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TERMINATION OF THE LATE WAR.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
A VIEW OF THE PROGRESSIVE IMPROVEMENT OF ENGLAND,
IN PROSPERITY AND STRENGTH, TO THE
ACCESSION OF HIS MAJESTY.
INSKEEP & BRADFORD, NEW YORK, & WILLIAM MILHENNEY,
REIGN OF GEORGE III.
General election. Meeting of parliament and commence
ment of Mr. Pitt's administration.-The king's speech. State of the empire when Mr. Pitt's ministry commenced. -Objects which he proposes to pursue.-First efforts directed to finance.--Bill for the prevention of smuggling. -Commutation act.--Arguments against and for it. Regulation on duties for British spirits.-Preliminary motions for the relief of the East India company.
-Bilt for the regulation of India. Arguments against it.Arguments for it.-Comparison of the two bills as resulting from the characters of their authors.--Debate on the Westminster election.--Mr. Dundas proposes the restoration of the forfeited estates.--A law passed for that purpose.-Labours of Mr. Pitt in investigating the public accounts.-Supplies.--Loan and Taxes.Session closes.
BY dissolving the parliament, his majesty virtu- CHAP. ally asked the question, Did your late representatives speak your sense, or not? If they did, you will reelect them; if not, you will choose others. Thus interrogated, General the greater part of the people answered, No; and a very 'considerable majority of members friendly to Mr. Pitt was returned. As far as popular opinion can be a test of either merit or demerit, it was decidedly favourable to the minister, and inimical to his opponents. The general conduct of Mr. Fox often has been erroneously estimated
CHAP by those who considered defects, without comprehendir
the excellencies of his plans, acts, and character; but neve
was he less popular than after his India bill and contes Contest for with the sovereign. Still, however, he retained grea Westmin- favour in some parts of the kingdom, especially in West influence of minster, and his election was the most noted of any tha a beautiful occurred for the new parliament. The candidates were lady.
lord Hood, who had so eminently distinguished himsel