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a complete and final adjustment as may beft tend to inprove and perpetuate a Connection essential for their

common security, and to augment and consolidate the ** Sirength, 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, I 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 ftated, 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 che fafety of Ireland : in this hope, I am sorry to say, I have for the present been disappoinced, by the proceedings of the Irish House of Commons, of

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I feel and know that the Parliament of Ireland poffefses 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, noe only as it tends to the general prosperity of ther&mpire 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 yery

first moment and before the nature of the measure could be known, it was so received. poil123

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islojurious or beneficial, far be it from me to speak 113.5 of its determination in any other terms but those 2.151 of respect : Let it not, therefore, be imagined 13,4 * that I am inclined to press any fentiment, how;

ever calculated it may appear to me to benefit

every member of the Empire, in any manner 3:1, which may lead to hostile discussion between two ai 7 kingdoms, whose mutual happinefs and safety .3m depend upon their being strictly and cordially na to 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 : also have a Right to exercise, and a Duty to per

form, That Duty is to exprefs, as distinctly as I ean, the general nature and outline of the Plan, which in my conscience,

my conscience, I think would tend in

manner to ensure the safety and the és happiness of both kingdoms.

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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 abftain fiona fubmittinge to the cire confideration of this Parliament ; "on the batrary I think it only the more

ore necessary roj explain Es distinctly the ferohe Meafure and

to state the grounds upon which ir appears eto

to me to be entitled to the approbation of the rencontre Legilature.

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If Parliament, when it is in poffeition of the L 3 6 bafis upon

which ihis Plan is founded, and of its general outline, should be of opinion with me,

that it is founded upon fair, jft; and equitable ses Inicio

principles, calculated to produce mutual advan

tages to the ewo Kingdoms--if Parliament, I say, *199 03 I 25. Beste

upon full explanation, and after mature delibera

tion, should be of that opinion, I fhould propose ci bu

that its determination fhould remain recorded as 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 sivan

full consideration of the subject.

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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 stating 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.i. 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 and 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, that it should be stated distinctly,': temperately, and fully, and that it should be left to unpreju.

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