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THANKSGIVING DAY .t.c.tÀ 1', l.Â)J vî V l. U ..0.. IN LONDON. A SCEWB was witnessed in London yesterday, of a character as interesting as it was extraordinary. The great metropolis was everywhere en fete, and, business being suspended, rejoicings found expres- sion in a demonstration unexampled in magnitude and unparalleled in the history of our ago- At- tractive as was the procession, brave aiid effective military portion of the pageant, splendid the ^decorations, and ornate tho magnificent triumphal arches, the PEOPLE formed the chief feature in "the glowing picture, and were themselves the objects most worthy of notice from whatever as- pect the spectacle was regarded. Not only in point of numerical strength and orderly conduct were they deserving of the highest praise not -merely as loyal subjects bent upon testifying a ireverence for their Sovereign not simply as industrious citizens of the greatest nation of the world, but as being animated with a profound con- viction of the helplessness of man and his entire .♦dependence upon the Providence of GoD as re- "cogaising the power of lIar by whom kings reign ;,and princes decree justice; as having a.deeply- rooted faith in an over-ruling DEITY, and as being resolved upon testifying that belief, through the me- dium of simpler or more complex forms, by the sub- dued and silent aspiration or the manifestation of that divine afflatus which finds an outlet in the stately services of religion, were the PEOPLE, to be estimated on the day of national thanksgiving. There can be no doubt respecting the affection with which the QVKKN and her family are regarded by her subjects; nor can we exaggerate the sincerity of the congratulations addressed to the PRINCE of WALES upon his recovery from immi- nent death. To her MAJESTY the sympathy of the PEOPLE at large must be a source of consolation, Jor it may be accepted as the concentrated essence of their love. By the PRINCE a spontaneous dis- play of such deep interest in his welfare must be felt most keenly. The sickness which called forth the rejoicings may well be regarded by him as a Personal blessing, and if the result of the demon- stration yesterday should be to confirm him in the path of duty, and strengthen his resolve to follow An the footsteps of ALBERT THE GOOD, the highest .possible advantages will accrue alike to the toiling bullions and the Corinthian orders of social life. In a wider and more national aspect the occurrences -of the day are not without significance, and a new era dates from this hour. A common sorrow has brought the Royal Family and the People into closer and more intimate relationship they will better understand each other henceforth, and, we believe, considerable benefit from the contact will accrue to both. In no spirit of adulation, but rather as being actuated by a revevence for the Commonwealth as at present constituted, was the QUEEN welcomed in her pro- grtJss yesterday. She has won her honours, esta- blished her fame, and proved her title to be well esteemed. The PRINCE of WALES belongs to another generation, and will earn the gratitude of the country only in proportion as he makes an effort to deserve it. He has a brilliant, because useful, career before him, and we earnestly hope his Royal Highness will acquit himself in a way to justify the high expectations of his countless ad- mirers. Should he assume the duties of his position, with a sense of their importance relieve his royal lllother of the burdens of State, with tact and discre- tion evince interest in the prosperity of the nation, and continue to take an active part in promoting Pleasures and supporting institutions having for their object the improvement, succour, and eleva- tion of mankind, we need have no fear for our future. It may be that this country will be able to claim no immunity from decay that an unborn C-ILB ON will arise to write the Decline and Fall of the British Empire that Lord MACAULAY'S New Zea- lander will one day stand on the broken arches of London Bridge and gaze with regret upon the colos- sal ruins of Sr.. Paul's but, when the records of this, the Victorian era, come to be read by posterity, it will be found that the genius of history had inscribed upon her glowing Page the fact that, although monarchical in- stitutions had nearly received their fullest de- Velopment, obedience to the law, a love of order, an honest regard for the rights of others, unflinching valour and unflagging industry, distin- guished the People that they were warm-hearted and had an inexhaustible fund of good-humour that the rich were kind to the poor; that they were haters of oppression were welded together by the force of common interests more closely than the inhabitants of other countries, and that they Possessed a large share of those virtues which alone ensure to nations a solid greatness or to indivi- duaJfj an imperishable fame.