Die Sabbati, 12o Juiii.
Domini praesentes fuerunt:
|Comes Northington, Cancellarius.
|Comes Winchelsea. Præses.
The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, “That His Majesty had been pleased to issue a Commission, under the Great Seal, for the further Prorogation of the Parliament.”
Then Three of the Lords Commissioners being in their Robes, and seated on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolsack; the Lord Chancellor in the Middle; with the Lord President on his Right Hand, and the Lord Grantham on his Last; commanded the Yeoman Usher to let the Commons know, “The Lords Commissioners desire their immediate Attendance in this House, to hear the Commission read.”
Who being come, with their Speaker; the Commission was read, by the Clerk, as follows:
Commission for proroguing the Parliament.
“George the Third, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth; To Our most Dear Brothers and Faithful Counsellors Edward Duke of Cork, William Duke of Gloucester; the most Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury Primate and Metropolitan of all England; Our most. Dear Cousin and Counsellor Roben Earl of Northing ton Our Chancellor of Great Britain; the most Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Robert Archbishop of York Primate and Metropolitan of England; Our most Dear Cousins and Counsellors Darnel Earl of Winchelsea and Nottingham President of Our Council, ‘Thomas Holles Duke of Newcastle Keeper of Our Privy Seal, Henry Duke of Portland Chamberlain of Our Household, Charles Duke of Richmond One of Our Principal Secretaries of State, Argustus Henry Duke of Grafton, Thomas Duke of Leeds, John Duke of Bedford, George Duke of Marlborough, John Duke of Rutland, John Duke of Argyll, Peregrine Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven Great Chamberlain of England, Charles Duke of Dorset; Charles Marquis of Rockingham; William Earl Talbot Steward of Our Household, Francis Earl of Huntingdon, Basil Earl of Denbigh, Philip Earl of Chesterfield, John Earl Sandwich, Anthony Earl of Shaftesbury, George Henry Earl of Litchfield, Robert Earl of Holdernesse, Richard Earl of Scarborough, William Henry Earl of Rochford, George Earl of Albemarle, William Earl of Jersey, George Earl of Cholmondeley, Thomas Earl of Kinnoul; Hugh Earl of Marchmont, John Earl of Hyndford, John Earl of Bute, William Earl of Dartmouth, George Dunk Earl of Halifax, John Earl of Ashburnham, Granville Earl Gower, John Earl of Buckinghamshire, Henry Arthur Earl of Powis, Hugh Earl of Northumberland, Richard Earl Temple, Simon Earl Harcourt, Francis Earl of Hertford, Philip Earl of Hardwicke, Stephen Earl of Ilchester; George Viscount Townshend, Thomas Viscount Weymouth, David Viscount Stormt, Hugh Viscount Falmouth; the Right Reverend Father in GOD and Our Faithful Counsellor Richard Lord Bishop of London; and Our Well-beloved and Faithful Counsellors Francis Lord Le Despencer, John Lord Berkeley of Stratton, Allen Lord Baiburs, George Lord Edgecumbe, Samuel Lord Sandys, William Lord Ponsonby, Thomas Lord Hyde, William Lord Mansfield Our Chief Justice assigned to hold Pleas before Us, Wills Laid Harwich, George Lord Lyttleton, William Lord Wycombe, Thomas Lord Grantham, John Lord Lovel and Holland, Henry Lord Holland, John Lord Ligonier, and Charles Lord Camden Chief Justice -of Our Court of Common Pleas, Greeting. Whereas We did lately, for divers difficult and pressing Affairs, concerning Us, the State and Defence of Our Kingdom of Great Britain and the Church, ordain this Our present Parliament to begin, and to be held at Our City of Westminster, the Nineteenth Day of May, in the First Year of Our Reign; which Our Parliament from thenceforth was prorogued, by Our several Writs, until and to the Third Day of November, m the Second Year of Our Reign, and there lately holden; and from thence, by several Adjournments and Prorogations, was adjourned and prorogued to and until Saturday the Twelfth Day of this instant July, then to be held, and lit at Our City of Westminster aforesaid aforesaid: Know ye nevertheless that, for certain pressing Causes and Considerations Us especially moving, We have thought fit further to prorogue Our Said Parliament, Therefore We, confiding very much in your Fidelity, Prudence, and Circumspection, have, by the Advice and Consent of Our Council, assigned you Our Commissioners; giving to you, or to any Three or more of you, by virtue of these Presents, full Power and Authority, from the Said Twelfth Day of this Instant July, in Our Name, further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament, at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Tuesday the Sixteenth Day Hi September now next following, there then to be held and fit, and therefore We command you, that you diligently attend to the Premises, and effectually fulfil them in the Manner aforesaid. We also strictly command all and singular Our Archbishops, Dukes, Marquises, Earls, Viscounts, Bishops, Barons, Knights, Citizens, Burgesses, and Commissioners for Our Counties and Boroughs, and all others whom it concerns to meet at Our said Parliament, by virtue of these Presents, that they observe, obey, and assist you, in executing the Premises, as they ought to do. In Witness whereof, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent.
“Witness Ourself, at Westminster the Eleventh Day of July, in the Sixth Year of Our Reign.
“By the King Himself, signed with His own Hand.
“Yorke & Yorke.
Then the Lord Chancellor said,
“My Lords, and Gentlemen,
“By virtue of His Majesty’s Commission under the Great Seal, to us and other Lords directed, and now read, we do, in His Majesty’s Name, and in Obedience to His Commands, prorogue this Parliament to Tuesday the Sixteenth Day of September next, to be then here held: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Tuesday the Sixteenth Day of September next.