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, 12 Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
The Earl of Warrington reported from the Lords Committees, the Bill, intituled, "An Act for vesting the Equity of Redemption of the Manor and Capital Messuage of Great Hasely, with the Appurtenances, and divers Messuages, Farms, and Lands, in Hasely and Latchford, in the County of Oxford, late the Estate of William Lenthall Esquire, deceased, in Trustees, to be sold, for discharging of Incumbrances thereupon," as fit to pass, with some Amendments.
Which were read Twice, and agreed to; and the Bill ordered to be engrossed, with the said Amendments.
Court of Exchequer N. Britain Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for settling and establishing a Court of Exchequer in the North Part of Great Britain, called Scotland."
Ordered, That the said Bill be read a Second Time To-morrow.
Discovery of Death of Persons pretended to be alive, Bill.
The House (pursuant to Order) was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for the more effectual Discovery of the Death of Persons pretended to be alive, to the Prejudice of those who claim Estates after their Deaths."
After some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.
And the Lord Herbert reported, "That the Committee of the whole House had made some Progress in the Bill; and desire another Time may be appointed, for the House to be in a Committee, to proceed therein."
Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee again, to proceed on the said Bill, on Monday next, at Twelve a Clock.
The Lord Steward reported from the Lords Committees, an Address drawn by them.
Which was read, and agreed to by the House, as follows; (videlicet,)
"We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and obedient Subjects the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, return our most humble Thanks to Your Majesty, for communicating to Your Parliament the Intelligence received of the Designs of the Pretender to Your Crown, assisted by the French King, and for what You have already done towards frustrating this Attempt.
"We humbly beg Your Majesty to pursue the most vigorous Methods for the total Disappointment of this Design; in which we firmly assure Your Majesty of our most hearty and unanimous Concurrence. We doubt not but Your Majesty will soon see such a Spirit, and so dutiful a Zeal, amongst Your Subjects, as will entirely dash the Hopes of the Pretender, without diminishing the generous Assistance You have so long given to Your Allies, for Support of the common Liberty of Europe. It is with Concern, and with just Indignation, we hear of a Purpose to invade Your Dominions with so inconsiderable a Force. This, as it must depend upon some Invitation and Encouragement from hence; so it is an undeniable Proof, that neither Your Majesty's Piety, nor the Mildness of Your Government, nor the Successes of Your Reign, can reconcile some Men to the present Establishment, the only sure Foundation of our Liberties, and the Protestant Religion: We hope Your Majesty will always have a just Detestation of those Persons, who, at a Time when this hellish Attempt was a-foot, and so near breaking out, were using their Endeavours to misrepresent the Actions of Your best Subjects, and create Jealousies in Your Majesty of those who had always served You most eminently and faithfully. And we beseech Your Majesty not to give so just a Cause of Uneasiness to Your People, as to suffer any such hereafter to have Access to Your Royal Person.
"We hope for this good Effect from so unhappy an Occasion, that the universal Zeal, which will appear, for the Preservation of Your Majesty's Government and the Protestant Succession, will unite us to one another, and cure our Mistakes and Misapprehensions, which have been so industriously and malici ously improved: But, nevertheless, we most humbly offer it to Your Majesty, as our Opinion, that Your Majesty should principally depend upon and encourage those who have been ever since the Revolution most steady and firm to the Interest of the late King, and of Your Majesty during Your happy Reign."
The House to go with it.
Ordered, That the whole House do attend Her Majesty, with the said Address.
Lords with White Staves to attend the Queen.
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 be attended, with the Address of this House, agreed to this Day.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Sabbati, decimum tertium diem instantis Martii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.