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must be had to rank, or the discipline and subordination of the army would be subverted. In these views, he thought the hopour conferred upon him perfe&tly proper at present. With regard to what the noble Lord said of the merits of Sir John Borlafe Warren, who was alto his particular friend, his Royal Highness declared he entirely agreed. That victory was certainly of very great importance and advantage to the country, though he must confess of less brilliancy and splendour than that of Lord Nelson. To the fuccefs of Sir John Borlafe Warren he attributed the entire suppression of the rebellion in Ireland, for his private opinion was, that it was effectually suppressed. The vigour and exertion of Government in every instance during the last year, his Royal Higness said, he thought did them infinite credit, but in no inftauce more than in their having obtained an ample confession of the Irish rebels of their real object in all their plans and proceedings, which must tend to open


eyes of the poor wretches mined by feigned pretences, and convince them how grossly their credulity had been operated upon. His Royal Highness added some other sentiments of general congratulation to the House on the important subject of the day's debate, and concluded with giving his assent to the motion.

Lord Spencer then moved the thanks of the House to Lord Nelson as follows : which was agreed to nemine dissentiente.

That the thanks of this House be given to Rear Admiral Lord Nelson, Knight of the most Honourable Order of the Bath, for his able and gallant conduct in the memorable and decisive victory obtained over the French fleet near the Mouth of the Nile, on the ist, 2d, and 3d of August laste


After which he moved, That the thanks of this House be given to the several captains and offi. cers in the fleet under the command of Rear Admiral Lord Nelion on the ist, zd, and 3d of August last, who, by their bravery and good conduct, contributed to the glorious success of those days; and that Rear Admiral Lord Nellun do signify the fame to them. Agreed to nemine difeniiente,


That this House cloch highly approve of and acknowledge the servic: S of the leamen and marines on board the ships under the command of Rear Adiniral Lord Nelson, in the late glorious victory over the French fleet ntar the Mouth of the Nile; and that the officers, commanding the leveral hips, do fignify the same to their respeciive crews, and do thank them for their good behavii ur, Agreed to nemine di fentiente.


THANKS TO SIR JOHN BORLASE WARREN. Earl Spencer expressed his fatisfaction in finding that the subject of the next motion he should trouble the House with had been anticipated by a noble Lord near him (Lord Hood), viz. the merits of Sir John Borlase Warren in the gallant action off the coast of Ireland, which had been productive of consequences highly beneficial and important to the general interests of the British Empire, though, in point of brilliancy, splendour, and magnitude, it certainly fell short of the glorious atchievernent of Lord Nelson off the Nile. His Lordihip acknowledged the uniform exertion, vigilance, and bravery of Sir John Borlase Warren during the whole course of the war; but said that useful and meritorious as all his former services were evinced in his numerous captures from the enemy, the laft victory obtained by that gallant officer over the power- ful French squadron, which he had engaged with such eminent success off the coast of Ireland, infinitely exceeded them all, from its essentially important effect on the state of Ireland; at the same time, his Lordship faid, he wished to recal to the minds of the House the fingular bravery and perseverance of Sir John Borlase Warren, who with only three British frigates had continued to watch a French fleet of very confiderable, and certainly very superior force, from the time of its leaving the French port, on the 17th of September, to it's arrival on the coast of Ireland on the oth of October, and with a sinall rein.' forcement bravely engaged it, and had taken most of the ships of which it consisted by which means the principal attempts of the enemy to invade Ireland, the efforts of the rebels, together with their hopes, were put an end to, and the unnatural rebellion suppressed. His Lordship concluded with moving the thanks of the House to Sir John Borlafe Warren, for his gallant conduct in the action so fuccessfully fought by him oft the coast of Ireland, and that the Lord Chancellor do cominunicate the same by letter. The motion was agreed to nemine diffentiente, as were the motion of thanks to the officers, and the motion for the approbation of the House of the conduct of the seamen and marines who served on board Sir John BorJafe Warren's fleet during the battle and pursuit.

The House then went up to St. James's, with their Address, in answer to the King's Speech, having previously adjourned to Tuesday next.

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WEDNESDAY, NOV, 21. New writs were ordered; for the Borough of Hithe, in the toom of Sir C. Farnaby Radcliffe, deceased; for the Borough of Richmond, in York, in the room of Lord C. Beauclerc, who has accepted the Chiltern Hundred; and for the County of Banff, in the room of William Grant, Esq. who has accepted the office of Chief Justice of Chester.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved, that the Rev. Dr. Reynel be defired to preach before the House on the ensuing Falt-day.

Lord Grenville Levison Gower brought up the Report of the Addrefs to his Majesty, which was read a first time. On the Motion for the fecond reading,

Mr. Jones said, that in general the sentiments contained in the Address had his cordial concurrence ; for he believed that every drop of blood fhed in the contest, and every shilling fpent, and every drop of blood that might yet be shed, was owing to the inordinate ambition of the five Directorial Delpots of France. He took this opportunity to observe, that whenever Ministers brought forward any plan of taxation which bare equally on every clats of the community, it should have liis decided support. At the same time he must add, that he hoped Ministers would practise the strictest ceconomy: withcut this our victories, however splendid, would avail nothing; and he believed that there was none among them so hardy as to say that this had ever been the case.

The Address was then read a second time, and ordered to be presented by the whole House the next day. - His Majetty's most gracious speech was ordered to be taken into conäideration the next day.

Mr. Sucretary Dundas faid, that he had the preceding Jay given notice of his intention to make a motion to which our late brilliant and important naval successes had given rise; and the victory obtainei by Lord Nelson had never perhaps been equalled. There were fume propositions of such a nature, that they rather futiered than were enforced by an attempt by words to render then more impreslive; of this kind was the victory of the Nile. Some vitties in the naval annals of this coun. try had been distinted by one kind of merit; others had been distinguished by pronliar merit of a different kind. In fome the skill of the commander had fhone conspicuous, in others the bravery of the fearnen, while others had been distinguithcú by their important consequences and great utility.

It was fingular, however, in this case, that all these merits were here combined, and is was difficult to say which of them had been displayed the most. The skill of the gallant Admiral was universally admitted, the undaunted courage of the officers and seamen was proved by their attacking and totally defeating an enemy's fieet lo superior in strength, and, by its position, considered as alınost impregnable. But when we looked at the consequences of this brilliant victory to this country; when we considered that there was not a corner in Europe which it had not electrified, we must acknowledge the immense importance of the archievement. It was one which, in every view of it, had the highest claims to the gratitude and to the admiration of the country. Having faid this, he should add nothing more to preface his motion of thanks to the gallant Lord Nela fon. He moved that the thanks of the House be given to Rear Admiral Nelson for his able and gallant conduct in the memorable and decisive engagements of the mouth of the Nile, on the ift, 2d, and 3d of August.

Mr. Tierney seconded the Motion. He hoped the Right hon. Gentleman would excuse his presuming to second his motion, and that the house would give him credit for the purity of the motives by which he was actuated. They would do him the justice to believe, that on every occasion he felt more pleasure in supporting than in oppofing any measure that was brought forward in the House. That day he was happy to be able to give his most cordial support to the motion of the Right hon. Gent. Had a division taken place the preceding day, he must, however reluctantly, have been compelled to diffent from the Address, because there were some points in it on which he could not concur. On the present occasion, however, his assent was unmixed with any sentiment of disapprobation. No man could feel more warmly than he did every thing which contributed to the glory and safety of the enpire, nor, as an Englishman, could feel more proud at any triumphs which our

avy, the best part of our defence, might obtain. If such then were the sentiments with which he was actuated, what must be the admiration, gratitude, and pride, which must kindle in his mind, when he conteniplated the unrivalled exploit of the noble Admiral. Whatever differences of opinion might exist among thein on some points; whatever opinions might be entertained of the war, of its conduct, and the general manageinent of our naval force (and he did not mean to say that is department was not conducted in the most laudable manner), every Englifhinan must feel proud, that whenever an opportunity occurred of meeting the enemies fleets, under whatever disadvantages, our seamen were universally triumphant. He was well aware of the great importance of the victory of Lord Nelson and its consequences, but perhaps he might differ froin the Right hon. Gentleman as to the use which might be made of that victory; a circumstance that tended, in some degree, to damp his exultation. The present, however, was not ihe occafion to enter into that discussion. The only question now was of the merits of the gallant Lord Nelson, and those who shared in his glory. He hoped too, if it was not irregular to touch in this way on such a subject, that other services which, though less brilliant, well deserved the gratitude of the country, would likewise not be passed over unnoticed. No man could eftimate more highly than he did the importance of our EaftIndia poffeffions, and he hoped, from the confident language in the King's speech, in which the expedition by which they were threatened was spoken of, that all apprehensions for their safety were removed. As he had no official means of information on the subje&, and as an arıny of the enemy was still faid to exist to threaten it, he trusted he was not too despondent of our safety, if he was not so fanguine about its destruction as fomc appeared to be. But there was another branch of the empire, the safety of which was owing, in an eminent degree, to a late display of our naval superiority. He alluded to the victory gained by Sir John Borlase Warren off the coast of Ireland. He hoped that the thanks of the House would likewise be given to that officer for the very important victory he had obtained. Nothing, indeed, could exceed the importance of that victory. It had set our minds at ease respecting the safety of the empire. Whatever might be our differences on some points, there were points on which we all agreed, and surely the integrity of our empire was one of these. Thanks to the victory of Sir John Warren, we might now discuss the affairs of Ireland without being afraid of French interferences. Of all evils doubtless foreign interference was the most to be deprecated. But when we considered what must have been the consequences of French interferences in Ireland, we ought to feel doubly grateful to trofe by whole exertions we had been relieved from anxiety on that subject. He trusted he would be forgiven for saying thus much, irregularly certainly, on this point. He knew that there was a difference in the brilliancy of one action and another, and if any mode could be devised of accominodating the degree of teltimony of thanks to the occasion, without hurting the feelings of those concerned, it would be well; yet there



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