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The most interesting SPEECHES and Motions; accurate
Copies of the most remarkable LETTERS and Papers;
of the most material Evidence, Petitions, &c.

laid before and offered to the House,

DURING THE

THIRD SESSION of the FOURTEENTH PARLIAMENT

OF

GREAT BRIT A I N.

LONDON: '.
Printed for J. Almon, opposite BURLINGTON-HOUSE,

in PICCADILLY.

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THE King opened the session with the following speech. in My Lords and Gentlemen, • Nothing could have afforded me so much satisfaction as to have been able to inform you, at the opening of this session, that the troubles, which have so long distracted my colonies in North America, were at an end; and that my unhappy people, recovered from their delution, had delivered themselves from the oppression of their leaders, and returned to their duty : but so daring and desperate is the spirit of those leaders, whose object has always been dominion and power, that they have now openly renounced all allegiance to the crown, and all political connection with this country; they have rejected, with circumstances of indignity and insult, the means of conciliation held out to them under the authority of our commiffion; and have presumed to set up their rebellious confederacies for independent states. If their treason be suffered to take root, much mischief must grow from it, to the safety of my loyal colonies, to the commerce x. of my kingdoms, and indeed to the present fyftem of all Eupope. One great advantage, however, will be derived from the object of the rebels being openly avowed, and clearly understood ; we shall have unanimity at home, founded in the general conviction of the justice and necessity of our meafures,

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