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had passed, and hoping the Address, &c. sters must have some feelings against the would have an early insertion. To this Princess, or the Address would have apLord Sidmouth answered, that in the ex- peared in the Gazette. He had wished to ercise of his discretion, in his official Situa- abstain from all remarks on the Regent and tion, he did not think it proper to make the his Government; especially as he had no required insertions.(Hisses.)

reason to believe, that the Lord Mayor, in A letter from MR. WHITBREAD was then turning them off at Tyburn (a laugh), had read, expressing his grateful acknowledg. any instructions from head-quarters. He ment of their vote of Thanks; after which, had made inquiries, but had not found any the LORD MAYOR came forward, thanked reason to think any influence had been exthem for their attendance, and said the Hallerted. Indeed, he could not be brought was now dissolved. (Cries of No! No!) to think that such an Address could have

MR. ALDERMAN Wood came forward to been any way displeasing to the Husband speak, but the Lord Mayor left the Hall of the injured Princess. He had, however, amid loud hisses.-Great confusion pre- been informed, that the Lord Mayor had, vailed, but Mr. Alderman J. J. Smith within a few days, waited on Lord Sidcoming in, there was a shout for him to mouth, and asked his advice, whether he take the Chair.

should convene a Hall to-day. Lord SidMR. WAITHMAN addressed the Meeting. mouth told him, that he must be the best He said they were not altogether in a new judge, but that he himself should advise situation: they had, on former occasions, against calling a Meeting; to which the been deserted by their Chief Magistrate, Lord Mayor replied, that he had promised and the practice had been for some Alder- a Hall to some Gentlemen, and must call man to take the Chair. In Mr. Wilkes's it, (a laugh.) time, something similar had happened : MR. WAITHMAN then addressed the Lian Alderman, after the Lord Mayor left very. He said, it had not at first been his the Hall, presided merely as Chairman of intention to pass a censure or the conduct of the Livery.

the Lord Mayor. · A difference of opinion MR. ALDERMAN Smith said he had had prevailed, as to the propriety of the scruples in his mind, which had not been first Hall; but after the resolutions then removed by what had fallen from his worthy made, there could be but one sentiment, friend. The present was a meeting, con- that as much weight as possible ought to be sisting of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and given to the decision of the Livery of LonLivery; this had been dissolved by the don. He therefore went himself in the Lord Mayor, which he lamented; but still procession, and even regarded it as a fortuhe was afraid, under such circumstances, nate circumstance, that the Address had he could not legally take the Chair. His been carried. Considering the conduct of legal friends advised him against it. the Lord Mayor and Lord Sidmouth, they

Mr. ALDERMAN Wood then proposed seemed to him to have acted under an errothat as it was now merely a meeting of the neous impression, that the Prince could be Livery, Sir William Rawlins should take displeased at the discovery of the foul conthe Chair, which he did immediately. spiracy against his own wife: that her tri

MR. ALDERMAN SMITH said he had no umphant rescue from atrocious calumny objection to attend, and address them merely would be ungrateful to the feelings of a husas a Liveryman. - (He and Alderman band, (Huzzas.) His own opinion was far Wood then pulled off their gowns.) different; he had no doubt that the Prince

MR. Alderman Wood came forward. Regent must be delighted at the triumph of He said it had always been the practice to one so dear to him by birth, as well as mar. convene a Common-Hall to receive the an- riage, ( Loud applause.) How, then, had swer to their Address. The Lord Mayor Lord Sidmouth dared, by his conduct, to called the purpose of their meeting trivial, countenance an opinion, that the Address but his dissolving the Hall shewed that he would be unpleasing to his Royal Highness ? attached some importance to it. It wasApplause. As to the conduct of the Lord right that the Hall should make some re- Mayor, why had he carried the Livery of marks on Lord Sidmouth's Letter, Ad- Londou by a circuitous route? Why had dresses had hitherto been always printed in he presuined to think that the triumph the London Gazelle; he was afraid the of which the City were celebrating would give fice had been contaminated since its removal displeasure in any particular quarter? The from Shoe-lane to the West end of the town Lord Mayor had yesterday excused himself (* laugh), It was evident, that the Mini. by saying, that his oath compelled him to

keep the peace of the city. What! was habitants of the ancient City of Bristol, in it to preserve the peace of the City public meeting assembled, beg leave to apthat the Livery of London were carried proach your Royal Highness, not in the to St. Giles's?' (A laugh.) He thought language of unmeaning adulation, which that a public procession should go through would be as disgusting to the dignified mind all the most crowded streets where the peo- of your Royal Highness to accept, as it ple were assembled to demonstrate their would be degrading and disgraceful in us joy. It was not proper that the conduct of as Englishmen to offer ; but we beg to be : the Chief Magistrate should be passed over permitted, in the language of truth and sinwithout disapprobation. He had dissolved cerity, humbly, though zealously and firm- . the Hall, because he knew he deserved their ly, to assure your Royal Highness that we censure. He had abandoned them, because are actuated solely with the love of justice, he felt that he should meet with their exe- when we declare that we entertain the most cration instead of their thanks.—He then profound respect and veneration for the moved a Resolution, that the Lord Mayor, Character, as well as the most invincible by the circuitous route taken in the proces- attachment for the Person, of your Royal sion, and by other conduct, had shewn dis- Highness.--We should inflict the greatrespect to the Prince Regent, by counte- est torture upon our feelings if we were to nancing an opinion, that the triumph of the neglect upon this occasion to congratulate Princess would be offensive to his feelings; your Royal Highness, in terms the most and that his conduct this day, in dissolving unequivocal, upon the developement of that the Hall, rendered him unworthy of the Conspiracy against your Royal Highness, confidence of his fellow-citizens. He could which has terminated in the most glaring not sit down, without expressing his dis- exposure of the wicked intentions of your approbation of the non-attendance of the suborned Accusers, the discomfiture of your Legal Advisers of the City, on occasions abandoned and perjured Traducers, and, when their opinions might be wanted. at the same time, the most unbounded ac

MR. THOMPSON said, it had been the ob- quittal of your Royal Highness in the eyes ject in all their proceedings lo keep his Royal and hearts of every unprejudiced person in Highness the Prince Regent out of the ques- the universe. But it would be impossible tion; but it seemed that Ministers, by their to govern our feelings if we were to endea conduct, and the Lord Mayor by his, were vour to express our abhorrence in terms determined to implicate his Royal Highness, adequate to the resentment we entertain for as far as they could.

those who were the promoters and instigaThe Resolution of Censure was then put tors of the false, detestable, and groundand carried with one dissentient voice, and less accusations against your Character, for was ordered to be published in the papers. the base, cowardly, and cruel purpose of

MR. Waitaman then moved the Thanks bringing your Illustrious Person to an unof the Meeting to Sir W. Rawlins.

timely and ignominious death.We The Thanks of the Meeting were then voted were delighted with that conscientious recto Sir W. Rawlins, who returned thanks, titude of soul which inspired your Royal and the Meeting dispersed.

Highness with the virtuous courage to de

mand of the House of Commons, that. Mr. Hunt, the late Candidate for Bristol, you may be treated as innocent, or proved presented the following Address from the to be guilty.' But we are far more des Freemen, Burgesses, and Inhabitants of that lighted with the result, which has proved City, to Her Royal Highness the Princess to the whole world that the Character of of Wales, at Montague House, Blackheath, your Royal Highness was impregnable to by appointment, at two o'clock yesterday: the deadly and poisonous shafts of the most " To Her Royal Highness Caroline, Princess have only to add, that by this severe trial

malignant and cowardly Slander.—_We of Wales.

we are convinced that your Royal Highoess “ The Dutiful and Loyal Address of a nu- has secured the love, the veneration, and

merous and respectable Public Meet the esteem of every manly and feeling heart ing of the Freemen, Burgesses, and in the Empire; long may your Royal HighInhabitants of the City of Bristol, heldness live to receive their willing homage ; on the Public Exchange, the 22d day long may you enjoy the uninterrupted soof March, 1813.

ciety of your Illustrious Daughter; and that " May it please your Royal Highness, you may always succeed in frustrating the

“ We, the Ereemen, Burgesses, and In- machinations of all your Enemies, is the sincere and ardent prayer of your faithful, that he confides the care of repulsing any dutiful, and loyal Fellow-Subjects, the attack of our enemies on the coasts of the Freemen, Burgesses, and Inhabitants of Empire. —You have not forgotten, Genthe ancient City of Bristol.

tlemen, with what ardour the inhabitants of Signed on behalf of the Meeting, our coasts marched against the expedition

Henry Hunt." directed to the port of Antwerp. But it To which Her Royal Highness returned is necessary to direct this zeal, and what the following Answer:

happened in 1809, has shewn how impor

tant it is to organize the service of the Na" I return my best thanks to the Free- tional Guard, in such parts of the Empire men, Burgesses, and Inhabitants of the where it, may be deemed necessary.City of Bristol, who have been pleased to Those departments which are especially send me this handsome testimony of their called upon to concur in the defence of the approbation of my conduct, and their con ports, are designated in Title IV. --The gratulations on the failure of that conspi- National Guard shall be organized in the racy which was wickedly contrived by per departments, if it shall be found needful, jured and suborned Traducers against my and the companies of grenadiers and chasLife and Honour."

seurs completed in such a manner as to present a force of from 15 to 30,000 men, in

every circle, effective, present, and always OFFICIAL PAPERS.

disposable. It is from the bosom of the

Senate, Gentlemen, that his Majesty will FRANCE.

select the Generals whom he will charge to

preside over the organization of these comCONSERVATIVE SENATE.

panies, and to take the command of them. (Continued from page 640.) In giving the citizens such chiefs to guide the corps as soon as they shall have received them in those sentiments of honour as have the preliminary instructions. --The co- so many claims on the general esteem, it horts formed by the first call on this Ban was his Majesty's wish to encourage the have already proved what we may promise confidence of the National Guards; to ourselves from the new call proposed.--

render their obedience more easy, and to We do not dissimulate how painful this ap- secure to them such regard and esteem as peal must be to the last classes; but what may be consistent with the duties of the French Citizen does not feel it preferable to service. -Not more than from 1,500 to make a present effort, to avoid making 3,000 men from each circle will be called greater ones, and from which the same re- into activity, and these will be placed at sults could not be expected ?--Exclusive those points where their services may be of this, the calls, and their fixed times, deemed necessary, and will be relieved should be determined by arrets of the Coun- every three months, in order that they may cil, and these executive measures shall be not be too long detained from their occupataken in the most proper manner to prevent tions and business. The contingent of all injustice and difficulty.- You well every circle shall be in readiness to march know, Gentlemen, the spirit of foresight to such points as may be attacked; but will which always guides his Majesty's designs, not be parted from their families, excepting and thus to prevent every kind of danger in such cases, and then only for the time and even of inquietude, he has deemed it the danger may exist, ---This contingent necessary to organize an Army of Reserve, reduced to the lowest number of 15,000 which encamped on our frontiers, will, at men for each circle, will give 90,000 men, the same time, watch for their defence, to which, when we join 20,000 Garden and maintain order among our Allies.- Cotes, 60,000 of the marine troops, 20,000 Title IV. renders disposable the 90,000 workmen employed in the great ports; the men of the Conscription of 1814, who had local national guard, about 40,000 men in been destined for the defence of our western the depots of the land army, who are withand southern frontiers ; they will form the in reach of the coast, and lastly 6,000 men Ariny of Reserve on the eastern frontiers, of the Gens d'Armes distributed in the where they will fill this new destination. same arrondissement, the defence of our

-To the honour and courage of the Na- coasts will be found to be secured by uptional Guard, the Emperor confides the wards of 250,000 men, independent of the defence of the six great ports of the mili- reserve of grenadiers and chasseurs, who tary marine ; it. is to the National Guards are not entered in the first contingent, and which will besides amount to upwards of ment, which, by despoiling it of an impor120,000 men more. It is nevertheless tant part of her States, offers her nothing by means of this measure, which does not in return but a chimerical hope, and the call out more than a thousandth part of the certainty of an eternal war with the Empopulation of the six arrondissement, and pire. A wise and enlightened Prince has merely for a temporary service, that the not forgotten the outrages of England, he 90,000 nien of the conscription of 1814 | has felt his true interest, and remained have been rendered disposable. — The faithful to us. Nevertheless the enemy actual situation of Europe, the necessity our has approached our Hanseatic departments, enemies are under of dividing their forces and has there sown the seeds of trouble and in Sicily, in Portugal, and in Canada, ba- revolt. Could he have blended to such a nishes every idea of our coast being attack point as to persuade them that he could ed, but however improbable an attack may have withdrawn them from the obedience seem to be, it is sufficient that it is not im- they owe to his Majesty ?—How, because possible, to induce his Majesty, in his great a tempest which prudence could not forewisdom, not to hesitate in applying the see, has dispersed a part of our victorious measures which have been proposed to you. army, our enemies flatter themselves that

-By giving your sanction, Gentlemen, they may, at their pleasure, dispose of our to them, you ensure the defence of our coasts territories according to their ambition! and our ports, and thus the Empire will They believed that they can dictate the law have an army of 40,000 men on the Elbe, to us, and draw us into a disgraceful peace. one of 200,000 in Spain, and 200,000 Without doubt it would soon become partiy on the Rhine, partly in the 32d mi- necessary to burn our feets, destroy our litary division, and in Italy.-And it is docks, and reduce our navy to thirty vesin the view of such forces that our enemies sels, as they have dared to propose to us. conceive the ridiculous idea of dismember- - Deprived of our Colonies, and the ading the enpire, and to allow our depart- vantages of a maritime commerce, we should ments to be given as indemnities, in their furthermore renounce our continental power, political calculations. This struggle is the and suffer our manufactures and our national sast. Europe will take a definitive situa- industry to perish, and become in every retion, and the events of the winter of 1813 spect the servile tributaries of England ! will at least have been of advantage to No, no, the nation is of the same sentiments France, by causing her to know her friends with her Sovereign ; full of confidence in and her foes, the extent of her own means, the firmness of his character, and the rethe devotion of the people, and their attach- sources of his genius, she will never suffer ment to the Imperial dynasty.

the least attempt to be made against the dig(This project, aftef having been referred nity of his Crown; she will deplore that to a special commission, was adopted and it may require all his energy to repulse such decreed by the Senate, in the sittings of the vain pretensions. She has already made 3d of April.)

known her noble sentiments, and we shall Count Boulay followed Count Defermon, see her persevere in them with unshaken and thus developed the motives of the 2d constancy -You, Gentlemen, who are projet of the Senatus Consultum. After the principal organs of this generous peogoing over all the recent events in the ple, you will shew yourselves its worthy North, he thus proceeded :

interpreters by sanctioning the measures Such, Gentlemen, was the condition of proposed to you. What we are especially those countries, when the misfortunes which charged to present to you is, as we said at a rigorous and premature season occasioned the commencement, in the cases provided the Grand Army, reanimated among our for by our constitution. Since the enemy enemies those hopes which our victories had has defiled the territory of the Hanseatic disconcerted. -All kind of intrigues have Departments, since he has excited these been listened to. A new coalition is formed disorders and seditions, and that he has in the North ; and Russia, believing that there raised culpable hopes, it is evident she could shew her hatred with impunity, that the empire of the constitutional and has set the world the example of an odious common law, the exercise of which preperfidy. The coalesced, in their trans- supposes a regular and peaceable state of actions, have ceded Norway to Sweden, and affairs, should be there suspended, and promised our Hanseatic possessions to Den- make way for whatever extraordinary meamark, as an indemnification.- -The Da- sures may be commanded by circumstances. nish Government has rejected an arrange. This suspension is, however, only for three

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months ; every thing leads us to believe independence. They relied on their Sovethat it will not require more than that time reign, their leaders, their cause, their own to bring these departments again under per- strength, and God was with them. So will fect submission; and we have no doubt that it be with you; for we also fight the great we shall see all the good citizens, all the en- fight for the independence of our country! lightened people of those countries concur

Confidence in God, courage and perof themselves to the successes of the mea-severance be our word. sures which his Majesty will take to restore (Signed) FREDERICK WILLIAM. there the government of order and law.

[This project, after having been referred to a special Commission, was adopted, and

Berlin, March 23. decreed by the Senate in the sitting of 3d sive and defensive treaty with his Russian

His Majesty the King has made an offenApril.]

Majesty the Emperor Alexander.

TO THE Public.

It is unnecessary to render an account to

my good people of Germany of the motives The King of Prussia's Address. for the war which is now commencing

they are evident to impartial Europe. Often have you expressed your wishes of We bent under the superior power of fighting for the liberty and independence of France-that peace, which deprived me of your country. The moment for doing it is half my subjects, procured us no blessings; now arrived. He is no member of the na- it, on the contrary, hurt us more than war tion by whom this is not felt. Youth and itself. The heart of our country was immen voluntarily fly to arms. What in them poverished. The principal fortresses were is free will, is to you who belong to the occupied by the enemy; agriculture was standing army a call. From you, ordained neglected as well as the industry of our cito defend the native country, she is entitled ties, which had risen to a very high degree. to demand what is offered by the others. Liberty of trade being interrupted natur

-See! What numbers forsake every ally clouds all the sources of ease and prothing they hold most dear, to venture their perty. By the most exact observance of lives with you in their country's cause : you the stipulated treaties, I hoped to obtain an will, therefore, doubly feel your sacred alleviation for my People—and, at last, duty.- -May all of you, on the day of convince the French Emperor that it was battle, or in time of trouble, keep in mind his own interest to leave Prussia indepenmoderation and due discipline. "Let indi- dent; but my intentions, my exertions to vidual ambition, be it either in the highest obtain so desirable an object, proved fruitor the lowest of the army, sink before that less. Nothing but haughtiness and treaof all. He that feels for his country, does chery were the result! We discovered, not think of self. May the envious meet but rather late, that the Emperor's concontempt, when the general welfare only is ventions were more ruinous to us than his considered. Every thing else must now open wars.

The moment is now arrived give way to this. Victory proceeds from in which no illusion respecting our condiGod! Shew yourselves worthy of this high tion can remain. Brandenburghers, Prusprotection, by obedience, and fulfilling your sians, Silesians, Pomeranians, Lithuanians ! duties. Let courage, constancy, loyalty, you know what you have suffered during and good discipline be your renown. Fol- the last seven years—you know what a milow the example of your forefathers; be serable fate awaits you, if we do not howorthy of them, and remember your poste nourably finish the now commencing conrity! - A sure reward will fall on him test. Remember former times : Rememwho distinguishes himself; deep disgrace ber the illustrious Elector the Great Freveand punishment on him who forgets his RICK! Remember the benefits for which duty. Your King will always be with our ancestors contended under their direcyou, and with him the Crown Prince and tion, the liberty of conscience, honour, inthe Princes of his house. They will fight dependence, trade, industry, and knowalong with you. They and the whole na ledge. Bear in mind the great example of tion will combat with you, and at our side our allies the Russiang. Think of the Spaa valiant race come to our assistance, and niards and Portuguese; small nations have to the assistance of all Germany; a people even gone to battle for similar benefits, that by glorious deeds have secured their against a more powerful enemy, and obtain

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