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Page 9, line 8, for advantage, read difadvantage.
14, 1. 30, for devoted. The, read devoted, and the.
40, 1. 13, for abjure, read conjure.

49, 1. 2, for ever hated, read overheated.
59, laft line, for possible, read possibly.
61, 1. 14, for As the, read As to the
65, 1. 5, for chofen, read clofer.

88, 1. 5, for end, read and.

117. 1. 4, for Schools, read univerfities.

121, 1. 9, for retrenchments, read intrenchments.

123, 1. 2, for became, read become.

136, 1. 8, for of his; read of mine.

137, 1. 25, for accufations does not not, read accufations

do not.

176, 1. 1, for This, read The.

228, 1.7, for palled, read poffefed.

1. 36, for Hoped, read he Hoped.

247, 1. 1, for peal, read pale.

250, 1. 27, dele where.

251, 1. 18, for law his, read law is his.

257, 1. 4, for and nothing but, read there is nothing whereby.

258, 1. 8, for madness fo, read madness is fo.

259, 1. 6, for not prefs, read not the prefs.

1. 10, for What leffon that to a people, read That leffon to a people, that.

260, 1. 13, for suppressed, read fuppofed.

261, after liberty, infert adopted.

294, 1. 17, for which, read whofe.

302, 1.5, for ambitious, read ambitions.

303, 1. 27, for this country, read this country was in

volved.

361, 1. 32, for mean, read main.

368, 1. 22, for Gul, read Guil.

REPORT

OF THE

DEBATES

ON THE

ROMAN CATHOLIC BILL, &c.

HOUSE OF LORDS,

JANUARY 10.

THE fubject of the following sheets was, on

the first day of the feffion, officially recommended to parliament in the speech of his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant from the throne, where in the tenth paragraph he says:

"And I have it in particular command from "his majefty, to recommend it to you, to apply yourselves to the confideration of fuch mea"fures as may be most likely to ftrengthen and

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cement a general union of fentiment among "all claffes and defcriptions of his majefty's fub"jects, in fupport of the established conftitution. "With this view his majesty trufts, that the fitua"tion of his majesty's Catholic fubjects will en

gage your ferious attention; and in the con"fideration of this fubject he relies on the wif"dom and liberality of his parliament."

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After the Lord Lieutenant had quitted the houfe, the Earl of Weftmeath moved an address to the King, which as ufual echoed the speech, on which

The Duke of Leinster after expreffing his concurrence to the addrefs, declared his particular approbation to that part of the fpeech which pointed to their lordfhips attention the fituation of the Roman Catholics in this country.

The Earl of Glandore declared his fatisfaction in the profpect which the Roman Catholics had of being relieved. He faid, that at a time when other parts of the kingdom were disturbed, he was happy to inform their lordships, the part of the country from whence he came was in a ftate of the greatest tranquillity.

Lord Donoughmore faid, that having taken an early and decided part in favour of the Roman Catholics, he could not be filent when their caufe was even mentioned in that houfe; he therefore, rofe to concur in the fentiments which had been expreffed in their favour, and which, he was happy to fee, fo much the fenfe of the whole houfe.

The Lord Chancellor faid, I truft it is unneceffary for me to ftate my cordial and hearty concurrence in the refolution which has been moved by my noble friend, to which I fhould have given my filent affent, if I did not feel it to be peculiarly neceffary to relieve the public mind from a feries of exaggerated mifreprefentations with refpect to the Roman Catholic fubjects of Ireland, which have been impreffed upon it with uncommon in

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dustry, which feem to have been adopted by the two noble lords who fpoke laft, and which to my utter aftonishment have been laid at the foot of the throne, in the name and on the behalf of that body of the people. When I read in the public prints a paper purporting to be the authorized petition of the Roman Catholics of Ireland, prefented to his Majefty by deputies appointed for the purpose, I did not fuppofe that any fet of men would have dared to approach the throne, with a grofs and malignant deception upon the father of his people. But on enquiry I find, that this printed paper is an authentic copy of a petition which has been prefented to his majefty, as containing a full and fair ftatement of harsh and oppreffive reftrictions, wantonly impofed by the legiflature of this country upon his Catholic fubjects, and therefore it is that I feize this firft opportunity, publicly to detect and reprobate the impofition. It is not my intention at this time, minutely to enter into the claims advanced by our Catholic fellow-fubjects; whenever they come diftinctly before us, I truft they will receive a fair, candid, and temperate difcuffion. I have never known a fubject which feems fo peculiarly interefting to this country, for upon a full and difpaffionate inveftigation, and a juft decifion upon it, will hang the internal peace of Ireland, and her conftitutional connexion with the people of the Proteftant empire of Great Britain. For the present it is my intention to confine myfelf to the unpardonable miftatements of the fituation of the Catholic fubjects of Ireland, which feem to have had their full effect on the two noble lords, and have moft unadvisedly been made to his majefty on their behalf. It has been stated in the

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