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 29o Georgii Tertii.
DIE Jovis, 20o Novembris 1788.
Lord Dover introduced:
Sir Joseph Yorke of the Town and Port of Dover in the County of Kent, being by Letters Patent bearing Date the 18th of September 1788, in the 28th Year of His present Majesty, created Baron Dover, was (in his Robes) introduced between the Lord Sydney and the Lord Amherst (also in their Robes), the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, and Garter King at Arms preceding; his Lordship on his Knee presented his Patent to the Lord Chancellor at the Woolsack, who delivered it to the Clerk, and the same was read at the Table; his Writ of Summons was also read, as follows; (videlicet)
"George the Third, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth; to Our right trusty and wellbeloved Counsellor Joseph Yorke, of the Town and Port of Dover in Our County of Kent, Chevalier, Greeting: Whereas by Reason of certain arduous and urgent Affairs concerning Us, the State and Defence of Our Kingdom of Great Britain, and the Church, We did lately, with the Advice and Consent of Our Council, ordain Our present Parliament to be holden at Our City of Westminster on the Eighteenth Day of May, in the Twenty-fourth Year of Our Reign, which Parliament hath been from that Time by several Adjournments and Prorogations adjourned, prorogued, and continued to and until the Twenty-fifth Day of this Instant September, at Our City aforesaid, to be then there held: We strictly enjoining command you under the Faith and Allegiance by which you are bound to Us, that considering the Difficulty of the said Affairs and Dangers impending, all Excuses being laid aside, you be personally present at the said Day and Place with Us, and with the Prelates, Nobles, and Peers of Our said Kingdom, to treat of the aforesaid Affairs, and to give your Advice, and this you may in nowise omit as you tender Us and Our Honour, and the Safety and Defence of the said Kingdom and Church, and the Dispatch of the said Affairs. Witness Ourself, at Westminster, the Eighteenth Day of September in the Twenty-eighth Year of Our Reign.
Then his Lordship took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration; and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes; and was afterwards placed on the Lower End of the Barons Bench.
E. Clarendon takes his Seat:
This Day Thomas Earl of Clarendon sat first in Parliament, after the Death of his Father Thomas Earl of Clarendon. His Lordship having first at the Table taken the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration; and also taken and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.
House acquainted with His Majesty's Illness:
"You are met upon the Day of your Prorogation without any previous Notification given that you would be expected to proceed forthwith upon Business, without any Commission having issued either for the holding, continuing, or proroguing the Parliament, and without the Possibility of His Majesty's Presence in Person; as it is the Duty of the Office which I hold to receive His Majesty's Commands upon those Heads, it seems to belong to me also to explain to your Lordships the Reasons of the Omission; the Severity of the Disorder under which His Majesty unhappily labours, has rendered it impossible for me to approach His Royal Person and to receive those Commands."