House of Lords Journal Volume 15
24 February 1696

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'House of Lords Journal Volume 15: 24 February 1696', Journal of the House of Lords: volume 15: 1691-1696 (1767-1830), pp. 678-681. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=12266 Date accessed: 02 September 2014.


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DIE Lunæ, 24 Februarii.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Arch. Cant.
Arch. Ebor.
Epus. Londin.
Epus. Dunelm.
Epus. Winton.
Epus. Litchfcild & Cov.
Epus. Menev.
Epus. Sarum.
Epus. Bangor.
Epus. Ely.
Epus. Hereford.
Epus. Oxon.
Epus. Norwic.
Epus. Petrib.
Epus. Gloucestr.
Epus. Lincoln.
Dux Cumberland.
Dux Leeds, Ds. Præses.
Comes Pembroke, Ds. Privati Sigilli.
Dux Norfolke.
Dux Devon, Ds. Senescallus.
Dux Somerset.
Dux Southampton.
Dux Ormonde.
Dux Northumberland.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Schonburg.
Dux Shrewsbury.
Dux Bedford.
Dux Newcastle.
March. Halifax.
Comes Lindsey, Ds. Magnus Camerarius.
Comes Kent.
Comes Suffolke.
Comes Bridgewater.
Comes Warwick.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Bolingbrooke.
Comes Manchester.
Comes Rivers.
Comes Stamford.
Comes Winchilsea.
Comes Kingston.
Comes Carnarvon.
Comes Chesterfield.
Comes Thanet.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Scarsdale.
Comes Sandwich.
Comes Essex.
Comes Bathe.
Comes Carlisle.
Comes Craven.
Comes Ailesbury.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Feversham.
Comes Maclesfeld.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Nottingham.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Portland.
Comes Fauconberge.
Comes Monmouth.
Comes Montagu.
Comes Marleborough.
Comes Torrington.
Comes Scarbrough.
Comes Bradford.
Comes Rochford.
Comes Tankerville.
Viscount Longueville.
Ds. Bergevenny.
Ds. Willoughby Er.
Ds. Lawarr.
Ds. Berkeley Ber.
Ds. Morley.
Ds. Ferrers.
Ds. Eure.
Ds. Wharton.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. Sydney.
Ds. Brooke.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Ds. Raby.
Ds. Byron.
Ds. Vaughan.
Ds. Ward.
Ds. Culpeper.
Ds. Clifforde L.
Ds. Lucas.
Ds. Granville.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Arundell Tr.
Ds. Dartmouth.
Ds. Godolphin.
Ds. Jeffreys.
Ds. Weston.
Ds. Herbert Ch.

PRAYERS.

The Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas sat Speaker.

Elections, for further regulating, Bill.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for further regulating Elections of Members to serve in Parliament."

ORDERED, That the said Bill be read the Second Time on Saturday next.

St. Lawrence, Old Jewry, Bill.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to ascertain and settle the Payment of the Impropriate Tithes of the Parish of St. Lawrence Old Jewry, in London, to the Master and Scholars of Ballioll Colledge in Oxford, and confirming an Award made concerning the same."

Highways between London and Harwich, Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for repairing the Highways between the City of London and the Town of Harwich in the County of Essex."

The Question was put, "Whether this Bill, with the Amendments, shall pass?"

It was Resolved in the Affirmative.

Message to H. C. with Amendments to it.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir John Francklyn and Sir John Hoskyns:

To return the said Bill, and desire their Concurrence to the Amendments.

Message from thence, with a Bill.

A Message from the House of Commons, by Mr. Godolphin and others:

Who brought up a Bill, intituled, "An Act for taking off the Obligation and Encouragement for coining Guineas, for a certain Time therein mentioned;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Guineas, Bill to withdraw the Obligation for coining.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for taking off the Obligation and Encouragement for coining Guineas, for a certain Time therein mentioned."

ORDERED, That the said Bill be read the Second Time To-morrow Morning.

Message from H. C. to return Fownes a Bill, and the Bill for repairing Highways between London and Harwich.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir William Corridon and others:

To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act to enable John Fownes Esquire to sell certain Lands, in the County of Devon, which were settled on his Marriage; and to settle other Lands, of an equal Value, to the same Uses;" to which they have agreed, without any Amendment.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Eliab Harvey and others:

To return the Bill, intituled, "An Act for repairing the Highways between the City of London and the Town of Harwich in the County of Essex;" and to acquaint the House, that they have agreed to the Lords Amendments made therein.

King present.

His Majesty, being seated on His Royal Throne, adorned with His Crown and Regal Ornaments, attended with His Officers of State (the Peers being also in their Robes); commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to signify to the Commons, "It is His Majesty's Pleasure, they attend Him presently."

Who being come, with their Speaker; His Majesty was pleased to give His Royal Assent to the Bills following:

Bills passed.

"1. An Act for the taking, examining, and stating, the Public Accompts."

"2. An Act for repairing the Highways between the City of London and the Town of Harwich in the County of Essex."

To which Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced in these Words; (videlicet,)

"Le Roy le veult."

"3. An Act for naturalizing Henry de Nassau, and other Children of Henry de Nassau Seign'r d' Averquerke."

"4. An Act to enable John Fownes Esquire to sell certain Lands, in the County of Devon, which were settled on his Marriage; and to settle other Lands, of an equal Value, to the same Uses."

To these Bills the Royal Assent was pronounced thus; (videlicet,)

"Soit fait come il est desiré."

Then His Majesty spake as followeth; (videlicet,)

King's Speech.

"My Lords and Gentlemen,

"I am come hither this Day upon an extraordinary Occasion, which might have proved satal, if it had not been disappointed by the singular Mercy and Goodness of God; and may now, by the Continuance of the same Providence, and our own prudent Endeavours, be so improved, as to become a sufficient Warning to us, to provide for our Security against the pernicious Practices and Attempts of our Enemies.

"I have received several concurring Informations of a Design to assassinate Me; and that our Enemies, at the same Time, are very forward in their Preparations for a sudden Invasion of this Kingdom: And have therefore thought it necessary to lose no Time in acquainting My Parliament with these Things; in which the Safety of the Kingdom and the Public Welfare are so nearly concerned, that, I assure Myself, nothing will be omitted, on your Part, which may be thought proper for our present or future Security.

I have not been wanting to give the necessary Orders for the Fleet; and I hope we have such a Strength of Ships, and in such a Readiness, as will be sufficient to disappoint the Intentions of our Enemies.

"I have also dispatched Orders for bringing home such a Number of Our Troops, as may secure us from any Attempt.

"Some of the Conspirators against My Person are already in Custody; and Care is taken to apprehend so many of the rest as are discovered; and such other Orders are given, as the present Exigency of Affairs does absolutely require, at this Time, for the Public Safety.

"My Lords and Gentlemen,

Having now acquainted you with the Danger which hath threatened us, I cannot doubt of your Readiness and Zeal to do every Thing which you shall judge proper for our common Safety: And, I persuade Myself, we must be all sensible, how necessary it is, in our present Circumstances, that all possible Dispatch should be given to the Businesses before you."

Then His Majesty was pleased to withdraw; and the Commons went to their House.

L. Wharton takes his Seat.

This Day Thomas Lord Wharton sat first in Parliament, upon the Death of his Father Philip Lord Wharton; and took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, pursuant to the Statutes.

Then the Speaker reported His Majesty's Speech.

And, after Debate thereupon, the following Committee was named; (videlicet,)

Committee to draw an Address, on His Majesty's Speech.

Lords Committees appointed by the House, to draw an Address, to be presented to His Majesty, upon the Motions made in this House, after reading His Majesty's Speech made this Day; and to report to the House:

Dux Leeds, Ds. Præses.
Ds. Senescallus.
Dux Somerset.
Dux Bolton.
Dux Shrewsbury.
Dux Newcastle.
March. Halifax.
Comes Bridgewater.
Comes Stamford.
Comes Winchilsea.
Comes Chesterfield.
Comes Thanet.
Comes Sunderland.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Nottingham.
Comes Monmouth.
Comes Marleborough.
Comes Bradford.
Comes Tankerville.
Arch. Cant. Ds. Ferrers.
Ds. Wharton.
Ds. Cornwallis.
Ds. Godolphin.
Ds. Herbert Ch.

Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to withdraw presently, into the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers.

Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords withdrew to the Committee.

The House was resumed.

Message to H. C. for a Conference on His Majesty's Speech.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Baron Turton and Mr. Baron Powis:

To desire a present Conference, in the Painted Chamber, upon the Subject-matter of His Majesty's Speech.

The Earl of Tankerville reported the Address drawn by the Committee, as followeth; (videlicet,)

Address reported.

"We, Your Majesty's most loyal and dutiful Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and in this present Parliament assembled, having taken into our serious Consideration what Your Majesty hath been pleased to communicate to us this Day, think it our Duty, in the First Place, to give Your Majesty most humble Thanks, for having acquainted Your Parliament with the great Danger Your Sacred Person hath been so nearly exposed to, and the Design of an Invasion from our Enemies Abroad. We heartily congratulate Your Majesty's happy Preservation, and thankfully acknowledge the signal Providence of God in it; and at the same Time declare our Detestation and Abhorrence of so villainous and barbarous a Design: And we take this Occasion to assure Your Majesty of our utmost Assistance, to defend Your Person, and support Your Government, against all Attempts both at Home and Abroad: And, as an Instance of our Zeal for Your Majesty's Service, we make it our Desire to Your Majesty, to seize and secure all Persons, Horses, and Arms, that Your Majesty may think fit to apprehend upon this Occasion."

The said Address, being read, was agreed to; and ordered to be delivered to the House of Commons, at the Conference.

His Majesty desired to appoint a Thanksgiving Day, for His Escape from the Plot.

ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do attend His Majesty, from this House, humbly to desire, that His Majesty will be graciously pleased to issue His Royal Proclamation, for appointing a Day of solemn Thanksgiving to Almighty God, for His Majesty's happy Deliverance from the villainous and barbarous Conspiracy against His Majesty's Sacred Person, mentioned in His Majesty's Speech.

Answer from H. C.

The Messengers sent to the House of Commons return Answer:

That the Commons agree to a present Conference, as desired.

Conference reported.

The Commons being come to the Conference; the Committee that drew the Address were appointed Managers; and the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference.

Which being ended, the House was resumed.

And the Earl of Tankerville reported, "They had delivered the Address to the House of Commons, and desired their Concurrence to it."

Grahame versus Harnage.

Whereas this Day was appointed for hearing of the Cause wherein James Grahme is Appellant, and Richard Harnage and others Respondents:

It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear the said Cause, by Counsel, at the Bar, on Monday the Second Day of March next, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.

Message from H. C. to sit a while.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Roger Puliston and others:

To desire this House to sit some Time longer.

The Commons were called in; and told, "That the Lords agree to sit some Time longer, as desired."

The House was adjourned during Pleasure.

And, after some Time, the House was resumed.

Message from thence, for a Conference about the Address:

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

To desire a Conference, upon the Subject-matter of the last Conference.

Answer.

The Commons were called in again; and told, "The Lords agree to a Conference, as desired; and appoint it presently, in the Painted Chamber."

Report of the Conference.

The Commons being come to the Conference; the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference.

Which being ended, the House was resumed.

And the Earl of Tankerville reported, "That the Commons had agreed to the Address, with some Amendments."

Which Address, with the Commons Amendments made thereunto, being read, was agreed to; and is as followeth; (videlicet,)

Address to His Majesty, congratulating Him on His escaping the Plot; and desiring He will seize Persons, Arms, &c.:

"We, Your Majesty's most loyal and dutiful Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, having taken into our serious Consideration what Your Majesty hath been pleased to communicate to us this Day, think it our Duty, in the First Place, to give Your Majesty most humble Thanks, for having acquainted Your Parliament with the great Danger Your Sacred Person hath been so nearly exposed to, and the Design of an Invasion from our Enemies Abroad. We heartily congratulate Your Majesty's happy Preservation, and thankfully acknowledge the signal Providence of God in it; and at the same Time declare our Detestation and Abhorrence of so villainous and barbarous a Design; and, since the Safety and Welfare of Your Majesty's Dominions do so entirely depend upon Your Life, we most humbly beseech Your Majesty to take more than ordinary Care of Your Royal Person: And we take this Occasion to assure Your Majesty of our utmost Assistance, to defend Your Person, and support Your Government, against the late King James, and all other Your Enemies both at Home and Abroad; hereby declaring to all the World, that, in case Your Majesty shall come to any violent Death (which God forbid), we will revenge the same upon all Your Enemies and their Adherents: And, as an Instance of our Zeal for Your Majesty's Service, we will give all possible Dispatch to the Public Business; and we make it our Desire to Your Majesty, to seize and secure all Persons, Horses, and Arms, that Your Majesty may think fit to apprehend upon this Occasion."

King's Pleasure to be known, when He will be attended with it.

ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That his Grace the Duke of Shrewsbury do attend His Majesty, humbly to know what Time He will please to be attended with the Address of both Houses.

Message to H. C. that the Lords agree to Amendments in the Address, and that they have sent to the King about it.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons:

To let them know, the Lords have agreed to their Amendments to the Address; and that this House hath sent to His Majesty, humbly to know what Time He will be attended by both Houses with the said Address; and that this House will adjourn to Six o'Clock, in order to receive His Majesty's Answer.

Adjourn.

Georgius Treby Miles, Capitalis Justiciarius Com. Placit. declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in sextam horam, hoc instante die, Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Lunæ, 24° Februarii, post meridiem.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Arch. Ebor.
Epus. Dunelm.
Epus. Winton.
Epus. Bangor.
Epus. Norwic.
Epus. Petrib.
Epus. Cicestr.
Epus. Lincoln.
Dux Somerset.
Dux Shrewsbury.
March. Halifax.
Comes Bridgewater.
Comes Rivers.
Comes Stamford.
Comes Chesterfield.
Comes Thanet.
Comes Sandwich.
Comes Essex.
Comes Bathe.
Comes Carlisle.
Comes Craven.
Comes Sussex.
Comes Feversham.
Comes Maclesfeld.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Monmouth.
Comes Marleborough.
Ds. Bergevenny.
Ds. Willoughby Er.
Ds. Lawarr.
Ds. Berkeley Ber.
Ds. Wharton.
Ds. Hunsdon.
Ds. Culpeper.
Ds. Cornwallis.

PRAYERS.

His Majesty to be attended with Address:

The Duke of Shrewsbury acquainted the House, "That he had attended His Majesty, as ordered; and His Majesty is pleased to appoint this Evening, between Seven and Eight of the Clock, at Kensington, to be attended with the Address."

Message to H. C. to acquaint them with it.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir John Francklyn and Sir John Hoskyns:

To acquaint them, that His Majesty hath appointed this Evening, between Seven and Eight of the Clock, to be attended by both Houses with the Address, at Kensington; and that this House is now ready to go.

Adjourn.

Georgius Treby Miles, Capitalis Justiciarius Com. Placit. declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Martis, (videlicet,) vicesimum quintum diem instantis Februarii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.