WHEN Parliament assembled on 21st January, the Speech from the Throne referred to the intention of the enemy, as declared in the Treaty of Tilsit, to combine the powers of Europe in one general confederacy against Great Britain, and congratulated the nation on the successful execution of the "painful but necessary service," the taking of the Danish fleet, while the fleet of Portugal, "destined by France to be employed as an instrument of vengeance against Great Britain," had been secured from the grasp of France, and was now "conveying to its American dominions the hopes and fortunes of the Portuguese monarch." It was matter of regret that the Prussian and Austrian Ministers had demanded their passports without assigning any distinct cause for that proceeding. The King of Sweden, however, had resisted every attempt to induce him to abandon his alliance. The United States Commissioners, on 31st December, 1806, had signed a Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation, but the President had refused to ratify it. The cause of the refusal was not, however, "the unauthorised act of force committed against an American ship of war" -- this was the capture of the Chesapeake. by the Leopard --for which, indeed, His Majesty had offered immediate and spontaneous reparation, but an attempt to "connect, with the question which had arisen out of this act, pretensions inconsistent with the mercantile rights of Great Britain," which His Majesty was determined never to admit." Notwithstanding all difficulties, the resources of the country had continued during the last year to be so abundant as to have produced, both from the permanent and temporary revenue, a receipt considerably larger than that of the preceding year.1
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Publication information: Book title: Economic Annals of the Nineteenth Century. Contributors: William Smart - Author. Publisher: MacMillan. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1910. Page number: 162.
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