House of Lords Journal Volume 19: 16 February 1714

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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 12 Annæ Reginæ.

DIE Martis, 16 Februarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Epus. Winton.
Epus. Sarum.
Epus. Eliens.
Epus. Oxon.
Epus. Bangor.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Hereford.
Epus. Roffen.
Ds. Harcourt, Cancellarius.
Comes Oxon. & Mortimer, Thesaurarius.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Devon.
Dux Montagu.
Dux Kent.
March. Lindsey, Magnus Camerarius.
March. Dorchester.
Comes Poulet, Senescallus.
Comes Dorset & Midd'x.
Comes Bridgewater.
Comes Northampton.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Manchester.
Comes Thanet.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Cardigan.
Comes Anglesey.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Yarmouth.
Comes Berkeley.
Comes Nottingham.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Plimouth.
Comes Portland.
Comes Scarbrough.
Comes Warrington.
Comes Orford.
Comes Jersey.
Comes Grantham.
Comes Greenwich.
Comes Wharton.
Comes Godolphin.
Comes Mar.
Comes Dundonald.
Comes Dunmore.
Comes Orkney.
Comes Portmore.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Viscount Townshend.
Viscount Hatton.
Viscount Longueville.
Viscount Bolingbroke.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. Paget & Burton.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. Compton.
Ds. Howard Escr.
Ds. Byron.
Ds. Colepeper.
Ds. Rockingham.
Ds. Lexington.
Ds. Berkeley.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Osborne.
Ds. Guilford.
Ds. Sommers.
Ds. Barnard.
Ds. Gernsey.
Ds. Harvey.
Ds. Cowper.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Hay.
Ds. Mansel.
Ds. Trevor.
Ds. Bathurst.
Ds. Bingley.

Parliament opened by Commission.

The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, "That Her Majesty, not thinking fit to be Personally present here this Day, has been pleased to cause a Commission under the Great Seal to be prepared, in order to the opening and holding this Parliament."

Then Four of the Lords Commissioners in their Robes, being seated on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolfack; the Lord Chancellor in the Middle; with the Lord Treasurer and Earl of Mar on his Right Hand; and the Lord Steward on his Left; commanded the Deputy Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, "That the Lords desire them to come, and hear Her Majesty's Commission read."

Who being come; the Lord Chancellor said,

"My Lords, and Gentlemen of the House of Commons,

"Her Majesty, not thinking fit to be Personally present here this Day, has been pleased, by Letters Patents under the Great Seal, in order to the opening and holding this Parliament, to constitute us, and other Lords therein named, Her Commissioners, to do all Things, in Her Majesty's Name, on Her Part necessary to be performed in this Parliament; as by the Letters Patents will more fully appear to you."

Which were read by the Clerk, as follows:


"Anna, Dei Gratia, Magnæ Britanniæ, Franciæ, & Hiberniæ Regina, Fidei Defensor, &c. Omnibus ad quos præsentes Literæ pervenerint, Salutem. Sciatis, quod cum, de Avisamento Concilii Nostri, pro quibusdam arduis et urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum & Defensionem Regni Nostri Magnæ Britanniæ ac Ecclefiæ concernentibus, quoddam Parliamentum Nostrum, apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. Decimo Sexto Die instantis Mensis Februarii, teneri ordinavimus: Quia vero, propter certas Causas ad Parliamentum præd. personaliter non poterimus interesse, Nos, de Circumspectione, Fidelitate, & Industria Reverendissimi in Christo Patris & Fidelis Consiliarii Nostri Thomæ Archiepiscopi Cantuar. totius Angl. Primatis & Metropolitani, Prædilecti & Fidelis Consiliarii Nostri Simonis Domini Harcourt Cancellarii Mag. Britan. ac Charissimorum Consanguineorum & Consiliariorum Nostrorum Rob'ti Comitis de Oxon. et Comitis Mortimer Thesaurarii Mag. Britan. Joh'is Ducis de Comitatu Buckingham' et de Normanby Præsidentis Concilii Nostri, Will'i Comitis de Dartmouth Custodis Privati Sigilli Nostri, Caroli Ducis Shrewsbury Camerarii Hospitii Nostri, Jacobi Ducis Ormonde Capitanei Generalis Copiarum Nostrarum, Joh'is Comitis Poulet Senescalli Hospitii Nostri, Joh'is Comitis Mar Unius Primariorum Secretariorum Nostrorum, et Henrici Vicecomitis Bolingbroke Primarii Secretarii Nostri, plenam Fiduciam reponen. eisdem Archiepiscopo Cantuar. Cancellario Mag. Britann. Thesaurario Magnæ Britan. Præsidenti Concilii Nostri, Custodi Privati Sigilli Nostri, Camerario Hospitii Nostri, Duci Ormonde, Comiti Poulet, Comiti Mar, & Henrico Vicecomiti Bolingbroke, et Tribus corum, ad Parliamentum præd. Nomine Nostro, inchoandum & tenendum, Negotiaque præd. exponendum & declarandum, ac exponi & declarari faciendum, necnon in Negotiis illis & Parliamento præd. ac omnibus & singulis in eo emergen. procedendum, & ad faciendum omnia & singula quæ pro Nobis, & per Nos, pro bono Regimine & Gubernatione prædicti Regni Nostri Magnæ Britanniæ, ac aliorum Dominiorum Nostrorum eidem Regno Nostro pertinen. ibidem fuerint faciend.; necnon ad Parliamentum illud, si necesse fuerit, continuandum, adjournandum, & prorogandum, de Assensu Concilii Nostri prædicti, plen. Tenore Præsentium committimus Potestatem; dantes ulterius, de Assensu ejusdem Concilii Nostri, tam universis & singulis Archiepiscopis, Episcopis, Comitibus, Vicecomitibus, Baronibus, & Militibus, quam omnibus aliis quorum interest ad Parliamentum Nostrum prædictum conventuris, similiter, Tenore Præsentium, firmiter in Mandatis, quod eisdem Archiepiscopo Cantuar. Cancellario Magnæ Britanniæ, Thesaurario Magnæ Britanniæ, Præsidenti Concilii Nostri, Custodi Privati Sigilli Nostri, Camerario Hospitii Nostri, Duci Ormonde, Comiti Poulet, Comiti Mar, & Vicecomiti Bolingbroke, & Tribus eorum, intendant in Præmissis, in Forma prædicta. In cujus Rei Testimonium, has Literas Nostras fieri fecimus Patentes.

"Teste Meipsa, apud Westmonaster. Decimo Quinto Die Februarii, Anno Regni Nostri Duodecimo.

"Per ipsam Reginam, propria Manu signat.


Then the Lord Chancellor said,

Commons directed to choose a Speaker.

"My Lords, and Gentlemen,

"We have it in Command from Her Majesty, to let you know, That Her Majesty will, as soon as the Members of both Houses shall be sworn, in Person declare to you the Causes of Her calling this Parliament: And it being necessary a Speaker of the House of Commons should be first chosen, it is Her Majesty's Pleasure, that you, Gentlemen of the House of Commons, repair to the Place where you are to fit, and there proceed to the Choice of some proper Person to be your Speaker; and that you present such Person whom you shall so choose, here, on Thursday next, at Twelve a Clock, for Her Majesty's Royal Approbation."

Then the Commons withdrew.

And the House adjourned during Pleasure, for the Lords to unrobe.

The House was resumed.


L. Chancellor takes the Oaths.

The Lord Chancellor singly, in the First Place, at the Table, took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.

Return, Peers of Scotland, read.

Then the Certificate of the Clerk of the Crown of the Names of the Sixteen Peers, chosen, summoned, and certified, to sit and vote in this House, for that Part of Great Britain called Scotland, delivered into this House the Twelfth of November last, was (according to the Standing Order) read.

Lords take the Oaths.

Then the Lords following took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes:

Robert Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, Lord High Treasurer of Great Britain.

Charles Duke of Grafton.

Charles Duke of Bolton.

William Duke of Devonshire.

John Duke of Montagu.

Henry Duke of Kent.

Robert Marquis of Lindsey, Lord Great Chamberlain.

Evelin Marquis of Dorchester.

John Earl Poulet, Lord Steward.

Lionel Earl of Dorset & Middlesex.

Scroop Earl of Bridgewater.

George Earl of Northampton.

Thomas Earl of Westmorland.

Charles Earl of Manchester.

Thomas Earl of Thanet.

Charles Earl of Sunderland.

Nicholas Earl of Scarsdale.

Edward Earl of Clarendon.

George Earl of Cardigan.

Arthur Earl of Anglesey.

Thomas Earl of Sussex.

Charles Earl of Radnor.

William Earl of Yarmouth.

James Earl of Berkeley.

Daniel Earl of Nottingham.

Henry Earl of Rochester.

Montagu Earl of Abingdon.

Other Earl of Plimouth.

Henry Earl of Portland.

Richard Earl of Scarbrough.

George Earl of Warrington.

Edward Earl of Orford.

William Earl of Jersey.

Henry Earl of Grantham.

John Earl of Greenwich.

Thomas Earl of Wharton.

Francis Earl of Godolphin.

John Earl of Mar.

John Earl of Dundonald.

Charles Earl of Dunmore.

George Earl of Orkney.

David Earl of Portmore.

Laurence Lord Viscount Say & Seale.

Charles Lord Viscount Townshend.

William Lord Viscount Hatton.

Talbot Lord Viscount Longueville.

Henry Lord Viscount Bolingbroke.

Jonathan Lord Bishop of Winton.

Gilbert Lord Bishop of Sarum.

John Lord Bishop of Ely.

William Lord Bishop of Oxford.

John Lord Bishop of Bangor.

William Lord Bishop of Lincoln.

William Lord Bishop of Chester.

Philip Lord Bishop of Hereford.

Francis Lord Bishop of Rochester.

John Lord Delawar.

Henry Lord Paget & Burton.

William Lord North & Grey.

William Lord Hunsdon.

James Lord Compton.

Charles Lord Howard of Escrick.

William Lord Byron.

John Lord Colepeper.

Lewis Lord Rockingham.

Robert Lord Lexington.

William Lord Berkeley of Stretton.

Charles Lord Cornwallis.

Peregrine Lord Osborne.

Francis Lord Guilford.

John Lord Sommers.

Christopher Lord Barnard.

Heneage Lord Gernsey.

John Lord Hervey.

William Lord Cowper.

Charles Lord Boyle.

George Lord Hay.

Thomas Lord Mansel.

Thomas Lord Trevor.

Allen Lord Bathurst.

L. Bingley introduced:

Robert Benson Esquire being, by Letters Patents, dated Vicesimo Primo Die Julii, Duodecimo Annæ Reginæ, created Baron of Bingley in Comitatu Ebor. was this Day, in his Robes, introduced, between the Lord Paget and the Lord Mansel (also in their Robes); the Lord Great Chamberlain of England, the Deputy Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, and One of the Heralds officiating for Garter King at Arms, carrying the Letters Patents, preceding.

His Lordship presented the said Letters Patents to the Lord Chancellor, on his Knee, at the Woolsack.

Who gave them to the Clerk; and the same were read, at the Table.

His Writ of Summons was also read, as follows:

His Writ of Summons.

"Anna, Dei Gratia, Magnæ Britanniæ, Franc. et Hib'niæ Regina, Fidei Defensor, &c. Prædilecto et Fideli (fn. 1) Nostro Rob'to Benson, de Bingley, Ch'r, Salutem. Quia, de Avisamento et Assensu Concilii Nostri, pro quibusdam arduis et urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum et Defensionem Regni Nostri Magnæ Britanniæ et Ecclesiæ concernentibus, quoddam Parliamentum Nostrum, apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. Duodecimo Die Novembris prox. futur. teneri ordinavimus; et ibidem, cum Prælatis, Magnatibus, et Proceribus dicti Regni Nostri, Colloquium habere et Tractatum; vobis, sub Fide et Ligeantia quibus Nobis tenemini, firmiter injungendo mandamus, quod, consideratis dictorum Negotiorum Arduitate, et Periculis imminentibus, cessante Excusatione quacunque, dictis Die et Loco personaliter intersitis, Nobiscum, ac cum Præatis, Magnatibus, et Proceribus præd. super dictis Negotiis tractatur. vestrumque Consilium impensur.; et hoc sicut Nos et Honorem Nostrum, ac Salvationem et Defensionem Regni et Ecclefiæ præd. Expeditionemque dictorum Negotiorum diligitis, nullatenus omittatis.

"Teste Meipsa, apud Westm. Decimo Octavo Die Augusti, Anno Regni Nostri Duodecimo.

"Trevor. Dauling."

Then his Lordship was placed on the lower End of the Barons Bench; and came to the Table, and took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.


Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis, decimum octavum diem instantis Februarii, hora decima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.


  • 1. Origin. Nostri.