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COBBETT'S

POLITICAL REGISTER.

VOLUME LXXX.

FROM APRIL 6, TO JUNE 29, 1833,
INCLUSIVE.

Printed and Published by the Author at 11, Bolt Court, Fleet Street.

Br 120-3

NOV 11 1881

Sumner fund.

CONTENTS OF VOLUME LXXX.

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COBBETT'S WEEKLY POLITICAL REGISTER.

VOL. 80.-No. 1.]

LONDON, SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH, 1833.

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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
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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

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