Journal of the House of Lords Volume 39, 1790-1793. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 32o Georgii Tertii.
DIE Martis, 20o Decembris 1791.
Domini 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 Lord Walsingham on his Right Hand, and the Lord Hawkesbury 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 Sons and faithful Counsellors, Frederick Duke of York, William Duke of Clarence, Our most dear Brother and faithful Counsellor, William Duke of Gloucester, 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, George Duke of Marlborough, James Duke of Montrose, William Henry Duke of Portland, Henry Duke of Newcastle, 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, John Earl of Westmorland, 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, Frederick Earl of Guilford, Charles Earl Cornwallis, 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 Edgcumbe, David Viscount Stormont, George Evelyn Viscount Falmouth, Thomas Viscount Sydney, the Right Reverend Father in God and Our faithful Counsellor Beilby Lord Bishop of London, Our well-beloved and faithful Counsellors William Wyndham Lord Grenville, one 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, 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, James Lord Malmesbury, and Constantine John Lord Mulgrave, 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 Tenth Day of August, in the Thirtieth Year of Our Reign, which Our Parliament from thenceforth was prorogued by Our several Writs until and to the Twenty-fifth Day of November, in the Thirty-first Year of Our Reign, and there lately holden, and from thence by several Adjournments and Prorogations was adjourned and prorogued to and until Tuesday the Twentieth Day of this instant December, 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 Twentieth Day of December, in Our Name further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament, at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Tuesday the Thirty-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 Sixteenth Day of December, in the Thirty-second 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 Thirty-first Day of January next, to be then here holden; and this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Tuesday the Thirty-first Day of January next."
Die Sabbati, 28o Januarii 1809.
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