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, 28 Septembris.
Commission to revoke L. C. J. Holt'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-fourth Day of August last past, We did constitute, authorize, and appoint, Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Counsellor Sir John Holt Knight, Chief Justice of Our Court of King's Bench at Westminster, to supply the Place of Lord Chancellor, in the Upper House of Parliament, during the Absence of Our Right Trusty and Right Wellbeloved 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 Letters to be made Patents.
Then a Commission was read, for appointing the Lord Chief Justice of His Majesty's Court of Common Pleas to supply the Place of Lord Chancellor, in the Upper House of Parliament, as follows; (videlicet,)
Commission for L. C. J. Treby 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 Trusty and Well-beloved Sir George Treby Knight, Chief Justice of Our Court of Common Pleas 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 George Treby 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 Earl of Oxford in the Middle; the Earl of Bath on his Right Hand; and the Earl of Montague and Lord Ferrers 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 proroguing the Parliament.
"Gulielmus Tertius, Dei Gratia, Angl. Scotiæ, Franciæ, et Hib'niæ Rex, Fidei Defensor, &c. Charissimis Consanguineis et Consiliariis Nostris Hen'co Duci Norffolc. Comiti Marescallo Angl., Jacobo Duci Ormonde, Carolo Duci Bolton, Mainherdt Duci Schonberg, Carolo Duci Salop, Thomæ Duci Leeds, Will'o Duci Bedford, Rob'to Comiti Lindsey Mango Camerario Angl., Alberico Comiti Oxon. Carolo Comiti Dors. et 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 Fauconberg, Rad'o Comiti Montagu, Ric'o Comiti Scarborough, Franc'o Comiti Bradford Thesaurario Hospitii Nostri, Hen'co Comiti Romney Guardiano Quinque Portuum Nostrorum, Ford Comiti Tankerville, Ed'r'o Comiti Orford, ac Prædilectis et Fidelibus Consiliariis Nostris Rob'to Domino Ferrers, Thomæ Domino Wharton Contrarotulatori Hospitii Nostri, Rob'to Domino Lexington, et Sidney Domino Godolphin, Salutem: Cum nuper, pro quibusdam arduis et urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum et Defensionem Regni Nostri Angliæ et Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ concernentibus, præsens hoc Parliamentum Nostrum apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. Vicesimo Quarto Die Augusti, Anno Regni Nostri Decimo, inchoari et teneri ordinaverimus; a quo Die idem Parliamentum Nostrum usque ad et in Vicesimum Septimum Diem Septembris tunc prox. sequen. prorogatum fuerat; et abinde, per separales Prorogationes et Adjournationes, ad et in instantem Vicesimum Octavum Diem Septembris 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 ulterius 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 (fn. 1) vestrum, Tenore Præsentium, plenam Potestatem et Auctoritatem, hoc instante Die Jovis, præsens Parliamentum Nostrum, Nomine Nostro, usque ad et in Vicesimum Quartum Diem Octobris 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, firmiter in Mandatis, quod vobis in Præmissis faciendis, agendis, et exercendis, pareant, obedient, et 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 Tuesday the Four and Twentieth Day of October next: And this Parliament is prorogued accordingly to Tuesday the Four and Twentieth Day of October next."