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Dublin News-Letter (Newspaper) - January 3, 1840, Dublin, Dublin Vol. V. RICHARD R E I L L T. The Dublin News-Letter. Numb. 419 s.. From Saturday January the 3d, to Tuesday January rhe 6th, 1740. There being four Packets due, we hope the following SPEECHES of W-mf--ny, Efq; and Sir R-rj-tjY^-le, will be agreeable to our Readers. A l^otloii being made. That an humble Addrefs be pre-fentec to his Majefty, that he would be gracioufly pleaiedtb give Dhettions that there be laid before this Hftite, .Copies or Extracts of all Letters written, and Jhftfncjions igiven, by the Secretaries of State, or Cdmouffioners for ixecuting the Office of Lord High Admiral of Great Britain, to any Commanders in Chief bf his Majefty's Ships of War,, or his Majefty's Minlfter in Spain, or his ConiuJs in Europe, from the Treaty oFSeville to Dec 1739, relaxing to the Loffes fuftaibed by his Majefty's Subjects, by Depredations committed by the Spaniards, that have not yet been laid before this Houfe: The Queftion being puf, it gaffed in the Negative, Noes 172, Yeas 98. The DiViffori being declared, W-m P-ny, Efq; /poke to the following Pnrpofe- -s'rft, rAM forry to fee the lafl Motion rejected by fo great a Majority ; it gives me but a melancholy 5' Profpeft ot the Event of any future Attempt that iha;l be mad rity fhall always mierpofe to fcrcen the Guuty ? This Ex-prfffion, fr i ere as u is, may be pardoned on this Occafion, finct Ti;n'�cence never refules the Teft of a fair and impar-esl Enquiry-, and nothing elfe was meam by the Jail Motion. The Right of calling for P-pcrs has, till of late Years, ntver been deny'd t� any Member that required them, tho'but for his pr'v<�t iiing that his Prtfence in this Houfe can h.ve any oU-ct Effect, than to give a kitid (If Sanction tu Meafure^ which he cannot approve of? But left Gentlemen, Sir, mould fay that I judge too haftily, and that a particuar Cafe m*y happen ;e oe attended with Inconveniences, that may render it improper tobetxpofed t� tne Eyes of the World. I fhall take the Liberty to mike another Ado ton, which may give Gentlemen an Opportunity of retrieving that Credit with* out Door:, which this Decifion muft certainly impair. Fur lam afraid that when it is heard by the Pabtick that this Houfe refuted to look into the Papers that could be the only Vouchers of our Mimftcr's Conduit at the Court of bpaifi, the World wiL be apt to fufpect that it has been fuCh a Conduct as dares not ftand an Examination, and that the only Service that fome Gentlemen do their Country by their Seats here is, in this and other Inftances, to waid cfF fuch an Examination. Gentlemen may have by agreeing to my Motion, a fair Occafion to wipe all fuch AfptrfionsMrom their Character ; and that the Houfe may be fully informed of both the Natare and Necefuty ot it, I (hall beg Leave to introduce it with a few Obfer-varionf. Gentlemen, I believe, need not to be informed that the Treaty of Seville was the fruitful Source of all the Calamities and Infults which the Subjects of this Nation hare fince fuffered from Spain. The Conceffions made by that Treaty, on our part, firft gave the Spaniards a Pretence for infilling uponaRight to fearch our Ships, and in the Exertion of that pretended Right they committed Barbaritiet, that, had not the Voice of the People roufed theP^r^usent and his Majefty to their Relief, mull have, m*front time, ended in the total Ruin of our American Trade, almoit the only advantageous Branch of Commerce yet remaining. But whoever reflects upon our Behaviour under this Treatment, he very naturally concludes that they were injuries, which we either dutft not, or woufd r.dt relent. If we durfl not refent them, Sir, it muft have proceeded, either from our want of Courage, or want of Power. As for the Courage of Britons, I believe it never was doubted, before a Train of inglorious Meafures Bad deprefs'd our Spirits, and clouded our Reputation. The Courage of the People, Sir, is feen, and proved on every Occafion, where they can exert it confidently with^Acir Duty ; and the Courage of our Ad mi-ra'i was fhewn.'even when the Cowardice of the Miniftry had fhackled it, in daring ro facrificc their Lives rather than to difobey their Oiders. A brave Admiral, Sir, at the Headof a gallantFleet, when he was fureof meeting with a feeble Oppofnion, gave an illuftrious but melancholy Proof of this kind of Courage, when he expired, with too quick a Senfe of his Country's Difgrace, in fight of that Fleet and Town which he was able to have deftroyed. As to the Power of Great Britain, Sir* it muft be own'd that the Pe pic are incumber'd with Debt, and opprefs'd with Taxes; but thefe are Grievances which the People alone feel. 1 he Government is more powerful; hisMajelly is better fupporied, than any of his-Pre^e-ceffors ever were, when the 'Enemy was more formidable, and their Empke more fioorffting. He has all along haa the Voices of an obedient, I had almoft laid an otfe-qoiousand fucmiffive ParEament, to vote, the Hans and Hands of s willing People, ready to perform, whatever may be neceffiry for procuring either Revenge or Repa-.ration. Yet how can it be accounted, how c�n it be an-fwered for, that with all thefe Advantages we hive as yet obtain'd neither ? Our Fleets lay ah ufefefs Incumbrance upon the Ocean ; our Army remained ar idle Spectacle upon the Land, our Flag was ihe Scorn cf our Enemy, and Friendfbip a Proverb among otir Neighbours. Very neceflary it is f>:r \is, Sir, yery worthy theT^'j l:y of a Britifh Parliament, to enquire into the <".-�� .: ot thi.< inglorious Inactivity. Perhaps, Sir, f^ h an Enquiry may yet vindicate the Honour of iLmgdom, byftiew-jng that it was not to be charged either upon Prince or People, bat to the Conduct of one Man, who tamely facrifie'd the Honour of his Country, that he might fe-cure his own Power. Even after this Hoafe had enquired into the barbarous Injuries and Infults committed upon the Perfons of oor Sailors, and the Commerce of tht King dom, and when the Minifter* themfeivts made a ^h' ol being roufed to a joft Se-fe of'heir Countrv'.- Wog , what was the Confequerce ? A Squadro- w-s f r.t :o tre Medirerranean, unuera fcrr ve Acmral, who cn.i-nued inactive upon the G,aft cf Spain, while that Powe: was daily offering frefh Inful's to 'he Honour of this Kingdom; and nttwithftsrdmg the Terrors ufieri u^d to attend the Britifh Thunder, �*e meanly uhrm't'cd to an infamous Convention. Since that Corve- , n has been broke, and Hoftilities commenced, we have had Hisr.y Opportunities of at leafl fhrwing them tnnt we hj '  yet entirely loft our Naval P er even v ih.-n a ju't t n tr.p', ought to have influx -\ hem to G.-'t: jgc i.4 R - pect, m 'o infinjate that they l.-Tem .d=, rather than have er are ready, if no: to repeat tin- fan. I h-ive no A ., I think it re.... r; ; ..... . .-, t1 -fier lor try own C-rduft; ncc.u'^- I nrve- entrTfd into ar.y Ale fares t naa . oieitner tiie p- vious ~3 rftion, or the Appr"b.<ion of this tioafe. I en rc:�y. Sir, on this Occafion. J":!' to .. -ve the i;me S�,;-f cli n I ha-.e  ver cone, and frill p.^.-u r.-. Favour, ut : -r 'v 'Tpe^r th .t f I ve m�ce :-.e Intereti cf my Co.r � ' :r.-J;tioii<t my C n-uch And, Si-, however. : ,c 1. i. Gen: frnan may flatter himielf that he iias the Voices Value to the Nation than an Aff:guc Ship with the fame Cargo, for this ananfwerable Reafon, that the Merchants of this Kingdom have a large Share both in theilnforance and Pioperty of the Aflbgue Ships, but I am w'ell affur'd they have no Concern in the Carracca Ships, they belonging folely to the Spanifh Monarch. We took the Carracca Ships, the AHbgues eicaped as, and indeed we could fcarce hope to intercept both, which however I fincerely wifhed. This, Sir, was all that I ever faid, or meant on this Subject; I appeal to Gentlemen who were prefent if I faid more, and leave the Houfe to judge with what Views my Meaning is mifreprefented. As to the Motion itfelf, Sir, I think it one of the mcft extraordinary and unreafonabl* that ever came before this Houfe." Gentlemen have been for thefe ten Years part pufhing the Government into a War with Spain, sr.d now the War is entered upon, and vigoroufly profecuted, they are for laying open all its Operations, all the Plan of our future Conduct. Is it poffible for Gentlemen to he ignorant that the Inftructions given by the Secretaries of State, or the Lords of the Admiralty, to the Commanders of his Majefty's Ships, may cot be yet put in Execution, snd that by calling for them unfeafonably; we may ob-ftuct ail tke glorious Succels we have promia'd ourfelves. I belitve, Sir, it was never deny'd that Secrefy in military Aftairs is the fuieft Means of Succef*, and that if we were in this Houle to expofe the luflructicris given to oar Admirals and Commanders of our Ships of War, tticy would in ten Days be carry'd to the Court of Spain.  Let Gentlemen cc( fiderthat the principal Scene of Acti.nn will i-r'ibib.y be in the Weft Indies. We have had a C mmodore there fome time; his Inftructions, peril ps were not to take any Place till after the Declaration of W.ir betwixt Spam and us. It is little more than two Months iir.ee the War was declared ; and fhall we by agree.ng to this Motion, give the Spaniards an Opportunity of counteracting all the Scheme of his Operations ? was ever luch Policy heard of before ? We have now fent to the fame Seas another Officer, fuperior in Command to Commodore Brown. If this Motion is com-py'dwith, his Defi^ns may be dicover'd, andhisExpe-duion made woolly ineffectual. Can ,we be certain, Sir, tiiat the very Plan upon which he is to proceed againft the Enumy, is no: contained in the Papers moved for* ? L it is, I am fure Gentlemen, fozialous mtficir Profef-fions agniu.f. Spain, never asuld forgive themfelves for affording her an Opporrunity to de.'ea: all our Meafures. We h^vc another Admiral, Sir, m the Mediterranean ;

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