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part of the country where, comparatively speaking, very few Catholics reside, and these symptoms of disaffection were, he thoughe, attributable to the conduct of Orange-Men in that quarter. (No! No! refounded fr.m different paris of the House.) With respect to the proper line of conduct for Irish Members in that House, he hoped the time was come when old prejudices no longer existed; he hoped the Irish part of the se presentation were as well disposed to support The general cause of the empire, as any other within those walls ; yet he could not avoid putting it to them, tha', under the present circumstances, the affsirs of their own country fhould, in the first instance, be the objects of their anxiors attention : Though he advanced this propofition, he did not mean to say that they Mould in any degree nogleat to ftrengthen the hands of Governmeni in the preseni crisis, with a view to the safety and honour of the empire at large. He must repeat his conviction, that, under the existing circumstances, Ministers could not immediately come forward with an adequate remedy for what he coinplained of on the part of Ireland ; they could not at once produce a system capable of reitoring it to that degree of iranquil security which he fo anxioully desired Recurring again to the confidisation of the Irish Catholics, he observed, that the dispofition of the body mighi fo far he judged by the circum,, stance, that ever fince they enjoyed the liberty of purchasing lands, they purchased as often under the forfeited claims as under the old Catholic act. He then proceeded to animadvert upon various points in the speech of a right honourable. Gentleman opposie,' (the Chancellor of the Exchequer), who, he observed, had iaken occasion to panegyrise the con. duct of Ministers, on the pretext of defending the dignity of the House ; and he had particularly to congratulate the right honourable Gentleman on his novel measure of having a fleet ready for sea, without a single man on board ! a circumstance, which, however, his modesty induced him to pass over, while enumerating the services of Ministers to the country. In concluding, he begged pardon of the House, for de aining them so long at that late hour; he had, however, been misconceived in almost every thing he said respecting Ireland, the situation of which country he implored the House to take into their speedy and serious consideration ; should they not redress the grievances of Ireland, and conciliate its inhabitants, it were humanity to annihilate it! 5 S 2

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The question was then put, and the motion was negatived without a division. Adjourned.

HOUSE OF LORD S.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12. At three o'clock his Majesty appeared in the House of Lords, where the Peers were allembled. His Majesty being feated on the Throne, a message was forl! to delire the ai Tendance of the House of Commons. The Speaker, accompanied by several Menibers, approached the Bar of the House cf Lords, and addressed his Majesty in these terms;

" MOST GRACIOUS SOVEREIGN, “ Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the knighıs, citizens, and burgesses of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in Parliament assembled, have at length completed the supplies granted to your Majelly for the service of the present year--a period memorable for the events which it has produced, and awful for those which may be yet to come.

“ In granting those supplies, your Majesty's faithful Commons have considered, ihai a crisis without example demanded unexampled efforts : and, by resolving to raise annually a large proportion of the supplies for the current year, so long as the war endures, they have given to all the world a soleinn pledge of their inflexible determination in render public credit unafailable.

“ They have also proceeded to revise the system, of your Majesty's permanent revenue. By consolidating the duties in each of iis principal branches, lliey have simpliñed its openations, and at the same time they have endeavoured to render its pressure less burthensome, by regulating its mode of collection.

" The criomercial interests of this country, to which our attention was called by your Majesty's gracious commands at the commencement of ihe prefent Seilion, have been masurely considered ; and mealures have been taken for afford. ding material accommolations and facilities to mercantile transactions, by rendering our principal poris free for ail narions to import, depofit, and re-export their merchandize, without toll or tax, unlets voluntarily brought into our own market for home-consumption. 1. Nur have we forgotten to bestow our carnet and furious

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thoughts upon the safety and efficacy of our church establish' ment in every part of the United Kingdom. Upon this subject, as comprehending all that consecrates our rational hopes, morals, and policy, we have deliberated with peculiar care and anxiety; and we presume to believe, that ihe im. portant laws which have been passed in aid of our church establishinent will materially ftrengthen and gradually extend iis influence through succeeding ages.

“ But, Sire, these were cares and objects belonging 10 , times of peace. Wise, politic, and desirable as they might be, nevertheless, called upon now by your Majesty's commands, we have without hesitation turned all our thoughts and efforts to meet the renewal of war, persuaded that your Majesty's paternal care preserved to us the blessings of peace, so long as they could be retained with safety and honour, and confident that since they have been openly attacked, and the justice of our cause has been made manifest to the world, our appeal to arms will not be in vain.

« This war we see and know to be a war of no ordinary character. We feel that our religion, laws, and liberties, and existence as a nation are put to the issue, and we have prepared for the contest accordingly. Besides the supplies of money, we have augmented beyond all former example every species of military force known in this country-we have met rebellion with prompt and necessary laws-and for the defence of a Sovereign endeared to us by long experience of his royal virmes, and commanding not our allegiance alone, but our hearts and affections, the whole nation has risen up in arms.

May then the God of our Fathers go forth with us 1o batile, and bless our cause, and stablish with victory that

Throne which we revere as the bulwark of our liberries; and so fhall other nations at length learn, that a free, valiant, and united people is unconquerable, and able to set lasting bounds to an empire of violence, perfidy, and unrelenting ainbition.

" To the bills which I have now humbly to present to your Majesty, your Commons, with all humiliiy, entreat your Majesty's royal affent."

His Majesty returned the following most gracious anfwer:

“ MY LORDS, AND GENTLEMEN, $4, I ain at lengih enabled, by the state of public business,

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10 release you from your long and laborious attendance in Parliament.

" In closing the Seffion, I have the umolt satisfaction in expressing the strong sen'e which I entertain of that zealous and unwearied regard for the welfare and honour of your country, which has distinguithed all your proceedings.

During the continuance of peace, your conduct mani. felted the juft view which you had taken of our actual fituation, and of the dangers against which you were peculiarly called upon to provide ; and since the recurrence of hoftilities, you have displayed an energy and promptitude which have never been Inrpailed, in the means which you have applied for the defence of the couniry, and for the vigorous prosecution of the war.

“ Your proceedings, in consequence of the lare 'reasonable and atrocious occurrences in Ireland, will, I truit, have the effect of preventing any further interruption of its internal Tranquillity, and of convincing my loyal subjects in that part of the United Kingdom, that they may confidently rely on that protection to which they are so justly enriiled.

"In the midft of the deliberations, which were occasioned by the immediate exigency of the times, you have not been unmindful of other objects, to which I had direcled your attention; and I have great satisfaction in observing that you have completed a fyftem for consolidating the duties, and regulating the collection and management of the several branches of the revenue ; and that you have adopied measures which are calculated io aff vid material accomınodation to the mercantile part of the community, and to encourage and extend the navigation and commerce of my dominions.

“GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE OF COMMóxs, “I return you my particular thanks for the liberality and seadinefs wiih which you have granted the supplies for the public fervice.

"It is painful to me to reflect, that the means of necessary exertion cannot be provided without a heavy preffure upon my faithful people ; but I cannot suficienıly applaud ihat wisdoin and fortitude which have led you to overlook confiderations of temporary convenience, for the purpose of preventing a large accumulation of debt during the cono sinuance of ihę war. You may be assured that there Mall be as frid an attention to economy on my past as may be conffent with those preparations and exertions which will

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be best calculated to frustrate t'e designs and weaken the power of the enerny, by whore arrogant pretensions and restless ambition alone these sacrifices have been rendered unavoidable.

“MY LORDS, AND GENTLEMEN, “ I am fully persuaded that, during the cessation of your parliamentary duries, you will continue to be actuated by the same fpirit, which has ben vniformly displayed in your councils. It will be your duty to assist in carrying into effeet those important measures, which your wisdom has matured for the defence and security of the realm : and particularly to give the most beneficial direction to that ardour and enchufiasm in the cause of their country, which animae all classes of my people.

“ Juftly sensible of the state of pre-eminence, in which it has pleased the Almighty to support us, for so many ages, amongst the nations of Europe, I rely with confidence, ihat under the continuance of his Divine protection, the exerions of my brave and loyal subjecis will prove to the enemy and to the world, that an attempt to subvert the independence, or impair the power of this United Kingdom, will terminate in the disgrace and ruin of those by whom it may be made, and that my people will find an ample reward for all their sacrifices, in an undisturbed enjoyment of that freedom and security, which, by their patriotisin and valour, they will have preserved and ensured to themselves and their polieriiy."

Then the Lord Chancellor, by his Majesty's command, said,

“ MY LORDS, AND GENTLEMEN, " It his Majelly's royal will and pleasure, that this Parliament be prorogued io Thursday, ine bih day of Cavier next, to be then and here holden'; and inis Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the oth day of October next."

HOUSE OF COMMONS.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12.

PROROGATIGN. At three o'clock precisely, Sir Francis Molyneux, Gentleman Uther of the Black Rod, appeared in the House, and

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