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mittee on the State of the Nation-Mr. Sheridan panegy-
Affairs of France-Weak and Impolitic Conduct of the French
Ministers-Powers of the Parliaments-defined by Louis the Sixteenth-Their opposition to the King - Their illegal pretensions—Beneficial plan of the Ministry—frustrated by the Parliament of Paris-Bed of justice at Versailles The Nobility and Clergy, support the Parliament against their Sovereign-Domestic Concerns-The King's Illness --Parliament assemble-Adjourn for a fortnight-General summons of the members ordered-Examination of the King's Physicians by the Privy Council-their re-examination by a Committee of the House of Commons-Mr. Pitt proposes to appoint a Committee to search for precedents-Opposed by Mr. Fox, who asserts the Prince's Right to the Regency—The Claim of Right resisted by Mr. Pitt, who insists on the necessity of a formal decision on the subject by Parliament-Supported by Mr. FoxDebates on the same question in the House of Lords Explanatory speech of Mr. Fox-answered by Mr. Pitt, who states the outline of his proposed plan for the Regency
-Mr. Pitt's Conduct justified Proceedings in the House of Lords-Speech of the Duke of York deprecating the discussion of the question of Right-Debate, in the Vol. II.
Commons, on the question of Right, and on the plan of the Regency -- Mr. Pitt's Speech on the subject-Asserts the Right of Parliament to appoint a Regent, and to define his powers-Controverts the principles advanced by Lord Loughborough+Moves Three (Resolutions - Lord North moves an Amendment-reprobates the alleged right of Parliament, as a violation of the Constitution, and refers to the Revolution for a precedent-Ketlections on his speech, and the applicability of his precedent examinedSmollet's Comments on the proceedings in 1688.-His notions of the Constitution proved to be erroneous and absurd—Plan of proceeding proposed, different from the plans suggested by either party-Able Speech of Mr. Fox defends himself against the charge of Inconsistency-Mr. Pitt's reply-Lord North's : motion negatived by the House and Mr. Pitt's Resolutions carried—Farther De. bates-Mr. Fox examines the applicability of the precedent of the Revolution to the case of the Regency—Is answered by Mr. Pitt-The Solicitor-General asserts the Right claimed for the Prince to be illegal-Mr. Fox urges a strong objection to the proposed plan of Proceeding Majority of seventy-three in favour of Mr. Pitt's propositions-Discussions, in the House of Lords-Resolutions carried by a large majority-Mr. Pitt communicates his plan of the Regency to the Prince of Wales, in a letter, in obedience to the Prince's, commands-The Prince's answer-Observations thereon.
[1788.) During this year, the domestic concerns of the French nation began to attract the serious.attention of all Europe, and to assume ea gloomy and portentous aspect. It has been seen that the King, and his ministers, had