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n the 5th of May, his Majesty came to the House of Royal Aflent s, and gave the Royal Assent to the fix following pub-given to leveills.

ral Bills. n AA for laying a Duty upon the Retailers of Spirituous ors, and for licensing the Retailers thereof. a A& for exhibiting a Bill in this present Parliament aturalizing her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. » Aą for reviving and continuing the A&ts therein men

and for explaining and amending a Clause in an A& in the first Year of the Reign of his late Majefly King ge I. (entitled, An A&t for making the Laws for repairhe Highways more effectual) relating to the appointing ngers in Cities and Market Towns, and the ordering Iffefsments for the repairing and cleansing the Streets in.

A& for indemnifying Persons, who have omitted to fy themselves for Offices within the Time limited by and for allowing further Time for that Purpose ; and nending so much of an A&t passed in the second Year of eign of his present Majesty, as requires Persons to quahemselves for Offices before the End of the next Term jarter Sessions; and also for enlarging the Time limit

Law for making and fubscribing the Declaration

Transubstantiation; and for allowing further Time nrolment of Deeds and Wills made by Papifts ; and for of Protestant Purchasers, Devisees, and Lefsees. A&t for more equal paying and better collecting cernall Sums for Relief of Shipwrecked Mariners and Ted Persons, his Majesty's Subjects in the Ports of Cad Port St. Mary's, in the Kingdom of Spain, and for Uses usually contributed to by the Merchants trading said Ports.

A&t for the better enlightning of the Streets of the of London. 1 to 37 private Bills. I on Thursday the 20th of May, his Majesty came to use of Peers, and gave the Royal Affent to the ten fol.

public Bills, viz. Aa for enabling his Majesty to borrow any Sum or pf Money, not exceeding 600,000l. co be charged up.

Surplusles, Excesses, or Overplus Money, commonly the Sinking Fund, redeemable by Parliament; and

further Disposition of the faid Fund, by paying off oool. of South-Sea Annuities, and for appropriating pplies granted in this Session of Parliament. A&t for continuing, for the Purposes therein mentioned, litional Duties upon stamped Vellum, Parchment, and


Paper, laid by an Ad passed in the 12th Year of the Reign of his late Majesty King George I.

An AA for naturalizing her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.

An Act for indemnifying Persons, who have been guilty of Offences against the Laws made for securing the Revenues of Customs and Excise ; and for enforcing those Laws for the future.

An Ad to prevent the Listing his Majesty's Subjects to serve as Soldiers without his Majesty's Licence.

An A& to restrain the Disposition of Lands, whereby the same become unalienable.

An Act to explain and amend so much of an Ad made in the 2d Year of his present Majesty's Reign, entitled, An A& for the more effectual preventing Bribery and Corruption in the Eleâions of Members to serve in Parliament, as relates to the commencing and carrying on of Prosecutions grounded upon the said Aă.

An A& for further encouraging and regulating the Mangfacture of British Sail-cloth ; and for the more effectual lecuring the Duties now payable on foreign Sail-cloth imported into this Kingdom.

An A& to render the Law more effectual for preventing the Importation of fresh Fish, taken by Foreigners; and to explain so much of an A& made in the 13th and 14th Years of the Reign of King Charles II. as relates to Ships exporting Fish to the Mediterranean Sea ; and for the better Prefervation of the Fry of Lobsters on the Coasts of Scotland.

An A& for building a Bridge cross the River Thames, from the New Palace Yard in the City of Weltmjofler / 19 the opposite Shore in the County of Surry.

And to ten private Bills.
For the King's Speech See page 237.

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In the Second Session of the . cond Parliament of King George II.

N the 15th of January the King came to the House Anno 9. Geo. I. of Peers; and the Commons attending, his Majesty

opend the Seffion with the following Speech to both ses.


cond Session.

My Lords and Gentlemen,

H E happy Turn which the Affairs of Europe have The King's Speech T uit, I am persuaded, give you all, as it does Me, the eatest Satisfaction. I acquainted you then that a Plan of Pacification, conFted between Me and the States General of the United ovinces, had been proposed to the Parties engaged in ar, which had not the Effect to prevent the Opening of e Campaign : The Armies took the Field, and the ar was carried on in some Parts, in such a Manner as give very just Apprehensions, that it would unavoidabecome general, from an absolute Necessity of preserv

that Balance of Power, on which the Safety and inmerce of the Maritime Powers so much depend. This Consideration determined Me to persevere jointly th the States, in repeating Our most earnest Instances to

contending Parties to agree to an Armistice, and to ter into a Negotiation for obtaining a general Peace, on the Basis of the Plan we had then proposed to them. Whilft Affairs continued in this State of Deliberation, Heat and Fury of the War abated ; and the Emperor

the most Christian King, in Consequence of their reted Professions of a fincere Disposition to put an End che War by an honourable and solid Peace, concerted I agreed upon certain preliminary Articles to answer t most desireable End." An Armiftice is fince agreed by all

the Parties engaged in the War; and the con ting Powers, in Regard to the good Offices employed Me and the States, have communicated to Us, by ir respective Ministers the Preliminaries ; desiring Our currence for effectuating a general Pacification upon

Terms thereby ftipulated. t appearing upon due Examination, that these Are es do not essentially vary from the Plan proposed by and the States, nor contain any Thing prejudicial to Equilibrium of Europe, or to the Rights and Intereits

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“ of Our respective Subjects, We thought fit, in pursuance “ of Our constant Purpose to contribute our utmost to“ wards a Pacification, to declare, by a joint Resolution, “ to the Courts of Vienna and France, Our Approbation of “ the said Preliminaries, and Our Readiness to concur in a

Treaty to be made for bringing them to Perfection.

" These Preliminaries have been likewise communicated “ to the Kings of Spain and of Sardinia ; and altho' those “ Princes have not as yet, in Form, declared their final “ Resolutions upon them, there is great Reason to believe “ that the Love of Peace, their avowed Dispositions for “ putting an End to the Troubles of Europe, and the ami“ cable Interposition of common Friends, will prevail upon “ them to agree to what has been thus concerted, upon rea“ fonable Security given them, for the peaceable Poffeffion “ and Enjoyment of the Countries allotted to them.

“ In these Circumstances, My first Care was to ease the v Burthens of My. People, as soon and as far as Prudence, " in the present Poiture of Affairs, would permit. I have “ therefore ordered a considerable Reduction to be made of “ My Forces, both by Sea and Land : And if the Influence " of the Crown of Great Britain, and the Respect due to " this Nation, have had any Share in composing the present “ Troubles in Europe, or preventing new ones, I am per" suaded you will be of Opinion, that it will be necessary to continue some extraordinary Expence, until there be

a more perfect 'Reconciliation among the several Powers “ of Europe."

Gentlemen of the House of Commons, I have ordered the proper Oficers to lay before you “ the Estimates for the Service of the current Year ; and I “ make 110 doubt, but My Desires to make the Charge of " the Publick as low as posible, will find in you the

fame Readiness to grant the necessary Supplies with Chear“ fulness and Unanimity."

My Lords and Gentlemen, “ I am willing to hope, this pleasing Prospect of Peace “ Abroad will greatly contribute to Peace and good Har“mony at Home. Let that Example of Temper and Mo.

deration, which has so happily calmed the Spirits of con“ tending Princes, banish from among you all intestine Dis“ cord and Diffenfion. Those who truly with the Peace " and Prosperity of their Country, can never have a more “ favourable Opportunity than now offers, of diftinguishing themselves, by declaring their Satisfaction in the Progress

already made towards reloring the Publick Tranquility, " and in promoting what is fill neceffiry to bring it to « Perfection."


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The Commons beirg returned to their House, and Mr Anno 9. Geo. 11. Speaker having reported his Majesty's Speech, Mr Stephen

1735-36. Fox mov'd, “That an humble Address be presented to his Mr Stephen Fox's Majesty, to return his Majesty the Thanks of that House drets of Thanks. for his moft gracious Speech from the Throne : To express their grateful Sense of his Majesty's continued Endeavours to restore the publick Tranquility, and to avoid involving this Nation unnecessarily in the fatal Consequences of a general War: To congratulate his Majesty upon the happy Turn, which the Affairs of Europe had taken, by their Imperial and most Chriftian Majefties having agreed to preliminary Articles for a general Pacification ; and upon the great Probability of their being accepted by all the Powers cagaged in the War : And to declare, from the Assurances his Majesty had been pleased to give them, that those Preliminaries did not essentially vary from the Plan of Pacification concerted and proposed by his Majesty and the States General; from a juft Confidence in his Majesty's Goodness, and the Experience they had of his constant and paternal Care of the true Interest of his People, through the whole Course of this great and intricate Work ; and from his Majesty's having declared, in conjunction with the States, his Approbation of the said Preliminaries, as proper Conditions of a general Pacification ; that they could make no Doubt, but they were such as would give a general Satisfaction : To return his Majesty their Thanks for his early Care in eafing the Barthens of his People, and reducing a confiderable Number of his Forces both by Sea and Land: To assure his Majesty that they would, with great Chearfulness, raise the necessary Supplies : And, to testify their Gratitude from a juft Sense of the Blessings they then enjoyed, and from the Prospect of future Happiness, That they would support his Majefty in such Measures, as should be found reasonable and necessary to render that great and desirable Work perfeet and lasting

Mr Fox was seconded by Mr Hanbury Williams : And Mi Hanbary WULord Tyrconnell declar'd, "That he thought the Peace was LA Tyrconnell. more safe, honourable and glorious, than it was possible for us to expect. Upon this Occasion Mr Shippen and Mr Walter Mr Shippen. Plamer took Notice of that Part of the King's Speech, which mr Walt. Plumer. related to the Redaction of the Forces, and added, “That they hoped some whole Regiments would be reduced, and not a Number of private Men only, as had been formerly practised upon the like Occasions ; for that the reducing of a whole Regiment would be a much greater Saving to the Nation, than the reducing of an equal Number of private Men : That in our present melancholy Circumstances, evey Method ought to be practised by which the publick MoVOL. IV.


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