Die Lunæ, 31o Augusti
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
||Ds. Camden, Cancellarius.
||Ds. Willoughby Par.
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 Archbishop of Canterbury on his Right Hand ; and the Lord Viscount Townsend on his Left; commanded the Deputy Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, “The Lords Commissioners desire their immediate Attendance in this House, to hear the Commission read.”
Who being come; the Commission was read, by the Clerk, as follows; videlicet,
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 York, William Duke of Gloucester, Henry Duke of Cumberland; the most Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury Primate and Metropolitan of all England; Our Well-beloved and Faithful Counsellor Charles Lord Camden 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 Robert Earl of Northington President of Our Council, William Earl of Chatham Keeper of Our Privy Seal, Charles Duke of Richmond, Augustus Henry Duke of Grafton, Harry Duke of Bolton, 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, Thomas Holles Duke of Newcastle, William Henry Duke of Portland, Charles Duke of Dorset, Hugh Duke of Northumberland ; Charles Marquis of Rockingham ; William Earl Talbot Steward of Our Household, Francis Seymour Earl of Hertford Chamberlain of Our Household, Francis Earl of Huntingdon, Basil Earl of Denbigh, Daniel Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham, Philip Earl of Chesterfield, John Earl of Sandwich, Anthony Earl of Shaftesbury, George Henry Earl of Litchfield, Robert Earl of Holdernesse, Richard Earl of Scarbrough, William Henry Earl of Rochford, George Earl of Albemarle, William Earl of Jersey George Earl of Cholmondeley, Thomas Earl of Kinnoul, John Earl of Breadalbane, Hugh Earl of Marchmont, John Earl of Bute, William Earl of Dartmouth, George William Earl of Bristol, George Dunk Earl of Halifax, John Earl of Ashburnham, Granville Earl Gower, John Earl of Buckinghamshire, Henry Arthur Earl of Powis, Richard Earl Temple, Simon Earl Harcourt, Philip Earl of Hardwicke, Stephen Earl of Ilchester, John Earl Ligonier, George Viscount Townshend, Thomas Viscount Weymouth, David Viscount Stormont, 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 William Lord Wycombe One of Our Principal Secretaries of State, Francis Lord Le Despencer, John Lord Berkeley of Stratton, Allen Lord Bathurst, 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 Lord Harwich, George Lord Lyttelton, Thomas Lord Grantham, John Lord Lovel and Holland, and Henry Lord Holland, 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, in 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 Monday the Thirty-first Day of this Instant August, then to be held, and sit at Our City of Westminster aforesaid : Know ye nevertheless that, for certain pressing Causes and Considerations Us especially moving, We have thought sit 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 Thirty-first Day of this instant August, in Our Name, further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament, at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Wednesday the Seventh Day of October now next following, there then to he 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 Twenty-sixth Day of August in the Seventh 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 Wednesday the Seventh Day of October next, to be then here held : And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Wednesday the Seventh Day of October next.”