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PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES
HOUSES OF LORDS AND COMMONS,
In the THIRD SESSION of the
Eighteenth Parliament of GREAT BRITAIN,
Appointed to be holden at WESTMINSTER,
HOUSE OF LORDS.
Tuesday, November 20, 1798.
HIS Majefty, being feated on the Throne, adorned with His
Crown and Regal Ornaments, and attended by his officers of State (the Lords being in their robes), commanded the Gentleman Uther of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, "It is His Majefty's pleasure they attend him immediately, in this Houfe." Who being come with their Speaker,
His Majefty was pleased to speak as follows:
My Lords, and Gentlemen,
The events which have taken place in the course of the prefent year, and the fignal fuccefs which, by the bleffing of Providence, has attended my arms, have been productive of the happieft confequences, and have effentially promoted the profperity and glory of our country,
The unexampled Series of our naval triumphs has received fresh Splendor from the memorable and decifive action in which a detachment of my fleet, under the command of Rear Admiral Lord Nelson, attacked and almost totally deftroyed a fuperior force of the enemy, firengthened by every advantage of fituation: by this great and brilliant victory, an enterprize of which the injuftice, perfidy, and extravagance, had fixed the attention of the world, and which was peculiarly directed against fome of the most valuable interefts of the British empire, has, in the first inftance, been turned to the confufion of its authors; and the blow thus given to the power and influence of France has afforded an opening which, if improved by fuitable exertions on the part of other powers, may lead to the general deliverance of Europe.
The wisdom and magnanimity fo eminently displayed at this conjuncture by the Emperor of Ruffia, and the decifion and vigor of the Ottoman Porte, have fhewn that those powers are impressed with a just sense of the prefent crifis; and their example, joined to the difpofition manifested almost universally in the different countries ftruggling under the yoke of France, must be a powerful encouragement to other States to adopt that vigorous line of conduct, which experience has proved to be alone confiftent with fecurity or honor.
The extent of our preparations at home, and the demonflrations of zeal and Spirit among all ranks of my fubjects, have deterred the enemy from attempting to execute their vain threat of invading the coafts of this kingdom.
In Ireland the rebellion which they had infiigated has been curbed and repreffed; the troops which they landed for its fupport have been compelled to furrender; and the armaments fince deftined for the fame purpofs have, by the vigilance and activity of my Squadrons, been captured or difperfed. The views and principles of those who, in concert with our inveterate enemy, have long planned the fubverfion of our Conftitution, have been fully detected and expofed, and their treasons made manifeft to the world. Those whom they had mifled or feduced must now be awakened to their duty; and a juft fenfe of the miferies and horrors which thefe traitorous defigns have produced, must impress on the minds of all my faithful subjects the neceffity of continuing to repel with firmness every attack on the laws and established government of their country.
Gentlemen of the Houfe of Commons,
Under the unavoidable pressure of protracted war, it is a great satisfaction to me to obferve, that the produce of the public revenue has proved fully adequate to the increase of our permanent expenditure; that
the national credit has been maintained and improved; and that the commerce and induftry of my fubjects have continued to increase and flourish in a degree hitherto unknown.
The fituation in which we are placed, unhappily renders the continuance of heavy expences indifpenfable for the public fafety. But the ftate of our resources, amd the good fenfe and public Spirit which prevail through every part of my kingdom, will, I trust, enable you to provide the neceffary fupplics without effential inconvenience to my people, and with as little addition as possible to the permanent burdens of the State. The progress made towards fuch a fyftem by the measures adopted in the last feffion, and the aid given to public credit by the plan for the redemption of the land tax, have been attended with the most beneficial effects, which you will, I am perfuaded, omit no opportunity to confirm and improve.
My Lords, and Gentlemen,
I rely with confidence on the continuance of your exertions to enable me ultimately to conduct the great conteft in which we are engaged to a fafe and honourable conclufion.
We have furmounted many and great difficulties. Our perfeverance in a juft caufe has been rewarded with diftinguished fuccefs; and our prefent fituation, compared with that of other countries, Sufficiently prove how much, in a period of general danger and calamity, the fecurity and happiness of the British nation have depended (under the bleffing of Providence) on its own conftancy, its energy, and
His Majefty and the Houfe of Commons then retired; and after the speech had been read by the Lord Chancellor on the woolfack, and the Clerk at the table,
Lord CLIFTON (Earl of Darnley in Ireland) rofe, and fpoke as follows:-My Lords, the difficulty of doing justice to the extraordinary and brilliant circumftances of the prefent moment, added to the conviction that I have no claim to that indulgence which you have always fhewn to thofe who, on former occafions of a fimilar nature, have spoken in this place for the first time, would almost induce me to repent of the task I had impofed on myself in the moment of its execution; and I should rife with peculiar diffidence and embarraffment if I was not well affured that every word that can be uttered, however weak and inadequate,-every fentiment that can be expreffed, however deficient in energy and