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, 13 Augusti.
Lords take the Oaths.
Address forwarded to the King.
The Lord Steward acquainted the House, "That the Lords with White Staves had (according to Order) laid before the Lords Justices the Address of this House; of the Fifth Instant; and desired them to transmit the same to His Majesty with all convenient Speed: And that their Lordships were pleased to say, They would use all imagimable Dispatch, to send it to His Majesty."
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, Duke of Kent, and Earl of Carlisle, on his Right Hand; and the Lord High Treasurer, Lord Privy Seal, Duke of Bolton, Earl of Greenwich Duke of Argyle, Earl of Anglesey, and Earl of Nottingham, on his Left; commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to signify to the House of Commons, "That it is the Lords Justices Pleasure, they attend immediately, in the House of Peers."
Lords Justices Speech:
"It is with great Satisfaction we can now tell you, that we have this Morning received a Letter from the King; wherein His Majesty is graciously pleased to acquaint us, that His Majesty is hastening hither, to employ His utmost Care, for putting these Kingdoms into a happy and flourishing Condition.
"He has commanded us, in the mean Time, to continue our Care of every Thing that may conduce to the Peace and Safety of His Dominions. And we are assured, that, if this had required His more immediate Presence, he would, without the least Delay, have repaired hither, for the Support of so dutiful and faithful Subjects; for His Majesty does very particularly express His great Satisfaction in the Loyalty and Affection which His People have universally shewn, upon His Majesty's Accession to the Crown.
"At the Opening this Session, we did not mention to you the Apprehensions we then had, from the Smallness of the Sum at that Time advanced, that the Lottery would not be full; being desirous in the first Place to try to make it effectual in the Manner the Parliament had established it: But we are obliged now to acquaint you, that all our Endeavours have failed of the desired Success, though the Contributions have been thereby considerably increased.
"We must therefore earnestly recommend to you, Gentlemen of the House of Commons, to take this into your Consideration; and to give such further Encouragement as you shall think proper, for raising the whole Sum which was intended, and is absolutely necessary, for carrying on the Service of the Year."
Order for an Address of Thanks to the King, for His Letter to the Lords Justices:
Resolved, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the most humble Thanks of this House be returned to His Majesty, for His Majesty's Grace and Goodness to His People, expressed in His Majesty's Letter to the Lords Justices; with the Assurance of the Fidelity and Zeal of this House for His Majesty's Service.