Journal of the House of Lords Volume 34, 1774-1776. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Die Jovis, 4o Augusti 1774.
Anno 14o Georgii Tertii.
Domini præsentes fuerunt.
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 feated 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 Lest, 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,
The Commission was read by the Clerk, as follows:
Commission for 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 Moft 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 Oar 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, John Earl of Sandwich, Robert Earl of Holdernesse, Richard Earl of Scarbrough William Henry Earl of Rochford, One other of Our Principal Secretaries of State; George Bussy Earl of Jersey, Thomas Earl of Kinnoul, Hugh Earl of Marchmont, John Earl of Bute, William Earl of Dartmouth, One other of Our Principal Secretaries of State; George William Earl of Bristol, George Earl of Pomfret, John Earl of Ashburnham, John Earl of Buckinghamshire, Richard Earl Temple, Simon Earl Harcourt, Charles Earl Cornwallis, Philip Earl of Hardwide, Stephen Earl of Ilchester, William Earl of Chatham, Allen Earl Bathurst, Wills Hill Earl of Hillsborough, 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, Francis Lord Le Despencer, Charles Shaw Lord Cathcart, George Lord Edgecumbe, William Lord Ponsonby, Thomas Lord Hyde, William Lord Mansfield, Our Chief Justice assigned to hold Pleas before Us; William Lord Wycombe, Thomas Lord Grantham, Thomas Lord Pelham, 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 Thursday the Fourth Day of August next, then to be held, and sit at Our City of Westminster aforesaid: Know ye nevertheless, that for certain pressing Causes and Considerations Us especially moving, We have thought sit 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 Fourth Day of August next, in Our Name, further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament at our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Thursday the Fifteenth Day of September 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, 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 Twenty-second Day of July, in the Fourteenth Year of Our Reign.
“By the King Himself, signed with His own Hand.
Then the Lord Chancellor fald:
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 Thursday the 15th Day of September next, to be then here holden; and this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the 15th Day of September next.”