Cobbett's Parliamentary History of England Volume 11

Cobbett's Parliamentary History of England Volume 11

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1812 edition. Excerpt: ...or the public. This, I say, my lords, appears from what has been said by the noble lords, who have spoke in favour of the motion. They say, it is not possible to suppose admiral Vernon had any orders or instructions to attack Porto Bello, or the castle of Chagra: these are the only expeditions, the only desigijs already executed: what then are you to address for? For nothing. If the admiral had no instructions for either of these purposes, all his instructions must some way relate to designs yet remaining to be executed; and consequently you can expect nothing from his majesty in pursuance of your address. Thus it appears, that you must either mean to address for nothing, or for something that is inconsistent with the public safety; and in either case, it is what I cannot agree to. I have often heard it said in our debates, that if lords were in earnest in their professions, they would agree to what was proposed. My lords, 1 hope I shall be excused, when I say, this is not parliamentary language. All sides are supposed to be in earnest in every thing they profess: charity obliges us to believe, that every lord is in earnest in what he says, and decency obliges us to avoid insinuating he is not. I know there have been examples' of a contrary behaviour on both sides; but whatever clamours there may be without doors, the regard we owe to the august assembly of which we are members, should, upon all occasions, make us bridle our tongues, and be extremely cautious of using any harsh expressions, or making ugly insinuations, with respect to one another: Whilst we do this, we may be very easy about the clamours without doors; for it is a sort of parliamentary art, that has been practised by all parties, to make motions in parliament, which they...
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  • Paperback | 580 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 30mm | 1,021g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236954378
  • 9781236954374