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FROM APRIL 6, TO JUNE 29, 1833,
Printed and Published by the Author at 11, Bolt Court, Fleet Street.
NOV 11 1881
CONTENTS OF VOLUME LXXX.
COBBETT'S WEEKLY POLITICAL REGISTER.
VOL. 80.-No. 1.]
LONDON, SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH, 1833.
[Price Is. 2d.
rage against all professions of " kindness and generosity" coming from those who approve of this unheard-of and undreamed-of measure.
I had no desire to do anything more than to send this bill off marked with my last word of disapprobation. The bill had been modified in the committee: it had taken away some of the powers of the courts-martial: the committee had taken the crime of libel away
IRISH COURT-MARTIAL BILL. from being tried by these red-coat
Westminster, 3. April, 1833.
For the third reading....345
courts: it had done several other things; but still it was too hateful to me to be THIS bill was read a third time, and suffered to pass without a last blow passed, last Friday night, 29. March. against it. My motion, which was, as But it was not passed without a last I said before, a stinger, concluding with effort to prevent its passing. When the a proposition to read the bill a third motion was made for reading the bill a time that day six months. I did not say third time, Mr. CLAY, one of the mem- a great deal; and what I did say was bers for the Tower Hamlets, made a not very good-natured; and, therefore, speech against it; and declared his in- I will insert no part of it here, being extention to oppose the passing of the tremely unwilling to do anything calcubill; but having made no motion upon lated to sour the temper of my readers, the subject, I thought it my duty or to make them discontented with his to make one, which I did in the Majesty's amiable servants. At the end words, the very stinging words, which of this lively debate we came to a divihave been reported in all the newspa- sion, when there appeared pers, which ought to be upon record; but which, for reasons too numerous and too tedious to mention, I by no means think it necessary to insert in I had set out with saying, that I did this Register. Before this agitating not care a straw whether anybody dimotion was made, we seemed to have vided with me, except my honourable got into too tranquil a state to suit me. colleague, and I was, sure that he I began to think that the thing was to would. This was, however, the very end by a few complimentary words thing upon which to put the House to pronounced across the table; but I was the test with regard to this bill. All extremely happy to perceive that my that had passed before might admit of motion put an end to all compliments. explanation; but, we had now got it to The debate became one of the most be such as it would be, when it became lively that I had witnessed; and it a law, and, therefore, it was now necesended with a speech from Mr. O'CoN-sary to ascertain who those members NELL, well worth all the time that we were, who approved of a law like this; had taken in listening to others. It and who were those who did not. The was the finest speech I ever heard in question was, who were the men that my life; and I really did wonder how it approved of courts-martial instead of was possible for any man to hear that judges and juries; and who were the speech, and not feel indignant at the men that disapproved of this. After treatment which Ireland has received; this preface, I give the list of the minoand not being ready to suffocate with rity of eighty-eight; dividing them