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CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT or
PROTESTS, PETITIONS, &c.
PROCEEDINGS and DEBATES
of the FOURTH SESSION of the HOUSE of LORDS
. THE King came to the Houfe of Lords, and having sent
for the Commons, delivered the following speech to both Houses.
My Lords and Gentlemen, It is a great satisfaction to me, that I can have recourse The King's to the wisdom and support of my, Parliament, in this con- Speech. juncture, when the continuance of the rebellion in North America demands our most serious attention. The powers, which you have entrusted me with for the suppression of this revolt, have been faithfully exerted ; and I have a juft con. fidence, that the conduct and courage of my officers, and the spirit and intrepidity of my forces, both by sea and land, will, under the blessing of Divine Providence, be attended with important success : but as I am persuaded, that you will see the necessity of preparing for such further opéra. tions, as the contingencics of the war, and the obstinacy of the rebels may render expedient, I am for that purpose, pursuing the proper measures for keeping my land forces complete to their present eftablishment; and if I should have occafion to increase them, by contracting any new engagements, I rely on your zcal and public spirit to enable me to make them good. Vol. IX.
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