Anno 14o Georgii Tertii.
Die Jovis, 15o Septembris 1774.
Domini præsentes fuerunt.
||Ds. Apsley, Cancellarius.
The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, “That His Majesty had been pleased to grant a Commission under the Great Seal, for the further Prorogation of the Parliament.”
Then Three of the Lords Commissioners, being in their Robes, and feated 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 Earl of Rochford on his Lest, commanded the Gentleman 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:
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 fo forth: To Our Most dear Brothers and faithful Counsellors, William Duke of Glouceseter, Henry Duke of Cumberland; the Most Reverend Father in God, and Our faithful Counseller, Frederick Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate and Metropolitan of all England; Our Well-beloved and faithful Counsellor Henry Lord Apsley, Our Chancellor of Great Britain; the Most Reverend Father in God, and Our faithful Councilor, Robert Archbishop of York. Primate and Metropolitan of England; Our Most dear Cousnis and Counsellors, Granville Earl Gower, President of Our Council; Augustus Henry Duke of Grafton, Keeper of Our Privy Seal; Edward, Duke of Somerset, Charles Duke of Richmond, Harry Duke of Bolton, Thomas Duke of Leeds, George Duke of Marlborough, John Duke of Rutland, Peregrine Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, Great Chamberlain of England; William Henry Duke of Portland, Henry Duke of Newcastle, Hugh Duke of ’Northumberland, Charles Marquis of Rockingham, William Earl Talbot, Steward of Our Household; Franks Seymour Earl of Hertford, Chamberlain of Our Household; France Earl of Huntingdon, Henry Earl of Suffok and Berk shire, One of Our Principal Secretaries of State; Basil Earl of Denbigh, John Earl of Sandwich, Robert Earl of Holdernesse, Richard Earl bf Scarbrough, William Henry Earl, of Rochford, One other of Our Principal Secretaries of State; George Bussy Earl of Jersey, Thomas Earl of Kinnoul, Hugh Earl of Marchmont, John Earl of Bute, William Earl of Dartmouth, One other of Our Principal Secretaries of State; George William Earl of Bristol, George Earl of Pomfret, John Earl of Ashburnham, John. Earl of Buckinghamshire, Richard Earl Temple Simon Earl Harcourt, Charles Earl Cornwallis, Philip Earl of Hardwicke, Stephen Earl of Ilchester, William Earl of Chatham, Allen Earl Bathurst, Wills Hill Earl of Hillborough, George Viscount Townshend, Thomas Viscount Weymouth, David Viscount Stormont, Hugh Viscount Falmouth, the Right Reverend Father in God, and our faithful Counsellor, Richard Lord Bishop of London; and Our Well-beloved and faithful Counsellors, Francis Lord Le Despencer, Charles Shaw Lord Cathcart, George Lord Edgecumbe, William Lord Ponsonby, Thomas Lord Hyde, William Lord Mansfield, Our Chief Justice assigned to hold Pleas before Us; William Lord Wycombe, Thomas Lord Grantham, Thomas Lord Pelham, and Charles Lord Camden, 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 May, in the Eighth 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 Fifteenth Day of this instant September, then to be held, and fit 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 Fifteenth Day of August next, in Our Name, further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament at our City of Westminister aforesaid, until and unto Tuesday the Fifteenth Day of September 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. In Witness whereof We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent.
“Witness Ourself at Westminster, the Fourteenth Day of September, in the Fourteenth 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 Commision 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 15th Day of November next, to be then here holden; and this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Tuesday the 15th Day of November next.”
Die Veneris, 22o Maii 1795.
Hitherto examined by us. The Erasures in Lines 20 & 21 in Page 686; and the following Interlineations appearing, viz.
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Anno 14 Georgii Tertii.
(fn. 1) “By the KING,
“A Proclamation for dissolving this present Parliament, and declaring the Calling of another.
WHEREAS We have thought fit, by and with the Advice of Our Privy Council, to dissolve this present Parliament, which now stands prorogued to Tuesday the Fifteenth Day of November next: We do, for that End, publish this Our Royal Proclamation; and do hereby dissolve the said Parliament accordingly: And the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, and the Commissioners for Shires and Burghs of the House of Commons, are discharged from their Meeting and Attendance on Tuesday the said Fifteenth Day of November next. And We being desirous and resolved, as soon as may be, to meet Our People, and to have their Advice in Parliament, do hereby make known, to all Our loving Subjects, Our Royal Will and Pleasure to call a new Parliament: And do hereby further declare, That, with the Advice of Our Privy Council, We have, this Day, given Order to Our Chancellor of Great Britain to issue out Writs, in due Form, for calling a new Parliament; which Writs are to bear Teste on Saturday the First Day of October next, and to be returnable on Tuesday the Twenty-ninth Day of November following.
“Given at Our Court at St. James’s, the Thirtieth Day of September One thousand seven hundred and seventy-four, in the Fourteenth Year of Our Reign.
“God save the King.