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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DIE Jovis, 24 Augusti.
Commission for revoking L. C. J. Treby's as 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 Twenty-third Day of November, in the Ninth 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 at Westminster, to supply the Place of Lord Chancellor, in the Upper House of Parliament, during the Absence of Our Right Trusty and Right Well-beloved Counsellor John Lord Sommers, Baron of Evesham, 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.
L. C. J. Holt's 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 Wellbeloved Counsellor Sir John Holt Knight, Chief Justice of Our Court of King's Bench at Westminster, 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 Right Well-beloved Counsellor John Lord Sommers, Baron of Evesham, Our Chancellor of England, from his accustomed Place in Our said Upper House of Parliament; 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 Sir John Holt 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.
Then the Commissioners, in their Robes, took their Places on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolsack; the Duke of Ormonde in the Middle; the Earl of Oxford on his Right Hand; and the Earl of Bathe and the Earl of Bradford on his Left Hand; commanded the Yeoman Usher to go to the House of Commons, and let them know, "The Lords Commissioners desire them to come, and hear the said Commission read."
Commission for the Prorogation.
"Gulielmus Tertius, Dei Gratia, Angl. Scotiæ, Franciæ, & Hib'niæ Rex, Fidei Defensor, &c. Charissimis Consanguineis & Consiliariis Nostris Hen'co Duci Norfolciæ Comiti Marescallo Angl. Jacobo Duci Ormonde, Carolo Duci Bolton, Mainherdt Duci Schonburg, Thomæ Duci Leeds, Carolo Duci Salop. Will'o Duci Bedford, Rob'to Comiti Lindsey Magno Camerario Angl. Alberico Comiti Oxon. Carolo Comiti Dors. & Middl'x, Carolo Comiti Manchester, Thomæ Comiti Stamford, Rob'to Comiti Sunderland, Joh'i Comiti Bathon. Carolo Comiti Berkeley, 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, Hen'co Comiti Romney Guardiano Quinque Portuum Nostrorum, Ford Comiti Tankerville, Ed'r'o Comiti Orford, Prædilectis & Fidelibus Consiliariis Nostris Rob'to Domino Ferrers, Thomæ Domino Wharton Contrarotulatori Hospitii Nostri, Rob'to Domino Lexington, & Sidney Domino Godolphin, Salutem. Cum nuper, pro quibusdam arduis & urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum & Defensionem Regni Nostri Angl. & Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ concernentibus, præsens hoc Parliamentum Nostrum apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. Vicesimo Quarto Die Augusti ult. præterit. inchoari & teneri ordinaverimus; a quo Die idem Parliamentum Nostrum usque ad & in Vicesimum Septimum Diem Septembris tunc prox. sequen. prorogatum fuerat; & abinde, per separales Prorogationes & Adjournationes, ad & in instantem Vicesimum Quartum Diem Augusti ulterius prorogatum & adjournatum fuerat, apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. prædictam, ibidem tunc tenendum & prosequendum: Sciatis tamen, quod, certis urgentibus Causis & Considerationibus Nos specialiter moventibus, idem Parliamentum Nostrum prorogandum duximus. De Fidelitate igitur, Prudentia, & Circumspectionibus vestris plurimum confidentes, de Avisamento & Assensu Concilii Nostri, assignavimus vos Commissionarios Nostros; dantes vobis, & aliquibus Tribus vel pluribus vestrum, Tenore Præsentium, plenam Potestatem & Auctoritatem, hoc instante Die Jovis, præsens Parliamentum Nostrum, Nomine Nostro, usque ad & in Vicesimum Octavum Diem Septembris jam prox. sequen. apud prædictam Civitatem Nostram Westm. prorogandum & continuandum, ibidemque tunc tenendum & prosequendum; & ideo vobis mandamus, quod circa Præmissa diligenter intendatis, ac ea in Forma prædicta 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 faciendis, agendis, & exercendis, pareant, obedient, & intendant, prout decet. In cujus Rei Testimonium, has Literas Nostras fieri fecimus Patentes.
"By Virtue of His Majesty's Commission now read, and to us directed, we do, in His Majesty's Name, prorogue this Parliament to Thursday the Eight and Twentieth Day of September next: And this Parliament is prorogued accordingly to Thursday the Eight and Twentieth Day of September next."