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| Mr. Grattan informs the House that an Association was
formed to Control the Conduct of the Representa-
tive, 10th Nov. 1779. . i .'. . . . . . . lviji
er of the Constituent over the Representative, do. .
Ireland, 19th April, 1780. . . . . . . . . . Ixii
Mr. Grattan's Speech on the Address to His Majesty,
1782. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . lxxv
Mr. Grattan's Speech on the Declaration of Rights, 10th
April, 1782. ............. koxi
1783. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xcii
WHEN the Editor of Mr. GRATTAN'S Speeches first entertained the idea of collecting and compiling the eloquence of his distinguished countryman, he was influenced by two considerations to the prosecution of so important and national a work. The first, that the present circumstances under which his Country was placed, required more than ever the general diffusion of those principles which first tended to promote the happiness and prosperity of Ireland. - The second, that he conceived be would add, in a great and eminent degree, to the many valuable works of this kind which are daily issuing from the Press, and gratify that taste for eloquence which has been so much the object of every man's attainment and ambition. The only claim which the Editor of tliis Volume has to public patronage is, that he has spared no labour in endeavouring to give to the public the most faithful reports of the Speeches which he has collected-and that he has diligently examined the various records where the best and most faithful reports could be found.-That he has made every effort to do justice to the splendid talents of Mr. GRATTAN, by an attentive comparison of those reports, will perhaps be acknowledged by such readers, who have been witnesses of the great exertions of our Orator ; exertions which now constitute a new era in English eloquence. In collecting the productions of that mind which so eloquently poured forth its treasures-in compiling, with industry and care, the labours of that man, whose talents raised his Country from slavery to freedom, the Editor hopes, if he shall not enjoy the praise, he may at least escape the severity, of the Critic ; and that be shall have gratified the friend of literature, and the man of taste, the admirer of genius, and the advocate of liberal principles and enlightened legis. lation, by rescuing the Speeches of Mr. GRATTAN from the mouldering records of Newspapers, and the widely extended surface of Par. liamentary debates; and it is a debt wbich the Edi. tor owes to the fame of this distinguished Senator, to state, that those and similar records, are the only sources from which he has taken the Speeches now given to the public. .