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and fit upon fuch day as fhall be appointed by fuch proclamation, and continue to fit and act in like manner, to all intents and purpofes, as if it had stood adjourned or prorogued to the fame day: and whereas we have thought fit, in purfuance of the faid act, this day to declare in our council, certain caufes and occafions moving us to order and direct, that fuch part of our militia forces as may more immediately enable us to provide for the important objects therein mentioned, should be drawn out and embodied: and whereas, in pursuance of the faid recited act, we have thought fit on this day to iffue our royal proclamation, notifying the caufes and occafions fo declared in council as aforefaid: and whereas our parliament now ftands prorogued to Thursday the 3d day of January next; we therefore, by the advice of our privy council, do hereby publish and declare our royal will and pleasure, that our faid parliament fhall, on Thursday the 13th day of this inftant December, be held for the difpatch of divers weighty and important affairs. And the lords fpiritual and temporal, and the knights, citizens, and bures, and the commiffioners for fures and burghs of the houfe of commons, are hereby required to give attendance accordingly at Westminster, on the faid 13th day

of December.

Given at our court at Windfor, the ft day of December, 1792, and in the 33d year of our reign,

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embody a part of the militia of this kingdom, I have, in pursuance of the provifions of the law, called you together within the time limited for that purpose, and it is, on every account, a great fatisfaction to me to meet you in parliament at this conjuncture.

I should have been happy if I could have announced to you the fecure and undisturbed continuance of all the bleffings which my fubjects have derived from a state of tranquillity; but events have recently occurred which require our united vigilance and exertion, in order to preferve the advantages which we have hitherto enjoyed.

The feditious practices which had been in a great measure checked by your firm and explicit declaration in the laft feffion, and by the general concurrence of my people in the fame fentiments, have of late been more openly renewed, and with increafed activity. A fpirit of tumult and diforder (the natural confequence of fuch practices) has fhewn itself in acts of riot and infurrection, which required the interpofition of a military force in fupport of the civil magiftrate. The industry employed to excite difcontent on various pretexts, and in different parts of the kingdom, has appeared to proceed from a defign to attempt the deftruction of our happy conftitution, and the fubverfion of all order and govern, ment; and this defign has evidently been purfued in connection and concert with perfons in foreign

countries.

I have carefully obferved a stric neutrality in the prefent war on the

His Majesty's Speech to both Houses of continent, and have uniformly ab

Parliament, Dec. 13.

My lords and gentlemen,

ftained from any interference with refpect to the internal affairs of France; but it is impoffible for me

Having judged it neceffary to to fee, without the most ferious

uneafinefs, the ftrong and increafing indications which have appeared there of an intention to excite difturbances in other countries, to difregard the rights of neutral nations, and to purfue views of conqueft and aggrandizement, as well as to adopt towards my allies the ftates-general (who have obferved the fame neutrality with myself) measures which are neither conformable to the law of nations, nor to the pofitive ftipulations of exifting treaties. Under all thefe circumftances, I have felt it indifpenfable duty to have recourfe to thofe means of prevention and internal defence with which I am entrufted by law; and I have alfo thought it right to take steps for making fome augmentation of my naval and military force, being perfuaded that thefe exertions are neceffary in the prefent ftate of affairs, and are beft calculated both to maintain internal tranquillity, and to render a firm and temperate conduct effectual for preferving the bleffings of peace.

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Nothing will be neglected on my part that can contribute to that important object confiftently with the fecurity of my kingdoms, and with the faithful performance of engage ments which we are bound equally by intereft and honour to full.

Gentlemen of the houfe of

commons,

I have ordered the estimates for the enfuing year to be laid before you; and I have no doubt that you will be ready to make a due provifion for the feveral branches of the public fervice.

You will certainly join with me in lamenting any necetlity for extraordinary expences, which may for time prevent the application of additional fums beyond thofe which are already annually appropriated to

the reduction of the public debt, or retard the relief which my subjects might have derived from a further diminution of taxes: but I am confident you will feel that thofe great ends will ultimately be best promoted by fuch exertions as are neceffary for our prefent and future fafety and tranquillity; and it is a great confolation to me to reflect, that you will find ample refources for effectually defraying the expence of vigorous preparations, from the excefs of the actual revenue beyond the ordinary expenditure.

My lords and gentlemen,

I have great pleasure in ac. quainting you, that the brilliant fucceffes of the British arms in India, under the able conduct of the marquis Cornwallis, have led to the termination of the war by an advantageous and honourable peace, the terms of which are peculiarly fatisfactory to me, from their tendency to fecure the future tranquillity of the British dominions in that part of the world.

Your attention will now natu

rally be directed to fuch measures, for the future government of thole valuable poffeffions, as fhall appear, from experience and full confideration, moft likely to provide for their internal profperity, and to fecure the important advantages which may be derived from thence, to the commerce and revenue of this country.

I am perfuaded that it will be the object of your immediate confideration to adopt fuch measures as may be neceflary under the prefent circumftances, for enforcing obedience to the laws, and for repreff. ing every attempt to disturb the peace and tranquillity of these kingdoms.

You will be fenfible how much

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depends on the refult of your deliberations; and your uniform conduct is the best pledge that nothing will be wanting on your part which can contribute to the prefent fecurity and permanent advantage of the

country.

I retain a deep and unalterable fenfe of the repeated proofs which I have received of your cordial I have received of your cordial and affectionate attachment to me; and I place an entire reliance on the continuance of thofe fentiments, as well as on your firm determination to defend and maintain that conftitution which has fo long protected the liberties and promoted the happiness of every claís of my fubjects.

In endeavouring to preferve and to tranfmit to pofterity the ineftimable bleflings which, under the favour of Providence, you have yourselves experienced, you may be affured of my zealous and cordial co-operation; and our joint efforts will, I doubt not, be rendered completely effectual, by the decided fupport of a free and loyal people.

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marriage of his royal highness the duke of York and the princess royal of Pruffia.

Gentlemen of the houfe of

commons,

I have ordered the proper officers to lay before you the national accounts; and I trust you will make fuch provifions as are neceffary for the exigencies of the ftate, and the honourable fupport of his majesty's government.

My lords and gentlemen,

The conftant attention you have fhewn to the interefts of Ireland makes it unneceffary to recommend to you a continuance of that wife fyftem of policy, from which your country has received fuch ineftimable advantages, in the increase of her trade, her credit, and manufactures. It is equally unneceffary for me particularly to point out the encouragement of your agriculture and attention to your linen manufacture. The proteftant charterfchools and other charitable inftitutions will receive your accustomed confideration.

You may be affured of my zealous co-operation to forward every measure that may contribute to the public welfare. I fhall pay unremitting attention to the due execution of the law, and the maintenance of good order and government, fo effential to the continuance of that freedom, profperity, and happiness, which Ireland enjoys under his majefty's aufpicious reign, and under our excellent conftitution.

Speech of the Speaker of the House of Commons of Ireland, on prejenting the Bills of Supply, April 18, 1792.

May it please your Excellency;* The commons of Ireland attend with the fupplies: 6

While

While they may look back with a confcious pride to their fpirited and fuccefsful measures for preventing an increase of national debt, as one great caufe of the extenfion of trade, agriculture, and manufactures, which has with a rapid and uninterrupted progrefs raifed this kingdom to a state of profperity and wealth never before experienced in it, they know that the continuance of that profperity would foon ceafe if it were not cherished and maintained by our moft excellent conftitution; a conftitution in which liberty and order are fo happily blended, that every fubject equally enjoys their influence, and feels his perfon, his induftry, and property, equally and effectually protected by it.

Its prefervation therefore must ever be the great object of their care; and there is no principle on which it is founded fo effential to its prefervation, nor more justly dear to their patriotic and loyal feelings, than that which has fettied the throne of these realms on his majesty's illuftrious houfe; on it, and on the provifions for fecuring a proteftant parliament, depends a proteftant afcendancy, and with it the continuance of the many bleflings we now enjoy.

The bills which I hold contain the ufual grants, and 1 have the most fincere happiness in prefenting them to your excellency, whofe knowledge of the true interefts of Ireland, and whofe anxiety to promote its welfare, has been proved to us by the firmeft vigilance and prudence of your administration.

Thefe fupplies are contained in the bills which I have the honour of prefenting to your excellency for the royal affent.

land to both Houses of Parliament, April 18, 1792.

My lords and gentlemen,

The dispatch you have given to the national bufinefs, enables me to close the feffion, and to relieve you from further attendance in parliament.

Gentlemen of the house of

commons,

thank you for the fupplies you have His majefty commands me to voted for the public fervice; you may depend upon their faithful ap plication to the purposes for which they were granted.

My lords and gentlemen,

I have his majefty's commands to exprefs his approbation of the wisdom that has guided your proceedings during the prefent feflion, efpecially in the liberal indulgences you have afforded to your Roman catholic brethren, by establishing the legality of intermarriage, by admitting them to the profeffion of the law and the benefits of education, and by removing all reftrictions upon their induftry in trade and manufactures.

Your knowledge of the true interefts of your country is plainly marked in the meafure you have adopted for carrying into effect a reciprocal preference in the corn trade with Great Britain; a fyftem beneficial to both countries, and peculiarly advantageous to the agriculture of Ireland, that fource of your wealth and profperity. The further steps you have taken to check the immoderate ufe of fpirituous liquors, and your wife regulations for the charitable inftitutions, prove your attention to the interefts of the lower orders of the people.

I thall firmly rely on your cordial Speech of the Lord Lieutenant of Ire- co-operation for the fupport of pub

lic order, and the enforcing obedi ence to the laws, by which alone the fruits of national induftry can be fecured; and when you reflect upon the flourishing refources, the increafing wealth, and unexampled profperity of the country, you will not fail to imprefs upon the minds of the people, that the maintenance of our free and happy conftitution will enfure the continuance of thefe invaluable bleffings.

Addrefs of the Lord Mayor, Alder-
men, and Commons, of the City of
London, to his Majefty, on the late
Proclamation, June 1, 1792.

Moft gracious fovereign,
We, your majefty's moft dutiful
and loyal fubjects, the lord mayor,
aldermen, and commons of the city
of London, in common council
affembled, most humbly befeech
your Majefty to accept our grateful
thanks for the wifdom and benevo-
lence evinced by your royal procla-
mation for fuppreffing thofe fedi-
tious publications and criminal, cor-
refpondencies, which may be 'pro-
ductive of the moft alarming and
dangerous confequences.

Your faithful citizens venerate the conftitution of this kingdom, as eftablished by the glorious Revolution, and improved on fubfequent occafions, because it connects the honour of the fovereign with the liberty and happiness of the fubject; and their attachment is increafed, from the cu fideration, that it contains the natural and regular means of advancing thofe objects with the change of times and improvement of circumftances. We trust that the rest of your majefty's fubjects, enjoying with us the most abundant national happiness and profperity under your

majefty's mild and aufpicious go-
vernment, will alfo with us duly
eftimate the value of those bleffings,
and unite in the firmest support of
your majefty's endeavours to con-
tinue them, by preferving our ex-
cellent conftitution from the dan-
gers of fpeculative and impracti-
cable theory.

Signed by order of court,
WILLIAM Rix.

ANSWER.

I receive, with the greateft fatisfaction, this mark of your attachment to me, and to the government and conftitution of the kingdom, as by law established; and my loyal city of London may always be affured of receiving from me every mark of attention and regard.

Address of the Clergy of the Diocefe of Worcester, on the fame Occafion.

We, the bishop, dean and chapter, archdeacon, and clergy, of the church and diocese of Worcester, humbly beg leave to return our warmeft thanks to your majefty for your majefty's late wife and provident proclamation. In our prefent circumftances, fire, nothing but experience could make it conceivable that any of your majesty's fubjects, in the full enjoyment of every blefling which the beft government can beftow, fhould be fo weak or wicked as to endeavour to raife groundlefs jealoufies and difcontents in the minds of your people, and to diffeminate fuch principles and writings among them as tend to deftroy, under pretence of reforming, our excellent conftitution, in church and state. One reformation, indeed, can never be unfeasonable, which is, that of our hearts and lives, when

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