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The King's Speech at the opening of Parliament, 5 February 1829

The following extract from the whole speech is taken from the Edinburgh Review of January 1829; the Review reproduced reports from other newspapers.


London, 5 February 1928

The Session of Parliament was this day opened by commission. The commissioners were — the Lord Chancellor [Lord Lyndhurst], Earl Bathurst, the Duke of Wellington, Lord Ellenborough, and the Earl of Shaftesbury.

The Lord Chancellor delivered the following most gracious Speech:—

[ The first section concerns foreign affairs]

My Lords and Gentlemen,

The state of Ireland has been the object of his Majesty's continued solicitude.

His Majesty laments that, in that part of the United Kingdom, an Association should still exist, which is dangerous to the public peace, and inconsistent with the spirit of the Constitution; which keeps alive discord and ill will amongst his Majesty's subjects; and which must, if permitted to continue, effectually obstruct every effort permanently to improve the condition of Ireland.

His Majesty confidently relies on the wisdom and on the support of his Parliament; and his Majesty feels assured that you will commit to him such powers as may enable his Majesty to maintain his just authority.

His Majesty recommends that, when this essential object shall have been accomplished, you should take into your deliberate consideration the whole condition of Ireland, and that you should review the Laws which impose civil disabilities on his Majesty's Roman Catholic subjects.

You will consider whether the removal of those disabilities can be effected consistently with the full and permanent security of our establishments in church and state, with the maintenance of the reformed religion established by law, and of the rights and privileges of the bishops, and of the clergy of this realm, and of the churches committed to their charge.

These are Institutions which must ever be held sacred in this Protestant Kingdom, and which it is the duty and the determination of his Majesty to preserve inviolate.

His Majesty most earnestly recommends to you to enter upon the consideration of a subject of such paramount importance, deeply interesting to the best feelings of his people, and involving the tranquillity and concord of the United Kingdom, with the temper and the moderation which will best ensure the successful issue of your deliberations.


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