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PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES
O F THE
HOUSE OF LORDS;
CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF
The most interesting SPEECHES, MOTIONS,
FIFTH SESSION of the FOURTEENTH PARLIAMENT
Re-printed for JOHN STOCKDALE, PICCADILLY; J. WALKER;
R. LEA, and J. NUNN.
By J. Crowder and E. Hemsted, Warwick-Square.
PROCEEDINGS and DEBATES
Of the FIFTH SESSION of the
HOUSE of LORDS,
O F THE
Fourteenth Parliament of Great-Britain,
Appointed to be held at WESTMINSTER,
On Thursday, the 26th Day of November, 1778.
THE King's speech (which the reader will see in the Commons debates) having been read, the Duke of Chandos moved, That an humble address, &c.
His exordium or opening contained a view or counterview of the many public or private virtues of the Soyereign, and the obstinacy, baseness and ingratitude of his rebellious subjects in America; a prince, he said, who had made the constitution the rule of his government, and the happiness and prosperity of his people, the great leading objects of his life.
After some further testimonies to the same purport, his Grace considered the several paragraphs in the speech, in the order they were delivered. He said, history had as yet furnished no example of the kind; that in a time of profound peace, without pretence of provocation, or colour of complaint, the court of France, contrary to the faith of treaties, the rights of sovereigns, and the usages of independent states, not only entered into engagements with the leaders of rebellion in America, but had committed hostilities on the faithful subjects, and actually invaded the dominions of the Bri, tish crown in America and the West Indies. This his Grace animadverted upon, observing, that it was both base, treache
* During the recess in the Summer, Edward Thurlow, Efq. Attorney General, was created Lord Thurlow, and appointed Lord Chancellor in the room of Earl Bathurst, resigned. B