Journal of the House of Lords Volume 38, 1787-1790. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 28o Georgii Tertii.
DIE Jovis, 25o Septembris 1788.
|Archiep. Cantuar.||Ds. Thurlow, Cancellarius.||Ds. Sydney, Unus Primariorum Secretariorum.|
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 Sydney 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."
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 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 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, William Henry Duke of Portland, John Frederick Duke of Dorset, Henry Duke of Newcastle, George Duke of Montagu, George Marquis of Buckingham, William Marquis of Lansdown, George Marquis Townshend, 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, 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, George Earl of Leicester, Richard Earl Howe, Thomas Viscount Weymouth, David Viscount Stormont, George Viscount Mount Edgcumbe and Valletort, the right Reverend Father in God and Our faithful Counsellor Beilby 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, Richard Lord Carleton, Charles Lord Hawkesbury, and Lloyd Lord Kenyon, Our Chief Justice assigned to hold Pleas before Us, 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 Thursday the Twenty-fifth Day of this Instant September, 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-fifth Day of this Instant September, in Our Name, further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Thursday the Twentieth Day of November now next following, there then to be held and fit; 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.
"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 Twentieth Day of November next, to be then here holden; and this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the Twentieth Day of November next."