House of Lords Journal Volume 20
21 October 1714


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'House of Lords Journal Volume 20: 21 October 1714', Journal of the House of Lords: volume 20: 1714-1717 (1767-1830), pp. 18-19. URL: Date accessed: 25 October 2014.


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Anno 1 Georgii Regis.

DIE Jovis, 21 Octobris.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Arch. Ebor.
Epus. London.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Bristol.
Ds. Cowper, Cancellarius.
Comes Wharton, Custos Privati Sigilli.
Dux Shrewsbury, Camerarius.
Dux Atholl.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Cardigan.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Rochester.
Comes Plimouth.
Comes Loudoun.
Viscount Hereford.
Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. Delawar.
Ds. St. John.
Ds. Bruce.
Ds. Berkeley.
Ds. Herbert.
Ds. Conway.
Ds. Boyle.
Ds. Foley.


Lords take the Oaths.

John Duke of Atholl, and Price Lord Viscount Hereford, took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.

The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, "That His Majesty had been pleased to cause Letters Patents to be issued under the Great Seal, for the further proroguing of the Parliament."

The House was adjourned during Pleasure.

The House was resumed.

Then Three of the Lords Commissioners (in their Robes) being seated on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolsack; the Lord Chancellor in the Middle; and the Lord Privy Seal on his Right Hand; and the Lord Chamberlain on his Left; commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, "The Commissioners desire them to come and hear the Commission read."

Who being come, with their Speaker; the Commission was read, by the Clerk, as follows;

Commission for proroguing the Parliament.


"Georgius, Dei Gratia, Mag. Britanniæ, Franc. & Hib'niæ Rex, Fidei Defensor, &c. Reverendissimo in Christo Patri & Fideli Consiliario Nostro Thomæ Archiepiscopo Cantuar. totius Angl. Primati & Metropolitano, Prædilecto & Fideli Consiliario Nostro Will'o Domino Cowper Cancellario Nostro Mag. Britanniæ, Charissimis Consanguineis & Consiliariis Nostris Daniel. Comiti Nottingham Præsidenti Concilii Nostri, Thomæ Comiti Wharton Custodi Privati Sigilli Nostri, Will'o Duci Devon Senescallo Hospitii Nostri, Carolo Duci Shrewsbury Camerario Hospitii Nostri, Carolo Duci Somerset, Joh'i Duci Marlborough Capitaneo Generali Copiarum Nostrarum, Carolo Comiti Sunderland Locum-tenenti Nostro Generali Regni Nostri Hib'niæ, Ed'r'o Comiti Orford, Carolo Comiti Halifax, Carolo Vicecomiti Townshend Primario Secretario Nostro, & Prædilecto & Fideli Consiliario Nostro Joh'i Domino Sommers, Salutem. Cum nuper, pro quibusdam arduis & urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum & Defensionem Regni Nostri Mag. Britanniæ & Ecclesiæ concernentibus, præsens hoc Parliamentum Nostrum, apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. Duodecimo Die Novembris, Anno Regni Annæ nuper Reginæ Beatæ Memoriæ Duodecimo, inchoari & teneri ordinatum fuerit; quo Die idem Parliamentum per Prorogationem continuatum fuit usque Decimum Diem Decembris tunc prox. sequen.; & abinde, per separales Prorogationes, usque ad et in Decimum Sextum Diem Februarii ult. præterit. ulterius continuatum fuit, apud Civitatem Nostram præd. & tunc inchoatum & tentum fuit; & abinde, per separal. Adjournamenta & Prorogationes, & virtute Actus Parliamenti nuper in ea Parte edit. & provis. usque ad & in hunc instantem Diem Jovis, Vicesimum Primum Diem Octobris, congregat. adjournat. & prorogat. fuit, apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. prædictam, ibidem tunc tenendum & prosequendum: Sciatis tamen, quod, certis urgentibus Causis & Considerationibus Nos specialiter moventibus, idem Parliamentum Nostrum ulterius prorogandum duximus. De Fidelitate igitur, Prudentia, & Circumspectionibus vestris plurimum considentes, de Avisamento & Assensu Concilii Nostri, assignavimus vos Commissionarios Nostros; dantes vobis, & aliquibus Tribus vel pluribus vestrum, Tenore Præsentium, plenam Potestatem & Auctoritatem, hoc instante Vicesimo Primo Die Octobris, ad præsens Parliamentum Nostrum, Nomine Nostro, usque ad et in Diem Jovis, Decimum Tertium Diem Januarii nunc prox. sequen. apud præd. Civitatem Nostram Westm. prorogandum & continuandum, ibidem tunc tenendum & prosequendum; & ideo vobis mandamus, quod circa Præmissa diligenter intendatis, ac ea in Forma prædicta effectualiter expleatis. Damus autem universis & singulis Archiepiscopis, Ducibus, Marchionibus, Comitibus, Vicecomitibus, Episcopis, Baronibus, Militibus, Civibus, Burgensibus, et Commissionariis pro Comitat. & Burgis, ac omnibus aliis quorum interest ad dictum Parliamentum Nostrum conventuris, Tenore Præsentium, firmiter in Mandatis, quod vobis in Præmissis faciendis, agendis, & exequendis, pareant, obediant, & intendant, prout decet. In cujus Rei Testimonium, has Literas Nostras fieri fecimus Patentes.

"Teste Meipso, apud Westm'r, Vicesimo Primo Die Octobris, Anno Regni Nostri Primo.

"Per ipsum Regem, propria Manu signat.


Die Jovis, 14 Julii, 1715,
examined by us,

W. Carliol.

Then the Lord Chancellor said,

Parliament prorogued.

"My Lords, and Gentlemen,

"By Virtue of His Majesty's Commission now read, and to us and other Lords directed, we do, in His Majesty's Name, prorogue this present Parliament to Thursday the Thirteenth Day of January next: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the Thirteenth Day of January next."