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HISTORY

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GREAT BRITAIN.

GEORGE III.

BOOK XIX.

SESSION of Parliament-Lord Rockingham's spirited Amend

ment to the Address. Earl of Ossory's Motion respecting Ireland. Humiliating Confession of Earl Gower. Lord North's Propositions respecting Ireland. Estimate of the National Force. Petitions to Parliament on the Subject of Pablic Economy. Reform Bills introduced by Mr. Burke. Commission of Accounts instituted. Earl of Shellurne's Motion of Reform. Famous Motion of Mr. Dunning, affirming the Increase of Regal Influence. Other Motions carried in Opposition to the Court. Illness of the Speaker. The Efforts of the Patriots prove finally abortive. Riots in London ercited by the Catholic Act. Laudable Conduct of the King. Sanguinary Severities of Lord Loughlorough. Alliance with Holland dissolved. Armed Neutrality. Victory ly Sir George Rodney over the Spanish Fleet off Cape St. Vincent's. Indecisive Engagements in the West Indies, letween Sir George Rodney and the Count de Guichen. West Florida conquered by the SpaVOL. VII.

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niards. Fortress of Omoa captured ly the English. East and West India Fleets taken by the Spaniards. Military Operations in America. Philanthropic, Act passed by the Legislature of Pennsylvania. Defection of General Arnold. Victory gained ly Lord Cornwallis at Camden. Defeat of Major Ferguson at King's Mountain. Ertravagant Erultation of the Court Faction in England. Rupture with Holland. Dissolution of Parliament-Remarkable Addness of Sir George Saville. Meeting of the New ParliamentMr. Cornwall Speaker Debates on the Declaration of War against Holland. Reform Bill of Mr. Burke revived, and again rejected. Corrupt and extravagant Loan of Lord North Pacificatory Motion of Mr. Fox. Review of the Administration of Mr. Hastings in India.

XIX.

Session of

BOOK THE sixth session of the present parliament began

at Westminster on the 25th of November, 1779. 1979. The king informed the two houses, in his speech parliament from the throne, “that he had met them at a time

when they were, in concert with him, called upon by every principle of duty, and every consideration of interest, to exert their united efforts in the

support and defence of their country, attacked by an unjust and unprovoked war, and contending with one of the most dangerous confederacies that ever was formed against the crown and people of Britain. Aided by the protection of Providence, the zeal of the nation, and the justice of his cause, he was firmly resolved vigorously to prosecute the war, for the purpose of compelling the enemy to equitable terms of peace. In the midst of his care and solicitude

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