Mr. Choate to Mr. Hay.

No. 492.]

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that on Wednesday last, the 23d instant, the King summoned the members of her late Majesty’s privy council, made to them a declaration announcing his accession, and the name by which, as King, he is thereafter to be known, and caused them to be sworn of His Majesty’s privy council.

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On the morning of the 24th instant His Majesty was duly proclaimed at St. James’s Palace and in other parts of London, according to the ancient usage, as Edward the Seventh, King of Great Britain and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, and Emperor of India.

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I have, etc.

Joseph H. Choate.