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The Earl of Warwick, on the Habeas Corfius

56

Mr. Rouse, against Mr. Manwaring -

61

Sir John Elliot, on Public Affairs

65

Sir Benjamin Rudyard, on the State of Religion

73

in favour of Moderation

114

Mr. Waller, on the Supply -

73

in his own Defence

117

Lord Digby, on frequent Parliaments

84

on the Earl of Stafford's Impeachment

93

Sir John Wray, on the Success of Parliament

92

The Earl of Stafford his last Defence of himself before the

House of Lords -

99

Bishop Hall, on the Exclusion of Bishops from the House of

Lords

102

on the low State of the Church

105

Mr. Whitlocke, on the Militia

111

on changing the old Law Style

126

Mr. Lenthall's (the Speaker) Address of Thanks to General

Fairfax

121

on the Inauguration of Cromwell

148

Oliver Cromwell, on the Army

123

against Delay

125

complaining to the Parliament

151

Secretary Thurloe's Vindication of the Bill to tax the Royalists 143

Richard Cromwell, on meeting the Parliament

155

Charles the Second's Speech to both Houses

159

Lord Clarendon's Speech at the Restoration

162

The Duke of Buckingham, on the Privileges of the Lords 169

on dissolving the Parliament

184

Lord:Bristol, on the Test Act -

173

Lari 3): Nottingham': (Lord Keeper) Address to both Houses 1.75

another on the same Occasion 179

Coldhei- Aircks on the Bill of Exclusion -

194

Ainboscawen, on the same Subject

197

Sir Leoline Jenkins, on the same

199

Mr. Hampden, on the same

- 201

Lord William Russel, on the same

203

Earl of Caernarvon's Speech for a Wager

• 204

First Earl of Shaftesbury, on the State of the Nation

206

Sir Francis Winnington, on the Pension Bill -

211

Earl of Warrington, on being excluded from the Commission of

the Peace -

213

Lord Somers, on the Abdication of King James

217

Reply by the Second Earl of Nottingham

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221

Sir George Treby, on the same

224

Sir Robert Howard, on the same

!l'illiam the Third's Speech to Parliament

227

231

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Sir Charles Sedley, on the - Taxes

234

Sir John Knight, on the Naturalization Bill

27

Queen Anne's Speech on her Accession

246

Lord Beihavan, on the Scottish Union

248

George the First: Speech from the Throne

259

Earl of Oxford's Defence of himself -

-.261

& Thomas Hanmer, on bringing up the Supplies -

263

on the Reduction of the Army

268

Sir Richard Steele, on Annual Parliaments -

266

Sir Robert Walpole, on the Bill to limit the Number of Peers 274

on the Army

311

on the Establishment of the Excise

326
on long Parliaments

- 384
on Religious Tests
Bishop Atterbury's Defence of himself -

- 276

Lord Bathurst's Speech in favour of the preceding

287

- on the Standing Army

320

Duke of Wharton, on the Mutiny Bill -

- 288

George the Second's Speech to his Parliament

· 292

Mr. Shippen, on the Address

· 294

on the Army

- 306

Sir W. Wyndham, against the Address

296

Lord Falmouth, on the Pension Bill

- 298

Earl of Strafford, on the Mutiny Bill

300

Mr. Horace Walpole, on the Army

303

in Defence of the Ministry

543
on Parliamentary Enquiries

- 492

Mr. Pulteney (afterwards Earl of Bath,) against a Standing Ar- 317

my

321

Sir Gilbert Heathcote, on the Excise Laws

324

Lord Carteret's Speech on the Army

329

Earl of Ilay, on the same

340

Forl of Bristol, on the same

342

Mr. Campbell, on excluding Officers of Government from Par-

liament.

347

Mr. Sandys, in Reply

350

Earl of Chesterfield, on the Marriage of the Princess Royal 356

on the Play-House Bill -

. 416

Duke of Newcastle, on the Army Regulation Bill -

- 357

Earl of Anglesea, on removing certain Officers from their Regi-

ments

360

Sir John St. Aubin, on long Parliaments

- 363
on the Quaker's Bill

- 396

Sir Watkin William Wynne, on shortening the Duration of Par-

liaments

371

Sir John Barnard, on the same Subject

- 377

Lord Lyttleton, on the Prince's Marriage

391

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Parliamentary Speeches.

KING CHARLES I.

Came to the crown in 1625, and was beheaded in 1648. The

following is his speech from the throne on meeting his first parliament. It contains nothing very remarkable, but may serve as a specimen of the style that was in use at the time. The chief subject of the speech is the war with Spain, in which the country was then engaged. There is also an allusion to the plague, which at that time prevailed in London.

King Charles the First's Speech at opening the Session. My lords spiritual and temporal, and you gentlemen of the house of commons, in this parliament assembled : I may thank God, that the business to be treated on at this time is of such a nature, hat it needs no eloquence to set it forth; for I am neither able to do it, nor doth it stand with iny nature to spend much time in words. It is no new business, being already happily begun by my father of blessed memory, who is with God, therefore it needeth no narrative : I hope in God you will go on to maintain it, as freely as you advised my father to do it. It is true, he may seem to some to have been slack to Vol. I.

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