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which they shall judge most expedienr, for fettling fuch a complete and final adjustment as may beft tend 20 inprove and perpetuate a Connection effential for their common security, and to augment and consolidate the Strength, Power, and Refources of the British Empire."

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WHEN I proposed to the House, the last time this subject was before them, to fix this day for the further confideration of His Majesty's Meffage, 1. certainly indulged the hope that the refult of a fimilar communication to the Parliament of Ireland would have opened a more favourable Profpect than at present exists, of the speedy accomplishment of a measure which I then stated, and which I still confider, to be of the greatest importance to the power the stability, and the general welfare of the Empire; to the immediate interests of both kingdoms-and more particularly to the peace, the tranquillity, and the fafety of Ireland : in this hope, I am sorry to say, I have for the present been disappointed, by the proceedings of the Irish House of Commons, of


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I feel and know that the Parliament of Ireland possesses the power, the intire competence, on the behalf of that country, alike to accept or reject a proposition of this nature—a power which I am by no means inclined to dispute. I see that at the present moment one House of Parliament in Ireland has expressed a repugnance, even to the consideration of his measure.Feeling, Sir, as I have already stated, that it is important, not only as it tends to the general prosperity of the Empire of Great Britain, but (what, under every fiuation, must always be to me an object of the greatest moment), feeling that it was designed and calculated to increase the prosperity and en-: sure the safety of Ireland, I must have seen with the deepest regret that, at the


first moment and before the nature of the measure could be: known, it was so received.

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Chiperpis no (right of the Legislature of Ireland to reject or to

pompadopt such measures as may appear to them iniis ojurious or beneficial, far be it from me to speak in

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ever calculated it may appear to me to benefit

every member of the Empire, in any 3:1; } which may lead to hostile discussion between two 2. i kingdoms, whose mutual happiness and safety .38": depend upon their being strictly and cordially a united. But while I admit and respect the rights

of the Parliament of Ireland, I feel that, as a ,704 Member of the Parliament of Great Britain, I :: alfo have a Right to exercise, and a Duty to per

That Duty is to exprefs, as distinctly as I ean, the general nature and outline of the Plan, which in my conscience, I think would tend in the strongest manner to ensure the safety

ý and the in happiness of both kingdoms.

jo While I feel, therefore, that as long as the House of Commons of Ireland view the subject in the light they do at present, there is no chance


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of its adoption,, I do not think that I ought on

that account to abhain from fubmitting into the 2890 consideration of this Parlament ; "on the cbatrary ale I think it only the more neceffàłyż ko explain bon distinctly the principles of the Measure; and

to state the grounds upon which ir appears to me to be entitled to the approbation of the

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If Parliament, when it is in poffettion of the pleibalis upon which this Plan is founded, and of its

general outline, should be of opinion with me,

that it is founded upon fair, uit, and equitable Bes Puma In principles, calculated to produce mutual advan

tages to the ewo Kingdoms--if Parliament, I say, I 26 pupore

explanation, and after mature deliberaSubia tion, should be of that opinion, I thould propose cibo

that, its determination fhould remain recorded as is that by which the Parliament of Great Britain

were ready to abide, leaving it to the Legislature

of Ireland to reject or to adopt hereafter, upon a siwon full consideration of the subject.

I till 2003. There is no man will deny that in a great question of this nature, involving in it objects

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which, in the first instance, are more likely to be decided upon by paffion than by judgment ; in a question in which an honest but, I must be allowed. to say, a mistaken sense of National Pride is so likely to operate, that much misconstruction and misconception must inevitably happen. It therefore becomes the more necessary that the intentions of the Government which proposes the Measure, and the principles of the Measure itself, should be distinctly understood. But, Sir, in ftating that intention and those principles, I look to something more than a mere vindication of Government for having proposed the Measure. I do entertain a confidence, even under the apparent discourage ment of the opinion expressed by the Irish House of Commons, that this Measure, is founded upon such clear, such demonstrable grounds of utility, is so calculated to add to the strength

power of the Empire, (in which the safety of Ireland is included, and from which it never can be separated) and is attended with so many advantages to Ireland in particular, that all that can be necessary for its ultimate adoption is, thas it should be stated distinêrły, temperately, and fully, and that it should be left to unpreju.


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