The Parliamentary Register; Or, History of the Proceedings and Debates of the House of Commons Volume 2

The Parliamentary Register; Or, History of the Proceedings and Debates of the House of Commons Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1802 edition. Excerpt: ...to the universe? But I am aware it will be said by some, that the Americans are neither exonerated'from the charge of ingratitude, nor an attempt to become an independent state. To these I answer, that these are assertions weak and absurd as those I have recapitulated, and will equally fail in proof; for you must either deny that America is like any other mercantile nation, which derives its wealth and consequence from commerce i or admit that without one ship of force to boast of, she must for the present at least, and probably for a century to come, seek the protection of some great maritime power, or be subject every day to have her coasts insulted, or her trade destroyed, by the most piratical petty states that can boast a musquetto fleet, in the like manner they now unfortunately and unjustly experience from the formidable navy of England, whose interest as well as duty it is to protect and defend them. Sir, on the score of ingratitude, I must observe, that where great nations, like France and England, ever jealous of the power of each other, feel themselves in a situation to take up arms, they will not be long finding an occasion; but it so happens that the first hostilities previous to the late war commenced in Asia, not in America, the battle of Arcot was fought by Lord Give (then Captain Clive) against the French; that of Trichinopoly by major Lawrence, and a powerful fleet ordered to India, under the command of the admirals Watson and Pocock, before the French were known to have committed any encroachments on the Ohio; but, Sir, the ministers of those days, in every respect very unlike the present, regarded America as a mine of inestimable value to this country, and were therefore tenacious of every acre of that possession; they had...show more

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 331g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236655737
  • 9781236655738