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Crown-Office, March 4, 1817.
MEMBER returned to serve in this present
;County of Down.
The Right Honourable Arthur Hill, commonly called Lord Arthur Hill, in the room of the Honourable John Meade, who has accepted the •office of His Majesty's Consul-General in Spain.
THIS day the Address of the Bishop of London, Ilean and Chapter of St. Paul's, and Clergy of the Cities of London and Westminster, expressing to His Royal Highness the Prince Regent their indignation and abhorrence at the late atrocious and traitorous violence offered to His Royal Highness's sacred person, was presented by the Lord Bishop of London, attended by the Honourable Dr. Wellesley, Canon Residentiary of St. Paul's; Messrs. Archdeacons Pott, Wollaston, Cambridge, and Jefferson; Dr. God. dard, Mr. Jones, Mr. Lendon, Mr. Wood, and Mr. Oakeley, Prebendaries of St. Paul's; the President of Sion College, the Deans of Canterbury and Chester, Dr. Gaskin, Dr. Hamilton, Dr. Rose, Dr. Owen, Dr. Heslop, Dr. Willis, Dr. Fly, and about
1817. N sixty
sixty other Beneficed Clergy of London and West
May it please your Royal Highness,
WE, His Majesty's most dutiful subjects, the Bishop of London, the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, and the Clergy of the Cities of London and Westminster, profoundly impressed with the sentiments of affectionate and loyal attachment to your Royal Highness's Person and Government, beg leave to approach your Royal Highness, and to express our indignation and abhorrence at the atrocious and traitorous violence offered to your Royal Highness's sacred Person, on your return from the solemn exercise of one of the highest and most im
portant functions of the Sovereign authority. In this disgraceful violation of the laws, injurious alike to the Majesty of the Throne, and the dignity of Parliament, we recognise an immediate effect of that malignant activity, which is still incessantly exerted in flagitious attempts to corrupt the principles, to mislead the judgment, and to inflame the passions of the lower orders. We have long contemplated with disgust the multiplied artifices of misrepresentation, falsehood, and calumny, directed against the conduct of the Government, the administration of the laws, and the characters of the most exalted Individuals, with a view to excite disaffection, distrust, and disturbance throughout the kingdom : nor can we refrain from more particularly expressing our horror at the persevering endeavour to poison the sources of virtuous sentiment, by means of blasphemous publications, adapted to the capacities of the ignorant, for the purpose of bringing contempt on Religion, and thus preparing the way for the commission of the worst crimes. We have nevertheless, the consolation to believe, that the great body of the people, untainted by irreligion or disloyalty, retains an unshaken . tachtachment to the Constitution in Church and State, and duly appreciates the blessings of pure religion and rational liberty which we have received from our ancestors, and have hitherto, through the mercy of Providence, been enabled to defend with success against every enemy. We are not indeed without hope, that the distress, originating in causes above human controul, which has for a time afflicted the country, may be ultimately productive of advantage. The paternal solicitude of your Royal Highness to relieve the sufferings of the people, and the zealous exertions of the more opulent classes in promoting the same beneficent views, will undoubtedly have their effect, in extending among all ranks of society, the harmony of feeling and unity of interest, which constitute the strength and security of the State. For ourselves, we humbly presume to assure your Royal Highness, that, deeply sensible of our obligations, as the legitimate guardians of Religion and Morals in this great metropolis, we shall make it our constant endeavour, in the faithful discharge of this impertant trust, to maintain in their genuine purity, among the people committed to our care, the spirit and doctrines of Christianity, and the principles of loyalty and virtue.
To which Address His Royal Highness was pleased to return the following most gracious Answer:
“I receive with the greatest satisfaction this
dutiful and loyal Address. “ The Ministers of our holy religion could not fail to participate in the feeling, so generally czpressed at the late atrocious violation of the laws. “You have duly appreciated the dependance of civil duties on the principles of sound morality and pure religion; and I rely on your cxertions and example to counteract the machinations of the N 2 li1icentious and profane, and to hold up our National Church to the esteem and reverence of a loyal and virtuous people.”
They were all most graciously received, and the principal Clergy had the honour to kiss His Royal Highness's hand.
LONDON GAZETTE of MARCH 8,
r JWestminster, March 4, 1817.
THIS day, the Lords being met, a message was sent to the Honourable House of Commons by the Deputy Usher of the Black Rod, acquainting them, that The Lords, authorised by virtue of a Commission under the Great Seal, signed by the Prince Regent, in the name and on the behalf of His Majesty, for declaring His Majesty's Royal Assent to several Acts agreed upon by both Houses, do desire the immediate attendance of the Honourable House in the House of Peers to hear the Commission 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 te
An Act for continuing to His Majesty, certain duties on malt, sugar, tobacco, and snuff in Great Britain ; and on pensions, offices, and personal estates in England; and for receiving the contribu
tions of persons receiving pensions and holding offices for the service of the year 1817. An Act to empower His Majesty to secure and detain such persons as His Majesty shall suspect are conspiring against His Person and Government. An Act to extend the privileges of the trade of Malta to the port of Gibraltar. An Act to extend the limits of an Act made in the last Session of Parliament for preventing frauds in the admeasurement of coals in certaiu parishes in the countics of Middlesex and Essex.
Carlton-House, March 6, 1817.
This day his Highness Prince Esterhazy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from His Majesty the Emperor of Austria, had an audience of His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, to deliver a letter from His Sovereign, offering His Imperial Majesty's sincere congratulations upon His ltoyal Highness's late escape from a most nefarious attack upon the person of His Royal Highness, and assuring him of the interest which His Imperial Majesty ever feels in the happiness and welfare of His Royal Highness; his Highness was introduced to the audience by Lord Viscount Castlereagh, His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and conducted by Robert Choster, Esq. Assistant Master of the Ceremonies.
Carlton-House, March 6, 1847.
This day His Royal Highness the Prince Regent was pleased, in the name and on the behalf of His Majesty, to invest Lieutenant-General Sir Richard
Jones, of the East India Company's service, ". ‘the