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BARLtAMENTABY JOTTINGS. THE sixth. Parliament of the reign of Victoria *hioh was elected in April and May, 1859, came t.t a close on Thursday, the 6th of July. During the prorogation ceremony, which always precedes ) the dissolution, there were scarcely a-dozen peers Present; the Duke of Argyll was the only member of the Cabinet, on the Ministerial bench; of the ^mainder that were in attendance in the House Of T<ords I noticed, besides the Royal Commis- aioners, Lords Cardigan, Redesdaie, St. Maur, alld Chelmsford. The Lord Chancellor was con- spicuous bv his absence, and Lord Redesdaie, as deputy Speaker of the House, filled his place. There were a great mimber of ladies present in gallery and area of the House, many of whom for the first time had the opportunity of seeing Ithe State form of proroguing Parliament, for when this is done by Royalty the peeresses claim their tight. of the gallery to the exclusion of others; but "iea the ceremony is performed, as upon this Occasion, by Royal Commission, there is no anxiety to Witness it on their paxt. Well, to give my readers an idea of the form of Prorogation. The Gentleman Usher announces "the Royal Commissioners;" the peers rise and take off their hats, out of compliment to the Sovereign, and in stride the five Commissioners, frith big wigs and huge cocked hats, just stuck Ipon the top, and old-fashioned scaTlet cloaks. On this occasion the representatives of her Majesty were the Earl Granville, the Earl of St. Germans, Viscounts Sydney and Eversley, and ftaron Wensleydale. A general ticter was heard to issue from the Sweet lips of the ladies: as these funny-looking characters, whose features were quite concealed by old-fashioned wigs, passed along. As soon as Commissioners had' taken their seats, the clerk j the table, who, by-the-bye, is Mr. Slingsby tfyethell, second son of the late Lord Chancel- read the Royal Proclamation appointing, tiie Commission, which was all in Norman- ^renoh, not one person, perhaps, in the whole French, not one person, perhaps, in the whole Assembly understanding a word that was said. The clerk, as if cognisant of this, rattled away at railway speed, repeating the* whole in one con- tenuous sentence; after which another clerk called ) forthe "Usher of the Black Rod," and imme- 4iatelY appeared Sir Augustus Clifford, in his suit of ^^ple and gold. Let the faithful Commons be | ^^Sioned," was uttered by Earl Granville, as I Commissioner, and away went Black returning in ar few minutes, not with a scrambling lot, as is the case when an important ^Qouncement is expected in a speech, or when parliament is prorogued by Royalty; no, only a staid, steady old members, who considered j^eir seats secure, and who were determined ^see the last of the Session, amongst whom were Alderman Salomons* Colonel Sykes, Mr. I jr^bley, Colonel-Wilson Patten, &c.; the clerks of the BEouse of Commons in their wigs and gowns aPpeared to have given their presence to swell the n^»iber. The Speaker having arrived at the bar the House, Sir Augustus Clifford announced £ Eej> Majesty's faithful Commons," whereupon Granville read the Queen's Speech in a very Modest tone, far different to the solemn maimer in, whlcli it used to be read by-Lord Westbury. The Royal Speech, as my readers are aware, was a remmS of the proceedings- of Parliament: during the past Session, congratulating the mem- Wa upon passing many important measures, Which are likely to benefit the genaral commu- ^*5, &c. The allusion to the dissolution, ad- ^Bsed to the Lords, was in these words: That, 7s tke present Parliament has nearly lasted the assigned by law for the duration of Parlia- you cannot enter upon another yearly ?e8sian with advantage to the public interest; it therefore her Majesty's intention immediately ^dissolve the present Parliament, and to issue j^8 for the calling of a new one." To the Com- it was said that The electors of the United tngdom would soon be called upon again to ooe their representatives in Parliament; and Jhafc her Majesty fervently prayed that the bless- of Almighty God might attend their proceed- aad might guide them towards the attainment ^thfrobject o £ her Majesty's*.constant-, solicitude— ^'welfare and happiness of her people." At the ^°Mtxstoti of the speech the Commons bowed low to the Royal Commissioners and retired. -4s soon as the Speaker refurned to the Commons p resumed his seat, the Speech wets re-read. Im- mediately afterwards the House was formally pro- and Mr,Brand, t&e Ministerial whipper-in, the fear members who still' remained, and shook han& heaartily with the Speaker, as ïya would do with a schoolmaster going home the holidays. Tlrus tire House was closed for Session of 1865. Another formality had yet to be gone through. dissolution proclamation is prepared by the Council, and signed by her Majesty, and tbllt-there should be no delay, Lord Palmerston a select few- of the Privy Councillors awaited Windsor Castle the announcement, by telegram, ? the proceedings in Parliament, and the Lord chancellor received, in a very short time after the, ceremony of prorogation, an electric com- rftnication cony-eying the form of proclama- 5^0 of dissoluti-n. to which Lord Westbury, 4 his last act of office, attached, the Great Itis, and then resigned them to his succes- Lord Cr an worth, the newly-appointed Lord "anceflor. The election writs were the same Zoning issued from the Sarraper-offlee, and all Wttitln. form for the reconstruction of a new Parlia- "lent. The events of the next week will be solely elee- ^tteering ones.

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