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THỂ following Speech has been much the subje& of convere
I fation ; and the desire of having it printed was last fummer very general. The means of gratifying the public curiosity were obligingly furnished from the notes of some gentlemen, Members of the last Parliament.
This picce has been for some months ready for the press. But å delicacy, possibly over Scrupulous, has delayed the publication to this time. The friends of administration have been used to attribute a great deal of the opposition to their measures in America to the writings publifted in England. The Editor of this Speech kept it back until all the measures of government have had their full operation, and can be no longer affected, if ever they could have been affected by any publication
Most Readers will recollect the uncommon pains taken at the beginning of the last feffion of the last Parliament, and indeed during the whole course of it, to asperfe the characters, and decry the measures of those who were supposed to be friends to America; in order tori weaken the effeat of their opposition to the acts of rigour thept preparing against the Colonies. This Speech contains a full refutation of the charges against that party with which Mr. Burke has all along a&ted. In doing this, he has taken a review of the effects of all the schemes which have been successively adopied in the government of the plantations. The fubject is inteređing; the matters of information various, and important;' and the publication at this time, the Editor hopes, willinot be thought anseafonable. ; Cari :
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URING the last session of the last parliament, on the 19th
of April, 1774, Mr. Rose Fuller, member for Rye, made "", "the following motion ; That'an act made in the 7th ycar of the reign of his present Majesty, intituled, 6 An act for granting * certain duties in the British colonies and plantations in Ameri. aca; for allowing a drawback of the duties of customs upon the " exportation from this kingdom of Coffee and Cocoa Nuts, of “ the produce of the said colonies or plantations ; for discontinu. * ing the drawbacks, payable on China earthen ware exporied " to America; and for more effectually preventing the clandef* tine running of goods in the said colonies and plantations." Inight be read. I am its on it is as it is · And the same being read accordingly; He moved,6, (That this “ honfe will, upon this day fevennight, resolve itselfontora com “ mittee of the whole house, to take into consideration the duty of “ 3d. per pound weight upon tea, payable in all his Majefty's “ dominions in America, imposed by the said act ; and also the s appropriation of the said duty;"...
On this latter motion a warm and interesting debate arose, in which Mr. Edmund Burke spoke as follows. :) 2013. gr.,
SIR, sin 8,, ut a word vir elcilio st.. !I **** I Agree with the honourable Gentleman * who spoke last, that 1 this subject is not new in the house. Very disagreeably to this house, very unfortunately to this nation, and to the peace and prosperity of this whole Empire, no topic has been more familiar to us. For nine long years, session after session, we have been lashed round and round this miserable circle of occasional arguments and temporary expedients. I am sure our heads must turn, and our stomachs nauseate with them. We have had them in every shape; we have looked at them in every point of view, Invention is exhausted ; reason is fatigued ; experience has given judgment; but obftinacy is not yet conquered. .
The hon. Gentleman has made one endeavour more to diversify the form of this disgusting argument. He has thrown out a speech
* Charles Wolfron Cornwall, Esq; lately appointed one of the Lords of the
composed almoft of challenges. Challenges are serious things; and a's he is a man of prudence as well as resolution, I dare say he had very well weighed those challenges before he delivered them. I hadi long the happiness to fit at the same side of the house, and to agree with the hon, Gentleman on all the American queftions. My sentiments, I am sure, are well known to him; and I thought
I had been perfectly acquainted with his. Though I find myself mistaken, he will fill permit me to use the privilege of an old friendship; he will perinit me to apply myself to the house under the fanction of his authority; and, on the various grounds he has meafüred out, to submit to you the poor opinions which I have formed, upon a matter of importance enough to demand the fullest confideration I could bestow upon it.
He has stated to the house two grounds of deliberation; one narrow and simple, merely' confined to the question on your paper the other more large and more complicated ;' comprehending the whole series of parliamentary proceedings with regard to America, their causes, and their consequences. With regard to the latter ground, he states it as useless, and thinks it may be even dangerous, to enter into fo extensive a field of enquiry. Yet, to my sürprize, he had hardly laid down this' reftri&tive propofition, to which his authority would have given so much weight, when directly, and with the same authority, he condemns it'; and de. clares it absolutely' necessary to enter into the most ample histori. cal detail. His zeal has thrown bim a little out of his usual accu. racy. In this perplexity what shall we do, fir, who are willing to submit to the law he gives us ? He has reprobated in one part of his speech the rule he had laid down for debate in the other; and, after narrowing the ground for all those who are to speak after him, he takes an 'excurlon himself, as unbounded as the fubje&t and the extent of his great abilities. 11 Sir, When I cannot obey all his laws, I will do the best I can. Irwill endeavour to obey such of them as have the sanction of his example ; and to stick to that rule, which, though not confiftent withi ihe other, is the moft rational. He was certainly in the right when he took the matter largely. I cannot prevail' on myself to agree with him in his censure of his own conduct. It is not, he will give me leave to say, either useless or dangerous. He afferis, that retrospe& is not'wise; and the proper, the only proper, fubje&rof enquiry is; “ not how we got into this difficulty, but
how we are to get out of it." In other words, we are, according to him, to confuit our invention, and to reject our experience. The mbide of deliberation he recommends is diametrically opposite to every rule of reason, and every principle of good sense established