§ Message to attend the Lords Commissioners by Black Rod.
§ The House went—and, being returned—
§ Mr. SPEAKER reported, That the Lords Commissioners under the Great Seal for opening and holding this Parliament had made a communication to both Houses, which Mr. SPEAKER read to the House, as followeth:—
§ "My Lords and Gentlemen,
§ "We have it further in command from Her Majesty to acquaint you that, since the time when Her Majesty deemed it right to call you together for the consideration of business, certain vacancies have occurred in the House of Commons owing to the acceptance of office from the Crown by Members of that House; it is 16 therefore Her Majesty's pleasure that an opportunity may now be given to issue Writs for supplying the vacancies so occasioned, and that subsequently you may proceed to the consideration of such matters as arc to be laid before you."
§ Several other Members took' and subscribed the Oath, and several Members made and subscribed the Affirmation required by Law.