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Jan. 12. 1784. Debate on postponing the bringing up of a

message from the King ......................... 66

- Mr. Pitt's motion for leave to bring in his

East India bill ............................... 71

- Second reading of Mr. Pitt's East India

bill.........................................................

Mr. Fox's motion for adjourning the com-

mittee on the state of the nation..........
20. — Motion by Mr. Powys, that the House

relies on His Majesty's readiness to
comply with the wishes of His Com-

mons ...................................................... 93

Mar. 1, - Mr. Fox's motion for an address to the

King ........................................................... 101

June 8. -- Further considerations of the Westminster

election .................................................... 108

July 6. Mr. Pitt opens his new system for the

government of India .............................. 118

Feb. 22. 1785. Debate on the resolutions of the Irish par.

liament ................................................ 132

Mar. 9. — Motion by Mr. Fox for expunging from

the journals the resolutions respecting

the Westminster scrutiny.................... 148

April 18. - Mr. Pitt's motion for a reform in the re-

presentation of the people .................... 160

- Motion for a committeë on the East India

company statements ........................... 177

- 12. — Irish commercial regulations..................... 183

Feb. 27. 1786. Mr. Pitt's motion relative to fortifying the

dock-yards............................................ 198

Mar. 29. Reduction of the national debt ................. 217

· Feb. 12. 1787. Commercial treaty with France ................ 237

May 9 - Charges against Mr. Hastings .................. 254

15. —- Mr. Gray's motion for an enquiry into

abuses in the Post Office........ .......... 269

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The House having proceeded to the order of the day on the second reading of Mr. Burke's bill for the better regulation of His Majesty's civil list revenue, and for abolishing several useless, expensive, and inconvenient places, and for applying the monies arising therefrom to the public service,

Mr. Pitt rose on this occasion for the first time; and, in a speech in answer to matter that had fallen out in the course of the debate, disa played great and astonishing powers of eloquence. With a voice rich and harmonious; an easy and elegant manner; and language beautiful and luxuriant, he exhibited, in this first essay, a specimen of oratory worthy the son of the immortal Chatham. "

He said, that he gave the most hearty consent to what had fallen from his honourable friend on the other side of the housethat a proposition for the retrenchment of the civil list revenue ought to have come from His Majesty's ministers. He gave his entire approbation to this sentiment. It would have come with more grace ; it would have come with more benefit to the public service, if it had sprung from the royal breast. His Majesty's ministers ought to have come forward and proposed a reduction in the civil list, to give the people the consolation of knowing

* Mr. Pitt entered parliament in his 22d year. He was born the 28th of May, 1759; and took his seat in the House of Commons as representative for the borough of Appleby on the 23d of January, 1781.

The Administration at this time consisted of
Lord North ..

First Lord of the Treasury and Chancellor

7 of the Exchequer. VOL. I.

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