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SCRIPTURE ILLUSTRATIONS.-No.…

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NORTH WILTS.

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PROROGATION OF PARLIAMENT.

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PROROGATION OF PARLIAMENT. HOUSE OF LORDS-MoNI)AY. This being the day appointed for the prorogation of Parliament by her Majesty in person, at an early lioiii- all the sti-eets leading to the Mouse of Lords began to assume a most animated appearance. By eleven o'clock the carriages of Peers and iii(j-e who bad been fortunate enough to obtain tickets from the Lord Chamberlain for admission into the body of the House or the Painted Chamber, began to arrive in rapid succession. The ladies were all dressed in deep mourning. The workmen, who were busily employed the whole of yesterday in laying down new matting '•arpets, and making certain alterations in the House and lobbies, did not complete their labours until nearly twelve o'clock to-day. The back of the throne has been covered with new scarlct cloth and V. I. substituted for W. IV. The Regiments of Horse Guards at one o'clock were stationed along; Pariiument-treet, and lined the road through which the Royal procession passed. Immediately afterwards the crowd increased at every moment, and the utmost anxiety was mani- fested to obtain a sight of the young Queen. About two o'clock a discharge of cannon announced that the Koyal cortege was approaching the House, and shortly afterwards it passed along Parliameni- street, in the same state as observed on former occasions. Her Majesty was most enthusiastically cheered by the assembled multitude. .,#I##,I'###'# "'I HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MONDAY. The SPEAKER entered the House at half-past one o'clock, and was soon afterward" summoned by Sir Augustus Clifford, Usher of the Black Rod, to the House of Lord- to hear her Majesty's most gracious Speech on the prorogation of Parliament. _#I'##4># HOUSE OF LORDS.—THURSDAY. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Brougham, Lord Lynd- hurst, Lord Wyndford, and other Peers assembled this morning at ten o'clock, when their Lordships gave judgement in a number of appeals, during which time several peeresses were present. Part of the gallery occupied by the public press was filled on the present occasion by the daughters of Peers, only one gentleman from each newspaper beiug allowed admission. The Queen having taking her seat on the throne, and the Commons appearing at the bar, her Majesty gave her Royal Assent to the Corporate Property (Ireland) Bill; the Church Building Commission Act Extention Bill; the Forgery Bill; the Punishment of Death Bill; the Bills of Exchange Bill; the Municipal Corporations Act Amemdment Bill; and several other Bills. Her Majesty afterwards read the following Most G racious Speech:— THE QUEEN'S SPEECH, My Lords and Gentlemen, U J have been anxious to seize the first oppor- tuuity of meeting you, in order that I might repeat in person my cordial thanks for your condolence upon the death of his late Majesty, and for the ex- pressions of attachment and affection with which you congratulated me upon my accession to the throne. I am very desirous of renewing the assur- ance of my determination to maintain the Protestant Religion as cstab'ished bylaw, to secure to all the freeexevcise of the rights of conscience, to protect the liberties, and to promote the welfare of all classes of the community. I rejoice that, in ascending the throne, I find the country in amity with all foreign powers, aud w ite I faithfully perform the engagements of the crown, and carefully watch over the interests of my subjects, it shall be the constant object of my solicitude to maintain the blessings of peace. Gentlemen of the House of Commons, "I thank you for the liberal supplies which you have granted for the public service of the year, as well as for the provision which you have made to meet the payments usually chargeable upon the civil list. "I will give directions that the public expenditure in all its branches be administered with the strictest economy. J'ly Lords and Gentlemen, In taking leave of this Parliament, I return you my thanks for the zeal and assiduity with which you have applied yourselves to the public business of the country. "Although your labours have been unexpectedly interrupted by the melancholy event which has taken place, I trust that they will have the beneficial effect of advancing the progress of legislation in a new Parliament. I perceive with satisfaction that you have brought to maturity some useful measures, amongst which I regard with peculiar interest the amendment of the criminal code, and the reduction of the number of capital punishments. I hail this mitigation of the severity of the law as an auspicious commencement of my reign. '< I ascend the throne with a deep sense of the responsibility which is imposed upon me; but Jam supported by the consciousness of my own right intentions,and by my dependence upon the protection of Almighty God. It will be my care to strengthen our institutions, civil and ecclesiastical, by discreet improvement wherever improvement is required, and to do all in my power to compose and allay animosity and discord. Acting upon these principles, I shall upon all occasions look with confidence to the wisdom of Parliament and the affections of my people, which form the true support of the dignity of the Crown, and ensure the stability of the Constitution." Her Majesty read the speech in a clear and dis- tinct tone. Her enunciation was deliberate and correct, and her voice being musical she made her- self heard without an apparent effort. Her de- meanour was at once graceful and dignified, and confirmed that prepossession in her favour which every one seemed to conceive on her first entering the House. The LORD CHANCELLOR declared it to be her Majesty's Royal will and pleasure that Par- liament should stand prorogued to Thursday, the 10th day of August next. Her Majesty then prepared to depart. As she descended the throne she turned towards the Ouchess of Kent, with a smile of confidence, and on retiring bowed in an affable manner to the Peeresses and Peers whom she passed. After her departure the lIoble assembly lingered for some time and conversed on the interesting, and, it may be added, affecting scene they had just wit- nessed. It drew forth but one universal expression of gratification and delight.

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