The King' s Assent and Speech


His Majesty, being seated on the Throne, adorned with his crown and regal ornaments, and attended by his Officers of State, (the Lords being in their robes,) and the Commons, with their Speaker, being in attendance,

The Royal assent was pronounced to the Bill, by the Clerk' s Assistant.

Then his Majesty made a Speech, in which he said: —

"My Lords and Gentlemen,

I have observed, with the utmost satisfaction, the many eminent proofs you have given of your zealous and prudent attention to the public service, during the course of this very interesting session of Parliament.

The very peculiar circumstances of embarrassment in which the Province of Quebec was involved, had rendered the proper adjustment and regulation of the Government thereof, a matter of no small difficulty. The Bill which you prepared for that purpose, and to which I have now given my assent, is founded on the clearest principles of justice and humanity; and will, I doubt not, have the best effects in quieting the minds, and promoting the happiness of my Canadian subjects.

I have long seen, with concern, a dangerous spirit of resistance to my Government, and to the execution of the laws, prevailing in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, in New England. It proceeded at length to such an extremity as to render your immediate interposition indispensably necessary; and you have accordingly made provision, as well for the suppression of the present disorders, as for the prevention of the like in future. The temper and firmness with which you have conducted yourselves in this important business, and the general concurrence with which the resolution of maintaining the authority of the laws, in every part of my dominions, hath been adopted and supported, cannot fail of giving the greatest weight to the measures which have been the result of your deliberations. Nothing that depends on me shall be wanting to render them effectual. It is my most anxious desire to see my deluded subjects, in that part of the world, returning to a sense of their duty; acquiescing in that just subordination to the authority, and maintaining that due regard to the commercial interests of this country; which must ever be inseparably connected with their own real prosperity and advantage."