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, 3 Martii.
Bills passed by Commission.
The Lord Keeper acquainted the House, "That Her Majesty had been pleased to grant a Commission to several Lords therein mentioned, for declaring Her Royal Assent to several Acts agreed upon by both Houses."
Then Five of the Lords Commissioners, in their Robes, being seated on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolfack; the Lord Keeper in the Middle; with the Lord Treasurer and Lord Chamberlain on his Right Hand; and the Lord President and Lord Steward on his Left; commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to signify to the Commons, "The Commissioners desire their immediate Attendance in the House of Peers, to hear the Commission read."
"Her Majesty, not thinking fit to be Personally present here at this Time, has been pleased to cause a Commission to be issued under Her Great Seal, and thereby given Her Royal Assent to several Acts therein mentioned, which have passed both Houses; and, by the said Commission, hath commanded us, in Her Absence, to declare and notify Her Royal Assent to the said several Acts, in this House, in the Presence of you the Lords and Commons assembled for that Purpose: Which Commission you will hear read."
"Anne, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith, &c. To Our Right Trusty and Right Well-beloved the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and to Our Trusty and Well-beloved the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, and the Commissioners for Shires and Boroughs, of the House of Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, Greeting. Whereas We have seen, and perfectly understood, divers and sundry Acts, agreed and accorded on by you Our loving Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and the Commons in this Our present Parliament assembled, and endorsed by you, as hath been accustomed; the Titles and Names of which Acts hereafter do particularly ensue; (that is to say,) "An Act for recruiting Her Majesty's Land Forces and Marines, for the Service of the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Twelve:" "An Act to continue the Act of the last Session of Parliament, for taking, examining, and stating, the Public Accompts of the Kingdom, for One Year longer:" "An Act to prevent the disturbing those of the Episcopal Communion, in that Part of Great Britain called Scotland, in the Exercise of their Religious Worship, and in the Use of the Liturgy of the Church of England; and for repealing the Act passed in the Parliament of Scotland, intituled, Act against irregular Baptisms and Marriages:" "An Act for enlarging the Term for Payment of certain Duties, granted in and by an Act of Parliament passed in the Seventh Year of Her Majesty's Reign, intituled, An Act for preserving and enlarging the Harbour of Whitehaven, in the County of Cumberland:" And albeit the said Acts, by you Our said Subjects the Lords and Commons in this Our present Parliament assembled, are fully agreed and consented unto; yet, nevertheless, the same are not of Force and Effect in the Law, without Our Royal Assent given and put to the said Acts. And forasmuch as, for divers great and urgent Causes and Considerations, We cannot conveniently, at this present, be Personally in Our Royal Person in the Higher House of Our said Parliament, being the Place accustomed to give Our Royal Assent to such Acts as have been agreed upon by you Our said Subjects the Lords and Commons; We have therefore caused these Our Letters Patents to be made, and have signed the same; and, by the same, do give and put Our Royal Assent to the said Acts, and to all Articles, Clauses, and Provisions, therein contained, and have fully agreed and assented to the said Acts; willing, that the said Acts, and every Article, Clause, Sentence, and Provision, therein contained, from henceforth, shall be of the same Strength, Force, and Effect, as if We had been Personally present in the said Higher House, and had openly and publicly, in the Presence of you all, assented to the same: And We do, by these Presents, declare and notify the same Our Royal Assent, as well to you the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons aforesaid, as to all others whom it may concern; commanding also, by these Presents, Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Counsellor Simon Lord Harcourt Keeper of Our Great Seal of Great Britain, to seal these Our Letters Patents with Our Great Seal of Great Britain; and also commanding the Most Reverend Father in God and Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Counsellor Thomas Lord Archbishop of Canterbury Primate of all England and Metropolitan, Our said Keeper of Our Great Seal of Great Britain, Our Right Trusty and Right Wellbeloved Cousins and Counsellors Robert Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer Our High Treasurer of Great Britain, John Duke of the County of Buckingham and of Normanby President of Our Council, Charles Duke of Shrewsbury Chamberlain of Our Household, James Duke of Ormonde Captain General of Our Forces, John Earl Poulett Our Steward of Our Household, and William Earl of Dartmouth Our Principal Secretary, or any Three or more of them, to declare and notify this Our Royal Assent, in Our Absence, in the said Higher House, in the Presence of you the said Lords and the Commons of Our Parliament, there to be assembled for that Purpose; and the Clerk of Our Parliaments to endorse the said Acts with such Terms and Words, in Our Name, as is requisite and hath been accustomed for the same; and also to enrol these Our Letters Patents, and the said Acts, in the Parliament Roll; and these Our Letters Patents shall be, to every of them, a sufficient Warrant in that Behalf. And, finally, We do declare and will, That after this Our Royal Assent given and passed by these Presents, and declared and notified as is aforesaid, that then, and immediately, the said Acts shall be taken, accepted, and admitted, good, sufficient, and perfect Acts of Parliament and Laws, to all Intents, Constructions, and Purposes, and to be put in due Execution accordingly; the Continuance or Dissolution of this Our Parliament, or any other Use, Custom, Thing, or Things, to the contrary thereof, notwithstanding. In Witness whereof, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patents.
"In Obedience to Her Majesty's Commands, and by Virtue of the Commission which has been now read, we do declare and notify to you the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons in Parliament assembled, That Her Majesty has given Her Royal Assent to the several Acts in the Commission mentioned; and the Clerks are required to pass the same, in the usual Form and Words."
"1. An Act to prevent the disturbing those of the Episcopal Communion, in that Part of Great Britain called Scotland, in the Exercise of their Religious Worship, and in the Use of the Liturgy of the Church of England; and for repealing the Act passed in the Parliament of Scotland, intituled, Act against irregular Baptisms and Marriages."
"4. An Act for enlarging the Term for Payment of certain Duties, granted in and by an Act of Parliament passed in the Seventh Year of Her Majesty's Reign, intituled, An Act for preserving and enlarging the Harbour of Whitehaven, in the County of Cumberland."
Committee of Privileges, on Standing Orders.
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Committee do meet on Monday next, at Eleven a Clock in the Forenoon, to take into Consideration the several Matters referred to them by the said Order.
Jones versus Bennet:
Upon reading the Petition of Anne Bennet Widow, and Michael Harbourne Gentleman, Respondents to the Petition and Appeal of Thomas Jones; praying further Time for answering the said Appeal; they being served with the Order of this House, in Ireland, but the Ninth of February last, to answer the Thirteenth of the same Month, which was impossible for them to do:
Further Time to answer.
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petitioners have Time allowed, for answering the said Appeal, till Monday the Seventeenth Day of this Instant March, at Eleven a Clock.
Grevile, Leave for a Bill.
After reading, and considering, the Report of the Judges, to whom was referred the Petition of Algernon Grevile and Dodington Grevile Esquires; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for the Purposes in the Petition mentioned: