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Lord President of Council. .... Marquis of Salisbury Earl Granville
Earl of Hardwicke
Duke of Argyll Lord Privy Seal.
Marquis of Clanricarde Chancellor of the Exchequer ... B. Disraeli, Esg. W. E. Gladstone, Esq.
SS. H.Walpole, Esq. (res.) Sir G. C. Lewis Home Secretary .........
IS. Estcourt, Esq. Sir G. Grey
Earl of Malmesbury Lord J. Russell
Du, of Newcastle
Sir E. B. Lytton
E. Cardwell, Esq. Secretary-at-War. ...
(s. Herbert, Esq. War Secretary ....
Sir G. C. Lewis
(Earl De Grey Board of Control (India) ....
\\Ld. Ellenborough (res.)
I Lord Stanley Indian Secretary .....
Sir C. Wood
J. W. Henley, Esq. Board of Trade . ....
ll Earl of Donoughmore ||
| T. Milner Gibson, Esq.
(Sir G. Grey Duchy of Lancaster. ....... Duke of Montrose BE, Cardwell, Esq.
(Earl of Clarendon
|(Earl of Elgin Postmaster-General. ..... Lord Colchester
Duke of Argyll
(Ld. Stanley of Alderley First Lord of Admiralty ..... Sir J. Pakington Duke of Somerset Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland .... Earl of Eglinton Earl of Carlisle Chief Secretary of Ireland. .... Lord Naas
JE. Cardwell, Esq.
Sir R. Peel Woods and Forests (Public Works) ... Lord J. Manners H. Fitzroy, Esq. Vice-President of Board of Trade . Earl of Donoughmore
(W. F. Cowper, Esq.
W. Hutt, Esq.
Sir R. Bethell
(Sir William Atherton Solicitor-General . ........ Sir H. M. Cairns
Sir R. Palmer Lord Advocate of Scotland .... Charles Baillie, Esq. J. Moncreiff, Esq.
(Duke of Somerset
Sir J. Pakington
Lord J. Manners
S. Cave, Esq.
Sir J. Rolt
Sir W. Bovill
H. T. L. Corry, Esq.
Motion :- Borough Fran. The Earl of Derby re
chise ; "rating" in signed through failing
health, Feb. 25, 1868.
* Resigned on Reform
Bill, March 2, 1867. (See June 18, 1866, p. | (See p. 776.)
742. Duration, 6 yrs. 5 ms.
Ministerial Majority. Irish Church Bill (third
reading). For . . . . . 361 Against .... 247
Majority . . : 114 (See May 31, 1869, p.
ANNALS OF OUR TIME.
of allegiance and supremacy, kneeling before
the throne. The former surrendered their seals June 20.--Accession of Queen Victoria. On of office, which her Majesty returned, and Tuesday morning, shortly after 2 o'clock, the Ministers kissed hands on re-appointment. A Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lord Cham- | declaration was drawn up, and signed by all berlain (Marquis of Conyngham) left Windsor I present, stating that, “Whereas it has pleased for Kensington Palace—where the Princess | Almighty God to call to His mercy our late Victoria was residing with her mother-to in- | Sovereign Lord King Williain the Fourth, of form her Royal Highness of the King's death. | blessed and glorious memory, by whose decease The details of the interview current in society the imperial crown of the United Kingdom of at the time were thus set down by Miss Wynn : Great Britain and Ireland is solely and right“They reached Kensington Palace at about fully come to the High and Mighty Princess 5: they knocked, they rang, they thumped for a Alexandrina Victoria, saving the rights of any considerable time before they could rouse the issue of his late Majesty King William the porter at the ga:e; they were again kept wait- | Fourth which may be born of his late Majesty's ing in the courtyard, then turned into one of consort : we, therefore, the Lords Spiritual and the lower rooms, where they seemed forgotten | Temporal of this realm, being here assisted by everybody. They rang the bell, and de- with those of his late Majesty's Privy Council, sired that the attendant of the Princess Victoria with numbers of others, principally gentlemen might be sent to inform her Royal Highness | of quality, with the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, that they requested an audience on business of | and citizens of London, do now hereby, with importance. After another delay, and another | one voice and consent of tongue and heart, ringing to inquire the cause, the attendant was publish and proclaim that the High and Mighty summoned, who stated that the Princess was Princess Alexandrina Victoria is now, by the in such a sweet sleep she could not venture to | death of our late Sovereign of happy memory, disturb her. Then they said, “We are come become our only lawful and rightful liege, to the Queen on business of state, and even her Lady Victoria, by the grace of God, Queen of sleep must give way to that !' It did; and to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and prove that she did not keep them waiting, in Ireland, Defender of the Faith, saving as a few minutes she came into the room in a aforesaid. To whom, saving as aforesaid, we do loose white nightgown and shawl, her night acknowledge all faith and constant obedience, cap thrown off, and her hair falling upon her with all hearty and humble affection ; beseechshoulders, her feet in slippers, tears in her ing God, by whom kings and queens do eyes, but perfectly collected and dignified." reign, to bless the Royal Princess Victoria with Lord Melbourne was immediately sent for, long and happy years to reign over us.” Her and the Privy Council summoned to assemble Majesty was pleased to make the following at Kensington at 11 o'clock. At that hour the declaration :-" The severe and afflicting loss Queen, with the Duchess of Kent, entered the which the nation has sustained by the death of council chamber, attended by her officers of his Majesty my beloved uncle, has devolved state, and took her seat on a throne erected for upon me the duty of administering the governthe occasion. The Lord Chancellor then ad- | ment of this empire. This awful responsibility ministered to her the usual oaths, binding is imposed upon me so suddenly, and at so her to govern the kingdom according to its early a period of my life, that I should feel laws and customs. She thereafter received the myself utterly oppressed by the burden were I homage of her uncles, the Dukes of Cum- not sustained by the hope that Divine Provi. berland and Sussex, the Queen with admirable dence, which has called me to this work, will grace standing up and preventing the latter give me strength for the performance of it, and from kneeling. The Cabinet Ministers and that I shall find in the purity of my intentions, other privy councillors present took the oath and in my zeal for the public welfare, that
support and those resources, which usually belong to a more mature age and to longer experience. I place my firm reliance upon the wisdom of Parliament, and upon the loyalty and affection of my people. I esteem it also a peculiar advantage that I succeed to a sovereign whose constant regard for the rights and liberties of his subjects, and whose desire to promote the amelioration of the laws and institutions of the country, have rendered his name the object of general attachment and tion. Educated in England, under the tender and enlightened care of a most affectionate mother, I have learned from my infancy to respect and love the constitution of my native country. It will be my unceasing study to maintain the · Reformed religion as by law established, securing at the same time to all the full enjoyment of religious liberty; and I shall steadily protect the rights, and promote to the utmost of my power the happiness and welfare, of all classes of my subjects.” Her Majesty was also pleased to take and subscribe the oath relating to the security of the Church of Scotland. The Queen' styled herself simply “Victoria,' and not, as had been anticipated, “ Alexandrina Victoria,” a variation which led next day to certain alterations in the written rolls of the House of Lords and the printed form of oath used by members of the House of Commons.
21.-Proclamation of the Queen. Her Majesty left Kensington between 9 and 10 A. M. for St. James's Palace, where she was received by members of the Royal family, Cabinet Ministers, and officers of the household. In a short time she made her appearance at the window of an ante-room adjoining the audience chamber, and was received with deafening cheers. Her Majesty was observed to look fatigued and pale, but acknowledged the cheers which greeted her with ease and dignity. She was dressed in deep mourning, with white tippet, white cuffs, and a border of white lace undler a small black bonnet, which was placed far back on her head, exhibiting her fair hair in front, parted over the forehead. Her Majesty was accompanied to the window by Lord Mel. bourne, Prime Minister, and Lord Lansdowne, President of the Council. In the courtyard be. neath the window of the presence chamber was Garter King-at-arms, with heralds, pursuivants, and other officials in their robes of state. The proclamation read was uniform in phraseology with the declaration signed at yesterday's Privy Council. When Garter King-at-arms had ceased reading, the band played the National Anthem, and the Park and Tower guns pealed out a jubilant chorus. The City dignitaries then formed ihemselves into order of procession, and marched off to proclaim the Queen at various points within their jurisdiction.
22.--A royal message laid on the table of both Houses of Parliament, stating that it was inexpedient, in the judgment of her Majesty, inat any new measure should be recommended
for their adoption beyond such as might be requisite for carrying on the public service from the close of the present session to the meeting of the new Parliament. The debate which ensued was characterised by an entire unanimity as to the merits of the late King, though there was a wide difference of opinion regarding the policy of Ministers. When the Commons rose to-day, 521 members had taken the oath of allegiance to the Queen.
23.-At the close of-a discussion to-night on the order of public business, Lord Lyndhurst took occasion to censure Ministers for their care. lessness and incapacity. “During a session,” he said, “which wanted only a few days of five months' duration, only two Acts of distinct and special legislation had been passed—the PostOffice Contracts and the Scottish Sedition Bills --while there was at the present date no fewer than seventy-five public bills depending in the other House. So far as the foreign policy of Ministers was concerned, it elicited the pity of their friends and excited the scorn and derision of their enemies. "-Lord Melbourne endeavoured to defend his Ministry from what he described as "the bitter and vehement" attack of the learned ex-Chancellor.-In the Commons, Lord John Russell, when speaking of the Reform Act, said, “Her Majesty's Ministers, while they consider it a final measure (see July 3d, 1849), do not intend that it should remain a barren Act upon the Statute-book, but that it should be followed up in such a manner as would ennoble, invigorate, and enlarge the institutions of the country.”
24.-Explosion at the Blaina Iron Works, Monmouthshire, resulting in the death of twelve workmen, about a third of the entire number employed in the workings. The calamity was thought to have been occasioned by one of the labourers venturing into an unsafe passage with a lighted candle.
- Mr. Montefiore (afterwards Sir Moses) chosen Sheriff of London ; the first Jew elected to that office in England.
87.-Lord Langdale, Master of the Rolls, makes a decree on an information by the Attorney-General against the University and Corporation of Cambridge and others, relative to the mismanagement of Hobson's Workhouse and the misappropriation of the funds, especially of the sum bequeathed by John Bowtell for apprenticing poor boys. His lordship declared that the purposes for which the workhouse was used ought not to be continued, and that certain salaries which had been paid ought to cease. He referred it to the Master to take into account and settle a scheme for the future management of the charity.
- Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, and since the death of William IV. King of Hanover, enters his kingdom. He was favourably received by the people.
29.-The Times, looked upon as the organ of the Tory party, writes with great bitterness