Journal of the House of Lords Volume 24, 1732-1737. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 7o Georgii Secundi.
DIE Jovis, 15o Novembris.
Domini Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Ds. King, Cancellarius.
Comes Wilmington, Præses.
The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, "That His Majesty had been pleased to cause a Commission to be issued under the Great Seal, for the further proroguing of the Parliament."
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, for the Lords Commissioners to put on their Robes.
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 Lord Chancellor in the Middle; and the Lord President on his Right Hand; and the Earl of Halifax on his Left; commanded the Deputy Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, "The Lords 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.
"George the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth; to Our most Dearly Beloved Son and Faithful Counsellor Frederick Prince of Wales; to the most Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor William Archbishop of Canterbury Primate and Metropolitan of all England; to Our Well-beloved and Faithful Counsellor Peter Lord King Our Chancellor of Great Britain; to the most Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Lancelot Archbishop of York Primate and Metropolitan of England; to Our most Dear Cousins and Counsellors Spencer Earl of Wilmington President of Our Council, Henry Viscount Lonsdale Keeper of Our Privy Seal, William Duke of Devonshire Steward of Our Household, Charles Duke of Graston Chamberlain of Our Household; Charles Duke of Somerset, Charles Duke of Bolton, John Duke of Rutland Chancellor of Our Dutchy of Lancaster, Charles Duke of Queensberry, John Duke of Argyll and Greenwich, James Duke of Montrose, John Duke of Roxburgh, Henry Duke of Kent, Peregrine Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven Great Chamberlain of England, Thomas Holles Duke of Newcastle One of Our Principal Secretaries of State, James Duke of Chandos, Lionel Duke of Dorset; James Earl of Derby, John Earl of Leicester, Thomas Earl of Westmorland, Philip Earl of Chesterfield, Daniel Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham, Arthur Earl of Anglesea, Charles Earl of Carlisle, Richard Earl of Burlington, James Earl of Berkeley, Montagu Earl of Abingdon, Richard Earl of Scarbrough, William Earl of Coventry, Henry Earl of Grantham, Francis Earl of Godolphin, Alexander Earl of Marchmont, John Earl of Stair, Archibald Earl of Ilay, Henry Earl of Uxbridge, George Earl of Halifax; Charles Viscount Townshend, Richard Viscount Cobham, Hugh Viscount Falmouth, Pattee Viscount Torrington; to the Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Edmund Lord Bishop of London; to Our Well-beloved and Faithful Counsellors John Lord Harvey Vice-chamberlain of Our Household, William Lord Harrington One of Our Principal Secretaries of State, John Lord Delawarr Treasurer of Our Household, William Lord Berkeley of Stratton, and John Lord Carteret, Greeting. Forasmuch as We have lately, for divers difficult and pressing Affairs, concerning Us, the State and Defence of Our Kingdom of Great Britain and the Church, ordained this Our present Parliament to begin and to be held at Our City of Westminster, the Eight and Twentieth Day of November, in the First Year of Our Reign; which Our Parliament from thenceforth was prorogued, by Our several Writs, until and to the Three and Twentieth Day of January, in the First Year aforesaid, and there lately holden; and from thence, by several Adjournments and Prorogations, was adjourned and prorogued to and until Thursday the Fifteenth Day of this Instant November, then to be held (fn. 1) and sit at Our City of Westminster aforesaid: Know ye, nevertheless, that, for certain pressing Causes and Considerations Us especially moving, We have thought fit further to prorogue Our said Parliament. Therefore We, confiding very much in your Fidelity, Prudence, and Circumspection, have, by the Advice and Consent of Our Council, assigned you Our Commissioners; giving to you, or to any Three or more of you, by Virtue of these Presents, full Power and Authority, from the said Fifteenth Day of this Instant November, in Our Name, further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament, at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Thursday the the Seventeenth Day of January now next following, there then to be held and sit: And therefore We command you, that you diligently attend to the Premises, and effectually fulfil them in the Manner aforesaid. We also strictly command all and singular Our Archbishops, Dukes, Marquises, Earls, Viscounts, Bishops, Barons, Knights, Citizens, Burgesses, and Commissioners for Our Counties and Boroughs, and all others whom it concerns to meet at Our said Parliament, by virtue of these Presents, that they observe, obey, and assist you, in executing the Premises, as they ought to do. In Witness whereof, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patents.
"Witness Ourself, at Westminster, the First Day of November, in the Seventh Year of Our Reign.
"Signed by the King's own Hand.
"Bisse & Bray."
The Commission being ended; the Lord Chancellor said,
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"By virtue of His Majesty's Commission now read, to us and other Lords directed, we do, in His Majesty's Name, and by His Royal Authority, further prorogue this Parliament to Thursday the Seventeenth Day of January next, to be then here held: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the Seventeenth Day of January next."