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HOUSE OF COMMONS.
Tuesday, January 22. Mr. Secretary Dundas brought up a Message from his Majesty, to the fame 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 oppofing it. He must think fuch a measure not only unwise and impolitic at this time, but one replete with mischief. But with respect to the sentiments'expri Ted generally in his Majesty's Message, he was fure no Member of that House, or of the community, more cordially concurred in them. He was particularly anxious that no opportunity should be milimproved for the benefit of the two countries, and wished the connection between them might be perpetuated. His objection was not to the suggeslion 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 discullion in such halte; and under the impreslion that it was intended to proceed immediately to the discussion of the topics embraced in the Mefiage, he must say he should think it necefsary to arrest the progress of such measures. He was convinced it was the common fecling and wish 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 properity, perhaps the existence of both. It was in fact, one of a series which had but too long been pursued; however, as he most undoubtedly thought it necessary that the independence of Ireland thould be aí. serted and maintained against every kind of enemy, he was not adverse to the adoption of every salutary precaution against the difturbers of its repose. But it happened to him to think that immediately to agitate any difcuffion, such as that pointed to by the Message, was not to make the most salutary 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