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 Georgi Secundi.
DIE Martis, 31o Octobris.
Domini Temporales præsentes fuerunt.
The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, "That there was a Commission issued under the Great Seal, for the further Prorogation of the Parliament"
Then Four 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, with the Duke of Athol Lord Strange on his Right Hand, and the Earl of Hyndford and Pul of Buckinghamshire on his Lest, 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 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, Our Well beloved and Faithful Counsellor Philip Lord Hardwicke Our Chancellor of Great Britain, the most Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor, Matthew Archbishop of York Primate and Metropolitin of England, Out 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 Liesteven Great Chamberlain 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, Samuel Lord Sandys, and George Lord Anson, 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 Twentyfirst 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 Twenty-first Year aforesaid, and there lately holden, and from thence, by several Adjournments and Prorogations, was adjourned and prorogued to and until Tuesday the Thirty-first Day of this Instant October, 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 sit 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 Thirty-first Day of this Instant October, in Our Name, further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament, at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Thursday the Eleventh Day of January now next following, there then to be held and fit, 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, Marquires, Earls, Viscounts, Bishops, Barons, Knights, Citizens, Burgestes, 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.
"Witnesses, Thomas Archbishop of Camerbury, and other Guardians and Justices of the Kingdom, at Westminster, the Twenty-sixth Day of October, in the Twenty-sixth Year of Our Reign.
"By the Guardians and Justices of the Kingdom, signed with their own Hands.
"Yorke & Yorke."
The Commission being ended,
The Lord Chancellor 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 Royal Commands, further prorogue this Parliament to Thursday the Eleventh Day of January next, to be then here held And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the Eleventh Day of January next."
6o Martii, 1762, Hitherto examined by us,