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 Jovis, 5 Augusti.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Lords take the Oaths.
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:
Thomas Lord Archbishop of Canterbury.
William Earl of Dartmouth, Lord Privy Seal.
William Duke of Devonshire.
John Duke of Marlborough.
Henry Earl of Berkshire.
Daniel Earl of Nottingham.
Richard Earl of Scarbrough.
Richard Earl of Bradford.
Charles Viscount Townshend.
William Lord St. John of Bletsho.
John Lord Ashburnham.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, to robe.
The House was resumed.
Then Fourteen of the Lords Justices (in their Robes), being seated on a Bench erected cross the House for that Purpose, with an Ascent of Three Steps between the Chair of State and the Woolsack; the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury in the Middle; and the Lord Chancellor, the Lord President, Duke of Somerset, Duke of Devonshire, Earl of Greenwich Duke of Argyle, Earl of Nottingham, and Earl of Scarbrough, on his Right Hand; and the Lord High Treasurer, Lord Privy Seal, Duke of Bolton, Duke of Kent, Earl of Abingdon, and Earl of Orford, on his Left; commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to signify to the House of Commons, "That it is the Pleasure of the Lords Justices, they attend immediately, in the House of Peers."
Who being come, with their Speaker; the Lord Chancellor spake as follows:
Lords Justices Speech.
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"It having pleased Almighty God to take to Himself our late most Gracious Queen, of Blessed Memory; we hope that nothing has been omitted, which might contribute to the Safety of these Realms, and the Preservation of our Religion, Laws, and Liberties, in this great Conjuncture. As these invaluable Blessings have been secured to us by those Acts of Parliament which have settled the Succession to these Kingdoms in the most Illustrious House of Hanover; we have regulated our Proceedings by those Rules which are therein prescribed.
"The Privy Council, soon after the Demise of the late Queen, assembled at St. James's; where, according to the said Acts, the Three Instruments were produced, and opened, which had been deposited in the Hands of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chancellor, and the Resident of Brunswick. Those who either by their Offices, or by Virtue of these Instruments, had the Honour of being appointed Lords Justices, did, in Conjunction with the Council, immediately proceed to the proclaiming of our Lawful and Rightful Sovereign King George; taking at the same Time the necessary Care to maintain the Public Peace.
"In Pursuance of the Acts before-mentioned, this Parliament is now assembled; and, we are persuaded, you all bring with you so hearty a Disposition for His Majesty's Service, and the public Good, that we cannot doubt of Your Assistance in every Thing which may promote those great Ends.
"Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
"We find it necessary to put you in Mind, that several Branches of the public Revenue are expired, by the Demise of Her late Majesty; and to recommend to you the making such Provisions in that respect, as may be requisite to support the Honour and Dignity of the Crown; and we assure ourselves you will not be wanting in any Thing that may conduce to the establishing and advancing of the public Credit.
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"We forbear laying before you any Thing that does not require your immediate Consideration; not having received His Majesty's Pleasure. We shall only exhort you with the greatest Earnestness to a perfect Unanimity, and a firm Adherence to our Sovereign's Interest, as being the only Means to continue among us our present happy Tranquillity."
Then the Commons returned to their House; and this House was adjourned during Pleasure, to unrobe.
The House was resumed.
Poor to prevent being defrauded, Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for preventing the Poor's being defrauded."
The Lord Chancellor reported the Speech of the Lords Justices.
And the same being read by the Clerk:
Order for Address to the King.
Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, "To condole upon the great Loss these Nations have sustained, by the Demise of Her late Majesty of Happy Memory; and to congratulate His Majesty's happy and peaceable Accession to the Throne; and to assure Him of our zealous and firm Resolutions to support His undoubted Right and Title, and His Succession to the Crown, against all Enemies and Pretenders whatsoever; and further to assure His Majesty of our Zeal to maintain the public Safety with all Vigour and Unanimity; and to support to our utmost, and carry on, the Honour and Dignity of the Crown; and to express to His Majesty the earnest Desires of this House, that He will please to give us as soon as possible His Royal Presence."
Then the Lords following were appointed a Committee, to draw an Address pursuant thereunto; and report to the House; (videlicet,)
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.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure; and the Lords went into the Prince's Lodgings, to draw the Address.
The House was resumed.
And the Earl of Sunderland reported from the Committee, "That they had drawn an Address, pursuant to the aforementioned Order, as follows; (videlicet,)
"Most Gracious Sovereign,
"We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, though deeply sensible of the great Loss these Nations have sustained by the Demise of Her late Majesty, of Blessed Memory, think it our Duty, at the same Time, with thankful Hearts to Almighty God, to congratulate Your Majesty upon Your happy and peaceable Accession to Your Throne: And we do, with the utmost Loyalty and Duty, assure Your Majesty of our zealous and firm Resolutions to support Your undoubtedly rightful and lawful Title to the Crown, against all Enemies and Pretenders whatsoever.
"Our Zeal and Affection for Your Majesty's Service engage us to exert ourselves with all Vigour and Unanimity, for securing the public Safety; and we will always, to the utmost of our Power, maintain the Honour and Dignity of Your Crown: And we do, with faithful Hearts, beseech Your Majesty, as soon as possible, to give us Your Royal Presence; which, we are persuaded, will be attended with all other Blessings to Your Kingdoms."
Which Address, being read by the Clerk, was agreed to by the House.
To be transmitted to the King.
Ordered, That the said Address be laid before the Lords Justices by the Lords with White Staves; and that they do desire their Lordships to transmit the same, with all convenient Speed, to His Majesty.
Lords Justices Speech to be printed.
Ordered, That the Speech of the Lords Justices, delivered by the Lord Chancellor this Day to both Houses of Parliament, be forthwith printed and published.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ, nonum diem instantis Augusti, hora duodecima, Dominis sic decernentibus.