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Parliamentary Debates

During the Sixth Session of the Seventh Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, appointed to meet at Westminster, the Third Day of February 1825, in the Sixth Year of the Reign of His Majesty King GEORGE the Fourth.

Thursday, February 3, 1825.

THE KING'S SPeech on opening the
SESSION.] This day the Session was
opened by Commission. The Lords Com-
missioners were, Lord Chancellor Eldon,
the archbishop of Canterbury, and the
earls of Westmorland, Harrowby, and
Shaftsbury. The usher of the black rod
having been ordered to require the at-
tendance of the House of Commons, he
withdrew. In a few minutes after, the
Speaker, accompanied by a considerable
number of the members, having appeared
at the bar, the lord chancellor opened the
Session with the following Speech to both

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outrages, for the suppression of which extraordinary powers were confided to his Majesty, have so far ceased, as to warrant the suspension of the exercise of those powers in most of the districts heretofore disturbed.

"Industry and commercial enterprise are extending themselves in that part of the United Kingdom. It is, therefore, the more to be regretted, that associations should exist in Ireland, which have adopted proceedings irreconcileable with the spirit of the Constitution, and calculated, by exciting alarm, and by exasperating animosities, to endanger the peace of society,

and to retard the course of national improvement.

"His Majesty relies upon your wisdom to consider, without delay, the means of applying a remedy to this evil.

"His Majesty further recommends the renewal of the inquiries instituted last session into the state of Ireland.

His Majesty has seen with regret the interruption of tranquillity in India, by the unprovoked aggression and extravagant pretensions of the Burmese Government, which rendered hostile operations against that state unavoidable.

"It is, however, satisfactory to find, that none of the other native powers bave manifested any unfriendly disposition, and that the bravery and conduct displayed by the forces already employed against the enemy, afford the most favourable


prospect of a successful termination of his Majesty has directed to be laid before

the contest.


"Gentlemen of the House of Commons; "His Majesty has directed us to inform you that the Estimates of the year will be forthwith laid before you.

"The state of India, and circumstances connected with other parts of his Majesty's foreign possessions, will render some augmentation in his military establishments indispensable.

"My Lords and Gentlemen; "His Majesty commands us to inform you, that his Majesty continues to receive from his Allies, and generally from all Princes and States, assurances of their unabated desire to maintain and cultivate the relations of peace with his Majesty, and with each other; and that it is his Majesty's constant endeavour to preserve the general tranquillity.


"In conformity with the declarations "His majesty has, however, the sincere which have been repeatedly made by his gratification of believing, that, notwith- Majesty, his Majesty has taken measures standing the increase of expense arising for confirming by treaties the commercial out of this augmentation, such is the relations already subsisting between this flourishing condition, and progressive im-kingdom, and those countries of America provement of the revenue, that it will which appear to have established their still be in your power, without affecting separation from Spain. public credit, to give additional facilities to the national industry, and to make a further reduction in the burthens of his people.

"The negotiations which have been so long carried on through his Majesty's Ambassador at Constantinople, between the Emperor of Russia and the Ottoman Porte, have been brought to an amicable


"His Majesty has directed to be laid before you, copies of arrangements which have been entered into with the kingdoms of Denmark and Hanover, for improving the commercial intercourse between those States and the United kingdom.

"Some difficulties have arisen with re

spect to the ratification of the treaty for the same object which was negociated last year between his Majesty and the United States of America.

"A treaty, having for its object the more effectual suppression of the slavetrade, has been concluded between his Majesty and the king of Sweden, a copy of which treaty (as soon as the ratifications thereof shall have been exchanged)

"These difficulties, however, his Majesty trusts, will not finally impede, the conclusion of so beneficial an arrange

"So soon as these treaties shall be completed, his Majesty will direct copies of them to be laid before you.

"His Majesty commands us not to conclude without congratulating you upon the continued improvement in the state of the agricultural interest, the solid foundation of our national prosperity; nor without informing you, that evident advantage has been derived from the relief which you have recently given to commerce by the removal of inconvenient restrictions.

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