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, 21 Decembris
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Lord Barnard takes the Oaths.
This Day Christopher Lord Barnard took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.
Land Tax Bill:
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act for granting an Aid to Her Majesty, by a Land Tax, to be raised in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Six."
After some Time, the House was resumed.
And the Lord Herbert reported, "That the Committee had gone through the said Bill; and think it fit to pass, without any Amendment."
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for granting an Aid to Her Majesty, by a Land Tax, to be raised in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Six."
The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Message to H. C. that the Lords agree to it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Richard Holford and Mr. Rogers:
To acquaint them, that the Lords have agreed to the said Bill, without any Amendment.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the removing all Doubts touching the Saving Clause of One Act of Parliament, intituled, An Act for vesting divers Manors and Lands of Mathew Holworthy Esquire in Trustees, to be sold; and purchasing other Manors or Lands, of equal Value; and limiting the Manors or Lands to be purchased to the same Uses as the Lands to be sold are limited."
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for vesting in Trustees the Manor of Hinwick, and several Lands and Hereditaments in Hinwick, Podington, Wymington, Strixton, and Woolaston, in the Counties of Bedford and Northampton, late the Estate of Cooper Orlebar Gentleman, deceased, to be sold; and applying the Monies arising thereby for the Portion and Preferment of Elizabeth Orlebar, only Child of the said Cooper Orlebar."
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, to robe.
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 in their Robes) commanded the Deputy 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, he made a Speech to Her Majesty, relating to the Bill of Aid.
Then the Clerk of the Parliaments took the said Bill from the Hands of the Speaker, and brought it to the Table; where the Clerk of the Crown read the Title of that and the other Bills to be passed, as followeth; (videlicet,)
"1. An Act for granting an Aid to Her Majesty by a Land Tax, to be raised in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Six."
To this Bill the Clerk of the Parliaments pronounced the Royal Assent, in these Words; (videlicet,)
"La Reyne remercie ses (fn. 1) bon Subjects, accepte leur Benevolence, et ainsi le veult."
"2. An Act to repeal several Clauses in the Statute made in the Third and Fourth Years of Her present Majesty's Reign, for securing the Kingdom of England from several Acts lately passed in the Parliament of Scotland."
"3. An Act for the Naturalization of the most Excellent Princess Sophia, Electress and Dutchess Dowager of Hanover, and the Issue of her Body."
To these Bills the Clerk of the Parliaments pronounced the Royal Assent, severally, in these Words.
"La Reyne le veult."
"4. An Act for Sale of the Estate late of Thomas Chute Esquire, in the County of Warwick; and laying out the Monies arising thereby in the Purchase of other Lands and Hereditaments, in the County of Norfolke, to be settled to the same Uses as the Warwickshire Estate stands settled."
"5. An Act for naturalizing William Burnet Esquire."
"6. An Act for naturalizing Peter Silvestre Doctor of Physick."
To which said Bills the Clerk of the Parliaments pronounced the Royal Assent, severally, in these Words; (videlicet,)
"Soit fait come il est desire."
Then Her Majesty was pleased to say as follows; (videlicet,)
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"The Unanimity of your Proceedings in this Parliament has already had so good an Effect all over Europe, that I cannot but take Notice of it to you with great Satisfaction.
"The good Disposition you have shewn, in doing your Part so fully towards an Union with Scotland, is also very acceptable to Me; and, I hope, it will prove for the Advantage and Quiet of both Kingdoms.
"Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
"I must not omit to take this Occasion of returning you My hearty Thanks, for the great Dispatch of this seasonable Supply which You have given Me: I look upon it as a sure Pledge, that the same Zeal and Affection for My Service, and the Good of the Kingdom, will carry you through all the necessary Parts of the Public Business in this Session.
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"In case you now think of some Recess, as is usual at this Season; I make no Doubt, you will afterwards return with the same good Disposition to give all possible Dispatch to the Public Affairs still depending, and bring this Session of Parliament to a happy Conclusion."
Then Her Majesty was pleased to withdraw; and the Commons returned to their House.
The Lord Keeper reported Her Majesty's Speech; which was afterwards read by the Clerk.
Records in Offices.
Ordered, That the Lords Committees appointed to consider of the Method of keeping Records in Offices do meet To-morrow, at Eleven a Clock.
Clavering versus Clavering.
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the Cause wherein Henry Clavering is Appellant, and Sir James Clavering and others are Respondents, on Monday the Fourteenth Day of January next, at Eleven a Clock.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad & in diem Martis, (videlicet,) octavum diem Januarii jam prox. futur. hora undecima Auroæ, Dominis sic decernentibus.