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 Lunæ, 6 Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Georgius Princeps Walliæ.
L. Pawlet of Basing, introduced:
Charles Pawlet, of Basing, in the County of South'ton, Chevalier, Eldest Son of Charles Duke of Bolton, having received His Majesty's Writ to summon him to sit in this present Parliament, was this Day (in his Robes) introduced, between the Lord Howard of Effingham and the Lord Cadogan (also in their Robes); the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, One of the Kings at Arms, and the Earl of Lincoln officiating in the Absence of the Lord Great Chamberlain of England, preceding.
His Lordship presented his Writ to the Lord Chancellor, on his Knee, at the Woolsack; who delivered it to the Clerk; and the same was read, at the Table, as follows:
His Writ of Summons.
"Georgius, Dei Gratia, Magnæ Britan. Franc. & Hib'niæ Rex, Fidei Defensor, &c. Prædilecto & Fideli Nostro Carolo Pawlet, de Basing, in Comitat. Nostro South'ton, Ch'r, Salutem. Cum Parliamentum Nostrum, pro arduis & urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum & Defensionem Regni Nostri Magn. Britan. & Ecclesiæ concernentibus, apud Civitat. Nostram Westm. nunc congregat. existit; vobis, sub Fide & Ligeantia quibus Nobis tenemini, firmiter injungendo mandamus, quod, consideratis dictorum Negotiorum Arduitate & Periculis imminentibus, cessante Excusatione quacunque, ad dictum Parliamentum Nostrum personaliter intersitis, Nobiscum, ac cum Prælatis, Magnatibus, & Proceribus dicti Regni Nostri, super dictis Negotiis tractatur. vestrumque Consilium impensur.; & hoc sicut Nos & Honorem Nostrum, ac Salvationem & Defensionem Regni & Ecclesiæ præd. Expeditionemque dictorum Negotiorum diligitis, nullatenus omittatis.
"Teste Meipso, apud Westm. Duodecimo Die Aprilis, Anno Regni Nostri Tertio.
Then his Lordship 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; and was afterwards placed on the lower End of the Barons Bench.
Rochfort versus Nugent.
Whereas Tuesday the Twenty-third Day of April last was appointed, for hearing the Cause wherein Robert Rochfort Esquire is Appellant, and Ridgeley Nugent Gentleman Respondent:
The House being this Day moved, "That another Day may be appointed, for hearing the same:"
It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Tuesday the Fourteenth Day of this Instant May, at Eleven a Clock.
Sir Robert Barnardiston & al. versus Carter.
The House being moved, "That a Day may be appointed, for hearing the Cause wherein Sir Robert Barnardiston Baronet and others are Appellants, and William Carter Esquire is Respondent:"
It is Ordered, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Monday the Thirteenth Day of this Instant May, at Eleven a Clock.
After reading, and considering, the Report of the Judges to whom the Petition of Richard Heath Esquire and others, praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for the Purposes therein mentioned, was referred:
It is Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, pursuant to the said Report.
The said Bill was read the First Time, intituled as follows:
"An Act for vesting the Estate, late of Sir Thomas Heath Knight, deceased, in Trustees, to be sold, for Payment of his Debts, and other Uses."
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, to robe.
The House was resumed.
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 (in his Robes) sitting in his Place on His Majesty's Right Hand; the Lords being also in their Robes; the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod received His Majesty's Commands, to signify to the Commons, "It is His Majesty's Pleasure, they attend Him immediately, in this House."
Who being come, with their Speaker; and the Lord Chancellor having received a Paper from His Majesty, and returning to his Place; His Majesty was pleased to say:
His Majesty's Speech.
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"I have commanded my Lord Chancellor to speak to you, on this Occasion, in My Name and Words."
Then the Lord Chancellor said,
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
It is with great Satisfaction, that, after this short Recess, I can acquaint you with the certain Advice I have received, that My Fleet is safely arrived in The Sound; which, by the Blessing of Almighty God, will secure these Kingdoms against any immediate Danger of an Invasion.
"I have by this Means an Opportunity, which is very acceptable to Me, of making a considerable Reduction in our Land Forces; having established it as a Rule with Myself, to consult the Ease of My People in every Thing, so far as is consistent with their Safety. And, for My own Part, as I shall always place My Greatness in the Prosperity of My Subjects; so I shall always desire that My Power may be founded in their Affections.
"It is upon these Considerations, that I have given Orders for the immediate reducing of Ten Thousand Men.
"That nothing may be wanting in Me, to quiet the Minds of all My Subjects, I have likewise given Directions to prepare an Act of Grace; and, however it may be received by those who are obstinately bent on the Ruin of their Country, I promise Myself, that it will raise a due Sense of Gratitude in all such as have been artfully misled into Treasonable Practices against My Person and Government, and preserve them from standing in Need of the like Mercy for the future, when such an Instance of Clemency may not be so expedient for the public Welfare as it would be agreeable to My own Inclinations.
"Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
"I thank you for your Readiness to support Me in the present Juncture of Affairs, and for the Supplies which you have given; and do promise you, that they shall be employed for the Use to which you designed them.
"I shall order such faithful Accompts to be laid before you, the next Session, as will make it appear there was no other View, in asking any particular Supply, than to prevent a much greater Expence, which the Nation must have unavoidably incurred without it.
"I must recommend to you, as I did at the Beginning of the Session, to take all proper Methods for reducing the public Debts, with a just Regard to Parliamentary Credit.
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"The Year being so far advanced, I hope you will go through the public Business with all possible Dispatch and Unanimity; it being My Intention to meet you early the next Winter, that the sitting of Parliament may be brought into the more usual and convenient Season."
Which being ended, His Majesty was pleased to retire; and the Commons withdrew.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, to unrobe.
The House was resumed.
The Lord Chancellor reported His Majesty's Speech.
Order for Address.
Ordered, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, "To return His Majesty the Thanks of this House, for His most Gracious Speech from the Throne; and particularly for His Majesty's effectual Care, in preventing all immediate Danger of an Invasion, by sending His Fleet so early into The Sound; and for His Majesty's tender Regard to the Ease of His People, in giving Orders, as soon as it was consistent with the public Safety, for reducing so considerable a Number of the Land Forces; and for His Majesty's having communicated to His Parliament His Intention to pass an Act of Grace; and to assure His Majesty, that this House will, with the utmost Zeal and Duty, defend and support His Majesty's Person and Government, against all His Enemies, both at Home and Abroad."
Then the Lords following were appointed a Committee, to prepare an Address pursuant thereunto; and report to the House:
|L. Bp. Lich. & Cov.||
L. North & Grey.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet presently, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure; and the Lords went into the Prince's Lodgings.
The House was resumed.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable Francis Fulford Esquire, and his First and other Sons, successively, to put in Execution the Power of granting Leases, given by the last Will and Testament of Francis Fulford Esquire, deceased."
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Bill be committed to the Lords following; videlicet,
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Tuesday the One and Twentieth Day of this Instant May, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
D. Rutland's, &c. Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for settling the Estates of the most Noble John Duke of Rutland, and John Manners Esquire commonly called Marquis of Granby, Son and Heir Apparent of the said Duke, on the Marriage of the said Marquis of Granby with the Honourable Bridget Sutton, only Child of the Right Honourable Robert Lord Lexington; and also for vesting the Estates of the said Robert Lord Lexington and Bridget Sutton, therein mentioned, in Trustees, to be sold, for raising Money for the Marriage Portion of the said Bridget Sutton."
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Bill be committed to the Lords Committees abovenamed.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet at the same Time and Place.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Martis, septimum diem instantis Maii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.