DIE Veneris, 17 Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. St. Asaph.
Ds. Custos Magni Sigilli.
Ds. Godolphin, Thesaurarius.
Dux Buckingham, C. P. S.
Dux Devonshire, Senescallus.
Dux St. Albans.
Comes Jersey, Camerarius.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. Howard Eff.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Grey W.
Land Tax Bill:
vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for
granting an Aid to Her Majesty by a Land Tax, to
be raised in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred
The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to H. C. that the Lords agree to it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir John Francklyn and Mr. Hiccock:
To acquaint them, that the Lords have agreed to the
said Bill, without any Amendments.
State of the Revenue.
The Secretary from the Commissioners for taking,
examining, and stating, the Public Accompts of the
Kingdom, attending, was called in; and at the Bar delivered, "The General State of Receipts and Issues of the
Public Revenue, between The Feast of St. Michael
1702, and The Feast of St. Michael 1703."
Queen's Answer to Address about Sir J. Maclean.
The Lord Chamberlain reported Her Majesty's Answer to the Address, in relation to Sir John Mackleane;
That Her Majesty has given Order for the making
Sir John Mackleane close Prisoner; and that he shall
not have Pen, Ink, or Paper, nor any Person suffered
to speak with him, without Leave from Her Majesty."
The Lord Chandos reported from the Lords Committees, the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the vesting the
Manor of Michaelchurch, in the County of Radnor,
and other Lands in the County of Salop, of Mary
Bowdler, and William Bowdler Gentleman, in certain
Trustees, for Payment of the Debts, and making
Provision for the Younger Children, of the said William Bowdler," as fit to pass, with some Amendments.
Which were read Twice, and agreed to; and the
Bill ordered to be engrossed, with the said Amendments.
Her Majesty, being seated on Her Royal Throne,
adorned with Her Crown and Regal Ornaments, attended with Her Officers of State (the Peers being also
in their Robes), commanded the Gentleman Usher of
the Black Rod to let the Commons know, "It is Her
Majesty's Pleasure, that they attend Her immediately, in the House of Peers."
Who being come; their Speaker made a short Speech
to Her Majesty, in relation to the Aid Bill to be passed.
Then the Clerk of the Parliaments took the said Bill
from the Hands of the Speaker, and brought it to the
Table; where the Clerk of the Crown read the Title
thereof, as followeth; videlicet,
"1. An Act for granting an Aid to Her Majesty, by
a Land Tax, to be raised in the Year One Thousand
Seven Hundred and Four."
To which Bill the Clerk of the Parliaments pronounced the Royal Assent, as followeth:
"La Reine remercie ses bons Subjects, accepte leur
Benevolence & ainsi le veult."
Then Her Majesty was pleased to speak as followeth:
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
I think it proper, upon this Occasion, to acquaint
you, that I have had unquestionable Informations of
very ill Practices and Designs carried on in Scotland,
by Emissaries from France; which might have proved
extremely dangerous to the Peace of these Kingdoms,
as you will see by the Particulars, which shall be laid
before you as soon as the several Examinations relating to this Matter can be fully perfected, and made
public without Prejudice: In the mean Time, I make
no Doubt but, by this seasonable Discovery, I shall
be able to give such Directions for our Security, as
will effectually prevent any ill Consequences from
these pernicious Designs.
"Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
I am very sensible of your great Readiness and Affection for the Public Service, by presenting Me so
early in the Sessions with a considerable Part of your
Supplies. I depend entirely upon your continuing
with the same Zeal to dispatch the Remainder of them,
that so we may be prepared to give the speediest
Assistance to our Allies, and to defeat the malicious
Designs of our Enemies; who cannot be more industrious to contrive the Ruin of this Kingdom, and
of the Protestant Religion, than I shall always be vigilant and careful, both for their present Preservation,
and for their future Security."
Then Her Majesty was pleased to withdraw; and the
Commons went to their House.
The Lord Keeper reported Her Majesty's Speech.
Boucher and Ogleby & al. committed to Black Rod:
The House being informed, "That Boucher and
Ogleby are come to Town:"
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Gentleman Usher
of the Black Rod do forthwith take into his Custody
Boucher and Ogleby, and the Persons who
were taken with them (and now in the Custody of the
Messengers), and keep them separate, and in close
Custody: And this shall be a sufficient Warrant on that
To Sir David Mitchell, Gentleman Usher
of the Black Rod attending this House.
Committee of Seven to be chose, by Ballot, to examine them.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Boucher and
Ogleby, and the other Persons taken with them, shall be
examined by a Committee of this House; which Committee shall consist of Seven Lords of this House, to be
chosen by Balloting; and that each Lord brings a Paper, to be put into the Balloting Glass, with Seven
Names of Lords in it, against To-morrow, at One a Clock;
and the Quorum to be Four.
Witnesses to attend upon Hoare's Petition.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Henry Brown, Daniel
Trenett, William Dustiss, Charles Reed, Charles Drew,
Michael Bluet, Thomas Coningsby, John Brown, Thomas
Motley, Abraham Bavington, Roger Burges, Richard
Hetherington, Mr. Bayly, and Sandy Comins, shall and
they are hereby required to attend, at the Bar of this
House, to be sworn, to give their Evidence before the
Lords Committees appointed to consider of the Petition
of Charles James and Richard Hoare, in relation to several Abuses in the victualing of Her Majesty's Navy;
and that they attend the Lords Committees on Monday
next, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's
Lodgings near the House of Peers.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Sabbati, decimum octavum diem instantis Decembris, hora
decima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.