
"I am willing to hope, not One of My Subjects can really entertain a Doubt of My Affection to the Church, or so much as suspect, that it will not be My chief Care to support it, and leave it secure after Me; and therefore we may be certain, that they, who go about to insinuate Things of this Nature, must be Mine and the Kingdom's Enemies, and can only mean to cover Designs, which they dare not publicly own, by endeavouring to distract us with unreasonable and groundless Distrusts and Jealousies.
"I must be so plain, as to tell you, the best Proofs we can all give, at present, of our Zeal for the Preservation of the Church, will be, to join heartily in prosecuting the War against an Enemy, who is certainly engaged to extirpate our Religion, as well as to reduce this Kingdom to Slavery.
Receivers and Triers of Petitions.
Messire Jean Holt, Chivalier et Chief Justicer.
Messire Jean Powell, Chivalier et Justicer.
Messire Jean Edisbury, Docteur au Droit Civil.
Messire Thomas Trevor, Chivalier et Cheife Justic. de Banc Com.
Messire Edward Ward, Chivalier et Chiefe Baron de I'Exchequer de la Reine.
Messire Jean Francklin, Chivalier.
Messire Lacon William Child, Chivalier.
Le Count de Denbigh.
Le Count de Winchilsea.
Le Count de Thanet.
Le Count de Nottingham.
Le Count de Rochester.
Le Count de Bradford.
Le Baron Mohun.
Le Baron Sommers.
Le Baron d' Halifax.
Committee for Privileges.
Committee for the Journal.
Lords Sub-committees appointed to consider of the Orders and Customs of the House, and Privileges of the Peers of this Kingdom and Lords of Parliament; and to peruse and perfect the Journals of the last Parliament, and also the Journal of this Parliament.
Committee to draw an Address upon it.
Whereupon it is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the humble Thanks of this House be given to Her Majesty, for Her most Gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament.