First Parliament of Queen Anne.
A new Parliament being met the 20th of October, and
the Commons having chosen Robert Harley, Esq; for their
Speaker; the Queen made the following Speech to both
Queen's Speech to both Houses.
'My Lords and Gentlemen,
It is with great Satisfaction I meet this Parliament,
which I have summoned to assist me in carrying on the
just and necessary War, in which we are engaged; I have
called you together as early as was consistent with your
convenience in coming out of your several Counties; and
I assure myself of such Evidences of your Affection to me,
and of such Zeal for our common Cause, as will not only
give Spirit and Forwardness to our own Preparations, but
such Example and Encouragement to our Allies, as, by
God's Blessing, cannot fail of a good effect, for the Advantage of the whole Confederacy.
'I have met with so many Expressions of Joy and Satisfaction in all the Counties, through which I have had Occasion to pass, that I cannot but look upon them as true
measures of the Duty and Affection of all my Subjects.
'Gentlemen of the House of Commons, I must desire you
to grant me such. Supplies, as will enable me to comply
with our particular Treaties and Engagements already made,
and such others as may be necessary for the Encouragement of our Allies, and the prosecuting the War, where
it shall most sensibly affect our Enemies, and be most
effectual for disappointing the boundless Ambition of
'And that my Subjects may the more chearfully bear
the necessary Taxes, I desire you to inspect the Accounts,
of the Public Receipts and Payments; and if there have
been any Abuses or Mismanagements, I hope you will detect them, that the Offenders may be punished, and others
be deterred by such like Examples from the like Practices.
'I must observe to you with some Concern, that the
Funds given by the last Parliament have in some measure
fallen short of the Sums proposed to be raised by them;
and tho' I have already paid and applied to the Public
Service the hundred thousand Pounds, which I promised
to the last Parliament, yet it has not supplied that Deficiency.
'My Lords and Gentlemen, I cannot without much
trouble take notice to you of the disappointment we have
had at Cadiz: I have not yet had a particular Account of
that Enterprize, nor of all the difficulties our Forces have
met with there; but I have have had such a Representation of Disorders and Abuses committed at Port St. Mary's,
as hath obliged me to give directions for the strictest Examination of that matter.
'I am earnestly desirous, for all our sakes, that this may
prove a short Session; however, I hope you will find time
to consider of some better and more effectual Method to
prevent the Exportation of Wool, and to improve that
Manufacture, which is of great Consequence to the whole
Kingdom: on my part nothing shall be omitted for its
'I am firmly persuaded, that the Love and good Affection
of my Subjects is the surest Pledge of their Duty and Obedience and the truest and justest Support of the Throne;
and as I am resolved to defend and maintain the Church
as by Law established, and to protect you in the full Enjoyment of all your Rights and Liberties, so I rely upon
your Care of me; my Interests and your's are inseparable;
and my Endeavours shall never be wanting to make you all
Safe and Happy.'
This Speech having been read and reported to the House,
they soon after agreed on the following Address.
The Commons Address.
'Most gracious Sovereign, We your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Commons in Parliament assembled,
do beg leave to lay before your Majesty our most humble and
hearty Thanks for your most gracious Speech from the Throne,
which gives us such Instances of your Majesty's tender Concern
for your People, and of your entire Confidence in their
Affections, as must engage them to make your Majesty the
utmost Returns of Duty and Gratitude.
'It is great Condescension in your Majesty to take notice,
in so public a manner, of the Expressions of Joy and Satisfaction, with which your Majesty was received in all the
Counties through which you had Occasion lately to pass.
All your Subjects have already received so many Benefits
under the Influence of your Majesty's happy Government,
that your Majesty must have met with the like, in any other
part of your Dominions that you had honoured with your
'The late disappointment at Cadiz does the more affect
us, because it gives your Majesty so much trouble; but this
Misfortune cannot make us forget, that the Protection and
Security of our Trade, the vigorous Support of your Majesty's Allies, and the wonderful Progress of your Majesty's
Arms under the Conduct of the Earl of Malborough, have
signally (fn. 1) retrieved the Antient Honour and Glory of the
'After your Majesty's repeated Assurances, we neither
doubt of the full Enjoyment of all our Rights and Liberties,
nor of your Majesty's defending and maintaining the Church
as by Law established; your Majesty has been always a most
illustrious Ornament to this Church, and have been exposed
to great hazards for it; and therefore we promise ourselves,
that in your Majesty's Reign, we shall see it perfectly restored to its due Rights and Privileges, and secured in the
same to Posterity; which is only to be done by divesting
those Men of the Power who have shewn they want not the
Will to destroy it.
'The Prospect of these Blessings, and your Majesty's desire to have the Accounts of the Public Receipts and Payments inspected, and to have any Abuses and Mismanagements thereof punished, will very much endear your Majesty to your People; and encourage us most chearfully to
assist your Majesty with those Supplies that may effectually enable your Majesty to make good such Alliances, as shall be
necessary to prosecute the War where it shall most sensibly
affect your Enemies, and thereby disappoint the boundless
Ambition of France.
'Your Majesty may safely rely upon the Care of your
faithful Commons: The value you are pleased to set upon
the Love and Affection of your Subjects, is the highest Obligation that can be laid on them, to give your Majesty pledges
thereof in their Duty and Obedience. They are and shall
always be sensible, that your Majesty's Interest and their's are
inseparable; and as they gratefully acknowledge your Majesty's great Designs to make them safe and happy, so their
Prayers and sincerest Endeavours shall never be wanting to
make your Majesty's Reign more prosperous and more glorious than any of your Majesty's Royal Predecessors.'
To which, as the Speaker signified to the House, her Majesty at the same time, returned her Answer, as follows:
'Gentlemen, I thank you very kindly for the many
Marks of your Duty and Affection expressed in this Address.
'Nothing can be a greater Satisfaction to me than an entire Confidence between me and my Subjects.'
Sir John Packington's Complaint against the Bishop of Worcester.
'November 18, Sir John Packington exhibited a Complaint
against the Bishop of Worcester, and Mr. Lloyd his Son,
which he reduced to the following Heads.
I. 'That soon after the last Parliament rose, the Bishop
of Worcester took upon him to send to me to desist from
standing to be elected Knight for that County, and to threaten
me, that if I would not desist, he should think himself obliged
to speak against me to his Clergy.
II. 'He sent some Letters himself, and his Secretary sent
others, to several of his Clergy, with Directions to make
what Interest they could against me in their several Parishes,
and where they could not prevail with such who voted
singly for me in the last Election, to give a Vote for one or
both the other Candidates, they should desire them to stay at
home; and in order to this, his Lordship sent them Copies
of the Poll of their respective Parishes.
III. 'He aspersed me to his Clergy, branding me and
my Ancestors with several Vices; and at his Confirmation
and Visitations sollicited his Clergy to vote against me, representing me as very unfit to serve in Parliament, and
threatning them with his Displeasure, if they did not vote
IV. 'He aspersed me and my Ancestors to several of the
Laity, who were his Tenants, and threatned them, that
if they would not vote against me, they should never renew
any Estate under him, and that he would set such Marks
upon them, that his Successors should not suffer them nor
their Children to renew any more.
V. 'Mr. Lloyd, the Bishop's Son, aspersed me, and gave
scandalous Characters of me to several Freeholders, whom
he sollicited to vote against me, and told them I voted for
bringing in a French Government.
VI. 'The Bishop's Secretary aspersed me to several Freeholders in the like manner, representing me as unfit to sit in
the House, threatning them with the Bishop's Displeasure;
and said, They might as well vote for the Prince of Wales
as for me.'
All these Particulars were supported by Evidence at the
Bar of the House, and by the following Letters under the
Bishop's own Hand.
Harlebury, July 29, 1702,
'I Think I have more Reason to hope for something of Consideration from you, than from most others of the Clergy
of this Diocese, and something also more from the Freeholders in your Parish, than in most other Parts of the County; and therefore I thought I had reason to take it ill of your
Neighbours, that they should give their Votes as they did,
for the chusing of Sir J. Packington to be Knight of the Shire,
when, in order to that very Election, he had publish'd two
Libels, full of horrible Lyes, against myself, and several others of the Bishops, that had never given him the least Provocation. This grieved me much, but yet I had wherewith
to comfort myself, in believing that those Libels might not
have come to their Knowledge; tho' as I since understand
great Care was taken by Sir John's Agents to publish them
all over your Neighbourhood. But now since, I understand
there is a third Libel come abroad, which is written against
me in particular. The declar'd Cause of it is not only my opposing Sir J. P's Election, which, after my coming into the
Country, and finding his Libels publish'd among my Tenants
by his Servants, I sent him word I thought myself obliged to
do, unless he would be pleased to desist from standing, as I earnestly desired him to do more than once: But this Author hath
found, that I was the Writer of a Printed Half-Sheet, called
The Character of a Churchman, and that this was written against
Sir J. P. for hindering his Election; and for this he scourges
me most unmercifully, with such a Tongue, as that St. James
describes. For that Character of a Churchman, I do declare
to you in the Presence of God, That, I neither writ it nor
know the Author of it; but I certainly know, That Sir J. P.
is not once mention'd in it, nor had I at the time when that
was printed any Breach with Sir J. P. nor Occasion to do
this with respect to the Election, for it was printed before I
came to London, and that was before the Dissolution of the
former Parliament, which if I had foreseen, I had certainly
staid longer in the Country. After all this, it is true that
I sent a great number of those Half-Sheets into the Country,
as I did of such other small Things, upon several Accounts.
They were sent chiefly on the Account of our unhappy Differences in Convocation, and for promoting the most pious
Designs of Reformation. On this last Account it was that I
sent this Character of a Churchman, without making any Reflection upon any particular Person. I did indeed know, that
the Devil would be mad at me for it, and now I have found
the Effects of his Wrath: He hath set a Son of his to write
against me, which I thank God is the worst he can do. This
Account I have given you of this third Libel, in hopes it
may have some Effect upon you and your Neighbour Mr.
Hodge, to whom I desire you to shew what I have written.
I hope you will both of you consider, whether any such Promise as that you have made to that Gentleman, to make him
your Representative in Parliament, can oblige you to any
thing else but Repentance of your having made such a Promise, and to bring forth Fruits meet for Repentance. For
my part, I leave this upon your Souls, desiring you both to
do in this Matter as you think you can best answer it to God
at the great Day, which I doubt not you believe, and expect
as well as I. I pray God direct you. I am,
Your Faithful Friend, and Diocesan,
'SIR, July 27, 1702.
'YOU cannot but have heard, and probably have seen
how the Bishops of this Church in general, and 5 or
6 of them in particular, have been abused with impudent
Lyes in two Libels that were published by Sir John Packington almost a Year since, in order to his last Election. At
that time I had not given him the least Provocation; and
for the other abused Bishops, few of them knew his Face.
Since that time, finding at my Return from London, where
I was all the while, he was libelling me in the Country, that
he had published these Libels, some of them with his own
Hands, and the rest by his Agents, I could not but think
myself obliged by all honest ways to oppose his Election, if
he would stand; which I sent to him 3 times to let him know,
and to desire he would forbear.
'Hereupon there comes out a third Libel against me,
which I have only seen, but could not get a Copy of it. I
never saw any thing wrote with such a furious Rage of railing, and scoffing, and lying; which, I thank God, can do
me no hurt, nor will it do him Service, if I may so call it,
in promoting his Election, which I think would be the greatest hurt that could happen to him.
'It is for the preventing of this that I writ to my Friends,
earnestly to desire them to get what Votes they can for Mr.
Bromley and Mr. Walsh; and to keep away as many as they
can of them that will vote for Sir John Packington.
'Your Diligence in this Matter will lay a very great
Obligation upon, Sir,
Your faithful Friend, and Diocesan,
Upon a full Hearing of the whole Matter, the House came
to the following Resolutions:
Resolved Nemine Contradicente, That Sir John Pakington
has by Evidence fully made out the Charge which he exhibited against the Lord Bishop of Worcester.
Resolved Nemine Contradicente, That Sir John Pakington
has by Evidence fully made out the Charge against Mr. Lloyd,
the said Lord Bishop's Son.
Resolved, That it appears to this House, That the Proceedings of William Lord Bishop of Worcester, his Son, and
his Agents, in order to the hindering the Election of a Member for the County of Worcester, has been malicious, unchristian, and arbitrary, in high Violation of the Liberties
and Privileges of the Commons of England.
Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to her
Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to remove William Lord Bishop of Worcester from being Lord Almoner
to her Majesty.
Ordered, That the said Resolution and Address be presented to her Majesty by such Members of this House as are
of her Majesty's most Honourable Privy-Council.
Ordered, That the further Consideration of the Matter relating to the Lord Bishop of Worcester, be adjourned till
this day sevenight.
Ordered, That Mr. Attorney-General do prosecute Mr.
Lloyd, the Lord Bishop of Worcester's Son, for the said
Offences, after his Privilege as a Member of the Lower
House of Convocation is out.
Novemb. 20, Mr. Comptroller reported to the House,
That their Resolution and Address to her Majesty for the
removing William Lord Bishop of Worcester, from being Lord Almoner to her Majesty, had been presented to
her Majesty; and that her Majesty was pleased to give this
most gracious Answer.
'I am very sorry that there is Occasion for this Address
against the Bishop of Worcester: I shall order and direct, that he shall no longer continue to supply the Place
of Almoner, but I will put another in his room to perform
Resolved, That the most humble Thanks of this House be
returned to her Majesty, for her Majesty's most gracious Answer to their Address relating to William Lord Bishop of
Ordered, That Mr. Comptroller of her Majesty's Houshold,
do return the said most humble Thanks of this House to her
On the 21st, the Speaker acquainted the House, that there
had been with him that Morning, the Prolocutor of the lower
House of Convocation, and also the Dean of Canterbury,
Arch-Deacon Ottley, and Mr. Moor, and had brought him
the following Order:
An Order of the lower House of Convocation.
Novemb. 20. Ordered, 'That the Prolocutor, the Dean of
Canterbury, Arch-Deacon Ottley, and Mr. Moor, do attend Mr. Speaker of the honourable House of Commons,
and return our most humble Thanks to him, and to that
honourable House, for the great Favour to the Church and
Convocation, which they had on all Occasions been pleased
to express; and particularly for that late Regard which they
of themselves, without Suggestion, were pleased to have to
the Privilege of this House, in the Case of one of our Members, who had the Misfortune to fall under their Displeasure.'
Upon this, the House passed a Resolution, that they would,
upon all Occasions, assert the just Rights of the lower House
On the 10th of December the following Message was
brought to the House by Mr. Secretary Hedges, signed by
the Queen herself.
Queen's Message relating to the Earl of Marlborough.
'The Earl of Marlborough's Services to her Majesty, and
to the Public, have been so eminent, both in his Command
of the Army, and in his having established an entire Confidence and good Correspondence between her Majesty and
the States-General, that she has thought fit to grant the
Title of a Duke of this Kingdom to him, and to the Heirs
male of his Body, and also a Pension of 5000£. per Annum,
upon the Revenue of the Post-Office, for the Support of
this Honour, during her Majesty's natural Life. If it had
been in her Majesty's power, she would have granted the
same term in the Pension as in the Honour; and she hopes
you will think it so reasonable in this Case, as to find some
proper Methods of doing it.'
The Commons, after the reading of the Message, seemed
for some time to be in a maze, and kept so long silent, that
(it was said) the Speaker stood up, and looked round, to see
if any body would speak to it: And at length Mr. S—
having broke the Ice, the Debate ran very high upon the
Occasion; and amongst others, common Fame gave out, that
an old Member should say, 'That though he had accepted
of an Employment at Court, yet, he never did it with a
Design that his Mouth should be sewed up in that House,
when any thing was offered that he thought detrimental to
his Country.' And the House at length having wisely
weighed this important Affair, instead of complying with
the Message, on the 21st, presented the following Address
to her Majesty in relation to it.
Commons Address thereon.
'Most gracious Sovereign, We your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects the Commons in Parliament assembled,
humbly beg leave to declare our unanimous Satisfaction in
the just Esteem your Majesty has been pleased to express of the
eminent Services performed by the Duke of Marlborough,
who has not only, by his Conduct of the Army, retrieved the
ancient Honour and Glory of the English Nation, but by
his Negotiation established an entire Confidence and good
Correspondence between your Majesty, and the States-General, and therein vindicated the Gentlemen of England, who
had, by the vile Practices of designing Men, been traduced,
and industriously represented as false to your Majesty's Allies,
because they were true to the Interest of their Country.
'It is to their unexpressible Grief, that your Majesty's
most dutiful Commons find any Instances, where they are
unable to comply with what your Majesty proposes to them;
but they beg leave humbly to lay before your Majesty the
Apprehensions they have of making a Precedent for the future Alienations of the Revenue of the Crown, which has
been so much reduced by the exorbitant Grants of the last
Reign, and which has been so lately settled and secured by
your Majesty's unparallel'd Grace and Goodness.
'We are infinitely pleased to observe by your Majesty's
late gracious Acceptance of the Duke of Marlborough's
Services, that the only way to obtain your Majesty's Favour,
is to deserve well from the Public; and we beg leave to
assure your Majesty, that whenever you shall think fit to
reward such Merit, it will be to the entire Satisfaction of
To which her Majesty returned the following Answer:
'I shall always think myself much concerned to reward
those who deserve well of me, and of the Public: On this
account, I bestowed some Favours on the Duke of
Marlborough, and I am glad to find you think they are
The Controversy between the two Houses relating to the Bill of Occasional Conformity.
There had been a Bill brought in early this Session by the
Commons, for preventing Occasional Conformity; and
though there was a good deal of Opposition made to the Bill
by some Gentlemen of that House, yet it was carried there
by a great Majority; and on the 2d of December, sent to
the Lords for their Concurrence. The Lords were so little
fond of this Bill, that apprehending it, or some other Bill
they did not wholly like, might one time or other be tacked
to a Money-Bill by the Commons, they passed a Vote, That
it would be an Infringement of the Privilege of their House.
When the Bill came to be considered by the Lords, they
were pleased to make several Amendments to it, which
occasioned several Conferences between the two Houses; as
follow after the Bill, which it is thought expedient to annex,
as necessary for the right understanding the Matter in