Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 85, 1830. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, [n.d.].
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At the COURT at SAINT JAMES'S,The Twenty-sixth day of June 1830;
The KING's most Excellent MAJESTY in Council.
His MAJESTY being this Day present in Council, was pleased to make the following Declaration; viz,
The King's Declaration.
I AM convinced that you will fully participate in the affliction which I am suffering on account of the loss of a Sovereign, under whose auspices, as Regent and as King, this Country has maintained during War its ancient Reputation and Glory-has enjoyed a long period of Happiness and internal Peace-and has possessed the Friendship, Respect and Confidence of Foreign Powers.
In addition to that loss which I sustain in common with you, and with all who lived under the Government of a most beneficent and gracious King, I have to lament the death of a beloved and affectionate Brother, with whom I have lived, from My earliest years, in terms of the most cordial and uninterrupted friendship, and to whose favour and kindness I have been most deeply indebted.
After having passed My life in the Service of My Country, and having, I trust, uniformly acted as the most faithful Subject and Servant of the King, I am now called upon, under the Dispensation of Almighty God, to administer the Government of this great Empire. I am fully sensible of the difficulties which I have to encounter; but I possess the advantage of having witnessed the conduct of My revered Father, and My lamented and beloved Brother; and I rely with confidence upon the advice and assistance of Parliament, and upon its zealous co-operation in My anxious endeavours, under the blessing of Divine Providence, to maintain the Reformed Religion established by law, to protect the Rights and Liberties, and to promote the Prosperity and Happiness of all Classes of My People.
Whereupon the Lords of the Council made it their humble Request to His Majesty, that this His Majesty's most gracious Declaration to their Lordships might be made public; which His Majesty was pleased to order accordingly.