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derived from his majesty's restoration of the regency bill, which his Majesty's to health, and to the personal exercise servants felt it to be their duty to reof his royal functions, it will not, in commend to parliament. But he venthe prince's estimation, be the least, tures to submit to your Royal Highthat that most fortunate event will at ness, that, whatever difficulties the preonce rescue him from a situation of un.
sent awful crisis of the country and the exampled embarrassment, and put an world may create in the administration end to a state of affairs, ill calculated, of the executive government, your he fears, to sustain the interests of the Royal Highness will not find them in united kingdom in this awful and pe- any degree increased by the temporary rilous crisis, and most difficult to be suspension of the exercise of those reconciled to the genuine principles of branches of the royal prerogatives, the British constitution.
which has been introduced by parliaMr Perceval's Reply.
ment, in conformity to what was in
tended on a former similar occasion ; Downing-street, Feb. 11, 1811. and that whatever ministers your Royal Mr Perceval presents his humble Highness might think proper to em, duty to your Royal Highness, and has ploy, would find in that full support the honour to acknowledge the receipt and countenance which, as long as they of your Royal Highness's letter of were honoured with your Royal High, last night, which reached him this ness's commands, they would feel conmorning
fident they would continue to enjoy Mr Perceval feels it his duty to ex, ample and sufficient means to enable press his humble thanks to your Royal your Royal Highness effectually to Highness, for the frankness with which maintain the great and important inte, your Royal Highness has condescend. rest of the united kingdoin. ed explicitly to communicate the mo
And Mr Perceval humbly trusts, tives which have induced your Royal that whatever doubts your Royal Highness to honour his colleagues and Highness may entertain with respect him with your commands for the con
to the constitutional propriety of the tinuance of their services in the stations measures which have been adopted, intrusted to them by the king. And your royal highness will feel assured, Mr Perceval begs leave to assure your that they could not have been recomRoyal Highness that in the expression mended by his majesty's servants, nor of your Royal Highness's sentiments sanctioned by parliament, but upon of filial and loyal attachment to the the sincere, though possibly erroneous King, and of anxiety for the restora, conviction, that they in no degree tion of his Majesty's health, Mr Perce. trenched upon the true principles and val can see nothing but additional mo. spirit of the constitution. tives for their most anxious exertions
Mr Perceval feels it his duty to to give satisfaction to your Royal · add, that he holds himself in readiness, Highness, in the only manner in which at any moment, to wait upon your it can be given, by endeavouring to Royal Highness, and to receive any promote your Royal Highness's views commands with which your Royal for the security and happiness of the Highness may be graciously pleased country.
to honour him. Mr Perceval has never failed to regret the impression of your Royal Highness, with regard to the provisions
Speech of the Prince Regent, Feb. 12. The attack upon the island of Sicily,
which was announced to the world The Lords Commissioners (the with a presumptuous anticipation of Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord success, has been repulsed by the perChancellor, the Duke of Montrose, severing exertions and valour of his Earl Camden, and the Earl West. Majesty's land and sea forces. moreland) being seated on the wool- The judicious arrangement adopted sack, thé lord chancellor read the by the officers commanding on that following most gracious speech : station, derived material support from
My Lords and Gentlemen,-In ex- the zeal and ardour which were mani. ecution of the commission which has fested during this contest by the innow been read to you, we are com- habitants of Sicily, and from the comanded by his Royal Highness the operation of the naval means which, Prince Regent to express, in the were directed by his Sicilian Majesty strongest manner, how deeply he la- to this object. ments, not only in common with all In Portugal, and at Cadiz, the dea his Majesty's loyal subjects, but with fence of which constituted the prin. a personal and filial affliction, the great cipal object of his Majesty's exertions national calamity which has been the in the last campaign, the designs of the occasion of imposing upon his Royal enemy have been hitherto frustrated. Highness the duty of exercising in The consummate skill, prudence, and his Majesty's name the royal authority perseverance of Lieutenant-General of this kingdom.
Lord Viscount Wellington, and the In conveying to you the sense which discipline and determined bravery of his Royal Highness entertains of the the officers and men under his com. great difficulties attending the import- mand, have been conspicuously display. ant trust which is reposed in him, his ed throughout the whole of the cama Royal Highness commands us to as- paign. The effect of those distinguishsure you, that he looks with the most ed qualities, in inspiring confidence and perfect confidence to the wisdom and energy into the troops of his Majesty's zeal of parliament, and to the attach- allies, has been happily evinced by ment of a loyal and affectionate people, their general good conduct, and partifor the most effectual assistance and cularly by the brilliant part which support ; and his Royal Highness will, they bore in the repulse of the
enemy on his part, exert his utmost endeavours at Buzaco. And his Royal Highness to direct the powers with which he is commands us further to state, that he invested, to the advancement of the trusts
will enable him to continue prosperity, welfare, and security of his the most effectual assistance to the Majesty's dominions.
brave nations of the peninsula, in the We are directed to inform
support of a contest which they mani, his Royal Highness has great satisfac- fest a determination to maintain with tion in being enabled to state, that unabated perseverance; and his Royal fresh opportunities have been afford. Highness is persuaded that you will ed during the late campaign for dis- feel, that the best interests of the Bri. tinguishing the valour and skill of his tish empire must be deeply affected in Majesty's forces both by sea and land. the issue of this contest, on which the
The capture of the islands of Bour- liberties and independence of the Spa, bon and of Amboyna has still further nish and Portuguese nations entirely reduced the colonial dependencies of depend.
We have it likewise in command to
acquaint you, that discussions are now brought up a message from the Prince depending between this country and Regent: it was read from the chair, the United States of America; and and was in substance as follows :: that it is the earnest wish of his Royal The Prince Regent, in the name Highness that he may find himself and in the behalf of the King, thinks enabled to bring these discussions to an proper to inform the House of Coma amicable termination, consistent with mons, that the maintenance of a body the honour of his Majesty's crown, and of Portuguese troops in British pay. the maritime rights and interests of had been attended with the most imthe united kingdom.
portant effects in the conduct of the Gentlemen of the House of Com. war. The Prince Regent hopes the mons,-We are directed to acquaint House of Commons will enable him to you, that his Royal Highness the continue the same for the present year, Prince Regent has given his commands according as circumstances and the that the estimates for the expenditure nature of the contest may require. of the current year should be laid be. fore you ; and his Royal Highness has Prince Regent's Message, April 8. great satisfaction in acquainting you, that although the difficulties under GEORGE P. R. which the commerce of this kingdom The Prince Regent, in the name and has laboured, have in some degree af. on behalf of his majesty, having taken fected a part of his Majesty's revenue, into his serious consideration the acparticularly in Ireland, yet that the counts which he has received of the revenue of Great Britain in the last severe distresses to which the inhabit. year, though unaided by any new tax. ants of a part of the kingdom of Poration, is greater than was ever known tugal have been exposed in their perin any preceding year. And his Royal sons and property, in consequence of Highness trusts to your zeal and liber. the invasion of that country, and
espe. ality to afford his Majesty adequate cially from the wanton and savage bar. supplies for the support of the great barity exercised by the French armies, contest in which he is necessarily en- in their recent retreat, which cannot gaged.
fail to affect the hearts of all
persons My Lords and Gentlemen,-We are who have any sense of religion or hucommanded by his Royal Highness to manity, desires to be enabled by the declare to you, that it is the most House of Commons to afford the sufAnxious wish of his heart, that he may fering subjects of his majesty's good be enabled to restore unimpaired into and faithful ally, such speedy and efthe hands of his Majesty the governo fectual relief as may be suitable to this ment of his kingdom ; and that his interesting and afflicting occasion. Royal Highness earnestly prays that
G. P. R. the Almighty may be pleased in his mercy to accelerate the termination of
CITY ADDRESS. a calamity so deeply lamented by the whole nation, and so peculiarly af. The dutiful and loyal Address of the flicting to his Royal Highness him- Lord Mayor, Aldermen; and Comself.
mons of the City of London, in Com.
mon Council assembled. Prince Regent's Message, March 12.
May it please your Royal Highness, The Chancellor of the Exchequer We, the lord mayor, aldermen, and
commons of the city of London, in have so long demonstrated towards common council assembled, most hum- your royal father and family, we would bly approach your Royal Highness fain have forborne to cloud the dawn with the warmest assurances of affec. of our intercourse with your Royal tionate attachment to your royal per- Highness by even a glance at our grieson, and unshaken adherence to thosevances, manifold and weighty as they sacred principles which seated your fa- are ; but duty to our sovereign, duty mily upon the throne of this realm ; to our country, the example of our fully convinced, that those principles forefathers, justice to posterity, the afford the best security to the honour fame and the safety of the kingdom, and dignity of the sovereign, and the all, with voice imperious, forbid us to rights and interests of the people. disguise our thoughts, or to smother
Whilst we offer to your Royal High. our feelings. ness our sincere condolence
the Far be, it from us, insulted as the severe visitation with which it has plea- corporation of this ancient (and at all sed Divine Providence to afflict our formertimes respected) city has recentmost gracious sovereign, which has oc- ly been by the servants of the crown ; casioned a suspension of the royal func- far be it from us to indulge in comtions, it is with heartfelt consolation, plaints of grievances peculiar to ourthat, in common with all ranks of ourselves, ready and willing as we are to fellow subjects, we behold in the per. share in all the necessary burdens and son of your Royal Highness a prince all the dangers of our country. It is highly endowed, and eminently quali- of general grievances, grievances sorefied to exercise the regal duties--a ly felt in all ranks of life ; of accumuprince, who has so greatly endeared lated and ever accumulating taxation; himself to the people by his modera. rendered doubly grievous by the option and forbearance on various trying pressive mode of exaction, and of the occasions, and the attachment he has increased and increasing distress and so uniformly shown to their rights and misery therefrom arising; of the im, liberties.
provident expenditure of the immense Had indeed the desire and the ex.
from industry and lapectation of the united kingdom been bour; of the waste of life, and of trea realized, by vesting in your Royal sure, in ill-contrived and ill-conducted Highness the full powers of the exe. expeditions ; of the attempts which cutive authority, we should have had for many years past, and especially just cause for congratulation, confident within the last three years, have been as we feel that those powers would made, and with but too much success, have been wisely and beneficially exer- to crush public liberty in all its branchcised, to enable us to meet the extra- es, and especially the liberty of freely ordinary exigencies of so perilous a discussing the conduct of public men, erisis.
and the nature and tendency of public Deeply impressed with a sense of measures. the many and great difficulties, which, Can we refrain from humbly express with powers so limited, your Royal ing our complaints, when we have seen Highness must have to encounter in those ministers who have so long usurpthe discharge of duties so arduous, and ed the royal authority, and who, it is feeling towards your Royal Highness now discovered, have, by practising the the fullness of 'that loyal affection, most criminal deception upon the parwhich in deeds as well as in words we liament and the people, carried on the
government during his majesty's for- tion is, therefore, absolutely necessary mer incapacity, exerting their influ- for the safety of the crown, the hapence to degrade the kingly office ? piness of the people, and the peace and When we have seen measures adopt. independence of the country. ed, evincing the most ungrounded jea- Reposing the fullest confidence in lousy and mistrust of your Royal your Royal Highness's beneficent views Highness—when we have seen the and intentions, we can only deplore prerogatives of the crown curtailed the present unfortunate state of things, and withheld when we have seen a fully relying that, under circumstan, new estate established in the realm, ces so novel and embarrassing, every highly dangerous and unconstitutional measure which depends personally up
- when we have seen power, influence, on your Royal Highness will be adopt. and emolument, thus set apart to con- ed towards extricating us from our trol and embarrass the executive go present difficulties, and for promoting vernment, at a time of such unprece- the peace, happiness, and security of dented difficulty, when all the energies the country. of the state are necessary to enable us Thus to mingle our expressions of to surmount the dangers with which confidence and affection with the voice we are threatened, both at home and of complaint, is grievous to our hearts ; abroad. We confess that, feeling as we but, placing as we do implicit reliance do the most unbounded gratitude to on the constitutional principles of your your Royal Highness, for undertaking Royal Highness, we are cheered with these arduous duties at a moment of the hope, that such a change of sýs. such peril, and under such circumstan- tem will take place, as will hencefor. ces, we can discover no cause for con- ward, for a long series of happy years, gratulation :-on the contrary, we prevent your Royal Highness from be. should be filled with dismay and the ing greeted by the faithful and loyal most alarming apprehensions, were it city of London in any voice but that not for the known patriotism and amia- of content and of gratitude. ble qualities which your Royal High- Signed by order of court, ness possesses, and the resource which
HENRY WOODTHORPE. we trust your Royal Highness will
To which address his Royal Highfind in the zeal, ardour, affection, and ness was pleased to return the followa loyalty of a free and united people. ing most gracious answer :
Numerous other grievances we for- I thank you for the assurances of bear even to mention ; but there is one your attachment, and of
your confi. 80 prominent in the odiousness of its dence in the sincerity of my endeavours nature, as well as in the magnitude of to promote the welfare and security of its mischievous consequences, that we his majesty's dominions, by the faithare unable to refrain from marking it ful administration of those powers with out as a particular object of our com. which I am entrusted during the laplaint and of your Royal Highness's mented indisposition of the king. virtuous abhorrence--the present re
In the arduous situation in which I presentation in the Commons House of am placed, I can assure you that it parliament, a ready instrument in the will be the happiest moment of my hands of the minister for the time be- life when, by the blessing of providence, ing, whether for the purpose of nulli. I shall be called upon to resign the fying the just prerogatives of thecrown, powers delegated to me into the hands or of insulting and oppressing the peo. of my beloved and revered father and ple, and a reform in which representa. sovereign.
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