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House of Lords Journal Volume 18: 22 December 1707

Pages 398-401

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 Lunæ, 22 Decembris.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Arch. Cantuar.
Epus. Eliens.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Cicestr.
Epus. Bangor.
Epus. Landaven.
Ds. Cancellarius.
Comes Godolphin, Thesaurarius.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Schonburg.
Dux Queensberry.
Dux Montrosse.
Dux Roxburghe.
March. Dorchester.
March. Tweeddale.
March. Lothian.
Comes Derby.
Comes Bridgewater.
Comes Leicester.
Comes Rivers.
Comes Carnarvon.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Essex.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Feversham.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Scarbrough.
Comes Bradford.
Comes Orford.
Comes Jersey.
Comes Grantham.
Comes Greenwich.
Comes Cholmondeley.
Comes Bindon.
Comes Crafurd.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Marr.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Wemyss.
Comes Leven.
Comes Seafield.
Comes Roseberie.
Comes Glasgow.
Comes I'lay.
Viscount Towneshend.
Ds. Lawarr.
Ds. D' Berkeley.
Ds. Howard Eff.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Ds. Rockingham.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Stawell.
Ds. Guilford.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Sommers.
Ds. Halifax.
Ds. Hervey.

PRAYERS.

Address relating to Spain.

The Lord Sommers reported from the Lords Committees, an Address to be presented to Her Majesty, pursuant to the Resolutions of this House of the Nineteenth Instant.

Which, with some Amendments made by the House, was read, and agreed to, and is as follows; (videlicet,)

"We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and obedient Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, having been always fully persuaded, that nothing could restore a just Balance of Power in Europe, but the reducing the whole Spanish Monarchy to the Obedience of the House of Austria; and having seen several great Parts of that Monarchy, by the Blessing of God upon the victorious Arms of Your Majesty and Your Allies, already in the Possession of that House; do think it not only seasonable, but necessary, at this Juncture, humbly to offer this our unanimous Opinion to Your Majesty, That no Peace can be honourable or safe, for Your Majesty or Your Allies, if Spain, The West Indies, or any Part of the Spanish Monarchy, be suffered to remain under the Power of the House of Bourbon.

"When we consider what Efforts this Kingdom has continued to make, from the Beginning of the War; we cannot but think a much greater Impression might have been made upon the Enemy, before this Time, if some of Your Allies, who seem principally concerned, and have reaped the most immediate Advantage, had seconded Your Majesty with like Vigour, whereby France might have been equally pressed on all Sides.

"We are obliged to return our humble Thanks to Your Majesty, for the Care You have taken, and the Instances You have used with His Imperial Majesty, for sending a considerable Force to the Relief of Spain, under the Command of Prince Eugene; as being certainly the most likely Method to restore the Affairs of the Confederacy in that Country.

"But the frequent Disappointments we have observed on the Part of the Emperor and Empire, to the great Prejudice of the Common Cause, makes us think it our Duty, in order that the War may be brought to a speedy and happy Conclusion, to beseech Your Majesty to make the most pressing Instances to the Emperor, that He would, with all Expedition, send powerful Succours to His Brother the King of Spain, under the Conduct of that great and successful General; that He would timely and effectually make good what has been concerted, for His putting Twenty Thousand Men under the Command of the Duke of Savoy; and would also make Use of His utmost Power and Interest for strengthening the Army upon The Rhine, which is now happily put under the Command of that wise and valiant Prince the Elector of Hanover.

"We believe no Part of this can be refused, upon Your Majesty's earnest Interposition, who have done such great Things for the House of Austria; and, this being complied with, we may reasonably hope, by God's Assistance, the next will prove a happy and glorious Campaign."

Ordered, That a Message be sent to the House of Commons, to desire their Concurrence to the said Address.

Message to H. C. with it.

Then, a Message was sent to the House of Commons, by the Lord Chief Baron Ward and Mr. Baron Smith:

To acquaint them, that the Lords have agreed upon an Address to be presented to Her Majesty; to which they desire their Concurrence.

List of the Peerage of North Britain, to be laid before the House.

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Register of the North Part of Great Britain, called Scotland, do forthwith lay before this House an authentic List of the Peerage of that Part of Great Britain, as it stood the First Day of May last.

L. Mordington discharged from an Arrest.

The House taking into Consideration the Petition of George Lord Mordington, presented to this House the Sixth Instant; and it appearing, that his Lordship is a Peer of Great Britain:

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said George Lord Mordington shall be, and he is hereby, discharged from the Imprisonment and Restraint he now lies under.

To the Warden of The Fleet, and all other Officers and Persons whatsoever, in whose Custody the Lord Mordington now is.

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Committee appointed to receive Proposals for setting out and encouraging Privateers in The West Indies shall be, and is hereby, revived; and any Five of their Lordships to be a Quorum; who are to fit, de Die in Diem, when and where they please, during the Recess.

Coal Trade, and manning the Fleet.

Lords Committees appointed to consider of the Inconveniencies arising by a late Act of Parliament, made in relation to the Coal Trade, as it respects a Protection of Seamen, and the best Means of preventing such Inconveniencies for the future; and likewise of what Provisions may be fit to be made, for the better manning of the Fleet; who have Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records; and report to the House; (videlicet,)

Ds. Cancellarius.
Comes Godolphin, Thesaurarius.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Schonburg.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Queensberry.
Dux Montross.
March. Dorchester.
March. Tweeddale.
March. Lothian.
Comes Bridgewater.
Comes Derby.
Comes Leicester.
Comes Rivers.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Essex.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Feversham.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Scarbrough.
Comes Bradford.
Comes Orford.
Comes Crafurd.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Marr.
Comes Wemyss.
Comes Leven.
Comes Roseberie.
Comes Glasgow.
Comes I'lay.
Viscount Townshend.
Arch. Cantuar.
Epus. Eliens.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Cicestr.
Epus. Bangor.
Epus. Landaven.
Ds. d' Berkeley.
Ds. Howard Eff.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Ds. Rockingham.
Ds. Berkeley Str.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Stawell.
Ds. Guilford.
Ds. Sommers.
Ds. Halifax.
Ds. Hervey.

Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet at the Rising of the House this Day, in the Prince's Lodgings; and to adjourn to what Time and Place they shall think fit.

Building of Ships, and victualing the Fleet.

Lords Committees appointed to consider of the best Means for building of Ships, and victualing the Fleet; who have Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records; and report their Opinion therein to the House; (videlicet,)

Ds. Cancellarius.
Comes Godolphin, Thesaurarius.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Schonburg.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Queensberry.
Dux Montrosse.
March. Dorchester.
March. Tweeddale.
March. Lothian.
Comes Bridgewater.
Comes Derby.
Comes Leicester.
Comes Rivers.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Essex.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Feversham.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Scarbrough.
Comes Bradford.
Comes Orford.
Comes Crawfurd.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Mar.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Wemyss.
Comes Leven.
Comes Roseberie.
Comes Glasgow.
Comes I'lay.
Viscount Townshend.
Arch. Cantuar.
Epus. Eliens.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Cicestr.
Epus. Bangor.
Epus. Landaven.
Ds. Lawarr.
Ds. d' Berkeley.
Ds. Howard Eff.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Ds. Rockingham.
Ds. Berkeley Str.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Stawell.
Ds. Guilford.
Ds. Sommers.
Ds. Halifax.
Ds. Hervey.

Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to meet at the Rising of the House this Day, in the Prince's Lodgings; and to adjourn to what Time and Place they shall think fit.

Answer from H. C.

The Judges sent to the House of Commons return Answer:

That they have delivered the Address.

Clerke, Nat. Bill.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for naturalizing Katherine Clerke, Daughter of Sir William Clerke Baronet, deceased."

Dos. Santos, Nat. Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for naturalizing Marcos dos Santos."

Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Bill be committed to the Lords following; (videlicet,)

Comes Godolphin, Thesaurarius.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Queensberry.
Dux Montross.
Comes Derby.
Comes Bridgewater.
Comes Rivers.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Essex.
Comes Feversham.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Scarbrough.
Comes Bradford.
Comes Orford.
Comes Crafurd.
Comes Sutherland.
Comes Mar.
Comes Loudoun.
Comes Wemyss.
Comes Leven.
Comes Roseberie.
Comes Glasgow.
Comes I'lay.
Viscount Townshend.
Arch. Cantuar.
Epus. Eliens.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Cicestr.
Epus. Bangor.
Epus. Landaven.
Ds. Lawarr.
Ds. d' Berkeley.
Ds. Howard Eff.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Ds. Rockingham.
Ds. Berkeley Str.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Stawell.
Ds. Guilford.
Ds. Sommers.
Ds. Hervey.

Their Lordships, or any Three 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.

Message from H. C. to return the Address.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Newport and others:

To return their Lordships Address; and to acquaint this House, that they have agreed to the same, with an Amendment, by filling up the Blank with ["and Commons".]

Which said Address, so agreed to by both Houses of Parliament, is as follows; (videlicet,)

Address against concluding a Peace, whilst Spain, &c. continues under the House of Bourbon; and desiring the Queen to press Supplies to be sent there, from the Emperor, &c.

"We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and obedient Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons in Parliament assembled, having been always fully persuaded, that nothing could restore a just Balance of Power in Europe, but the reducing the whole Spanish Monarchy to the Obedience of the House of Austria; and having seen several great Parts of that Monarchy, by the Blessing of God upon the victorious Arms of Your Majesty and Your Allies, already in the Possession of that House; do think it not only seasonable, but necessary, at this Juncture, humbly to offer this our unanimous Opinion to Your Majesty, That no Peace can be honourable or safe, for Your Majesty or Your Allies, if Spain, The West Indies, or any Part of the Spanish Monarchy, be suffered to remain under the Power of the House of Bourbon.

"When we consider what Efforts this Kingdom has continued to make, from the Beginning of the War; we cannot but think a much greater Impression might have been made upon the Enemy, before this Time, if some of Your Allies, who seem principally concerned, and have reaped the most immediate Advantage, had seconded Your Majesty with like Vigour, whereby France might have been equally pressed on all Sides.

"We are obliged to return our humble Thanks to Your Majesty, for the Care You have taken, and the Instances You have used with His Imperial Majesty, for sending a considerable Force to the Relief of Spain, under the Command of Prince Eugene; as being certainly the most likely Method to restore the Affairs of the Confederacy in that Country.

"But the frequent Disappointments we have observed on the Part of the Emperor and Empire, to the great Prejudice of the Common Cause, makes us think it our Duty, in order that the War may be brought to a speedy and happy Conclusion, to beseech Your Majesty to make the most pressing Instances to the Emperor, that He would, with all Expedition, send powerful Succours to His Brother the King of Spain, under the Conduct of that great and successful General; that He would timely and effectually make good what has been concerted, for His putting Twenty Thousand Men under the Command of the Duke of Savoy; and would also make Use of His utmost Power and Interest for strengthening the Army upon The Rhine, which is now happily put under the Command of that wise and valiant Prince the Elector of Hanover.

"We believe no Part of this can be refused, upon Your Majesty's earnest Interposition, who have done such great Things for the House of Austria; and, this being complied with, we may reasonably hope, by God's Assistance, the next will prove a happy and glorious Campaign."

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 what Time Her Majesty will please to appoint to be attended, with the Address of both Houses of Parliament.

Papers concerning Instructions to the E. of Peterborough & al. for their Conduct in Spain.

The Earl of Sunderland, by Her Majesty's Command, laid before the House the Papers desired, pursuant to the Address of this House of the Fifteenth Instant; the Titles whereof are as follow; (videlicet,)

1. "Orders and Instructions to the Earl of Peterborow, relating to his Command in Spain."

2. "Orders and Instructions to Earl Rivers, in relation to his Command in Spain."

3. "Orders and Instructions to the Earl of Galway, relating to his Command in Spain, not comprised under either of the Two particular Heads."

4. "Orders and Directions sent to the Earl of Galway, since Christmas last, to the Time of the Battle of Almanza, which Battle was fought 14/25 April 1707."

5. "Letters from and to the Earl of Gallway, between November 1705 and Lady-day 1706, which may relate to the Transactions passed with him, in relation to the Relief of Barcelona."

6. "What Account, since the Earl of Peterborow's Return Home, has been taken of his Proceedings in Spain."

It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That all the Papers delivered by the Earl of Sunderland by Her Majesty's Command, and those delivered by Mr. Hill from the Lord High Admiral, shall be, and they are hereby, referred to the Lords Committees appointed to consider of the State of the Nation, in relation to the Fleet, the War with Spain, and the Trade of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad & in diem Martis, vicesimum tertium diem instantis Decembris, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.