Die Mercurii, 25 Augusti.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
|Ds. Harcourt, Cancellarius.
Dux Shrewsbury, Thesaurarius.
Dux Bucks & Nor. Præses.
Comes Dartmouth, Custos Privati Sigilli.
Dux St. Albans.
Comes Poulet, Senescallus.
Comes Oxford & Mortimer.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. St. John.
Lords take the Oaths.
George Earl of Warrington, Charles Lord Bishop of
Norwich, and William Lord Byron, took the Oaths; and
made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and
subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the
The King's Answer to the Address delivered.
The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, "That
His Majesty had been pleased to send to the Lords
Justices a most Gracious Answer, under His Sign
Manual, to the Address of this House of the Fifth
Instant; with His Commands to their Lordships, that
they would order the same to be delivered to this
House; and that he had received their Commands
for that Purpose."
And thereupon his Lordship read the same, as follows:
"I take this First Opportunity to return you My
hearty Thanks, for your Address, and the Assurances
you have given Me therein.
"The Zeal and Unanimity you have shewn, upon
My Accession to the Crown, are great Encouragements to Me; and I shall always esteem the Continuance of them as One of the greatest Blessings of
"No one can be more truly sensible than I am, of
the Loss sustained by the Death of the late Queen;
whose exemplary Piety and Virtues so much endeared
Her to Her People, and for whose Memory I shall
always have a particular Regard.
"My best Endeavours shall never be wanting, to repair this Loss to the Nation. I will make it My constant Care, to preserve your Religion, Laws, and
Liberties, inviolable; and to advance the Honour
and Prosperity of My Kingdoms.
"I am hastening to you, according to your Desire
so affectionately expressed in your Address."
To be printed.
Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the Address of this House
to His Majesty of the Fifth Instant, and His Majesty's
most Gracious Answer thereunto, be forthwith printed
Thanks to the King.
Resolved, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in
Parliament assembled, That the humble Thanks of this
House be returned to His Majesty, for His Majesty's
most Gracious Answer to their Address; and particularly
for the just Regard His Majesty is pleased to express to
the Memory of our late most Gracious Sovereign; and
for the most Gracious Assurance His Majesty is pleased
to give, of His constant Care to preserve our Religion,
Laws, and Liberties, inviolable; and to advance the
Honour and Prosperity of this Kingdom.
Ordered, That the Lord Chancellor do lay the said
Resolution before the Lords Justices; and desire their
Lordships to transmit the same to His Majesty, with all
The House was adjourned during Pleasure.
The House was resumed.
Then Thirteen of the Lords Justices (in their Robes)
being seated on the Bench prepared for them, between
the Chair of State and the Woolsack; the Lord Chancellor in the Middle; and the Lord Archbishop of York,
Lord President, Duke of Somerset, Duke of Devonshire,
Earl of Greenwich Duke of Argyle, and Earl of Abingdon, on his Right Hand; and the Lord High Treasurer,
Lord Privy Seal, Duke of Bolton, Duke of Kent, Earl
of Anglesey, and Earl of Scarbrough, on his Left; commanded the Gentlemen Usher of the Black Rod to
signify to the Commons; "That it is the Lords Justices
Pleasure, they attend immediately, in the House of
Who being come, with their Speaker;
The Lord Chancellor said,
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"Having, since your last Adjournment, received His
Majesty's most Gracious Answers, under His Sign
Manual, to your several Addresses, and, by His Majesty's Command, ordered them to be delivered to
you respectively; we do now, in His Majesty's Name,
prorogue this present Parliament, to Thursday the
Twenth-third Day of September next: And this present Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday
the Twenty-third Day of September next."