House of Lords Journal Volume 16: 1 August 1700

Pages 584-585

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, 1 Augusti.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Epus. Londin.
Epus. Rossen.
Dux Ormonde.
March. Halifax.
Comes Oxon.
Comes Suffolke.
Comes Dorsett & Midd'x.
Comes Denbigh.
Comes Bathe.
Comes Feversham.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Grantham.
Ds. Bergevenny.
Ds. Audley.
Ds. Eure.
Ds. Jermyn.
Ds. Culpeper.
Ds. Jeffreys.
Ds. Haversham.

A Commission was read, appointing Aubrey Earl of Oxford to be Speaker, as followeth; (videlicet,)


Tho. Cantuar.
Pembroke, P.
J. Bridgewater.

E. of Oxford, 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 Aubrey Earl of Oxford, 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 Keeper, 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 Nathan Wrighte, Lord Keeper of Our Great Seal 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 Lord Keeper of Our Great Seal 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 Aubrey Earl of Oxford 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 First Day of August, in the Twelfth 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 Duke of Ormond on his Right Hand; and the Earl of Bathe on his Left Hand; commanded the Deputy 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 followeth; (videlicet,)

Tho. Cantuar.Pembroke, P.
J. Bridgewater.

Commission for proroguing the Parliament.

"Gulielmus Tertius, Dei Gratia, Angl. Scotiæ, Franciæ, et Hib'niæ Rex, Fidei Desensor, &c. Charissimis Consanguineis et Consiliariis Nostris Hen'co Duci Norfolc. Comiti Marescallo Angl., Carolo Duci Salop. Jacobo Duci Ormonde, Mainhardt Duci Schonberg, Carolo Duci Bolton, Thomæ Duci Leeds, Will'o Duci Bedford, Rob'to Comiti Lindsey Magno Camerario Angl., Alberico Comiti Oxon. Carolo Comiti Dors. et Midd'x, Carolo Comiti Manchester, Thomæ Comiti Stamford Cancellario Ducatus Nostri Lancastr. 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 Scarbrough, Fran'co Comiti Bradford Thesaurario Hospitii Nostri, Henrico Comiti Romney, Guardiano Quinque Portnum Nostrorum, Ed'r'o Comiti Orford, ac Prædilectis et Fidelibus Consiliariis Nostris Roberto Domino Ferrers, Thomæ Domino Wharton Contrarotulatori Hospitii Nostri, Rob'to Domino Lexington, Sidney Domino Godolphin, et Jobanni Domino Sommers, 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 proxime sequent. prorogatum fuerat; et abinde, per separales Prorogationes et Adjournationes, ad et in instantem Primum Diem Augusti 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 considentes, 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 Diem Jovis, Duodecimum Diem Septembris 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 fieri fecimus Patentes.

"Testibus, Thoma Archiepiscopo Cantuar. et cæteris Custodibus et Justiciariis Regni, apud Westm. Primo Die Augusti, Anno Regni Nostri Duodecimo.

"Per immediat. Warrant.


Which being ended; the Earl of Oxford said,

Parliament prorogued.

"My Lords and Gentlemen,

"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 Twelfth Day of September next: And this Parliament is prorogued accordingly to Thursday the Twelfth Day of September next."