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Chapter XIX, of Cassells Illustrated History of England, Volume 7 page 4

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An extraordinary scene of confusion was being enacted in the house of commons at the moment when the king's reluctance was overcome. Sir R. Vivian took occasion to arraign ministers violently for their intention of dissolving parliament. Sir Francis Burdett contended that he was out of order. The speaker ruled that he was in order. The reformers differed with the chair. Loud cries of " Sir Robert Peel! Sir Robert Peel! " were answered by counter cries of "Sir Francis Burdett! Sir Francis Burdett!" and some wiser cries of "Chair! chair!" The speaker rose and stilled this unprecedented storm - rebuked those who had disputed his authority, and again called on Sir R. Peel, who proceeded thereupon, in undisguised anger, to address the house. But as the noise of the cannon, which announced the king's approach, boomed into the house, the reform members loudly cheered, each discharge being greeted with overbearing and triumphant shouts. Suddenly Sir Robert's angry speech, and the loud cheers of the reformers, were stilled by the three admonitory taps of the usher of the black rod, who came to summon the members to attend his majesty in the house of peers. The speaker at once obeyed, the commons following. A similar scene of confusion in the upper house was interrupted by the approach of the king. Lord Londonderry said, "I protest, my lords, I will not submit to -----". Further than this his speech did not proceed, as the chancellor, who heard the king approaching, clutched the seals, suddenly left the woolsack, and darted out of the house. Lord Londonderry, not yet despairing, moved lord Shaftesbury again to act as speaker, and lord Mansfield began a furious harangue, in a loud and angry voice. In the meantime the lord chancellor met the king entering the house, and proceeding in procession to the robing-room. As the king advanced, the noise in the house became distinctly audible. " What's that, my lord chancellor? " said the king. " Only, may it please you, sire, the house of lords amusing themselves while awaiting your majesty's coming." The king, knowing what was meant, hastily robed, and as hastily entered the house - cutting short lord Mansfield's speech, and putting an end to all chance of passing the resolution of lord Wharncliffe. The king ascended the throne, and commanded the attendance of the commons. The bar of the house of lords was thronged by the mass of members who now entered. The speaker addressed the king, stating 'that the house of commons approached the king with profound respect; and that the commons had at no time more faithfully responded to the real feelings and interest of his majesty's affectionate people; " while it has been," he added, "their earnest desire to support the dignity and honour of the crown, upon which depend the greatness, the happiness, and the prosperity of this country." The royal assent being given to the bills that had passed, and, among others, to the civil list bill, the chancellor presented to his majesty the speech he was to deliver, and the king, with the high shrill tone he always employed, but with more than wonted energy, read the first, which, indeed, was the really important paragraph of the speech, and that which alone men cared to listen to or hear.

"My lords and gentlemen," said his majesty, "I have come to meet you for the purpose of proroguing this parliament, with a view to its instant dissolution." The voice of the king rose, and became still more shrill and piercing, as he reached the last clause of the sentence; and a loud buzz and hum, the loudest such a presence permitted, immediately followed, and nearly drowned all the succeeding sentences. The dissolution speedily followed the prorogation, and a new parliament was summoned to meet on the 14th of June.

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