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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT.

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THE PROROGATION OF PARLIAMENT.

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THE PROROGATION OF PARLIAMENT. Parliament was formally prorogued by commission on Tuesday afternoon till the 30th of October next. The Lord Chancellor read- HER MAJESTY'S MESSAGE. My LORDS AND GENTLEMEN, I am happy to be able to release you from your attendance in Parliament. My relations with all foreign powers continue to be friendly. The exertions which, since the commencement of disturb- ances in Eastern Europe, I have not ceased to make for -the maintenance of the general peace have, unfortunately, not been successful. On the outbreak of war between the Russian and the Ottoman Empires, I declared my intention of preserving an attitude of neutrality so long as the inte- rests of this country remain unaffected. The extent and nature of those interests were further defined in a communi- cation which I caused to be addressed to the Government of Russia, and which elicited a reply indicating friendly dis- positions on the part of that State. I shall not fail to use my best efforts, when a suitable op- portmiity occurs for the restoration of peace, on terms com- patible with the honour of the belligerents, and with the general safety and welfare of other nations. if, in the course of the contest, the rights of my Empire should be assailed or endangered, I should confidently rely on Your help to vindicate and maintain them. The apprehensions of a serious famiue in Southern India, Which I communicated to you at the opening of the Session, have, I grieve to say, been fully verified. The visitation which has fallen upon my subjects in Madras and Bombay, and upon the people of Mysore, has been of extreme severity, and its duration is likely to he prolonged. No exertion will be wanting on the part of my Indian Govern- ment to mitigate this terrible calamity. S The Proclamation of my Sovereignty in the Transvaal has been received throughout the Province with enthusiasm. It has also been accepted with marked satisfaction by the native chiefs and tribes; and the war, which threatened in its progress to compromise the safety of my subjects in South Africa, is happily brought to a close. I trust that the measure which has been passed, to enable the European communities of South Africa to unite upon such terms as may be agreed on, will be the means of pre- venting the recurrence of similar dangers, and will increase and confblidate the prosperity of this important part of my dominions. GENTI<EMEN OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, 1 thank you for the liberal supplies which you have voted for the public service. I have issued a Royal Warrant to give effect to the pre)- vision which you have made for ensuring adequate promo- tion to the officers of my Army. My LORDS AND GENTLEMEN, The measures which have been passed relating to the Prisons of the United Kingdom will secure economy and efficiency in their management, and, at the same time, effect a considerable reduction in local burthens. The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, under the Act to which I have gladly given my assent, will obtain power to extend more generally the benefit of the higher education. The Acts for reorganising the Superior Courts of Justice in Ireland, and for reforming and conferring an extensive equitable jurisdiction on the County Courts, will largely improve the administration of the law in that part of the United Kingdom. I anticipate the best results from the Act which extends to the Sheriff Courts of Scotland jurisdiction in regard to veritable rights In bidding you farewell, I pray the blessing of Almighty Jjod may rest on your recent labours, and accompany you in the discharge of all your duties.

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