Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 19, 1709-1714. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 11° Annæ Reginæ.
DIE Martis, 3 Februarii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
E. of Godolphin takes his Seat.
This Day Francis Earl of Godolphin fat first in Parliament, after the Death of his Father Sidney Earl of Godolphin; and took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.
Viscount Longueville takes his Seat.
Also, Talbot Lord Viscount Longueville sat first in Parliament, after the Death of his Father Henry Lord Viscount Longueville; and took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.
E. of Linlithgow returned as One of the Sixteen Peers.
The Clerk of the Crown in Chancery delivered into the House, a Certificate of the Name of the Peer of Scotland, who, by virtue of Her Majesty's Proclamation, is chosen to fit and vote in this House, in the Room of James late Duke of Hamilton and Brandon, deceased; which is as follows; (videlicet,)
"These are to certify, That, by Virtue of Her Majesty's Proclamation, a Certificate, under the Hands of Alexand'r Gibson and Sir James Justice, Principal Clerks of the Session, specially appointed by David Earl of Glasgow Lord Clerk Register, was delivered into the Crown-office in Chancery; whereby it appears, that James Earl of Linlithgow was, by open Election, unanimously nominated and chosen as the Peer of Scotland, to fit and vote in the House of Peers of this present Parliament of Great Britain, in the Room of James Duke of Hamilton and Brandon deceased.
"Given under my Hand, this Third Day of February, Anno Domini 1712.
The Lord Keeper acquainted the House, "That Her Majesty had sent a Commission for the further proroguing of the Parliament."
The House was adjourned during Pleasure.
The House was resumed.
Then the Lords Commissioners (in their Robes) being seated on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolsack; the Lord Keeper in the Middle; with the Lord Treasurer on his Right Hand; and the Lord President on his Left; commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, "That the Commissioners desire their immediate Attendance in the House of Peers, to hear the Commission read."
Who being come, with their Speaker; the Commission was read by the Clerk, as follows:
Commission for proroguing the Parliament.
"Anna, Dei Gratia, Magnæ Britanniæ, Franciæ, et Hiberniæ Regina, Fidei Defensor, &c. Reverendissimo in Christo Patri et Fideli Consiliario Nostro Thomæ Archiepiscopo Cantuar. totius Angliæ Primati et Metropolitano, Prædilecto et Fideli Consiliario Nostro Simoni Domino Harcourt Custodi Magni Sigilli Nostri Magna Britanniæ, Charissimis Consanguineis et Consiliariis Nostris Roberto Comiti de Oxon. et Comiti Mortimer Magno Thesaurario Nostro Mag. Britann. Joh'i Duci de Comitatu Buckingham et de Normanby Præsidenti Concilii Nostri, Jacobo Duci Ormonde Capitaneo Generali Copiarum Nostrarum, Johanni Comiti Poulet Senescallo Hospitii Nostri, Will'o Comiti Dartmouth Primario Secretario Nostro, et Henrico Vicecomiti Bolingbroke Uni Primariorum Secretariorum Nostrorum, Salutem. Cum nuper, pro quibusdam arduis et urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum et Desensionem Regni Nostri Magnæ Britanniæ et Ecclesiæ concernentibus, præsens hoc Parliamentum Nostrum apud Civitatem Nostram Westmonaster. Vicesimo Quinto Die Novembris, Anno Regni Nostri Nono, inchoari et teneri ordinaverimus; quo Die idem Parliamentum Nostrum inchoatum et tentum fuit; et abinde, per separales Adjournamenta et Prorogationes, usque ad et in instantem Diem Martis, Tertium Diem Februarii, adjournatum et prorogatum fuit, apud Civitatem Nostram Westmonaster. præd. 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 Martis, ad præsens Parliamentum Nostrum, Nomine Nostro, usque ad et in Diem Martis, Decimum Septimum Diem hujus instantis Februarii, apud prædictam Civitatem Nostram Westmonaster. 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, Burgensibus, et Commissionariis pro Comitatibus et Burgis, ac omnibus aliis quorum interest ad dictum Parliamentum Nostrum conventuris, Tenore Præsentium, firmiter in Mandatis, quod vobis in Præmissis faciendis, agendis, et exequendis, pareant, obediant, et intendant, prout decet. In cujus Rei Testimonium, has Literas Nostras fieri secimus Patentes.
"Teste Meipsa, apud Westmonasterium, Tertio Die Februarii, Anno Regni Nostri Undecimo.
"Per ipsam Reginam, propria Manu signat.
Then the Lord Keeper said,
"My Lords, and Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
"By Virtue of this Commission, to us and other Lords therein named directed, we do, in Her Majesty's Name, further prorogue this present Parliament to Tuesday the Seventeenth Day of this Instant February: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Tuesday the Seventeenth Day of this Instant February."