Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 14, 1685-1691. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Martis, 4 Augusti.
Epus. Bath & Wells.
L. Chamberlain of His Majesty's Household.
Ds. De Grey.
Ds. (fn. 1) Cromwell.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Howard Esc.
E. Rochester, Commission to be Speaker.
"James the Second, by the Grace of GOD, King of Engl'd, Scotland, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. To Our Right Trusty and Right Wellbeloved Cousin and Counsellor Lawrence Earl of Rochest. Our High Treasurer of Engl'd, greeting: Whereas Our Trusty and Right Well-beloved Counsellor Francis Lord Guilford, Lord Keeper of Our Great Seal of England, is at this present so infirm, that he cannot constantly attend in the Upper House of Our Parliament, begun and holden at Our City of Westminst. on the Nineteenth Day of May now last past, and from thence adjourned until the Fourth Day of August now next coming, nor there to supply the Room and Place in the said Upper House amongst the Lords Spiritual and Temporal there assembled, as to the Office of Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of Engl'd hath been accustomed: We, minding the same Place and Room to be supplied in all Things as appertaineth, for and during every such Time of his Absence, have named, constituted, appointed, and authorized, and by these Presents do name, constitute, appoint, and authorize you, from Day to Day, and from Time to Time, when and so often as Our said Lord Keeper of Our Great Seal of England shall happen, at any Time or Times during Our said Parliament, to be absent from his accustomed Place in the said Upper House, to occupy, use, and supply the said Room and Place of Our said Lord Keeper in the said Upper House amongst the Lords Spiritual and Temporal there assembled, at every such Day and Time of his Absence; and then and there, at every such Time, to do and execute all such Things as Our said Lord Keeper of Our Great Seal of England should or might do if he were there personally present, using and supplying the same Room. Wherefore We will and command you Our said High Treasurer of England to attend to the Doing and Execution of the Premises with Effect; and these Our Letters Patents shall be your sufficient Warrant and Discharge for the same in every Behalf. In Witness whereof, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patents.