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 Veneris, 12 Januarii.
Sir H. Monoux's Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for Sale of Lands and Tenements late of Sir Philip Monoux Baronet, deceased, in Broome and Parish of Southill, in the County of Bedford, according to his Will.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Saturday the Twenty-seventh Day of this Instant January, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Green versus Green.
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Thursday the Twenty-fifth Day of this Instant January, at Eleven a Clock.
List of Officers not at the Battle of Almanza.
Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That a Muster Roll, or List, of the Names of all Commission Officers that were upon the Establishment for the Service in Spain in One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seven; and a particular List of the Names of those Officers that were at the Battle of Almanza, as also a List of the Names of all the Officers that were absent, and where they were at that Time, be laid before this House.
State of the War in Spain:
Address for Privy Counsellors, &c. to have Leave to communicate Matters relative to it:
"Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do attend Her Majesty, from this House, humbly to desire, That Her Majesty will please to give Leave to any Lords, or others, that are or were of Her Majesty's Cabinet Council, or any Lord of this House, to lay before this House any Letters or Papers, or communicate to this House any Matter, relating to the War in Spain."
And the Lord Steward reported, "That the Lords with White Staves having (according to Order) attended Her Majesty, with the Desire of this House, That She would be pleased to give Leave to any Lords, or others, that are or were of Her Majesty's Cabinet Council, or any Lord of this House, to lay before this House any Letters or Papers, or communicate to this House any Matter, relating to the War in Spain;" Her Majesty had been pleased to give Leave accordingly."
State of the War in Spain:
Resolution censuring the Conduct of the Ministers, for approving an Offensive War in Spain:
1. "That it appears, by the Earl of Sunderland's Letters, that the carrying on the War offensively in Spain was approved and directed by the Ministers, notwithstanding the Design of attempting Thoulon, which the Ministers at that Time knew was concerted with the Duke of Savoy; and therefore are justly to be blamed, for contributing to all our Misfortunes in Spain, and to the Disappointment of the Expedition against Thoulon."
Resolution approving of the E. of Peterborow's Conduct in Spain.
2. "That the Earl of Peterborow, during the Time he had the Honour of commanding the Army in Spain, did perform many great and eminent Services; and, if the Opinion he gave in the Council of War in Valencia had been followed, it might very probably have prevented the Misfortunes that have since happened in Spain."
Protest against the First Resolution.
"Because that, considering the Army of the Allies in Spain was to receive so great an Addition of Troops by the Supply sent under the Earl Rivers, the general Desire and Expectation of the Kingdom to have the War brought to a speedy Conclusion, and all other Circumstances of the War as it then stood, we are of Opinion, that an Offensive War was then fittest for those in Her Majesty's Service to advise: And we do not find Reason, by any Thing arising on the Examinations and Debates, to be of another Opinion; the Occasion of fighting the Battle of Almanza depending, as we conceive, on Causes subsequent to that Advice; the ill Success of it, as we apprehend, being justly attributed to other manifest Reasons; and the real Design on Thoulon, as finally adjusted with the Duke of Savoy and afterwards pursued, not requiring, as appears to us, the Assistance of any Force from Spain.
Jo. Lichfield & Cov.
Thanks of the House to the Earl of Peterborow:
Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Keeper do immediately give the Earl of Peterborow the Thanks of this House, for his eminent and remarkable Services to his Queen and Country, during his Command in Spain.
"The Thanks of this Illustrious Assembly is an Honour which has been rarely paid to any Subject; but never after a stricter Inquiry into the Nature of any Service, upon a more mature Deliberation, or with greater Justice, than at this Time to your Lordship.
"Such is your Lordship's known Generosity and truly noble Temper, that, I assure myself, the Present I am now offering to your Lordship is the more acceptable, as it comes pure and unmixed, and is unattended with any other Reward; which your Lordship might justly think would be an Allay to it.
"Had more Days been allowed me than I have had Minutes, to call to Mind the wonderful and amazing Success which perpetually attended your Lordship in Spain (the Effect of your Lordship's personal Bravery and Conduct), I would not attempt the enumerating your particular Services; since I should offend your Lordship by the Mention of such as I could recollect, and give a just Occasion of Offence to this Honourable House by my involuntary Omission of the far greater Part of them.
"Had your Lordship's wise Counsels, particularly your Advice at the Council of War in Valencia, been pursued in the following Campaign; the fatal Battle of Almanza, and our greatest Misfortunes which have since happened in Spain, had been prevented; and the Design upon Thoulon might have happily succeeded.
"I shall detain your Lordship no longer, than, in Obedience to the Order I have received, to return your Lordship, as I do, the Thanks of this House, for your eminent and remarkable Services to your Queen and Country, during your Command in Spain."
E. of Peterborow's Reply.
"For the great Honour and Favour I have received from your Lordships, I return my most humble Thanks, with a Heart full of the greatest Respect and Gratitude. No Services can deserve such a Reward; it is more than a sufficient Recompence for any past Hardships, and to which nothing can give an Addition. I cannot reproach myself with any Want of Zeal for the Public Service. But your Lordships Approbation of what I was able to do, towards serving my Queen and Country, gives me new Life; and I shall endeavour, in all my future Actions, not to appear unworthy of the unmerited Favour I have received To-day from this great Assembly."