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THE

WORKS

OF

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

EDMUND BURKE.

A NEW EDITION.

VOL. XV.

CONTINUATION OF SPEECHES ON THE IMPEACHMENT

OF MR. HASTINGS:-REPLY.

London:

PRINTED FOR C. &. J. RIVINGTON,

ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD;

AND WATERLOO-PLACE, PALL-MALL.

1827.

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TO

HIS MOST CHRISTIAN MAJESTY

CHARLES Xth,

KING OF FRANCE AND NAVARRE.

SIRE,

YOUR

OUR Majesty's most gracious acceptance

of a Copy of the Works of Mr. Burke, and your condescension in permitting this last Volume* of those works to be inscribed with your Majesty's name, would alone amply remunerate the Editor for all his pains and labours in preparing them for the press; but he is confident, that your Majesty will concede to him, that the greatest gratification he can derive from his labours is to be found in the reflection, that mankind will be benefitted by the publication of sentiments religious, moral, and political, which will tend to enlighten both Princes and Subjects upon their respective duties.

In presenting to your Majesty this work, may I presume to point out, in a few words, its six principal features.—1st, American Taxation

2d. * Vol. VIII. 4to Edition.

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2d, A system of Economy in the Public Expenditure, combined with additional security for the Independence of Parliament—3d, East Indian Delinquency–4th, French Revolution —5th, Emancipation of Roman Catholic Subjects of this Kingdom--6th, Abolition of Negro Slavery.

Whilst your Majesty admires the efforts of Mr. Burke's genius both in resisting lawless power, and in correcting popular errors, you will recognise and adore the goodness of that divine Providence, which is, perhaps, in no respect more conspicuous than in giving existence, as occasion may require, to human talents, and to other instruments adequate to the

purposes of It's mysterious dispensations.

Of these instruments the virtues of Princes are among the most noble. May those of

your Majesty and of your family be the blessing of your people. When after the close of a reign, which I pray God may be long and prosperous, your Majesty's subjects shall have reaped the fruits of your Majesty's experience, and inflexible adherence to the principles so clearly developed and so ably enforced by this great Writer, the merits of the Sage and of the Prince will be justly appreciated.

Deign, Sire, to accept the homage of my most perfect respect, and the assurance of my fervent vows for the welfare of your Majesty, and of your most august family; and permit me to subscribe myself,

SIRE,
Your Majesty's most obedient,

and most humble Servant,

WALKER ROCHESTER.

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