Imatges de pàgina

An A&t to indemnify Protestant Purchasers of Efates of Papists, against the Penalties or Forfeitures Papists are liable to, for not having inrolled their Eftates, in pursuance of an A&t of the 3d Year of King George I. for that Purpose.

An Ad to explain and amend an A&t passed in the second Year of the Reign of his prelent Majesty, entitled, An A&t for the Relief of Debtors, with respect to the Imprison. ment of their persons.

An A&t for the Amendment of the Law relating to Actions on the Statute of Hue and Cry.

An Ad for rendering the Laws more effectual for punishing fuch Persons as fhall wilfully and maliciously pull down and destroy Turnpikes for repairing Highways, or Locks, or other Works erected by Ad of Parliament for making Rivers navigabie ; and for other Purpoles therein mentioned.

An Act for the public regiltering all Deeds, &c. within the Norch Riding of the County of York, after the 29th of September 1736.

An Ad for the Encouragement of the Arts of Designing, Engraving and Etching hiltorical and other Prints, by inveiting the Property thereof in the Inventors and Engravers, during the Time therein mentioned.

And to ten Road and other Bills of a private Nature, and to fixteen private Bills. For the King's Speech, See page 101.

The Number of contested Elections at the opening of the Parliament was seventy one.

The Account laid before the Parliament of 81568 1. incurred by augmenting his Majelty's Forces, and concerting such Measures as the Exigency of Affairs have required, pur. suant to the Vote of Credit, formerly mentioned, is in Subftance, viz. 115003 Crowns, being a Moiety of 230000 Crowns payable by Treaty to the King of Denmark for Levy-Money for a Body of 6000 Danish Troops, and 62500 Crowns, being a Moiety of 230000 Crowns, Bank Money of Hamburgh, payable to the King of Denmark for an annual Subsidy, pursuant to the faid Treaty, of which a Quarter became due the 19th of December, O. S. The rest of the 81568 1. was for traríporting the eight Regiments of Foot from Ireland to this Kingdom, and for Levy-Money to aug. met the faid Regiments, and the sending Six Companies fron Gibra'tar to Jamaica.

The Expences incursed in the Sea Service, Anno 1734, purtuant to the laid Vote of Credit, amounted to 125,1421.

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The First Session of the Eighth Parliament

of Great Britain.


The Parliament

N Tuesday, January 14, The King came Anno 8. Geo. II. to the House of Peers, and the Commons

being fent for and attending, his Majesty's

Pleasure was signified to them by the Lord meet.
High Chancellor, that they should return
to their House and chuse a Speaker: The
Commons being return'd accordingly, una-

nimously chose Arthur Onslow, Esq; Mr Arthur Onflow Speaker of the laft Parliament.

reelected Speaker January 23. The King came to the House of Lords, and the Commons presented their Speaker to his Majesty for his Approbation : His Majesty having approv'd their Choice, opend the Seffion with the following Speech.




Anno 8. Geo. II.


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The King's Speech
at opening the First "
Scftion of his Se.
cond Parliament.

My Lords and Gentlemen, “THE present Posture of Affairs in Europe is so well

known to you all, and the good or bad Consequences, that may arise, and affect Us, from the War

being extinguish d, or being carried on, are so obvious, " that I am persuaded you are met together fully prepared “ and determined to discharge the great Trust reposed in

you at this critical Conjuncture, in such a Manner, as

will best contribute to the Honour and Interest of my “ Crown and People.

I opened the last Session of the late Parliament by acquainting them, that as I was no ways engaged, but by

My good Offices, in the Transactions that were declared “ to be the principal Causes and Motives of the present War “ in Europe, it was necessary to use more than ordinary “ Prudence and Circumspection, and the utmoft Precaution, not to determine too hastily upon so critical and impor“ tant a Conjuncture'; to examine the Facts alledg'd on “ both sides, to wait the Result of the Councils of those “ Powers, that are more nearly and immediately interested “ in the Consequences of the War, and particularly to con“ cert with the States General of the United Provinces, “ who are under the fame Engagements with Me, fuch “ Measures as should be thought most advisable for Our “ common Safety, and for restoring the Peace of Europe.

“ We have accordingly proceeded in this great Affair “ with the mutual Confidence which subfifts between Me “ and the Republick; and having considered together on “ one side the pressing Applications made by the Imperial

Court, both here and in Holland, for obtaining Succours

against the Powers at War with the Emperor, and the “ repeated Professions made by the Allies on the other Side, “ of their fincere Disposition to put an End to the present Troubles upon honourable and folid Terms, I concurred “ in a Resolution taken by the States General, to employ, without Loss of Time, Our joint and earnest Instances to “ bring Matters to a speedy and happy Accommodation, “ before we should come to a Determination upon the Suc“ cours demanded by the Emperor. These Instances did “ not at first produce fuch explicit Answers from the con

tending Parties, as to enable Us to put immediately in " Execution our impartial and sincere Desires for that Por“ pose: Refolved however to pursue so great and falutary “ á Work, and to prevent Our Subjects from being unne

ceffarily involved in War, We renewed the Offer of Our good Offices in so effectual a Manner, as to obtain an Acceptation of them.



“ In consequence of this Acceptation, and of Our De- Anno's. Geo. 11. " claration made thereupon, to the respective Powers en

gaged in the War, no Time has been lost in taking such “ Measures, as should be most proper to make the best use “ of their good Dispositions for re-establishing the Tran

quility of Europe : And I have the Satisfaction to ac

quaint you, that Things are now brought to fo great a Forwardness, that I hope in a short-Time a Plan will be “ offered to the Confideration of all the Parties engaged in “ the present War, as a Basis for a General Negotiation of “ Peace, in which the Honour and Interest of all Parties “ have been consulted, as far as the Circumstances of Time, “ and the present Pofture of Affairs would permit.

“ I do not take upon Me to answer for the Success of a Negotiation, where so many different Interests are to be “ considered and reconciled ; but when a Proceeding is foun“ ded upon Reason, and formed from fuch Lights as can be “ had, it had been inexcusable not to have attempted a Work “ which may produce infinite Benefits and Advantages, and

can be of no Prejudice, if we do not fuffer Ourselves to “ be so far amused by Hopes, that may possibly be after“ wards disappointed, as to leave Ourselves exposed to real “ Dangers.

“ I have made use of the Power, which the late Parlia“ ment intrusted Me with, with great Moderation ; and I “ have concluded a Treaty with the Crown of Denmark, “ of great Importance in the present Conjuncture. It is

impoffible, when all the Courts of Europe are busy and “ in motion, to secure to themselves such Supports as Time “ and Occasion may require, for Me to fit ftill, and neglect “ Opportunities, which, if once loft, may not only be irre“ trieveable, but turned as greatly to Our Prejudice, as they “ will prove to our Advantage, by being seasonably secured'; “ and which, if neglected, would have been thought a just “ Cause of Complaint. This necessary Confidence, placed in Me, has given great Weight to my Endeavours for the “ Publick Good.

Gentlemen of the House of Commons, “ I have ordered the Accounts and Estimates to be pre“ pared and laid before you, of such extraordinary Expences,

as were incurred last year, and of such Services, as I " think highly necessary to be carried on and provided for : - And whatever additional Charges fhall be found necessary " shall be reduced, as soon as it can be done consistently « with the common Security.

And as the Treaty with the Crown of Denmark is 'at tended with an Expence, I have ordered the same to be “ laid before you.


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“ I make no doubt but I shall find in this House of « Commons the same Zeal, Duty, and Affection, as I have “ experienced through the whole Course of my Reign ; and “ that you will raise the necessary Supplies with Chearful“ness, Unanimity, and Dispatch.

“ The Sense of the Nation is best to be learned by the “ Choice of their Representatives ; and I am persuaded, " that the Behaviour and Conduct of my faithful Commons 66 will demonstrate, to all the World, the unshaken Fidelity " and Attachment of my good Subjects to my Person and “ Government.

My Lords and Gentlemen, “ It is our Happiness to have continued hitherto in a “ State of Peace; but whilst many of the principal Powers " of Europe are engaged in War, the Consequences must

more or less affect Us; and as the best concerted Mea“ sures are liable to Uncertainty, We ought to be in a “ Readiness, and prepared against all Events ; and if Our

Expences are in some Degree increased, to prevent great

er, and such as if once entered into, it would be difficul “ to see the End of, I hope My good Subjects will not

repine at the necessary Means of procuring the Blessings " of Peace, and of universal Tranquility, or of putting “ Ourselves in a Condition to act that Part, which may bę “ necessary and incumbent upon Us to take.”

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Jan. 27. Mr Speaker having reported his Majesty's Hurris's Mo., Speech, Mr Harris, Member for Fowey, mov'd, “That an of Thanks.

humble Address be presented to his Majesty to return his
Majesty the Thanks of that House, for his moft gracious
Speech from the Throne : To acknowledge his Majesty's
Wisdom and Goodness, in pursuing such Measures as tended
towards procuring Peace and Accommodation, rather than
involve this Nation and all Europe too precipitately in a ge-
neral and bloody War: To express the juft Sense that House
had of his Majesty's tender Regard for the publick Repose
and Tranquility, and of his unwearied Endeavours in form-
ing, in Concert with the States General, such a Plan of a
general Pacification as his Majesty, in his great Wisdom, !
conceived was consistent with the Honour and Interest of all
Parties, as far as the Circumstances of Time, and the pre-
sent Posture of Affairs would permit: To assure his Majesty,
that that House would chearfully and effectually raise such
Supplies, as should be necessary for the Honour and Secu-
sity of his Majesty and his Kingdoms : And whatever should
be the Success of his Majesty's gracious Endeavours to pro-
cure the Blessings of Peace and general Tranquility, would
enable his Majeity to act that Part which Honour and Ju-

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