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the family of his Royal Highness, the Prince Regent confides in their making such provision on this occasion as the rank and station of their Royal Highnesses may appear to require."
Speech of the Prince Regent on proroguing Parliament, July 12.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"I cannot close this Session of Parliament without again expressing my deep regret at the continuance of his Majesty's lamented indisposition.
"At the commencement of the present session I entertained a confident hope, that the peace which I had concluded, in conjunction with his Majesty's allies, would meet with no interruption; that, after so many years of continued warfare, and of unexampled calamity, the nations of Europe would be allowed to enjoy that repose for which they had been so long contending 5 and that your efforts might be directed to alkylate the burthens of his Majesty's people, and to adopt such measures as might best promote the internal prosperity of his dominions.
"These expectations were disappointed by an act of violence and perfidy of which no parallel can be found in history.
"The usurpation of the supreme authority in France by Buonaparte, in consequence of the defection of the French armies from their legitimate sovereign, appeared to me to be so incompatible with the general security of other countries, as well as with the engagements to which the French nation l«d recently been a
party, that I felt I had no alternative but to employ the military resources of his Majesty's dominions, in conjunction with his Majesty's allies, to prevent the reestablishment of a system whick experience had proved to be the source of such incalculable woe<» to Europe.
"Under such circumstances', you will have seen with just pride and satisfaction the splendid success with which it has pleased Divine Providence to bless his Majesty's arms, and those of hi* allies.
"Whilst the glorious and evermemorable victory obtained at Waterloo, by Field-Marshals the Duke of Wellington and Prince Blucher, has added fresh lustre tu the characters of those great commanders, and has exalted the military reputation of this country beyond all former example, it has at the same time produced the most decisive effects on the operas tions of the war, by delivering from invasion the dominions of the King of the Netherlands, and by placing, in the short space of fifteen days, the city of Paris, and a large part of the kingdom of France, in the military occupation of the allied armies.
"Amidst events so important, I am confident you will see how necessary it is, that there should be no relaxations in our exertions, until 1 shall be enabled, in conjunction with his Majesty's allies, to complete those arrangements which may afford the prospect of permanent peace and security to Europe.
'* Gentlemen of the House of Commons, "I thank you for the very liberal beral provision yon have made for the services of the present year.
"I deeply lament the continuance ".nd increase of those burthens which the great military exertions of the present campaign, combined with the heavy arrears remaining due for the expenses of the former war, have rendered indispensable, and which his Majesty's loyal subjects, from a conviction of their necessity, have sustained with such exemplary fortitude and cheerfulness.
"You have already seen, however, the fruit of the exertions which have been made; and there can be no doubt that the best economy will be found to result from that policy which may enable us to bring the contest to a speedy termination.
"My Lords and Gentlemen, "The brilliant and rapid success of the Austrian arms at the opening of the campaign has led to the restoration of the kingdom of Naples to its ancient Sovereignty, and to the deliverance of that important portion of Italy from foreign influence and dominion.
"I have further the satisfaction of acquainting you, that the authority of his most Christian Majesty has been again acknowledged in his capital, to which his Majesty has himself repaired.
'' The restoration of peace between this country and the United States of America has been followed by a negociation for a commercial treaty, which, I have every reason to hope, will be terminated upon conditions calculated to cement the good understanding subsisting between the two countries,
and equally beneficial to the interests of both.
"I have great pleasure in acquainting you, that the labours of the Congress at Vienna have been brought to a conclusion by the signature of a treaty, which, as the ratifications have not yet been exchanged, could not be communicated to you, but which I expect to be enabled to lay before you when I next meet you in Parliament.
"I cannot release you from your attendance without assuring you, that it is in a great degree to the support which you have afforded me, that I ascribe the success of my earnest endeavours for the public welfare; and on no occasion has that support been more important than in the course of the present session.
"In the further prosecution of such measures as may be necessary to bring the great contest in which we are engaged to an honourable and satisfactory conclusion, I shall rely with confidence on the experienced Zealand steady loyalty of all classes of his Majesty's subjects: and they may depend on my efforts to improve our present advantages in such manner as may best provide for the general tranquillity of Europe, and maintain the high character which this country enjoys amongst the nations of the world."
Whitehall, Oct. 19, 1815. Whereas it has been humbly represented to his Royal Highness the Prince Regent, that a considerable number of persons at Shields, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sunderland.
Sunderland, and in the neighbourhood of those places, have unlawfully assembled themselves together in a disorderly and tumultuous manner, for the purpose of compelling the shipowners and others concerned in the trade of the above mentioned ports, to comply with certain regulations prescribed by them with respect to the navigating ships and vessels proceeding to and from those ports; and have actually detained and prevented divers ships and vessels from sailing from the said ports, and have proceeded to other acts of violence: and whereas it has been further represented to his Royal Highness the Prince Regent, that these misguided persons have formed themselves into committees, and have administered illegal oaths, with a view to the purposes before mentioned; and have also upon various occasions used force or intimidation to compel persons to join such unlawful assemblies, and to prevent their engaging with the said ship-owners; his Royal Highness being duly sensible of the mischievous consequences which must inevitably arise from such illegal and dangerous proceedings if not speedily suppressed, and deeming it indispensably necessary to have recourse to the most effectual measures, with a view of bringing to justice the persons concerned therein, has already caused an adequate military and naval force to be assembled and stationed in those parts where the disturbances have prevailed, for the purpose of assisting the civil power (if necessary) in supporting the same, and
is hereby pleased, in the name and on the behalf of his J\I;yesty, to promise his most gracious pardon to any person or persons who have been concerned in the illegal proceedings before mentioned (except the President, or person acting as President, in any such Committee, or any person having actually administered any such unlawful oath, or having used any actual. force or intimidation for any of the above mentioned purposes), who shall come forward and give information against any of the persons who have administered the said oaths, or assisted in the administering the same, or who have acted in a Committee of any such unlawful assembly as aforesaid, or who shall .have used force or intimidation to compel persons to join those unlawful assemblies, or who shall have prevented any persons from engaging themselves in the service of any of the ship-owners beforementioned: and, as a further encouragement, his Royal Highness the Prince Regent is hereby pleased to promise to any person or persons (except as aforesaid) who shall discover and apprehend, or cause to be discovered and apprehended, the authors, abettors, or perpetrators of any of the illegal proceedings beforementioned, so that they or any of them may be duly convicted thereof, the sum of One Hundred Pounds for each and every person so convicted; the said sum to be paid by the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's treasury.