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The Speech of his Excellency George Dunk, Earl of Halifax, Lord Lieuteopinant General and General Governor of Ireland, to both Houses of Par. is liament, at Dublin, on Thursday, the 22d day of October, 1761.
MY LORDS AND GENTLEMEN,
mands to meet this his first parliament of a prince, who uniformly tempered pre- in Treland : I obey them with entire fa. rogative with law; and whose glory it tisfaction, from an assurance, that your was, in the exercise of his power, to deliberations will be influenced by the protect the rights and liberties of his fame principles of loyalty and affection to people. your lovereign, and of zeal for the prof. You can be no strangers to his majesty's perity of your country, which have so moft gracious declaration, that the prejong diftinguished the parliaments of this servation of the constitution in church and kingdom.
state, and the inforcing a due obedience to - 11. The loss of our late mosi gracious fove. the laws (not more neceffary to his own
reign, at a time when not only the securi- authority than to the liberties of his peoty of his own dominions, but the welfare ple) mall be the first and constant object of of Europe, seemed ro essentially to depend his care. And I have it particularly in on the continuance of his life, must have command to declare to you, That his subaffected you in the most sensible manner. jects of this kingdom are fully and in every
Your grief, however, has already been respect comprehended in these aflurances, alleviated, and your loss repaired, by the His majesty's wise choice of a royal fucceffion of his majesty, not only to the confort, eminent for her personal vttues tirone (his legal inheritance) but to the and endowments, and descended from cory, affection, and confidence of his sub- an house ro illustrious for its attachment jects, aš unbounded as the greatest of his to the protestant caufe, difplays in the prodeceffors have ever poir-fTed in the most clearest light bis paternal care, not only fortunate periods of their reign.
to preserve to us, but transmit unimpaired This parliament happily commences to our pofterity, the bleffings of his reign, with tlie acceffion of a king, bred under liberty, and pure religion, i'w