Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 13, 1675-1681. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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" (fn. 1) By the KING.
"A Proclamation, about Dissolving this present Parliament, and the speedy Calling a new one.
Proclamation for dissolving the Parliament.
"WHEREAS this present Parliament was begun and held at Westminster on the Eighth Day of May, in the Thirteenth Year of His Majesty's Reign, and hath been since, by several Prorogations and Adjournments, continued, and was lately prorogued until the Fourth Day of February next: The King's most Excellent Majesty, taking into His serious Consideration the many Inconveniencies arising by the over-long Continuance of one and the same Parliament, doth (by this His Royal Proclamation) publish and declare His Royal Will and Pleasure to dissolve this present Parliament, and doth hereby dissolve the same accordingly; and the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and the Knights, Citizens and Burgesses of this present Parliament are discharged from their Meeting upon the said Fourth Day of February: And, to the Intent His Majesty's loyal Subjects of this His Realm may perceive the Confidence His Majesty hath in their good Affections, and how willing and desirous His Majesty is to meet His People, and have their Advice by their Representatives in Parliament, His Majesty is hereby pleased graciously to declare, That He will forthwith cause Writs, in due Form of Law, to be issued, for the calling of a new Parliament; which shall begin, and be holden at Westminster, on Thursday the Sixth Day of March next; when His Majesty doth expect such Laws will be enacted, and such Order taken, by the Consent and Advice of His Parliament, as will tend to the securing the true Protestant Religion, and the peaceable and happy Government of this His Kingdom.
"Given at Our Court at Whitehall, the Twenty-fourth Day of January, 1678, in the Thirtieth Year of Our Reign.
"God save the King."