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 Mercurii, 2 Martii.
D. of Marlborough takes the Oaths.
Thanks of the House to the Duke of Marlborough, for his eminent Services:
"I have the Honour to be again commanded by this House, to give your Grace their most hearty and unanimous Thanks, for the great and eminent Services you have performed this last Campaign, particularly to Her Majesty and Her Kingdoms, and in general to all the Allies.
"I hope I shall not be thought to exceed my present Commission, if, being thus led to contemplate the mighty Things your Grace has done for us, I cannot conclude without acknowledging, with all Gratitude, the Providence of God, in raising you up, to be an Instrument of so much Good, in so critical a Juncture, when it was so much wanted."
His Grace's Reply.
Queen's Answer, to Address relating to North Britain.
The Earl of Manchester reported from the Lords Committees, the Bill, intituled, "An Act for vesting the Estate of Gideon Haydon Esquire, deceased, lying in the County of Devon, in Trustees, to be sold, for Payment of the Debts wherewith it stands incumbered; and settling the Overplus to the Uses in his Marriage Settlement limited and declared," as fit to pass, with some Amendments.
L. Willughby de Broke's Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to explain a Clause in a Statute made in the Twentyseventh Year of the Reign of King Henry the Eighth, enabling Tenants in Tail, in Possession, to make Jointures to Wives; and enlarging the same, so as Richard Lord Willughby de Broke, and other Tenants in Tail in Possession, may make Jointures to the Wives of their Eldest Sons or Grandsons."
Bp. Chichester's Bill.
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for explaining and making more effectual an Act made Anno Primo Annæ Reginæ, intituled, An Act, giving further Time to John Lord Bishop of Chichester, and his Successors, to make Leases of certain Houses and Ground, in and near Chancery Lane, belonging to the Bishopric of Chichester."
D. Newcastle's Bill:
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for vesting in John Duke of Newcastle, and his Heirs, certain Lands belonging to the Vicarage of Walesby, in the County of Nottingham, in Lieu of an Annual Rent of Ten Pounds, payable to the Vicar of the said Vicarage, and his Successors for ever."
Message to H. C. with it, and the Bp. of Chichester's Bill.
Sir J. Bolles' Bill.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Thursday the Seventeenth Day of this Instant March, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable John Elye Esquire to raise Money out of his Estate, to pay his Debts; and for settling the Residue thereof, together with the Estate of Elizabeth his Wife, to the Uses intended by his Marriage Settlement."
Coxe & al. Leave for a Bill.
After reading, and considering, the Report of the Lord Chief Justice of Her Majesty's Court of Common Pleas and the Lord Chief Baron of Her Majesty's Court of Exchequer, to whom was referred the Petition of Daniel Coxe the Elder, Doctor in Physic, and Rebecca his Wife, Daughter of John Coldham Esquire, deceased, and of Samuel Coxe and others, the Eleven surviving Grandchildren of the said John Coldham; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for the Purposes therein mentioned:
Smithfield Cattle, Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for explaining and making more effectual that Part of an Act passed in the Fifth Year of Her present Majesty's Reign, concerning the buying and selling of Cattle in Smithfield; and for giving Leave for bringing up Calves dead to London, as formerly."
Message from H. C. to return the Address, with Amendments.
To return the Address of this House, sent to them Yesterday for their Concurrence; and to acquaint this House, that they have agreed to the same, with inserting the Words ["and Commons"]; and adding, at the End of the said Address these Words; (videlicet,)
["And that, for the Security of Your Majesty's Dominions, the Preservation of Trade, and the general Benefit of the Allies, Your Majesty will be graciously pleased that Care may be taken, that the Fortifications and Harbour of Dunkirk may be demolished and destroyed."]
Address for the Preservation of the Repose and Quiet of Europe, by establishing a firm Friendship among the Allies, &c.
"We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons in Parliament assembled, considering the great Expence of Blood and Treasure that Your Majesty and Your Allies have been at, in prosecuting this long War, for securing the Liberties of Europe, do most humbly beseech Your Majesty, that, for preserving the Repose and Quiet of Europe, and preventing the ambitious Designs of France for the future, Your Majesty would be pleased to take Care, at the Conclusion of the War, to continue and establish a good and firm Friendship among all the Allies; and that the French King may be obliged to own Your Majesty's Title and the Protestant Succession, as it is established by the Laws of Great Britain; and that Your Allies be engaged to become Guarantees of the same.
"And that Your Majesty would take effectual Methods, that the Pretender shall be removed out of the French Dominions; and not suffered to return, to disturb Your Majesty, Your Heirs, or Successors in the Protestant Line: And that, for the Security of Your Majesty's Dominions, the Preservation of Trade, and the general Benefit of the Allies, Your Majesty will be graciously pleased that Care may be taken, that the Fortifications and Harbour of Dunkirk may be demolished and destroyed."
Message to H. C. that the Lords agree to the Amendments to it:
Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do attend Her Majesty, humbly to know what Time Her Majesty will please to be attended, with the Address of both Houses of Parliament.
Queen to be attended with it:
The Lord Chamberlain acquainted the House, "That he had attended Her Majesty; and that Her Majesty is pleased to appoint To-morrow, at Six a Clock in the Evening, to be attended, at St. James's, with the Address of both Houses."
Message to H. C. to acquaint them with it.
To acquaint them, that Her Majesty hath appointed at Six a Clock To-morrow, in the Evening, to be attended, at St. James's, with the Address of both Houses; and that, in respect to Her Majesty's present Circumstances, their Lordships have ordered the Lord Chancellor only to attend Her Majesty, on the Part of this House, at that Time.