§ Message to attend the Lords Commissioners by Black Rod.
§ The House went—and, being returned—
§ Mr. Speaker reported, That the House had been in the House of Peers, where Her Majesty was pleased, by Her Majesty's Commissioners, to approve of 15 the choice the House had made of him to be their Speaker; and that he had in their name and on their behalf, by humble petition to Her Majesty made claim to their ancient and undoubted Eights and Privileges, particularly to freedom from arrest and all molestation of their persons; to freedom of speech in debate; to free access to Her Majesty when occasion shall require; and that the most favourable construction shall be put upon all their proceedings, which, he said, Her Majesty, by her said Commissioners, had confirmed to them in as full and ample a manner as they have been heretofore granted or allowed by Her Majesty, or any of her Royal predecessors.
§ Mr. SPEAKER repeated his most respectful acknowledgments to the House for the high honour they had done him.
§ Mr. SPEAKER then put the House in mind that their first duty was to take and subscribe the Oath required by Law.
§ Thereupon Mr. SPEAKER first alone, standing upon the upper step of the Chair, took and subscribed the Oath.
§ Several Members took and subscribed the Oath, and a Member made and subscribed the Affirmation required by Law.