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in the defence of their religion, and in the preservation of the independence, laws, and liberties of his kingdoms.
It will be a fource of infinite satisfaction to my mind, if, in the execution of my duty, I can contribute to support the genesous determination of my sovereign and maintain the safety and prosperity of his people. I rely upon your advice and co-ope. ration, and, aided by them, I look forward with confidence to a happy issue of the contest in which we are engaged.
[Addresses were moved in both Houses, and carried unanimoufly.]
In the House of Lords, on the 19th February 1798, Earl Moira
made the following Motion. THAT
an humble address be presented to his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, representing that as Parliament hath confided to his Excellency extraordinary powers for supporting the laws, and for defeating any traitorous combinations which may exist in this kingdom, this House feels it, at the same time, a duty to recommend the adoption of such conciliatory measures as may allay the apprehensions and extinguish the discontents unhappily prevalent in this country.
[This motion was negatived by a majority of 44 contents against 9 non-contents.]
Against this Decision the following Proteft was entered.
Diffentient, BECAUSE that at a moment when Government has thought itself obliged to exert unusual rigour, it appears the extreme of impolicy not to profess the reluctance with which such severities are enforced, and the wish of Governinent to conciliate the minds of the people by a gentler course,
W. Down and CONNOR.
In the House of Commons, on the 5th March 1798, the following
Motion was made by Sir Lawrence Parsons. CHAT a Committee be appointed to inquire into the state of
the country, and to suggest fuch measures as are likely to conciliate the popular mind and restore tranquillity. Vol. VII.
[This motion was negatived by a majority of 156 against 19. -Lord Corry, immediately after the division, moved, and the House voted, an address of thanks to the Lord Lieutenant, for the good consequences to the country from the vigorous measures pursued by his Excellency's government in Ulster, and pledging the firm support of the House in pursuit of those mea. sures, and to the restoration of perfect tranquillity.]
Speech of the Speaker of the House of Commons to his Excellency the
Lord Lieutenant on the 24th March 1798.
ARGE as the supplies of the last session were beyond all
former grants, these which the Commons now offer to his Majesty are not inferior; they go to the fullest extent of every service proposed by Government, and are given with an unanimity and zeal which mark the unalterable determination of this kingdom to stand or fall with Great Britain, and show that our vigour rises as the vaunting menaces of the enemy increase.
With the same unanimity we have voted the maintenance of an army far greater than was ever kept up by this kingdom during any preceding war; and we have continued to them the avgmentation of pay which was granted by the last Parliament, and which your Excellency did justly state to that Parliament to be a seasonable and honourable acknowledgment on their part of the steadiness and loyalty of that army. The presen! Parliament feels the same sentiments towards them. Repeated experience of the order and alacrity which they have shown on every occasion that has offered, confirms his Majesty's faithful Cominons in those sentiments; and we join most cordially with his Majesty in his firm reliance on the valour of his regular and militia forces in this kingdom, which his Majesty has been pleased to express in his gracious answer to our address this session.
While the courage, the vigour, and the discipline of those forces must render them formidable to the enemy and insure his defeat, thould he be desperate enough to attempt invasion, their zeal, and that of the yeomen, to put down rebellion, to cruth insurrection, and to affist the cxecutive power in protecting the loyal, the innocent, and well-disposed, affords the most convincing proof of their ardent and unshakable attachment to the þest sovereign and best constitution that ever blessed a free and happy pecple. We are free and we will not tainely give up our happiness. The loyal spirit of the nation is able to cruth rebellion to atoms, wherever it shall dare to show itself; and with the firmness which so strongly marks your Excellency's character, with the constant success which has attended every vigor,
ous measure that necessity has called on your Excellency to adopt, we have nothing to fear. We have, indeed, to lament, that traitorous conspiracies can still continue, and that any men can be found in the land so loft to every sense of patriotism, of humanity, of duty to themselves, their country, and their God, as to degrade the nation and the name of Irishman, by acts of ingratitude, barbarity, and alTaffination, which would 'debase a savage-acts which call for the heavy hand of justice, and which the ordinary power of the laws has proved inadequate to prevent the melancholy and frequent repetition of.
But while we lament such a mortifying calamity, we have the satisfaction of seeing how little its malignant influence, or the efforts of an exasperated and revengeful enemy, has affected our commercial prosperity.
Notwithstanding the largeness of the supplies, we have continued the usual bounties and encouragement to the trade, the agriculture, and the manufactures of the kingdom; and we see, with sincere gratification, the desirable effects of those encouragements, in the great increase of trade during the war, in the general confidence which attends private as well as public cre. dit, in the unusual plenty which our agriculture supplies, and in the prosperous state of all our manufactures, but most particularly of our great staple, the linen.
In the House of Lords, on the 23d April 1798, the Earl of Glan
dore made the following Motion. an address be presented to his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, expressing the thanks of the House for the proclamation issued by his Excellency and the Council on the 3oth of March *, and the full conviction of the House, from the state of the kingdom, of the necessity for strong and decided measures.
[This motion was carried by a majority of 34 contents against 3 non-contents.]
In the House of Commons, on the 2d May 1798, Mr. Vandeleur
moved the following Address to his Excellency. THAT he would be pleased to order to be laid before the
House copies of all orders given to general officers in Ireland, since the 30th of March laft.
[No decision was come to by the House upon the above motion, on account of there being an insufficient attendance of members.]
On the 22d May 1798, Lord Viscount Cafflereagh presented to the
House of Commons the following Message from his Excellency.
CAMDEN. I AM to acquaint the House of Commons, that in consequence
of the disorders which have taken place in the neighbouring Counties, and of the preparations which appeared to be making by the disaffected in this metropolis and its vicinity, the magiltrates thought it proper to apply to the Lord Lieutenant and Privy Council, to place the city under the provisions of the act passed in the thirty-lixth year of his Majesty's reign, more effectually to suppress insurrections and prevent the disturbance 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 disaffected have been daring enough to form a plan for the purpose of possessing themselves, in the course of the present month, of the metropolis, of seizing the seat of government, and thofe in authority within the city. In consequence of this information, I have directed every military precaution to be taken which seemed expedient. I have made full communication to the magiftracy for the direction of their efforts, and I have no doubt that, by the measures which will be pursued, the designs of the rebellious will be effectually and entirely crushed.
I have taken the earliest opportunity of making this communication, and have the fullest confidence that I shall be supported by the Commons in such measures as shall be neceilary finally to suppress the rebellious conspiracy which exists in this kingdom.
C. [In consequence of which the following resolutions were unanimously agreed to by the House of Commons, who immediately, with their Speaker, proceeded on foot to the Castle, and presented them to his Excellency.]
Resolved, THAT an humble address be presented to his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, to return his Excellency our sincere thanks for the meffage he has sent this day to the House.
The intelligence it communicates fills us with indignation and horror, whilft it rouses in us a spirit of determined resolution
We rely upon the vigilance and vigour of his Excellency's government, which, we trust, will continue unabated, till the conspiracy, which so fatally exists, be utterly dissolved. Sensible of the danger which surrounds us, we are fully prepared to meet it under his Excellency's auspices; and we feel assured, that his successful efforts in the cause of our sovereign and the constitution, will soon be crowned with universal gratitude, not only from the loyal, who have stood their ground with firmness, but from the deluded, who have been traitorously seduced.
[To which the Lord Lieutenant returned the following answer.]
THE manner in which the House of Commons has expressed its approbation of my conduct calls for expressions, on my part, to which no language I can use is equal. The wisdom, the firmness, and the spirit, which have been manifested, during the whole of this eventful period, by the House of Com. mons, and the peculiar promptitude, alacrity, and unanimity, which have been evinced, muft tend, in the most effectual manner, to crush rebellion and to save the state.
[A message to the same effe&t having been sent by the Lord Lieutenant to the House of Lords, their Lordships voted the following address, and presented it to his Excellency in the same manner.]
WE cannot repress our indignant emotions at those desperate designs which have been communicated to us, nor sufficiently applaud the vigilance and vigour which are exerted to defeat them. With firm and collected refolution, we express a full confidence that his Excellency will proceed in his measures with unrelaxed effort; we engage to himn our full support, strengthened by the increased activity of the loyal, and the repentance of the deluded. The well-directed force of Government cannot fail to extinguish the conspiracy which disgraces the kingdom ; and his Excellency will soon reap the fruits of his unremitting attention to public safety in the approbation of his sovereign and in the gratitude of the people.
[To which his Excellency returned the following answer.]
YOUR approbation of the measures I have taken, so ardently, immediately, and unanimously conveyed, affords me the highest gratification : you cannot doubt of iny vigorous perseverance in what you have approved; nor can I hesitate as to the speedy success of those efforts which are so warmly seconded by the energy of the legislature, and by the loyal fpirit which is fó conspicuously and generally displayed.