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Seas, but the universal Joy that was instantly diffused throughout the Kingdom, upon the welcome News of Your Majesty's being safely landed on the British Shore.

We return Your Majesty our humbleft Thanks for Your most gracious Speech from the Throne ; and cannot sufficiently acknowledge Your Majesty's great Attention and Care for the Preservation of the Peace and Prosperity of this Nation, and the general Tranquillity of Europe.

The tender Regard and Compassion which Your Majesty has expressed for the distressed Protestants Abroad, will give great Satisfaction to all, whose Profession of the fame Religion must inspire them with a just Resentment of the Injuries and Perfecutions which they suffer for the Sake of it.

Your Majesty's Vigilance in watching over, and disconcerting the ambitious Views and Designs of those that are endeavouring to render themselves Formidable ; Your Wisdom in early forming and entring into Alliances with Powers best able to withstand the common Danger, and to put a Stop to the further Progress of the Negotiations carrying on by other Powers, and Your particular Concern for the Trade and Commerce of these Nations, call upon us for all possible Returns of Duty and Gratitude.

And that Your Majesty's unwearied Endeavours for the particular "Interefts of Your own Subjects of these Kingdoms, and for preventing a War, may have their desired Effect, We Your Majesty's most Dutiful and Loyal Commons, Promise and affure Your Majesty, that We will with the greatest Chearfulness, Unanimity and Dispatch, fo effectually raise the Supplies for this Year, that Your Majesty may be enabled to have a strong Fleet at Sea early in the Spring, fufficient to protect and defend the Kingdom, to disappoint the Hopes of the Enemies to Your Majesty's Government, and resent any Insults and Attempts that may be vainJy projected and undertaken.

It is not to be wondred, that in the low State to which the Affairs of the Pretender are reduced, his Emissaries and Instruments should be waiting for every Opportunity that has the Appearance of being favourable to their languishing Cause; and as they have been very busy in foreign Courts, the Disaffected and Discontented here have not been less industrious, by false Rumours and Sug

gestions, to fill the Minds of the People with groundless Fears : and Alarms, in order to affect the Publick Credit, and by di

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stressing the Government give Encouragement to the Enemies of our Peace.

But we promise our felves that the Prudence, Temper and Resolution of those that truly consult their own Interest, and with well to their Country, will on the one hand prevent and obviate the Mischiefs that by too great Credulity and vain Fears they may bring upon themselves ; and on the other hand, we are determined to convince the World, that if those who most envy our present Happiness and Tranquillity, shall so far presume upon the just Sense and Value we have for these inestimable Blessings, as still to pursue their desperate Measures ; how desirous foever we may be of Peace, we will not suffer Your Majesty and the British Nation to be insulted ; but that we will, to the utmost of our Power, as the Exigency and Necessity of Affairs shall require, stand by and support Your Majesty against all Attempts to disturb the Publick Repose.

To which His Majesty was pleased to give this most Gracious

Answer. Gentlemen, I return you my Thanks for this Dutiful and Loyal Address. I make no doubt but you will soon be sensible of the good Effects of this reasonable Vigor and Resolution. You may be asured that I will make no Use of the Confidence you repose in Me, but for preserving to us the Blessings of Peace, and for promoting the Honour and Interest of this Nation.

His Britannick Majesty, to convince his Enemies he is in Earnest, has order'd a sufficient Fleet to be fitted out'; on which Occasion 14 Men of War, all of the 3d and 4th Rates, and 2 Fireships, have been put into Commission; and 12 Guardships are making up their Complement of Men.

Deaths of Persons of Note. O n the first of this Month died the Right Honourable Hester

Countess Dowager of Denbigh, Daughter of Sir Basil Firebrass, Knight and Baronet.

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The same Day died Mr. Nutterville, Brother to the Lord Visa count Nutterville of the Kingdom of Ireland.

On the 6th died Dr. Mills of the College of Physicians, a Man of great Learning, but who made very little Appearance; he was charitable to the Poor, whom he readily and chearfully visited when fick, and assisted when he found 'em in Want.

On the 12th died at Hanover the Countess of Von Platten, Mo-ther to the Countess of St. Florentine.

On the 14th died in the 74th Year of his Age, the Marquis de Prie, who for so many Years had been Governor of the Low AuArian Countries.

On the 23d died at Hampstead, Mrs. Tryphena Grove, Mother to the Lady Ruffel, Relict of the Lord 7ames Russel, but since: married to Sir Henry Houghton, Bart.

On the 25th, in the Morning, died in an advanced Age, Sir Rowland Gwin, who in King William's Reign was Member of Parliament for Radnor in Wales, and brought in the Bill for fettling the Protestant Succession in the Illustrious House of Hanover. In the late Queen's Reign he went over to that Electorate ; but having writ a Letter for calling over the Princess Sophia, which; gave fome Disgust to the English Court, he retired to Hamburgh.. Upon his Majesty's Accession to the Crown, he came over hither, and was some Time at Court ; but retired afterwards into the Liberties of the King's-Bench, where he died..

M A R R I A G E S. On the 30th Instant, the Right Honourable William Capeli, V Earl of Esex, was married to the Lady Elizabeth Russel, sifter to his. Grace the Duke of Bedfordi

The Capels are one of the most ancient Families in the County of Suffolk, and for many Ages were Lords of the Manor of Capel in Stoke Neyland in that County. From this. Family in direct Line descended Sir William Capel, Knt. who in the Year 1503. was Lord Mayor of London.

From him descended Arthur Capel, who was a Member of the Long Parliament chosen. in 1640. He embraced the King's Party with a great deal of Zeal, and was by him in the Year 41. created Lord Capel of Hadham ; but in the Year 48. he met with his. Master's Fate, and was beheaded by the Rebels.

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· His eldest Son Arthur was in 1661. by King Charles II. Created Viscount Malden, and Earl of Elex, and in that Reign was Lord-Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of Hertfordshire ; Ambassador to the King of Denmark, which Office he discharged with great Applause; a Member of the Privy-Council; Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and afterwards first Commissioner of the Treasury; but being at last accus’d of the Fanatick Plot, he was sent to the Tower, and there found with his Throat cut.

By the Lady Elizabeth, Daughter to Algerioon Earl of Northumberland, he had Algernoon, who was Lieutenant-General of her late Majesty's Forces, Constable of the Tower, Colonel of a Regiment of Dragoons, and Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of Hertfordshire. He married the Lady Mary Bentinck, Sister to the Duke of Portland ; and by her, in the Year 1699. had William the present Earl of Elex, who by his Majesty has been made a Knight of the most noble Order of the Thistle.'

The Family of the Russels flourish'd in the Reign of King Here gry III. when yohn Russel, from whom the present Duke descends, was made Governor of Corfe Castle ; but they were not advanced to the Dignity of Peerage, till the 29th Year of Henry the VIII. when yobil Rusel of Berwick near Bridport in Dorfetshire was created Baron Russel, made Comptroller of the Houshold, Member of the Privy Council, and Knight of the Garter, and afterwards Lord-Keeper of the Privy Seal. At King Edward's Coronation, he was appointed Lord High-Steward of England for the Day; and in the 3d Year of that Reign was created Earl of Bed. ford. Francis his Son, Knight of the Batb, had Issue by Margaret, Daughter to Sir yobil St. Jobn of Bletsboe, two Sons, Francis and William ; Francis was slain during his Father's Lifetime upon the Borders of Scotland, and left one Son, Edward, who suceeeded his Grandfather, but died without Issue; so that the Honour devolved to his first Cousin, Francis Lord Rusel of Thornhaugh, Son to William the younger Brother of Francis Earl of Bedford, and he was succeeded by his Son William, Father to William Lord Rusel, who was beheaded for opposing a Popish Successor. Before his Death, the Lord Ruleb had marry'd the Lady Rachel, 2d Daughter and Coheir of Thomas Wriotbesley Earl of Southamptong and Lord High-Treasurer of England, by whoin he had a Son named Wriothelley. In the 6th Year of King William's Reign, the

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old Earl of Bedford was created a Duke, and succeeded in Honour and Estate by his Grandson Wriothelley, who marry'd the only Daughter and Heir to John Howland of Stretham in Surry, Efq; (by which the Title of Baron Howland of Stretham came to the Family) and from them, amongst other Children, sprung Wriothesley' the present Duke of Bedford, and the Lady Elizabeth, of whom we are now speaking.

PROMOTIONS. 63 The Reverend Mr. Peploe, Warden of Manchester College, L and Vicar of Preston, the Seat of the late Rebellion, where in spite of Threats and Promises he behav'd himself in an exemplary loyal manner, at the Time the Rebels were in Poffeffion of the Place, has by his Majesty been named to succeed the late Dr. Francis Gastrell, as Bishop of Chester ; so that there is now but one Bishop in England, (Dr. Hooper of Bath and Wells) who is not of his Majesty's Nomination. The present Bishop is to hold the Wardenship of Manchester... · The Canonicate of Christ-Church in Oxford, vacant also by the Death of the Bishop of Chester, has been given to Dr. Gilbert, one of the Clerks of his Majesty's Closet, and late a Fellow of Merton College in Oxford. - Colonel Otway being lately dead, he is succeeded as Governor of Fort Philip in the Isle of Minorca by Colonel Montague, and in the Command of his Regiment at Port Mabon by Col. Kane...

Colonel Coton being also lately dead, he is succeeded as Lieutenant-Governor of Gibraltar by Col. Clayton, and in the Command of his Regiment in the same Place by the Lord Mark Ker, who is succeeded in his Command in Ireland by Col. Defney.

Brigadier Hobbard is appointed Governor of Pendennis Castle, in the room of the late Brigadier Munden. . .

Col. Gardiner and Mr. Wilson are appointed Agents, the former, to Col. Kane's, the latter to the Lord Mark Ker's Regiment. .

The Speeches, Addresses, and Treaty being long, we must defer our List of Books, and Remarks on the publick Diversions, till our next Mercury, which will be published the first week in March.“ .

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