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to an injured and insulted people , that the most rigorous inquiry into such disgraceful expeditions should be instituted . This amendment was seconded by Mr , Ward , "who wondered , that after such a scries of unexampled calamities , the ministers , over the greater part of whom the terrors of impeachment were
impending , should dare to remain in office . Against the enemy every operation of their ' s proved abortive v it vas only in their attacks upon friends , as at Copenhagen , that their measures were not characterized by failure . But how could it be otherwise , when the time which
ought to have been employed in the public service , was devoted to dark Machiavelian intrigues , and in devising schemes for parcelling out the public departments . Mr . Ward then went into a detail of the different expeditions , but he attributed all the calamities and
disasters he complained of to the house : they were the consequence of the measures of men after its own heart , men that would fill up the peerage in reward of useless victories , and send out forces to treacherous or unwilling allies , whilst they exhausted the means of our own defence at home . Lord Kensington could not concur vrith either address or
amendment , the latter pledging the house without sufficient inquiry . Mr . Lushington imputed the failures in Spain not to ministers , but to the Spaniards themselves , and reprobated the refusal of the persons invited to accede to Jiis majesty ' s councils . Mr . B . Bathurst could not support either the address or amendment . Mr .
Ponsonby vindicated the amendment , stating , that the situation of the country was perilous in the extreme , and these facts not only warranted , but compelled the house to institute an inquiry into the causes of its calamities . Lord Castlereagh professed to court
inquiry , vindicated JLord Wellington / stating that the Dutch expedition was intended as a coup de main against the French naval force at Antwerp , but of its failure his peculiar situation prevented him from speaking , but his own concern in it he wished to be submitted to the most
1809 . May ao . At Rochester , where he had been the minister of the Presbyterian congregation for 35 years , the Rev . JOHN ALEXANDER , aged 68 .
rigorous examination . Mr . Canning was anxious for inquiry , where it would not be prejudicial to the interests of the country ; and he should suspend his opinion on the propriety of it , till proper documents had been laid before parliament . As to a particular affair , ( namely
his own base conduct , and the consequent duel , ) he thought , that the dignity and the decency of the house , and the respect due to the feelings of individual members , should prevent the discussion of such a subject , into which no provocation whatever should induce him to
enter . Mr , Whitbread properly replied to the last speaker , that he had to answer to the country , why he suffered his antagonist to remain in office , when he Was so convinced of his defects , and he trusted that this would on a future day be made the subject of substantial inquiry * and answers should be extorted from him on his conduct . He then
entered into the conduct of the war , and spoke with the utmost contempt of the ministry , than whom , considering their ignorance , imbecility , bigotry , or the fate with which providence visits their * measures , our enemy , had he the nomination , could not select men more suitable to his endsj or more pernicious to our interests . Mr . Perceval defended
his measures ; lamented that his offers to the opposition were not accepted , and stated that his present situation was not his own choice , but he thought himself bound in duty not to desert his sovereign in times of extraordinary emergency . The house divided , when there ^ appeared for the amendment a hundred and sixty seven , against it two hundred and sixty three .
-The violent language on the conduct of ministers was naturally to be expected . The division did not surprise any one . The appearance and conduct of the two duellists , Lord Castlereagh and Mr . Canning , formed a marked feature in the present session . No symptoms appeared in either of contritionfor their dishonourable conduct , for their dereliction of duty to their God , their king , and their country .
He was "born an London * in the year 1741 . At a very early age , hs wa » sent into Scotland for education , where he resided seven years . Upon bi « return t *
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1810, page 43, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2400/page/43/