Journal of the House of Lords Volume 36, 1779-1783. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 23o Georgii Tertii.
DIE Martis, 26o Novembris 1782.
Domini 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 Privy Seal on his Right Hand, and the Lord Osborne on his Left, commanded the Yeoman 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; (videlicet)
Commission for proroguing the Parguing 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 Brothers and faithful Counsellors William Duke of Gloucester, Henry Duke of Cumberland; the most Reverend Father in God, and Our faithful Counsellor Frederick Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate and Metropolitan of all England; Our well-beloved and faithful Counsellor Edward Lord Thurlow, Our Chancellor of Great Britain; the most Reverend Father in God, and Our faithful Counsellor, William Archbishop of York, Primate and Metropolitan of England; Our wellbeloved and faithful Counsellor Charles Lord Camden, President of Our Council; Our most dear Cousins and Counsellors Augustus Henry Duke of Grafton, Keeper of Our Privy Seal; George Duke of Manchester, Chamberlain of Our Household; Edward Duke of Somerset, Charles Duke of Richmond, Harry Duke of Bolton, Thomas Duke of Leeds, George Duke of Marlborough, William Henry Duke of Portland, James Duke of Chandos, John Frederick Duke of Dorset, Henry Duke of Newcastle, Hugh Duke of Northumberland, George Duke of Montagu, Frederick Earl of Carlisle, Steward of Our Household; Francis Earl of Huntingdon, James Earl of Salisbury, Basil Earl of Denbigh, John Earl of Sandwich, George Bussy Earl of Jersey, Thomas Earl of Kinnoul, Hugh Earl of Marchmont, John Earl of Bute, William Earl of Dartmouth, Charles Earl of Tankerville, George Earl of Pomfret, John Earl of Ashburnham, Thomas Earl of Effingham, Granville Earl Gower, John Earl of Buckinghamshire, George Earl Temple, Francis Earl of Hertford, Charles Earl Cornwallis, Philip Earl of Hardwicke, Henry Earl Bathurst, Wills Earl of Hillsborough, Thomas Earl of Ailesbury, Thomas Earl of Clarendon, William Earl of Mansfield, Our Chief Justice assigned to hold Pleas before Us; George Viscount Townshend, Thomas Viscount Weymouth, David Viscount Stormont, George Viscount Mount Edgcumbe and Valletort, George Viscount Sackville, Richard Viscount Howe, Augustus Viscount Keppel, the right Reverend Father in God, and Our faithful Counsellor Robert Lord Bishop of London, and Our well-beloved and faithful Counsellors Thomas Lord Grantham, One of Our Principal Secretaries of State; George Lord De Ferrars, Francis Lord Osborne, George Lord Onslow, William Lord Ponsonby, William Lord Wycombe, Thomas Lord Pelham, John Lord Cardiff, Jeffery Lord Amherst, Alexander Lord Loughborough, Chief Justice of Our Court of Common Pleas; John Lord Ashburton, and Fletcher Lord Grantley, 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 October, in the Twenty-first 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-sixth Day of this Instant November, 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 Twenty-sixth Day of this Instant November, in Our Name, further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Thursday the Fifth Day of December 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, Marquisses, 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 Twenty-second Day of November, in the Twenty-third Year of Our Reign.
By the King himself, signed with His own Hand.
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 Majesty's Commands, prorogue this Parliament to Thursday the Fifth Day of December next, to be then here holden; and this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the Fifth Day of December next."