House of Lords Journal Volume 28
May 1755

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1767-1830

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'House of Lords Journal Volume 28: May 1755', Journal of the House of Lords volume 28: 1753-1756 (1767-1830), pp. 415-416. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=114390 Date accessed: 16 September 2014.


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May 1755

Anno 28o Georgii Secundi.

DIE Martis, 27o Maii.

Domini Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Comes Cornwallis. Ds. Berkeley Str.
Ds. Bathurst.

The Lord Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench sat Speaker, by virtue of His Majesty's Commission.

The Speaker acquainted the House, "That a Commission was issued under the Great Seal, for the further Prorogation of the Parliament."

Then Three of the Lords Commissioners, being seated on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolsack; the Earl Cornwallis in the Middle; with the Lord Berkeley of Straton on his Right Hand; and the Lord Bathurst on his Left; commanded the Deputy 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, with their Speaker; the Commission was read, by the Clerk, as follows:

"Tho. Cantuar.
Hardwicke, C.
Marlborough, C. P. S.
Rutland.
Dorset.

Commission for proroguing the Parliament.

"George the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth; To the most Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Matthew Archbishop of York Primate and Metropolitan of England; Our most Dear Cousins and Counsellors Harry Duke of Bolton, John Duke of Bedford, William Duke of Devonshire, James Duke of Athol, Peregrine Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven Great Chamberlain of England, John Marquis of Tweeddale, Daniel Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham, Philip Earl of Chesterfield, John Earl of Sandwich, William Earl of Jersey, Francis Earl Godolphin, George Earl Cholmondeley, John Earl of Hyndford, George Dunk Earl of Halifax, James Earl Waldegrave, Benjamin Earl Fitzwalter Treasurer of Our Household, William Earl of Harrington, William Earl of Bath, John Earl of Buckinghamshire, Simon Earl Harcourt, Charles Earl Cornwallis; the Right Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Thomas Lord Bishop of London; and Our Well-beloved and Faithful Counsellors John Lord Delawarr, John Lord Berkeley of Stratton, Allen Lord Bathurst, Richard Lord Edgecumbe Chancellor of Our Dutchy of Lancaster, and Samuel Lord Sandys, 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 Thirty-first Day of May, in the Twenty-seventh 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 Tuesday the Twenty-seventh Day of this Instant May, 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 Twenty-seventh Day of this Instant May, in Our Name, further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament, at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Tuesday the First of July 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, Marquises, 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.

"Witnesses, Our most Dear Son William Duke of Cumberland, and other Guardians and Justices of the Kingdom, at Westminster, the Thirteenth Day of May, in the Twenty-eighth Year of Our Reign.

"By the Guardians and Justices of the Kingdom, signed with their own Hands.

"Yorke & Yorke."

Then the Earl Cornwallis said,

Parliament prorogued.

"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 Royal Commands, prorogue this Parliament to Tuesday the First Day of July next, to be then here held: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Tuesday the First Day of July next."