« PreviousContinue »
T. GILLUT, Printer, Crown-court, Fleet-street, London.
NEVER in our own times has the attention of the British public been so strongly excited, as by the examination instituted by the House of Commons into the conduct of the late Commander in Chief. Never were the avenues to the Senate more crowded with visitors, and never were the journals of the day more eagerly and anxiously perused, than during the period of that examination. Reflecting on these circumstances, the Editor of the following work is encouraged to believe, that a full and faithful history of this most extraordinary transaction will be favourably received by the country at large. And he can assure his readers, that this history is both a full and faithful one. The Evidence has been correctly printed from a parliamentary copy; and, the Debates have been collected from a comparison of the daily prints, which are most famed for fidelity and accuracy in the report of proceedings in Par. liament. In many instances, also, the Editor has been in. debted to the assistance of gentlemen, who took a part in these important deliberations, and who have favoured him with authentic copies of their respective speeches.
On the circumstances and results of the investigation into the conduct of the Duke of York, it is not the incli
nation of the Editor to dwell. But, in justice to his feeliligs, he cannot dismiss this volume without remarking, that the proceedings therein recorded' will afford a strike ing lesson to posterity; and that in the present degraded state of Europe, it presents to the nations of the Continent a proud example of the efficiency of our civil institutions. It demonstrates that, in this country, pre-eminence of power cannot protect from inquiry those who are but suga pected of delinquency; and that they, who stand nearest to the throne, are amenable to the tribunal of public opinion.
London, July 1,