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(without typos) from the publisher. 1742. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... The next speech we shall give upon this question, was that made
by the Earl of Hallifax, which was to this effect, viz. My Lords,
Unfit as I am to offer my thoughts to your EwUf'. Lordships, I
shall undertake the task with plea-ch. sure, whenever my duty calls
me to it. I was 'in hopes, however, that I should have had no c
occasion of troubling your Lordships to day: I 'was in hopes, that
this bill, calculated for the independency of Parliament, after
having re ceived the unanimous sanction of the house of Commons,
would not have met with an harder fate within these walls. I must
confess, I am . in the greatest difficulty, my Lords, how to
re'concile the opposition it finds, with the warm zeal for the
freedom of Parliament, and the ten der regard to the constitution
of it, which your 'Lordships have shewn upon so many other
oc'casions. I am still more at a loss, my Lords, 'when I consider
the weakness of argument, ancl shadow of reason, upon which such an
opposi tion is founded. Every friend to the Revolution must be zea
ous for fully obtaining those noble ends proposed 'by it; but this,
my Lords, can never be, tijl the independency of Parliament is
secured. To gain this essential point must be the wish of every c
honest heart; and tho' many difficulties may 4 occur, before the
great scheme be complete, yet every step we take against the undue
influence of power, still farther removes from us that fatal
danger, by which this country may one day fall. We have less to
fear, my Lords, from a foreign power abroad, than from a
ministerial power at home. This the house of Commons is sensible
of; and fearing they have not sufficient Bb 4 security 'security
for the independency of their members, desire your Lordships
concurrence, to strengthen ...
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