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STATE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS IN JANUARY.
Containing Official Papers and authentic Documents.
vernment is yet scarcely even agreed
Most of the corporations through-
out the empire has very properly ad-
dressed the two Houses, to intreat that tain.
his Royal Highness the Prince of
Wales inay be appointed regent with-
care of his majesty's royal person,
during the continuance of his inajes-
ty's illness; and for the resumption of
the exercise of the royal authority by PRUSSIA.
his majesty. All the ports of this once potent king
Clause 1. The prince of Wales, in the dom are now filled with French sol- name of his Majesty, is to exercise the diers, who seize and burn every article royal authority belonging to the crown. which can possibly have passed through
Provided always, that as to all authoBritish hands. Prussia, indeed, is de- rities given and appointments made, and scribed as being in a de plorable state,
all other acts, matters, and things, usualalmost disorganized, and no employment ly done under the authority of the royal for industry. .
sign manual, the signature of the regent
in the form following ; that is to say, The French emperor, true to his plan
G. R. by G, P. Rt, shall be as valid and of pushing his dominions to the Baltic, effectual, and have the same force and ef. bas taken possession of the once famous
fect as his Majesty's royal sign manual, city of Hamburgh, disfranchized and in- and shall be deemed and taken to be, to corporated it with France ! Bremen,
all intents and purposes, his majesty'sroyal Lubeck, and our ancient emporiums of sign manual, and be obeyed as such. commerce, have shared the like fate. 2. Appointments to remain, upless and Accounts from Berlin give a melan
until the regent shall declare his pleasure choly picture of the state of the Prussian
to the contrary. dominions.
3. Upon declaration of his Majesty's
pleasure to resume the personal exercise All the interests of this mighty em
of his royal authority, the powers of this pire have, during the last month, been
act to cease ; and no Act done under it
afterwards, to be valid. placed in abeyance by the pertinacious
4. Acts, orders, appointments, &c.
made by the regent, are to remain, un-
6. And be it further enacted, that the leen passed in the Commons by tri
said regent, before he shall act or enter Hling inajorities of twenty, but in the upon his said office of regent, shall take Lords some of its clauses have been
the following oath of office:
“ I do solemnly promise and swear, rejected by majorities of ten or that I will truly and faithfully execute twelve, and the plan of the new go- the office of regent of the united kingdom
of Great Britain and Ireland, according cancies arising by resignation or death, to an act of parliament passed in the fif- all the oficers and persons belonging to ty-first year of the reign of his majesty his majesty's household, in the respective King George the Third, intituled an Act departments thereof, whose appointment, (Here insert the title of this Act); and nomination, or removal, have heretofore that I will administer, according to law, been made by bis majesty; except the power and authority vested in me by
and virtue of the said Act; and that I will in the nomination and appointment by ber all things, to the utmost of my power and majesty, in manner and form aforesaid, ability, consult and maintain the safety, shall be valid and effectual to all intents honour, and dignity of his majesty, and and purposes as if the same bad beeo the welfare of his people. So belp me made or done by his inajesty in the acGod."
customed manner; and the several perWhich oath shall be taken before his sons so appointed shall be entitled to the majesty's most honourable privy council; like precedence, privileges, salaries, who are hereby required and empowered wages, profits, and all other emoluments, to administer the same, and to enter the as the several persons now holding and same in the books of the said privy coun- enjoying the same offices are respectively dl.
entitled 10: provided always, that her 7. The regent to be deemed a person
said majesty shall not have any power or bolding an office in trust; and to take the authority to remove any officer in any oaths, and subscribe the declaration in, department of his majesty's household, by and conform to, the statutes relating to
this Act made subject to the nomination persons bolding places of trust.
or appointment of her majesty, who shall 8. The oath and declaration to be made
have been nominated and appointed by before the privy council, and certificate his majesty: provided also, that during of taking the sacrament to be registered. the continuance of this Act, no appoint, 9. This clause restrains the regent from
meot shall be made to the office of lord granting peerages, or summoning heirs chamberlain to his majesty's household, apparent, or appointing to titles in abey- now vacant, but that all the duties of the
said office shall be performed by the vice10. Restrains the regent from granting chamberlain ; and that during the conoffices in reversion, or for longer period
tinuance of this Act, no person holding than during pleasure ; except those which the office of groom or gentleman of his by law are granted for life, or during majesty's bed-chamber, shall be subject good behaviour, and except pensions to
to be removed; and no vacancy which chancellor, judges, &c.
shall arise, by death or resignation of any 11. The Act not tiempower the regent of the grooms or gentlemen of his majesto give the royal assent to any Bill to re- ty's bed-chamber, shall be supplied or peal certain Acts.
filled up, or any appointment or nomina12. The authorities given by this Act to
tion made to supply any such vacancy. ecase if the Prince of Wales shall not re
14. And whereas the execution of the side in Great Britain, or marry a papist.
weighty and arduous trusts, by this Act 13. And whereas it is expedient that committed to the Queen's most excellent the care of bis majesty's royal person majesty, may require the assistance of the should be committed to the Queen's most
council, with wbom her majesty may conexcellent majesty, together with the sole sult and advise ; be it therefore enacted, direction of such portion of his majesty's that in order to assist and advise her said household as shall be deemed requisite most excellent majesty, in the several and suitable for the due attendance on his
matters aforesaid, there shall be, during majesty's sacred person, and the mainte- the continuance of his majesty's illness, a rance of his royal diguity: be it there council, consisting of
which fore enacted, that the care of his majes- council shall, from time to time, meet as ty's royal person, and the disposing, or- her majesty shall be pleased to direct, dering, and managing of all matters and and shall also have power to meet in things relating therein, shall be, and the manner by this Act directed; and if it same are hereby vested in the Queen's should happen that any of them the said most excellent majesty, during the con
should depart this life, or tinuance of his majesty's indisposition by instrument in writing communicated and tbat the sole direction of the portion to her majesty signify their intention to of bis majesty's household, hereinafter decline to act, then and in such case, it mentioned, shall be and is vested in her shall be lawful for the Queen's most exmajesty; and her said majesty shall bave cellent majesty, from time to time, by an the full and sole power and authority, by instrament in writing, signed and sealed any instrument or instruments in writing by her majesty, revokable at her will and signed and sealed by her majesty, to po- pleasure, lo nominate and appoint some minate and appoint, in case of any va- one person, being or having been a mem
ber of his majesty's most honourable 21. In case of the death of the regent or
liament, in case of the death of the Queen, 15. And be it further enacted, that each the care of his majesty's person shall be and every member of her majesty's coun- vested in her majesty's council; officers cil shall, within the space of
and persons of his majesty's household, after his appointment by virtue of this appointed by his majesty, not to be remoAct, or by virtue of her majesty's nomi- ved by the regent, until provision relating dation and appointment, in manner afore- thereto be made by parliament. said, take the following oath, before the 24. The election of members void by lord high chancellor or keeper of the the appointment to office by the regent or great seal, or commissioners for keeping her majesty. the great seal of Great Britain, or the 25. Letters patent and of privy seal,.. lord president of his majesty's privy and other lawful authorities for issues council, or the chief justice of the court from the civil list, to her majesty and of King's Bench for the time being, re- branches of the royal family, to continue spectly, or either of them, who are here. in full force during the regency, and war. by severally and respectively required, rants to be issued accordingly. and empowered to administer the same, 26. And be it further enacted, that the when required so to do by any person so lord high treasurer, or lords commission. appointed a member of her majesty's ers of his majesty's treasury, shall direct, council as aforesaid ; and the person ad- and they are hereby required annually to ministering such oath, shall give to the direct, on or before the member taking the same, a certificate of the sum of sixty thousand pounds the same baving been so taken, signed to be issued out of the monies of the civil with his hand; which certificate shall be list revenues, to the keeper of his majesfortb with transmitted to his majesty's ty's privy purse for the time being; and privy council, and entered in the books that the said keeper of his majesty's privy of the said privy council :
purse shall, and he is hereby authorized “ I, A. B. do solemnly promise and and directed, during the continuance of swear, that I will truly and faithfully the regency by this Act established, to ise counsel and advise the Queen's most excel- sue and apply the sum of in the lent majesty, according to the best of my year, in such half-yearly or quarterly judgment, in all matters and things relai- payments, to such persons, and in such ing to the trusts committed to her inajesty, manner, as he has issued and applied the touching the care of his majesty's royal same by the authority and direction of person.
his majesty ; and that he shall pay, and 16. The council to meet, and to declare he is hereby authorized and directed to the state of his majesty's bealth; and trans- pay the sum of
at the expimit a copy to the president of the privyration of each and every quarter, to such council, who shall publish a copy in the person as her most excellent majesty the Loodon Gazette.
Queen shall, by any instrument signed 17. Her majesty's council may examine and sealed by her majesty, authorize and the physicians, and others in attendance, direct to receive the same, to be by her upon oath,
majesty's direction applied in such gifts, 18. Her majesty and council are to no- charities, and allowances, as to her ma. tify his majesty's restoration to health, by jesty may judge the same would have instrument sent to the privy council: been applied to by bis majesty; and privy council then to be assembled, and that the remainder of the aforesaid som the instrumeot entered.
should be invested by the said keeper of 19. After such instrument, his majesty his majesty's privy purse, in some of the may, by sign manual, require the privy public funds or goveroment securities, in couneil to assemble.
the name of the keeper of his majesty's 20. If his majesty signify his pleasare privy purse for the time being, in trust to reqaire proclamation to issue, notif. for his majesty; and that the nett surplus cation is to be sent to the lord mayor of the revenues of the duchy and county und powers of Aet to cease.
palatine of Lancaster, shall be from time
to tine paid, nnder the order of the chan. manner and form aforesaid, shall be cellor and concil of the said duchy, into valid and effectual to all intents and the hands of the keeper of his majesty's purposes as if the same bad been made privy purse, whose receipt shall be a suf- or done by his majesty in the accusficient discharge for the same, and shall tomed manner; and the several per. by him be invested in some of the public sons so appointed shall be entitled to the funds or government securities, in manner like precedence, privileges, salaries, aforesaid.
wages, profits, and all other emoluments, 27. The keeper of the privy purse to as the several persons now bolding and take an oath before the barons of the ex- enjoying the same offices are respectively chequer.
entitied to: provided always, that the 28. Provides for the care of his majes- power and authority given by this Act to ty's real and personal estate and proper- ber majesty, to nominate and appoint ty, under act 39 and 40 Gev. III. c. 88. such persons of his majesty's household as
The new clauses introduced in the con- are not hereinbefore excepted, shall conmittee were two, viz.
tinue in force until the 1st day of Febru“ And be it further enacted, that the ary, or the expiration of six weeks as said regent shall, at the time of his taking aforesaid, and no longer: provided also, such oaths as aforesaid, and before the that lier said majesty sball not have any members of the privy council administer
power or authority to remove any officer ing the same, make, subscribe, and audio in any departınent of his majesty's housebly repeat the declaration mentioned in hold, by this Act made subject to the noan Act made in the 30th year of king mination or appointment of her majesty, Charles the Second, intituled, “ An Act who shall bave been nominated and apfor the more effectual preserving the pointed by his majesty: provided also, king's person and government, by dis- that until the expiration of such period as abling papists from sitting in either house aforesaid, ng appointment shall be made of parliament ;" and shall produce a cer- to the office of lord chamberlain of his tificate of his having received the Sacra- majesty's household, pow vacant, but that ment of the Lord's Supper in any of the all the duties of the said office shall be royal chapels, signed by the person admi- performed by the vice-chamberlain; and nistering the same.
that during such period as aforesaid, no The other clause gives power to the person holding the office of gentleman of prince to dispose in the usual regular way his majesty's bedchamber, or being one of of the droits of the crown and droits of the bis majesty's equerries, or groom, shall Admiralty.
be subject to be removed: and no vacan. The following is the manner in which cy which shall arise hy death or resignathe principal blanks have been filled up: tion of any of the grooms or gentlemen of
"Restrictions on the regent to continue his majesty's bedchamber, shall be supuntil after the 1st day of February 1812, plied or filled up, or any appointment or if parliament shall be then assembled, and nomination made to supply any such va. shall have been sitting for six weeks im- cancy." mediately previous to the said Ist day of Her majesty's council to consist of February 1812 ; or if parliament shall be Charles, lord archbishop of Canterbury; then assembled, but shall not have been Edward, lord archbishop of York; so sitting for six weeks, then until the es- Jancs, duke of Montrose; George, earl piration of six weeks after parliament of Winchelsea and Nottingham ; Heneage, shall have been so assembled and been earl of Aylesford; John, lord Eldon ; Ed. sitting; or if parliament shall noi then ward, lord Ellenborough; and the right be assembled, then until the expiration of hon. Sis William Grant; and, in the event six weeks after parliament shall have of the death of all or any of these, or of been assembled and sitting, next after the all or any of thein declining to act, her said Ist day of February.
majesty to bave power to appoint a sic“ Her majesty to nominate and appoint, cessor or successors from the list of privy in case of any vacancies arising by resig- counsellors. nation or deaih, all the officers and per- In the House of Lords, on Tuesday, sons belonging to his majesty's household, Jan. 13, the ford chancellor s'aled, that in the respective departments thereof, as for certain causes his majesty could not whose appointment, nomination, or re- be present, for the purpose of opening the moval, have heretofore been made by his session of parliament, a commission under majesty ; except the lord chamberlain of the great seal had beco issued for that his majesty's household, and the gentle purpose. Ile therefore had, in the first men and grooms of his majesty's bed- instance, to move, that the house do ad. chamber, his majesty's equerries, the cap- journ during pleasure, to afford their tain of the yeoinen of his majesty's guard, lordships an opportunity to robe. Acand tbe captain of the honourable band of cordingly the proceeding took place. gentlemen pensionem ; and the nomina- On the resuming of the house, the archtion and appointment by her majesty, in bishop of Canterbury, the lord chancel.
lor, the lord president (earl Camden), the opening and holding this parliament in
thority given to us and the other lords in
tion, in order that you may provide, as
far as may be possible, for the care and
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