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 27o Georgii Tertii.
DIE Martis, 16o Octobris 1787.
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 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,
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 and entirely beloved Son and most faithful Counsellor, George Prince of Wales, Our most dear Son and faithful Counsellor, Frederick Duke of York, Our 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 wellbeloved 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 Charles Earl Camden, President of Our Council; Granville Marquis of Stafford, 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, George Duke of Montagu, George Marquis of Buckingham, William Marquis of Lansdown, 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 Waldegrave, John Earl of Ashburnham, Thomas Earl of Effingham, John Earl of Buckinghamshire, Francis Earl of Hertford, Charles Earl Cornwallis, Philip Earl of Hardwicke, Henry Earl Bathurst, Wills Earl of Hillsborough, Thomas Earl of Ailesbury, 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& Valletort, Richard Viscount Howe, 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, Thomas Lord Pelham, John Lord Cardiff, Jeffery Lord Amherst, Alexander Lord Loughborough, Chief Justice of Our Court of Common Pleas, Thomas Lord Walsingham, Fletcher Lord Grantley, Henry Frederick Lord Carteret, and Charles Lord Hawkesbury, 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, in the Twenty-fourth 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 Sixteenth 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 Counsel, 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 Sixteenth Day of October, in Our Name further to Prorogue and continue Our present Parliament at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Thursday the Fifteenth Day of November 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 Fifth Day of October, in the Twenty-seventh 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 Thursday the Fifteenth Day of November next, to be then here holden, and this Parliament is accordingly Prorogued to Thursday the Fifteenth Day of November next."