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of his subje&ts, on the tried valour of his forces by sea and land, and on the zeal, public spirit, and resources of these kingdoms, which can never be called forth under circumstances more impor. tant to their permanent welfare, and to the general security and interests of Europe.

Mr. Fox' moved the following amendment to the above address:

We your Majesty's faithful Commons, having seen with inexpressible concern that the negotiations' which the Directory of France have unhappily and abruptly terminated, consider it our duty to speak with the freedom and earneltness which becometh representatives of a great people; we regret, from the memorials and other docuinents fubmitted to our confideration, that your Majesty's ministers appear not to have been so sincere in their profeflions for peace as we had been induced from their repeated declarations to suppose. The fincerity of the overtures which have been made for peace is to be inferred from ministers having infifted on the surrender of the Netherlands by France; this they have thought proper to term the fine qua non ; while the enemy, profiting by the bad conduct, by the incapacity, of those ministers, urge their demands. Your faithful Commons have moreover seen, with extreine regret, that when only a very small portion of the German empire was occupied by the arms of "France, when the security of Holland might have been guarantied by your arms, when your Majesty's allies were firm in the union, and apparenily sincere in their professions, your Majesty's ministers did not employ themselves for the purpose of procuring peace to England and to Europe ; but, on the contrary, repeatedly refused to enter "into any negotiation with the French Republic, not for any wellgrounded reason, not because that the Republic was really hostile to all other nations, but on an insulting and arrogant preference

for the forms and usages of the ancient courts of Europe, by at. tempting to prove that the Republic of France could not maintain the accustomed relations of peace and amity: Your Majesty's ministers having accordingly advised your '

Majesty to recommend in your speeches from the throne, to continue a war ruinous in itself, after the most calamitous sufferings by the defection of the major part of your Majesty's allies; your faithful Commons will proceed therefore to investigate the cause of that misconduct, on the part of your' Majesty's ministers, which has involved this

nation in her misfortunes and produced the failure of that nego* tiation.'

Mr. Fox's address was negatived by a majority of 212

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IRISH PARLIAMENT. ON N Thursday O&ober 13, 1796, his excellency Earl Camden

came in the usual state to the House of Peers, and the Commons being present, opened the sesion with the following speech from the throne:

My Lords and Gentlemen, I have his Majesty's commands to acquaint you, that he has thought it neceffary to require your attendance in Parliament at this early period, and to resort to your deliberative wisdom at a time when the ambitious projects of our cnemies have threatened to interrupt the happiness and prosperity of his people, by making a descent on this kingdom and Great Britain. And although his Majesty looks forward with the utmost confidence to the spirit

, loyalty, and ability of his faithful people of Ireland to repel such an attack, it will yet become your wisdom to neglect no precautions which may preclude the attempt, or secure the speedieft means of turning it to the confusion of the enemy.

His Majesty has been graciously pleased to direct an addition to be made to the regular forces in this kingdom, by troops sent from Great Britain, the greater part of which is already arrived ; and in pursuance of his Majesty's commands, I have also encouraged the loyal and zealous disposition, which has generally displayed itself, to associate in arms, under his Majesty's authority, for the better security of property, and the preservation of tranquillity and good order.

In consequence of the steps which his Majesty has taken to restore peace to Europe, and secure its future tranquillity, a way has at length been opened for an immediate and direct negotiation; and I am commanded to acquaint you, that it is his Majesty's intention to send a person to Paris, with full powers to treat for the restoration of general peace.

The apparently hostile difpofitions and conduct of the court of Spain has led to discussions, of which I am not able to acquaint you with the final result; but, whatever may be their illue, they cannot but afford to Europe a further proof of his Majesty's moderation and forbearance, and cannot fail to animate your utinost exertions in defending the dignity, rights, and interest of the empire against every aggression.

In reviewing the events of this year, it must afford you the greatest satisfaction to observe, that by the spirit and exertions of his Majetty's navy, the commerce of this kingdom has been protected in a degree almost beyond example ; and in no part more completely, than by the skill, activity, and bravery of the squadron ftationed on the coasts of this kingdom.

The success of his Majesty's arms in the East and West Indies, has been highly honourable and advantageous to the empire ; and evinces, in the strongest manner, the valour and good conduct of his forces both by sea and land.

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The steady and dignificd conduct of the Emperor, and the intrepidity of the Austrian forces under the command of the Archduke Charles, have given so effential a change to the aspect of affairs on the continent, as to inspire a well-grounded confidence that the final result of the campaign will be such as materially to promote his Majefty's endeavours to obtain a safe and honourable peace for himfelf and his allies.

My Lords and Gentlemen, The expediency of the vigorous measures which you have adopted in the last session of Parliament, has been amply proved by the outrages, which they were intended to suppress having in a great measure sublided.' I am, however, ito lament, that in one part of the country good order has not yet been entirely restored, and that in other districts a treasonable system of secret confederation, by the administering of illegal oaths, still continues, although no means within the reach of government have been left untried to counteract it.

Gentlemen of the House of Commons, I have ordered to be laid before you an account of such articles of expense as are not included in the estimate of the current year, and which the present circumstances have rendered necessary; and when you consider the great interests for which we are engaged, and the objects for which we are contending, I doubt not that you will grant the supplies which may be requisite for them with your accustomed chearfulness and liberality; and when the ordinary accounts and estimates for the ensuing year shall be laid before you, I trust you will then proceed with the zeal you have always manifested in providing for the exigencies of the state, and the honourable support of his Majesty's government.

You will not fail at a proper time to continue your attention to the manufactures, the agriculture, and the commerce of the country, and to extend your accustomed benevolence to the Protestant charter-schools, and the other institutions of education and charity which have been so long fostered by your liberal encouragement.

The prosperity and resources of the kingdoin, so highly improved by your meritorious care, still remain unimpaired by the pressure of war; and I trust to your unremitting attention for the further advancement of your national prosperity.

You have learnt the steps which his Majesty has taken to procure the blessings of general peace upon a solid and permanent basis. . Should these gracious endeavours of his Majesty not be followed by the success which he has every reason to expeal, he iş satisfied that the affections, courage, and perseverance, of his

people, people, will enable him to frustrate the designs of our enemies, and to maintain the honour and dignity of his crown.

It will afford me the highest satisfaction to be aided at this important crisis by your advice, and I rely with a confidence you have taught me to indulge, upon your liberal interpretation of my conduct, and upon that support I have so amply experienced since I received his Majesty's commands to repair to this country; and it will be peculiarly gratifying to me, if I should have the good fortune, in the administration of the King's government, to impress upon your minds the full extent of his Majesty's paternal care of this kingdom, and of my own anxiety to promote, by every means, its interests, its safety, and its prosperity.

In the House of Lords, an address in answer to the above speech was moved and carried nem dil:

In the House of Commons of Ireland, Mr. Vesey moved an address, which was seconded by colonel Bagwell.

Mr. Grattan moved an amendment to the following effect : To represent to his Majesty, that the most effe&ual method for strengthening the country and promoting unanimity, was to take fuch measures, and to enact such laws, as to insure to all his Majesty's subjects the blessings and privileges of the constitution, without any diftin&tion of religion."

Mr. Ģrattan's amendment was negatived, and the original ad. dress was carried.

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JAMAICA. Kingston, May 7. Sunday last his honour the lieutenantgovernor was pleased to command the attendance of the Hon. House of Alleinbly in the council chamber. After which, his honour was pleased to close the fellion of Assembly with the fol. lowing speech:

Gentlemen of the Council, Mr. Speaker, and Gentlemen of

the Allembly, I am sensible that you must be desirous of repose, after the long and unremitted attention you have paid to your legiNative duties, during the interesting and important session, and there. fore it is with the greatest pleasure I grant you a recess.

Mr. Speaker, and Gentlemen of the Assembly, Accept my warmest thanks for the supplies you have so liberally voted.

I felt great concern at the magnitule of the expenfe, occasioned by the measures which I was obliged to adopt at a late critical and alarming period; and it is no lmall consolation to my feelings, that you have made provision for the saine with a cheerfulness

strongly

strongly indicative of favourable sentiments respecting the motives which actuated my conduct.

Gentlemen of the Council, Mr. Speaker, and Gentlemen of

the Assembly, I have passed all the bills which have been brought before me for my assent; and I feel infinite pleasure in being able to send you to your families and homes with ease and comfort to yourse.ves, freed entirely from that apprehension and anxiety which so lately disturbed your minds.

I'do therefore prorogue this General Assembly unto the 8th day of June next; and it is now prorogued accordingly.

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