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, 22 Novembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Late E. Carnwath and late Ld. Widdrington, allowed the Benefit of the General Pardon.
The House being informed, "That Robert Dalzeel late Earl of Carnwath and William Widdrington late Lord Widdrington were attending, pursuant to the Order Yesterday, to plead His Majesty's most Gracious, General, and Free Pardon; and that Mr. Attorney General attended on His Majesty's Behalf:"
They were called in. And the Lord Chancellor, by Direction of the House, acquainted the said Robert Dalzeel late Earl of Carnwath, "That it appeared, by the Records of this House, he had been and stood attainted of High Treason;" and asked him, "What he had to say, why he should not be remanded to The Tower of London?"
Then he, upon his Knees, prayed the Benefit of the Act for His Majesty's most Gracious, General, and Free Pardon; and that he might have his Life and Liberty, pursuant thereunto.
The Lord Chancellor also acquainted the said William Widdrington late Lord Widdrington, and put the same Question to him as before to the said Robert Dalzeel late Earl of Carnwath; and he, on his Knees, made the like Prayer.
Then Mr. Attorney General was asked, "If he had any Objection to make, on His Majesty's Behalf, against their said Requests?" Who thereupon acquainted the House, "That he had no Objection to the granting what they had prayed; he conceiving them to be included in the Act for His Majesty's most Gracious, General, and Free Pardon, as to their Lives and Liberties, they not having made any Escape."
And then they were directed to withdraw.
And the Clause in the said Act, relating to that Matter, being read:
The House agreed, they should be allowed the Benefit thereof, as to their Lives and Liberties, according to the said Act.
Then the said Robert Dalzeel late Earl of Carnwath, and William Widdrington late Lord Widdrington, were again called in; and acquainted by the Lord Chancellor, "That the House, having considered their Prayer, and also the said Act, do allow them the Benefit of the Pardon pleaded by them, as to their Lives and Liberties, according to the said Act."
"And then his Lordship declared to them, "That their Recognizances were discharged; and that they might therefore depart, without any farther Day given for their Appearance."
And they accordingly withdrew.
The Lord Torrington reported from the Lords Committees, appointed to prepare an Address to be presented to His Majesty, pursuant to the Order of this House Yesterday, "That they had prepared an Address accordingly, as follows:
"Most Gracious Sovereign,
"We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, do return Your Majesty our humble Thanks, for Your most Gracious Speech from the Throne, and for Your Regard to the Conveniency of Your Subjects in meeting them so early in Parliament; and beg Leave to express to Your Majesty the just Sense we have of Your great Concern for the Ease of Your People, in disbanding so considerable a Number of Your Forces, and of Your Care at the same Time in consulting their Safety. We return Your Majesty our most humble Thanks, for Your unwearied Endeavours and Application towards preserving and settling the Peace and Tranquillity of Europe, and of these Your Kingdoms, against the many Attempts of all Kinds to disturb them; and cannot sufficiently express our Satisfaction, that there is a Prospect of Success: And do assure Your Majesty, that, as You have been pleased, in so gracious a Manner, to declare Your Interests and those of Your People inseparable; so nothing shall be wanting on our Parts, at this critical Juncture, towards supporting Your Majesty with the utmost Zeal and Vigour, till Your Majesty's Endeavours for the Quiet of Christendom and the Good of Your People have had their full and desired Effect.
"We have a grateful Sense of Your Majesty's Concern for the Protestant Religion, and the Church of England as by Law established; which, as it has always been the Chief of the Protestant Churches, so it can never be so well supported as by strengthening and uniting (as far as may be) the Protestant Interest."
Which Address, being read by the Clerk, was agreed to by the House.
Ordered, That the same be presented to His Majesty by the whole House.
Ordered, That the Lords with White Staves do wait on His Majesty, humbly to know what Time His Majesty will please to appoint to be attended by this House, with the said Address.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for preventing of the Poor's being defrauded."
Lords Committees, appointed to consider of the Customs and Orders of the House, and the Privileges of Parliament, and of the Peers of Great Britain and Lords of Parliament.
Their Lordships, or any Seven of them; to meet on Monday next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, in the House of Peers, and every Monday after; and to adjourn, from Time to Time, as they please.
Lords Sub-committees, appointed to consider of the Orders and Customs of the House, and Privileges of the Peers of Great Britain and Lords of Parliament; and to peruse and perfect the Journal of this House.
Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to meet when, where, and as often as, they please.
Stoppages in the Streets, Order to prevent.
The House taking Notice, "That there is such an Interruption, by Hackney Coaches, Carts, and Drays, in King Street, and the Passages to The Old Palace Yard, in Westminster, that the Lords and others are frequently hindered from coming to this House, to the great Inconveniency of the Members of both Houses:"
It is thereupon Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That no empty Hackney Coaches be suffered to make any Stay between Whitehall and The Old Palace Yard aforesaid, from Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon until Four of the Clock in the Afternoon of the same Day, during the Sitting of this Parliament; nor any Carriages, Drays, or Carts, be permitted to pass through the said Streets and Passages; and also that no empty Hackney Coaches be suffered to make any Stay in The Old Palace Yard, between the Hours aforesaid, during the Sitting of Parliament; and herein special Care is to be taken, by all Officers concerned, as the contrary will be answered to this House.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Sabbati, vicesimum tertium diem instantis Novembris, hora undecima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.