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 Martis, 22o Octobris.
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 further 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 Earl of Halifax on his Right Hand; and the Lord Anson 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 followeth:
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, 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 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 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 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 Thirty-first Day of May, in the Twenty-seventh Year of Our Reign; on which Day Our said Parliament was begun and held, and from thence, by several Adjournments and Prorogations, was adjourned and prorogued to and until Tuesday the Twenty-second Day of October next, 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 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 Twenty-second Day of October, in Our Name, further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament, at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Thursday the Fourteenth Day of November 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 Twentysixth Day of September, 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 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 Fourteenth Day of November next, to be then here held: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the Fourteenth Day of November next."
13th March, 1762, hitherto examined by us,