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his support was authorized to raise the posse comitatus, if
necessary; and also by the Riot act he had the power of
dispersing tumultuous assemblies. The minister was now
attempting to brand with the imputation of sedition all
those who employed the same language which Mr. PITT
himself had once held. But under the sanction of the
venerable father of this apostate minister, the great earl
of CHATHAM, he would maintain that the people of Eng-
land might, and ought to defend their rights if necessary,
by the last extremity to which freemen could resort. For
my part,” exclaimed this celebrated advocate of the con-
stitution, “ I shall never cease to struggle in support of
liberty. In no situation will I desert the cause.
born a free man. I will never die a slave.”

END OF THE FIRST VOLUME.

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