Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 19, 1709-1714. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Lunæ, 27 Novembris.
Lords take the Oaths.
Her Majesty, being seated on Her Royal Throne, adorned with Her Crown and Regal Ornaments, attended with Her Officers of State (the Peers being also in their Robes), commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the House of Commons know; "It is Her Majesty's Pleasure, that they attend Her presently, in the House of Peers."
Mr. Bromley Speaker of H. C. presented, and approved of:
They have many among them much fitter for this great Trust: And therefore, that the public Service may not suffer through my Want of Abilities to discharge it, I am an humble Suitor to Your Majesty, that You will be pleased to excuse my undertaking it, and command the Commons to make a better Choice."
Since Your Majesty has not been pleased to allow my Excuse, but to approve the Choice Your Commons have made; it is my Duty to submit, and render Your Majesty my most humble Thanks for this great and undeserved Favour.
I am very sensible, the only Qualities I can pretend to, towards the Discharge thereof, are a sincere and steady Affection for our happy Establishment in Church and State, with an unfeigned Zeal and Devotion for Your Majesty's Person and Government. But since Your Majesty commands me to this Service, I shall humbly hope Your Majesty will pardon all my involuntary Failings, and accept my faithful Endeavours.
I am persuaded, Your Majesty will find that You are not disappointed, by considing in the Assurances Your good Subjects had given Your Majesty, of their Duty and Affection; that they have chose such Persons to represent them in Parliament as will effectually support Your Majesty against all Your Enemies; that will soon defeat all Artifices to destroy or distress the Public Credit, and enable Your Majesty to bring that just and necessary War, in which You are engaged, to a safe, honourable, and speedy Conclusion. I do, in their Names, humbly present to Your Majesty their accustomed Petitions, for their ancient Rights and Privileges; particularly,
Her Majesty is so fully satisfied of Your dutiful Affection to Her Service, that She is pleased to say, She will, on all Occasions, make the most favourable Construction of all Your Words and Actions, in the Execution of Your Duty.
"And that, as to the Suit You have made in the Name of the House of Commons, She is so very well assured of their Temper and Wisdom, as well as of their Loyalty and Zeal for the present Establishment in Church and State, that She readily grants and allows all their Privileges, as fully as they have been at any Time granted or allowed by any of Her Royal Predecessors."
"I have, by calling this Parliament, made appear the Confidence I place in the Duty and Affection of My Subjects: And I meet you here with the greatest Satisfaction; having no Reason to doubt but that I shall find such Returns, as will add new Life to our Friends, and entirely disappoint the Hopes of our Enemies.
"The carrying on the War in all its Parts, but particularly in Spain, with the utmost Vigour, is the likeliest Means, with God's Blessing, to procure a safe and honourable Peace for us and all our Allies, whose Support and Interest I have truly at Heart.
"For this Purpose, I must ask from you, Gentlemen of the House of Commons, the necessary Supplies for the next Year's Service: And let Me put you in Mind, that nothing will add so much to their Efficacy as Unanimity and Dispatch.
"I cannot without great Concern mention to you, that the Navy and other Offices are burthened with heavy Debts, which so far affect the Public Service, that I most earnestly desire you to find some Way to answer those Demands, and to prevent the like for the Time to come; the Justice of Parliament, in satisfying former Engagements, being the certain Way for preserving and establishing National Credit.
"I am sensibly touched with what My People suffer by this long and expensive War; to which when it shall please God to put an End, the flourishing Condition of My Subjects shall be as much My Care, as their Safety is at present.
"And, that all these may be transmitted to Posterity, I shall employ none but such as are heartily for the Protestant Succession in the House of Hanover; the Interest of which Family no Person can be more truly concerned for than Myself.
"These are My Resolutions; and your Concurrence with Me in a steady Pursuit of them, will best manifest your Zeal for our Religion, for the Interest of our Country, for your own Safety, and for My Honour."
D. of Kent introduced:
This Day Henry Marquis of Kent (being by Letters Patents, dated Vicesimo Octavo Die Aprilis, Nono Annæ Reginæ, created Duke of Kent) was, in his Robes, introduced, between the Duke of Richmond and the Duke of Devonshire (also in their Robes); the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, Garter King at Arms, and the Lord Great Chamberlain, preceding.
"Anna, Dei Gratia, Magnæ Britanniæ, Franc. & Hib'niæ Regina, Fidei Defensor, &c. Charissimo Consanguineo & Consiliario Nostro Henrico Duci Kant. Salutem. Quia, de Avisamento & Assensu Concilii Nostri, pro quibusdam arduis & urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum & Defensionem Regni Nostri Mag. Britan. & Ecclesiæ concernentibus, quoddam Parliamentum Nostrum apud Civitatem Nostram Westmonaster. Vicesimo Quinto Die Novembris prox. futur. teneri ordinaverimus; et ibidem, vobiscum, ac cum Prælatis, Magnatibus, & Proceribus dicti Regni Nostri, Colloquium habere & Tractatum; vobis, sub Fide & Ligeantia quibus Nobis tenemini, firmiter injungendo mandamus, quod, consideratis dictorum Negotiorum Arduitate & Periculis imminentibus, cessante Excusatione quacunque, dictis Die et Loco personaliter intersitis, Nobiscum, ac cum Prælatis, Magnatibus, et Proceribus prædictis, super dictis Negotiis tractatur. vestrumque Consilium impensur.; et hoc sicut Nos & Honorem Nostrum ac Salvationem & Defensionem Regni et Ecclesiæ prædict. Expeditionemque dictorum Negotiorum diligitis, nullatenus omittatis.
Return of the Sixteen Peers of Scotland.
"The Sixteen Peers, who, for that Part of Great Britain called Scotland, are chosen, summoned, and certified to sit and vote in the House of the Peers, in the Parliament of Great Britain, which is to meet at Westminster the Five and Twentieth Day of November Anno Domini 1710, are,
Return of the Sixteen Peers to be read at the Beginning of every Parliament.
"Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That, for the future, at the Beginning of every Parliament, immediately after the Lord on the Woolsack hath taken the Oaths, the Certificate of the Clerk of the Crown, of the Return of the Sixteen Peers, who, for that Part of Great Britain called Scotland, shall be chosen, summoned, and certified to sit and vote in the House of Peers in the Parliament of Great Britain, shall be read: And it is further Ordered, That this Order be added to the Roll of Standing Orders."
Address to be drawn.
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That an Address be presented to Her Majesty, "Humbly to thank Her Majesty, for Her most Gracious and Excellent Speech to both Houses of Parliament; and particularly as to what relates to the Support and Encouragement of the Church of England as by Law established, and the Protestant Succession in the House of Hanover."