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 28o Georgii Secundi.
DIE Jovis, 8o 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 Three of the Lords Commissioners, being seated on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolsack; the Lord Chancellor in the Middle; with the Lord President 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, "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 most Dear Cousin and Counsellor Philip Earl of Hardwicke Our Chancellor of Great Britain; the most Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Matthew 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, Lionel Duke of Dorset, John Marquis of Tweeddale, William Lord Cavendish of Hardwyck commonly called Marquis of Hartington, Daniel Earl of Winchelsea and Nottingham, Philip Earl of Chesterfield, John Earl of Sandwich, Robert Earl of Holdernesse One of Our Principal Secretaries of State, William Anne Earl of Albemarle, William Earl of Jersey, Henry Earl of Grantham, Francis Earl of Godolphin, George Earl of Cholmondeley, 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, John Lord Berkeley of Stratton, Allen Lord Bathurst, Richard Lord Edgcumbe Chancellor of Our Dutchy of Lancaster, Samuel Lord Sandys, and George Lord Anson, Greeting. Whereas, by the Advice of Our Council, for certain arduous and urgent Affairs, concerning Us, the State and Defence of Our Kingdom of Great Britain and the Church, We did order a certain Parliament to be holden at Our City of Westminster, on Friday the Thirty-first Day of May last past; on which Day Our said Parliament was begun and held; and from thence was adjourned and prorogued to and until Thursday the Eighth Day of this Instant August, then to be held, and sit at Our City of Westminster aforesaid: And whereas, by Our Letters Patent under Our Great Seal of Great Britain, bearing Date at Westminster, the Twenty-second Day of the same Month of May, We did give and grant unto Our said most Dear Son, and to the said Archbishop of Canterbury, Our Chancellor of Great Britain, President of Our Council, Keeper of Our Privy Seal, Steward of Our Household, Chamberlain of Our Household, Duke of Argyll, Duke of Newcastle, Duke of Dorset, Lord Cavendish of Hardwyck, Earl of Holdernesse, Earl of Albemarle, and Lord Anson, and any Three of them, full Power, in Our Name, to begin and hold Our said Parliament, and to proceed upon the said Affairs therein; and to do every Thing, which for Us, and by Us, for the good Government of Our said Kingdom of Great Britain, and other Our Dominions thereto belonging, should be there to be done; and also, if necessary, to continue, adjourn, and prorogue, Our said Parliament: Now know ye, that We have revoked and determined, and by these Presents do revoked and determine, Our said recited Letters Patent, and all Things therein contained: And further know ye, that, for certain pressing Causes and Considerations Us especially moving, We have thought fit further to prorogue Our said Parliament: Therefore We, con fiding 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 Eighth 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 Tuesday the Two and Twentieth 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 Ourself, at Westminster, the Sixth Day of August, in the Twenty-eighth 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 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 Tuesday the Twenty-second Day of October next, to be then here held: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Tuesday the Twenty-second Day of October next."