THE KING being seated on the Throne, and the Commons being at the Bar with their Speaker, His Majesty was pleased to make a most gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament, and then retired.
His Majesty's Speech was as follows—
" My Lords and Members of the House of Commons,
"I have summoned you to meet at this unusual time in order that the Articles of Agreement which have been signed by My Ministers and the Irish Delegation may be at once submitted for your approval.
"No other business will be brought before you in the present Session.
"It was with heartfelt joy that I learnt of the Agreement reached after negotiations protracted for many months and affecting the welfare not only of Ireland but of the British and Irish races throughout the world.
"It is my earnest hope that by the Articles of Agreement now submitted to you the strife of centuries may be ended, and that Ireland, as a free partner in the Commonwealth of Nations forming the British Empire, will secure the fulfilment of her national ideals.
"I pray that the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your labours."
House adjourned during pleasure.
House resumed, The LORD CHANCELLOR on the Woolsack.
Lord Russell of Liverpool—Sat first in Parliament after the death of his grandfather.