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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Anno 9 Gulielmi Tertii. DIE Jovis, 22 Julii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
A Commission was read, for revoking a former Commission to Sir George Treby Knight, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, to be Speaker.
Which is as follows; (videlicet,)
Commission for revoking the one for Sir G. Treby, L. Chief Justice of Common Pleas, to be Speaker.
"William the Third, by the Grace of GOD, King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting: Whereas, by Our Letters Patents under Our Great Seal of England, bearing Date at Westminster, the Sixteenth Day of June, in the Eighth Year of Our Reign, We did constitute, authorize, and appoint, Our Trusty and Well-beloved Sir George Treby Knight, Chief Justice of Our Court of Common Pleas, to supply the Place of Lord Chancellor, in the Upper House of Parliament, during the Absence of Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Counsellor Sir John Sommers Knight, Our Chancellor of England, with divers other Powers in Our said Letters Patents contained and specified, as by the same more at large may appear: We, nevertheless, for certain weighty Causes and Considerations Us especially moving in that Behalf, have revoked, determined, and made void, and by these Presents do revoke, determine, and make void, Our said Letters Patents, and all Things therein contained. In Witness whereof, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patents.
"Witness, Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury, and the rest of the Guardians and Justices of the Realm, at Westm'r, the Two and Twentieth Day of July, in the Ninth Year of Our Reign.
"Per immediat, Warrant.
A Commission for appointing the Right Honourable John Earl of Bridgewater to supply the Place of the Lord Chancellor in the House of Peers was read, as follows; (videlicet,)
E. of Bridgewater, Commission to be Speaker.
"William the Third, by the Grace of GOD, King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. To Our Right Trusty and Right Well-beloved Cousin and Counsellor John Earl of Bridgewater, Greeting: Know ye, that We, trusting in your approved Fidelity, Wisdom, and Discretion, have constituted, named, and appointed, and by these Presents do constitute, name, and authorize you, from Time to Time, to use and supply the Room and Place of Lord Chancellor, in the Upper House of Parliament, amongst the Lords Spiritual and Temporal there assembled, during the Absence of Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Counsellor Sir John Sommers Knight, Our Chancellor of England, from his accustomed Place in Our said Upper House of Parliament; [ (fn. 1) and then and there to do and execute all such Things which Our Chancellor of England, using and supplying the said Room and Place, should or might do in that Behalf:] Wherefore We will and command you the said John Earl of Bridgewater to attend and execute 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.
"Witness, Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury, and the rest of the Guardians and Justices of the Realm, at Westminster, the Two and Twentieth Day of July, in the Ninth Year of Our Reign.
"Per immediat. Warrant.
The Speaker acquainted the House, "That there was a Commission for further proroguing of the Parliament."
Then the Commissioners, in their Robes, took their Places on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolsack; the Earl of Oxford in the Middle; the Earl of Stamford and the Earl of Montagu on his Right Hand; and the Earl of Scarbrough on his Left Hand; commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to go to the House of Commons, and let them know, "The Lords Commissioners desire them to come and hear the said Commission read."
Who being come (without their Speaker); the Commission was read, as follows; (videlicet,)
Commission for the Prorogation.
"GULIELMUS Tertius, Dei Gratia, Angl. Scociæ, Franciæ et Hib'niæ, Rex Fidei Defensor, &c. Præcharissimo Fratri Nostro Principi Georgiò de Denmarke, Charissimis Consanguineis et Consiliariis Nostris Thomæ Duci Leeds Præsidenti Concilii Nostri, Hen'co Duci Norfolc. Comiti Marescallo Angl., Jacobo Duci Ormond, Carolo Duci Bolton, Mainhardt Duci Schonberg, Will'o Duci Bedford, Rob'to Comiti Lindsey Magno Camerario Angl., Alberico Comiti Oxon. Thomæ Comiti Stamford, Joh'i Comiti Bathon. Laurentio Comiti Roffen. Will'o Comiti Portland, Thomæ Comiti Fauconberge, Rad'o Comiti Montagu, Ric'o Comiti Scarbrough, Fran'co Comiti Bradford Thesaurario Hospitii Nostri, Ford Comiti Tankerville, Joh'i Vicecomiti Lonsdale, ac Prædilectis et Fidelibus Consiliariis Nostris Carolo Domino Berkeley de Berkeley, Thomæ Domino Wharton Contrarotulatori Hospitii Nostri, Rob'to Domino Lexington, Carolo Domino Cornwallis, et Sidney Domino Godolphin, Salutem: Cum nuper, pro quibusdam arduis et urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum et Defensionem Regni Nostri Angl. et Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ concernentibus, præsens hoc Parliamentum Nostrum apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. Vicesimo Secundo Die Novembris, Anno Regni Nostri Septimo, inchoari et teneri ordinaverimus; a quo (fn. 2) Die idem Parliamentum Nostrum usque ad et in Vicesimum Sextum Diem Aprilis tunc prox. sequen. continuatum fuerat; et abinde, per separales Prorogationes et Adjournationes, ad et in instantem Vicesimum Secundum Diem Julii ulterius prorogatum et adjournatum fuerat, apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. prædictam, ibidem tunc tenendum et prosequendum: Sciatis tamen, quod, certis urgentibus Causis et Considerationibus Nos specialiter moventibus, idem Parliamentum Nostrum prorogandum duximus. De Fidelitate igitur, Prudentia, et Circumspectionibus vestris plurimum confidentes, de Avisamento et Assensu Concilii Nostri, assignavimus vos Commissionarios Nostros; dantes vobis, et aliquibus Tribus vel pluribus vestrum, Tenore Præsentium, plenam Potestatem et Auctoritatem, hoc instante Die Jovis, præsens Parliamentum Nostrum, Nomine Nostro, usque ad et in Vicesimum Sextum Diem Augusti jam prox. sequen. apud prædictam Civitatem Nostram Westm. prorogandum et continuandum, ibidemque tunc tenendum et prosequendum; et ideo vobis mandamus, quod circa Præmissa diligenter intendatis, ac ea in Forma prædicta effectualiter expleatis. Damus autem universis et singulis Archiepiscopis, Ducibus, Marchionibus, Comitibus, Vicecomitibus, Episcopis, Baronibus, Militibus, Civibus, et Burgensibus, ac omnibus aliis quorum interest ad dictum Parliamentum Nostrum conventuris, Tenore Præsentium, sirmiter in Mandatis, quod vobis in Præmissis faciendis, agendis, et exercendis, pareant, obediant, et intendant, prout decet. In cujus Rei Testimonium, has Literas Nostras sieri fecimus Patentes.
Testibus, Thoma Archiepiscopo Cantuar. et cæteris Custodibus et Justiciariis Regni, apud Westm. Vicesimo Secundo Die Julii, Anno Regni Nostri Nono.
Which being ended; the Earl of Oxford said,
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"By Virtue of His Majesty's Commission now read, we do, in His Majesty's Name, prorogue this Parliament to Thursday the Six and Twentieth Day of August next: And this Parliament is prorogued accordingly to Thursday the Six and Twentieth Day of August next."