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 19o Georgii Secundi.
DIE Jovis, 20o Junii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
The Lord Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench sat Speaker, by virtue of a former Commission.
The Speaker acquainted the House, "That there was a Commission issued under the Great Seal, for the further proroguing 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 Bishop of London in the Middle; and the Lord Monson on his Right Hand; and the Lord Edgecumbe 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.
Gower, C. P. S.
"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 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, Charles Duke of Queensberry, James Duke of Athol, Peregrine Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven Great Chamberlain of England, Daniel Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham, Richard Earl of Burlington, William Earl of Coventry, Henry Earl of Grantham, Francis Earl Godolphin, George Earl Cholmondeley, John Earl Granville, Benjamin Earl Fitzwalter Treasurer of Our Household; Henry Viscount Lonsdale, Pattee Viscount Torrington; the Right Reverend Father in God and Our (fn. 1) most Faithful Counsellor Edmund Lord Bishop of London; Our Well-beloved and Faithful Counsellors John Lord Delawarr, Charles Lord Cornwallis, Allen Lord Bathurst, John Lord Hobart, John Lord Monson, Richard Lord Edgecumbe Chancellor of Our Dutchy of Lancaster, and Samuel Lord Sandys, 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 Twentyfifth 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 Twentieth Day of this Instant June, then to be held, 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, 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 Twentieth Day of this Instant June, in Our Name, further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament, at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Thursday the Twenty-second Day of August 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 Eighteenth Day of June, in the Nineteenth Year of Our Reign.
"By the Guardians and Justices of the Kingdom, signed with their own Hands.
The Commission being ended; the Lord Bishop of London 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 in Obedience to His Commands, further prorogue this present Parliament to Thursday the Twenty-second Day of August next, to be then here held: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the Twenty-second Day of August next."