Die Jovis, 5 Augusti.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
|Ds. Harcourt, Cancellarius.
Dux Shrewsbury, Thesaurarius.
Dux Bucks & Nor. Præses.
Comes Dartmouth, Custos Privati Sigilli.
Dux St. Albans.
Comes Poulet, Senescallus.
Comes Oxon. & Mortimer.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. Willughby Br.
Ds. St. John.
Ds. Howard Escr.
Lords take the Oaths.
The Lords following took the Oaths, and made and
subscribed the Declaration, and also took and
subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to
Thomas Lord Archbishop of Canterbury.
William Earl of Dartmouth, Lord Privy Seal.
William Duke of Devonshire.
John Duke of Marlborough.
Henry Earl of Berkshire.
Daniel Earl of Nottingham.
Richard Earl of Scarbrough.
Richard Earl of Bradford.
Charles Viscount Townshend.
William Lord St. John of Bletsho.
John Lord Ashburnham.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, to robe.
The House was resumed.
Then Fourteen of the Lords Justices (in their Robes),
being seated on a Bench erected cross the House for
that Purpose, with an Ascent of Three Steps between
the Chair of State and the Woolsack; the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury in the Middle; and the Lord
Chancellor, the Lord President, Duke of Somerset, Duke
of Devonshire, Earl of Greenwich Duke of Argyle,
Earl of Nottingham, and Earl of Scarbrough, on his Right
Hand; and the Lord High Treasurer, Lord Privy Seal,
Duke of Bolton, Duke of Kent, Earl of Abingdon, and
Earl of Orford, on his Left; commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to signify to the House
of Commons, "That it is the Pleasure of the Lords
Justices, they attend immediately, in the House of
Who being come, with their Speaker; the Lord
Chancellor spake as follows:
Lords Justices Speech.
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"It having pleased Almighty God to take to Himself
our late most Gracious Queen, of Blessed Memory;
we hope that nothing has been omitted, which might
contribute to the Safety of these Realms, and the
Preservation of our Religion, Laws, and Liberties, in
this great Conjuncture. As these invaluable Blessings
have been secured to us by those Acts of Parliament
which have settled the Succession to these Kingdoms
in the most Illustrious House of Hanover; we have
regulated our Proceedings by those Rules which are
"The Privy Council, soon after the Demise of the
late Queen, assembled at St. James's; where, according to the said Acts, the Three Instruments were produced, and opened, which had been deposited in the
Hands of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord
Chancellor, and the Resident of Brunswick. Those
who either by their Offices, or by Virtue of these Instruments, had the Honour of being appointed Lords
Justices, did, in Conjunction with the Council, immediately proceed to the proclaiming of our Lawful
and Rightful Sovereign King George; taking at the
same Time the necessary Care to maintain the Public Peace.
"In Pursuance of the Acts before-mentioned, this
Parliament is now assembled; and, we are persuaded,
you all bring with you so hearty a Disposition for
His Majesty's Service, and the public Good, that
we cannot doubt of Your Assistance in every Thing
which may promote those great Ends.
"Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
"We find it necessary to put you in Mind, that
several Branches of the public Revenue are expired,
by the Demise of Her late Majesty; and to recommend to you the making such Provisions in that respect, as may be requisite to support the Honour and
Dignity of the Crown; and we assure ourselves you
will not be wanting in any Thing that may conduce
to the establishing and advancing of the public Credit.
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"We forbear laying before you any Thing that does
not require your immediate Consideration; not having received His Majesty's Pleasure. We shall only exhort you with the greatest Earnestness to a perfect
Unanimity, and a firm Adherence to our Sovereign's
Interest, as being the only Means to continue among
us our present happy Tranquillity."
Then the Commons returned to their House; and this
House was adjourned during Pleasure, to unrobe.
The House was resumed.
Poor to prevent being defrauded, Bill.
vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for
preventing the Poor's being defrauded."
The Lord Chancellor reported the Speech of the
And the same being read by the Clerk:
Order for Address to the King.
Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, "To condole upon the great Loss
these Nations have sustained, by the Demise of Her
late Majesty of Happy Memory; and to congratulate His Majesty's happy and peaceable Accession to
the Throne; and to assure Him of our zealous and firm
Resolutions to support His undoubted Right and
Title, and His Succession to the Crown, against all Enemies and Pretenders whatsoever; and further to assure
His Majesty of our Zeal to maintain the public Safety with all Vigour and Unanimity; and to support to
our utmost, and carry on, the Honour and Dignity of
the Crown; and to express to His Majesty the earnest Desires of this House, that He will please to
give us as soon as possible His Royal Presence."
Then the Lords following were appointed a Committee, to draw an Address pursuant thereunto;
and report to the House; (videlicet,)
Ds. Custos Privati Sigilli.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet
presently, in the Prince's Lodgings near the
House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure; and
the Lords went into the Prince's Lodgings, to draw the
The House was resumed.
And the Earl of Sunderland reported from the Committee, "That they had drawn an Address, pursuant to
the aforementioned Order, as follows; (videlicet,)
"Most Gracious Sovereign,
"We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament
assembled, though deeply sensible of the great Loss
these Nations have sustained by the Demise of Her
late Majesty, of Blessed Memory, think it our Duty,
at the same Time, with thankful Hearts to Almighty
God, to congratulate Your Majesty upon Your happy
and peaceable Accession to Your Throne: And we do,
with the utmost Loyalty and Duty, assure Your Majesty of our zealous and firm Resolutions to support
Your undoubtedly rightful and lawful Title to the
Crown, against all Enemies and Pretenders whatsoever.
"Our Zeal and Affection for Your Majesty's Service
engage us to exert ourselves with all Vigour and Unanimity, for securing the public Safety; and we will
always, to the utmost of our Power, maintain the
Honour and Dignity of Your Crown: And we do,
with faithful Hearts, beseech Your Majesty, as soon
as possible, to give us Your Royal Presence; which,
we are persuaded, will be attended with all other
Blessings to Your Kingdoms."
Which Address, being read by the Clerk, was agreed
to by the House.
To be transmitted to the King.
Ordered, That the said Address be laid before the
Lords Justices by the Lords with White Staves; and
that they do desire their Lordships to transmit the same,
with all convenient Speed, to His Majesty.
Lords Justices Speech to be printed.
Ordered, That the Speech of the Lords Justices, delivered by the Lord Chancellor this Day to both Houses
of Parliament, be forthwith printed and published.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ, nonum
diem instantis Augusti, hora duodecima, Dominis sic