Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 21, 1718-1721. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 5o Georgii Regis.
DIE Martis, 19o Maii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Sir P. King appointed Speaker.
The House being acquainted, "That His Majesty had been pleased to grant a Commission under the Great Seal, to Sir Peter King Knight, Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, to supply the Place of Lord Chancellor, as Speaker of this House, during the Absence of Thomas Lord Parker Lord Chancellor:"
The said Commission was read, as follows:
"George, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. To Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Counsellor Sir Peter King Knight, Chief Justice of Our Court of Common Pleas, 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 of Great Britain, 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 Thomas Lord Parker Baron of Macclesfield, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain, from his accustomed Place in Our said Upper House of Parliament; and then and there to do and execute all such Things which Our said Lord Chancellor of Great Britain, using and supplying the said Room and Place, should or might do in that Behalf. Wherefore We will and command you the said Sir Peter King 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 Ourself, at Westminster, the Nine and Twentieth Day of January, in the Fifth Year of Our Reign.
"Per ipsum Regem, propria Manu signat.
Which being done; the said Lord Chief Justice took his Place upon the Woolfack as Speaker.
The Speaker acquainted the House, "That there was a Commission issued under the Great Seal, for the further proroguing of the Parliament."
The House was adjourned during Pleasure.
The House was resumed.
Then Three of the Lords Commissioners (in their Robes) being seated on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolsack (the Speaker being retired to the usual Place by the State, as the Speakers do when His Majesty is present); the Earl of Radnor in the Middle; with the Earl of Bradford on his Right Hand; and the Earl of Ilay on his Left; commanded the Deputy Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, "The Commissioners desire their immediate Attendance in this House, 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.
"Georgius, Dei Gratia, Magna Britanniæ, Franc. et Hib'niæ Rex, Fidei Defensor, &c. Præcharissimo Filio & perquam Fideli Consiliario Nostro Georgio Principi Walliæ, Reverendissimo in Christo Patri & Fideli Consiliario Nostro Will'o Archiepiscopo Ebor. Angl. Primati & Metropolitano, Charissimis Consanguineis & Consiliariis Nostris Carolo Duci Somerset, Carolo Duci Graston, Will'o Duci Devon, Jacoba Duci Montrose, Rob'to Duci de Ancaster & Kesteven Magno Camerario Angl. Carolo Duci Manchester, Will'o Marchioni Annandale, Jacobo Comiti Derby, Thomæ Comiti Pembroke & Montgomery, Hen'co Comiti Lincoln. Lionel. Comiti Dorset & Middl'x, Georgio Comiti North'ton, Thomæ Comiti Westmorland, Arthuro Comiti Anglesey, Carolo Comiti Carlisle, Carolo Bodvile Comiti Radnor, Danieli Comiti Nottingham, Montagu Comiti Abingdon, Rob'to Comiti Holderness, Ric'o Comiti Scarbrough, Ric'o Comiti Bradford, Ed'r'o Comiti Orford, Hugon. Comiti Cholmondeley Thesaurario Hospitii Nostri, Hugon. Comiti Loudoun, Joh'i Comiti Stair, Archibald. Comiti Play, Hen'co Comiti Uxbridge, Carolo Comiti Tankerville, Heneag. Comiti Aylesford, Georgio Comiti Halifax, Will'o Comiti Cowper, Will'o Comiti Cadogan, Thomæ Comiti Coningesby, Carolo Vicecomiti Townshend, Ric'o Vicecomiti Cobham, Reverendo in Christo Patri & Fideli Consiliario Nostro Joh'i Episcopo London. Prædilectis & Fidelibus Consiliariis Nostris Will'o Domino Berkeley de Stratton, Carolo Domino Boyle, Hen'co Domino Carleton, & Thomæ Domino Torrington, Salutem. Cum nuper, pro quibusdam arduis & urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum & Defensionem Regni Nostri Magnæ Britanniæ & Ecclesiæ concernentibus, præsens hoc Parliamentum Nostrum apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. Decimo Septimo Die Martii, Anno Regni Nostri Primo, inchoari & teneri ordinaverimus; quo Die idem Parliamentum Nostrum inchoatum & tentum fuit; & abinde, per separalia Adjournamenta & Prorogationes, usque ad & in Decimum Octavum Diem Aprilis ult. præterit. adjournatum & prorogatum fuerat; & abinde usque ad & in Decimum Nonum Diem hujus instantis Mensis Maii prorogatum est, apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. præd. ibidem tunc tenendum & prosequendum: Sciatis tamen, quod, certis urgentibus Causis & Considerationibus Nos specialicer moventibus, idem Parliamentum Nostrum ulterius prorogandum duximus. De Fidelitate igitur, Prudentia, & Circumspectionibus vestris plurimum considentes, de Avisamento & Assensu Concilii Nostri, assignavimus vos Commissionarios Nostros; dantes vobis, & aliquibus Tribus vel pluribus vestrum, Tenore Præsentium, plenam Potestatem & Auctoritatem, hoc instante Die Martis, ad præsens Parliamentum Nostrum, Nomine Nostro, usque ad et in Diem Martis, Tricesimum Diem Menfis Junii nunc prox. sequen. apud prædictam Civitatem Nostram Westmonaster. ulterius 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, & Commissionariis pro Comitatibus & Burgis, et omnibus aliis quorum interest ad dictum Parliamentum Nostrum conventuris, Tenore Præsentium, firmiter in Mandatis, quod vobis, in Præmissis faciendis, agendis, & exequendis, pareant, obediant, & intendant, prout decet. In cujus Rei Testimonium, has Literas Nostras fieri fecimus Patentes.
Testibus Gulielmo Archiepiscopo Cantuariensi, & cæteris Custodibus & Justiciariis Regni, apud Westm. Decimo Nono Die Maii, Anno Regni Nostri Quinto.
"Per ipsos Justiciarios, propriis Manibus signat.
Then the Earl of Radnor said,
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"By virtue of His Majesty's Commission now read, to us and others directed, we do, in His Majesty's Name, prorogue this Parliament to Tuesday the Thirtieth Day of June next, to be then here held: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Tuesday the Thirtieth Day of June next."