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"British " V "English."

A public meeting was'lately held at Dundee to take into, consideration the action of the Emperor "of Germany in changing the title of one of hia regiments, which had been called M The < Queen :of England's Regiment" to^that'ot^^The Queen^of Great Britain'^ and Ireland's Regiment." The' following resolution was passed, and was ordered to be transmitted to His Imperial Majesty:—"To the Emperor of Germany, copy of a resolution adopted at a public meeting, held in Dundee on Thurday, th 6 9th; January, 1890: The public press of-the-country having reported on the authority of the "Berlin Military.Gazette/": an Imperial order of 17th December, directing that the Ist Regiment of Dragoons of the Guard,*; hitherto called-vth^ 'ls QvLeen of England's Regiment,' shall in' future bear the title of-'Queen of Great^Britain and Ireland's Regiment;' this public meeting desires to convey to your Imperial Majesty an expression of. the great satisfaction with which, as Scottish people, we have heard of this step. The practice of using the terms England and English instead .of Britain and British is not only historically inaccurate, but is— on; the. parfe* - the English people—a violation^: both, -of the Treaty of Union betweetf 1 England and Scotland,. and. the!. subsequent Treaty of Union between Great Britain and Ireland. In the former it is expressly stipulated, as a condition of union that the-t[nited 'Kingdom^is]'to_ be called, not England, but Great Britain, and in the subsequent treaty^ it is stipulated that the enlarged so ! constituted was to be .called, not England, but the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The adjective used in that treaty to coverall the included kingdoms and dependencies is uniformly 'Britishi' The common practice of substituting the term ' English,' is therefore historically inaccurate and is naturally resented 3by the Scottish nation as affecting both its honor and its historic 'position.;' -It is with profound satisfaction that we, as Scotsmen, hear of the step taken by Your Imperial Majesty in rectifying the title of the regiment referred to, and calling attention' in this way to the important question involved. The meeting trust that Tour Imperial Majesty will gracionsly accept the message of thanks, along with a warm expression of respect for your Majesty, and desire for the continued' and increasing prosperity of the great empire over which Your Majesty reigns."

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2397, 10 April 1890

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"British" V "English." Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2397, 10 April 1890