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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. --+-- In the House of Lords, on Friday, Parliament was pro- rogued by commission. The Lords Commissioners having taken their seats in front of the Throne, th;s Speaker and several members of the House of Commons, in compliance ^th the summons of Black Rod, appeared at the bar. The Royal assent was then given by commission to the Appropriation Bill and several other bills. The Lord Chancellor then read THE QUEEN'S SPEECH. CCMy LORDS AND GENTLEMEN, We are commanded by her Majesty, in releasing you from the labours of a, protracted Session, to con- vey to you her Majesty's acknowledgments for the Seal and assiduity with which you have applied your- Belveg to your Parliamentary duties. "Her Majesty has much satisfaction in informing that her relations with all foreign Powers are on the most friendly footing. "Her Majesty has watched with anxious interest 'he progress of the war which has recently convulsed ? great portion of the Continent of Europe. Her Majesty cannot have been an indifferent spectator of which have seriously affected the positions of I Sovereigas and Princes with whom her Majesty is Connected by the closest ties of relationship and friendship; but her Majesty has not deemed it expe- ?ieut to take part in a contest in which neither the honour of her Crown nor the interest of her people demanded any active intervention on her part. Her j Majesty can only express an earnest hope that the Negotiations now in progress between the belligerent powers may lead to such an arrangement as may lay j the foundation of a secure and lasting peace. A wido-spread treasonable conspiracy, having for its objects the subversion of her Majesty's authority 111 Ireland, the confiscation of property, and the Establishment of a Republic, having its seat in Ireland, | t deriving its principal support from naturalised JJtizens of a foreign and friendly State, compelled her J "Majesty at the commencement of the present Session "U assent to a measure recommended by her represen- tative in Ireland for the temporary suspension in that Part of her Majesty's dominions of the Habeas Corpus j- Act That measure, firmly but temperately acted on by the Irish Executive, had the effect of repressing any outward manifestations of treasonable intentions, and ( of causing the withdrawal from Ireland of the greater | Portion of those foreign agents by whom the conspiracy Was inailtly fostered. The leaders, however, of this movement were not ') ^eterred from prosecuting their criminal designs beyond the limits of her Majesty's dominions. They attempted, from the territories of the United j Plates of America, an inroad upon the peaceful sub- 1 ir^ta of her Majesty in her North American provinces. ~hat attempted inroad, however, only served to mani- 1 ??at, in the strongest manner, the loyalty and devo- tion of her Majesty's subjects in those provinces, who, j Without exception of creed or origin, united in defence j their Sovereign and their country. It serve.?. also Bhow the good faith and sornpuloaa attention to In.ternational rights displayed by the Government of the United States, whose active interference, by checking any attempted invasion of a friendly State, Mainly contributed to protect her Majesty's dominions against the evils of a predatory inroad. Her Majesty would have been rejoiced at the close of the present Session to be enabled to put an end to i the exceptional legislation which she was compelled to Sanction at its commencement; but the protection Which her Majesty owes to her loyal subjects leaves j her no alternative but that of assenting to the advice Of her Parliament to continue till their next meeting the provisions of the existing law. Her Majesty looks 841zioasly forward to the time when she may be enabled to revert to the ordinary provisions of the law. "GENTLEMEN OF TEE HOUSE OF COMMONS, "Her Majesty commands us to thank you for the iberal provision which you have made for the public service and for the naval and military defences of the country, "My LORDS AND GENTLEMEN, "Her Majesty has seen with great concern the Monetary pressure which, for a period of unprece- dented duration, has weighed upon the interests Oi the country. The consequent embarrassment appeared at one moment to be aggravated by so general a feei- ng of distrust and alarm that her Majesty, in order to restore confidence, authorised her Ministers to re- cotnmend to the directors of the Bank of England a course of proceeding suited to the emergency. "This, though justifiable under the circumstances, ^ight have led to an enfringement of the law, but her Majesty has the satisfaction of being able to inform Jon that no such infringement has taken place, and that, although the monetary pressure ia not yet sen- sibly mitigated, alarm is subsiding,'and the state of tfade being sound, and the condition of the people generally prosperous, her Majesty entertains a san- guine hope that confidence will soon be restored. "Her Majesty has observed with satisfaction and "ith deep gratitude to Almighty God that he has so far favoured the measures which have been adopted £ or staying the fearful pestilence which has visited our herds and flocks, that its destructive effects have been ill a great measure checked, and that there Is reason to hope for ita entire extinction at no <istanfc period. In the meantime, her Majesty has given her willing assent to a measure which has been introduced for the :relief of those districts which have suffered the most Merely from its visitation. 'Her Maieshy regrets that this country has at S?fch been b'abjeeted to the fearful visitation of cholera which has prevailed in other European countries, but from which it has been hitherto happily exempt. Her Majesty has directed that a form of l'ayer to Almighty God, suitable to the present exi- Sency, should be offered up in all the churches of this -real-; and her Majesty has given her cordial ap- proval to legislative measures sanctioning t.be adop- tion, by local authorities, of such steps as science and experience have shown to be most effectual for the check of thi tearful malady. "Her Majesty hopes that those in whose hands so large and beneficial an authority is left will not be slow to execute the powers entrusted to them, and that they will ba seconded in their endeavours by all who have at heart the safety and well-being of her people. In connection with this subject her Majesty hopes that a bill, to which she haa given her ready assent, i'or improving the navigation of the River Thames, may incidentally be conducive to the public health. "Her Majesty has great satisfaction in congratu- ating the country and the ^°rld at large on the suc- cessful accomplishment ot the great design of con- necting Earope and America by the means of an I electric telegraph. It is hardly possible to anticipate the full extent of the benefits whic-i may be conferred On the human race by this Bignal triumph of scientific enterprise; and her Majesty has pleasure m express- ing her deep sense of what is due to the private energy ■Which, in spite of repeated failure and discouragement, has at length, for the time, succeeded in establishing direct communication between the two continents. Bar Majesty trusts that no impediment may occur to interrupt the success of this great undertaking, calcu- lated, as it undoubtedly is, to cemenb yet closer the ties which bind her Majesty's North American ^olo- Hiea to their mother country, and to promote the Unrestricted intercourse and friendly feeling which it ia most desirable should subsist between her Majesty s dominions and the great Republic of the United States. "Her Majesty is aware that in returning to your respective homes, many of you have duties to perform hardly less important than those which belong to you in your Legislative capacity. Her Majesty places full reliance on the loyalty and devotion with which you will discharge those duties; and her Majesty earnestly prays that your influence and efforts may, under the blessing of Divine Providence, tend to the general welfare, prosperity, and contentment of her people." At the close of the proceedings, the Speaker and. members of the Commons returned to the Lower House, and, the Session being over, their lordships separated. The House of Commons met about half-past one o'clock. Soon after the Speaker took the chair, the right hon. gentleman and several members of the House proceeded, in compliance with the summons of the Black Bod, to the House of Peers, to hear the Royal assent given by com- mission to the Appropriation Bill, and several other bills and also to hear her Majesty's speech on the prorogation of Parliament., On their return, the right hon. gentleman read the Speech, and, after a general shaking of hands with the members present, retired. The members speedily followed his ex- ample, and in a few minutes the House was cleared, and the Session of 1866 was closed. «

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