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upon the coast of Portugal, upon
which occasion we sent an Ambas-
sador Extraordinary to the court of
Lisbon, to make reparation in ho-
nour; Can it then be pretended
that the present convention is a re-
paration in honour, equivalent to
that made by France to Sardinia,
or Great Britain to Portugal or
if it is not, that the honour and
dignity of the crown, have been
provided for.
That we have been shamefully
trifled with in the course of a pro-
traćted negociation, so that the
affront is rendered doubly in-
jurious by the delay; and after
four months arming and negociat-
ing, and being put to an expence
of three millions, we are to sit
down where we were, without any
satisfaction for the injury, or the
smallest recompence for the enorm-
ous expence. That upon this sys-
tem, it is in the power of any
petty state to ruin us, by offering
repeated insults, and putting us to
immense expences in preparations;
while we are in the fingular situa-
tion of experiencing all the evil
consequences of a war, without a
possibility of reaping any of its be-
nefits, till our trade is entirely
ruined, and our public funds, by
designed and repeated shocks, are
fallen a prey to the rapacity of
foreigners, and to the i. of
sharpers and jobbers at home. "
It was objected to the declara-
tion, that the restitution in it is con-
fined to Port Egmont, tho' Spain .
herself ...; offered to cede
Falkland's Island; and that as the .
violence she committed was under
pretence of title to the whole, the
restitution ought therefore not to
have been confined to a part only ;
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It was said, that by taking no notice of the Manilla ransom in this convention, all claim to it has been tacitly relinquished ; by which the captors have been indirectly robbed of their indisputable property, , which had been guarantied to them by the public faith of the kingdom at the last peace; and which was doubly due to our gallant sailors and soldiers, because their humanity was equal to their courage, and proved as serviceable to the inhabitants of Manilla, as it was honourable to their country: that this was no less an injustice to the conquerors, than to the common interests of mankind; which must suffer the most dreadful consequences in fature wars, from a recollection that there is no faith to be expc&cd from the enemy, nor no hope of such vigour, justice, or gratitude in $.". as would exact it. any other objections were made, which either related to the convention, or to the conduct of the ministers previous to it.—The having neglected to make timely representations to the court of Spain; – the having neglected to make timely preparations;– the having totally omitted many parts in their original demand of reparation, essential to the honour of the crown and the rights of the People; particularly in having ne - iccte

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might shew us involved in a real
war; and that it would be a direct
insult on the understanding of the
people, to assure them of the re-
storation of tranquillity, whilst the
greatest preparations for war, were
making, both by sea and land, and
the practice of pressing continued
(to the great detriment of their
commerce) as in times of the most
urgent necessity.
The gentleman who had moved
for the Spanish papers, said, that
he thought, according to the esta-
blished courtesy of the House, he
would have been intitled to take
the lead in any proposition upon
what they contained; but since
that was not permitted, he moved
for an amendment, by leaving out
the latter part of the address, which
contained an approbation of the
condućt of the ministers, and re-
taining only the former part, which
returns thanks for the communica-
tion of the papers; in order, he
faid, that an examination of the
facts which appeared in the cor-
respondence and declaration, might
precede, as in reason it ought, any
resolution either of approbation or

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