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H I S T O R Y
PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES
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HOUSE OF COMMONS;
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CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF
The most interesting Speeches and Motions; accurate
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Fourth Session of the Fifteenth Parliament
QUESTION to Mr. Pitt respecting
the King, 62 to 74
Mention made of Lord George Lenox't
Debate on Mr. Powys's Motion that
the King will comply with the Wishes
of his Commons, 167 to 209
Debate on Mr. Rigby's Balances, Hit/.
of the King's Answer, 221
PROCEEDINGS And DEBATES
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HOUSE of COMMONS,
In the Fourth and Last Session of the Fifteenth Parliament of Great Britain,
Saturday, January 24, 1784.
AS soon as the Speaker had taken the chair, Mr. Powys Mr. Powys. informed the Housevthat he intended to put a question to the Chancellor, as soon as he should appear in his place, the answer to which would determine him either to make or suppress a motion which he had drawn up relative to the present alarming situation of asfairs.
In order to explain the reasons which induced the House to meet this day, it would be simply necessary to state, that after Mr. Pitt's bill had been rejected last night, several members, and among these, some of the greatest favourers of the present Administration, rose, and successively put several questions to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, relative to the dissolution of Parliament, which seemed to be a subject of apprehension and discontent to both sides of the House: but the right honourable gentleman refused, for a long time, to give any answer at all. At last he gave an answer; but it was thought so obscure or equivocal by the House, that it became the general opinion, the dissolution of the Parliament would be announced in that night's Gazette. This was a point which did not solely interest the mere partizans either of opposition or Administration: the independent gentlemen on both sides of the House took the Vol. XIII. B alarm,