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tute, to have a considerable force sent to support them 1704. from Dunkirk,

The duke of Queensberry being now laid afide, his cullegue, the earl of Cromarty, remained sole fecretary of state. The earl of Leven was initalled governor of Jinburghacastle in the room of the earl of March, and the earl of Glasgow removed from the place of treasurer-deputy, but his place was not filled.

On the 6th of July the parliament being met, the Proceed. queen's commission, appointing the marquis of Tweedale inge of the to represent her royal perfon, was recorded ; and, five days parliaafter, the lord-commifiioner presented to them the follow. ment of

Scotland. ing letter from her majefty :


hist, of ANNER.


My lords and gentlemen,
Othing has troubled us more, since out accession to

the crown of these realms, than the unsettled state “ of affairs in that our ancient kingdom.

“ We hoped, that the foundations of differences and “ animofities, that, to our great regret, we discovered

among you, did not lie to deep, but that, by the " methods we have proceeded in, they might have been " removed.

« But, instead of success in our endeavours, the rent is " become wider. Nay, divifions have proceeded to such

a height, as to prove matter of encouragement to our enemies beyond fea to employ thcir emillaries among

you in order to debauch our good subjects from their “ allegiance, and to render that our ancient kingdom a “ scene of blood and disorder, merely, as they speak,

you serve as a diversion. “ But we are willing to hope, that none of our ! “ jects, but such as were obnoxious to the laws for : “ crimes, or men of low and desperate fortunes, or " are otherwise inconsiderable, have given ear to fuc2 “ nicious contrivances. And we have no reason to " of the assurances given us by those now : “ our authority, that they will use their utr " to convince our people of the advanta “ of the present measures. For “clined to believe, that the “ ceed fro:n any want of

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“ This being the case, we are resolved, for the full " contentment and satisfaction of our people, to grant “ whatever can, in reason, be demanded for rectifying of « abusos, and quieting the minds of all our good sub

" jects.

ic In order to this, we have named the marquiss of " Tweedale our high-commiffioner, he being a person, “ of whose capacity and probity, or qualifications and “ dispositions to serve us and the country, neither we nor you can have any doubt.

And we have fully « impowered him to give you unquestionable proofs of 6 our resolution to maintain the government, both in “ church and state, as by law established, in that our “ kingdom ; and to consent to such laws, as Thall be 66 found wanting for the further security of both, and “ preventing all encroachments on the same for the fu

66 ture.

“ Thus having done our part, we are persuaded, that “ you will not fail to do yours, but will lay hold on " this opportunity to shew the world the fincerity of the • prófeffions made to us, and that it was the true love “ of your country, and the sense of your duty to it; 6 and therefore not the want of duty to us (for we shall “ always reckon these two inconsistent) that was at the “ bottom of the late misunderstandings.

" The main thing, that we recommend to you, and of which we recommend to you with all the carnestnefs

we are capable of, is the settling of the succession in " the protestant line, as that which is absolutely necef« fary, for your own peace and happiness, as well as our " quiet and security in all our dominions, and for the res putation of our affairs abroad ; and consequently for the “ strengthening the protestant intercft every where.

« This has been our fixt judgment and resolution

ever since we came to the crown; and, though hi“ therto opportunities have not answered our intentions, “ matters are now come to that pass, by the undoube" ed evidence of the designs of our enemies, that a “ longer delay of settling the succession in the prote< ftant line may have very dangerous consequences; and

a disappointment of it would infallibly make that our

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“ kingdom the seat of war, and expose it to devastation, 1704. 16 and ruin.

“ As to the terms and conditions of government, with * regard to the fucceffor, we have impowered our com"missioner to give the royal aslent to whatever can, in “ reaton, he demanded, and is in our power to grant for

securing the sovereignty and liberties of that our ancient * kingdom.

“ We are now in a war, which makes it necessary to “ provide for the defence of the kingdom; the time of " the funds, that were lately given for maintenance of the “ land forces, being expired, and the said funds exhausted,

provision ought also to be made for supplying the ma

gazines with arms and ammunition, and repairing the “ forts and calles, and for the charge of the frigates, that

prove so useful for guarding the coasts. “ We earnestly recommend to you whatever may con« tribute to the advancement of true piety, and discourage“ ment of vice and immorality; and we doubt not, but

you will take care to encourage trade, and improve the "product and manufactories of the nation ; in all which, " and every thing else, that can be for the good and "happiness of our people, you shall have onr hearty and “ ready concurrence.

We Thall only add, that unanimity " and moderation in all your proceedings will be of great “ use for bringing to a happy issue the important affairs, " that we have laid before you, and will be also most acu ceptable to us.

So we bid you heartily farewel.”
Given at our court at Windsor-castle, the 25th day of

June 1704, ard of our reign the third year.
The queen's letter was seconded by the speeches of the
high-commiffioner and lord-chancellor, all tending to the
setiling the fucceffion, which was the first debate (a). A
great party was now wrought on, when they understood
that the settlement of 1641 was to be offered them.
For the wiseft patriots in that kingdom had always mag-


(a) The earl of Cromarty be applied to the queen ; she made also a strange speech had but one will, and that was { which was printed') running revealed : But notwithstanding into a distinction among di. this speech, it was itill suspectvines, between the revealed and ed, that at leait her minilters fecret will of God, thewing, had a secret will in this case. that no such distinction could

1704. nified that constitution, as the best contrived scheme that

could be desired : so they went in, with great zeal, to the accepting of it. But those who, in the former feffion, had rejected all the motions of treating with England with some scorn, and had made this their constant topic, that they must, in the first place, secure their own constitution at home, and then they might trut the rest to time, and to such accidents as time might bring forth ; now when they saw that every thing that could be desired was offered with relation to their own government, they (being resolved to oppose any declaration of the succession, what terms foever might be granted to obtain it) turned the argument wholly another way, to fhew the neceility of a previous treaty with England. "They were upon that told, that the queen was ready to grant them every thing that was reasonable, with relation to their own comtitution, yet, without the concurrence of the parliament of England, the could grant nothing in which England was concerned; for they were for demanding a share of the plantation-trade, and that their ships

might be comprehended within the act of navigation. July 13.

Pursuant to the scheme of a treaty before the succesion was fixed, the duke of Hamilton presented a resolve, “ That " this parliament would not proceed to name a fucceffor to “ the crown, until the Scots had a previous treaty withi

England, in relation to commerce and other concerns.” The courtiers, not expecting the cavaliers would have begun so early to oppose the Succeilion, were not a little fura prised and perplexed at this resolve, and all they could do for the present was to procure a vote, that it thould lie on the table till the next meeting four days after. The duke of Hamilton having then moved the resuming of the confideration of his refolve, it occafioned a warm debate, in which Fletcher of Salton, in a particular manner, represented the hardships and miseries which the Scots had suffered since the union of the two crowns under one sovereign, and the impoffibility of bettering their condition, unless they took care to prevent any design that tended to continue the fame. Upon this, the earl of Rothes presented another resolve, “ That this parliament would immediately proceed co to make such liinitations and conditions of governinent, “ as might be judged proper for re&ifying the constitution, 6 and to vindicate and secure the fovereignty and indepen“ dency of the nation; and then the parliament would take si into consideration the other resolve offered by the duke of Hamilton for a treaty, previous to the noinination of a

“ fucceflor


« successor to the crown." This occasioned a new debate, 1704.
wherein the court-party earnestly urged the settling the fuc-
cesiion, before the house proceeded to any other business
and, on the other hand, the cavaliers made very sharp re.
flections on the proceedings of the parliament of England,
with relation to the plot, which had great influence on
many members wholly unacquainted with that affair. How-
ever, the court-party, thinking they were strong enough to
give the earl of Rothes's motion the preference to the duke
of Hamilton's resolve, infifted to have the question stated,
Which of the two should come first under the consideration
of the house? Upon which, great heats arose, and Sir
James Falconer of Phesdo spoke to this purpose, “ That he

was very glad to see such an emulation in the house,

upon account of the nation's interest and security: that
“ he thought both the resolvcs under their confideration so
“ good and necessary, that it was pity they fiould clash
“ with one another; he therefore moved, that it be re-
“ folved, that this parliament will not proceed to the no-,
“ mination of a successor, until there was a previous treaty
"s with England, for regulating the commerce and other
“affairs with that nation: and, that this parliament will
“ proceed to make such limitations and conditions of go,
“ vernment, as may secure the religion, liberty, and inde-
“ pendency of this nation, before they proceed to the nomi-
“ nation of a successor to the crown.” This joint resolve be-
ing put to the vote, it was carried by a majority of fifty-five
voices. Of these, about thirty were in immediate depen-
dence on the court, and were determined according to di-
rections given them. However, they went no farther in
this vote for a treaty with England; for they could not agree
among themselves who should be the commiffioners, and
those, who opposed the declaring the succession, were con-
cerned for no more, when that affair was laid alide.
therefore postponed, as a matter about which they took no
farther care.

The cavaliers were extremely elated by this victory; and
the duke of Athol, lord privy-feal, and one of their leaders,
moved, “ That her majesty having been pleased to signify

by her commissioner, that the examination of the plot " thould be laid before the parliament, his grace would be “ pleased to write to her majesty, to send down the persons, “ who were witnefies, and all the papers relating to that

plot, as soon as possible, that the affair migh tbe thoroughly “ examined: and those, who were unjustly accused, might

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