House of Lords Journal Volume 36: August 1780

Pages 176-177

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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August 1780

Anno 20o Georgii Tertii.

DIE Jovis, 24o Augusti 1780.

Domini presentes fuerunt.

Archiep. Cantuar. Comes Mansfield. Ds. Amherst.

The Earl of Mansfield sat Speaker by virtue of a former Commission.

The Earl of Mansfield 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 Earl of Mansfield in the Middle, with the Archbishop of Canterbury on his Right Hand, and the Lord Amherst 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 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; to 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 most dear Cousins and Counsellors Henry Earl Bathurst, President of Our Council; William Earl of Dartmouth, Keeper of Our Privy Seal; Edward Duke of Somerset, Charles Duke of Richmond, Augustus Henry Duke of Grafton, Harry Duke of Bolton, Thomas Duke of Leeds, George Duke of Marlborough, William Henry Duke of Portland, James Duke of Chandos, Henry Duke of Newcastle, Hugh Duke of Northumberland, George Duke of Montagu, Charles Marquis of Rockingham, William Earl Talbot, Steward of Our Household; Francis Seymour Earl of Hertford, Chamberlain of Our Household; Francis Earl of Huntingdon, Basil Earl of Denbigh, John Earl of Sandwich, Frederick Earl of Carlisle, Richard Earl of Scarborough, William Henry Earl of Rochford, George Bussy Earl of Jersey, Thomas Earl of Kinnoul, John Earl of Breadalbane, Hugh Earl of Marchmont, John Earl of Bute, George Earl of Pomfret, John Earl of Ashburnham, Granville Earl Gower, John Earl of Buckinghamshire, Charles Earl Cornwallis, Philip Earl of Hardwicke, Wills Earl of Hillsborough, One of Our Principal Secretaries of State; 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, One other of Our Principal Secretaries of State; Hugh Viscount Falmouth, the Right Reverend Father in God and Our faithful Counsellor, Robert Lord Bishop of London; and Our Well-beloved and faithful Counsellors, Francis Lord Le Despencer, Francis Lord Osborne, George Lord Onslow, George Lord Edgcumbe, William Lord Ponsonby, William Lord Wycombe, Thomas Lord Grantham, Thomas Lord Pclham, Charles Lord Camden, John Lord Cardiff, Edward Lord Hawke, Jeffery Lord Amherst and Alexander Lord Loughborough, Chief Justice of Our Court of Common Pleas, 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 Twenty-ninth Day of November, in the Fifteenth 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 Twenty-fourth Day of this Instant August, 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 considing 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-fourth 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 Thursday the Twenty-eighth 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, 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 Eighteenth Day of August, in the Twentieth Year of Our Reign."

"By the King Himself, signed with His own Hand."


Then The Earl of Mansfield said,

Parliament prorogued.

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 28th Day of September next, to be then here holden; and this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the 28th Day of September next."

Die Jovis 20o Februarij 1806.

Hitherto examined by us;




Anno 20o Georgii Tertii.

(fn. 1) By the KING.

A Proclamation for dissolving this present Parliament, and declaring the calling of another.


Whereas We have thought fit, by and with the Advice of Our Privy Council, to dissolve this present Parliament, which now stands prorogued to Thursday the Twenty-eighth Day of this Instant September: We do, for that End publish this Our Royal Proclamation; and do hereby dissolve the said Parliament accordingly: And the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and the Knights, Citizens and Burgesses, and the Commissioners for Shires and Burghs, of the House of Commons, are discharged from their Meeting and Attendance on Thursday the said Twenty-eighth Day of this Instant September. And We being desirous and resolved, as soon as may be, to meet our People, and to have their Advice in Parliament, do hereby make known to all Our loving Subjects, Our Royal Will and Pleasure to call a New Parliament: And do hereby further declare, That, with the Advice of Our Privy Council, We have, this Day, given Order to Our Chancellor of Great Britain to issue out Writs, in due Form, for calling a New Parliament; which Writs are to bear Teste on Saturday the Second Day of this Instant September, and to be returnable on Tuesday the Thirty-first Day of October following.

Given at Our Court at St. James's, the First Day of September One thousand seven hundred and eighty, in the Twentieth Year of Our Reign."

"God save the King."


  • 1. This Proclamation is printed and bound up with the original Journal.