HC Deb 13 June 1910 vol 17 cc1057-8

I have received a message from the President of the House of Deputies, Austrian Reichsrat, to the following effect:—


"To the Speaker of the English Lower House.

"Honoured Sir,—

"At the sitting of the House of Deputies of the Reichsrat on 10th May last I devoted the following words, as President of the House, to the memory of his late Majesty King Edward VII.:—

"Honourable House! King Edward VII. has been called away from his life so rich in power and success. [The House rises.]

"With deep sorrow we think of the severe loss suffered by the English Nation, our traditional friends, and its Royal House.

"King Edward was bound by friendship and admiration to our august Monarch, who has already given expression to his deep sympathy.

"In his sorrow are united the feelings of all the peoples of Austria, who, at the same time, recollect the keen predilection with which the deceased Sovereign clung to our beautiful country, which he repeatedly visited, and in which he was always received with the warmest sympathy.

"By rising from your seats, gentlemen, you have given appropriate expression to your deep feelings, and thereby decided that this manifestation of mourning on the part of the House of Deputies shall be incorporated for perpetual remembrance in the official minutes.

"At the same time, I beg the honourable House to authorise the President's office to convey our sincere sympathy, through the Government, to the Speaker of the English Lower House. [After a pause.] With your assent thus given, this will be done.

"With the assent and under the expressed authority of the House, I have the honour to bring this demonstration of mourning, through your medium, to the knowledge of the English Lower House.

"Accept, honoured Mr. Speaker, the assurance of my highest respect.

"(Signed) Db. Robert Pattais.

"Vienna, 11th May, 1910."


The House will probably desire me to send a suitable reply.