The Speeches of the Right Honourable William Pitt, in the House of Commons, Volume 2

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1808 - 458 pages

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Page 316 - That an humble address be presented to His Majesty, to return His Majesty the thanks of this House for his most gracious message to this House, signified by His Grace the Lord-lieutenant.
Page 11 - Although 1 cannot but regret the necessary continuance of 'the war, I should ill consult the essential interests of my people, if I were desirous of peace on any grounds but such as may provide for their permanent safety, and for the independence and security of Europe. The attainment of these ends is still obstructed by the prevalence of a system in France, equally incompatible with the happiness of that country, and with the tranquillity of all other nations.
Page 134 - Let us, said he, make relief in cases" where there are a number of children, a matter of right and an honour, instead of a ground for opprobrium and contempt. This will make a large family a blessing, and not a curse ; and this 'will draw a proper line of distinction between those who are able to provide for themselves by their...
Page 336 - ... or colonies in the west, it is not against even the source of your maritime greatness, it is not against any of the appendages of your empire, but against the very essence of your liberty, against the foundation of your independence, against the citadel of your happiness, against your constitution itself, that their hostilities are directed. They have themselves announced and proclaimed the proposition, that what they mean to bring with their invading...
Page 60 - It has pleased inscrutable Providence that this power of France should triumph over every thing that has been opposed to it ! but let us not therefore fall without making any efforts to resist it ; — let us not sink without measuring its strength.
Page 135 - Experience had already shewn how much could be done by the industry of children, and the advantages of early employing them in such branches of manufactures as they are capable to execute.
Page 431 - I trust that all who value the national honour and the national safety, will cooperate in the desirable purpose of obtaining by an efficient and comprehensive tax upon real ability, every advantage which flourishing and invigorated resources can confer upon national efforts.
Page 163 - We beg leave further to represent to your majesty that at subsequent periods your ministers have suffered the most favourable opportunities to escape of obtaining an honourable and advantageous pacification : they did not avail themselves, as it was their duty to have done, of the unbroken strength of the...
Page 276 - Majesty will be graciously pleased to take into his royal consideration the disturbed state of his kingdom of Ireland, and to adopt such healing and lenient measures as may appear to his Majesty's wisdom best calculated to restore tranquillity, and to conciliate the affections of all descriptions of his Majesty's subjects in that kingdom to his Majesty's person and government.
Page 49 - ... dominions, for supporting his allies, and for opposing views of aggrandizement and ambition on the part of France, which would be at all times dangerous to the general interests of Europe, but are peculiarly so when connected with the propagation of principles which lead to the violation of the most sacred duties, and are utterly subversive of the peace and order of all civil society.

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