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Her Majesty's cordial acknowledgments for the zeal and assiduity with which you have performed your important duties during a session which, though shorter than usual, has nevertheless been unusually laborious.

Her Majesty commands us to express to you her satisfaction that the present state of affairs in Europe inspires a well-grounded confidence in the continuance of peace.

The arrangements connected with the full execution of the stipulations of the Treaty of Paris have, from various causes, not yet been completed; but Her Majesty trusts that by the earnest efforts of the Contracting Parties to that Treaty, all that remains to be done with reference to its stipulatious may, ere long, be satisfactorily settled.

Her Majesty commands us to inform you that the extensive mutinies which have broken out among the native troops of the Army of Bengal, followed by serious disturbances in many parts of that Presidency, have occasioned to Her Majesty extreme concern; and the barbarities which have been inflicted upon many of Her Majesty's subjects in India, and the sufferings which they have endured, have filled Her Majesty's heart with the deepest grief; while the conduct of many civil and military officers, who have been placed in circumstances of much difficulty, and have been exposed to great danger, has excited Her Majesty's warmest admiration.

Her Majesty commands us to inform you, that she will omit no measure calculated to quell these grave disorders; and Her Majesty is confident that, with the blessing of Providence, the powerful means at her disposal will enable her to accomplish that end. Gentlemen of the House of Commons,

Her Majesty commands us to thank you for the liberal supplies which you have voted for the service of the present year, and for the assurances which you have given her of your readiness to afford Her Majesty whatever support may be necessary for the restoration of tranquillity in India.

Her Majesty has been gratified to find that you have been enabled to provide the amount required to be paid to Denmark for the redemption of the Sound dues, without on that account adding to the National Debt. My Lords and Gentlemen,

Her Majesty commands us to convey to you her heartfelt acknowledgments for the provision which you have made for her beloved daughter, the Princess Royal, on her approaching marriage with His Royal Highness Prince Frederick William of Prussia.

Her Majesty's cordial acknowledgments for the real and assiduity with which you have performed your important duties during a session which, though shorter than usual, has nevertheless been unusually laborious.

Her Majesty commands us to express to you her satisfaction that the present state of affairs in Europe inspires a well-grounded confidence in the continuance of peace.

The arrangements connected with the full execution of the stipulations of the Treaty of Paris have, from various causes, not yet been completed; but Her Majesty trusts that by the earnest efforts of the Contracting Parties to that Treaty, all that remains to be done with reference to its stipulatious may, ere long, be satisfactorily settled.

Her Majesty commands us to inform you that the extensive mutinies which have broken out among the native troops of the Army of Bengal, followed by serious disturbances in many parts of that Presidency, have occasioned to Her Majesty extreme concern; and the barbarities which have been inficted upon many

of Her Majesty's subjects in India, and the sufferings which they have endured, have filled Her Majesty's heart with the deepest grief; while the conduct of many civil and military officers, who have been placed in circumstances of much difficulty, and have been exposed to great danger, has excited Her Majesty's warmest admiration.

Her Majesty commands us to inform you, that she will omit no measure calculated to quell these grave disorders; and Her Majesty is confident that, with the blessing of Providence, the powerful means at her disposal will enable her to accomplish that end. Gentlemen of the House of Commons,

Her Majesty commands us to thank you for the liberal supplies which you have voted for the service of the present year, and for the assurances which

you have given her of your readiness to afford Her Majesty whatever support may be necessary for the restoration of tranquillity in India.

Her Majesty has been gratified to find that you have been enabled to provide the amount required to be paid to Denmark for the redemption of the Sound dues, without on that account adding to the National Debt. My Lords and Gentlemen,

Her Majesty commands us to convey to you her heartfelt acknowledgments for the provision which you have made for her beloved daughter, the Princess Royal, on her approaching marriage with His Royal Highness Prince Frederick William of Prussia.

Her Majesty commands us to inform y satisfaction that, although the present se have been able to pass many Acts of great Her Majesty has given her cordial assent.

The Acts for establishing a more effic proving of wills in England and Ireland, co for many years been complained of.

The Act for amending the law relating t monial Causes will remedy evils which have

The several Acts for the punishment of
trust;

For amending the law relating to second
For amending the law concerning Joint

For consolidating and amending the law
and insolvency in Ireland;
For the better care and treatment of

paus
For improving the organization of the Cou

Together with other Acts of less im tending to the progressive improvement of 1 Her Majesty's ready assent.

We are commanded by Her Majesty to confidence that, on your return to your sev employ that influence which so justly belong the welfare and happiness of her loyal and fa prays that the blessing of Almighty God m your endeavours,

SPEECH of The Queen, on the Opening G

ment.-Westminster, December

My Lords and Gentlemen,

CIRCUMSTANCES have recently arisen, com mercial interests of the country, which ba Parliament together before the usual time.

The failure of certain Joint Stock Banks cial firms, produced such an extent of authorize my Ministers to recommend to the of England the adoption of a course of proc necessary for allaying the prevalent alarr involved a departure from the existing law,

those who advised and those who adopted it will be submitted for your consideration.

I have observed with great regret that the disturbed state of commercial transactions in general, has occasioned a diminution of employment in the manufacturing districts, which, I fear, cannot fail to be attended with much local distress. I trust, however, that this evil may not be of long duration; and the abundant harvest with which it has graciously pleased Divine Providence to bless this land will, I hope, in some degree mitigate the sufferings which this state of things must unavoidably produce.

While I deeply deplore the severe suffering to which many of my subjects in India have been exposed, and while I grieve for the extensive bereavements and sorrow which it has caused, I have derived the greatest satisfaction from the distinguished successes which have attended the heroic exertions of the comparatively small forces which have been opposed to greatly superior numbers, without the aid of the powerful reinforcements despatched from this country to their assistance. The arrival of those reinforcements will, I trust, speedily complete the suppression of this widelyspread revolt.

The gallantry of the troops employed against the mutineers, their courage in action, their endurance under privation, fatigue, and the effects of climate, the high spirit and self-devotion of the officers, the ability, skill, and persevering energy of the commanders, have excited my warmest admiration; and I have observed with equal gratification that many civilians placed in extreme difficulty and danger have displayed the highest qualities, including, in some instances, those that would do honour to veteran soldiers.

It is satisfactory to know that the general mass of the population of India have taken no part in the rebellion, while the most considerable of the native Princes have acted in the most friendly manner, and have rendered important services.

I have given directions that papers relating to these matters shall be laid before you.

The affairs of my East Indian dominions will require your serious consideration, and I recommend them to your earnest attention.

The nations of Europe are in the enjoyment of the blessings of peace, which nothing seems likely to disturb.

The stipulations of the Treaty which I concluded with the Shah of Persia have been faithfully carried into execution, and the Persian forces have evacuated the territory of Herat.

Gentlemen of the House of Commons,

I have given directions that the estimates for the next year shall be prepared, for the purpose of being laid before you.

They will be framed with a careful rey the public service. My Lords and Gentlemen,

Your attention will be called to the representation of the people in Parliament, what amendments may be safely and benefi

Measures will be submitted for your co ing and amending the laws relating to rea consolidating and amending several impo criminal law.

I confidently commit to your wisdom th empire ; and I fervently pray that the ble may attend your counsels, and may guide those ends which are dearest to my hea: prosperity of my loyal and faithful people.

those who advised and those who adopted it will be submitted for your consideration.

I have observed with great regret that the disturbed state of commercial transactions in general, has occasioned a diminution of employment in the manufacturing districts, which, I fear, cannot fail to be attended with much local distress. I trust, however, that this evil may not be of long duration; and the abundant harvest with which it has graciously pleased Divine Providence to bless this land will, I hope, in some degree mitigate the sufferings which this state of things must unavoidably produce.

While I deeply deplore the severe suffering to which many of my subjects in India have been exposed, and while I grieve for the extensive bereavements and sorrow which it has caused, I have derived the greatest satisfaction from the distinguished successes which have attended the heroic exertions of the comparatively small forces which have been opposed to greatly superior numbers, without the aid of the powerful reinforcements despatched from this country to their assistance. The arrival of those reinforcements will, I trust, speedily complete the suppression of this widely. spread revolt.

The gallantry of the troops employed against the mutineers, their courage in action, their endurance under privation, fatigue, and the effects of climate, the high spirit and self-devotion of the officers, the ability, skill, and persevering energy of the commanders, have excited my warmest admiration; and I have observed with equal gratification that many civilians placed in extreme difficulty and danger have displayed the highest qualities, including, in some instances, those that would do honour to veteran soldiers.

It is satisfactory to know that the general mass of the population of India have taken no part in the rebellion, while the most considerable of the native Princes have acted in the most friendly manner, and have rendered important services,

I have given directions that papers relating to these matters shall be laid before you.

The affairs of my East Indian dominions will require your serious consideration, and I recommend them to your earnest attention.

The nations of Europe are in the enjoyment of the blessings of peace, which nothing seems likely to disturb.

The stipulations of the Treaty which I concluded with the Shah of Persia have been faithfully carried into execution, and the Persian forces have evacuated the territory of Herat.

CONVENTION between Great Britain a

their respective Post Offices to make -Signed at Brussels, January 8, 1857

[Ratifications exchanged at Brussels, J:

les moye de port

Her Majesty the Queen of the Sa Maj United Kingdom of Great Bri

aume Uni tain and Ireland, and His Ma et d'Irla jesty the King of the Belgians, Roi des ] being desirous of facilitating the means by which a reduction

may be effected in the rates of postage primés é chargeable upon letters and

aume U printed papers exchanged be d'introdi tween the United Kingdom and tions d Belgium, and other alterations postaux may be made in the postal ar sont cor rangements existing between the

par une 2 countries, have agreed to regi ont nou late this matter by a special Con tentiair vention, and have named as their Plenipotentiaries for this pur

Gentlemen of the House of Commons,

I have given directions that the estimates for the next year shall be prepared, for the purpose of being laid before you.

pose, viz.;

Her Majesty the Queen of the

Sa )

United Kingdom of Great Bri- aume Uni de la Grande Bretain and Ireland, Charles Au- tagne et d'Irlande, Charles gustus Lord Howard de Walden Auguste Lord Howard de Waland Seaford, a Peer of the United den et Seaford, Pair du Royaume Kingdom, Knight Grand Cross Upi de la Grande Bretagne et of the Most Honourable Order d'Irlande, Chevalier Grand-Croix of the Bath, Her Envoy Extra- du Très Honorable Ordre du ordinary and Minister Plenipo. Bain, Son Envoyé Extraordinaire tentiary at the Court of His et Ministre Plénipotentiaire près Belgian Majesty;

la Cour de Sa Majesté Belge; And His Majesty the King of Et Sa Majesté le Roi des the Belgians, Viscount Charles Belges, le Vicomte Charles Vilain Vilain XIIII, his Minister for XIIII, Son Ministre des Affaires Foreign Affairs, Member of the Etrangères, Membre de la ChamChamber of Representatives, bre des Représentants, Officier Officer of the Order of Leopold, de l'Ordre de Léopold, décoré de decorated with the Iron Cross, la Croix de Fer, Chevalier GrandKnight Grand Cross of the Order Croix de l'Ordre de St. Janvier of St. Januarius of the 2 Sicilies, des 2 Siciles, Grand-Croix de Grand Cross of the Order of our l'Ordre de Notre Dame de la Lady of the Conception of Villa Conception de Villa Viçosa, de Viçosa, of the Order of Saints l'Ordre des Saints Maurice et Maurice and Lazarus, of the Im- Lazare, de l'Ordre Impérial du perial Order of Medjidić, of the Medjidié, de l'Ordre Impérial de Imperial Order of the White l’Aigle Blanc, de l'Ordre de Eagle, of the Imperial Order of l'Etoile Polaire, &c.; the Polar Star, &c.

Who, after having communi. Lesquels, après s'être commucated to each other their respec. niqué réciproquement leurs pleins tive full powers, found to be in pouvoirs respectifs, trouvés en good and due form, have agreed bonne et due forme, sont conupon the following Articles : venus des Articles suivants :

Art. I. The power granted to ART. I. Le pouvoir accordé the 2 Post Offices by Article aux 2 Offices des Postes par XLI of the Convention of the l'Article XLI de la Convention 19th of October, 1844,* between du 19 Octobre, 1844,* entre la Great Britain and Belgium, to Grande Bretagne et la Belgique, settle the measures of detail pour régler les mesures de détail which were to be arranged by qui ont été arrêtées de concert mutual consent for ensuring the pour assurer l'exécution de la execution of the said Convention, dite Convention, sera dorénavant shall henceforth extend to other étendu à d'autres objets; et les objects; and the 2 Offices shall 2 Offices auront pleine autorité have full authority to agree upon d'introduire et de mettre à exé.

* Vol. XXXII. Page 66.

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