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The most interesting SPEECHES and MOTIONS, accurate
laid before, and offered to, the House,
FIRST SESSION of the FOURTEENTH PARLIAMENT
IN SEVENTEEN VOLUMES.
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J. WALKER; R. LEA, & J. Nunn.
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Appointed to meet at Westminster, the 29th of November, 1774.
THE King being on the throne in the House of Peers, and
the Commons attending, the Lord Chancellor directed the Commons to choose a Speaker, and present him the next day.
The Commons returned to their own house.
Lord Guernsey moved, that the late Speaker, Sir Fletcher Norton, be chosen Speaker again.
His Lordship was seconded by Lord, R. Spencer.
The King ,being on the throne in the House of Peers, the Commons attended and presented their Speaker, who being approved, the King opened the sessions with the following speech.
My Lords and Gentlemen, It gives me much concern, that I am obliged, at the opening of this parliament, to inform you, that a most daring spirit of resistance and disobedience to the law, still unhappily prevails in the province of the Massachuset's Bay; and has, in divers parts of it, broke forth in fresh violences of a very criminal nature. These proceedings have been countenanced and encouraged in other of my colonies, and unwarrantable attempts have been made to obstruct the commerce of this kingdom, by unlawful combinations. I have taken such mea. sures, and given such orders, as I judged most proper and effectual for carrying into execution the laws which were passed in the last session of the late parliament, for the proVOL. I. B
tection and security of the commerce of my subjects, and for the restoring and preserving peace, order and good government, in the province of the Massachuset's Bay; and you may depend upon my firm and steadfast resolution to withstand every attempt to weaken or impair the supreme authority of this legislature over all the dominions of my crown; the maintenance of which I consider as essential to the dignity, the safety, and the welfare of the British empire ; assuring myself, that, while I act upon these principles, I shall never fail to receive your assistance and support.
I have the greatest satisfaction in being able to inform you, that a treaty
is concluded between Russia and the Porte. By this happy event the troubles, which have so long prevailed in one part of Europe, are composed, and the general tranquillity rendered complete. It shall be my constant aim and endeavour to prevent the breaking out of fresh disturbances; and I cannot but flatter myself I shall succeed, as I continue to receive the strongest assurances from other powers of thein being equally disposed to preserve the peace.
Gentlemen of the House of Commons, I have ordered the roper estimates for the service of the ensuing year to be laid before you ; and I doubt not but that, in this House of Commons, I shall meet with the same affectionate confidence, and the same proofs of zeal and attachment to my person and government, which I have always, during the course of my reign, received from my faithful Commons.
My Lords, and Gentlemen, Let me particularly recommend to you, at this time, to proceed with temper in your deliberations, and with unanimity in your resolutions. Let my people, in every part of my dominions, be taught, by your example, to have a due reverence for the laws, and a just sense of the blessings of our excellent constitution. They may be assured that, on my part, I have nothing so much at heart as the real prosperity and lasting happiness of all my subjects.
December 1 and 2. Swearing the members.
December 5Lord Beauchamp moved, That an humble address be presented to his Majesty.
Mr. T. De Grey, jun. seconded the motion.
Lord Jobn Cavendish proposed an amendment, in substance, that his Majesty would be graciously pleased to communi