§ At twelve o'clock the doors of the House of Com- 3 mons were thrown open, and the Members immediately entered in great numbers. In five minutes not less than 300 Members were in the House. We preserve this record to mark the great interest excited by the expected contest for the Speakership.
§ Shortly after two, the Usher of the Black Rod summoned the Members to hear the Commission read in the House of Lords.
§ Mr. Ley, the Chief Clerk of the House, accordingly proceeded thither, followed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Goulburn, Mr. Herries, and a great many Members.
§ On their return, the Clerk announced, that the Commons had been summoned to the House of Peers, and had been commanded to choose a Speaker.