Journal of the House of Lords Volume 28, 1753-1756. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 27o Georgii Secundi.
DIE Martis, 14o Augusti.
Domini Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, "That His Majesty had been pleased to grant a Commission under the Great Seal, for the Prorogation of the Parliament."
Then Four of the Lords Commissioners being in their Robes, and 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 Earl of Hyndford and Earl of Buckinghamshire on his Left; commanded the Deputy Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, "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, 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 Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury Primate and Metropolitan of all England; Our Well-beloved and Faithful Counsellor Philip Lord Hardwicke Our Chancellor of Great Britain; the most Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Mathew Archbishop of York Primate and Metropolitan of England; Our most Dear Cousins and Counsellors John Earl Granville President of Our Council, John Earl Gower Keeper of Our Privy Seal, Charles Duke of Marlborough Steward of Our Household, Charles Duke of Grafton Chamberlain of Our Household, Charles Duke of Bolton, John Duke of Bedford, William Duke of Devonshire, John Duke of Rutland, Archibald Duke of Argyll, James Duke of Athol, Peregrine Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven Great Chamberlain of England, Thomas Holles Duke of Newcastle One of Our Principal Secretaries of State, Lionel Duke of Dorset, John Marquis of Tweeddale, Daniel Earl of Winchelsea and Nottingham, Philip Earl of Chesterfield, John Earl of Sandwich, Richard Earl of Burlington, Robert Earl of Holderness One other of Our Principal Secretaries of State, William Anne Earl of Albemarle, William Earl of Jersey, Henry Earl of Grantham, Francis Earl Godolphin, George Earl Cholmondely, John Earl of Hyndford, George Dunk Earl of Halifax, James Earl Waldegrave, Benjamin Earl Fitzwalter Treasurer of Our Household, William Earl of Harrington, William Earl of Bath, John Earl of Buckinghamshire, Simon Earl Harcourt, Charles Earl Cornwallis; the Right Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Thomas Lord Bishop of London; and Our Well-beloved and Faithful Counsellors John Lord Delawar, William Lord Cavendish, John Lord Berkeley of Stratton, 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 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 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 Fourteenth Day of this Instant August, 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, 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 Fourteenth 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 Twenty-seventh 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 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 Ourself, at Westminster, the Tenth Day of August, in the Twenty-seventh Year of Our Reign.
"By the King Himself, signed with His own Hand.
"Yorke & Yorke."
Then the Lord Chancellor said,
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"By virtue of His Majesty's Commission under the Great Seal to us and other Lords directed, and now read, we do, in His Majesty's Name, and in Obedience to His Royal Commands, prorogue this Parliament to Thursday the Twenty-seventh Day of September next, to be then here held: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the Twenty-seventh Day of September next."