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peror of Brazil, and with the Uni ted States of Mexico. Copies of which will, by his majesty's command, be laid before you.
Gentlemen of the House of
His majesty has ordered the estimates for the current year to be laid before you. They have been prepared with every regard to economy consistent with the exigency of the public service. We are commanded by his majesty to recommend to your early attention, an inquiry into a state of the revenue and expenditure of the country.
His majesty is assured that it will be satisfactory to you to learn that, notwithstanding the diminution which has taken place in some branches of the revenue, the total amount of receipt during the last year has not disappointed the expectations which were entertained at the commencement of it.
My Lords and Gentlemen, His majesty has commanded us to inform you, that a considerable increase has taken place in the export of the principal articles of British manufacture.
quence of this resumption of the exercise of his belligerent rights, the best understanding prevails between the three powers in their endeavours to accomplish the remaining objects of the treaty of London. "Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
"We are commanded by his majesty to acquaint you, that the estimates for the current year will forthwith be laid before you.
"His majesty relies on your readiness to grant the necessary supplies, with a just regard to the exigencies of the public service, and to the economy which his majesty is anxious to enforce in every department of the state.
"His majesty has the satisfaction to announce to you the continued improvement of the revenue. The progressive increase in that branch of it which is derived from articles of internal consumption is peculiarly gratifying to his majesty, as affording a decisive indication of the stability of the national resources, and of the increased comfort and prosperity of his people.
"My Lords and Gentlemen, "The state of Ireland has been the object of his majesty's continued
"His majesty laments that, in that part of the United Kingdom, an association should still exist which is dangerous to the public peace, and inconsistent with the spirit of the constitution; which keeps alive discord and ill-will amongst his majesty's subjects; and which must, if permitted to continue, effectually obstruct every effort permanently to improve the condition of Ireland.
"His majesty confidently relies on the wisdom and on the support of his parliament, and his majesty feels assured that you will commit o him such powers as may enable
your attendance in parliament, to express to you his majesty's acknowledgments for the zeal and assiduity with which you have applied yourselves to the despatch of public business, and especially to the consideration of those im. portant matters which his majesty recommended to your attention at the opening of the session.
"His majesty directs us to inform you, that he continues to receive from his allies, and from all foreign powers, assurances of their earnest desire to cultivate the relations of peace, and maintain the most friendly understanding with his majesty.
"His majesty laments that he has not to announce to you the termination of the war in the east of Europe; but his majesty com. mands us to assure you that he will continue to use his utmost endea. vours to prevent the extention of hostilities, and to promote the restoration of peace.
"It is with satisfaction his majesty informs you, that he has been enabled to renew his diplomatic relations with the Ottoman Porte. "The ambassadors of his majesty, and of the king of France, are on their return to Constantinople; and the emperor of Russia, having been pleased to authorize the plenipotentiaries of his allies to act on behalf of his imperial majesty, the negotiations for the final pacification of
Greece will be carried on in the name of the three contracting par. ties to the treaty of London.
"The army of his most christian majesty has been withdrawn from the Morea, with the exception of a small force destined, for a time, to assist in the establishment of order in a country which has so long been the scene of confusion and anarchy.
sequence of aggressions committed against the Portuguese territory, claimed the fulfilment, by his majesty the king of the united kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, of the ancient treaties of alliance and friendship which subsist between the two crowns; and his Britannic majesty having thereupon resolved to send, and having actually sent, a body of troops to Portugal, the two high contracting parties think it necessary to agree upon certain arrange. ments for the maintenance of the said troops during their stay in Portugal, and have named as their plenipotentiaries for that purpose,
His majesty the king of the united kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the right hon. George Canning, &c.-And her royal highness the infanta regent of Portugal, the most illustrious and most excellent lord, Don Pedro de Souza e Holstein, marquis of Palmella, &c.
Who, after having communicated to each other their respective full powers, found to be in due and proper form, have agreed upon and concluded the following articles :
Art. 1. Her royal highness the infanta regent of Portugal, anxious that the body of troops which has been so promptly sent to her royal highness's aid by his Britannic majesty should be treated with the hospitality becoming the relations of the two allied nations, engages to provide the necessary barracks and quarters, and buildings for hos. pitals, and for stores and maga. zines, and the necessary rations of provisions and forage, for the officers, non-commissioned officers, and soldiers, and for the horses and
cattle of the British auxiliary ar my, according to the regulations of the British service.
2. The provisions and forage above specified are to be delivered to the British commissariat, at a distance not greater than six Portuguese leagues from the head. quarters of each British detachment to which they are supplied, unless in cases where a different arrangement shall be made, with the consent of the British commissariat.
3. In order to obviate the diffi culties which an immediate disbursement of funds for the purchase of the aforesaid provisions and forage might occasion, under the present circumstances, to the government of Portugal, it is agreed that the British commissary-general shall, for the present, provide those supplies for the British army, charging the cost thereof to the account of the Portuguese government.
As, however, cases may arise, in which it may be more convenient to receive such supplies from Portuguese magazines, for the purpose of avoiding competition in the markets, the British commissary. general shall, in the execution of this agreement, concert his proceedings, from time to time, with a person appointed for that end by the government of Portugal.
4. The accounts of the British commissariat being approved and signed by the commander of the auxiliary army, shall be delivered every three months to the Portuguese government, which, having verified the same, shall either pay the amount thereof forthwith to the British commissary-general, or carry it over to the credit of the British government, as shall be