DIE Jovis, 5 Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
|Ds. Custos Magni Sigilli.
Ds. Godolphin, Thesaurarius.
Comes Kent, Camerarius.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Thanks of the House given to the Duke of Marlborough.
The Duke of Marlborough being this Day present,
and in his Place; the Lord Keeper, as ordered Yesterday, gave him the Thanks of this House, as follows;
"My Lord Duke of Marlborough,
"I am commanded by this House to give your Grace
their Acknowledgement and Thanks, for the eminent
Services you have done, since the last Session of Parliament, to Her Majesty and your Country, together
with their Confederates, in this Just and necessary War.
"Though your former Successes against the Power
of France, while it remained unbroken, gave most
reasonable Expectations, that you would not fail to
improve them; yet what your Grace hath performed
this last Campaign, has far exceeded all Hopes, even
of such as were the most assectionate and partial to
their Country's Interest and your Glory.
"The Advantages (I use the lowest Expressions for
every Thing), which you have gained against the
Enemy, are of such a Nature, so conspicuous in themselves, and so undoubtedly owing to your Courage
and Conduct, so sensibly and universally beneficial
in their Consequences to the whole Consederacy, that
to attempt to adorn them with the Colouring of Words,
would be vain and inexcusable; and therefore I decline it, the rather because I should certainly offend
that great Modesty, which alone can, and does, add a
Lustre to your Actions, and which, in your Grace's
Example, has successfully withstood as great Trials,
as that Virtue has met with in any Instance whatsoever.
"Only I beg Leave to say, that if any Thing could
move your Grace to reflect with much Satisfaction on
your own Merit, it would be this, that so August an
Assembly does with One Voice praise and thank you;
an Honour, which a Judgement, so sure as that of
your Grace's, to think rightly of every Thing, cannot
but prefer to the Ostentation of a Public Triumph."
To which his Grace replied, as follows; (videlicet,)
His Grace's Reply.
"I esteem this as a very particular Honour, which
your Lordships are pleased to do me: Nobody in
the World can be more sensible of it than I am, nor
more desirous to deserve the Continuance of your Fayour and good Opinion."
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens
Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem
Veneris, sextum diem instantis Decembris, hora duodecima, Dominis sic decernentibus.