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OTHER STATE INTELLIGENCE
FOR THE YEAR 1862.
IN TWO PARTS.
COMPILED AND ARRANGED FROM THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS
PUBLISHED IN THE LONDON GAZETTE.
BY T. L. BEHAN,
PART 1.—JANUARY TO JUNE.
PRINTED BY HARRISON AND SONS,
Vhitekall, January 2, 1862. M HE following Addresses and Resolutions of
1 Condolence, on the occasion of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Consort, have been transmitted to the Right Honourable Şir George Grey, Baronet, Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, to be laid before the Queen.
To the QUEEN'S Most Excellent Majesty. WE, your Majesty's dutiful Subjects, the VicePresidents and Members of Council of the Royal Horticultural Society, humbly approach your Majesty in your deep affliction, trusting that our profound respect for the memory of His Royal Highness, our late lamented President, and our loyal devotion to your Majesty, may entitle us to offer our tribute of condolence and sympathy.
While, in common with our fellow-subjects, we grieve the loss of His Royal Highness to the nation, and as the Consort of your Majesty, and while with others we respected and admired his character, the kindly courtesy which marked his intercourse with the Royal Horticultural Society had generated amongst us feelings of personal attachment, which are now followed by deep and heartfelt sorrow for his loss.
In our late President we have to mourn one who, when the Society which we represent was on the point of extinction, raised, revived, and guided it through difficulties, which he alone would have enabled it to surmount; and it is with the deepest gratitude that we acknowledge our obligation to His late Royal Higliness for assistance given at a period when he must have been convinced that laborious personal exertion on his part could alone restore this Society to prosperity.
Although the present condition of the Society is such, that the Gardens at South Kensington constitute a worthy monument of the genius and skill of our late President, we cannot but perceive that our work is not yet finished ; that, while great difficulties have been overcome, much remains to be accomplished, and that we have to lament the loss of our President at a moment when his directing mind and fostering care are doubly necessary,
We humbly assure your Majesty, that it will be our unceasing endeavour to complete the various unfinished designs of our late lamented President, and that we feel that, by executing them with fidelity, we shall best testify the profound respect we entertain for his memory.
Whilst we bow submissively to the Divine will, we earnestly pray that He who has smitten may also heal, and that your Majesty may experience in this hour of bitter trial the fulness of those consolations which the Comforter alone can give.
By order of the Council. Sealed with the
Seal of the Royal Horticultural Society, this 31st day of December, 1861, in the presence of
Andr. Murray, Assistant-Secretary.