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 Veneris, 17 Februarii.
Guliker, Nat. Bill.
Speedy Trial of Rebels, Bill.
Who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act for the more easy and speedy Trial of such Persons as have levied, or shall levy, War against His Majesty;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Conference concerning the Course of Proceedings on Impeachments:
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
And the Lord President reported, "That the Lords had been at the Conference; which was managed in particular by Mr. Secretary Stanhope; who said, "The Commons had desired this Conference, in order to preserve a good Correspondence with this House;" and then delivered a Paper, containing as follows:
Commons desire, that Matters delivered in Writing, by Persons impeached, at the Time of their Pleading, may be sent to them:
The Commons observing, at the proceeding to Judgement against James Earl of Darwentwater, William Lord Widdrington, William Earl of Nithisdale, Robert Earl of Carnwath, William Viscount Kenmure, and William Lord Nairn, that several Matters had, by some of the said Lords, been delivered into the House of Lords in Writing, at the Time they pleaded guilty to the Impeachment exhibited against them by the Commons; do propose to your Lordships, as a Parliamentary Course to be observed for the future, that all Writings, delivered into the House of Lords by Persons impeached by the Commons, at the Time when they put in their Answers or Pleas, or true Copies of such Writings, be forthwith sent to the Commons."
Committee to consider of it.
The Lords following were appointed a Committee, to consider of the Matter delivered by the Commons at the Conference had this Day; and to inspect Precedents; and report their Opinion to the House, what is fit to be returned to the Commons, in relation to the said Matter:
His Majesty, being seated on His Royal Throne, adorned with His Crown and Regal Ornaments, and attended with His Officers of State (the Prince of Wales sitting in his Place, in his Robes, on His Majesty's Right Hand, the Lords being also in their Robes); commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, "It is His Majesty's Pleasure, they attend Him immediately, in the House of Peers."
He, after a short Speech, in relation to the Land Tax Bill, delivered the same to the Clerk Assistant, in the Absence of the Clerk of the Parliaments; who brought it to the Table; where the Clerk of the Crown read the Title of that and the other Bills to be passed, severally, as follows:
"2. An Act to attaint John Earl of Mar, William Murray Esquire commonly called Marquis of Tullibardine, James Earl of Linlithgow, and William Drummond Esquire commonly called Lord Drummond, of High Treason."
"I have received His Majesty's Commands, from the Throne, to deliver to you, in His Majesty's Name and Words, the Occasion of His coming this Day to Parliament, besides the passing of such Bills as were ready for the Royal Assent, as follows:
His Majesty's Speech.
"I take this Opportunity of acquainting you, that My Forces have obliged the Pretender to fly out of Scotland; and he is since, as I am informed, landed near Gravelines. But I don't know yet, whether any Country in Amity with us will give him Protection, after having so publicly invaded Our Kingdom.
The Dangers to which the Nation was exposed made Me determine, that neither the extraordinary Rigour of the Season, nor any fallacious Proposal of the Rebels, should divert Me from using all possible Endeavours towards putting a speedy and effectual End to this unnatural Rebellion.
"I must return you My Thanks, for the great Progress you have made in the Supplies. The necessary Dispositions are made for raising additional Forces: But, as I shall always consult the Ease of My People as far as it is consistent with their own Security, I shall not make Use of the Confidence you have placed in Me, unless the restless Malice of our Enemies should make it necessary to go on with those Levies.
"I promise Myself, from the Zeal and Wisdom of this Parliament, that the future Happiness and Tranquillity of My Subjects will be established on a solid Foundation; and such Measures taken, as may deprive our Enemies at Home of the Power (since that alone can deprive them of the Inclination) again to attempt the Disturbance of My Government: This therefore is what I think Myself obliged to recommend to you, as a Deliberation of the utmost Importance to the future Safety, Ease, and Prosperity, of My People."
Address to be drawn.
Ordered, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, "To thank Him for His most Gracious Speech; to congratulate Him upon the Success of His Forces, in obliging the Pretender to fly out of Scotland; and as, no Doubt, His Majesty will use the most effectual Means for preventing the Pretender's finding Refuge in any Country in Amity with His Majesty; so, to assure His Majesty of the Support and Assistance of this House, in shewing His just Resentment against any Prince or State that shall give him Protection: To express the true Sense this House has of His Majesty's great Wisdom and Care of His People, in having resolved not only to put a speedy, but an effectual, End to this Rebellion, without having hearkened to any fallacious Proposals of the Rebels, which could only tend to leave the Seeds of future Rebellions and Distractions in this Kingdom: To thank His Majesty for His Intention to ease His People of any Burthen, as far as it is consistent with the public Safety; not doubting but, if His Majesty judges it necessary, He will make Use of the Power already granted Him: To assure Him, that nothing shall be wanting on the Part of this House, towards securing, upon the most solid and lasting Foundations, His Majesty's Government, upon which the future Happiness and Tranquillity of these Kingdoms does entirely depend."
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
"We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, beg Leave to return Your Majesty the Thanks of this House, for Your most Gracious Speech from the Throne; and to congratulate Your Majesty upon the Success Your Forces have had, in obliging the Pretender to fly out of Scotland: And, as we do not doubt but Your Majesty will use the most effectual Means towards preventing the said Pretender's finding Refuge or Protection in any Country in Amity with Your Majesty; so we do assure Your Majesty of our utmost Support and Assistance, in shewing Your just Resentment against any Prince or State that shall give him Protection. And we take this Opportunity to express the true Sense this House has of Your Majesty's great Wisdom and Care of Your People, in having resolved, not only to put a speedy, but an effectual, End to this Rebellion, without having hearkened to any fallacious Proposals of the Rebels, which could only have tended to leave the Seeds of future Rebellions and Distractions in this Kingdom: And we do farther humbly thank Your Majesty for Your gracious Intentions to ease Your People of any Burthen, as far as is consistent with the public Safety; not doubting but, if Your Majesty judges it necessary, You will make Use of the Power already granted You. And we do humbly assure Your Majesty, that nothing shall be wanting on our Part, towards securing, upon the most solid and lasting Foundations, Your Majesty's Government, upon which the future Happiness and Tranquillity of these Kingdoms does entirely depend."