Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 63, 1830-1831. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London.
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Die Mercurii, 27 °Octobris 1830.
Comes Winchilsea & Nottingham.
C. P. S.
Mr. Manners Sutton Speaker of H.C. approved of.
Then Five 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 President and The Viscount Melville on his Right Hand, and The Lord Privy Seal and The Lord Ellenborough 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."
"I am to acquaint your Lordships, that, in obedience to His Majesty's Commands, His Majesty's faithful Commons have proceeded to exercise their undoubted Right of electing a Speaker, and that their Choice has fallen upon me.
"My Lords, I well know from Experience what are the Difficulties of so high and arduous an Office, and I feel, as I ought to feel, great Distrust of my own Competency; but, my Lords, if it should be His Majesty's Pleasure to disapprove of this Choice, His Majesty's faithful Commons will at once select some other Member of their House better qualified to fill the Station than myself."
"We are commanded to assure you that His Majesty is so fully sensible of your Zeal for the Public Service, and of your ample and tried Sufficiency to execute the arduous Duties which His faithful Commons have selected you to discharge, that He does most willingly approve the Choice, and confirm you their Speaker."
"With the deepest Sense of Gratitude, I bow to His Majesty's Gracious Decision; and now it becomes my Duty, in the Name and on Behalf of the Commons of the United Kingdom, to lay claim, by humble Petition, to all their ancient and undoubted Rights and Privileges; more especially those of Freedom from Arrest for themselves, their Servants and Estates; Freedom in Debate; free Access to His Majesty when Occasion shall require; and that His Majesty will put the most favorable Construction upon all their Proceedings; and I would, in Conclusion, presume to add, that if Error be committed, His Majesty will be pleased to attribute it to me, and not to His faithful Commons."
"We have it further in Command to inform you, that His Majesty doth most readily confirm all the Rights and Privileges which have ever been granted to or conferred on the Commons by any of His Royal Predecessors.