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1865 Excerpt: ... than his predecessors the unvarying policy of the
Revolution, it seemed to follow, that, in the contemplation of the
King's Government, there was no security for peace with France but
the restoration of the monarchy. Lord Grenville's audience,
however, needed no persuasion to support the prosecution of a war
which they had always favoured, and which now, for the first time,
showed a promise of success. In the Commons the question was
debated with all the power of the House. Dundas, Debate ln u, e
Whitbread, and Canning, who now aspired Commoa8to the foremost rank
in Parliament; together with Erskine, who on this occasion spoke
with an effect which his parliamentary efforts seldom attained,
successively addressed the House. Pitt himself followed, and, like
his colleagues in the Upper House, laboured to prove that the
French had always been the aggressors. In reply to the obvious
remark, that this was as true in 1796 and in 1797, as it was in
1799, and yet we had twice proposed peace to the ambitious and
faithless Government of the Republic, the minister said that the
people were in those years staggering under a weight of debt
produced by the war, and that before they could be persuaded to
bear new burdens, it was necessary to convince them that terms
could not be obtained. This was very much the ground on which the
Directory had repulsed the first mission of Lord Malmesbury. They
said, that the only object of the British Government, in proposing
terms of peace, was to deceive their own people, and by pretending
to demonstrate that negotiation was impracticable, to extort
further supplies for continuing the war. A great part of the speech
consisted of a long and bitter invective against Bonaparte; and it
wound up with the usual prediction that the exhausted ...
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