Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 16, 1696-1701. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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" (fn. 1) By the KING.
Proclamation for dissolving the Parliament.
"A Proclamation for dissolving this present Parliament, and declaring the speedy calling another.
"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 Thursday the Sixteenth of January next: We do for that End publish this Our Royal Proclamation, and do hereby dissolve the said Parliament accordingly; and the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, of the said Parliament, are discharged from their Meeting upon Thursday the said Sixteenth Day of January. And, to the Intent Our good Subjects may perceive the Confidence 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, in respect of some Matters of the highest Importance to this Our Kingdom, We do intend to give Directions to the Keeper of Our Great Seal, 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 Thursday the Sixth Day of February next.
"Given at Our Court at Kensington, the Nineteenth Day of December, 1700, in the Twelfth Year of Our Reign.
"God save the King."