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bate and liberty of speech in that house, that had been made ever since he sat in parliament. In his opinion, the members on that side of the house should rather be obliged to the gentleman, who was the first to suggest a question, which had been the means of bringing forward so explicit a declaration on so interesting a subject, and one which must give complete satisfaction, not only to Mr. Rolle, but to the whole house. Mr. Pitt added, that he was particularly prepared to disprove any arguments which might be brought in support of the necessity of an application to parliament, as he had opportunities of knowing, from the correspondence which had passed, that no such necessity could arise from the want of a fit degree of forwardness in another quarter to do every thing which ought to be done in the business.
In this stage of the transaction, an intiination was conveyed to the Prince of Wales, that Mr. Dundas (then one of the secretaries of state) would be glad, if his royal highness had no objection, to have an interview with him. This overture was reported to have sprung from some things that had been dropped by the Duchess of Gordon upon the subject, in a conversation between her grace and Mr. Pitt. Whether this was actually the case, it is not for us to determine, but it is certain that the intimation had every desired effect. Mr. Dundas had an interview with the Prince at Carlton-house, and the following day Mr. Pitt was admitted to his royal highness. In consequence of these interviews Mr. Newnhain acquainted the House of Commons, on the day originally selected for his long expected motion, that that motion was now
no longer necessary, and therefore with the most sincere and heartfelt satisfaction he declined the bringing it forward.'
Mr. Drake (member for Agmondesham) was the first to express his sentiments upon the subject; which he did, as he observed, in a very disarranged and unconnected style; but added, that the excessive gladness of bis heart was superior to eloquence, and the pleasantness of his sensations almost deprived him of the power of uttering his sentiments. He expressed his wishes, that the King might continue to reign over a great, loyal, and united people, till the utmost period of humanity, and that, when by the course of nature his successor should mount the throne, he might copy the pious example and purity of manners of his royal father. Mr. Rolle concurred in being pleased with the cir
cumstance of the motion's being withdrawn, but observed, that the terms, upon which the difference had been accommodated, were an entire secret to him, but, if it should bereafter appear, that any concessions had been made, humiliating to the country, or dishonourable in themselves, he should be the first man to stand up in the house and sigmatize them as they deserved.
A discussion somewhat curious in its nature now followed between Mr. Fox and Mr. Pitt. By the latter it was remarked, that he concurred in the general joy, in finding that Mr. Newnham had at last discovered, in consequence of steps very recently pursued by the Prince of Wales, that the measure which he had undertaken was unnecessary. For himself he could not avoid declaring, that, as be had all along regarded it as super
fluous, so he did not now see that it was more so than at the time when the notice was given. Mr. Fox, in reply to this, declared, that he was as much convinced that the motion had been necessary, as he was at that moment persuaded that it was no longer necessary. Mr. Pitt, in answer, expressed his aversion to the saying any thing which might lead to a discussion of the subject, but he would declare, that he knew of no alteration in the circumstances of the case, and was confident that nothing had taken place which might not equally have been brought about without any such interference, as that which had been resorted to. As to what Mr. Rolle had said of terms and conditions, he knew of none that had been made. There was no concession of any sort on the part of that person, who was the highest and most distinguished on the present oc