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but an ardent and injured passion is tempered up with wrath, and grief, and shame, and conscious worth, and the maddening sense of violated right. A jealous love lights his torch from the firebrands of the furies.-They who call upon you to belong wholly to the people, are those who wish you to return to your proper home; to the sphere of your duty, to the post of your honour, to the mansion. house of all genuine, serene, and solid satisfaction. We have furnished to the people of England (indeed we have) some real cause of jealousy. Let us leave that sort of company which, if it does not destroy our innocence, pollutes our honour: let us free ourselves at once from every thing that can increase their suspicions, and inflame their just resentment: let us cast away from us, with a generous scorn, all the love-tokens and symbols that we have been vain and light enough to accept ;all the bracelets, and snuff-boxes, and miniature pictures, and hair devices, and all the other adulterous trinkets that are the pledges of our alienation, and the monuments of our shame. Let us return to our legitimate home, and all jars and all quarrels will be lost in embraces. Let the commons in parliament assembled, be one and the same thing with the commons at large. The diftinctions that are made to separate us, are unnatural and wicked contrivances. Let us identify, let us incorporate ourselves with the people. Let us

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cut all the cables and snap the chains which tie us to an unfaithful shore, and enter the friendly harbour, that shoots far out into the main its moles ånd jettees to receive us.-—“War with the world, “and peace with our constituents." Be this out motto, and our principle. Then indeed, we shall be truly great. Respecting ourselves we shall bę respected by the world. At present all is troubled and cloudy, and distracted, and full of anger and turbulence, both abroad and at home; but the air may be cleared by this storm, and light and fertility may follow it. Let us give 'a faithful pledge to the people that we honour, indeed, the crown; but that we belong to them; that we are their auxiliaries, and not their task-masters; the fellowlabourers in the same vineyard, not lording over their rights, but helpers of their joy: that to tax them is a grievance to ourselves, but to cut off from our enjoyments to forward theirs, is the highest gratification we are capable of receiving. I feel with comfort, that we are all warmed with thefe sentiments, and while we are thus warm, I wish we may go directly and with a cheerful heart to this falutary work. - Sir, I move for leave to bring in a bill, « For v","... the better regulation of his majesty's civil 728 establishments, and of certain publick of10$ fices; for the limitation of pensions, and the suppression of fundry uselefs, expensive, and

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« inconvenient places; and for applying the “ monies faved thereby to the publick fer

« vice*." Lord North stated, that there was a difference between this bill for regulating the establishments, and some of the others, as they affected the ancient patrimony of the crown; and therefore wished them to be postponed, till the king's consent could be obtained. This distinction was strongly controverted; but when it was insisted on as a point of decorum only, it was agreed to postpone them to another day. Accordingly, on the Monday following, viz. February, 14, leave was given, on the motion of Mr. Burke, without opposition, to

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ist, “ A bill for the sale of the forest and other crown lands, rents, and hereditaments, with certain exceptions; and for applying the produce thereof to the publick service; and for securing, af

certaining, and satisfying, tenant-rights, and com“' mon and other rights."

2d, “ A bill for the more perfectly uniting to the crown the principality of Wales, and the

county palatine of Chester, and for the more « commodious administration of justice within the

fame; as also for, abolishing certain offices now appertaining thereto; for quieting dormant claims, afcertaining and securing tenant-rights; and for the

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“ sale of all the forest lands, and other lands, tene

ments, and hereditaments, held by his majesty “ in right of the said principality, or county pala“ tine of Chester, and for applying the produce there$ of to the publick service..

3d, “ A bill for uniting to the crown the duchy « and county palatine of Lancaster; for the fup“ pression of unnecessary offices now belonging “ thereto; for the ascertainment and security of tei nant and other rights; and for the sale of all rents,

lands, tenements, and hereditaments, and fo“ rests, within the said duchy and county pala“ tine, or either of them; and for applying the produce thereof to the publick service.- And it was ordered that Mr. Burke, Mr. Fox, Lord John Cavendish, Sir George Savile, Colonel Barrè, Mr. Thomas Townshend, Mr. Byng, Mr. Dunning, Sir Joseph Mawbey, Mr. Recorder of London, Sir Robert Clayton, Mr. Frederick Montagu, the Earl of Upper Ofsory, Sir William Guise, and Mr. Gilbert, do prepare and bring in the same.

At the same time, Mr. Burke moved for leave to bring in-4th, “ A bill for uniting the duchy “ of Cornwall to the crown; for the suppression

of certain unnecessary offices now belonging “ thereto; for the ascertainment and security of te

nant and other rights; and for the sale of certain “ rents, lands, and tenements, within or belonging “ to the said duchy; and for applying the produce " thereof to the publick service.

But some objections being made by the surveyor general of the duchy concerning the rights of the prince of Wales, now in his minority, and Lord North remaining perfectly filent, Mr. Burke, at length, though he strongly contended against the principle of the objection, consented to withdraw this last motion for the present, to be renewed upon an early occasion.

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