Anecdotes of the Life of the Right Hon. William Pitt, Earl of Chatham: And of the Principal Events of His Time. With His Speeches in Parliament, from the Year 1736 to the Year 1778, Volume 1

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Page 152 - That in case the crown and imperial dignity of this realm shall hereafter come to any person not being a native of this kingdom of England this nation be not obliged to engage in any war for the defence of any dominions or territories which do not belong to the crown of England without the consent of Parliament.
Page 338 - Rather let prudence and temper come first from this side. I will undertake for America that she will follow the example.
Page 334 - I have been obliged to his diligent researches. But, for the defence of liberty, upon a general principle, upon a constitutional principle, it is a ground on which I stand firm ; on which I dare meet any man.
Page 25 - ... which neither hope nor fear shall influence me to suppress. I will not sit unconcerned while my liberty is invaded, nor look in silence upon public robbery.
Page 336 - Improper restraints have been laid on the continent in favour of the islands. You have but two nations to trade with in America. Would you had twenty ! Let Acts of Parliament in consequence of treaties remain ; but let not an English minister become a customhouse officer for Spain, or for any foreign power. Much is wrong ! Much may be amended for the general good of the whole ! Does the gentleman complain he has been misrepresented in the public prints?
Page 333 - I am content, if it be your pleasure, to be silent. [Here he paused. The House resounding with Go on ! go on ! he proceeded :] Gentlemen, sir. have been charged with giving birth to sedition in America. They have spoken their sentiments with freedom against this unhappy act, and that freedom has become their crime. Sorry I am to hear the liberty of speech in this House imputed as a crime. But the imputation shall not discourage me. It is a liberty I mean to exercise. No gentleman ought to be afraid...
Page 335 - I will be bold to affirm that the profits to Great Britain from the trade of the colonies, through all its branches, is two millions a year. This is the fund that carried you triumphantly through the last war. The estates that were rented at two thousand pounds a year, threescore years ago, are at three thousand at present. Those estates sold then from fifteen to eighteen years' purchase : the same may now be sold for thirty.
Page 330 - The commons of America, represented in their several assemblies, have ever been in possession of the exercise of this, their constitutional right, of giving and granting their own money. They would have been slaves if they had not enjoyed it.
Page 330 - ... except that of taking their money out of their pockets without their consent.
Page 328 - It is my opinion that this kingdom has no right to lay a tax upon the colonies. At the same time I assert the authority of this kingdom over the colonies to be sovereign and supreme in every circumstance of government and legislation whatsoever.

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