Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 20, 1714-1717. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Die Mercurii, 25 Augusti.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Lords take the Oaths.
George Earl of Warrington, Charles Lord Bishop of Norwich, and William Lord Byron, took the Oaths; and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.
The King's Answer to the Address delivered.
The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, "That His Majesty had been pleased to send to the Lords Justices a most Gracious Answer, under His Sign Manual, to the Address of this House of the Fifth Instant; with His Commands to their Lordships, that they would order the same to be delivered to this House; and that he had received their Commands for that Purpose."
And thereupon his Lordship read the same, as follows:
"I take this First Opportunity to return you My hearty Thanks, for your Address, and the Assurances you have given Me therein.
"The Zeal and Unanimity you have shewn, upon My Accession to the Crown, are great Encouragements to Me; and I shall always esteem the Continuance of them as One of the greatest Blessings of My Reign.
"No one can be more truly sensible than I am, of the Loss sustained by the Death of the late Queen; whose exemplary Piety and Virtues so much endeared Her to Her People, and for whose Memory I shall always have a particular Regard.
"My best Endeavours shall never be wanting, to repair this Loss to the Nation. I will make it My constant Care, to preserve your Religion, Laws, and Liberties, inviolable; and to advance the Honour and Prosperity of My Kingdoms.
"I am hastening to you, according to your Desire so affectionately expressed in your Address."
To be printed.
Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Address of this House to His Majesty of the Fifth Instant, and His Majesty's most Gracious Answer thereunto, be forthwith printed and published.
Thanks to the King.
Resolved, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the humble Thanks of this House be returned to His Majesty, for His Majesty's most Gracious Answer to their Address; and particularly for the just Regard His Majesty is pleased to express to the Memory of our late most Gracious Sovereign; and for the most Gracious Assurance His Majesty is pleased to give, of His constant Care to preserve our Religion, Laws, and Liberties, inviolable; and to advance the Honour and Prosperity of this Kingdom.
Ordered, That the Lord Chancellor do lay the said Resolution before the Lords Justices; and desire their Lordships to transmit the same to His Majesty, with all convenient Speed.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure.
The House was resumed.
Then Thirteen of the Lords Justices (in their Robes) being seated on the Bench prepared for them, between the Chair of State and the Woolsack; the Lord Chancellor in the Middle; and the Lord Archbishop of York, Lord President, Duke of Somerset, Duke of Devonshire, Earl of Greenwich Duke of Argyle, and Earl of Abingdon, on his Right Hand; and the Lord High Treasurer, Lord Privy Seal, Duke of Bolton, Duke of Kent, Earl of Anglesey, and Earl of Scarbrough, on his Left; commanded the Gentlemen Usher of the Black Rod to signify to the Commons; "That it is the Lords Justices Pleasure, they attend immediately, in the House of Peers."
Who being come, with their Speaker;
The Lord Chancellor said,
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"Having, since your last Adjournment, received His Majesty's most Gracious Answers, under His Sign Manual, to your several Addresses, and, by His Majesty's Command, ordered them to be delivered to you respectively; we do now, in His Majesty's Name, prorogue this present Parliament, to Thursday the Twenth-third Day of September next: And this present Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the Twenty-third Day of September next."