by Samuel SmilesThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844. Excerpt: ... creeping union; a virtual union, establishing one wiU in the general concerns of commerce and navigation, and reposing that will in the parliament of Great Britain; an union, where our parliament preserves its existence after it has lost its authority, and our people are to pay for a parliamentary establishment, without any proportion of parliamentary representation. If any body of men can still think that the Irish constitution is incompatible with the British empire—a doctrine which I abjure, as sedition against the connexion—but, if any body of men are justified in thinking that the Irish constitution is incompatible with the British empire, perish the Empire live the Constitution. If I am asked how we shall use the powers of the constitution?—I say, for Ireland, with due regard to the British nation: let us be governed by the spirit of concord, and with fidelity to the connexion. But when the mover of this bill asks me to surrender those powers, I am astonished at him; I hare neither ears, nor eyes, nor functions to make such a sacrifice. What that free trade for which we strained every nerve in 1779-' that free constitution for which we pledged life and fortune in 1782 Our lives at the service of the empire; but our liberties No: we received them from our "Father which is in Heaven," and we will hand them down to our children. In the mean time, we will guard our free trade and free constitution as our only real resources; they were the struggles of great virtue, the result of much perseverance, and our broad base of public action." Such was still the abject state of the Irish Parliament, —such was the influence of the Duke of Rutland's corruption over it, —that 127 voted with the English ministers, and 108 against them. Mr. Flood then moved fo...
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