Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 17, 1701-1705. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Mercurii, 11 die Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Lady O'Brien and E. of Thomond's Bill.
The Lord Viscount Longueville reported from the Lords Committees, the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable the Right Honourable Lady Henrietta O' Brien, Mother and Guardian of the Right Honourable Henry Earl of Thomond, an Infant, to make Leases of his Estate in Ireland, for the discharging of Incumbrances thereon, and of a Charge of Four Thousand Pounds for his Sisters Portion," as fit to pass, with some Amendments and Clauses.
Which were read Twice, and agreed to; and the Bill ordered to be engrossed, with the said Amendments.
Bp. of Winton takes the Oaths.
Peter Lord Bishop of Winchester took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, pursuant to the Statute.
Lords take the Oaths.
The Lords following took the Oath of Abjuration, and subscribed the same, pursuant to the late Act of Parliament; (videlicet,)
Charles Duke of Somerset, Lord President.
William Duke of Devonshire, Lord Steward.
Charles Duke of Richmond.
Charles Duke of Southampton.
George Duke of Northumberland.
Charles Duke of St. Albans.
Charles Duke of Bolton.
Mainhardt Duke of Schonburg.
Wriothesley Duke of Bedford.
John Marquis of Normanby.
Charles Earl of Carlisle, Earl Marshal.
Edward Earl of Jersey, Lord Chamberlain
Aubrey Earl of Oxford.
Anthony Earl of Kent.
William Earl of Derby.
George Earl of Huntingdon.
Charles Earl of Dorsett.
George Earl of Northampton.
Basil Earl of Denbigh.
Charles Earl of Manchester.
Richard Earl Rivers.
Charles Earl of Peterborow.
Thomas Earl of Stamford.
Charles Earl of Winchilsea.
Evelyn Earl of Kingston.
Thomas Earl of Thanet.
Algernon Earl of Essex.
Earl of Anglesey.
Charles Earl of Burlington.
Anthony Earl of Shaftesbury.
Thomas Earl of Sussex.
Lewis Earl of Feversham.
Charles Earl of Radnor.
Laurence Earl of Rochester.
Mountagu Veneables Earl of Abingdon.
William Earl of Portland.
John Earl of Marlborough.
Richard Earl of Scarbrough.
George Earl of Warrington.
Henry Earl of Romney.
Henry Earl of Grantham.
Price Viscount Hereford.
Charles Viscount Townshend.
Henry Viscount Longueville.
Thomas Lord Archbishop of Canterbury.
Peter Lord Bishop Winton.
William Lord Bishop of Worcester.
Gilbert Lord Bishop of Sarum.
Humphry Lord Bishop of Hereford.
Nicholas Lord Bishop of Chester.
Simon Lord Bishop of Ely.
John Lord Bishop of Lich. & Cov.
John Lord Bishop of Norwich.
Richard Lord Bishop of Peterburgh.
Edward Lord Bishop of Gloucester.
James Lord Bishop of Lincoln.
John Lord Bishop of Chichester.
William Lord Bishop of Oxford.
John Lord Bishop of Bangor.
George Lord Bergevenny.
Robert Lord Ferrers.
Charles Lord Fitzwalter.
Ralph Lord Eure.
Thomas Lord Wharton.
William Lord North & Grey.
James Lord Chandos.
John Lord Lovelace.
John Lord Poulet.
Charles Lord Howard of Esc.
Charles Lord Mohun.
Thomas Lord Raby.
Thomas Lord Leigh.
William Lord Byron.
John Lord Vaughan.
Robert Lord Lucas.
Lewis Lord Rockingham.
William Lord Berkeley Str.
Charles Lord Cornwallis.
William Lord Craven.
Peregrine Lord Osborne.
William Lord Dartmouth. 2.
Charles Lord Ossulstone. 1.
William Lord Stawell.
Francis Lord Guilford.
Henry Lord Godolphin.
John Lord Jeffreys.
Hugh Lord Cholmondeley.
John Lord Ashburnham.
Charles Lord Weston.
Henry Lord Herbert.
John Lord Sommers.
Charles Lord Halifax.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, to robe.
After some Time, the House was resumed.
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 presently, in the House of Peers."
Who being come, with their Speaker; Her Majesty was pleased to say as follows; (videlicet,)
Her Majesty's Speech.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I cannot too much lament My own Unhappiness, in succeeding to the Crown so immediately after the Loss of a King, who was the great Support, not only of these Kingdoms, but of all Europe; and I am extremely sensible of the Weight and Difficulty it brings upon Me.
"But the true Concern I have for our Religion, for the Laws and Liberties of England, for the maintaining the Succession to the Crown in the Protestant Line, and the Government in Church and State as by Law established, encourages Me in this great Undertaking; which, I promise Myself, will be successful, by the Blessing of GOD, and the Continuance of that Fidelity and Affection of which you have given Me so full Assurance.
"The present Conjuncture of Affairs requires the greatest Application and Dispatch; and I am very glad to find, in your several Addresses, so unanimous a Concurrence in the same Opinion with Me, that too much cannot be done for the Encouragement of our Allies, to reduce the exorbitant Power of France.
"I cannot but think it very necessary, upon this Occasion, to desire you to consider of proper Methods towards attaining of an Union between England and Scotland; which has been so lately recommended to you as a Matter that very nearly concerns the Peace and Security of both Kingdoms.
"Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
"I need not put you in Mind, that the Revenue for defraying the Expences of the Civil Government is expired:
"I rely entirely upon your Affections, for the supplying it in such Manner as shall be most suitable for the Honour and Dignity of the Crown.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"It shall be My constant Endeavour, to make you the best Return for that Duty and Affection you have expressed to Me, by a careful and diligent Administration for the Good of all My Subjects: And, as I know My own Heart to be entirely English, I can very sincerely assure you, there is not any Thing you can expect, or desire from Me, which I shall not be ready to do for the Happiness and Prosperity of England; and you shall always find Me a strict and religious Observer of My Word."
Then Her Majesty was pleased to withdraw; and the Commons went to their House.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for Sale of several Manors and Lands, in the County and City of the County of Chester, late the Estate of Sir Thomas Smith Baronet, for the Payment of the Debts charged thereupon; and laying out the Residue of the Money in the Purchase of other Lands, to be settled to the same Uses as the Lands to be sold are settled."
Act 7 Will. III. for settling the Succession, &c. Bill to explain:
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for explaining a Clause in an Act, made at the Parliament begun and holden at Westminster the Twenty-second of November in the Seventh Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King William the Third, intituled, An Act for the better Security of His Majesty's Person and Government."
A Rider was offered, to be added to the Bill.
Which, being read Thrice, was agreed to.
Then, the Question was put, "Whether this Bill, with the Rider, shall pass ?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to H. C. with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Richard Holford and Mr. Pitt:
To carry down the said Bill, and desire their Concurrence thereunto:
Queen's Speech, to be considered.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Her Majesty's most gracious Speech, made this Day to both Houses of Parliament, shall be read and considered To-morrow, the First Business after Twelve a Clock; and all the Lords summoned to attend.
L. Leigh & al. Leave for a Bill for Batsal Hospital
Upon reading the Petition of Thomas Lord Leigh, Sir Clement Fisher Baronet, and William Bromley Esquire, in Behalf of themselves and other the Trustees for the Hospital of Batsall, in the County of Warwick; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for the better settling the said Hospital:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petitioners have hereby Leave to bring in a Bill, as desired.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to enable Rebecca Windham to sell and dispose of an Estate, late Sarah Verdon's, in the County of Norfolke."
ORDERED, That the Consideration of the said Bill be committed to the same Committee to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for Sale of the Manor, or reputed Manor, of Parkbury, and other Lands and Hereditaments, in the County of Hertford, and for applying the Money arising by Sale thereof to the Uses therein mentioned," is referred; who are to meet on the Six and Twentieth Day of this Instant March, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis, duodecimum diem instantis Martii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.