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OF T H E
PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES
HOUSE OF COMMONS;
cONTAINING AN AccOUNT OF
The most interesting Speeches and Motions; accurate
Third Session of the Fourteenth Parliament
IN SEVENTEEN VOLUMES.
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Proceedings and Debates
Of the THIRD SESSION of the
HOUSE os COMMONS
Fourteenth Parliament of Great Britain;
Appointed to meet at Westminster, on Thursday, the 31st Day of October 1776.
""pHE iKing opened the session with the following speech: • My L ords and Gentlemen,
Nothing could have afforded me fo much satissaction as to have been able to inform you, at the opening of this session, that the troubles, which have fo long distracted my colonies in North America., were at an end; and that my unhappy people, recovered from their delusion, had delivered themselves 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 how 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 Consederacies for independent states. If their treafon be suffered to take root, much mischief must grow from it, to the sasety of my loyal colonies, to the commerce of my kingdoms, and indeed to the present system of all Europe. 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.
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