to Mr. Fish.
London, March 21, 1874. (Received April 4.)
Sir: The new Parliament was opened by royal commissioners, for the dispatch of business, on Thursday, the 19th instant £ and I have the honor to forward herewith two official copies of Her Majesty’s speech, which was read on that occasion by the lord chancellor.
It is the shortest address of its kind ever delivered to Parliament, and contains but little of special interest to the United States. Her Majesty declares briefly that her relations with all foreign powers continue to be most friendly.
Addresses were moved in both houses in response to the speech, and the debate was continued in the House of Commons to a late hour last night, the Irish home-rulers having proposed an amendment in their own interest, which was however rejected by a very decided majority. Mr. Gladstone’s speech on the purposes of this new party in British politics is worthy of your attention. * * *
I am, &c.,