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TH E extreme utility, as well as intrinsic merit of the following Work, is so obvious, that the Editor has little more to observe, than that it will be found equally candid and impartial.
While, however, he experiences every satisfaction in the confidence he has, that it will have its admirers for some of the finest reading to be met with, he suffers much in the fear he has, of being exposed to the censure of others, who may probably think he has either neglected them, or failed in the attempt he has made to do them justice.
In his defence, he thinks it necessary to represent, that the Debates of Parliament, for the last fifty years, were found to produce so many beauties, that it would have been altogether impracticable, however desirous he might have been of doing it, to have selected them all, at least, without running into a very expensive and voluminous work indeed. He was, therefore, under the painful necessity of passing by a number of beauties deserving notice, and could only make choice of those that were the most striking; determining, at the same time, to give as much variety, and to include as many speakers as possible.
Notwithstanding these difficulties in the way of rendering that complete and general satisfaction he wished to afford, he trusts the Work will, nevertheless, be found worthy universal patronage and support.
To the Public in general it will furnish much useful and entertaining matter, while the Politician, and . A 3 Member
of view, all the Eloquence, the Wit, or Satire, &c. that
Those Beauties that would, from the nature of them,
the Beauties of the British Senate will prove
"January 26, 1786.
VOLUME THE FIRST.
Defence, Page 183.
Sir Rob.Walpole 183,184, 187 Mr. Pulteney 187 Right Hon. Henry Pelham 192 Lord Mansfield 194 General Burgoyne 195 Lord North 197, 199
Mr. Hamilton 200, 207
Mr. Rose 208 Major Scott 209
E L 0 Qjo E N c E, Page 21 j.
Mr. William Pulteney 215
Lord Noel Somerset 217
Mr. William Pitt 221
Earl of Chesterfield 22$
Earl of Halifax 224
Lord Raymond 226
Earl of Sandwich 230
Mr. Shippen 231
Sir Dudley Ryder 23$
Lord Percival 241
Right Hon. Mr. Pelham 245
Mr. Pitt • 249
General Burgoyne 254 Mr. Fox 256, 259, 261
Mr. Erslcine 292 Mr. H. Dunda* 299, 303