Journal of the House of Lords Volume 30, 1760-1764. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 4o Georgii Tertii.
DIE Martis, 30o Octobris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, "That His Majesty had been pleased to issue a Commission 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 Woolsack; the Lord Chancellor in the Middle; with the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury on his Right Hand, and the Earl of Marchmont on his Left; commanded the 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 Third, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth. To Our most Dear Brother and Faithful Counsellor Edward Duke of York, Our most Dear Uncle 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 Robert Earl of Northington Our Chancellor of Great Britain; the most Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Robert Archbishop of York Primate and Metropolitan of England; Our most Dear Cousins and Counsellors John Duke of Bedford President of Our Council, George Duke of Marlborough Keeper of Our Privy Seal, Charles Duke of Bolton, Thomas Duke of Leeds, John Duke of Rutland, John Duke of Argyll, Peregrine Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven Great Chamberlain of England, Thomas Holles Duke of Newcastle, Lionel Duke of Dorset; William Earl Talbot Steward of Our Household, Granville Earl Gower Chamberlain of Our Household, Francis Earl of Huntingdon, Basil Earl of Denbigh, Daniel Earl of Winchilsea & Nottingham, Philip Earl of Chesterfield, John Earl of Sandwich One of Our Principal Secretaries of State, Anthony Earl of Shaftesbury, George Henry Earl of Litchfield, Robert Earl of Holdernesse, William Henry Earl of Rochford, George Earl of Albemarle, William Earl of Jersey, Francis Earl of Godolphin, George Earl of Cholmondeley, Thomas Earl of Kinnoul, Hugh Earl of Marchmont, John Earl of Hyndford, John Earl of Bute, George Dunk Earl of Halifax One other of Our Principal Secretaries of State, John Earl of Buckinghamshire, Henry Arthur Earl of Powis Treasurer of Our Household, Hugh Earl of Northumberland, Richard Earl Temple, Simon Earl Harcourt, Francis Earl of Hertford, Philip Earl of Hardwicke, Stephen Earl of Ilchester, John Earl Delawar; George Viscount Townshend, David Viscount Stormont, Hugh Viscount Falmouth; the Right Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Richard Lord Bishop of London; and Our Well-beloved and Faithful Counsellors Francis Lord Le Despencer, John Lord Berkeley of Stratton, Allen Lord Bathurst, Samuel Lord Sandys, Thomas Lord Hyde, William Lord Mansfield Our Chief Justice assigned to hold Pleas before Us, Wills Lord Harwich, George Lord Lyttelton, William Lord Wycombe, Thomas Lord Grantham, John Lord Lovel and Holland, Henry Lord Holland, and John Lord Ligonier, 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 Nineteenth Day of May in the First Year of Our Reign; which Our Parliament from thenceforth was prorogued, by Our several Writs, until and to the Third Day of November, in the Second Year of Our Reign, and there lately holden; and from thence, by several Adjournments and Prorogations, was adjourned and prorogued to and until Tuesday the Thirtieth Day of this Instant October, 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 Thirtieth 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 Tenth Day of January 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 Twelfth Day of October, in the Fourth Year of Our Reign.
"By the King Himself, signed with His own Hand.
"Yorke and 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 Commands, prorogue this Parliament to Thursday the Tenth Day of January next, to be then here held: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the Tenth Day of January next."
23o Decembris, 1765.
Hitherto examined by us,