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[No decifion was come to by the House upon the above motion, on account of there being an infufficient attendance of members.]
On the 22d May 1798, Lord Viscount Caftlereagh prefented to the Houfe of Commons the following Meffage from his Excellency. CAMDEN.
IAM to acquaint the House of Commons, that in confequence
of the diforders which have taken place in the neighbouring Counties, and of the preparations which appeared to be making by the difaffected in this metropolis and its vicinity, the magiftrates thought it proper to apply to the Lord Lieutenant and Privy Council, to place the city under the provifions of the act paffed in the thirty-fixth year of his Majefty's reign, more effectually to fupprefs infurrections and prevent the difturbance of the public peace this application has been complied with; and I am now, with the utmoft concern, to inform the House of Commons, that I have received information that the difaffected have been daring enough to form a plan for the purpose of poffeffing themfelves, in the course of the prefent month, of the metropolis, of feizing the feat of government, and thofe in authority within the city. In confequence of this information, I have directed every military precaution to be taken which feemed expedient. I have made full communication to the magistracy for the direction of their efforts, and I have no doubt that, by the measures which will be purfued, the defigns of the rebellious will be effectually and entirely crushed.
I have taken the earlieft opportunity of making this communication, and have the fulleft confidence that I thall be fupported by the Commons in fuch measures as fhall be neceffary finally to fupprefs the rebellious confpiracy which exifts in this kingdom. C.
[In confequence of which the following refolutions were unanimously agreed to by the Houfe of Commons, who immediately, with their Speaker, proceeded on foot to the Caftle, and prefented them to his Excellency.]
THAT an humble addrefs be prefented to his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, to return his Excellency our fincere thanks for the meffage he has fent this day to the Houfe.
The intelligence it communicates fills us with indignation and horror, whilft it roufes in us a fpirit of determined refolution and energy.
We rely upon the vigilance and vigour of his Excellency's government, which, we truft, will continue unabated, till the confpiracy, which fo fatally exifts, be utterly diffolved. Senfible of the danger which furrounds us, we are fully prepared to meet it under his Excellency's aufpices; and we feel affured, that his fuccessful efforts in the caufe of our fovereign and the conftitution, will foon be crowned with univerfal gratitude, not only from the loyal, who have ftood their ground with firmness, but from the deluded, who have been traitorously feduced.
[To which the Lord Lieutenant returned the following anfwer.]
THE manner in which the Houfe of Commons has expreffed its approbation of my conduct calls for expreffions, on my part, to which no language I can ufe is equal. The wifdom, the firmness, and the fpirit, which have been manifefted, during the whole of this eventful period, by the Houfe of Commons, and the peculiar promptitude, alacrity, and unanimity, which have been evinced, muft tend, in the most effectual manner, to crush rebellion and to fave the state.
[A message to the fame effect having been fent by the Lord Lieutenant to the Houfe of Lords, their Lordships voted the following addrefs, and prefented it to his Excellency in the fame manner.]
WE cannot reprefs our indignant emotions at thofe defperate defigns which have been communicated to us, nor fufficiently applaud the vigilance and vigour which are exerted to defeat them. With firm and collected refolution, we exprefs a full confidence that his Excellency will proceed in his measures with unrelaxed effort; we engage to him our full fupport, ftrengthened by the increased activity of the loyal, and the repentance of the deluded. The well-directed force of Government cannot fail to extinguish the confpiracy which difgraces the kingdom; and his Excellency will foon reap the fruits of his unremitting attention to public fafety in the approbation of his fovereign and in the gratitude of the people.
[To which his Excellency returned the following anfwer.]
YOUR approbation of the meafures I have taken, so ardently, immediately, and unanimoufly conveyed, affords me the highest gratification: you cannot doubt of my vigorous perfeverance in what you have approved; nor can I hefitate as to the speedy fuccefs of those efforts which are fo warmly feconded by the energy of the legislature, and by the loyal fpirit which is fo confpicuoufly and generally difplayed.
On the 24th May Lord Caftlereagh prefented to the Houfe the fol lowing Meffage from the Lord Lieutenant.
HAVE thought it my indifpenfable duty, by and with the advice of the Privy Council, under the prefent circumstances of this kingdom, to iffue a proclamation, a copy of which I ⚫ have ordered to be laid before the Houfe of Commons.
By the Lord Lieutenant and Council of Ireland.
HIS Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, by and with the advice of the Privy Council, has iffued orders to all the general officers commanding his Majesty's forces to punish all perfons acting, aiding, or in any manner affifting in the rebellion which now exists within this kingdom, and has broken out in the moik daring and violent attacks upon his Majefty's forces, according to martial law, either by death or otherwife, as to them fhall feem right and expedient, for the punishment and fuppreffion of all rebels in their feveral diftricts: of which all his Majefty's fubjects are hereby required to take notice.
Given at the council chamber in Dublin, the 24th day of
God fave the King.
The following Refolution, in Anfwer to the above Message, was moved by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and carried nem.
THAT an humble addrefs be prefented to his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, to exprefs our cordial acknowledgment for the meffage fent this day by his Excellency to the House. We entirely approve the decifive measure his Excellency has taken by the advice of the Privy Council, however we may lament its neceffity. We renew our engagement of fupport; and when we reflect on the general firmnefs and vigour which are manifefted, we feel the fulleft affurance that the rebellion will be speedily crushed.
On Tuesday, June 17, the following Meffage from the Lord Lieutenant was presented to the House of Commons by Lord Cafilereagh.
I HAVE received the King's commands to acquaint the House of Commons, that his Majesty, notwithstanding his just abhorrence of the unnatural and unprovoked, rebellion which has broken out in this kingdom, yet being ever disposed to exert, as far as poffible, his royal prerogative of mercy, and to receive again under his royal protection those who by the arts of wicked and defigning men have been feduced from their allegiance, has fignified his gracious intention of granting his ge neral and free pardon for all offences committed on or before a certain day, upon fuch conditions, and with such exceptions, as may be compatible with the public fafety; for carrying which benevolent purpofe into execution, his Majefty has fignified his gracious intention of fanctioning, in the ufual form, by his royal fignature, a bill for that purpose, previous to its being fubmitted for the concurrence of Parliament.
His Majefty has alfo directed me to lay before you several important papers, which may affift you in unfolding the nature and extent of the confpiracy which has long prevailed in this kingdom; not doubting that whilft your endeavours are directed to give effect to the gracious intentions of his Majesty, that you will feel it your indifpenfable duty to confider of and adopt fuch measures of falutary precaution as may tend to fecure the ftate hereafter against the machinations of the difaffected.
In your deliberations, the fufferings of his Majesty's loyal fubjects will naturally receive your attention; and I recommend to you the framing of effectual measures for afcertaining their loffes, and bringing their claims under the confideration of Parliament.
The numerous and continued advantages of his Majesty's forces over the rebels, afford me juft ground to believe, that as their hopes of fuccefs must have failed, fo the obstinacy of their refiftance will speedily cease. The generals under my, command have received, and thall continue to receive, the moft pofitive orders to proceed against them with unceasing activity and vigour and I fhall not fuffer their exertions to relax fo long as any body of them whatever fhall remain in arms against his Majefty's peace.
Lord Caftlereagh moved the following Refolution, in Anfwer to the above Melage. It was carried unanimously.
THAT an humble addrefs be prefented to his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, to requeft his Excellency will lay before his Majesty the fincere acknowledgments of his faithful Commons for the gracious communication which has been made by his Excellency, in his Majefty's name, to this Houfe.
That we should be dead to every feeling of loyalty and gratitude, if we did not most unequivocally declare, that his Majefty's reign has been one continued series of beneficent condefcenfion and favouring grace to his fubjects of this kingdom; that under his benevolent aufpices his Majefty's kingdom of Ireland had rifen to a height of profperity unhoped for and unparalleled in any former æra, that our commerce had been largely extended, our conftitution highly improved, and every clafs of fubjects conciliated by the moft liberal acts of conceffion and indulgence-that feeling from this conduct in his Majefty's adminiltration, that the duties of allegiance and loyalty became daily stronger in proportion to the benefits which were experienced, we cannot reprefs our indignation at the ingratitude of thofe who have inftigated the people to forget fuch obligation, and to engage in confpiracy, treason, and rebellion.
That we obferve, with the warmest admiration, that no demerit, no crime in his fubjects can extinguifh the workings of mercy in the royal breaft, and that his Majefty is ever more willing to confign their offences to oblivion, upon fuch conditions and with fuch exceptions as may be compatible with the public fafety, than to punish them with that feverity which they fo fully deferve; that a conduct fo conciliatory and benevolent must deeply penetrate the heart of every fubject; and whilft it is our bounden duty to form the ftrongest guards for the general fecurity, and for maintaining the rights of his Majefty's throne against the future machinations of the difaffected, we fhall ever keep in view the humane difpofitions of the royal mind, and endeavour to render his Majefty's mercy complete and efficacious; that we requeft his Excellency will communicate to his Majefty our fincere thanks for ordering to be laid before us feveral important papers, which may affiit us in unfolding the extent of the confpiracy which has long prevailed in this kingdom, and we fhall refer them to fuch an examination as their peculiar nature may properly demand.
That we fhall immediately attend to the fufferings of thofe loyal fubjects whofe families and property have been injured by the rebels, and fhall endeavour to afcertain their loffes in fuch a manner as to bring the claims which refult from them to the fulleft confideration; that we truft, from the valour of all his