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With notes by the Editor.
I Have collected the Speeches of Mr. Wilkes in the present House of Commons from newspapers and oral tradition for two reasons. The first is, they contain, in my opinion, many bold truths, especially respecting America, which are of importance, and in this convenient form they will be found more useful. The other reason is, if that gentleman should ever swerve from the great line of public duty, and declared attachment to the people, which he has often pledged himself to purfue through life, the most general infamy may overtake him, and punish his apostacy.
The Protests of the Lords on the same fub. ject with some of the Speeches I thought would be acceptable to the political reader.
Some Notes are added, chiefly by way of illuftration, for which I am answerable.
London, July 9, 1777.