Journal of the House of Lords Volume 33, 1770-1773. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 2o Georgii Tertii.
Die Martis, 23o Julii 1771.
Domini tam Spirituales (fn. 1) quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
E. Holdernesse take’s the Oaths.
Robert Earl of Holdernesse took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes; his Lordship having First at the Table delivered in a Certificate of his receiving the Sacrament; to the Truth whereof Witnesses were sworn and examined.
The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, “That His Majesty had been pleased to grant a Commission under the Great Seal, for the further Prorogation of the Parliament.”
Then Three of the Lords Commissioners, being in their Robes, and seated on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolsack, the Lord Chancellor in the Middle, with the Archbishop of Canterbury on his Right Hand, and the Earl of Rochford on his Left, commanded the Yeoman 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:
Commission tor proroguing the Parliament.
George the Third, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth; To Our Most dear Brothers and faithful Counsellors, William Duke of Gloucester, Henry Duke of Cumberland; the Most Reverend Father in God, and Our faithful Counsellor Frederick Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate and Metropolitan of all England; Our Well-beloved and faithful Counsellor Henry Lord Apsley, Our Chancellor of Great Britain; the Most Reverend Father in God, and Our faithful Counsellor Robert Archbishop of York, Primate and Metropolitan of England; Our Most dear Cousins and Counsellors, Granville Earl Gower, President of Our Council; Augustus Henry Duke of Grafton, Keeper of Our Privy Seal; Edward Duke of Somerset, Charles Duke of Richmond, Harry Duke of Bolton, Thomas Duke of Leeds, George Duke of Marlborough, John Duke of Rutland, Peregrine Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, Great Chamberlain of England; William Henry Duke of Portland, Henry Duke of Newcastle, Hugh Duke of Northumberland, Charles Marquis of Rockingham, William Earl Talbot, Steward of Our Household; Francis Seymour, Earl of Hertford, Chamberlain of Our Household; Francis Earl of Huntingdon, Henry Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire, One of Our Principal Secretaries of State; Basil Earl of Denbigh, Philip Earl of Chesterfield, John Earl of Sandwich, George Henry Earl of Litchfield, Robert Earl of Holdernesse, Richard Earl of Scarbrough, William Henry Earl of Rochford, One other of Our Principal Secretaries of State; George Earl of Albemarle, George Bussey Earl of Jersey, Thomas Earl of Kinnoul, Hugh Earl of Marchmont, John Earl of Bute, William Earl of Dartmouth, George William Earl of Bristol, George Earl of Pomfret, John Earl of Ashburnham, John Earl of Buckinghamshire, Henry Arthur Earl of Powis, Richard Earl Temple, Simon Earl Harcourt, Charles Earl Cornwallis, Philip Earl of Hardwicke, Stephen Earl of Ilchester, Robert Earl of Northington, William Earl of Chatham, George Viscount Townshend, Thomas Viscount Weymouth, David Viscount Stormont, Hugh Viscount Falmouth; the Right Reverend Father in God, and Our faithful Counsellor Richard Lord Bishop of London; and Our Well-beloved and faithful Counsellors, Wills Lord Harwich, One other of Our Principal Secretaries of State; Francis Lord Le Despencer, John Lord Berkeley of Stratton, Charles Shaw Lord Cathcart, Allen Lord Bathurst, George Lord Edgecumbe, William Lord Ponsonby, Thomas Lord Hyde, William Lord Mansfield, Our Chief Justice assigned to hold Pleas before Us; George Lord Lyttelton, William Lord Wycombe, Thomas Lord Grantham, Thomas Lord Pelham, Henry Lord Holland, and Charles Lord Camden, 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 Tenth Day of May, in the Eighth 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-third Day of this instant July, then to be held and fit at Our City cf 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-third Day of this instant July, in Our Name, further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament at Onr City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Tuesday the First Day of October now next following, there then to be held and fit: 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, Marquisses, 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.
Witness Ourself at Westminster, the Nineteenth Day of July in the Eleventh Year of Our Reign.
“By the King Himself, signed with His own Hand.”
Then the Lord Chancellor said,
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 Commands, prorogue this Parliament to Tuesday the First Day of October next, to be then here held; and this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Tuesday the First Day of October next.”