It was vain however to reason against the general infatuation. The Tories exultingly predicted that the Bank of Robert Harley would completely eclipse the Bank of Charles Montague. The bill passed both Houses. On the twenty-seventh of April it received the royal assent; and the Parliament was immediately afterwards prorogued.
Military Operations in the Netherlands—Commercial Crisis in England—Financial Crisis—Efforts to restore the Currency— Distress of the People; their Temper and Conduct—Negotiations with France; the Duke of Savoy deserts the Coalition—Search for Jacobite Conspirators in England; Sir John Fenwick—Capture of Fenwick—Fenwick’s Confession—Return of William to England— Meeting of Parliament; State of the Country; Speech of William at the Commencement of the Session—Resolutions of the House of Commons—Return of Prosperity—Effect of the Proceedings of the House of Commons on Foreign Governments—Restoration of the Finances—Effects of Fenwick’s Confession—Resignation of Godolphin—Feeling of the Whigs about Fenwick—William examines Fenwick—Disappearance of Goodman—Parliamentary Proceedings touching Fenwick’s Confession—Bill for attainting Fenwick— Debates of the Commons on the Bill of Attainder—The Bill of Attainder carried up to the Lords—Artifices of Monmouth—Debates of the Lords on the Bill of Attainder—Proceedings against Monmouth—Position and Feelings of Shrewsbury—The Bill of Attainder passed; Attempts to save Fenwick—Fenwick’s Execution; Bill for the Regulating of Elections—Bill for the Regulation of the Press—Bill abolishing