Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 12, 1697-1699. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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(fn. 1) By the KING. A PROCLAMATION
Proclamation for dissolving Parliament.
WHEREAS We have thought fit, for divers important and weighty Considerations, by and with the Advice of our Privy-Council, to dissolve this present Parliament, which now stands prorogued to Tuesday the Second Day of August next; We do, for that End, publish this Our Royal Proclamation; and do hereby dissolve the said present Parliament accordingly: And the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, of the said Parliament, are discharged from their meeting upon Tuesday the said Second Day of August. And, to the Intent Our good Subjects may perceive the Considence We have in their Affections, and how desirous We are to meet Our People, and have their Advice in Parliament, We do hereby make known to Our said Subjects, That We do intend to give Directions to Our Chancellor, for the Issuing out of Writs, in due Form of Law, for the Calling a new Parliament; which shall begin and be holden at Westminster, on Wednesday the Twenty-fourth Day of August next.
Proclamation for proroguing Parliament.
WHEREAS his Majesty, by his Royal Proclamation, of the Seventh Day of July last, did declare his Royal Intention to give Directions to the Lord Chancellor, for Issuing out of Writs, in due Form of Law, for Calling a new Parliament; which should begin and be holden at Westminster, on Wednesday the Twenty-fourth Day of this Instant August: And whereas, since that Time, Writs have accordingly issued, returnable on the said Twentyfourth Day of this instant August; We, by the Advice of his Majesty's most Honourable Privy-Council, for weighty Reasons us thereunto moving, do hereby publish and declare, That the said Parliament shall not, upon the said Twenty-fourth Day of August, sit for the Dispatch of Business, but shall be then prorogued to the Twenty-seventh Day of September next: Whereof the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, of the House of Commons, and all others whom it may concern, may take Notice; we letting them know, That the Attendance of any of them on the said Twenty-fourth Day of August will not be expected, but of such who, being in and about the Cities of London and Westminster, may attend the making the said Prorogation, in such manner as heretofore, in like Cases, has been accustomed: And we do hereby further declare, That convenient Notice shall be given, by Proclamation, of the time when the Parliament shall be holden and sit for the Dispatch of Business; to the end, that the Members of both Houses may order their Affairs accordingly.
Proclamation for meeting of Parliament.
WHEREAS this present Parliament stands prorogued to the Twenty-ninth Day of this instant November; and it being his Majesty's Pleasure, That the same Par liament shall, upon the said Twenty-ninth Day of November, be held and sit for the Dispatch of divers weighty and important Affairs: We therefore, with the Advice of his Majesty's most Honourable Privy-Council, have thought fit to issue this Proclamation, for declaring and publishing the same: And all the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and all the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, of the House of Commons, are hereby required and commanded to give their Attendance, accordingly, at Westminster, on the said Twenty-ninth Day of this Instant November.