Journal of the House of Lords Volume 29, 1756-1760. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Jovis, 17o Julii.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
The Lord Keeper acquainted the House, "That a Commission was issued under the Great Seal, for the further Prorogation of the Parliament."
Then Three of the Lords Commissioners, being in their Robes, and seated on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolfack; the Lord Keeper in the Middle; with the Archbishop of Canterbury 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 and Entirely-beloved Grandson George Prince of Wales, Our most Dear Son and Faithful Counsellor William Duke of Cumberland, Our most Dear Grandson Edward Duke of York; 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 Robert Lord Henley Keeper of Our Great Seal of Great Britain; the most Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor John Archbishop of York Primate and Metropolitan of England; Our most Dear Consins and Counsellors John Earl Granville President of Our Council, Richard Earl Temple Keeper of Our Privy Seal, John Duke of Rutland Steward of Our Household, William Duke of Devonshire Chamberlain of Our Household, Charles Duke of Bolton, Thomas Duke of Leeds, John Duke of Bedford, 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; Basil Earl of Denbigh, Daniel Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham, Philip, Earl of Chesterfield, John Earl of Sandwich, Robert Earl of Holdernesse One of Our Principal Secretaries of State, William Henry Earl of Rochford, William Earl of Jersey, Francis Earl of Godolphin, George Earl of Cholmondeley, Thomas Earl of Kinnoul Chancellor of Our Dutchy of Lancaster, John Earl of Hyndford, George Dunk Earl of Halifax, James Earl Waldegrave, William Earl of Bath, Granville Earl Gower, John Earl of Buckinghamshire, Simon Earl Harcourt, Charles Earl Cornwallis, Philip Earl of Hardwicke; Hugh Viscount Falmouth; 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 Edgecumbe Comptroller of Our Household, Samuel Lord Sandys, George Lord Anson, William Lord Mansfield Our Chief Justice assigned to hold Pleas before Us, Wills Lord Harwich, and George Lord Lyttelton, 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 Thursday the Seventeenth Day of this Instant July, 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 Seventeenth Day of this Instant July, in Our Name, further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament, at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Thursday the Eighteenth 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 Eleventh Day of July, in the Thirty-fourth Year of Our Reign.
"By the King Himself, signed with His own Hand.
"Yorke & Yorke."
Then the Lord Keeper 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 Commands, prorogue this Parliament to Thursday the Eighteenth Day of September next, to be then here held: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the Eighteenth Day of September next."