Thursday, 5th March, 1874.
The House met at Two of the clock.
On which day, being the day appointed by the Royal Proclamation for the meeting of the new Parliament, Sir Thomas Erskine May, K.C.B., Clerk of
the House of Commons, Reginald Palgrave, Esquire, and Archibald Milman, Esquire, Clerks Assistants, and the other Clerks attending, according to their duty, Charles Romilly, Esquire, Clerk of the Crown in Chancery in Great Britain, delivered to the said Sir Thomas Erskine May a Book, containing a List of the Names of the Members returned to serve in Parliament.
Several of the Members repaired to their Seats.
A Message was delivered by Colonel Clifford, Yeoman Usher of the Black Rod:
"The Lords, authorized by virtue of Her Majesty's Commission, desire the immediate attendance of this Honourable House in the House of Peers, to hear the Commission read."
Accordingly, the House went up to the House of Peers;—and a Commission having been read for opening and holding the Parliament, the Lords Commissioners directed the House to proceed to the Election of a Speaker, and present him To-morrow at Two of the clock in the House of Peers, for the Royal Approbation."
And the House being returned;