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, 18 Septembris.
Comes Lindsey, Ds. Magnus Camerarius.
Commission to revoke the E. of Oxford's, as Speaker.
"William the Third, by the Grace of God, of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, King, 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 Seventh Day of August last past, We did constitute, authorize, and appoint Our Right Trusty and Right Well-beloved Cousin and Counsellor Aubrey Earl of Oxford to supply the Room and Place of Lord Keeper, in the Upper House of Parliament, during the Absence of Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Counsellor Sir Nathan Wrighte Knight, Lord Keeper of Our Great Seal of England, and to do and execute divers Powers in Our said Letters Patents contained and specified, as by our said Letters Patents more at large do 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.
Sir J. Holt, C. J. K. B. Commission to be Speaker.
"William the Third, by the Grace of GOD, of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. To Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Counsellor Sir John Holt Knight, Chief Justice assigned to hold Pleas before Us, 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 Knight, 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 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 Lords Commissioners, in their Robes, took their Places on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolsack; the Duke of Schonberg in the Middle; the Lord Great Chamberlain on his Right Hand; the Earl of Scarbrough and the Lord Bishop of London 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."
Commission for proroguing the Parliament.
"Gulielmus Tertius, Dei Gratia, Angl. Scotiæ, Franciæ, et Hib'niæ Rex, Fidei Defensor, &c. Charissimis Consanguineis et Consilariis Nostris Jacobo Duci Ormonde, Mainherdt Duci Schonburg, Carolo Duci Bolton, Thomæ Duci Leeds, Carolo Duci Salop, Rob'to Comiti Lindsey Magno Camerario Angl., Carolo Comiti Carliol. Comiti Marescallo Angl., Alberico Comiti Oxon. Carolo Comiti Dorsett et Midd'x, Carolo Comiti Manchester, Thomæ Comiti Stamford, Rob'to Comiti Sunderland, Carolo Comiti Berkeley, Laurentio Comiti Roffen. Will'o Comiti Portland, Rad'o Comiti Montagu, Johanni Comiti Marlborough, Ric'o Comiti Scarbrough, Franc'o Comiti Bradford Thesaurario Hospitii Nostri, Henrico Comiti Romney Guardiano Quinque Portuum Nostrorum, Ed'r'o Comiti Orford, Reverendo in Christo Patri et Fideli Consiliario Nostro Hen'co Episcopo London. Prædilectis et Fidelibus Consiliariis Nostris Rob'to Domino Ferrers, Thomæ Domino Wharton Contrarotulatori Hospitii Nostri, Rob'to Domino Lexington, Johanni Domino Sommers, et Carolo Domino Halifax, Salutem. Cum nuper, pro quibusdam arduis et urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum et Defensionem Regni Nostri Angl. et Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ concernen. Præsens hoc Parliamentum Nostrum apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. Sexto Die Februarii ult. Præterit. inchoari et teneri ordinaverimus; a quo Die idem Parliamentum Nostrum usque ad et in Decimum Diem ejusdem Februarii prorogatum fuerat; et abinde, per separales Prorogationes et Adjournationes, ad et in instantem Diem Jovis, Decimum 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 vestrum, Tenore Præsentium, plenam Potestatem et Auctoritatem, hoc instante Die Jovis, præsens Parliamentum Nostrum, Nomine Nostro, usque ad et in Diem Jovis, Tricesimum 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 Præmisses faciendis, agendis, et exercendis, pareant, obediant, 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 Thursday the Thirtieth Day of October next: And this Parliament is prorogued accordingly to Thursday the Thirtieth Day of October next."