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Lord Chatham's motion. Debates. Petitions.
Petitions offered from the American agents.


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Great opposition to the bill. Petition and evidence again it. Petition
and evidence from the town of Pool in support of the bill. Petition from
the Quakers. Long debates. Motion for an amendment over-ruled. The
bill carried through by great mujorities. Meets with equal opposition in
the House of Lords. Petitions and evidence as before: Great debates :
Question for committing the hill, upon the second reading, carried by a great
majority. Motion on the third reading for an amendment, to include seve-
ral other colonies in the restrictions of the bill. The question carried upon
u division. The bill passed, and returned with the amendment to the
Commons. Protest. Conference; the Commons give reasons for refusing
to concur in the amendment; the Lords agree to the rejection. The bill re-
ceives the royal assent.



Augmentation of the naval and land forces. Lord North's conciliatory motion.
Debates. The resolution passed upon a division.
motion. Annual motion on the Middlesex election. Petition and memorial
Mr. Sawbridge's annual

from the assembly of Jamaica. Petition from the city of Waterford. Bill

for restraining the trade of the southern colonies. Evidence in behalf of the

West-India merchants and planters. Great importance of the sugar islands.

Mr. Burke's conciliatory propositions. Great importance, and astonishing

growth of the American colonies. Debates. The previous question moved

and carried. Mr. Hartley's conciliatory motion. Debates on the third

reading of the restraining bill. The bill passed. Petitions, militating

with each other. Petition from the British settlers in Canada-from the

Quakers. Address, remonstrance, and petition, from the city of London.

Encouragement to the fisheries of Great-Britain and Ireland. Motion for

bringing up the representation and remonstrance of the General Assembly of

New-York. Motion for an amendment put and carried. Amended motion

rejected. Memorial to the Lords from the same Assembly, and petition to

the King. Memorial to the Lords rejected. Petition to the Lords from

the British inhabitants of the province of Quebec. Lord Camden's bill for

repeating the Quebec act. Debates. The bill rejected. Petition from the

same inhabitants of Quebec to the House of Commons. Sir George Savile's

motion for repealing the Quebec act. Motion rejected upon a division.

Speaker's speech. Speech from the throne:



State of affairs in America during the sitting of parliament. Preparations.
Ordnance seized in Rhode-Island. A fort taken, and powder seized in
New-Hampshire. Resolutions of the general congress approved of and con-
firmed in different places-rejected by the assembly of New-York. Pro-
ceedings of the new provincial congress in Massachusett's Bay. Detach-
ment sent to seize on some cannon at Salem. Dispute at a draw-bridge.
Affair at Lexington and Concord. Loss on both sides. Province rise in


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The humble Address of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in

Parliament assembled, presented to his Majesty, Feb. 9, 1775. [247

Protests of several of the Lords, occasioned by the foregoing Address. . [248

His Majesty's Message to the House of Commons, on February 10, 1775. [251

The Petition of the Lord Mayor of London, &c. presented to the House of

Commons, on Friday the 24th of February, 1775.

Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, entered into by the Delegates

of the several Colonies in North America, in General Congress assembled, at

Philadelphia, May 20, 1775.

Address and Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Commons of the City

of London, presented to his Majesty on Friday, July 14, 1775; with his

Majesty's Answer.

His Majesty's most gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament, on Friday the

26th of May, 1775.


A Declaration of the Representatives of the United Colonies of North America,

met in General Congress at Philadelphia, setting forth the Causes and

Necessity of their taking up Arms.


A second Petition from the General Congress in America to his Majesty. [262

The Speech of his Excellency, Simon Earl of Harcourt, to both Houses of Par-

liament in Ireland, on Tuesday, October 10, 1775.

Address, Memorial, and Petition of several Gentlemen, Merchants, and Traders

of the City of London, presented to his Majesty, October 11, 1775. [267

Address of another very numerous Body of the Merchants and Traders of the

City of London, presented to his Majesty, October 14, 1775.


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