Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 18, 1705-1709. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Veneris, 19 Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to supply a Defect in an Act of Parliament made in the First Year of the Reign of Her present Majesty Queen Anne, intituled, "An Act for raising Fifteen Hundred Pounds, by Mortgage of Lands in the County of Dorset, for Payment of Debts; and for a further Provision and Maintenance for the Younger Children of Philip Caldecot Esquire."
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Bill be committed to the Lords following; (videlicet,)
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Thursday the Eighth Day of January next, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Rulland & al. Nat.
Upon reading the Petition of John Rulland and others; praying Leave to be added to the Bill of Naturalization now depending in this House:
It is Ordered, That the Petitioners may be added to the said Bill, according to the Prayer of their Petition.
Mr. Wood to lay Papers before the House, concerning his Complaint against Commodore Kerr.
Mr. Wood being called in, and heard, pursuant to the Order Yesterday, the following Order was made:
"It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That Mr. Wood do lay such Papers as he shall think fit before this House, on the First Day of the Sitting of this House after the Recess after Christmas next."
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr. Conyers and others:
Who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act for charging and continuing the Duties upon Malt, Mum, Cyder, and Perry, for the Service of the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eight;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Malt, &c. Duties, Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for charging and continuing the Duties upon Malt, Mum, Cyder, and Perry, for the Service of the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eight."
Message from H. C. with a Bill.
A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr. Onslow and others:
Who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act for naturalizing Katherine Clerke, Daughter of Sir William Clerke Baronet, deceased;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.
Woollen Cloth, Exportation, Bill.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the Exportation of White Woollen Cloth."
Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House, To-morrow, at Eleven a Clock; and that any Persons, who shall desire to be heard, for or against the said Bill, may be then heard.
Address upon the Queen's Speech, thanking Her Majesty for Her Intentions of pursuing the War with Vigour.
The Duke of Bolton reported from the Lords Committees appointed to draw an humble Address of Thanks to Her Majesty, for Her most Gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament, on the Debate of the House, an Address.
Which was read, and agreed to, as followeth; (videlicet,
"We, Your Majesty's dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, do return our most humble Thanks to Your Majesty, for Your most Gracious Speech to Your Parliament.
"The great Spirit and Resolution Your Majesty is pleased to express, for the vigorous carrying on the War in Spain and Portugal, and strengthening the Army of the Duke of Savoy, who has deserved so well of the whole Consederacy, cannot fail to contribute in the most effectual Manner to bring this War to a speedy and happy Conclusion.
"Such an Example ought to excite all Your Allies to a noble Imitation; and, we are sure, Your Majesty will do Your utmost, to oblige such of them as hitherto have failed in their Parts, for the future to act as those who have a real Concern for restoring and securing Peace and Liberty to Europe. Your Majesty's Favour will always be the highest Encouragement to Your Subjects; but the Zeal we have for the Preservation of Your Majesty's Person and Government, and the Duty we owe to our Country, always has, and ever will oblige us to do all that lies in our Power, for supporting Your Majesty in this just War, till it be brought to a safe and happy Conclusion.
"And as we have shewn the greatest Zeal for bringing the Union to pass, and for preventing every Thing that might disturb it; so we unanimously promise Your Majesty to do all that is possible for us to make it complete and entire."
Ordered, That the whole House do attend Her Majesty, with the said Address.
Lords with a White Staves to attend Her Majesty.
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do wait on Her Majesty, humbly to know when Her Majesty will please to appoint to be attended by this House, with their Address agreed to this Day.
State of the Fleet and Trade, &c. and of the War in Spain, &c.
The House (pursuant to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee, to consider further of the State of the Nation, in relation to the Fleet, and the Trade of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, the State of the War in Spain, and the Expedition to Thoulon.
After some Time, the House was resumed.
Resolutions concerning Spain reported.
And the Lord Herbert reported, "That the Committee of the whole House had come to the Resolutions following; (videlicet,)
"It is the Opinion of this Committee, That no Peace can be honourable or safe, for Her Majesty and Her Allies, if Spain and The Spanish West Indies be suffered to continue in the Power of the House of Bourbon.
"It is the Opinion of this Committee, That the House be moved, That an humble Address be made to Her Majesty, to thank Her Majesty for the Care She has taken, and the Instances She has used with the Emperor, for the sending a considerable Force to the Relief of the King of Spain, under the Command of Prince Eugene; and to desire Her Majesty, that She would continue to make the most pressing Instances to the Emperor, to send powerful Succours to Spain, under the Command of Prince Eugene with Expedition; and to make good the Concert for Twenty Thousand Men under the Command of the Duke of Savoy; and that the Emperor use his utmost Efforts for strengthening the Army on The Rhine."
Which said Resolutions, being severally read by the Clerk, were agreed to by the House.
Committee to draw an Address.
Then, Lords Committees were appointed, to draw an humble Address, to be presented to Her Majesty, upon the Resolutions reported from the Committee of the whole House; agreed to this Day, and report to the House; (videlicet,)
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet To-morrow, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Queen to be attended.
The Lord Treasurer reported, "That the Lords with White Staves had waited on Her Majesty, to know when She would please to be attended, with the Address of this House; and that Her Majesty is pleased to appoint this Afternoon, at the Rising of the House, in the Prince's Lodgings."
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Sabbati, vicesimum diem instantis Decembris, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.