Journal of the House of Lords Volume 27, 1746-1752. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 26o Georgii Secundi.
DIE Jovis, 16o Julii.
Domini 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 House, "That there was a Commission issued under the Great Seal, for the further proroguing of the Parliament."
Then Three of the Lords Commissioners (in their Robes) being seated on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolsack; the Earl of Halifax in the Middle, and the Earl of Buckinghamshire on his Right Hand, and the Lord Berkeley of Stratton on his Left, commanded the Deputy Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, "That the Lords Commissioners do desire their immediate Attendance in this House, to hear the Commission read."
Who being come, with then Speaker, the Commission was read, by the Clerk, as follows, (videlicet,)
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 Dear Son and Faithful Counsellor William Duke of Cumberland, the most Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Matthew Archbishop of York Primate and Metiopolitan of England, Our most Dear Cousins and Counsellors Charles Duke of Bolton, John Duke of Bedford, William Duke of Devonshire, John Duke of Rutland, James Duke of Athol, Peregrine Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven Great Chamberlam of England, John Marquis of Tweeddale, Daniel Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham, Philip Earl of Chesterfield, John Earl of Sandwich, Richard Earl of Burlington, William Earl of Jersey, Henry Earl of Grantham, Francis Earl Godolphin, George Earl Cholmondeley, John Earl of Hyndford, George Dunk Earl of Halifax, Benjamin Earl Fitzwalter Treasurer of Our Household, William Earl of Harrington, William Earl of Bath, John Earl of Buckinghamshire, Simon Earl Harcourt; the Right Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Thomas Lord Bishop of London, and Our Well-beloved and Faithful Counsellors John Lord Delawarr, John Lord Berkeley of Stratton, Charles Lord Cornwallis, Allen Lord Bathurst, 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 Thirteenth Day of August, in the Twenty-first Year of Our Reign, which Our Parliament from thenceforth was prorogued, by Our several Writs, until and to the Tenth Day of November, in the Twentyfirst Year aforesaid, and there lately holden, and from thence, by several Adjournments and Prorogations, was adjourned and prorogued to and until Thursday the Sixteenth Day of July next, 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 though 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 Sixteenth Day of July next, in Our Name, further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament, at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Thursday the Twenty-eighth Day of September now next following, there then to be held and sit And therefore We command you, that you diligently attend to the Premises, and eflectually 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, Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury, and other Guardians and Justices of the Kingdom, at Westminster, the Thirtieth Day of June, in the Twenty-sixth Year of Our Reign.
"By the Guardians and Justices of the Kingdom, signed with their own Hands.
"Yorkl & Yorke."
The Commission being ended,
The Earl of Halifax 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 Twentyeighth Day of September next, to be then here held And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the Twenty-eighth Day of September next"