Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 12, 1666-1675. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Mercurii, 30 Die Octobris, 1672.
MEMORANDUM, quod hodierno die, (videlicet) Tricesimo die Octobris, Anno Regni Serenissimi Domini nostri Caroli Secundi, Dei Gratiâ, Angliæ, Scociæ, Franc. & Hib. Regis, Fidei Defensoris, &c. Vicesimo Quarto, in quem diem prorogatum fuerat hoc præsens Parliamentum, convenere Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum Nomina subscribuntur:
The Lord Keeper acquainted the House, "That there were divers Lords, that have Patents of Creation from His Majesty, who desire to be introduced into this House."
Which accordingly was done.
E. of Arlington introduced.
Henry Lord Arlington, being created Earl of Arlington, was introduced into this House, in his Parliament Robes, between the Earl of Mulgrave and the Earl of Craven, being likewise in their Robes; the Lord Great Chamberlain of England and Garter King at Arms going before.
His Lordship having delivered his Patent to the Lord Keeper, and he delivering the same to the Clerk of the Parliaments, who read the said Patent, bearing Date the 22th Day of April, A° Domini Regis Caroli Secundi 24° which being done, he was seated at the lower End of the Earls Bench.
L. Clifford introduced.
In the same Manner Thomas Clifford, Miles, being created Lord Clifford de Chudleigh was introduced, in his Parliament Robes, between the Lord Arundell of Warder and the Lord Newport.
And having delivered his Patent of Creation, and Writ of Summons to Parliament, to the Lord Keeper, the same were read; the Patent bearing Date the 22 of April A° Domini Regis Caroli 11di 24°, and he Writ bearing Date the 23 Day of October, 24° Car'l. 11di. This being done, he was brought and placed at the lower End of the Barons Bench.
E. of Shaftesbury introduced.
In the same Manner Anthony Lord Ashly, being created Earl of Shaftesbury, was introduced, between the Earl of Bridgwater and the Earl of Dover.
His Patent being read, bearing Date the 23 Day of April, A° Domini Regis Car'l. 11di 24°, he was brought and placed at the lower End of the Earls Bench.
E. of Norwich introduced.
In the like Manner Henry Lord Howard of Castle Rysing, being created Earl of Norwich and Earl Marshal of England, was introduced, between the Earl of Carlile and the Earl of Alisbury.
His Patent being read, bearing Date the 19th of October, A° Domini Regis Car'l. 11di 24, he was placed in his Place as Earl Marshal of England.
E. of Sandwich takes his Seat.
This Day Edward Earl of Sandwich sat first in Parliament, upon the Death of Edward Earl of Sandwich, his Father.
Then the Lord Keeper acquainted the House, "That His Majesty hath issued out a Commission, under the Great Sea. of England, for the further Prorogation of the Parliament."
The Lord Keeper, the Archbishop of Cant. Marquis of Worcester, Lord Great Chamberlain of England, the Lord St ward, and the Lord Chamberlain of His Majesty's Household, the Earl of Bridgwater, the Earl of Arlington, and the Lord Newport, Nine of the Commissioners (sitting upon a Form cross the House after the usual Manner), the Lord Keeper commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to go to the House of Commons, to give them Notice of this Commission, that they might come up, to be present at the Reading thereof.
And accordingly the Commons came up, but without a Speaker.
Then the said Commission was read, as follows:
Commission for proroguing the Parliament.
"Carolus Secundus, Dei Gratiâ, Angliæ, Scociæ, Franciæ, & Hib. Rex, Fidei Defensor, &c. Præcharissimo & Prædilecto Fratri Nostro Jacobo Duci Ebor. & Albaniæ Comiti Ultoniæ Magno Admirallo Nostro Angliæ, Reverendissimo in Christo Patri ac Prædilecto & Fideli Consiliario Nostro Gilberto Archiepiscopo Cantuar. totius Angliæ Primati & Metropolitano, Prædilecto & Fideli Consiliario Nostro Orlando Bridgman Militi & Baronetto Domino Custodi Magni Sigilli Nostri Angl. Charissimis Consanguineis & Consiliariis Nostris Georgio Duci Buckinghamiæ Magistro Equorum Nostrorum, Jacobo Duci Ormond Senescallo Hospitii Nostri, Henrico Marchioni Wigorn Presidenti Consilii Nostri infra Principalitatem & Marchias Walliæ, Roberto Comiti Lindsey Magno Camerario Angliæ, Henrico Comiti St. Albans Camerario Hospitii Nostri, Johanni Comiti Bridgwater, Henrico Comiti Arlington Primariorum Secretariorum Nostrorum uni, Antonio Comiti Shaftesbury Cancellario & Sub-thesaurario Scaccarii Nostri ac Prædilecto & Fideli Consiliario Nostro Francisco Domino Newport Contrarotulatori Hospitii Nostri, Salutem: Cum nuper, de quibusdam arduis & urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum & Defensionem Regni Nostri Angliæ & Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ concernentibus, præsens hoc Parliamentum Nostrum apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. Octavo die Maii, Anno Regni Nostri Tertio Decimo, inchoari & teneri ordinaverimus, À quo die idem Parliamentum Nostrum per separales Prorogationes usque ad & in Decimum Quartum diem Februarii, Anno Regni Nostri Vicesimo Secundo, continuatum fuerat, quo die idem Parliamentum Nostrum tentum fuerat; posteaque, scilicet, Vicesimo Secundo die Aprilis, Anno Regni Nostri Vicesimo Tertio, idem Parliamentum Nostrum ulterius prorogatum fuerat ad & in Decimum Sextum diem Aprilis ult. præterit. eodemque Decimo Sexto Die Aprilis idem Parliamentum Nostrum ulterius prorogatum fuerat usque Tricesimum Diem instantis Octobris, apud Westm. tunc tenendum & prosequendum: Sciatis modò, quod, certis urgentibus Causis & Considerationibus Nos specialiter moventibus, idem Parliamentum Nostrum ulterius prorogandum duximus. De Fidelitate igitur, Prudentiâ, & Circumspectione vestris plurimÙm confidentes, de Avisamento & Assensu Consilii Nostri, assignavimus vos Commissionarios Nostros, dantes vobis, & aliquibus Tribus vel pluribus vestrum, Tenore præsentium, plenam Potestatem & Auctoritatem, hoc instante die Mercurii, ad Parliamentum Nostrum prædictum, Nomine Nostro, ad & in Quartum diem Februarii jam proxime futuri, usque prædictam Civitatem Nostram Westm. prorogandum & continuandum, ibidemque tunc tenendum & prosequendum; & ideo vobis mandamus, quod circa præmissa diligenter intendatis, ac ea in Formâ prædictâ effectualiter expleatis. Damus autem universis & singulis Archiepiscopis, Ducibus, Marchionibus, Comitibus, Vicecomitibus, Episcopis, Baronibus, Militibus, Civibus, & Burgensibus, ac omnibus aliis quorum interest ad dictum Parliamentum Nostrum conventuris, Tenore præsentium, firmiter in Mandatis, quod vobis in præmissis faciend. agend. & exequend. pareant, obediant, & intendant, prout decet. In cujus Rei Testimonium, has Literas Nostras fieri fecimus Patentes.
"Teste Meipso, apud Westm. Tricesimo die Octobris, Anno Regni Nostri Vicesimo Quarto.
"Per ipsum Regem, propriâ Manu signat.
Then the Lord Keeper said:
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"By virtue of this His Majesty's Commission now read, we do now, in His Majesty's Name, prorogue this Parliament to the Fourth Day of February next; and this Parliament is prorogued to the Fourth Day of February next."
Hitherto examined by us,