DIE Jovis, 20 Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. Dunel. & Crew.
Epus. Lich. & Cov.
Epus. St. Asaph.
|Ds. Custos Magni Sigilli.
Dux Devon, Senescallus.
Comes Jersey, Camerarius.
Ds. Willughby Er.
Ds. Dudley & Ward.
Ds. Willughby Br.
Ds. North & Grey.
Address upon the Treaty of Partition.
The Earl of Nottingham reported from the Lords
Committees, appointed to state Matter of Fact upon the
Treaty of Partition, and to draw an Address thereupon,
"That the Committee had accordingly drawn an Address,
to be presented to His Majesty."
Which was read; and, with One Amendment, agreed
so as followeth; (videlicet,)
"We, Your Majesty's most loyal and dutiful Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, having read and considered the Treaty
of the 27th February, 3d March, 1700, made with the French King,
together with the separate and secret Articles, which
Your Majesty has been pleased to communicate to
us, do with all Humility represent to Your Majesty, That, to our great Sorrow, we find the Matters thereof to have been of very ill Consequence
to the Peace and Safety of Europe; for, besides the
Occasion it may have given to the late King of Spaine
to have made His Will in Favour of the Duke of
Anjou, if this Treaty had taken Effect, the Prejudice
to Your Majesty and Your Subjects, and indeed to all
Europe, by the Addition of Sicily, Naples, several
Ports in The Mediterranean, the Province of Guipuscoa,
and the Dutchy of Lorraine, had been not only very
great, but contrary to the Pretence of the Treaty
itself, which was, to prevent any Umbrage which might
be taken by uniting too many States and Dominions
under One Head.
"And by all the Informations we have yet had of
the Progress of this fatal Treaty, we cannot find that
the verbal Orders and Instructions (if any were given
to Your Majesty's Plenipotentiaries) were ever considered in any of Your Majesty's Councils; or that
the Draught of this Treaty was ever laid before
Your Majesty at any Meeting of Your Council, much
less that it was advised or approved by any Council,
or Committee of Council.
"We therefore think ourselves obliged, in Duty to
Your Majesty, and Justice to our Country, most
humbly to beseech Your Majesty, That, for the future, Your Majesty will be pleased to require and
admit, in all Matters of Importance, the Advice of
Your natural-born Subjects, whose known Probity
and Fortunes may give Your Majesty and Your
People a just Assurance of their Fidelity in Your
Service; and in order hereunto, to constitute a Council
of such Persons, to whom Your Majesty may be
pleased to impart all Affairs, both at Home and Abroad,
which may any Way concern Your Majesty and Your
Dominions; for, as Interest and natural Affection to
their Country will incline them to with the Welfare
and Prosperity of it, much more than others, who
have not such Ties upon them, and as their Experience and Knowledge of their Country will also
render them more capable than Strangers of advising Your Majesty in the true Interests of it; so
we are very confident, that, after such large and repeated Demonstrations of Your Subjects Duty and Affection, Your Majesty cannot doubt of their Zeal in
Your Service, nor want the Knowledge of Persons
fit to be employed in all Your most secret and arduous Affairs.
"And since it appears, that the French King's accepting of the King of Spain's Will, is a manifest
Violation of this Treaty; we humbly advise Your
Majesty, in future Treaties with the French King, to
proceed with such Caution, as may carry along with
it a real Security."
It being proposed, "To send to the House of Commons, for their Concurrence to the said Address:"
And Debate thereupon:
The Question was put, "Whether this Address
shall be communicated to the House of Commons, for their Concurrence?"
It was Resolved in the Negative.
Protest against not communicating it to the Commons for their Concurrence.
"1. Because we conceive that the last Clause in the
Address does necessarily imply a War, and that a
very long one, by reason of the Extent, unintelligible,
at least to us, of a real Security, and the great Improbability of obtaining any Terms of that Kind; and
since this necessarily implies great Supplies, which
cannot be granted without the House of Commons,
we think their Concurrence in this Advice absolutely
necessary; and that it is very improper for us to desire
that of the King, which, for Want of such Concurrence
of the Commons, we conceive His Majesty will not
think fit or prudent for Him to grant.
"2. We conceive all the other Parts of the Address
very fit to be communicated to the House of Commons; for upon the Success of it, depends the future Happiness of this Nation: And as we cannot
doubt of the Readiness of the Commons to join in
any proper Measures towards it; so we think their
Concurrence in it would highly contribute towards
the obtaining a gracious Answer from His Majesty;
and we cannot but think it reasonable, that the Advice
of the whole Nation assembled in Parliament should
be made known to His Majesty upon this Occasion.
"3. Having desired the House of Commons to permit
Mr. Secretary Vernon, a Member of their House, to
come to a Committee of Lords, to inform them of
some Matters relating to this Treaty; we apprehend
that the House of Commons may think it extraordinary, and not suitable to the good Correspondence
(which is highly necessary) between the Two Houses,
not to acquaint them with the Things which have come
to our Knowledge partly by the Information of their
"4. And having been otherwise informed of some
Transactions relating to this Treaty between the Earl
of Portland and Mr. Secretary Vernon, by Letters,
of which we have not had a full Account; we think
it may be very useful to the Public to communicate
this Address to the Commons, who have better Opportunity than we have had of inquiring into this Matter,
which seems to be yet in the Dark, and which their
own Member may help to explain to them.
ORDERED, That the whole House do attend His
Majesty, with the Address.
House to attend the King with the Address.
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves
do attend His Majesty, humbly to know what Time His
Majesty will be pleased to appoint for this House to
attend Him with the Address.
Trelawney versus Carew & al.
Upon reading the Petition of Edward Trelawney
Clerk and Elizabeth his Wife, on Behalf of Elizabeth
Trelawney, an Infant, their Daughter, and of Daniell Sagittary Clerk and his Wife, on Behalf of John Sagittary
and Anne Sagittary, their Son and Daughter, Infants;
praying, "That a Day may be appointed for the Hearing
of their Cause depending in this House, whereto the
Lady Gratiana Carew, Sir John Molesworth Baronet,
John Arscott Esquire and Frances his Wife, are Respondents:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the
said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Friday the Eight
and Twentieth Day of this Instant March, at Eleven of
Ly. Russel & al. Petition for Clauses to Brookfield Market, &c. Bill.
Upon reading the Petition of Rachel Lady Russell,
Foulk Lord Brook, George Pitt, and John Pitt; praying,
That some Clauses may be added to the Bill, intituled,
An Act for confirming the Grants of Brookfield Market
and Fair, and Newport Market, in the County of
Middl'x, for confirming their several Patents by which
they are entitled to the Markets mentioned in their
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
in Parliament assembled, That the Consideration of the
said Petition be referred to the Lords Committees to
whom the said Bill stands committed.
State of the Fleet.
The Lord Haversham laid before the House, a State
of the Fleet in Writing.
Tidcombe versus Boddington.
Upon reading the Petition of James Boddington and
John Cholmley Merchants, Respondents to the Petition and
Appeal of John Tidcombe Esquire; praying a short Day
may be appointed, to hear the said Appeal:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear
the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Saturday the
Nine and Twentieth Day of this Instant March, at Eleven
of the Clock.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, (videlicet,) vicesimum primum diem instantis Martii,
hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.