" (fn. *) By the KING.
Proclamation for dissolving the Parliament.
"A Proclamation for dissolving this present Parliament, and declaring the speedy
"WHEREAS We have thought fit, for divers important and weighty Considerations, by and with the
Advice of Our Privy Council, to dissolve this present Parliament, which now stands prorogued to Thursday the
Sixteenth of January 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,
of the said Parliament, are discharged from their Meeting upon Thursday the said Sixteenth Day of January.
And, to the Intent Our good Subjects may perceive the Confidence We have in their Affections, and how desirous We are to meet Our People, and have their Advice in Parliament, We do hereby make known to Our said
Subjects, that, in respect of some Matters of the highest Importance to this Our Kingdom, We do intend to give
Directions to the Keeper of Our Great Seal, for the issuing out of Writs, in due Form of Law, for the calling
a new Parliament; which shall begin, and be holden at Westminster, on Thursday the Sixth Day of February
"Given at Our Court at Kensington, the Nineteenth Day of December, 1700, in the Twelfth Year of Our
"God save the King."
||This Proclamation is printed, and bound in with the Original.