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, 5 Aprilis.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Lords take the Oaths.
This Day Richard Earl of Bradford, George Lord Bishop of Bristol, and Francis Lord Bishop of Chester, took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Arthur Kay and others:
With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for securing the Freedom of Parliaments, by limiting the Number of Officers in the House of Commons;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Queen's Answer to Address concerning the Catalans.
The Lord Treasurer acquainted the House, "That the Lords with White Staves had (according to Order) presented to Her Majesty the Address of this House of Saturday last; to which Her Majesty was pleased to return the following most Gracious Answer; (videlicet,)
"I heartily thank you for this Address, and the Satisfaction you express in the Endeavours I have used for securing to the Catalans their just Liberties.
"At the Time I concluded My Peace with Spain, I resolved to continue My Interposition, upon every proper Occasion, for obtaing those Liberties; and to prevent, if possible, the Misfortunes to which that People are exposed, by the Conduct of those more nearly concerned to help them."
Ordered, That the said Address, and Her Majesty's most Gracious Answer thereunto, be forthwith printed and published.
Lady Haversham's Appeal to lie on the Table, the Decree not being drawn up.
A Petition and Appeal of the Right Honourable Martha Lady Dowager Haversham, Widow, Relict, and Executrix of the Right Honourable John Lord Haversham, deceased, from a Decree pronounced in Her Majesty's High Court of Chancery, the Eleventh Day of December last, in several Causes, wherein the Appellant was Complainant, against the Right Honourable Maurice Lord Haversham Son and Heir of the said John Lord Haversham and others were Defendants; and wherein the said Maurice Lord Haversham was Complainant, and the Appellants and others were Defendants; praying the Reversal of the said Decree; being offered to the House: And an Objection being made, "That the said Decree is not yet drawn up and entered:"
Ordered, That the said Appeal do lie on the Table.
Anderson, further Time to answer.
Upon reading the Petition of David Anderson Professor of Divinity in the King's College of Aberdeen; praying, "That he may be allowed further Time for answering the Appeal of Doctor James Garden, his Counsel not being yet returned from the Circuit:"
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petitioner hath hereby Time allowed for answering the said Appeal, until Wednesday the 21st Day of this Instant April.
Barker versus Barker et al.
Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Sir William Barker, late of the Kingdom of Ireland, Baronet, from several Orders, Decrees, and Proceedings, of the Court of Chancery in Ireland, in a Cause wherein Samuel Keck and William Barker Esquires were Complainants, and Anne Riggs Widow, Allan Riggs Esquire, John Freak, and Elizabeth Freak, Defendants; praying, "That the same may be reversed; and, in order thereunto, that the said William Barker, Anne Riggs, Allan Riggs, John Freak, and Elizabeth Freak, may answer the said Appeal; and that the Service of the Order of this House on the Respondents Clerk in Court may [ (fn. 1) be deemed] good Service:"
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Respondents may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and shall and are hereby required to put in their Answer or respective Answers thereunto, in Writing, on or before Monday the Third Day of May next, at Eleven a Clock; and that the Service of this Order upon the Respondents Clerk in the said Court of Chancery shall be good Service, in order thereunto.
Protestant Succession in the House of Hanover, not in Danger.
The Order of the Day being read, for taking into further Consideration Her Majesty's most Gracious Speech:
The Papers laid before the House on Friday last, by Her Majesty's Command, in Answer to the Address of this House concerning the Pretender, were also read.
It being moved, "That the Protestant Succession in "the House of Hanover is not in Danger;"
And a Question being stated thereupon:
It was proposed, "That, at the Close of the said Question, these Words be added; (videlicet,) ["under Her Majesty's Government.]"
And, after Debate relating thereunto:
The Question was put, "Whether those Words shall be added?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Then the previous Question was put, "Whether that Question shall be now put?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Then, the Question being put, "That the Protestant Succession in the House of Hanover is not in Danger, under Her Majesty's Government?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Address for a Proclamation to apprehend the Pretender, in case he should attempt to land.
Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, "That Her Majesty will be graciously pleased to issue Her Royal Proclamation, promising a Reward to any Person who shall apprehend the Pretender, dead or alive, in case he shall land, or attempt to land, either in Great Britain or Ireland, suitable to the Importance of that Service, for the Safety of Her Majesty's Person, and the Security of the Protestant Succession in the House of Hanover"
Address for the Queen to insist on his Removal from Lorrain:
Ordered, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, "To express the very great Concern of this House, that Her Majesty's Instances for removing the Pretender out of Lorrain have not yet had their Effect; and humbly to intreat Her Majesty, that She will be pleased to insist upon and renew Her Instances, for the speedy removing the Pretender out of Lorrain."
Address for the Queen to desire the Emperor and other Princes would enter into the Guaranty for the Protestant Succession.
Ordered, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, "That Her Majesty will be graciously pleased, in Conjunction with The States General, to desire the Emperor to enter into the Guaranty of the Protestant Succession in the House of Hanover; and also all such other Princes as Her Majesty shall think proper."
Then the Lords following were appointed a Committee, to prepare an Address upon the several Orders aforementioned; and report to the House; (videlicet,)
Their Lordships, or any Seven of them; to meet Tomorrow, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Queen's Speech to be further considered, and Protestant Succession.
Ordered, That on Thursday next, at Twelve a Clock, this House will take into further Consideration Her Majesty's most Gracious Speech; and particularly to consider what further Security can be provided for the strengthening the Protestant Succession in the House of Hanover.
Mortuaries, St. Asaph, Bill:
Whereas this Day was appointed for the House to be put into a Committee of the whole House, upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for taking away Mortuaries within the Diocese of St. Asaph; and giving a Recompence therefor to the Bishops of the said Diocese:"
It is Ordered, That the said Bill be referred to the Lords Committees abovenamed.
Whose Lordships, or any Five of them, are to meet on this Day Sevennight, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Martis, sextum diem Aprilis, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.