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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

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Member of Parliament in particular, will find it a source

of the most; necessary information and instruction. It

will be found to contain the Speeches of the first

Speakers that ever ornamented the British Senate, and

their opinions on the most important and interesting


The whole is so arranged, as to exhibit, in one point

of view, all the Eloquence, the Wit, or Satire, &c. that
has been in the Lords and Commons, from the Admi-
nistration of Sir Robert Walpole, down to the pre-
sent time, with the name of each Member annexed to
the Beauty ascribed to him.

Those Beauties that would, from the nature of them,

admit of it, will be found short and concise; others

more at large, either as meriting it from their excel-

lence, or to prevent their being disjointed or unintelli-

gible; whilst some are selected entirely from the vast

mass of matter they contain, or the great fund of know-

ledge they possess.

Upon the whole—the Editor flatters himself, that

the Beauties of the British Senate will prove
particularly acceptable to those who have not the De-
bates of Parliament, and serve as a valuable companion
to those who have; nor be thought unworthy, either as
an elegant or useful work, a place in the Library of
every Gentleman in the British Empire.

"January 26, 1786.

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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


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