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On the 24th May Lord Caftlereagh presented to the House the fole
lowing Melage from the Lord Lieutenant. CAMDEN. I HAVE thought it my indispensable duty, by and with the
advice of the Privy Council, under the present circumstances of this kingdom, to issue a proclamation, a copy of which I have ordered to be laid before the House of Commons.
By the Lord Lieutenant and Council of Ireland.
A PROCLAMATION. CAMDEN. HIS Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, by and with the advice of the Privy Council, has issued orders to all the general officers coinmanding his Majesty's forces to punish all persons acting, aiding, or in any manner aslisting in the rebellion which now exists within this kingdom, and has broken out in the most daring and violent attacks upon his Majesty's forces, according to martial law, either by death or otherwise, as to them shall seem right and expedient, for the punishment and suppression of all rebels in their several districts: of which all his Majesty's subjects are hereby required to take notice.
Given at the council chamber in Dublin, the 24th day of
God save the King.
The following Resolution, in Answer to the above 11effage, tras
moved by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and carried nem. con. • Resolved,
THAT an humble address be presented to his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, to express our cordial acknowledgment for the message sent this day by his Excellency to the House. We entirely approve the decisive measure his Excellency has taken by the advice of the Privy Council, however we may lament its necessity. We renew our engagement of support; and when we reflect on the general firmness and vigour which are manifested, we feel the fullest assurance that the rebellion will be speedily crushed.
On Tuesday, June 17, the following Missage from the Lord Lick
tenant was presented to the House of Commons by Lord Cafilcreagh.
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 possible, his royal prerogative of mercy, and to receive again under his royal protection those who by the arts of wicked and designing men have been seduced from their allegiance, has signified his gracious intention of granting his ge.. neral and free pardon for all offences committed on or before a certain day, upon such conditions, and with such exceptions, as may be compatible with the public safety; for carrying which benevolent purpose into execution, his Majesty has signified his gracious intention of sanctioning, in the usual form, by his royal fignature, a bill for that purpose, previous to its being submitted for the concurrence of Parliament.
His Majesty has also directed me to lay before you several important papers, which may aslift you in unfolding the nature and extent of the conspiracy which has long prevailed in this kingdom ; not doubting that whilst your endeavours are directed to give effect to the gracious intentions of his Majesty, that you will feel it your indispensable duty to consider of and adopt such measures of falutary precaution as may tend to secure the ftate hereafter against the machinations of the disaffected.
In your deliberations, the sufferings of his Majesty's loyal subjects will naturally receive your attention; and I recommend to you the framing of effectual measures for ascertaining their lofses, and bringing their claims under the consideration of Parliament.
The numerous and continued advantages of his Majesty's forces over the rebels, afford me just ground to believe, that as their hopes of success must have failed, so the obstinacy of their relistance will speedily cease. The generals under my command have received, and thall continue to receive, the most positive orders to proceed against them with unceasing acrivity and vigour: and I shall not suffer their exertions to relax so long as any body of them whatever shall remain in arms against his Majelty's peace.
Lord Cafilereagh moved the following Resolution, in Antwer to the
above Mesage. It was carried unanimously. THAT an humble address be presented to his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, to request 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 Majesty's name, to this House.
That we should be dead to every feeling of loyalty and gratitude, if we did not most unequivocally declare, that his Majesty's reign has been one continued series of beneficent condescension and favouring grace to his subjects of this kingdom; that under his benevolent auspices his Majesty's kingdom of Ireland had risen to a height of profperity unhoped for and unparalleled in any foriner æra ; that our commerce had been largely extended, our conftitution highly improved, and every class of subjects conciliated by the most liberal acts of concerfion and indulgence—that feeling from this conduct in his Majesty's administration, that the duties of allegiance and loyalty became daily stronger in proportion to the benefits which were experienced, we cannot repress our indignation at the ingratitude of thofe who have instigated the people to forget such obligation, and to engage in conspiracy, treason, and rebellion.
That we observe, with the warmest admiration, that no demerit, no crime in his subjects can extinguish the workings of mercy in the royal breast, and that his Majesty is ever more willing to confign their offences to oblivion, upon such conditions and with such exceptions as may be compatible with the public safety, than to punish them with that severity which they so fully deserve; that a conduct fo conciliatory and benevolent must deeply penetrate the heart of every subject; and whilst it is our bounden duty to form the strongest guards for the general security, and for maintaining the rights of his Majesty's throne against the future machinations of the disaffected, we shall ever keep in view the humane dispositions of the royal mind, and endeavour to render his Majelty's mercy complete and efficacious; that we request his Excellency will communicate to his Majesty our sincere thanks for ordering to be laid before us several inportant papers, which may afliit us in unfolding the extent of the conspiracy which has long prevailed in this kingdom, and we shall refer them to such an examination as their peculiar nature may properly demand.
That we shall immediately attend to the sufferings of those loyal subjects whose families and property have been injured by the rebels, and fhall endeavour to ascertain their losses in such a manner as to bring the claims which result from them to the fullest consideration; that we trust, from the valour of all his 5
Majesty's Majesty's forces, their numerous and signal successes, and from the late entire dispersion which the rebels have experienced, from the vigorous mealures which have been adopted by his Excellency, all future resistance will speedily terminate.
Those offers of mercy to the repentant, those measures of vigour against the obstinatè, which are the wise result of his Excellency's councils, cannot fail finally to extinguish the present rebellion, and to restore the invaluable blessings of subordination
His Excellency's Speech to both Houses on the 6th of October 1798, on
proroguing the Parliament. My Lords and Gentlemen, I HAVE the satisfaction of acquainting you, that I have received
the King's commands to release you from your long and fatiguing attendance in Parliament; and I am ordered to thank you, in his Majesty's name, for the unshaken firmness and magnanimity with which you have met the most trying difficulties, and with which the measures have been planned, which you have adopted for the preservation of your country.
I offer you my most sincere congratulations on the glorious victory which has been obtained by his Majesty's squadron under the command of Sir Horatio Nelson, over the French fleet in the Mediterranean, which not only reflects the highest honour on the officers and seamen by whom it has been achieved, but affords a prospect of the most beneficial consequences to the future interests of the British empire.
Gentlemen of the House of Commons, I am commanded to convey to you his Majesty's particular thanks for the fupplies which you have so liberally granted, and by which you have manifested both the extent of the resources which this kingdom possesses, and the spirit with which they are employed by the Commons of Ireland for the preservation of the state.
His Majesty laments the necessity which calls for the imposition of fresh burdens on his Majesty's subjects; but he trusts that they will see how much their present safety and their future happiness depend on their exertion in the arduous contest in which they are engaged; and he allures his faithful Commons, that the aids which they have afforded' thall be carefully applied to the great object of maintaining the honour and promoting the interest of their country:
My Lords and Gentlemen, The circumstances which have taken place since its commencement, must render this seilion very memorable. Vol. VII.
The foules and darkest conspiracy was formed, and long cai. sied on by the implacable enemy of these realms, for the total extinction of the conititution, and for the separation of his Majefty's kingdom of Ireland from Great Britain. By the unremitting vigilance of my prejeceffor in this government the treason had been detected ; the apprehenfion of the principal conspirators, and the falutary measures wisely adopted, checked it's progress; and through your fagacious diligence it has been developed in all its parts, and traced to all its sources.
A dargerous and wicked rebellion, the consequence of that conspiracy, has been in a great measure subdued ; and the attempt of our inveterate enemy to rekindle the flame of civil discord, by sending a force into this country, has terminated in defeat.
Religion, the greatest comfort and support of mankind, has been most wickedly perverted to the purpose of inflaming the worst of paflions; and the vilelt arts have been used to persuade the ignorant and unwary, that in a reign which has been marked by a series of indulgences to all fcets of Christians, it is the intention of his Majeity's government to oppress, and even to extirpate chat description of his Majesty's fubjects who have received repeated and recent marks of his favour and protection.
The Catholics of Ireland cannot but have observed what has been the conduct of those who affect to be their friends towards the rites and the characters which they venerate, and under whose auspices the persecuted pastors of their church have found an asylum.
Amongst a number of offenders fome most active characters have necessarily been selected as objects of public justice; but in every period of this dangerous conspiracy the lenity of Govern. ment and of Parliament has been conspicuous; and a general act of pardon has recently issued from the royal mercy, for the purpose of affording security to the repentant, and encouraging the deluded to return to their duty.
The vigour and power of his Majesty's arms, the loyalty, spirit, and activity of his regular, militia, and yeomanry forces, together with the prompt and cordial aslistance of the militia and fencibles of Great Britain, have abundantly proved how vain every attempt must be, either by treachery within, or by force from abroad, to undermine or overturn our civil and religious establishments.
From the dangers which have furrounded you, and which you have overcome, you must be sensible that your security can only be preserved by persevering vigilance and increasing energy. Yoa will not lufter your efforts to relax, and you may be assured of my zealous endeavours to second your exertions. Our hopes and our objects are the same, that the deluded inay see their error, and the disaffected be reclaimed; but if an endeavour thall be made to