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Forbes, Mr. Connolly, and all those distinguished characters who then gave dignity and celebrity to their country. The Reader, therefore, will not be surprized at the change of the public mind from 1783 to 1789, nor at the opposition which was given to the Vote of Thanks moved to the Marquis of Buckingham on the 6th of February, in the latter year. ., .
On this day Lord Kilwarlin reported, from the Committee appointed to draw up an Address of Thanks to his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, for his Speech to both Houses of Parliament, that they had drawn up the following; which he read in his place, and afterwards delivered in at the tablo...
:. . : . To his Excellency GEORGE Greenville NUGENT TEMPLE, Marquis of BUCKINGHAM, Lord Lieutenant General, and General Governor of Ireland :
ph May it please your Excellency,
6 We, his Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of Ireland, in Parliament assembled, beg leave to return your Excelleney our most humble thanks for your excellent speech from the throne.”
“ We cannot adequately express the poignancy of our sorrow, in being informed by your Excellency, that his Majesty has been for some time afflicted with a severe malady, in eonsequence of which your Excellency las not received his royal commands upon the measures to be recommended to his Parliament.
6 We return your Excellency our sincere thanks (however we must lament the necessity of such a circumstance) for ordering the communication of such documents as you have received respecting his Majesty's health, as well as for your intention of laying before us such further information as may assist our deliberations on that melancholy subject.
“Nor can we withhold our tribute of acknowledgment to your Excellency, før pointing our attention to the support of our public credit, and the maintenance of the civil and military establishments, as well as for your solicitude to prepare us for those subjects, by ordering the public accounts to be laid before us. On these great objects of general importance we shall endeavour to act with a becoming care of the national interests, and the honor of his Majesty's crown. an y Home
5 We are duly impressed with a lively and grateful sense of the earnest wishes that your Excellency is pleased to express for the welfare and prosperity of Ireland, which you have been always anxious to promote; and we flatter ourselves that his Majesty's most faithful Commons will be found to merit the favourable opinion which your Excellency entertains of them, by manifesting, under the pressure of the present calamity, the most genuine and cordial loyalty and attachment to their belove ed Monarch, and the most zealous regard for the united and common interests of both his kingdoms," 1991 od AIDE
isv90.!). . 'ABD 9999412 pm 71.29, 1990 geologe 317 5. Mr. GRATTAN spoke against the Address, to the following effect :
. . Hit! "I wish that the Lord Lieutenant had not been introduced into this Address. The expenses of the Marquis of Buckingham were accom. panied with the most extraordinary professions of economy and' censures on the conduct of the Administration that immediately preceded bim, he has exclaimed" against the pensions " of the Duke of Rutland, a man accessible undoubtedly tof applications, but the most disinterested man ones rth, and one whose noble nature demanded some, but received no ipdulgence from the rigid principles ar professions of the Marquis of Buckingham. He exclaimed against his pen. sions, and he confirmed them! he resisted motions made to disallow some of them, and he finally agreed to a pension for Mr. Orde, the Secretary of the Duke of Rutland's admi. nistration, whose extravagance was at once the object of his invective, and of his bounty; he resisted this pension, if report says true, and having shewn that it was against his conscience, he submitted. Mr. Orde can never forgive the
Marquis the charges made against the man he theaght proper to reward; the public will never forgive the pension given to a man the Marquis thought a proper to condemn. “ The pension list," said he, whose increase the Marquis condemned, he had an opportunity to restrain. A Bill, limiting the amount of Pensions, was proposed by an honourable friend of mine,,' and was resisted by the Marquis of Buckingham; his Secretary was the person to oppose that Bill, and to give a signal to the servants of the Crown to resist it. He assigned his reason, viz. because he thought his Excellency was entitled to the same confidence which had been reposed in other Viceroys, that is, the confidence which the Marquis of Buckingham pathetically declared had been grossly abused. The police was another theme of his Excellency’s indignation ; lie exclaimed, or has been said to have exclaimed, against the expense of that establish. ment. A' committee was appointed to examine into its utility, and after a long and minute investigation, discovered that the turbulence and corruption of the police-men, were at least equal to the extravagance of the establishment. With this two-fold kpowledge of its prodiga lity and its licentiousness, ho defended the po. lice establishment, and resisted a 'measure to repeal that bill ; defending in Parliament every measure against which he was supposed to have exhausted his time in invective and investigation.
of The Park establishment was supposed also to have excited his indignation. A motion was made to disallow some of those charges, and resisted by all the strength of his government. He was on these subjects 'satisfied with a minute examination, a poor and passionate exclamation, and a miserable aequiescence. Some of these expenses must have stopped, because they were for furniture and improvement, and were not annual expense, but the principle remains ; the country is open to the repetition of the charge, and the Marquis has only to take credit for the ceasing of charges, which must for a time bave stopped of themselves, but which, by his influence and resistance in Parliament to motions, disallowing them, may be renewed; but he not only continued the evil he found, he introduced a number; on the expenses of his predecessor he introduced jobs of his own. He increased salaries in the departments, which he proposed, and was said to reform. He made, by that increase, certaia places parliamentary objects, which before had not come into the sphere of what is called parliamentary corruption, and greatly increased the influence of the Crown at the time he affected