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SPEECH,

Mr. Speaker,

T TOOK occasion, on a former day*, to express my humble hope, that if a regular opportunity should again occur, the House would permit me to lay before them some thoughts on this great subject, which have appeared to me worthy of their attention; and to explain some of the grounds on which my opinion has been formed in favour of a Union with Ireland.

Nobody to whom I am known, will, I am persuaded, impute to me the presumptuous folly of imagining that I have it in my power to improve on what those men of transcendent talents and eminent political wisdom and experience, who have taken the principal share in the former debates, have advanced on the leading points of this question. But it is a question of such extent, that it may fairly be thought that even yet several important topics remain for consideration, and some new views of those which have been already discussed. It has been for a considerable length of time before the public in both

* On Thursday, February 14, after reporting the resolutions. B kingdoms: kingdoms: it has given rise to various arguments in both Houses of this and the other Parliament: and, upon every fresh occasion, additional lights have been thrown upon it, and new difficulties and objections have been raised, by the sertility and eagerness of contest and opposition.

Some of those objections may have seemed plausible or ingenious; scarcely any, I think, have been weighty or substantial; none, I am sure, of sufficient weight to counterbalance the numerous benefits which there is such reason to expect from the adoption of the measure. But they have been frequently suited to meet those passions and prejudices, which naturally exist, or have been artfully excited, in our sister kingdom; and, if we seel it our duty to recommend the proposed incorporation to our sellowsubjects there, we owe it to them and to ourselves to spare no pains in the endeavour to remove, by dispassionate reasoning and cool deliberation, such obstacles as may have appeared to them, or any number of them, to stand in the way of what most of us here, I believe, consider as material for our interests and essential to theirs.

To those who have attended to the various modes of resistance to the propofal of an Union, which have been resorted to by difserent persons, two circumstances must have occurred as very remarkable.

0«*has been so well expressed in the resolutions of the Grand Jury of the county of the city of Cork, that I should do it injustice not to introduce the mention of it in the very language they have used: 'Whilst we la4 ment,' fay they, * that any difserence of opinion should.

* exist in this kingdom upon so important a question, we

* cannot but remember how unanimous the rebellious and

4 * traitorous

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