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of your majesty's Irish subjects, has in a few short weeks accomplished more for their welfare and happiness than had been effected in the six preceding centuries. “Your majesty came amongst us; at your approach discord ceased, and every prejudice fled. Your majesty has banished every bad passion, and united six millions of a grateful people in a bond of brotherly love to one another, and of affectionate attachment to your majesty's person and throne. “We know and feel that we have faithfully described the happy effects produced by your majesty's presence and kindness amongst your Irish subjects; and we confidently predict that the victory which your majesty has thus obtained over the dissentions and prejudices of ages, will be deemed the most important ever achieved by any British king, and will contribute more materially than any event in the British annals, to the strength of the empire, and the prosperity of all your majesty's subjects. “Confident that such will be the fruits of your majesty's labours, for the welfare of our country, we have determined to erect an appropriate structure to express these our feelings, and to convey to posterity a just impression of the glorious and bloodless victory obtained by your majesty over every bad passion —a victory much more deserving of the laurel crown now most respectfully presented to your majesty (and intended, with all humility, to be replaced by one of eneralds,) than
any one of those blood-stained. triumphs which have heretofore been honoured with the wreath of the conqueror. “Fully impressed with the great and lasting benefits conferred upon us by your majesty's gracious visit, we cannot witness your majesty's departure from amongst us without feelings of the deepest regret—feelings which could not admit of consolation, were it not for the hope fondly entertained, that your majesty will confer a like honour on your affectionate and grateful people of Ireland as frequently as shall be consistent with the necessity for the royal presence in other parts of your majesty's empire.” Mr. O'Connell, accompanied by a deputation of ten other gentlemen, presented a laurel crown to his majesty. The learned gentleman, on his knee, presented the crown to his majesty. His name was announced by lord Sidmouth. The sovereign was pleased to notiee him in the most marked and condescending manner. He shook his hand, and accepted the appropriate tribute with dignity and affection. Before descending the slip which led to the side of the vessel, the king addressed those around him, with considerable emotion in these words:– “My friends ! when I arrived in this beautiful country, my heart overflowed with joy—it is now depressed with sincere sorrow; I never felt sensations of more delight than since I came to Ireland.—I cannot expect to to meet any superior, nor many equal till I have the happiness to see you again. Whenever an an opportunity offers, wherein I can serve Ireland, I shall seize on it with eagerness. I am a man of few words.-Short adieus are best. God bless you all my friends,God bless you all." Lord Sidmouth also addressed the following letter to the lord lieutenant on the occasion of his majesty's departure:– Dublin Castle, Sept. 3, 1821. My lord;—The time of the king's departure from Ireland being arrived, I am commanded by his majesty to express his entire approbation of the manner in which all persons acting in civil and military situations, in the city of Dublin and its neighbourhood, have performed their several duties, during the period of his majesty's residence in this part of the kingdom. His majesty is leased to consider that to your excellency his acknowledgments are particularly due; he is conscious how much he owes to your excellency's attentions and arrangements; and his majesty gladly avails himself of this occasion of declaring the high sense which he entertains of the ability, temper, and firmness, with which your excellency has uniformly administered the great trust which he has placed in your hands. I am further commanded to state, that the testimonies of dutiful and affectionate attachment which his majesty has received from all classes and descriptions of his Irish subjects, have made the deepest impression on his mind, and that he looks forward to the period when he shall revisit them with the strongest feelings of satisfaction. His majesty trusts that in the mean time, not only
the spirit of loyal union, which now so generaliy exists, will remain unabated and unimpaired, but that every cause of irritation will be avoided and discountenanced, mutual forbearance and good will observed and encouraged, and security be thus afforded for the continuance of that concord amongst themselves, which is not less essential to his majesty's happiness than to their own, and which it has been the chief object of his majesty, during his residence in this country, to cherish and promote. His majesty well knows the generosity and warmth of heart which distinguish the character of his faithful people in Ireland; and he leaves them with a heart full of affection towards them, and with the confident and gratifying persuasion that this parting admonition and injunction of their sovereign will not be given in vain.— I have the honour to be, with great truth and regard, my lord, your excellency's most obedient, and faithful servant, SIDMoU Tu. “His excellency the lord lieutenant.” The royal squadron set sail from Dunleary harbour on Wednesday morning, the 5th, and proceeded within the banks to near Wicklow, when the wind came directly round, and headed them, so that they could not possibly get through the Swash—this is the name of the deep water between the Kish bank and Arklow bank, and is so narrow, that, to guide mariners, there are two light-houses built on Wicklow Head, which must be both brought in a line to the eye of the helmsman, in order to give a right
right direction to the vessel, lest she might touch on either of the banks. The squadron, therefore, was obliged to put about, and at five p.m. on Wednesday came to its old moorings in Dunleary harbour, after having been at sea seven hours. A great portion of the nobility and gentry of Dublin was to be seen throughout the entire of Thursday, at the New Pier, and the number of boats freighted with beauty and fashion gave an interest and animation to a scene, which, with one exception, (the bay of Naples) is not to be equalled in Europe. His majesty remained on deck for the most art of the day, and, as on Tuesday, amused himself with some success, by fishing. His majesty sat for a considerable time on a sofa on deck, that he o the numerous parties of ladies and gentlemen who crowded in boats about the yacht, by showing himself. The day was uncommonly fine, and the view of the Wicklow and Dublin mountains, including Kilciney hill and obelisk, was grand, as seen from the bay. When his majesty's squadron lay at anchor, on Tuesday evening, at King's-town harbour, a beautiful rainbow, of the most vivid colours, appeared elevated above the horizon, its arch encircling the royal squadron. A poor woman who sat on the rocks, and who had been anxiously looking at the ships, fixing her eyes on that “harbinger of bright days," exclaimed, “Well, there's the first Irish rainbow he ever saw.” On Friday the seventh, about
half past two o'clock in the afternoon, a movement was observed in the royal squadron, at King'stown pier, (Dunleary), when the flotilla stood out to sea, and passed the promontory of Bray in a short time, under a smart breeze. His majesty remained on deck, and with his usual condescension bowed most gracefully, took off his travelling bonnet, and saluted in a particularly affectionate manner, all the spectators who were assembled on the wall, and in the numerous boats with which the harbour was crowded, to witness the termination of the most endearing visit in the annals of mo-' dern Ireland. The scene was highly affecting and interesting. It was like the parting of a kind father from his children. The guns at the battery fired a roval salute. During the entire of the day, the pier was the resort of a number of persons, including many from the city, all anxiously looking towards the royal squadron, until the gathering shades of the evening hid them from their view. As the evening advanced, the royal squadron appeared to be making their way in fine style, right in the direction of Holyhead; and at that twilight hour, whilst they were yet discernible to the admiring and anxious spectators, “ distinct but distant;" the effect produced by their “gallant bearing” was fine beyond description. The royal squadron had reached within thirty miles of the land'send, whem, from the boisterous state of the weather, it was obliged to put about, and return to Milford Haven, where it arrived four p. m. on Wednesday, the 14th. At fiye next morning his majesty
THE KING'S JOURNEY TO THE CONTINENT.
HIS majesty, having determined upon visiting his German dominions, the Gazette of the 18th of September announced his intention, and the provision made for the administration of public affairs during his absence, in the following manner:— “At the court at Carltonhouse, the 17th of September, 1821; present, the king's most excellent majesty in council. His majesty in council this day declaring his intention of going out of the kingdom for a short time, was pleased to nominate the following persons to be lords justices for the administration of the government during his majesty's absence :His royal highness Frederick duke of York. Charles lord archbishop of Canterbury. John earl of Eldon, lord chancellor. Dudley earl of Harrowby, lord president. John earl of Westmorland, lord privy seal. James duke of Montrose, master of the horse. Arthur duke of Wellington, master-general of the ordnance. Charles Ingoldsby marquis of Winchester, groom of the stole. George James marquis Cholmondeley, lord stewart of his majesty's household.
Robert marquis of Londonderry, one of his majesty's principal secretaries of state. Henry earl Bathurst, another of his majesty's principal secretaries of state. Charles Chetwynd Talbot earl Talbot, lieutenant-general and general-governor of that part of the United Kingdom called Ireland. Robert Banks earl of Liverpool, first commissioner of the treasury. Robert viscount Melville, first commissioner of the admiralty. Henry viscount Sidmouth, another of his majesty's principal secretaries of state. William master of the mint. The right honourable Nicholas Vansittart, chancellor of the exchequer. The right honourable Charles Bathurst, chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster; and The right honourable Frederick John Robinson, treasurer of the navy.” On the 24th of September the king left Carlton-house for Ramsgate, escorted by lancers. The weather during the forenoon being remarkably fine, several thousand persons of all descriptions, among whom were numbers of welldressed ladies and gentlemen, some in barouches and gigs, and others on foot, proceeded from Woolwich, Blackheath, Fluo; an