Journal of the House of Lords Volume 37, 1783-1787. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 25o Georgii Tertii.
DIE Jovis, 2o Decembris 1784.
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 Archbishop of Canterbury on his Right Hand, and the Lord Privy Seal 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, 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 Son and faithful Counsellor, George Prince of Wales, 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, John 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, Granville Earl Gower, President of Our Council, and Keeper of Our Privy Seal; James Duke of Chandos, Steward of Our Household; 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, Charles Duke of Rutland, William Henry Duke of Portland, George Duke of Manchester, John Frederick Duke of Dorset, Henry Duke of Newcastle, Hugh Duke of Northumberland, George Duke of Montagu, James Earl of Salisbury, Chamberlain of Our Household; Edward Earl of Derby, Francis Earl of Huntingdon, Basil Earl of Denbigh, Philip Earl of Chesterfield, John Earl of Sandwich, Frederick Earl of Carlisle, George Bussy Earl of Jersey, George James Earl of Cholmondeley, Thomas Earl of Kinnoul, William Earl of Dartmouth, Charles Earl of Tankerville, Heneage Earl of Aylesford, George Earl of Pomfret, John Earl of Ashburnham, Thomas Earl of Effingham, John Earl of Buckinghamshire, George Earl Temple, Francis Earl of Hertford, Charles Earl Cornwallis, Philip Earl of Hardwicke, Robert Earl of Northington, 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 Earl of Leicester, 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, Our well-beloved and faithful Counsellors Francis Lord Osborne, One of Our Principal Secretaries of State; Thomas Lord Sydney, One other of Our Principal Secretaries of State; George Lord Onslow, William Lord Ponsonby, William Lord Wycombe, Thomas Lord Grantham, Thomas Lord Pelham, Charles Lord Camden, John Lord Cardiff, Jeffery Lord Amherst, Alexander Lord Loughborough, Chief Justice of Our Court of Common Pleas; Thomas Lord Walsingham, Fletcher Lord Grantley, and Henry Frederick Lord Cartaret, 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 Eighteenth Day of May last past, on which Day Our said Parliament was begun and held, and from thence was adjourned and prorogued to, and until Thursday the Second Day of December next, 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 Second Day of December next, in Our Name further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Tuesday the Twenty-fifth 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, 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-sixth Day of November, in the Twenty-fifth 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 Commands, Prorogue this Parliament to Tuesday the Twenty-fifth Day of January next, to be then here holden, and this Parliament is accordingly Prorogued to Tuesday the Twenty-fifth Day of January next."
Die Mercurii 3o Februarii 1808.
Hitherto examined by Us;