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The Speech of the Lords Commissioners to both Houses of Parliament, on Wednesday, July 11, 1821.
My Lords, and Gentlemen,
WE have it in command from His Majesty, to inform you, that the state of public business. having enabled Him to dispense with your attendance in Parliament, He has determined to put an end to this session. His Majesty, however, cannot close it without expressing his satisfaction at the zeal and assiduity with which you have prosecuted the laborious and important enquiries in which you have been engaged. He has observed, with particular pleasure, the facility with which the restoration of a metallic currency has been effected by the authority given. to the Bank of England to coinmence its payments in cash at an earlier period than had been determined by the last Parliament. His Majesty has commanded us to acquaint you, that He continues to receive from Foreign Powers. the strongest assuratices of their friendly disposition. towards this country.
Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
We are commanded by His Majesty to returnyou His thanks for the provision which you have
made for the public service. - * Although the public expenditure has already. undergone considerable reduction within the present year, His Majesty trusts He shall be enabled by: the continuance of peace, and of internal tranquillity, to make such further reductions, as may satisfy. * expectations expressed by Parliament. is Majesty has commanded us to assure you of the gratification which He has derived from the proprovision which you have made for His Royal Highness the Duke of Clarence.
My Lords, and Gentlemen,
It is with the greatest satisfaction that His Majesty has observed the quiet aud good order which continue to prevail in these parts of the country which were not long since in a state of agitation.
His Majesty deeply lauvents the distress to which the agricultural interests, in many parts of the kingdom, are still subject.
# will be His Majesty's most anxious desire, by a strict attention to public economy, to do all that depends upon Him for the relief of the country from its present difficulties; but you cannot fail to be sensible that the success of all efforts for this purpose will mainly depend upon the continuance of domestic tranquillity; and His Majesty confidently relies on your utmost exertions, in your seweral counties, in enforcing obedience to the laws, and in promoting harmony and concord amongst
all descriptions of His Majesty's subjects.
Then a commission for proroguing the Parliament was read, After which the Lord Chancellor said;
My Lords, and Gentlemen,
By virtue of His Majesty's commission, under the Great Seal, to us and other Lords, directed, and now read, we do, in His Majesty's name, and in obedience to. His commands, prorogue this Parliament to Thursday the 20th day of September next, to be then here holdeu; and this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the 20th. day of September next.
Westminster, July 10, 1821.
THIS day, the Lords being met, a message was sent to the Honourable House of Commons by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, acquainting them, that The Lords, authorised by
virtue of a Commission under the Great Seal, signed by His Majesty, for declaring His Royal Assent
to several Acts agreed upon by both Houses, do
desire the immediate attendance of the Honour
able House in the House of Peers to hear the Com
mission read; and the Commons being come thither, the said Commission, empowering the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord High Chancellor
of Great Britain, and several other Lords therein
named, to declare and notify the Royal Assent to :
the said Acts, was read accordingly, and the Royal Assent given to
An Act to provide for the charge of the addition : to the public funded debt of the United Kingdom .
of Great Britain and Ireland for the scrvice of the
year one thousand eight hundred and twenty-one. An Act to continue, until the fifth day of July
one thousand eight hundred and twenty-two, an
Act of the fifty-ninth year of His late Majesty, for "
rendering the growing produce of the Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom arising in Great Britain available for the public service.
An Act to grant for the term of five years addi
tional stamp duties on certain proceedings in the courts of law, and to repeal certain other stamp
duties in Ireland. An Act for better securing the duties of excise on, tobacco. An Act for repealing the duties imposed on hus-bandry horses, and to make perpetual several Acts for reducing the duties on certain horses and mules. - Ala
An Act for charging a duty on British spirits brought into certain parts of the district of Lisburne in Ireland. An Act to continue several Acts for the relief of persons compounding for assessed taxes from an annual assessment for a further term, and to amend the Acts relating to assessments and compositions of assessed taxes. An Act to repeal certain Acts, passed in the thirty-first, thirty-third, forty-fourth, and fortyfifth years of His late Majesty King George the Third, for regulating the importation and exportation of corn, grain, meal, and flour into and from Great Britain, and to make further provisions in lieu thereof. An Act for the appropriation of certain proceeds arising from the capture of vessels and cargoes, the property of the subjects of the Kings of Spain, Portugal, and the Netherlands, taken and seized in violation of the conventions made with those states, and for granting bounties upon slaves captured in such vessels, and also for granting indemnity to the captors of certain vessels taken in the prosecution of the slave trade. An Act to empower the Commissioners in Great Britain for the execution of several Acts for authorising the issue of Exchequer Bills for carrying on of public works and fisheries and employment of the poor, to extend the time for the payment of certain advances under the said Acts. An Act for regulating the exportatian of hops to foreign parts, and allowing a drawback of the excise duty paid thereon. An Act for altering the drawback on acetious acid exported, and for exempting tiles made for draining lands from duty. An Act for vesting all estates and property occupied by or for the Naval Service of this kingdom in the principal Officers and Commissioners of His 1821. Ff Ma
Majesty's Navy, and for granting certain powers to ł. said principal Officers and Commissioners. An Act to repeal so much of an Act, passed in the fifty-sixth year of His late Majesty, as relates to the purchase of lands, tenements, and hereditaments at Sheerness, in the county of Kent, and to vest certain lands and hereditaments at Gillingham, in the said county, in Trustees, to be appropriated to the public service in the department of the Navy. An Act to grant certain bounties on the exportation of stuffs made of silk mixed with mosair, and of stuffs made of mohair, mixed with worsted the manufacture of Great Britain or Ireland. An Act to extend to Ireland an Act of the last session of Parliament, for granting an additional bounty on the exportation of certain silk manufactures, and to continue the same until the fifth day of July one thousand eight hundred and twentytWO. An Act to amend several Acts relating to the coasting trade of Great Britain. An Act to continue, until the first day of July one thousand eight hundred and twenty-four, several Acts of His late Majesty, respecting the duties of customs payable on merchandise imported into Great Britain and Ireland fromi any place within the linuits of the East India Company's charter, and to increase the duties payable on the importation of sugar from the East Indies, until the twentyfifth day of March one thousand eight hundred and twenty-three, in Great Britain, and until the first day of July one thousand eight hundred and twentyfour, in Ireland. An Act to enable the Commissioners or Govermors of Greenwich-Hospital to continue to provide for the payment of out-pensioners of the said Hosital. p An Act for the amendment of the law of rescue. - Aa