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a duty, his Majesty was fully capable The Archbishop of Canterbury. of laying aside and of forgetting every The Lord Chancellor. thing like personal or private feel- The Lord President of the Council. ing.

The Duke of Beaufort. The adjournment of the House for The Duke of Northumberland. two days was then carried anani- The Marquis of Lansdown. mously.

The Marquis of Buckingham. On the following day, the House of The Earl of Liverpool. Lords, according to the arranged or- The Earl of Donoughmore. der, were to ballot for the committee Earl Beauchamp. to examine the papers. Lord Kenyon, Viscount Sidmouth. however, rose and stated, that though The Bishop of London. he had, on the former day, voted for Lord Redesdale. the committee, yet as a prospect had Lord Erskine. been opened of amicable adjustment, The Earl of Lauderdale. and as the other House had been thus The committee were ordered to induced to delay proceedings, he ear- meet on Thursday next. nestly recommended that their example should be followed, and that the The King's ministers did not shew ballot should be delayed till Mon- all the promptitude, in opening the day.

negociation, which might have been Lord Liverpool, without admitting expected, after so positive a declarathat there was room for delay, sug- tion of the wishes of Parliament. gested, that if it were thought eligible, Two days elapsed, without any the most regular and dignified course movement on either side, and it was for the House would be to proceed to from the opposite party at last that the nomination of the committee, only the first overture came. On Fri. directing that it should not meet till day the 9th, Mr Brougham, by comTuesday next this being Thursday: mand of the Queen, transmitted a The motion was seconded by Lord note to Lord Liverpool, stating, that Lauderdale, who treated it as a most her Majesty, submitting to the dedisorderly proceeding, that their Lord. clared sense of Parliament, was ready ships should act upon any thing that to consider any arrangement that had been done in another place. The might be suggested, consistent with same view was taken by Lord Er- her dignity and honour. Lord Li. skine ; while Lord Donoughmore re-verpool, in reply, referred to the probated all delay, urging that no note delivered to Mr Brougham, on new motive for it had been assigned, the 15th of April last, as the propoand that to use as argument any thing sition made on the part of the King, that had passed in the Lower House, at the same time declaring his readiwas most unparliamentary. It almost ness to receive any suggestions which seemed as if the members had been her Majesty or her advisers might transported from one House to the have to make upon them. This note other. Lords Holland, Carnarvon. was to the following tenor: and Rosslyn, supported the original motion of Lord Kenyon. On a divi

“15th April, 1820. sion, the Earl of Liverpool's motion was carried by a majority of 108 to « The Act of the 54th Geo. III., 29. The following committee was cap. 160, recognized the separation then nominated :

of the Prince Regent from the Prin

cess of Wales, and allotted a sepa- tention. Still retaining the desire of rate provision for the Princess. This submitting her own wishes to the provision was to continue during the authority of Parliament, she only life of his late Majesty, and to de- felt it necessary before making any termine at his demise. In conse- further proposal, to have it under. quence of that event it has altogether stood that the recognition of her rank ceased, and no provision can be made and privileges as Queen must be the for her until it shall please his Ma- basis of any arrangement which could jesty to recommend to Parliament be made. The moment that basis was an arrangement for that purpose. established, her Majesty would be

“ The King is willing to recom- ready to suggest a method by which mend to Parliament to enable his she conceived all existing differences Majesty to settle an annuity of might be satisfactorily adjusted. 50,0001. a-year upon the Queen, to The answer of Lord Liverpool exbe enjoyed by her during her natu- pressed the most extreme surprise, ral life, and in lieu of any claim in that the propositions of the 15th the nature of jointure or otherwise, April, should not have been sooner provided she will engage not to come submitted to her Majesty. So far as into any part of the British domis affected her dignity, however, he obnions, and provided she engages to served : take some other name or title than “ The memorandum of the 15th that of Queen ; and not to exercise April, while it proposed that her Maany of the rights or privileges of jesty should abstain from the exercise Queen, other than with respect to of the rights and privileges of Queen, the appointment of law officers, or with certain exceptions, did not call to any proceedings in courts of jus- upon her Majesty to renounce any of tice. The annuity to cease upon the them. violation of these engagements, viz., “ Whatever appertains to her Maupon her coming into any part of the jesty by law, as Queen, must contiBritish dominions, or her assuming nue to appertain to her so long as it the title of Queen, or her exercising is not abrogated by law." any of the rights or privileges of The note concluded with expressQueen, other than above excepted, ing a readiness to receive any propoafter the annuity shall have been sition for a satisfactory adjustment, settled upon her.

provided it had for its basis her Ma“Upon her consent to an engage- jesty's residence abroad. ment on the above conditions, Mr Mr Brougham, in replying for the Brougham is desired to obtain a de- Queen, accounted for her not haclaration to this effect, signed by her- ving seen the note of the 15th April self; and at the same time a full au- sooner, by her official advisers not thority to conclude with such person having had an opportunity of delias his Majesty may appoint a formal vering it previous to the interview engagement upon these principles." with Lord Hutchison.

Satisfied, however, with the recogThe Queen, in her answer trans- nition now made of her rank as mitted next day, stated that she had Queen, her Majesty now proceeded seen this note for the first time; that to lay open the plan formerly alluded the proposal contained in it did not to, by which she hoped that a final appear satisfactory, at the same time adjustment might be effected. that she was willing to believe it did not proceed from any offensive in- “ Her Majesty's dignity and ho.

nour being secured, she regards all cers began by stating, that under all other matters as of comparatively lit. the circumstances of her Majesty's tle importance, and is willing to leave position, they would not say that her every thing to the decision of any Majesty had any insuperable objecperson or persons, of high station and tion to living abroad; on the concharacter, whom both parties may trary, if such foreign residence were concur in naming ; and who shall deemed indispensable to the complehave authority to prescribe the parti- tion of an arrangement so much deculars as to residence, patronage, and sired by Parliament, her Majesty income-subject, of course, to the might be prevailed upon to acquiesce; approbation of Parliament.”

but then that certain steps must be

taken to remove the possibility of any The reply of Lord Liverpool to inference being drawn from such this proposition was as follows: compliance, and from the inquiry not

being proceeded in, unfavourable to “ The King's confidential servants her Majesty's honour, and inconsiscannot think it consistent with their tent with that recognition which is constitutional responsibility to advise the basis of these negociations; and the King to submit to any arbitration, her Majesty's law-officers suggested, a matter so deeply connected with with this view, the restoration of her the honour and dignity of his crown, name to the Liturgy. and with the most important public To this it was replied, that the interests ; but they are fully sensible King's government would no doubt of the advantages which may be deri- learn with great surprise, that a quesrived from an unreserved personal tion of this important nature had now discussion ; and they are therefore been brought forward for the first prepared to advise his Majesty to ap- time, without having been adverted point two of his Majesty's confiden- to in any of the previous discussions, tial servants, who, in concert with the and without being included amongst like number of persons to be named the heads to be now treated of; that by the Queen, may frame an arrange- the Liturgy had been already regument, to be submitted to his Majesty, lated by his Majesty's formal declafor settling, upon the basis of Lord ration in council, and in the exercise Liverpool's note of the 1lth instant, of his Majesty's legal authority ; that the necessary particulars of her Ma- the King, in yielding his own feeljesty's future situation.”

ings and views to the wishes of Par

liament, could not be understood (in This proposition was immediately the absence of inquiry) to alter any acceded to, and, in consequence, the of those impressions under which his Duke of Wellington and Lord Castle Majesty had hitherto deliberately and reagh, on the part of the King, Mr advisedly acted ; and that, as it was Brougham and Mr Denman, on the at the outset stated, the King could other side, were appointed to conduct not be expected to retract any thing,

no hope could be held out that the The first meeting took place on King's Government would feel themthe 15th June, and after the plan of selves justified in submitting such a deliberation had been adjusted, the proposition to his Majesty. first question which ca under dis- This point was discussed at great cussion, was the future residence of length by the respective parties, but the Queen abroad. Here, according without any approach to concession, to the protocol, the Queen's law offi'. though the King's commissioners finally agreed to report to the Cabi- ing their grateful thanks to both the net, and state its determination at

the conferences.

royal personages for their acquies. the next conference. The Queen's cence in the arrangement desired by commissioners, however, anticipa- that assembly. ting, as possible or probable, the On the following day, when the final rejection of this proposition, third conference was held, satisfacthrew out as a substitute the official tory answers were given to the two introduction of her Majesty to foreign last questions. The Queen was to Courts by the King's ministers abroad. be provided, either with a yacht or Upon this, the opposite party ob- ship of war, as might be convenient, served, that this proposition appear for going to the continent, or the Meed open to the same difficulty in point diterranean. Still the state of the of principle: it was calling upon the propositions was not considered saKing to retract the decision formally tisfactory by the Queen's servants. taken and avowed on the part of his Before closing the conference, howMajesty, a decision already notified ever, the King's servants desired disto foreign Courts; and to render the tinctly to know from her Majesty's position of his Majesty's representa- law officers, whether the introductives abroad, in relation to her Ma- tion of the Queen's name in the Li. jesty, inconsistent with that of their turgy, and her Majesty's introduction Sovereign at home. They were only at foreign Courts, were either of them ready to undertake for the full and a condition sine qua non of an arfaithful observance of the orders al- rangement on the part of the Queen: ready issued, directing the British to which it was replied, that either ministers on the continent to provide the introduction of her Majesty's by every possible means for her Ma- name in the Liturgy, or an equivajesty's personal comfort and accom- lent, which would have the effect of modation.

protecting her Majesty against the The second conference, which took unfavourable inference to which her place on the following day, consisted Majesty might be liable in leaving chiefly in the King's servants repeate the country, under the circumstances ing, as the deliberate decision of the in which her Majesty was placed, Cabinet, the views which they had was a sine qua non. given, both respecting the Liturgy In this unpromising state, the and the introduction at foreignCourts. third conference closed. On the The Queen's law officers then sug- fourth day, a new proposition was gested the introduction at some one brought forward by the King's miCourt; but it was replied that the nisters, who suggested, if possible, to principle was in all cases the same, meet her Majesty's wishes, and in and if given up at all, should be order the better to assure to her Magiven up generally. The demand of a jesty every suitable respect and atpalace made on the Queen's side, was tention within the particular state in evaded on the ground, that all the which she might think fit to estaroyal palaces were then occupied. blish her residence, (the Milanese, or Questions were then put as to whe- the Roman States, having been previther the Queen would be allowed to ously suggested by her Majesty's leave England in the state which be-, law officers as the alternative withcame her dignity, and whether the in her Majesty's contemplation, that King's ministers were ready to pro- the King would cause official notifipose in Parliament addresses express- cation to be made of her Majesty's legal character as Queen to the


ful or of evil example to the nation vernment of such state. That con- The only reason stated against it was sistently, however, with the reasons that the King had once decided other. already stated, it must rest with the wise. But is the decision of a King Sovereign of such state what recep- of England, once made, irrevocable tion should be given to her Majesty like the laws of the Medes and Per. in that character.

sians ? Is his opinion incapable o It was observed, that the practice at change upon fresh motives being sub- . foreign Courts being to receive those mitted to him ? Was there nothing only who were received at home, the in the expressed wishes of Parlia. King could, with no propriety, re- ment, in the tumultuary and unset. quire such a point of foreign govern- tled feelings of the nation, in all the ments. It was urged, in reply, that unpleasant vista which opened, to the Queen could not be considered as render expedient one of those sacri. in that situation, since it was only in fices of private feeling, which his 1814 that she had voluntarily ceased Majesty has repeatedly shewn that to go to Court, out of regard to the he was able to make, when an impordelicate situation in which the unfor- tant interest of the public was at tunate differences in the Royal Fa

stake? mily placed the late Queen. It was With regard to the other proposianswered, that the Court of the late tion, according to which an opporQueen had been, in fact, that of the tunity was to be provided of figuring Prince Regent, acting in name, and as Queen of England at foreign for behoof of his Majesty; and that Courts, our opinion as to the prothe present Queen, then Princess of priety both of asking and granting it, Wales, had, in point of fact, been ex- is considerably different. We believe cluded from that Court.

it is allowed by the best judges of feOn the following day, the Queen's male decorum, that a lady, placed in law officers stated, that the propo- the unfortunate state of separation sition of yesterday had been submit- from her husband, even without her ted to her Majesty, but had produced own fault, ought to lead a somewhat no alteration in her sentiments. retired life. To be seen blazing in the

No satisfactory understanding ha- foremost ranks of gaiety, is considerving thus taken place between the ed unsuitable to her situation, and two parties, the conferences closed. exposing her to much misconstruc

Such was the unfavourable issue of tion. It would have done more ho. this attempt to arrange the differ- nour to her Majesty's judgment and ences in the Royal House, and to feelings, not to have asked or wished avert the unhappy investigation which for such a distinction. On the other otherwise impended. The two points hand, without pronouncing any hardat issue were, the Liturgy, and the er sentence, few will deny, that the introduction at foreign Courts. In manners and general deportment of regard to the former, we must say, this unfortunate lady, were not such that we do not see any sufficient rea

as to render it creditable or eligible, son, why ministers should not have that she should be exhibited over Euadvised his Majesty to yield this rope in the high character of Queen point. It did not commit him in any of England. Ministers seem to have opinion as to the merits or character gone quite as far in this respect, as of the party; it involved, even on the

was consistent with the credit of the worst supposition, nothing disgrace- nation, and the just feelings of the

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