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The Parliamentary Register (v. 1)

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Pages: 674

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Great Britain Parliament 1802-1803

Excerpt from book: fince the commencement of the war have his Majefty 's Mini- fters declared that no peace could or ought to be made with the Republic. All that they aflerted in that Declaration to which the Noble Earl has alluded, and which ib further proved by the whole tenor of the conduft which his Majefty has been ad- viled to hold, is that they thought peace was more likely to be permanent if France fliould happily return to a regular Government, and that of all other forms, that of a reftored Monarchy was moft likely to afford fecurity and repofe to the other ftates of Europe. It was never faid, that peace was not practicable under the new order of things, but that certainly it would be better made, and more likely to be durable, under the monarchy. I beg, therefore, that the noble Earl will examine with attention our former declarations, and compare them with the prefent, that he may fatisfy his fair and honourable mind of the confiftency of our condudt : we have been uniform throughout : we are eager only tofecure to this country peace upon conditions which fhall be independent of any exifiing order of things in France, and however we may have preferred to treat with one kind of Government to another, we have never made any one kind of Government a fine qua non of negotiation. On the main fubje5t of his Majefty's fpeech from the throne, it is impoflible for me to add any thing to what has been fo eloquently faid by the noble peers who moved and feconded the addrefs. They have fo forcibly cx- preffed the fentiments which i feel, and I think have fo per- Liflly fecured the approbation of your Lordfhips to the Addrefs itfelf, that it would be equally vain and impoffible for me to add any thing to what they have faid. I rejoice in the unanimity which is likely to prevail this day, it is the mo...  

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