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OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
JOHN, EARL OF CLARE,
LORD HIGH CHANCELLOR OF IRELAND,
IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS OF IRELAND,
ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1800.
" That in order to promote and secure the effential Interests of Great Britain and
“ Ireland, and to consolidate the Strength, Power, and Resources of the Bri-
PRINTED BY J. MILLIKEN, 32, GRAFTON-STRELT,
LORD CHANCELLOR'S SPEECH,
House of Lords of Jreland,
Monday, FEBRUARY 10, 1800.
he Order of the Day being read for taking his Majesty's Message into Confideration, relative to the proposed LEGISLATIVE UNION between Great Britain and Ireland, and the Articles for that Purpose:
The Lord Chancellor arose and spoke as fol. lows,
I RISE to call your Lordships attention to a subject, certainly the most momentous which has ever been submitted for decision to the Parliament
of this Country ; a subject embracing the vital interests of Ireland, and intimately affectiog the strength and prosperity of the British Empire. In this grave Assembly, I feel perfect confidence, it will receive a calm, and patient, and difpassionate investigation. I am sensible, nevertheless, that it falls to my lot to address your Lordhips under great disadvantages. The best talents, the most enlightened minds of which the British empire has ever had to boait, have been roused to exertion in contemplating an Incorporation of these kingdoms; and after the brilliant and ample difcuflion which the subject has received in both countries, it cannot well be expected of me to throw new light upon it. But when I recollect the criminal and unexampled efforts which have been made, from the moment when this measure was first proposed for discussion, to bear it down by noise, and faction, and intrigue, if not by recommendations of open rebellion.— I should condemn myself for a gross dereliction of my duty, if I were to forbear to submit it to your Lordfhips most serious consideration, in all its various and important views and bearings; more especially as I feel a strong conviction indeed, that nothing but Union can save this kingdom from annihilation, and eventually uphold the ftability of the British Empire.