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 9o Georgii Secundi.
DIE Jovis, 12o Junii.
Domini (fn. 1) Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Ds. Talbot, Cancellarius.
Comes Wilmington, Præses.
The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, "That a Commission was 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 Duke of Dorset on his Left; commanded the Deputy Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, "That 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.
"CAROLINE R. C. R.
"George the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. To Our most Dearly Beloved Son and most Faithful Counsellor Frederick Prince of Wales; to the most Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor William Archbishop of Canterbury Primate and Metropolitain of all England; to Our Well-beloved and Faithful Counsellor Charles Lord Talbot 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, Francis Earl of Godolphin Keeper of Our Privy Seal, William Duke of Devonshire Steward of Our Household, Charles Duke of Grafton Chamberlain of Our Household; Charles Duke of Somerset, Charles Duke of Richmond, 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 Atholl, 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, Henry Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, John Earl of Leicester, Thomas Earl of Westmorland, Philip Earl of Chesterfield, William Earl of Essex, 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, Charles Earl of Selkirk, Alexander Earl of Marchmont, John Earl of Stair, Archibald Earl of Ilay, Henry Earl of Uxbridge, George Earl of Halifax, James Earl Waldegrave; Charles Viscount Townshend, Henry Viscount Lonsdale, Richard Viscount Cobham, Pattee Viscount Torrington; to the Right Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Edmund Lord Bishop of London; to Our Well-beloved and Faithful Counsellors John Lord Hervey 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, John Lord Carteret, and Philip Lord Hardwicke our Chief Justice appointed to hold Pleas before us, Greeting. Whereas 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 Thirteenth Day of June, in the Eighth Year of Our Reign; which Our Parliament from thenceforth was prorogued, by Our several Writs, until and to the Fourteenth Day of January last, and there lately holden; and from thence, by several Adjournments, was adjourned and prorogued to and until Thursday the Twelfth Day of this Instant June, then to be held and fit 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, considing 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 Twelfth Day of this Instant June, in Our Name, further to prorogue and continue Our present Parlia ment, at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Thursday the One and Thirtieth of July now next following, there then to be held and fit: And therefore We command you diligently (fn. 2) 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 Patent.
"Witness Caroline, Queen of Great Britain, &c. Guardian of the said Realm, &c. at Westminster, the Eleventh Day of June, in the Ninth Year of Our Reign.
"By the Queen Herself, signed with Her own Hand.
"Bisse & Bray."
Then 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 One and Thirtieth Day of July next, to be then here held: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the One and Thirtieth Day of July next."