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tain either their attention to it, or
an open avowal of their refusal, &c.
- (Signed), G.P.
To His Royal Highness the
Horse Guards, Oct. 13.
I have received your letter this morning, and am sorry to find that you think that I have misconceived the meaning of your first letter, the whole tenor of which, and the military promotion which gave rise to it, led me naturally to suppose your desire was, that I should apply to his majesty, in my official capacity, to give you military rank, to which might be attached the idea of subsequent command.
†." found myself under the necessity of declining, in obedience to his majesty's pointed orders, as I explained to you in my letter of the 16th instant. But, from your letter of to day, I am to understand that your object is not military rank, but that a post should be allotted to you, upon the present emergency, suitableto your situation in the state.
This I conceive to be purely a political consideration, and as such totally out of my department; and as I have most carefully avoided, at all times, and under all circumstances, ever interfering in any political points, I must hope that you will not call upon me to deviate from the principles by which I have been invariably governed.
Believe me, my dear Brother,
Your most affectionate Brother, -- (Signed) FREDERick. His Royal Highness the
Prince of Wales.
Carlton-House, Oct. 14.
My Dear Brother, It cannot but be painful to me to
be reduced to the necessity of further explanation on the subject which it was my earnest wish to have closed, and which was of so clear and distinct a nature, as, in my humble judgement, to have precluded the possibility of either, doubt or misunderstanding. Surely there must somestrangefatality obscure my language in statement, or leave me somewhat deficient in the powers of explanation, when it can lead your mind, my dear brother, to such a palpable misconstruction (for far be it from me to fancy it wilful) of my meaning, as to suppose for a moment I had unconnected my object with officient military rank, and transferred it entirely to the view of a pelitical station, when you venture to tell me “my object is not military rank, but that a post should be allotted to me, upon the present emergency, suitable to my situation in the state.”—Upon what ground you can hazard such an assertion, or upon what principles you can draw such an inference, I am utterly at a loss to determine; for I defy the most skilful logician, in torturing the English language, to apply with fairness such a construction to any word or phrase of mine, contained in any one of the letters I have ever written on this, to me, most interesting subject. I call upon you to re-peruse the correspondence. In my letter of the 2d instant, I told you unequivocally that I hoped you knew me too well to imagine that idle inactive rank was in my view; and that sentiment, I beg you carefully to observe, I have in no instance whatever for one single moment relinquished or departed from. Giving, as I did, all the considerations of my heart to the deli- cacy cacy and difficulties of your situation, nothing could have been more ..". to my thoughts, or to my disposition, than to have imposed upon you, my dear brother, either in your capacity as commander-in-chief, or in the near relationship which subsists between us, the i. much less the expectation, of causing you to risk any displeasure from his majesty, by disobeying in any degree his commands, although they were even to militate against myself. But with the impulse of my feelings towards you, and quickly conceiving what friendship and affection may be capable of, I did not, I own, think it entirely impossible that you might, considering the magnitude and importancewhich the object.carries withit, have officially advanced my wishes, as a matter of propriety, to military rank and subsequent command, through his majesty’s ministers, for that direct purpose; especially when the honour of my character and my future fame in life were so deeply involved in the consideration. For, I must here emphatically again repeat, “that idle inactive rank was never in my view; and that military rank, with its consequent command, was New ER out of it.” Feeling how useless, as well as ungracious, controversy is, upon every occasion, and knowing how fatally it operates on human friendship, I must entreat that our correspondence on this subject shall cease here; for nothing could be more distressing to me, than to prolong a topic, on which it is now clear to me, my dear brother, that you and I can never agree, &c. &c. (Signed) G. P. His Royal Highness the IXuke of York,
By your grounding your letter to me upon intelligence which has just reached you, I apprehend that you allude to information which leads you to expect some immediate attempt from the enemy. My wish to accommodate myself to any thing which you represent as material to the public service, would of course make me desirous to comply with your request; but if there be reason to imagine that invasion will take place directly, I am bound by the king's precise order, and by that honest zeal which is not allowed any fitter sphere for its action, to hasten instantly to my regiment. If I learn that my construction of the word intelligence be right, I must deem it necessary to repair to Brighton immedi
ately, &c. &c. G. P.
(Signed) Right Hon. Henry Addington. OFFICIAL
within which they respectively re
side, an account in writing of their age, past services, and present †. of abode, in order that their services may be called for as circumstances shall render it expedient: and such as think themselves, from age or infirmities, unfit for further service, even in this country, are to accompany their reports with sufficient vouchers of their inability, and the causes thereof. Such officers on half-pay as are serving in the militia, or are otherwise employed under government (officers of the yeomanry and volunteer corps excepted, whose reports are to be made to the inspecting field officers of districts as above-mentioned), are to transmit similar accounts to the secretary at war, specifying also the nature of the public situations which they possess. The inspecting field officers of districts will make returns to the secretary at war of the names of the officers who shall report themselves in pursuance of the above notice. And every officer who shall neglect to make his report, either to a district field officer, or to the secretary at war, according to the circumstances of his situation, within one month from the
sible delay. I am further to desire that your lordship will cause the earliest communication of the day and place which may be appointed for the assembling of the militia of the county o to be made to the secretary at war, in order that directions may be given for the issue of the pay of the men, and that such other arrangements may be made, on this occasion, as more immediately belong to his department. I conclude that the intimation conveyed in the secretary of war's circular letter of the 6th of November last, to the several commanding officers of militia, respecting the arms and accoutrements for the different corps, has been duly attended to ; but, in case the number necessary for the militia should be incomplete, immediate application must be made to the board of ordnance for the quantity of arms, and to the war office respecting the accoutrements that are still deficient. I Pl In the event of the militia of the county of not being complete, I am directed by his majesty to recommend that the most decisive measures should be taken for supplying the deficiencies, and for enforcing the several provisions of the act. I have the honour to be, My Lord, your Lordship's Most obedient Humble Servant, Hobart. To his Majesty's Lieutenant of the County of
Circular Letter from Lord Hobart to the Lord-Lieutenants of Coun
ties. Downing-street, March 31, 1803. My Lord,
The frequent references lately made to me from some of his majesty’s lieutenants of counties, in consequence of the anxiety expressed by a large proportion of the volunteer corps to renew their engagements, have induced the king's confiderstial servants to consider upon what footing it would be advisable to place these establishments, and to determine the extent of the aid to be afforded by government to those whose services his majesty may be pleased to accept.
} convey to your lordship, in the accompanying paper, a general outline of the plan it is intended to act upon; for the purpose of your being enabled to satisfy any inquiries which may be made to you, with regard to the sentiments of government in this respect.
It may be right, however, that I should intimate to your lordship, that, although the actual state of affairs has rendered it advisable
that I should make this communication at this time, the plan must rather be considered with a reference to a permanent system than a situation of emergency: the application of it, in point of extent, to depend upon and to be regulated by circumstances. With this view I must request of your lordship to receive, and to communicate to me, for his majesty’s information, any offers of service that may be made to you in the county of , in order that such a selection may be made as may be best calculated to give the most useful effect to that loyalty and public spirit by which the volunteer institution has uniformly been distinguished. I have the honour to be, My Lord, your Lordship's Most obedient Humble Servant, Hobart. His Majesty's Lieutenant of the County of
Circular Letter transmitted to the se
veral Lord-Lieutenants of Coun
ties, by the Speaker of the House of Commons.
House of Commons, 10th of August, 1803.
By command of the house of commons, I have the honour of transmitting to you their unanimous vote of thanks to the several volunteer and yeomanry corps of the united kingdom, for the promptitude and zeal with which, at a crisis the most momentous to their country, they have associated for its defence; accompanied with an order, that a return be prepared, to be laid before the house in the next session of parliament, of all volunteer and yeomanry corps, whose services shall have been then accepted by his majesty, describing each corps, in order that such return may be entered on the journals of the house, and the patriotic example of such voluntary exertions transmitted to posterity. In communicating this resolution and order, I have the greatest satisfaction, at the same time, in bearing testimony to the confidence with which the house is impressed, that the same spirit and exemplary zeal will be exerted throughout the present contest, until, with the blessing of Providence, it shall be brought to a glorious issue. I have the honour to be, My Lord, your Lordship's Most obedient Humble servant, CHAs. ABBott, Speaker.
To the Right Hon. Lord &c. &c. CIR cu LAR. I)owning-street, Aug. 18, 1803. My Lord,
The zeal, loyalty, and public spirit which continue to be manifested in every part of the kingdom, having had the effect of producing voluntary offers of service to so considerable an amount as to render it unnecessary for his majesty to order and direct the lieutenant or deputy-lieutenants of the county of to cause the persons comprised in the first, second, and third classes of persons enrolled for military service, in conformity to the provisions of the act of the 43d Geo. III. cap. 96. or any, or either of them, to be trained and exercised in the use of arms; I am to inform your lordship, that it is his majesty's
pleasure to suspend, for the present, such of the provisions of the act as require the men enrolled for military service to be trained and exercised, subject nevertheless (conformably to the 53d clause of the said act) to such conditions as to the number of effective men to
be constantly existing in the volun
teer corps of the country, and to such other rules and regulations as to exercise and muster, or inspection by general or other officers, as to his majesty shall seem necessary. In order, however, to enable his majesty, if he shall judge it advisable, at a future period, to resort to the clauses respecting the training and exercise, your iii. must be aware of the absolute necessity of carrying into execution those provisions of the act which relate to the enrolment in the several districts and parishes, and to the returns which are to be made to the secretary of state. I am further to acquaint your lordship, that the inconvenience which must unavoidably arise from carrying the volunteer system to an unlimited extent, has determined his majesty not to authorise, at present, any additional volunteer corps to be raised in any county where the number of effective members of these corps, including the yeomanry, shall exceed the amount of six times the militia, exclusive of the supplementary quota, making, in the county of men; and, in providing that number, your o; will avail yourself of your own knowledge and experience, with a view to such a selection as may be best suited to local considerations. But in the event of the effective numbers of the corps, already recommended by your lordship, hav