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 30o Georgii Tertii.
DIE Jovis, 10o Decembris 1789.
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 Duke of Leeds 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 and entirely beloved Son and most faithful Counsellor George Prince of Wales, Our most dear Sons and faithful Counsellors Frederick Duke of York, William Duke of Clarence, 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; John Frederick Duke of Dorset, Steward of Our Household; Edward Duke of Somerset, Charles Duke of Richmond, Augustus Henry Duke of Grafton, Harry Duke of Bolton, Francis Duke of Leeds, One of Our Principal Secretaries of State; George Duke of Marlborough, William Henry Duke of Portland, Henry Duke of Newcastle, George Duke of Montagu, James Marquis of Salisbury, Chamberlain of Our Household; George Marquis of Buckingham, William Marquis of Lansdown, George Marquis Townshend, Thomas Marquis of Bath, Edward Earl of Derby, 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, John Earl of Ashburnham, Thomas Earl of Effingham, John Earl of Buckinghamshire, Francis Earl of Hertford, Charles Earl Cornwallis, Philip Earl of Hardwicke, John Earl of Chatham, Henry Earl Bathurst, Wills Earl of Hillsborough, Thomas Earl of Ailesbury, William Earl of Mansfield, George Earl of Leicester, Richard Earl Howe, George Earl of Mount Edgecumbe and Valletort; David Viscount Stormont, Thomas Viscount Sydney; the right Reverend Father in God and Our faithful Counsellor Beilby Lord Bishop of London; Our well-beloved and faithful Counsellors 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, Henry Frederick Lord Carteret, Richard Lord Carleton, Charles Lord Hawkesbury, Lloyd Lord Kenyon, Our Chief Justice assigned to hold Pleas before Us; Joseph. Lord Dover, and James Lord Malmesbury, 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 Adjournment and Prorogations, was adjourned and prorogued, to and until Thursday the Tenth Day of December next, then to be held, and sit at Our City of Westminster aforesaid: Know ye, nevertheless, for that 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 Tenth Day of December, in Our Name further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Thursday the Twenty-first 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-fifth Day of November, in the Thirtieth 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 Twenty-first Day of January next, to be then here holden; and this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the Twenty-first Day of January next."
Die Martis, 24o Januarii 1809.
Hitherto examined by us,