Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 1, 1509-1577. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Martis, 1 die Octobris,
Lord Keeper delivers the Queen's Commission to the Clerk of the Parliament to read to both Houses, in consequence of their Address.
The Queen's Highness, having been moved in the Suit agreed upon, as is aforesaid, made Signification of Her Royal Pleasure in the same, by the Right Honourable Eight Personages before named, unto all the Lords and Commons purposely, by Her Highness's Commandment, for that respect assembled together in the Upper House, called the Lords Parliament-Chamber, this present Tuesday, being the First of October; and thereupon the Lord Keeper shewed forth a Commission from Her Highness, under the Broad Seal of England, directed unto him, which he commanded the Clerk openly to read unto them; the Tenor whereof thus ensueth, verbatim:
The Queen's Commission, authorising the Lord Keeper to direct the Commons to chuse a Speaker.
"Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, Queen of England, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, etc. To our Right Trusty and Right Well-beloved Counsellor Sir Nicholas Bakon, Knight, Lord Keeper of Our Great Seal of England, Greeting: Where, in the Beginning of this present Parliament, holden at Westm. the Twelfth Day of January, in the Fifth Year of Our Reign, the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, being assembled in the same Parliament, were commanded by Us to go to their accustomed Place, and there to choose, among themselves, one to be their Speaker, according to the accustomed Manner; whereupon the same Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, did elect and choose one Thomas Wylliams, Esquire, to be their Speaker, and the same their Election did afterwards certify unto Us, which We did allow and ratify; since which Time, this Our present Parliament hath been continued, by divers Prorogations, until the Thirtieth of September, in this present Eighth Year of Our Reign; at which Day the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and also the said Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, being assembled for this present Parliament at Westm. in their accustomed Places, the said Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, have declared unto Us, That the said Thomas Williams, since the last Session of this present Parliament, is dead; and thereupon have made their humble Suit and Petition unto Us, that they might have License and Commandment from Us to proceed to elect, among themselves, one other to be their Speaker, for the rest of this present Parliament yet to come.
"Wherefore, We, having certain and perfect Knowledge that the said Thomas Williams is dead, as they have alledged, and considering their humble Petition and Request very meet and necessary to be granted, have appointed and constituted you, and by these Presents We do will, command, constitute, and appoint you, for Us, and in Our Name, to call the said Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses before you, and other the Lords Spiritual and Temporal assembled in this Our present Parliament, in the Higher House of Our Parliament at Westm. and there, for Us, and in Our Name, to will and command the said Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, to resort to their accustomed Place, and there to elect and choose, among themselves, one sufficient and able Person to be their Speaker, for the rest of this present Parliament yet to come; and, after they have so made their Election, that then Three or Four of them, for and in all their Names, shall signify the same unto Us; and thereupon We will further signify Our Pleasure unto them, what Day and Time they shall present the Person elected before Us, as heretofore hath been in like Cases accustomed to be done: Wherefore Our Will and Pleasure is, that you do diligently attend about the doing of the Premisses, and execute the same with Effect. In Witness whereof, We have caused these Our Letters of Commission to be sealed with Our Great Seal. Witness Ourself, at Westm. the First Day of October, the Eighth Year of Our Reign."