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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Anno 8° Annæ Reginæ.
DIE Martis, Decimo Quinto Novembris, 1709, Annoque Regni Serenissimæ Dominæ Annæ, Dei Gratia, Magnæ Britanniæ, Franciæ, et Hib'niæ Reginæ, Fidei Defensoris, &c. Octavo, in quem Diem præsens hæc Secunda Sessio Parliamenti Magnæ Britanniæ, per separales Prorogationes et Adjournamenta, prorogatum & continuatum fuerat, in Superiori Parliamenti Domo apud Westmonaster. convenere Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum Nomina subscribuntur, et præsentes fuerunt:
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."
Her Majesty's Speech.
"In the Beginning of this Year, our Enemies made Use of all their Artifices, to amuse Us with false Appearances and deceitful Insinuations of their Desire of Peace; in Hopes, that from thence Means might be found, to create some Divisions or Jealousies among the Allies. But they were entirely disappointed in their Expectation; and such Measures were taken, upon that Occasion, as made it impossible for them long to disguise their Insincerity.
"The Operations of the War were not delayed; and the Campaign, which, notwithstanding the Backwardness of the Season, immediately followed, has been, at least, as glorious for the Allies, as any of those which have preceded it.
"God Almighty has been pleased to bless us with a most remarkable Victory; and with such other great and important Successes, both before and after it, that France is thereby become much more exposed and open to the Impression of our Arms; and consequently more in Need of a Peace, than it was at the Beginning of this Campaign.
"However, the War still continuing, I find Myself obliged, again, to desire you, Gentlemen of the House of Commons, to grant Me such Supplies as you shall judge necessary, for the assisting our Allies in all Parts, and the vigorous Prosecution of our Advantages; that we may put the last Hand to this great Work, of reducing that exorbitant and oppressive Power, which has so long threatened the Liberties of Europe.
"I assure you, that all you give shall be carefully applied to the Uses of the War, if it continues; or to the lessening of the Debts it has necessarily occasioned, in case of a Peace; which, though the many Wants and Distresses of our Enemies may naturally lead us to expect, yet, our own late Experience may fully convince us, is not to be depended upon any other Way, than by being in a Condition to compel them to such Terms as may be safe and honourable for all the Allies.
"I think it proper to take Notice to you, that the great Dearth and Scarcity, under which our Neighbours Abroad have suffered this Year, begins to affect us in some Measure at Home, by the Temptation of Profit, in carrying out too much of our Corn, while it bears so high a Price in Foreign Parts.
"This occasions many Complaints from the Poor; for whose Sake, I earnestly recommend to you, to take this growing Evil into your Consideration; having not neglected any Thing, on My Part, towards the remedying of it, that the Law would allow.
"I cannot conclude, without observing to you, of what great Advantage it will be, at this Time, to the End we all propose to ourselves, that the greatest Dispatch be given to the necessary Preparations for carrying on the War."
Mr. Davis appointed Yeoman Usher.
Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, to thank Her Majesty for Her most Gracious Speech; and to congratulate Her Majesty on the great and glorious Successes of the Arms of Her Majesty and Her Allies, under the Command of the Duke of Marlborough, the last Campaign: And to assure Her Majesty, that this House will support Her Majesty, to the utmost of their Power, in carrying on the War.
Committee of 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 Great Britain and Lords of Parliament; and to peruse and perfect the Journal of this Parliament.
Stoppages in the Streets, to prevent.
Upon Complaint made to this House, "That there is such an Interruption, by Hackney Coaches, Carts, and Drays, in King-street, and the Passages in The Old Palace Yard, in Westminster, that the Lords and others are frequently hindered from coming to this House, to the great Inconveniency of the Members of both Houses:"
It is thereupon Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the High Steward of the City of Westminster, or his Deputy, together with the Justices of the Peace for the said City, shall, by their Care and Directions to the Constables and other Officers within the said Limits, take special Order, that no empty Hackney Coaches be suffered to make any Stay between Whitehall and The Old Palace Yard in Westminster, from Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon until Three of the Clock in the Afternoon of the same Day, during the Sitting of this Parliament; and that no Carriages, Drays, or Carts, be permitted to pass through the said Streets and Passages, between the Hours aforesaid, during the Sitting of this Parliament: And herein special Care is to be taken, by the said Deputy Steward, Justices of the Peace, Constables, and all other Officers herein concerned, as the contrary will be answered to this House.
Sir E. Smyth's Petition referred to Judges.
Upon reading the Petition of Sir Edward Smyth, of Hill-hall, in the County of Essex, Baronet, and Edward Smyth Esquire, only Son and Heir Apparent of the said Sir Edward Smyth; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, to enable Peyton Altham, his Trustee (under Age), to join in making Conveyances, by Deed, Fine, or Common Recovery, as shall be thought necessary, for Settlements to be made on the Marriage of the Petitioner Edward, as if the said Peyton Altham were of the full Age of One and Twenty Years:
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Consideration of the said Petition shall be, and is hereby, referred to the Lord Chief Justice of Her Majesty's Court of Common Pleas and the Lord Chief Baron of Her Majesty's Court of Exchequer; who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill; and, after hearing them, to report to the House the State of the Case, with their Opinion thereupon, under their Hands, and whether all Parties that may be concerned in the Consequences of the Bill have signed the Petition; and also that the Judges, having perused the Bill, do sign the same.
Bp. Lich. to preach 22d Inst.
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Bishop of Lichfield and Coventrie be, and he is hereby, desired to preach before this House, in the Abbey Church at Westminster, on Tuesday the Two and Twentieth Day of this Instant November; being the Day appointed, by Her Majesty, for a Public Thanksgiving.