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LORDS AND COMMONS.
Being the THIRD SESSION in the
· Held in the Year 1798.
FORMING A SOURCE OF
HIGHLY INTERESTING TO EVERY BRITISH SUBJECT.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
Tuesday, January 22. Mr. Secretary Dundas brought up a Message from his Majesty, to the same effect as that in the House of Lords, and moved that the meflage be taken into consideration tomorrow.
Mr. Sheridan said, that when the motion came under consideration, he must take it for granted that an Address would be moved to his Majesty assuring himn that the House would proceed immediately with the subject. If this should really be the course the Right Hon. Gentleman would pursue, he did not know how otherwise he could perform his duty but by opposing it. He must think such a measure not only unwise and impolitic at this time, but one replete with mischief. But with respect to the sentiments espre Ted generally in his Majesty's Message, he was sure no Member of that House, or of the community, more cordially concurred in them. He was particularly anxious that no opportunity should be misimproveit for the benefit of the two countries, and wished the connection between them might be perpetuated. His objection was not to the suggestion thrown out, that it is neceflary to take such steps as may secure and perpetuate the connection between the two counties, but only to the proposal for agitating the discussion in such hafte; and under the impresion that it was intended to proceed immediately to the discuilion of the topics embraced in the Mesiage, he must say he should think it necessary to arrest the progress of such measures. He was convinced it was the common feeling and will of that House (and he hoped of this country) that such measures may be pursued as may lead to restore cordial harmony between the two countries; but to discuss any points of Union now, might be fatal to the prosperity, perhaps the existence of both. It was in fact, one of a series which had bur too long been pursued; however, as he most undoubtedly thought it necessary that the independence of Ireland should be as. serted and maintained against every hind of enemy, he was not adverse to the adoption of every falutary precaution against the disturbers of its repose. But it happened to him to think that immediately to agitate any discussion, such as that pointed to by the Message, was not to make the most falutary effort to guarantee the independence or increase the happiness of Ireland. While, therefore, he would chearfully join in an Address to his Majesty, thanking him for his gracious communication, he must oppose the taking any pre