Journal of the House of Lords Volume 26, 1741-1746. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 17o Georgii Secundi.
DIE Jovis, 25o Augusti.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
The Lord Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench sat Speaker, by virtue of His Majesty's Commission.
The Speaker acquainted the Lords, "That there was a Commission 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 Earl Godolphin in the Middle; and the Earl Cholmondeley on his Right Hand; and the Lord Bishop of London 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.
George the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. To Our most Dear and Entirely-beloved Son and most Faithful Counsellor Frederick Prince of Wales, Our most Dear Son and Faithful Counsellor William Duke of Cumberland; the most Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Thomas Archbishop of York Primate and Metropolitan of England; Our most Dear Cousins and Counsellors Charles Duke of Somerset, John Duke of Rutland, John Duke of Argyll and Greenwich, James Duke of Athol, Peregrine Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven Great Chamberlain of England, James Duke of Chandos, Philip Earl of Chesterfield, Richard Earl of Burlington, Montague Earl of Abingdon, William Earl of Coventry, Henry Earl of Grantham, Francis Earl Godolphin, George Earl Cholmondeley Chancellor of Our Dutchy of Lancaster, Henry Earl of Uxbridge, Benjamin Earl Fitzwalter Treasurer of Our Household; Robert Earl of Offord, Henry Viscount Lonsdale, Richard Viscount Cobham, Pattee Viscount Torrington; the Right Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Edmund Lord Bishop of London; and Our Well-beloved and Faithful Counsellors John Lord Delawarr, Charles Lord Cornwallis, Allen Lord Bathurst, and John Lord Monson, Greeting. Whereas We did lately, for divers difficult and pressing Affairs, concerning Us, the State and Defence of Our Kingdom of Great Britain and the Church, ordain this Our present Parliament to begin, and to be held at Our City of Westminster, the Twenty-fifth Day of June, in the Fifteenth Year of Our Reign; which Our Parliament from thenceforth was prorogued, by Our several Writs, until and to the First Day of December, in the Fifteenth Year aforesaid, and there lately holden; and from thence, by several Adjournments and Prorogations, was adjourned and prorogued to and until Thursday the Twenty-fifth Day of this Instant August, then to be held, and sit at Our City of Westminster aforesaid: Know ye never theless, that, for certain pressing Causes and Considerations Us especially moving, We have thought sit 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 Twenty-fifth Day of this Instant August, in Our Name, further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament, at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Thursday the Thirteenth Day of October 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 Patent.
"Witness, John Archbishop of Canterbury, and other Guardians and Justices of the Kingdom, at Westminster, the Eleventh Day of August, in the Seventeenth Year of Our Reign.
"By the Guardians and Justices of the Kingdom, signed with their own Hands.
The Commission being ended; the Earl Godolphin said,
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"By virtue of His Majesty's Commission to us and other Lords directed, and now read, we do, in His Majesty's Name, and by His Royal Authority, further prorogue this Parliament to Thursday the Thirteenth Day of October next, to be then here held: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the Thirteenth Day of October next."