Anno 27o Georgii Secundi.
DIE Veneris, 31o Maii, 1754.
DIE Veneris, 31o Maii, 1754, Annoque Regni Serenissimi Domini Nostri Georgii Secundi, Dei
Gratia, Magnæ Britanniæ, Franciæ, et Hib'niæ Regis,
Fidei Defensoris, &c. Vicesimo Septimo, in Superiori
Domo Parliamenti Magnæ Britanniæ, apud Westmonaster,
convenere Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales
quorum Nomina subscribuntur, et præsentes fuerunt:
Epus. Bath. & Wells.
|Comes Hardwicke, Cancellarius.
Comes Granville, Præses.
Dux Marlborough, Senescallus.
Dux Grafton, Camerarius.
Dux Ancaster & Kesteven, Magnus Camerarius Angl.
Ds. Berkeley Str.
Parliament opened by Commission:
The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, "That
His Majesty, not thinking fit to be personally present
here this Day, had been pleased to cause a Commission to be issued under the Great Seal, in order
to the Opening and Holding of this Parliament."
Then Six of the Lords Commissioners, being seated
on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolsack; the Lord Chancellor in the Middle; with the Lord
Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lord Chamberlain on
his Right Hand; and the Lord President, the Duke of
Newcastle, and the Duke of Dorset, on his Left;
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 Lord Chancellor said,
"My Lords, and Gentlemen of the House of
"His Majesty, not thinking fit to be present here
this Day in His Royal Person, has been pleased, in
order to the Opening and Holding of this Parliament,
to cause Letters Patent to be passed under His Great
Seal, constituting his Royal Highness the Duke of
Cumberland, and several Lords therein named, His
Commissioners, to do all Things, in His Majesty's
Name, on His Part necessary to be performed in this
Parliament. This will more fully appear by the
Letters Patents themselves, which must be now read."
Then the said Letters Patent were read, by the Clerk,
"George the Second, by the Grace of God, of
Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender
of the Faith, and so forth: To all to whom these
Presents shall come, Greeting. Whereas, by the
Advice of Our Council, for certain arduous and
urgent Affairs, concerning Us, the State and Defence
of Our Kingdom of Great Britain and the Church,
We have ordered a certain Parliament to be holden
at Our City of Westminster, on Friday the Thirtyfirst Day of this Instant May: And forasmuch as, for
certain Causes, We cannot conveniently be present in
Our Royal Person, in Our said Parliament, upon the
said Thirty-first Day of May: Know ye, that We,
trusting in the Discretion, Fidelity, and Industry, of
Our most Dear Son and Faithful Counsellor William
Duke of Cumberland; the most Reverend Father in
God and Our Faithful Counsellor Thomas Archbishop
of Canterbury Primate and Metropolitan of all England; Our most Dear Cousins and Counsellors Philip
Earl of Hardwicke Our Chancellor of Great Britain,
John Earl Granville President of Our Council, John
Earl Gower Keeper of Our Privy Seal, Charles Duke
of Marlborough Steward of our Household, Charles
Duke of Grafton Chamberlain of Our Household,
Archibald Duke of Argyll, Thomas Holles Duke of
Newcastle First Commissioner of Our Treasury, Lionel
Cranfield Duke of Dorset Lieutenant General and
General Governor of Our Kingdom of Ireland,
William Lord Cavendish of Hardwyck commonly called
Marquis of Hartington Master of Our Horse, Robert
Earl of Holdernesse One of Our Principal Secretaries
of State, William Anne Earl of Albemarle Groom of
Our Stole, and Our Well-beloved and Faithful Counsellor George Lord Anson First Commissioner of Our
Admiralty; by the Advice of Our said Council, do
give and grant, by the Tenor of these Presents, unto
Our said most Dear Son, and to the said Archbishop
of Canterbury, Our Chancellor of Great Britain,
President of Our Council, Keeper of Our Privy Seal,
Steward of Our Household, Chamberlain of Our
Household, Duke of Argyll, Duke of Newcastle, Duke
of Dorset, Lord Cavendish of Hardwyck, Earl of
Holdernesse, Earl of Albemarle, and Lord Anson, and
any Three of them, full Power, in Our Name, to begin
and hold Our said Parliament, and to open and declare, and cause to be opended and declared, the
Causes of holding the same; and to proceed upon
the said Affairs in Our said Parliament, and in all
Matters arising therein, and to do every Thing which
for Us, and by Us, for the good Government of Our
said Kingdom of Great Britain and other Our Dominions thereto belonging, shall be there to be
done; and also, if necessary, to continue, adjourn,
and prorogue, Our said Parliament; commanding also,
by the Tenor of these Presents, with the Assent of
Our said Council, as well all and singular the Archbishops, Bishops, Earls, Viscounts, Barons, and
Knights, as all others whom it concerns to meet in
Our said Parliament, that to the same Our most
Dear Son, Archibishop of Canterbury, Our Chancellor
of Great Britain, President of Our Council, Keeper
of Our Privy Seal, Steward of Our Household,
Chamberlain of Our Household, Duke of Argyll,
Duke of Newcastle, Duke of Dorset, Lord Cavendish
of (fn. 1) Hardwyck, Earl of Holdernesse, Earl of Albemarle,
and Lord Anson, and any Three of them, they diligently intend in the Premises, in the Form aforesaid.
In Witness whereof, We have caused these Our
Letters to be made Patent.
"Witness Ourself, at Westminster, the Twentysecond Day of May, in the Twenty-seventh
Year of Our Reign.
"By the King Himself, signed with His own
"Yorke and Yorke."
Then the Lord Chancellor said,
Directions to the Commons, to choose a Speaker.
"My Lords, and Gentlemen of the House of
"By virtue of His Majesty's Commission, now read,
and in Obedience to His Commands, we let you
know, that His Majesty doth not think fit that we
should declare the Causes of your present Meeting,
until there be a Speaker of the House of Commons:
And therefore it is His Majesty's Pleasure, that you,
Gentlemen of the House of Commons, do immediately
repair to the Place where the Commons usually sit,
and there chuse a fit Person to be your Speaker; and
that you present the Person who shall be so chosen
to His Majesty's Commissioners here, for His Royal
Approbation by the said Commissioners, To-morrow,
at Twelve of the Clock at Noon."
Then the Commons withdrew.
And the House was adjourned during Pleasure, to
The House was resumed.
L. Chancellor takes the Oaths.
The Lord Chancellor singly, in the First Place, took
the Oaths, at the Table, and made and subscribed the
Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of
Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.
Certificate of the Election of the Sixteen Peers for Scotland, read:
The Deputy Clerk of the Crown in Chancery delivered in a Certificate of the Names of the Sixteen
Peers, who are chosen, summoned, and certified, to fit
and vote in this House, for that Part of Great Britain
And the same, having been compared at the Table
with the Original Return, and found to agree therewith,
was read by the Clerk, and is as follows; videlicet,
"May it please your Lordships,
"These are the Names of the Sixteen Peers, who,
according to the Act in that Case made and provided,
are chosen, summoned, and certified, to be Members
of the House of Lords, for and on the Behalf of
that Part of Great Britain called Scotland, in the Parliament of Great Britain which is to meet on Friday
the Thirty-first Day of this Instant May:
"The Duke of Argyll.
"The Marquis of Tweeddale.
"The Marquis of Lothian.
"The Earl of Rothes.
"The Earl of Morton.
"The Earl of Moray.
"The Earl of Home.
"The Earl of Lauderdale.
"The Earl of Loudoun.
"The Earl of Findlater.
"The Earl of Breadalbane.
"The Earl of Aberdeen.
"The Earl of Marchmont.
"The Earl of Hyndford.
"The Viscount of Stormont; and
"The Lord Cathcart.
"Witness our Hands, this Thirty-first Day of
Clerk of the Crown
E. Dartmouth takes his Seat.
This Day William Earl of Dartmouth sat first in Parliament, after the Death of his Grandfather William
Earl of Dartmouth.
Lords take the Oaths.
The Lords following took the Oaths, and made and
subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the
Thomas Lord Archbishop of Canterbury.
John Earl Granville, Lord President of the Council.
Charles Duke of Marlborough, Lord Steward of the
Charles Duke of Grafton, Lord Chamberlain of
William Duke of Devonshire.
John Duke of Rutland.
Peregrine Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, Lord
Great Chamberlain of England.
Evelin Duke of Kingston.
Thomas Holles Duke of Newcastle.
Robert Duke of Manchester.
Lionel Cranfield Duke of Dorset.
Henry Earl of Lincoln.
James Earl of Northampton.
Edward Earl of Warwick and Holland.
John Earl of Sandwich.
George Earl of Cardigan.
Anthony Ashley Earl of Shaftesbury.
Robert Earl of Holdernesse.
William Earl of Jersey.
George Earl of Cholmondeley.
James Earl of Morton.
Edward Earl of Oxford, and Earl Mortimer.
William Earl of Dartmouth.
George Dunk Earl of Halifax.
George Augustus Earl of Sussex.
Robert Earl Ker.
John Earl Ashburnham.
Thomas Earl of Effingham.
John Earl of Buckinghamshire.
Hugh Earl of Northumberland.
Charles Earl of Egremont.
Richard Earl Temple.
Simon Earl Harcourt.
Francis Seymour Earl of Hertford.
Francis Earl of Guilford.
Thomas Viscount Fauconberg.
Hugh Viscount Falmouth.
Matthew Lord Bishop of Ely.
John Lord Bishop of Sarum.
Edward Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells.
Zachary Lord Bishop of Bangor.
Robert Lord Bishop of Saint Asaph.
Edward Lord Bishop of Landaff.
Thomas Lord Bishop of Norwich.
John Lord Bishop of Bristol.
Edmund Lord Bishop of Chester.
James Lord Bishop of Gloucester.
Anthony Lord Bishop of Saint Davids.
George Lord Abergavenny.
William Lord Cavendish.
John Lord Clifton.
John Lord Ward.
George Lord Berkeley of Stratton.
Charles Lord Cathcart.
Richard Lord Onslow.
Charles Lord Cadogan.
John Lord Monson.
Robert Lord Raymond.
Henry Lord Montfort.
Richard Lord Edgecumbe.
Samuel Lord Sandys.
Matthew Lord Fortescue.
George Lord Anson.
Thomas Lord Archer.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Sabbati,
primum diem Junii jam prox. sequen. hora undecima
Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.