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CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF
laid before and offered to the House,
By S. Gosnell, Little Queen Street. '
PROCEEDINGS and Debates
Of the THIRD SESSION of the HOUSE of COMMONS
Fourteenth Parliament of Great Britain ; Appointed to meet at Westminster, on Thursday, the 31st Day
of October 1776.
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THE King opened the session with the following speech :
My Lords and Gentlemen, Nothing could have afforded me so much satisfaction as to have been able to inforın 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 delusion, had delivered themTelves from the oppression of their leaders, and returned to their duty : but fo 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 connexion 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 commission; 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 of my kingdoms, and indeed to the present system of all Eusope. 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 measures. VOL. V.