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PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES AND ORME,

PATERNOSTER-ROW;
5. HATCHARD, PICCADILLY; AND BLACKS AND PARRY,

. LLADENĦALL-STREET.

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MR. PITT'S

PARLIAMENTARY SPEECHES.

December 22, 1790.

THE order of the day having been read, for the house to resolve itself into a committee of the whole house to consider the state of the impeachment of Warren Hastings, Esq., Sir Peter Burrell took the chair of the committee:when Mr. Burke moved,“ That it appears that an impeachment by this house, in the name of the commons of Great Britain in parliament assembled, and of all the commons of Great Britain, against Warren Hastings, Esq. late governor-general of Bengal, for sundry high crimes and misdemeanours, is now depending."

Mr. Erskine opposed the motion, and, in order that a committee might be appointed to search for precedents, he moved, “ that Sir Peter Burrell leave the chair;" upon which a debate ensued of very considerable length*.

Mr. Pitt, iu rising, requested the attention of the committee . in that early stage of the discussion, while he submitted to their consideration his solemn and deliberate opinion upon the question at issue, the decision of which involved in it considerations of the first magnitude; the rights and privileges of parliament were concerned, which must remain ever inviolably sacred, or

* The parliament had this year been dissolved: and the question to be de. cided by this debate (which lasted by adjournments for three days) was, whether an impeachment brought by the commons of Great Britain in parliament assembled, in their own name, and in the name of their constituents, did not remain in statu quo, notwithstanding the intervention of a dissolution?

VOL. II.

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