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peerage of the realm to any person whatever, except to his majesty's royal issue, who shall have attained the full age of twenty one years.

" Resolved, that the said powers should not extend to the granting of any office whatever in reversion, or to the granting of any office, salary, or pension, for any other term than during his majesty's pleasure, except such offices as are by law required to be granted for life, or during good behaviour..

- Resolved, that the said powers should not extend to the granting of any part of his majesty's real or personal estate, except so far as relates to the renewal of leases...

• Resolved, that the care of his majesty's royal person, during the continuance of his majesty's illness, should be committed to the Queen's most excellent majesty; and that her

majesty should have power to remove from, and to nominate and appoint such persons as she shall think proper, to the several offices in his majesty's household; and to dispose, order, and manage all other matters and things relating to the care of his majesty's royal person, during the time aforesaid: and that for the better enabling her majesty to discharge this important trust, it is also expedient that a council should be appointed, to advise and assist her majesty in the several matters aforesaid, and with power from time to time, as there may be cause, to examine upon oath the physicians and others attending his majesty's person, touching the state of his majesty's health, and all matters relative thereto.

Die Hercurii, 28 Januarii, 1789.

" Resolved, that a committee be

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appointed, to attend his royal highness the Prince of Wales, with the resolutions which have been agreed to by the lords and commons for the purpose of supplying the defect of the personal exercise of the royal authority during his majesty's illness, by empowering his royal highness to exercise such authority in the name and on the behalf of his majesty, subject to the limitations and restrictions which the circumstances of the case appear at present to require: and that the committee do express the hope which the lords spiritual and temporal, and commons, entertain, that his royal highness, from his regard to the interests of his majesty and the nation, will be ready to undertake the weighty and important trust proposed to be invested in his royal highness, as soon as an act of parliament shall have been passed for carrying the said resolution into effect."

CIIAPTER VIII.

ANSWER OF THE PRINCE OF WALES TO TUE

RESOLUTIONS OF PARLIAMENTO PROCEEDINGS OF THE TRISII LEGISLATURE-ADDRESS TO TIIE PRINCE OF WALES, FROM THE LORDS AND COMMONS OF IRELAND-HIIS ROYAL HIIGILNESS'S REPLY-TIIE KING'S RECOVERY--FINAL ANSWER OF THE PRINCE TO THE IRISH DELEGATES-LETTER OF THE PRINCE TO THE QUEEN-BENEVOLENCE OF THE PRINCE TO LONDON AND EDINBURGH--EXCURSION TO YORK_ADDRESS OF THE LORD MAYOR AND ALDERMEN OF YORK TO THE PRINCEHIS ROYAL MGIINESS'S REPLY ENTERTAINMENT AT WENTWORTH HOUSE-ACCIDENT THAT BEFEL IIIS ROYAL HIGIIN ESS.

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To the communication given in the preceding chapter, the Prince of Wales was pleased to make the following answer.

« My LORDS AND GENTLEMEN,

" I thank you for communicating to me the resolutions agreed upon by the two houses, and I request you to assure them in niy name, that my duty to the King, my father, and my anxious concern for the safety and interests of the people, which must be endangered by a longer suspension of the exercise of the royal authority ; together with my respect for the united desires of the two houses, outweigh, in my mind, every other consideration, and will determine me to undertake the weighty and important trust proposed to me, in conformity to the resolutions now communicated to me. I am sensible of the difficulties that must attend the execution of this trust, in the particular circumstances in which it is committed to my charge, of which, as I am acquainted with no former exam

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