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war, its cause, and its consequences. Let us not be amongst the first who renounce the maxims of our forefathers.

I have the honour to be,

GENTLEMEN,

Your most obedient,

And faithful humble servant,

EDMUND BURKE.

Beaconsfield, April 3, 1777

P.S. You may communicate this letter in any manner you think proper to my constituents.

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TWO LETTERS

FROM

MR. BURKE,

TO

GENTLEMEN IN THE CITY OF BRISTOL,

ON THE

BILLS DEPENDING IN PARLIAMENT

RELATIVE TO THE

TRADE OF IRELAND,

1778,

то

SAMUEL SPAN, Esq.

MASTER OF THE SOCIETY OF MERCHANTS ADVEN

TURERS OF BRISLOL.

SIR,

I

AM honoured with your letter of the 13th, in

answer to mine, which accompanied the resolutions of the house relative to the trade of Ire. land.

You will be so good as to present my best refpects to the society, and to assure them, that it was altogether unnecessary to remind me of the interest of the constituents. I have never regarded any thing else, since I had a seat in parliament. Having frequently and maturely considered that interest, and stated it to myself in almost every point of view, I am perfuaded, that, under the present circumstances, I cannot more effectually pursue it, than by giving all the support in my power to the propositions which I lately transmitted to the hall.

The fault I find in the scheme is, that it falls VOL. III.

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extremely

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