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tended by all the Great Officers of the Court, a A. C.
numerous Train of Nobiliey and Gentry, the Jud. 1692.
ges, and the Ladies of the chiefest Quality, were
magnificently entertain d at Dinner at the Guildhall,
by Sir John Fleet, Lord Mayor Eleet for the Year
ensuing; upon which occasion His Majesty confer'd
the Honour of (y) Knighthood on Sir John Wild y Several
man, Sir William Gore, Sir James Houblon, Alder. Knight:de

men; Sir Leonard Robinson, Chamberlain; Sir Row-
land Ainsworth, Sir William Scowen, Sir Josiah Child,
and Sir John Foach. The fime Honour was confer'd
some Days before on Thomas Trevor Esq; their Ma-
jesties Sollicitor General.

About this time several French Refugees, studious to promote the Interest of England, and to weaken France by impairing her Manufactures together with some English Merchants, (5) form’d the Royal Lu-The Rog. String Company, and being supported by the Pro- al Liftring tection of the Earl of Pembroke, whom they chose Company their Governor, obtain'd a Patent from His Majesty, feriled, whereby they were reputed a Body Politick, ha. ving the full and sole Priviledge for the making of Luftrings and Alamodes in England. On the 26th of October this Patent was read in a full Committee, at their House in Austin-Friars, at which time the Company was farther aflurd by their Governour, of their Majesties Pleasure in this Undertaking to such a degree, that all other Encouragements might be expected for the promoting of it. Upon the (a) 41h Day of November the Parlia

a The Par ment being met at Westminster, His Majesty went; to the House of Peers, and made a Speech to both Houses; wherein he first of all (b) thank'd them Nov? 4. ' for the great Supplies they had given him for the The King's

Prosecution of this War; hoping, by their Advice Speech to ' and Assistance, which had never faild him, to take both Houses fuch Measures as might be most proper for supporting their common Interest against the excellive Power of France.He next told them, how great rea'fon they had to rejoice in the liappy Victory they

had obtain'd at Sea, wishing the Success af Land. 'had been answerable to it: Though,he was sure, his own Subjects had so remarkable a share in both,


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A. C. that their bravery and Courage muft ever be re1691, ' membred to their Honour. Afterwards He made

them sensible, That as the French were repairing their Loffes at Sea with great Diligence, and did delign: to augment their Land-Foras confiderably, a.

gainst the next Campaign, fo it was absolutely neceflary, for this Nation's Safety, that at least as great a Force be maintain d at Sea and Land, as they had the last Year; and therefore he ask'd a Supply 'fuitable to fo great an occalion, of the Gentlemen * of the House of Commons; Expreiling at the same

time his Affliction, that 10 heavy a charge upon his * People could not be avoided, without exposing themfelves to inevitable Ruin and Destruction. And because the inconvenience of fending out of the Kingdom great Sums of Money for the Pay. ment of the Troops abroad, was very confidera'ble, and that He withd it could be remedied; He

told them, “That if they could suggest to him any “Methods for the support of them, which might • leffen this inconvenience, He should be ready to

receive them with all the Satisfaction imaginable. He then acquainted them, “That none could defire

more than He did, that a Descent should be made 'into France; and therefore, notwithstanding the disappointment of that Delign this last Summer,

He intended to attempt it the next Year, with a ' much more conGderable Force ; and that as soon

as He should be enabled, all poilible Care and * Application should be ufed towards it. And upon this occasion He took notice of that Signal Deliverance, which, by the Providence of God, they *receivid the luft Spring, to the Disappointnient

and Confusion of their Enemies Deligns and Ex*pectations. This, said He, b:s fufficiently shewa us how much we are expos d to the Attempts of France, while that King is in a Condition to make them. Let us therefore improve the Advantage * we have at this time, of being join'd with most of the Princes and States of Europe, against 10 dangerous an Enemy: In this, turely, all Men will agree, who have any Love for their Country, or any 2.eal for Rejion: I cannot therefore Cup


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"hut you will continue to support Me in this War A. C. againit the declard Enemy of this Nation, and 1692. ibar you will give as 1peedy dispatch to the Affairs in before you, as the Nature and Importance of them “ will admit that the Preparations may be timely and effcctual for the Prefervation of all that is ' valuable to us. I am sure, added His Majesty, 'I can have no Interct but what is yours: We ' have the fame Religion to defend; and you cannot 'be more concern'd for the Preservation of your Liberties and Properties, than I am that you

should ' always remain in the full poflellion of them; for I have no aim but to make you a happy People: Hitherto, fuid He, in the Conciufion, I have never spar'd to expose my own Person for the Good and Welfare of this Nation; and I am so sensible of your good Affections to Me,, that I shall continue to do so with great Chearfulness upon all occasions, wherein I may contribute to the Honour and Advantage of England.

This Judicious Speech was receiv'd with the universal Applause it deservd, and made a deep impreffion in the Minds of both Houtes of Parliament. The Commons by their (c) Address • acknowledg’da Address the great Affection His Majesty shewd to his Sub- f the House

of Corno jects by taking notice of their Bravery and Courage; by that fenfible concern He expreft for the King,

, Charges on his People, and by that tender Regard Nov. 14. for the Preservation of their Religion, Liberties, • and Properties, as mult ever be remembred witli *Gratitude, by all his faithful Subjects. They like

wise acknowledg'd the Favour of God, in refto‘ring His Majesty in Safety to his People, after so many Hazards and Dangers to which He had expos'd his Sacred Person; that there might be nothing wanting on his part, to oppose the ambitious Deligris of his Enemies, and to maintain the

Honour of England, and the Liberties of Europe. · They also congratulated his Deliverance from the 'secret and open Deligns, which the Malice of his 'Enernies had form'd against him. And assurd Shim, that they would always advise and Afst His Majesty in the supporting of his Government,

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A. C. against all his Enemies. The Commons ai the

1692. fame time presented their th nkful Acknowledgemment to the (1) Queen, For her gr cious and prud And to 'dent Administration of the Government whilft Bbe Queen.' His Majesty was hazarding his Royal Person a

'broad, and for the Bleslings of Peace they enjoy'd at home, under her auspicious Reign at a time when the greatest part of Europe was suffering the • miserable Effects of War. They also congratu.

lated, not only the signal Deliverance they receiv d ' from a bold and cruel Design, formd and prose'cuted for their Destruction, when it was just rea

dy to be executed, but likewise the return of Her Majesties Fleet with so compleat and glorious a

Victory, as was not to be cquall'd in any former Age: Afsuring Her Majesty, that the grateful sense 'they had of their Happiness under Her Govern'ment, should be always manifelted in constant re'turns of Duty and Obedience, and a firm resolution to do all that was in their Power, to render Her

Reign Secure and Prosperous. Bill to re

These mutual Assurances of Affection and Congulate Tri.fidence being paf'd between their Majesties and als in Can the Parliament, the first Business of Importance ses of High the Commons (e) went upon, was the Bill for ReTreason, gulating Trials in Cases of High-Treason, which at the

Nov.... (f) fecond reading was referrid to a Committee of f Nov.18. the whole House: And not many Days after, 2 g Dec. 1,

Clause being (g) presented, to be added to the Bill, a Debate arose ther-upon, the result of which was, that the Bill was order'd to lie upon the Table, and

no farther mention was made of it during this Scf. b Thanks

fion. of the Com mons given

The (6) Thanks, which by order of the Com10 Admiral mons were given by their Speaker to Admiral Ruffel, Russel, one of their Members, for his great Courage Nov. 1, and Conduct in the Victory obtaind at Sea, seem'd i Nov.12, to secure that Admiral against any Reflections on 13,16, 17. his Behaviour in that memorable Sea Fight. But Ill Manage nevertheless, it having been suggested that the Adments of The Fleet

Vantage gain'd upon the Enemy might have been better improv'd, the House (i) examind the several Instructions, Orders, and Results of Councils of



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TVar touching the last Summer's Expedition, in A. C.
Relation to the Proceedings of the Flect, and the

Descent intended to be made into France, after the
Victory at Sca. Upon the 19th o£ November Sir
John Ajhly being examin’d, particularly in relation to
the French-Men of War that made their escape into
St. Malo, he gave the Commons an account of the
Proceedings of the Ships under his Command, in
and after the Engagement, with which they were
so well pleas'd, that the Speaker, by Direction of
the House, acquainted him, (k) That the House

, took k Sir John notice of his ingenuous Behaviour at the Bar, and that

Alhby be had given an Account to the satisfaction of the House, clear'd. and was dismist from farther Attendance. The next thing the House took into Consideration was, why a Descent had not becn made into France ? Admiral Russel was question'd about it, but he excus'd himself by saying, That twenty Days had past between his first Letter to the Earl of Nottingham, after the Fight, and his Lordship's Answer. And on the other Hand, the Earl made it appear, that he had acted according to the Orders he had receiv’d; which was all he could do, as Secretary of State. Whilst these things were in Agitation, the Lords at a Conference, communicated to the House of Commons some Papers which their Lordships had receiv'd from the King, relating to those Affairs, which Papers being read in the Lower House, it was Resolv’d, (1)Admiral That Admiral Ruffel in his Command of the Feet, du Rulle! ring the last Summer's Expedition, bad behav'd bimselfolear'd. with Fidelity, Courage and Conduet.

On (m) the 14th of November Sir Edward Seymour m Bulimesi deliver'd to the Commons a Message from His Ma-relating to jesty, in Answer to their Address the last Sellion, in the EaitRelation to the East-India Company. Upon occa. India fion of this Message the House took into Conside- Company. ration the matter relating to that Company, and after a great deal of time spent in it, a Bill was (n) » Dec. 14. was brought in for Preserving, Regulating, and ENablishing the East-India Trade. This Bill was near two Months depending, and occasion'd leveral Debates the Result of which was, that the Com March mons ( presented an Address to his Majesty, Thar 3. 1693.



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