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ni diced, the dispassionate, the sober judgment of the Parliament of Ireland. I wish that those
wollen whose interests are involved in this meafure should have time for its consideration I wish that time should be given to the Landed, to the Mercantile and Manufacturing Interest; that they should look at it with all its bearings, and that they should cooly examine and Gift the popular arguments by which it has been opposed, and that then they should give their deliberate and final judgment.
I am the more encouraged in this hope of the ultimate fuccess of this measure, when I fee, norwithstanding all the prejudices which it has excired, thar barely more than one-half of the members that attended the House of Commons were adverfe to it, and that in the other House of Parliament in Ireland, containing, as it does, lo large a porcion of the property of the kingdom, it was approved of by a large majority:-When I have reafon to believe that the sentiments of a large part of the People of that Country are favourable co ic; and that much of the Manufacturing, and of the Commercial Intereft of Ireland are already sent ble
· how much it is calculated to promote their advanitage, I think, when it is more deliberately examined, and when it is seen in what temper it is here proposed and discussed, that it will still terminate in that which can alone be a fortunate result.
It would be vain indeed to hope that a propofition upon which prejudices are so likely to operate, and which is so liable to misconception, should be unanimously approved. But the appro. bation I hope for is, that of the Parliament of Ireland, and of the intelligent part of the Public of that country, It is with a view to this object that I think it my duty to bring this measure forward at prefent ; not for the sake of urging its immediate adoption, but that it may be known and recorded ; that the intention of the British Parliament may be known, in the hope that it will produce fimilar sentiments among our Countrymen in Ireland. With this view it is my intention not to go at present into any detailed statement of the plan, because should it ultimately be adopted, the minuter parts muft neceffarily become the objects of much distinct discussion ; but to give such a general staternent of the nature of
the measure as will enable the House to form à
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"I shall therefore, Sir, hefore I sit down, open to the House a string of Resolutions, comprising the general heads of this plan. It will be necesa fary for me, for the purpose of discussing those Resolutions with regularity and convenience, to move that the House should resolve itself into a Committee. And I have already stated, that it is not my intention then to press the Committee to come to an immediate decision upon the Resolu., lo tions ; but if, upon full and deliberate examination, the Resolutions which I shall have the bonour to propose, and which contain as much as is neceffary for an outline of the plan, shall be approva ed, my opinion, is, that nothing can contributes" more to obviate any doubts and dissatisfaction: which may exist, than that Parliament should adopt those Resolutions, and that it should then di: humbly leave them at the foot of the Throne, leave 3.11
it to His MAJESTY's wisdom to communicatesh's them to the Parliament of Ireland, whenever
* circumstances should appear favourable to such a Measure. I shall therefore, Sir, proceed as
fhortly as I can to state to the House the nature of the Resolutions, and of the Address wbich I shall propose to accompany them, if it should be the pleasure of the House to adopt them.
Having now, Sir, explained to the House the mode I mean to pursue, and my reasons for perfisting, under the present circumstances, in fubmitting this Measure to the consideration of Par. Jiament, I will endeavour to state the general grounds on which it rests, the general arguments by which it is recommended, and to give a Niort view of the particulars of the Plan.
As to the general principle upon which the whole of this Measure is founded, I am happy to observe, from what passed upon a former occa. fion, that there is not a probability of any
difference of opinion. The general principle, to which both sides of the House perfectly acceded, is, that a perpetual Connection between Great Britain and Ireland was effential 10 the interests of both. The only Honourable Gentleman who, · when this fubject was before the House on a
former day, opposed the consideration of the Plan altogether, stated, in terms as strong as I could wish, the necessity of preserving the fricteft Connection between the two Countries. I molt cordially agree with him in that opinion, but I then stated, that I do not barely wish for the maintenance of that Connection as tending to add to the general strength of the Empire, but I wish for the maintenance of-it with a peculiar regard to the local interests of Ireland, with a regard to every thing that can give to Ireland its due weight and importanée, as a great member of the Empire. I wish for it with a view of giving to that Country the means of improving all its great natural Resources, and of giving it a full participation of all those blessings which this Country fo eminently enjoys.
Considering the fubject in this point of view, and assuming it as a proposition not to be controverted, that it is the duty of those who wish to promote the Interest and Prosperity of both Countries, to maintain the strongest connection between them, let me ask, what is the situation of Affairs that has called us to the discussion of this